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August 27, 2013
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Drunken couch-surfer sentenced to drug court

A 28-year-old man who faced 10 years in prison for drunkenly breaking into the wrong house was ordered Tuesday to complete Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Daniel Carrasco pleaded guilty to invasion of the home, a felony which carries a $10,000 fine in addition to the prison sentence.

In exchange for his plea, the state agreed to recommend diversion and drug court.

“Mr. Carrasco lives in the same neighborhood,” said prosecutor Erik Levin. “The facts indicate he was very intoxicated and forced his way into the wrong house. A resident found him asleep on the couch. It wasn’t like he was trying to get to somebody. It looks like an incident that was fueled by alcohol.”

On May 25, deputies were called to the 1300 block of Kimmerling shortly after midnight when a woman said she arrived at her parents’ residence and discovered the front door was open.

She said she walked in and heard snoring.

The woman turned on the light, and discovered the suspect, identified as Daniel Carrasco, asleep on the couch.

She said she became frightened, woke her parents, and called 911.

When deputies arrived, the suspect was still asleep.

The door to the residence was intact, but the lock and latch were destroyed, causing $200-$500 damage.

The family said they had “no clue” who Carrasco was or why he was in their home.

District Judge Tod Young told Carrasco if he successfully completes drug court, he may have the charge dismissed and his record sealed.

“The best advantage is that you get to be sober. You won’t show up at somebody else’s house, and they shoot you in the forehead because you broke into their home,” Young said.

He ordered Carrasco to appear in drug court on Sept. 9, and to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

■ A 45-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an allegation that he doused himself and a woman with gasoline that he attempted to ignite with a lighter.

Richard Vonderscher is charged with arson in the fourth degree.

District Judge Tod Young set a three-day trial for Jan. 8, 2014.

Vonderscher is out on bail.

According to reports, deputies found Vonderscher walking along Highway 395 near Airport Road carrying a milk jug partially filled with gasoline at 7:18 p.m. on June 21.

When he was told to drop the jug, Vonderscher allegedly dumped the contents of the jug down the front of his shirt. He then threw the empty jug against a fence. Deputies detained him despite the gasoline, and handcuffed him.

Vonderscher told deputies that his car ran out of gas near Indian Hills.

He claimed that he got a ride from a woman he knew while walking to get gasoline and after they picked up the gasoline, she drove south past his car, saying he was too intoxicated to drive home.

He said the woman slammed on the brakes, spilling the gasoline and then pushed him out of the vehicle at 35 mph.

The driver told deputies she was at home when Vonderscher arrived intoxicated and started arguing with his son, who was visiting.

She said she received a call from Vonderscher’s mother asking that she drive him home. They stopped by the gas station to fill his jug, and when they passed Vonderscher’s vehicle, she said he grabbed her by the hair and pulled the emergency brake. As they were riding down the highway, Vonderscher started pouring the gasoline in the jug all over them and produced a small lighter and tried to light it.

The driver said she pulled into the left turn lane at Highway 395 and Airport Road, where Vonderscher got out and tried to cross the center median cables, falling in the process.

Vonderscher was arrested June 5 in Carson City after he allegedly overdosed on heroin.

On Tuesday, Vonderscher produced a sign-up sheet for his attendance at 12-step meetings. Young encouraged him to keep attending.

■ District Judge Michael Gibbons approved expenditure of funds for a psychological evaluation of a 19-year-old Johnson Lane man accused of threatening his father with a knife.

But the judge encouraged attorney Derrick Lopez to explore less expensive alternatives depending on the charges his client faces.

Gibbons said he didn’t want to deplete the court’s resources this early in the fiscal year.

He authorized Lopez to spend up to $1,000 rather than the $2,000-$2,000 it would cost for Dr. Joseph McEllistrem to examine defendant Bradley Warner-Calibro.

Warner-Calibro is in Douglas County Jail following his arrest on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.

He is accused of charging at his father with a closed fist on July 24, and lunging at his legs. Warner-Calibro reportedly had a knife in his pocket and made unsuccessful attempts to grab it.

Reports indicate he had made a threat to a family member that he was going to kill his parents.

Lopez said he was continuing to negotiate with prosecutor Tom Gregory, and seeking a resolution that would be safe for the defendant, his family and the community.

He said the defendant’s family wanted him to receive help, but he wasn’t welcome in their home.

Lopez said Warner-Calibro had family in Antioch, Calif., with whom he could live temporarily if he were properly medicated.

Gibbons raised the issue of whether knowing Warner-Calibro had access to the knife constituted a deadly weapon. He never displayed the weapon, according to reports.

Gibbons said if Warner-Calibro were accepted into Carson City Mental Health Court he would have the services of McEllistrem for free as part of the court.

“If he (Warner-Calibro) really needs the help, he’s going to get it,” Gibbons said.

He encouraged Warner-Calibro to cooperate in the evaluation. He set the next hearing for Sept. 16.


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