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Man jailed after positive test for methamphetamine

A 28-year-old Gardnerville man who is awaiting sentence for possession of stolen property was ordered Tuesday held without bail after he tested positive for methamphetamine.

District Judge Dave Gamble ordered Ryan Hiltz to stay in custody until his sentencing Dec. 4.

"This is like the 4,000th example of why we don't let people out of custody who are tweakers," Gamble said.

Hiltz was arrested Oct. 10, after testing positive for methamphetamine. He reportedly told a Department of Alternative Sentencing officer that he used following an appearance in East Fork Justice Court.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his district court sentencing on Dec. 4.

He pleaded guilty to the charges for his part in the August burglaries of two homes on Wildrose in Minden.

Investigators found two stolen firearms at Hiltz's residence. As an ex-felon, Hiltz is not allowed to possess firearms. That charge was dropped in a plea agreement with the district attorney's office in exchange for Hiltz's guilty plea.

A 68-year-old Johnson Lane man, on probation for attempted assault with a deadly weapon, was taken into custody last month after he was picked up with an alcohol content of .210, nearly three times the legal limit.

William Calebaugh, who has been in custody since his Sept. 24 arrest, asked District Judge Dave Gamble to let him go home.

"I know I broke probation by drinking," Calebaugh said Tuesday. "I have been sober for two years. I took a fall, I would like to stand up, dust off and start over again. I want to go home."

Gamble appointed attorney Kris Brown to represent Calebaugh after his private counsel withdrew. The judge agreed to release Calebaugh with a transdermal device that can monitor his whereabouts and whether he has been drinking.

Gamble ordered him to remain in custody until Calebaugh's home has been checked by probation officers for alcohol. He also is forbidden to have access to firearms.

Calebaugh was sentenced in February 2011 to 12-32-months in prison, suspended, and ordered to surrender his $100,000 gun collection for going on a two-day alcohol binge and shooting up his house in September 2010.

At the time, his blood-alcohol content was .256, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Calebaugh was arrested in September after a witness reported a drunk driver leaving the Johnson Lane General Store.

Gamble said he was concerned that Calebaugh appeared to be drinking and driving.

He set a review for Nov. 6 at which time he will decide whether Calebaugh goes to prison or is reinstated on probation.

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 16, 2012 06:06PM Published Oct 16, 2012 02:54PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.