Man admitted to drug court
March 6, 2014
A 26-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was ordered to complete Western Nevada Regional Drug Court in order to avoid a petit larceny charge.
Scott Edward Price pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit petit larceny, and was admitted to drug court.
He told District Judge Tod Young he had been clean for 40 days, and was able to think clearly.
"With a clear mind, I have thought about how I live my life," Price said. "I don't want to be sick off heroin any more."
Price was accused of stealing a flat-screen television and a surveillance system from Walmart last year. He was charged with three counts of conspiracy and petit larceny in connection with a series of burglaries at Walmarts in Northern Nevada.
Price said he was motivated to stop using heroin, and would be living with his parents.
He is to remain in Douglas County Jail until his first drug court appearance Monday.
Price admitted he acted with Logan Schwartz to steal from Walmart.
Schwartz reportedly told investigators he and Price were responsible for 30 other Walmart thefts, committed on nearly a daily basis.
He said the thefts were committed to support their heroin habits. Schwartz pleaded guilty in January to burglary. He is set for sentencing March 17 by District Judge Michael Gibbons.
■ A hearing was continued Wednesday until April 2 for a 42-year-old Ruhenstroth woman who faces charges of drunk driving, hit and run and child endangerment.
Loraine Anne Clifford is charged with felony child endangerment and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, and failure to use child restraints in a vehicle.
She was arrested Jan. 9 with a preliminary alcohol content of .305, nearly four times the legal limit.
Clifford's attorney, Ben Walker, told visiting Judge Richard Glasson on Wednesday that Clifford had completed a 30-day inpatient treatment program on her own initiative.
Negotiations continue whether the felony charge against her will stand, he said.
Clifford is accused of leaving the scene of a noninjury accident at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the site of the former Eagle Gas Station at Highway 395 on the Gardnerville S-curve.
Witnesses said the vehicle continued south on Highway 395 and lost a wheel at the Washoe Tribal Smoke Shop.
A deputy caught up to the driver and initiated a traffic stop, but said the driver continued for 50 yards before stopping.
He said he could hear the car grinding on the pavement where the wheel fell off. She was driving with two young children in the vehicle.
Clifford was transported to Carson Valley Medical Center for medical clearance where she tested at .305 for alcohol and was taken to Douglas County Jail.
The legal limit for driving is .08.
She is out on bail.
■ Sentencing was deferred Monday for a 21-year-old Carson City woman who faces up to 10 years in prison after she admitted stealing from her grandmother to fund her drug habit.
District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Kayla Robbins to report Monday for drug court.
She admitted a May 30, 2013, break-in at the East Valley residence of her 76-year-old grandmother.
According to reports, Robbins took cash, credit cards, jewelry, a handgun and other items totaling more than $19,000. Most of the items have been returned.
Codefendant Jeffrey Standefer is to plead guilty to a felony in connection with the incident.
Robbins pleaded guilty to burglary and Gibbons ordered her to pay $5,000 restitution.
He gave her credit for 199 days in custody, and ordered her to remain in Douglas County Jail until she is taken to an inpatient treatment program.
Robbins' grandmother testified Monday that she loved the suspect, but didn't like her very much.
"I think she's worth saving," the woman said. "She needs help."
She said Robbins was unable to live with her mother because there was a 13-year-old child in the home.
The woman said she had difficulty feeling safe.
"I don't sleep well. I feel really violated. I am not scared of my granddaughter, but I don't know who out there has my information. I don't feel safe," she said.
As part of a plea agreement, Robbins agreed to cooperate with authorities in other cases.
Gibbons told Robbins if she successfully completes drug court, charges may be dismissed.
"You've not been sentenced," he said. "You could be sentenced to 10 years in Nevada state prison, you could receive any sentence. This is about as big as you can get between a carrot and a stick."
Robbins said the biggest question facing her was where she would live after she completes treatment. She was hoping for placement in transitional housing until she is welcomed home by her family.
"I know I need to earn the right back to live with my family. I will earn that back. This has been a turning point in my life," Robbins said.