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Judge recuses himself from Settelmeyer case

by Amy Alonzo
aalonzo@recordcourier.com

The judge set to preside over the arraignment and sentencing of Sherese C. Settelmeyer, wife of Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, recused himself from the case Tuesday morning in Douglas County District Court.

"The truth is I actually have a bias in favor of Mrs. Settelmeyer," Judge Todd Young said. "I enjoy their company and I consider them friends."

Young also said he represented Settelmeyer in one of her prior cases.

Settelmeyer, 52, is facing a felony DUI charge. She also was arrested in 2013, 2010 and 1995 on DUI charges. A third DUI conviction in Nevada within seven years is a felony in Nevada.

Her most recent arrest, on Jan. 5, occurred around 1:45 a.m. after deputies spotted a gold Jaguar illegally parked on Kimmerling Road. Deputies reported the driver, Settelmeyer, had a hard time rolling own her window and that she handed over a tie-dyed bank card instead of her driver's license. She also allegedly said she didn't know why she was in the Gardnerville Ranchos area.

Her breath alcohol concentration was .136, according to court documents.

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She is now set for a June 26 arraignment in District Court Department 2.

A Dayton man admitted he committed a burglary at his former employer's business.

Charles D. Muscott, 37, was arrested March 31 following a burglary at Five Guys on Topsy Lane.

During business hours, Muscott entered a back room of the restaurant and was caught on surveillance video trying to open a safe. When Muscott couldn't get it open, he instead took a wallet from a purse hanging in the room.

Muscott will be sentenced Aug. 1.

A Wellington man, who admitted he provided deputies with false identification while under the influence of methamphetamine and, in a separate incident, that he had taken a vehicle that wasn't his, was granted diversion and released from custody.

On May 29 deputies spotted a vehicle traveling with only one headlight and incorrect registration. The driver, Cameron Rae Weiss-Karm, 19, provided an ID belonging to someone else. He later told deputies he did that because he knew he had an outstanding warrant. His license also was suspended at the time. The vehicle was towed, and three methamphetamine pipes, a bag of marijuana, a scale and rolling papers were found inside it.

The outstanding warrant dated back to a June 2016 incident in which Weiss-Karm took his mom's car without her permission and returned it damaged. According to court documents, he didn't admit he'd taken it and she pressed charges.

Weiss-Karm admitted he had used methamphetamine the night he was arrested.

"He has a history in the juvenile system with drug-related offenses," said defense attorney Kris Brown.

A Wellington man will attend drug court.

Around 2 a.m. Jan. 12 deputies spotted an SUV in the parking lot of Super Burrito with its lights on. Around 3 a.m. the vehicle was spotted in the same spot with its lights still on.

After approaching the vehicle deputies found Justin C. Fields, 36, with McDonald's food spilled in his lap, his eyes closed, and a methamphetamine pipe on the dashboard. During his arrest they also found methamphetamine in his pocket.

A former Gardnerville Ranchos man who drove under the influence of a prescription drug was granted diversion.

Michael P. Warren, 57, was arrested in August 2016 after he hit two parked cars at the Dollar General before almost hitting a deputy responding to the incident.

Warren had admitted he'd taken Soma earlier in the day, and had also had a couple beers.

"You got lucky you got stopped before you got on the highway," Young told him.

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