Gardnerville woman faces battery, drug charges |

Gardnerville woman faces battery, drug charges

Staff Reports

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A 34-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos woman with prior convictions for domestic battery and drug use was arrested Monday on similar charges at the home of her former husband.

Linda Cervantes was charged with unlawful use of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and domestic battery with a prior conviction.

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins set bail at $5,000 on both charges, and told Cervantes if she bails out, she would be under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and must abstain from alcohol and controlled substances.

According to reports, the victim said Cervantes hit her in the face because she thought the victim pulled Cervantes’ daughter’s hair.

The incident occurred in front of three of Cervantes’ children.

Cervantes was sentenced to 12 months in jail in July 2011 for gross misdemeanor child endangerment after she admitted driving under the influence of methamphetamine with her children in the car.

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She has a prior conviction for domestic battery in August, 2008, in Carson City.

Bail is $100,000 for a 35-year-old man who failed to appear on charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, and other felonies.

Cody Lee Rogers told East Fork Justice Tom Perkins he had been hospitalized in Baton Rouge, La., for a medical emergency and had been unable to make a July court appearance.

“I came back to Nevada for this, and I was picked up 24 hours after I got off the plane,” Rogers said.

He told the judge he had hired Reno attorney Bruce Lindsay to represent him.

Perkins set Rogers’ bail at $100,000.

“All the reasons you didn’t come to court make sense,” Perkins said. “It is inexcusable you didn’t notify the court or your lawyer. The only way to guarantee your appearance is a high bail.”

He set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 19.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Rogers was arrested Sept. 2, 2011, while playing slots at a Minden casino.

He allegedly had a Ruger 9 mm handgun in the back of his waistband when deputies found him.

During questioning Rogers claimed he had a permit for the weapon, but it was only to own the handgun, not to carry it concealed on his person.

A routine background check revealed Rogers was a convicted felon in Louisiana and had a warrant from the Nevada Highway Patrol. Rogers told deputies he was carrying the weapon because people wanted to kill him. A backpack belonging to him was turned over to deputies.

The pack allegedly contained Oxycontin, morphine, marijuana and a variety of prescription medications, along with a holster, and a handgun magazine loaded with full-metal jacket bullets.

He is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a schedule 4 substance for sale, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon.

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