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October 29, 2013
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Warrant issued for California man

A bench warrant was issued Monday for a 27-year-old California man who has failed to supply progress reports about a drug diversion program.

District Judge Michael Gibbons issued the warrant and set bail at $5,000 cash for Joel Phillip Grosskopf who received permission to participate in the out-of-state program after he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.

Grosskopf failed to appear for an Oct. 14 review, so Gibbons set another appearance for Monday that he did not attend.

Grosskopf’s lawyer, Derrick Lopez, said he had contacted the defendant’s mother who verified his phone number. Lopez said he left multiple messages, but received no response.

He said the treatment center refused to confirm whether Grosskopf was still in the program without his permission.

He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in a four-year-old case. Gibbons warned him at sentencing that he faced up to four years in prison if he failed to follow terms of probation.

On April 20, 2009, investigators discovered a marijuana grow operation with 40 plants and paraphernalia at Grosskopf’s home in the 3500 block of Arcadia Drive in Jacks Valley.

Investigators recovered 40 live marijuana plants, two electric ballasts, three high-intensity grow lights, an electric timer, a handwritten list of marijuana plant names, a glass jar of processed marijuana and a CD with photographs.

In exchange for Grosskopf’s guilty plea, additional charges were dismissed.

■ Probation was reinstated Monday for a 35-year-old woman who admitted violating multiple terms of her release, including using drugs.

District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered Melissa White to serve six months in Douglas County Jail as part of her probation. He said that could include an in-patient treatment which, if successful, would be counted against her jail term.

White pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of 36 months.

She was arrested Oct. 15 for a probation violation, admitting she used a controlled substance, violated curfew, and associated with a known felon, who is the father of one of her children.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory asked that White’s probation be revoked.

“She is not viewed as a good candidate for probation,” Gregory said.

White’s lawyer, Jamie Henry, said her client was eager to participate in an in-patient treatment program.

Henry said White had family support and knew “she’s going to have to be pretty much perfect” if she is reinstated to probation to avoid prison.

Gibbons said he would give her another chance because of a first-time violation, lack of prior record, and the fact that she turned herself in.

Gibbons said more time in jail would insure she remained clean and sober and give her a better chance at success.

“You have to learn the skills to stay clean,” he said.

He ordered her to stay away from her child’s father unless a meeting is arranged through the court.

■ A 20-year-old Carson City woman faces up to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty Monday to burglary, and agreed to pay $5,000 restitution.

Kayla Robbins admitted the May 30 break-in at the East Valley residence of her 76-year-old grandmother.

According to reports, Robbins took cash, credit cards, jewelry, a handgun and other items totaling more than $19,000. Most of the items have been returned.

As part of a plea agreement, Robbins agreed to cooperate with authorities in other cases. Gibbons ordered that part of agreement to be sealed.

She is set for sentencing Dec. 30.

Robbins faces gross misdemeanor charges in Carson City and a Reno traffic ticket.

In exchange for her guilty plea, Robbins is allowed to apply for a drug diversion program if she qualifies.

She is to successfully complete a 30-day inpatient treatment program.

Judge Michael Gibbons told Robbins it is up to him to decide her sentence regardless of the plea agreement.

She could be fined $10,000 in addition to the prison sentence.

“You have to stay clean,” Gibbons said. “There are many possible outcomes. If you don’t appear, or use drugs, this plea agreement will be off.”


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