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Mother in custody for absconding with children

A 44-year-old woman, accused of leaving Nevada with her children in violation of a court order, is to appear Wednesday to answer charges. Kathryn Marie Moore, of Topaz Ranch Estates, was extradited to Douglas County from Washington state and jailed on $25,000 bail. She is charged with child concealment or removal after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November. Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative's home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment. The children have been returned to their father. On Friday, Moore appeared in custody and asked to be released on her own recognizance. Prosecutor Maria Pence asked that the bail remain "based on the nature of the charges and concern for the safety of others in the community." "I have no prior history. I am not a dangerous person, I am not a danger to my children," Moore said. Perkins told Moore bail was to guarantee her presence in court. "We'll examine bail every time you come to court," Perkins said. "If you post bail, you will be under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing with electronic monitoring. You will not be able to leave the state without prior permission," he said. Perkins appointed Kris Brown to represent Moore and set her next appearance for Wednesday. He scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 7. According to court documents, Moore was ordered by District Judge Tod Young to bring her children to their father on Nov. 21 for a week's stay, a change in their previous custody status. Moore and her lawyer, Dana Griggs, failed to appear Dec. 6 for a hearing on her request to relocate with the children. Young denied the motion and awarded primary custody of the children to their father. Moore was arrested in Washington after a joint investigation between the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal's offices in Reno, Oklahoma and Washington. Court records indicate Moore's extradition from Washington cost $2,193.58. She reportedly was granted permission to take the children to Texas last summer, but made a "surreptitious" trip to California before returning to Nevada, according to reports.

Murder case due in Douglas County District Court

A Fish Springs resident accused in the Nov. 21, 2013, shooting of his caretaker, is scheduled to be arraigned in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins found there was sufficient evidence that a crime had been committed, and that Melvin Norlund, 81, was a likely suspect. A preliminary hearing does not determine guilt or innocence. Norlund is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail, charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon. He is accused of shooting 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun. Costanza, of Concord, Calif., was the suspect's caregiver, according to reports. Norlund said the shooting was accidental, that it occurred when they struggled with the shotgun. He reportedly told investigators he "grew tired of arguing" with Costanza and threatened to shoot her dog. ■ A Topaz Ranch Estates woman was remanded for trial on Friday after it was determined that a crime had been committed and that she committed it. Kathryn Moore, 45, was in East Fork Justice Court as the father of the two children she allegedly absconded with testified against her. The victim said the custody arrangement he had with Moore increased the amount of time he would get his younger son. At a Nov. 7, 2013 hearing, Judge Tod Young confirmed that order. The following day the man brought Moore the children, with the understanding that she would bring them back on Nov. 15. When she didn't show up, a search began for her and the children. The man testified that he didn't know what happened to his children until 61 days later when Moore was arrested. Defense attorney Kris Brown pointed out that Young's Nov. 7 hearing wasn't filed until Nov. 18. However prosecutor Tom Gregory said there was a previous order, and leaving with the children violated it as well. Perkins ordered Moore's bail of $25,000 cash or bond remain in place, and that if she does make bail that she be placed on a GPS monitor. Moore is due in Douglas County District Court on May 19. She has been in custody since she was arrested in Washington on Jan. 6.

Suspect accused of third offense DUI

A 49-year-old Johnson Lane woman with two prior convictions for driving under the influence was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a third offense, a felony. Deputies were called to the Johnson Lane General Store shortly after 8 p.m. on the report of a drunk driver. The officer observed the driver leave the store parking lot, fail to immediately turn on headlights, drive 15 mph in a 25-mph zone, and swerve on the roadway. According to the report, the officer turned on his overhead lights, and said the driver continued on the road for nearly half a mile. He said the motorist, identified as Rebeka Haelsig, said she continued to drive to her home so her car wouldn't be towed. She was held in Douglas County Jail without bail, and appeared Wednesday before East Fork Judge Tom Perkins. "The fact is, your honor, I am relieved I got caught," Haelsig told the judge. "I am glad nobody got hurt," the judge said, advising Haelsig to take advantage of any programs the jail has while she is incarcerated. He set her next hearing for Wednesday with her lawyer, Kris Brown. ■ A 25-year-old Johnson Lane man was sentenced Wednesday to two months in Douglas County Jail for cutting off a court-imposed monitor, and violating terms of a domestic battery protection order. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins ordered Elliot Liebowitz to serve six months in jail, with 120 days suspended, and placed him on two years probation. Liebowitz has been in custody for 30 days. In exchange for his guilty plea to the TPO violation, the state agreed to dismiss a charge for removal of the device, but Liebowitz has to pay restitution. The woman who sought the temporary restraining order accused Liebowitz of battery, and said he was sending her dozen of text messages. He was forbidden to have contact with the victim, and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing upon his release from jail. Perkins urged him to undergo counseling and put the failed relationship with the victim behind him. He must obey the terms of the restraining order. According to court documents, Liebowitz reportedly tested positive for a controlled substance, and was ordered to come in to DAS for a mandatory check. The department was alerted to a strap tamper on Feb. 18, and went to Liebowitz's home. His parents said they found the device on the floor, but the defendant was gone. Liebowitz was not taken into custody until officers were tipped that he was in a vehicle in the Best Buy parking lot on March 13. ■ East Fork Justice Tom Perkins denied a request Wednesday from a 45-year-old Topaz Ranch Estates woman accused of absconding with her children to lower her bail, or release her on her own recognizance. Kathryn Moore is being held in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail on a charge of child concealment or removal. She faces the charge after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November. Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative's home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment. The children have been returned to their father. She asked Perkins on Wednesday for release on her own recognizance. Moore is set for a preliminary hearing on May 9. She said she had to attend to family matters, and was offered a place to stay in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Out of custody, Moore said she would be better able to assist in her defense. Prosecutor Erik Levin opposed the request. "The whole nature of the charge is concealment of the children. She took off with her kids and had to be extradited back to the state," Levin said. Moore said she was not a flight risk, and had every incentive to stay in the community. "The only purpose of bail is to make sure you come to court," Perkins said. "The bail stands."

‘Poppin’ tags’ earns suspended sentence

A 28-year-old Carson City woman was ordered Wednesday to stay out of Target and repay $772 owed to the store after she and her sister switched price tags. Lorena Cruz-Garcia pleaded guilty to theft, and was sentenced to a 60-day sentence, suspended for one year. Her sister, who was a Target employee, is being adjudicated in juvenile court. According to reports, the 17-year-old said Garcia-Cruz told her which items to mark down. They ranged from clothing and jewelry to yogurt and a Christmas tree along with multiple toys and other food items. The discrepancies were noticed by a review of transactions that revealed what managers said was an excessive amount of price changes more than 50 percent off the regular price. The prices were adjusted over several days in December, according to reports. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins told Cruz-Garcia if she violated the law, or went into Target while on suspended sentence, she faced two months in jail. ■ A hearing is set Feb. 11 in district court to seek the release of funds for an evaluation of a Topaz Ranch Estates woman accused of absconding with her children in violation of a custody order. Attorney Kris Brown requested a conditional waiver of a preliminary hearing for Kathryn Moore, 44. Moore is charged with child concealment or removal after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November. Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative's home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment. The children have been returned to their father. On Wednesday, Brown requested the waiver so she could seek funding from district court for a psychological evaluation and risk assessment of her client. Moore is in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail. ■ A preliminary hearing for an 81-year-old man accused of murder has been delayed a second time, until March 7. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins agreed to the delay requested by both sides to obtain DNA results prior to the hearing. Originally, Melvin Oneal Norlund was set for preliminary hearing in December. The purpose of the hearing is to determine if the crime occurred and Norlund most likely committed it. It does not determine guilt or innocence. Norlund is in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bail, charged with open murder with use of a deadly weapon. He is accused of shooting 51-year-old Catherine Mary Costanza with a shotgun on Nov. 21, 2013, at his Fish Springs residence. Costanza, of Concord, Calif., was the suspect's caregiver, according to reports. Norlund said the shooting was accidental, that it occurred when they struggled with the shotgun. He reportedly told investigators he "grew tired of arguing" with Costanza and threatened to shoot her dog.

Bail $50,000 in DUI case

A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested Tuesday night after he was pulled over for driving with a license suspended for driving under the influence. Nathan Daniel Willetts, 29, had been put under the supervision of alternative sentencing on Jan. 13 as a condition of bail. Defense attorney Kristine Brown told Perkins that Willetts was picking up food and medicine for his girlfriend. “He wasn’t just driving around,” she said. Prosecutor Eric Levin argued against allowing Willetts back out on bail. “We can’t count on him not to drive or use narcotics while he is out on bail,” Levin said. Perkins ordered the $50,000 bail in the case to stand, unless he is admitted to a treatment program. Perkins set a March 1 trial date on a charge of driving under the influence, second offense.

Parents accused of dealing drugs in front of toddlers

A Gardnerville couple is facing mandatory prison on allegations that they sold methamphetamine, and kept their drug supply within reach of their two young children. Roberto Rodriguez, 25, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine; two counts of allowing a child to be present in the commission of a controlled substance violation; and two counts of sales of a controlled substance. His girlfriend, Michelle A. Hart, 22, is charged with child endangerment and trafficking in a controlled substance. According to court documents, the pair was arrested following a three-month investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators which involved four purchases of methamphetamine. Investigators reportedly found methamphetamine in an unlocked desk drawer within easy reach of the couple’s two children, ages 3 and 9 months. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Jamie Henry to represent Hart. Lawyer Kris Brown was appointed to represent Rodriguez. The children were in the care of family members. Prosecutor Laurie Trotter asked that Hart’s bail stand at $50,500 because of the seriousness of the allegations, but Perkins reduced it to $25,000. If she manages to bail out, Perkins ordered her to remain in Nevada, waive extradition, and abstain from alcohol and controlled substances. Rodriguez’ bail remained at $127,259. Their next court appearance is today.

Bail at $158,000 in alleged weapons theft

Bail was set at $158,000 for an 18-year-old Gardnerville man accused of breaking into a garage in Topaz Ranch Estates two times and stealing a .357-magnum rifle, ammunition and three swords. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins declined to reduce bail for Dennis Darter on Wednesday and appointed lawyer Derrick Lopez to represent the suspect. Darter was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with three felonies and a gross misdemeanor including two counts of burglary, burglary of a firearm and possession of burglary tools. Perkins set Darter’s next court appearance Jan. 5. According to reports, Darter and two juveniles are accused of being involved in the burglary of the garage in the 3200 block of Highland Way in Topaz Ranch Estates. Deputies reportedly discovered the missing items in one of the juvenile’s vehicles when he and Darter pulled up next to a patrol car Dec. 26 at Topaz Ranch Park to ask directions. Deputies found bolt cutters and broken padlocks in the vehicle along with a pellet gun, magazine rounds, three swords and the rifle. Prosecutor Karen Dustman asked Perkins to maintain the bail. “He came into the possession of these firearms. We believe he had the intent to steal the guns. These are very serious charges,” Dustman said.

Burglary suspect held in Walmart theft

A former Gardnerville Ranchos man is facing a burglary charge after he allegedly tried to take $636 in merchandise from the Indian Hills Walmart. Charles David Yale Austin, 31, was arrested on Dec. 23 after deputies received a report he’d left the Walmart and was headed toward the Four Square Church. The property included two hard drives, two external hard drives and two web cameras. Deputies located him in the bushes behind the church. Austin was arrested two weeks ago on a drug charge and was out on bail for that charge when he was arrested again. “I messed up,” he told Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins in court on Tuesday. “I made a mistake.” Perkins appointed Tod Young to serve as Austin’s attorney and set bail at $50,000.

Judge won’t lower bail for burglary suspect

East Fork Justice Tom Perkins refused to lower the $35,000 bail of a Gardnerville man accused of stealing $50 out of a woman’s hand and other crimes. Attorney Kris Brown requested Wednesday that bail be lowered to $5,000 for Robert Schwoerer who is charged with two felony burglary counts, and in a separate incident, domestic battery with one prior and false imprisonment. On Aug. 9, Schwoerer reportedly was meeting with a woman when she said he snatched $50 cash that she was holding in her hand. She and her companion said Schwoerer fled on a bicycle. He was found the next day hiding at his parents’ home in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Schwoerer had two arrest warrants out of East Fork Justice Court for domestic battery with one prior and false imprisonment. The warrants stem from July in which a 17-year-old girl said Schwoerer held her against her will as she was trying to collect her belongings from his apartment. In March, Schwoerer was accused of a similar offense against the teenager. Brown said Schwoerer lived in the area all his life and couldn’t afford the bail. Prosecutor Erik Levin opposed a reduction, saying Schwoerer was accused of serious charges, and the burglary was allegedly committed while he was on probation. Perkins denied the bail request.

Suspect in 82-year-old’s stabbing faces up to 35 years in prison

A 20-year-old Las Vegas man faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of charges that he stabbed his 82-year-old great-grandfather in the neck, nearly severing the alleged victim's trachea and cutting his thyroid. East Fork Justice Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Jamie Henry on Friday to represent Bradley Endsley Jr., being held in Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail. He is accused of stabbing the victim at his Topaz Ranch Estates home on Slate Road. Deputies arrived on scene at 12:30 a.m. April 15 after a report of a gunshot. They reportedly found Endsley inside the home holding a knife. As deputies issued orders to Endsley, the victim pulled into the driveway bleeding from a stab wound. The man told deputies that he was attacked by Endsley, and managed to escape before deputies arrived, Sgt. Pat Brooks said. Deputies forced their way into the home, and placed Endsley into custody for attempted murder. On Friday, Endsley was charged with battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm to a person 60 years of age or older. Prosecutor Erik Levin said the battery charge carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The elderly enhancement is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The criminal complaint says the victim was stabbed in the neck, suffering a nearly severed trachea and a cut thyroid and other injuries, resulting in a loss of blood requiring emergency surgery. The victim was taken by CareFlight to Renown Regional Medical Center. The reason for the attack is still being investigated. No one else was injured, Brooks said. Levin asked that Perkins keep Endsley's bail at $100,000. "The bail is appropriate for the severity of the offense. The penalties are pretty close (to an attempted murder charge). He does represent a risk to the community. He was living with the victim, and I don't know that he has any other place to stay," Levin said. Perkins set Endsley's next court appearance for Wednesday with a preliminary hearing scheduled May 3.