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Woman on probation gets prison

A Stateline woman with five days left on her probation was sent to prison for 1-3 years on Monday.

Shannon Birnberg, 40, admitted she’d been using alcohol in violation of the probation she was serving for using someone else’s credit card to attempt to purchase two watches worth $17,671 and $18,360 in September 2010.

Birnberg appeared in custody in Douglas County District Court asking Judge Michael Gibbons for a dishonorable discharge from probation.

According to probation officers, the final straw came in January when Birnberg refused to come into the office. The same day she was scheduled to come in, she was found at a restaurant with a .10 blood alcohol content.

“This is the third time you’ve come in with the same story, only the dates have changed,” Gibbons said.

■ A $10,000 warrant was issued for the arrest of a Silver Springs man who admitted stealing jewelry while helping his grandmother clean a Minden home.

Bryan G. Zuelke, 23, failed to appear in Douglas County District Court on Monday for sentencing. Zuelke also didn’t appear for his pre-sentence investigation.

Attorney Kris Brown said she attempted to call Zuelke and may have reached his girlfriend, who said he left for Nevada two days ago.

Zuelke was inside the victim’s home on July 24, 2012. When the victim came home, he found several items missing, including a $3,500 watch and a $1,500 gold rope chain. Zuelke denied stealing the items, but the victim spotted other items, including his and his wife’s engraved class rings, at a Carson City pawn shop. Investigators traced the source back to Zuelke.

■ A Gardnerville man pleaded guilty to one felony count of being under the influence on Monday.

Raymond Garrison, 38, faces four years in prison, though probation is mandatory in most cases.

Garrison admitted he’d been using methamphetamine when the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over on Highway 395.

After the deputy contacted Garrison and his wife, Lisa, he was told there was a pistol in the vehicle, prompting him to draw his own weapon and order Garrison from the vehicle.

Garrison refused to get out and when he did, wouldn’t obey the officer’s orders. He pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor obstruction in East Fork Justice Court. His wife still faces charges related to the incident.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1.

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