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September 19, 2013
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Man released owing $16,000 in support

A 47-year-old Carson City man who owes more than $16,000 in child support, was released Wednesday from Douglas County Jail on his own recognizance.

Stephen Charles Wilhoite has been charged with failure to support or maintain a child, a felony.

Lawyer Kris Brown told East Fork Justice Tom Perkins on Wednesday that her client was working with Job Opportunities In Nevada and Job Connect in his search for employment.

She said he has a hearing Oct. 7 in District Court regarding child support.

Perkins set Wilhoite’s next justice court hearing Oct. 9.

She said Wilhoite was a lifetime resident of Carson City and had worked for the state for 14 years.

■ A 20-year-old Gardnerville man, accused of spitting in the face of an emergency room doctor, was released from Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, and ordered to stay away from the Carson Valley Medical Center.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins told Jose Ivan Gonzalez if he requires medical care while out of custody, he’ll have to go somewhere else.

According to reports, Gonzalez was being treated Sunday in the emergency room when he became belligerent.

He shouted obscenities and threatened the staff, then spit in the face of the doctor who was treating him.

Gonzalez was charged with assault on a provider of health care, and battery on a provider of health care, both gross misdemeanors.

Gonzalez’s attorney, Kris Brown, said her client’s behavior was not typical.

She said he got in an argument with his parents, with whom he lives, and took medication leftover from a traffic accident.

He became ill, and was taken to the medical center south of Gardnerville where the incident took place.

Brown said she was still negotiating on behalf of her client, and requested he be released from jail on his own recognizance.

Perkins granted the request, and placed Gonzalez under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing pending his next court appearance, Oct. 2.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said she was concerned for the safety of the urgent care center employees.

Perkins ordered Gonzalez to stay out of the center and forbid contact with the employees named in the criminal complaint.

He must abstain from drugs, alcohol and weapons.

■ East Fork Judge Tom Perkins refused Wednesday to lower the $10,000 bail of a 23-year-old Gardnerville man accused of battering two men with a crowbar and a metal baseball bat.

Jesus David Martinez was arrested early Sept. 15 after a report of four men fighting in the parking lot of the Tillman 7-Eleven.

By the time deputies arrived, the fight was over. They observed two brothers covered in blood getting up off the pavement. Two other men in a vehicle backed out of a parking space, nearly colliding with the deputies’ patrol car.

They exited their car and also were covered in blood, according to reports.

The four refused medical treatment, and Martinez was taken into custody.

A witness, who deputies said was intoxicated, said he watched the fight. He claimed Martinez used a baseball bat and crowbar and struck the brothers.

All four assailants reportedly traded punches.

Martinez told deputies the fight followed an argument in the store which began when he pushed items across the counter which the brothers intended to purchase, but they were still shopping.

Martinez said he tried to leave the parking lot, but was confronted by one of the brothers.

Martinez said he grabbed a crowbar in self-defense because the brothers were bigger than he is.

All four were taken into custody. A deputy took one of the victims to the hospital where he refused to have an X-ray taken. Staples were used to close up a 3-inch cut on his head.

At the jail, it was determined that one of the brothers had a shattered big toe on his left foot, but he refused treatment.

Two of the four were cited for battery and are to appear in court on Oct. 28.

Martinez was charged with two counts of felony battery with a deadly weapon against the brothers.

His lawyer, Derrick Lopez, asked Wednesday that Martinez be released on his own recognizance with supervision.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter objected.

“These are two counts of crimes of violence,” she said.

Perkins refused to lower the bail, and said if Martinez is able to get out, he will be under supervision.

Lopez said the case was still in negotiations.

A preliminary hearing is Sept. 27.


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