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Man set to plead guilty to drug possession

A 21-year-old Gardnerville man is set to plead guilty in district court to possession of a controlled substance.

Robert Schwoerer was arrested in August after a woman said Schwoerer reportedly snatched $50 cash she was holding in her hand.

Originally he was charged with robbery and burglary, but the state amended the complaint following further investigation.

Schwoerer waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and is to appear Nov. 19 in district court.

According to a plea agreement, the state is to recommend probation with admission to Western Regional Drug Court.

The defense is asking for diversion to the drug court with a recommendation that Schwoerer be allowed to attend inpatient treatment after 90 days in custody.

Schwoerer is serving six months in Douglas County Jail for two counts of domestic battery against a teenage girl.

n A 42-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who allowed his 13-year-old son to drive him home because he was too drunk was sentenced Wednesday to a suspended six-month jail term, and ordered to complete an inpatient treatment program.

Matthew Al McCann was arrested Sept. 23 after a Douglas County sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop because a license plate light wasn't functioning.

When the deputy stopped the car, he observed the 13-year-old driver.

McCann told the deputy he'd had several drinks at a friend's house and had his son drive him home.

McCann served eight days in jail.

"It was a very, very, very dumb mistake I did," he said. "My son was just taking care of his dad after I had too much to drink."

McCann's blood-alcohol content was .245, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins placed McCann on probation for two years. He must abstain from drugs and alcohol.

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 1, 2012 02:39PM Published Nov 1, 2012 02:37PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.