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June 18, 2014
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Warrant ordered for convicted meth dealer

A bench warrant was issued Monday for the arrest of a Gardnerville man who failed to show up in Douglas County District Court.

Andre Shaver, 22, was to appear in court for a bail review hearing after he admitted guilt to possession of methamphetamine on April 28.

Public defender Derrick Lopez said that he had not been able to contact his client. The voicemail on his phone had not been set up so he could not leave Shaver messages concerning his court date, he said.

Prosecutor Erik Levin said that Shaver had not attended drug court either.

Judge Michael Gibbons continued his bail at $20,000 and said that Shaver is to appear in court the first Monday following his arrest.

In other court news:

A Topaz Ranch Estates man charged with three counts of sexual assault against a child under age 14 and one count of lewdness with a child under age 14 received another arraignment continuance Monday.

Joseph Bonilla, 36, has received eight continuances and did not appear in court Monday.

His public defender, Derrick Lopez, asked for a court date of July 14.

Bonilla is set to have oral surgery and will be given narcotics, Lopez said.

“For safety reasons, no specific date has been given for his appointment,” he said.

Bonilla is to remain in custody at Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail, Gibbons said.

A Gardnerville woman admitted guilt in district court Monday to one count of burglary and received probation with an order to pay restitution to her victim.

Amber Serrato, 29, broke into Jobs Peak Veterinary Hospital on Dec. 30 and stole a lock box with $350 inside.

Serrato’s public defender Derrick Lopez said that Serrato had no criminal history.

“She became desperate and realizes that doesn’t make it OK to take from someone else,” he said. “It is out of her character.”

Serrato apologized to the staff at Jobs Peak Veterinary Hospital and said, “I’m never going to do anything like that again.”

Serrato was employed with the veterinary hospital at the time of the burglary. Witnesses to the burglary followed her home to Crestmore Apartments and notified deputies.

“The court has a dim view of burglary,” Gibbons said. “A victim loses their sense of security and it’s hard to get that back.”

Gibbons said that Serrato should write a letter of apology to the victims.

“It would be good for you and him,” he said. “Tell him what you’ve learned in the last six months.”

A Topaz Lake woman appeared in district court Monday to be released from probation after she said that she had been attending court ordered counseling and drug rehabilitation for the past two years.

Tracey Kraft, 46, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance by fraud in January 2012.

Her probation required her and her counselors to send reports of her progress to the district court every three months.

The court had no records from her counselors for the past two years.

Kraft arrived in court with documents and receipts to show that she had been attending her required counseling.

Her public defender, Jamie Henry, said that she had completed her 100 hours of community service at the Douglas County Senior Center kitchen and that she planned on continuing her counseling after being released from probation.

Gibbons said her probation was set for a minimum of two years with a maximum of three years and did not know why Kraft’s case was on the calendar.

Kraft said she went to the district court clerk’s office to set a sentencing review because the court told her to come back in June.

She said she asked counselors and doctors to send letters to the judge concerning her progress and that none had done so.

Probation Officer Ashley Miller said that paperwork had probably not been processed because the defendant asked for the court date and not the Department of Probation.

“If we ask for it (a sentencing review) then we provide everything, if they ask for it, it’s on them,” she said in regards to the paperwork.

Gibbons continued Kraft’s probation and ordered all available paperwork for her progress to be submitted.

“It sounds like you’re doing very well, but there is nothing to prove it for the past two years,” he said. “I’m sorry we’re not going to accomplish anything today but we have to scrutinize this very closely.”

Kraft worked as a medical assistant for a Minden doctors office when she was arrested for forging prescriptions to obtain a drug called Norco, court records said.


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