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October 15, 2013
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Warrant issued for woman who fails to appear

A bench warrant for $10,000 was issued Tuesday for a 49-year-old Carson City woman who failed to show up for arraignment on her third arrest for driving under the influence.

Attorney Alan Erb told District Judge Tod Young that his client, Ann Syphus-Reed, left a message that she was in Yerington with car trouble.

Erb said she contacted him Monday, and said she was in California trying to locate her daughter who she said absconded from Carson City authorities. Erb said she had car trouble in California, but had made it as far as Yerington before another breakdown.

Young, pointing out that Syphus-Reed was ordered not to drive a vehicle, issued the warrant.

She is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence within three years.

She was convicted twice in 2011 for offenses that occurred in Tahoe Township and East Fork.

Her most recent arrest was May 15, She was charged with driving under the influence of a sedative, methadone or methamphetamine.

A warrant was issued for her arrest in June when she failed to appear for drug tests.

Her bail was reinstated, and she was to appear Tuesday in court.

Erb told Young he couldn’t be sure Syphus-Reed was operating a vehicle, but the judge said she would have an opportunity to explain herself when she is taken into custody.

■ Two women involved in the sale of methamphetamine in a Douglas County drug operation were sentenced Tuesday to five years probation and told to stay away from each other and a third codefendant.

District Judge Tod Young sentenced Kelly Ryan, 47, and Amy Miles, 27, to four years in Nevada state prison, suspended, and placed them on five years probation.

They were ordered to successfully complete Western Nevada Regional Drug Court and forbidden to use drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicants.

“My client has been working really hard since her release,” said lawyer Jamie Henry, who represented Ryan.

She presented a file full of letters on Ryan’s behalf, along with her daily schedule and attendance sheets from 12-step meetings.

Ryan said she recently moved to Douglas County from Carson City so she could be more involved in her child’s activities including school and sports.

“I enjoy this community,” she said. “This has been a whole lifestyle change. I feel good about myself.”

Miles told Young she had a bed waiting for her Wednesday in the Step II treatment program in Reno which she planned to follow up with transitional living.

Attorney Kris Brown said Miles had been pro-active in her efforts to overcome addiction.

“I have a major issue with drugs,” Miles said, admitting she failed a previous attempt at drug court. “I’ve never finished a program. I want to learn how to deal with my problems.”

Miles said she liked Step II because the program was at least three months long followed by transitional living.

Miles and Ryan were arrested June 27 following a transaction which involved Daniel David Johnson, 51. At the time, he was identified as Ryan’s boyfriend.

He has pleaded not guilty and is set for trial Feb. 5. As part of their plea agreements, Miles and Ryan agreed to testify truthfully in exchange for lesser charges.

Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substances act.

■ A 43-year-old man elected Tuesday to ask for a DUI diversion program rather than be sentenced to Nevada state prison for at least one year.

District Judge Tod Young, who encouraged Peter Pecorilla in August to rethink whether he wanted prison, told the man he made the right choice.

“It’s a far better decision you have made,” Young said.

Pecorilla had previously rejected the diversion because he didn’t think he could pay for counseling and meet the rigorous schedule established for participants in the program designed to keep DUI offenders out of prison.

His lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said Pecorilla had a job in construction and a place to live.

Young ordered Pecorilla to report Monday for drug court.

He forbid him to consume alcohol under any circumstances.

“Take care of yourself,” Young said. “You are worthwhile.”

Pecorilla has prior DUI convictions from January 2010 and May 2011, both in East Fork Justice Court.

A third conviction within seven years is mandatory prison unless the defendant qualifies for the DUI diversion program which lasts three years.

A 51-year-old transient was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in Nevada state prison for his part in the theft of more than $1,100 in stamps from post offices in Glenbrook and South Lake Tahoe.

■ District Judge Tod Young sentenced David Edwin Ramsey to a minimum of 12 months for burglary.

His codefendants were sentenced last month.

Ramsey did not qualify for probation because he has a prior burglary conviction.

“I did know it was wrong,” Ramsey said. “This is a humiliating and regrettable experience.”

Ramsey said he had spent his youth in foster care and had suffered mental, physical and sexual abuse. He said he had been clean and sober since 2008, but made an “irrational decision” to participate in the crime which occurred in April.

Ramsey and a codefendant entered the Glenbrook post office in April and attempted to purchase stamps with a check that bounced. The suspects were apprehended within days and the stamps recovered.

Young said he rejected Ramsey’s argument that the crime was somehow lesser because he thought the check would be covered by an overdraft account.

“You think it wouldn’t be a crime to get somebody else’s stuff and get away with it,” Young said. “You’re a thief.”

Ramsey’s attorney, Derrick Lopez, said when his client was approached, he was homeless and off his medication.

“He was to the point where it sounded like a good idea,” Lopez said.

Young gave Ramsey credit for 176 days in custody.

He ordered him to pay court fees within six months of his release from prison.


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