Accused cell phone peeper waives hearing
July 31, 2014
A man accused of leaving his phone on to try and capture naked pictures of girls in their bathroom waived his preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday.
Michael Joseph Donovan, 55, faces several felonies in connection with the case, including capturing an image of the private area of another person, possession of child pornography, burglary and use of the internet to control visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age.
Donovan, a friend of the victim's family, stopped by the victim's home. During his visit, Donovan placed a cell phone that is equipped with a camera in the bathroom. The female juvenile victim discovered the camera and told her mother.
East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins ordered Donovan, who has been in custody since his arrest in June, to appear Aug. 19 in Douglas County District Court.
■ A Johnson Lane woman faces burglary and possession of stolen property charges in connection with the theft of $10,000 from a family member.
Casey Anne McDuffee-Dube, 44, was taken into custody on Tuesday on a warrant issued for taking a cart full of groceries out of Smith's on June 9.
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McDuffee-Dube appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday morning where attorney Derrick Lopez was appointed to represent her. Her bail was set at $35,308.
■ A man who admitted to burglarizing a family member's home returned from Oklahoma to report he was six-months sober and trying to get into drug court there.
Kenneth LaMontagne, admitted to felony burglary, saying he became addicted to opiates, which led to a heroin addiction.
LaMontagne told District Judge Tod Young he was doing well attending a 12-step program.
Attorney Derrick Lopez said they ran into difficulty getting LaMontagne into the Oklahoma drug court. The court in Oklahoma was concerned they wouldn't be able to impose sanctions on LaMontagne necessary to ensure his compliance.
Young said that a 12-step program would not be sufficient for LaMontagne, much as he appreciated his progress there.
"If you're not in drug court or professional counseling, you will go to prison," Young said.
LaMontagne was ordered to return on Nov. 4 or be in either counseling or drug court. Young warned him that being in Oklahoma was a privilege and that he would have to return to Minden twice a year for at least a couple of years.
■ The case of a South Lake Tahoe woman who was accused of a third instance of driving under the influence was remanded back to Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday.
Stacie Dawn Anderson, 26, was arrested on March 25 on Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe.
Her record showed previous arrests on Aug. 23, 2008, and Sept. 12, 2011. However, her 2008 conviction was apparently expunged.
Young told prosecutor Tina Rossum, who asked for a week's continuance, that she could further investigate in justice court.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces charges for allegedly trying to hit his ex-girlfriend with a car on Saturday.
Anthony Marcyes, 22, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
He was released from jail on $4,000 bond on Monday and was given an East Fork Justice Court date.
■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested on a warrant Saturday in connection with the theft of jewelry from an acquaintance's home.
Robert Jorgenson, 33, appeared in East Fork Justice Court and was released on $5,000 bail with a Wednesday court date.
■ A Dayton man will serve 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to petit larceny in the Sunday theft of two televisions.
Drew Owenself, 28, allegedly caught a ride with someone to Walmart and left the store with two 19-inch televisions. On Monday he admitted to the theft, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.