Warrant issued for arson felon
July 23, 2014
A nationwide, no-bail warrant was issued for the arrest of a Gardnerville Ranchos resident who was on a diversion program in an effort to avoid prison.
Richard Vonderscher Jr., 46, failed to appear in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.
Vonderscher faces 1-4 years in prison after he admitted he doused himself and a woman who was giving him a ride with gasoline and threatened to light it on fire. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony fourth-degree arson in April.
The original incident occurred June 21, 2013.
According to prosecutors, Vonderscher has 11 convictions on his record.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos woman who denied felony vehicle theft charge was taken into custody after she failed three drug tests.
Kyndal Leigh Swift, 24, tested positive for methamphetamine on three occasions, including before court on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said Swift also failed to report.
“You constitute a danger to yourself and the community by continuing to use,” District Judge Tod Young said in raising her bail to $100,000 cash only.
If she makes bail, Swift will be under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and will be on house arrest.
Swift is scheduled for trial Dec. 17-19.
■ A Sparks man who denied trafficking in methamphetamine was released on his own recognizance after spending two weeks in jail for testing positive for the drug.
Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, 47, was out on $10,000 bail on July 8 when he was ordered to take a drug test. That test revealed he’d used metamphetamine and a prescription drug.
Kirkpatrick admitted violating his bail conditions.
District Judge Tod Young released Kirkpatrick on bail, but said that if he tested positive again he would wait for his Feb. 11 trial in jail.
■ Bail was doubled on Tuesday for a Topaz man who denied felony charges of battery with a deadly weapon, domestic battery with strangulation and false imprisonment.
David Cantrell, 67, faces a 3.5-day trial on Jan. 26, 2015, in connection with two incidents involving his wife.
She testified at a July 11 preliminary trial that Cantrell held her down and beat her for 14 hours during the second incident in 2013.
Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that bail be increased, saying the victim feared for her safety.
Defense attorney Kris Brown called the increase superfluous.
“He doesn’t have any money,” she said. “His bail could be $50,000 or $500,000.”
District Judge Tod Young set the bail at $100,000 cash.
Cantrell has been in custody in Douglas County since he was transported here from Los Angeles, where he was serving a sentence for felony battery.
■ A 62-year-old man received a suspended 12-48-month sentence for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Gardnerville resident Jimmie Reimann was arrested in Feb. 5 after he was reported yelling and swinging his fists near Ironwood Drive.
Rieman told Judge Tod Young that he would stay in counseling.
“I’m never going to use drugs again,” he said.
■ A Woodfords woman is eligible for probation, but may not seek diversion, after she admitted to possession of heroin on Tuesday.
Kelly Meahan, 46, faces up to four years in prison, but in a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend a suspended 14-36 month sentence.
As part of her three-year probation she will have to participate in drug court. She is not eligible for diversion or mandatory probation because she has two prior felonies.
She was arrested July 3 after deputies found she had a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic citation. Inside her vehicle deputies allegedly found a blue tourniquet, a plastic bottle with 47 pills and three hypodermic syringes, one of which had blood in it. She told deputies she’d used heroin the day before.
During a strip search deputies found two items containing drugs on Meahan’s person.