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Woman faces prison in meth trafficking

An Indian Hills woman faces at least eight years in prison after she admitted that she had 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine for sale in her home. Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 33, was scheduled for a trial next month on charges stemming from her October 2012 arrest. In a plea agreement, prosecutors said they would not seek more than 4-10 years in prison on each count of trafficking in a controlled substance. That's a reduction of a more serious trafficking charge, which would have carried a life sentence with the possibility of parole or a definite term of 25 years under Nevada law. Under the agreement the sentences would be served consecutively and there would be no chance of probation. District Judge Tod Young told Chaidez that under the law, the penalty for trafficking was 2-15 years in prison and $500,000 fine on each charge. Chaidez was arrested after a safe was found in her home containing the methamphetamine and $4,500 in cash, along with scales. At an April 2013 preliminary hearing, a Douglas County investigator said he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom. The investigator said he could see money, packaging and what looked like illicit drugs by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through another hole. He said Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the sheriff's office where officers opened it. She challenged a confession, saying that investigators didn't have probable cause to search the home. According to court documents, her confession and the evidence in the safe was deemed admissible in November 2013. Chaidez was scheduled to be tried in December 2013, but she was pregnant, and rather than endanger the child, Young delayed the trial until July. On Tuesday, Attorney Derrick Lopez said that Chaidez was engaged to be married. Young set her sentencing date for Aug. 12.

Girls’ Golf: Wurster wins third league tournament

STATELINE – Even though Bethany Wurster represents Douglas High School and Alexis Holmes plays for South Tahoe High, they are more like golf teammates. As good “teammates” do, Wurster and Holmes root for one aonother and inspire each other. For two of the top golfers in the Sierra Division, and the state for that matter, a friendship has formed out of competition. “It will fuel you to strive for something better. You just want to beat them. You love them, but you want to beat them at the same time,” Wurster said Tuesday afternoon following a 3-over-par round of 75 that topped the Sierra Division event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. “It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, I hope you do well, but I hope I do better.’” Wurster, who birdied six holes, finished seven strokes ahead of Holmes, who came in third with an 82. The last of Wurster’s birdies on No. 18 cost Holmes a dinner. “Once I get my scoring figured out, it’s going to be fun,” said Holmes, who believes mismanagement of her game at times prevents her from scoring in the 70s. “I’m driving the ball really well, but I’m just hitting bad irons. I overcompenstate sometimes when I shouldn’t, so I’m 20 yards long, and it’s very difficult to two-putt from there. “Hopefully by zone I’ll get it figured out.” The two friends played Edgewood Tahoe on Sunday in preparation for Tuesday’s round, and Wurster beat Holmes 74-76 by eagling the final hole. Bishop Manogue’s Mackenzie Souers broke up the 1-2 Wurster-Holmes finish by shooting an 80. Alex Phillips, the defending state champion and also playing in the group with Wurster and Holmes, came in fifth with an 85. “It’s the first time all three have played together,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler. “Bethany and Alexis have developed a really good friendship, but they are always real competitive with each other.” Manogue, the defending state champions, were far superior than their division foes on Tuesday, as four Miners scored 90 or better en route to a 339 team total. Damonte Ranch was second with 419 strokes and Galena and Carson tied for third at 422. South Tahoe, which placed third in the previous tournament, finished sixth at 458. The Vikings’ Morgan Murphy shot 109 and Brittany Rumble fired a 118. Team scores 1. Manogue 439, 2. Damonte Ranch 419, 3. Galena 422, 3. Carson 422, 5. Fallon 453, 6. South Tahoe 458, 7. Douglas 467, 8. Wooster 526. Individual scores Manogue: Alex Phillips 85, Maggie Jones 84, Mackenzie Souers 80, Elise Levy 90, Megan Anderson 136, Lexi Robertson 114. Damonte Ranch: Shayla Miller 104, Ashleigh Westover 96, Rachael Schryer 101, Morgan Pisane 118. Galena: Hayley Jensen 100, Skylar Antencio 105, Sydney Atencio 113, Gabi Lucas 109, Rachael Zunino 107, Amanda Parmer 110. Carson: Megan Justice 113, Whitney Nash 102, Elayna Shine 105, Katie Cowperthwaite 110, Lindsay Burroughs 105, Katie Livermore 110. Fallon: Megan Hill 109, Brittyn Tidwell 103, Sarah Frandsen 123, Sara Parsons 118, Ashley Bowers 128, Katie Moore 131. South Tahoe: Alexis Holmes 82, Morgan Murphy 92, Brittany Rumble 118. Douglas: Bethany Wurster 75, Kelsey Endter 118, Megan Welch 151, Bri Burnside 138, Emily Downer 136, Kristen Greenhut 153. Wooster: Alana Crosby 123, Zoie Oberg 116, Karlee Day 130, Samantha Burrows 157.

Trial delayed for pregnant defendant

Trial on a drug trafficking charge set to begin next week was delayed seven months because the defendant is pregnant, and expressed concern that the proceedings would put her unborn child under stress. Attorney Derrick Lopez told District Judge Tod Young that the doctor for his client, Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 33, was concerned for the health of the baby, due Feb. 23. According to his client, Lopez said the doctor was concerned the baby wasn't growing. A frustrated Young said he was ready to sign an order calling 100 residents to report for jury duty for the trial that was to begin Dec. 16. "If I send this out and disrupt people's lives and plans, then you come in the next day and say we can't have this trial. Are you going to ask me to continue?" Young asked. Lopez said Chaidez was to see her doctor on Tuesday, but Young said that would be too late to continue the trial after the jury had been called. "I am not inclined to put a child at risk over this case," he said. "It concerns me that we need issues to be resolved. I can't send jurors an order to appear the next day. That's not the best way to insure a fair trial." Chaidez was arrested Oct. 22, 2012, after more than a pound of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe at her home. She is accused of having 1 pound, 14 ounces of methamphetamine in a safe inside her home along with scales, a ledger and $4,800 in cash. Investigators discovered the safe on Oct. 22, 2012, while conducting a search in an unrelated case. At a preliminary hearing in April, Douglas County, an investigator testified he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom. He testified he could see money, packaging and what looked like an illicit drug by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through a second hole. He said Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the Douglas County Sheriff's station where authorities opened it. She pleaded not guilty in May to trafficking in a controlled substance, and Young set the trial for Dec. 16. "I am very frustrated and trying not to show it," the judge said Tuesday. He set the new trial for July 7, and ordered Chaidez to appear. "Here's the deal," he said. "The fact that you will have a young child will not keep you from trial. I will not allow you to use this baby to keep avoiding the charges you are facing. I would not move this trial at all if I didn't have the interests of an innocent child." Chaidez is out of custody on $25,000 bail. He renewed Chaidez's bail conditions that include no drugs or alcohol, subject to random search and seizure, no firearms or dangerous weapons and no travel out of the state without notification in advance to the Department of Alternative Sentencing which is supervising her.

Woman fights meth trafficking charge

An Indian Hills woman is fighting drug trafficking charges filed after more than a pound of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe at her home. Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 32, appeared for a preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Friday. She's accused of having 1 pound, 14 ounces of methamphetamine in a safe inside her home along with scales, a ledger and $4,800 in cash. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins found there was marginal evidence that Chaidez could have committed the crime and ordered her bound over to district court. She is scheduled to appear on May 21. Investigators discovered the safe on Oct. 22 while conducting a search in an unrelated case. According to testimony offered by Douglas County Investigator Ted Duzan he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom. He testified he could see money, packaging and what looked like illicit drug by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through a second hole. Duzan said that Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the Douglas County Sheriff's Station where authorities opened it. When he spoke to her the same day, she told them that she purchased the safe a few weeks prior. She gave them the combination to the safe. Under cross-examination by Chaidez' attorney Derrick Lopez, Duzan said investigators were familiar with the defendant's address in connection with drug activity. Chaidez was taken into custody on Oct. 24, because she said the man who paid her to keep the safe was looking for its contents. She posted $25,000 bond the next day.

Man admits Walmart burglary

A 43-year-old Indian Hills man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary in connection with a commercial burglary at Walmart on Topsy Lane. In a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend a suspended sentence of 12-36 months and recommend probation on the condition that Glen Richard Blackthorn successfully complete drug court and pay restitution. District Judge Tod Young set sentencing for July 23, and released Blackthorn on his own recognizance. "I would like to get out and start proving myself. I am capable of working programs and getting my children back," Blackthorn said. Blackthorn is suspected of stealing two shopping carts of merchandise from Walmart at Topsy Lane on April 1 and loading them in his yellow truck. Authorities questioned Blackthorn at his residence on Calcite Drive, and he reportedly admitted his part in the thefts. While searching the residence, deputies discovered a hypodermic needle in a wastebasket within reach of three children. Blackthorn faces a maximum of 10 years in Nevada state prison and a $10,000 fine. He admitted using methamphetamine, and Young cautioned him to remain drug-free. "Here's the deal," Young said. "If you've got a problem with methamphetamine, there's every chance in the world you're going to use again. Prove me wrong." Blackthorn is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing, must abstain from alcohol and drugs, and is subject to random search and seizure for illegal substances or stolen property. He is forbidden to have firearms or dangerous weapons. Blackthorn is forbidden to enter Walmart, and the judge suggested he begin substance abuse counseling. ■ An Indian Hills woman is set for trial Dec. 16 after she pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an allegation that she trafficked in methamphetamine. Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 32, denied a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, a class A felony. District Judge Tod Young set the date after both sides said they thought the trial would take 3-1/2 days. She was arrested Oct. 22, 2012, after more than a pound of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe at her home. She is accused of having 1 pound, 14 ounces of methamphetamine in a safe inside her home along with scales, a ledger and $4,800 in cash. Investigators discovered the safe on Oct. 22 while conducting a search in an unrelated case. At a preliminary hearing in April, Douglas County Investigator Ted Duzan testified he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom. He testified he could see money, packaging and what looked like an illicit drug by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through a second hole. Duzan said that Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the Douglas County Sheriff's Station where authorities opened it. Chaidez is out of custody on $25,000 bail.

Douglas final basketball season statistics

Record: 23-9 overall, 11-3 Sierra League, 8-2 home, 8-1 away, 7-6 neutral Team Statistics Points for: 2,113 Points against: 1,767 3-pointers for: 114 3-pointers against: 121 Free throws for: 383-610 Free throws against: 345-527 Field goals for: 879 Field goals against: 633 Scoring by quarters Douglas 486 509 545 565 8 – 2,113 Opponent 402 413 457 492 3 – 1,767 Individual statistics *Keith Olson 203 71-116 477 *Mike Gransbery 133 49-66 386 *Jeff Nady 92 59-90 248 James McLaughlin 78 28-49 200 *Kevin Emm 74 27-42 194 Joe Nady 76 21-34 177 David Laird 55 46-62 156 *Nate Whalin 27 5-16 59 Jared Trowbridge 10 33-47 55 Ryan McPeek 16 17-32 50 Brandon Bernard 7 12-19 27 Herman Fillmore 4 11-16 19 Ross Bertolone 8 2-12 18 *- Starters 3-pointers Mike Gransbery 72 Kevin Emm 18 James McLaughlin 17 Joe Nady 4 Keith Olson 2 Brandon Bernard 1 Ryan McPeek 1 Fouled out Jeff Nady 4 Joe Nady 4 James McLaughlin 2 Kevin Emm 2 Keith Olson 1 David Laird 1 Nate Whalin 1 Record: 14-17 overall, 8-6 Sierra League, 5-3 home, 5-6 away, 4-7 neutral TEAM Points for: 1,353 Points against: 1,297 INDIVIDUAL SCORING *Jessica Waggoner 370 *Bridget Maestretti 173 Dana Pardee 149 *Taryn Williams 107 (from 12/27) *Dany Heidt 71 *Sarah Hartley 70 Nicole Didero 29 Katie Buffo 20 Allie Hughes 18 Kaela Horse 18 Michelle Richardson 12 Lisa Christen 8 Kristin Wyatt 6 Gina Pfaffenberger 2 * – Starters

Woman gets 8-20 years in trafficking case

An Indian Hills woman was sentenced to 8-20 years in state prison on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Tearsa L. Cisneros, formally Chaidez, 33, could have faced up to 30 years in prison on the charges. She admitted that she had 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine in her home when she was arrested in October 2012. Cisneros had a child earlier this year, delaying her trial. "Thank you for the opportunity to set things right for my child," she said. "Nobody else did this. I did it." She said selling drugs was the second worst thing she'd done in her life after starting to use them herself. However, prosecutor Laurie Trotter pointed out that Cisneros said she was clean when she was arrested. "You call this drug horrible, but you sold it to other people's children so they would suffer from this horrible drug for profit," Young said. In a plea agreement, prosecutors said they would not seek more than 4-10 years in prison on each count of trafficking in a controlled substance. That's a reduction of a more serious trafficking charge, which would have carried a life sentence with the possibility of parole or a definite term of 25 years under Nevada law.

Tiger golf takes 4th place

Freshman Michele Nikkels continued her successful rookie season, shooting a 100 to lead the Douglas girls’ golf team to a fourth-place finish at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Wednesday. Reno’s Alyson Felesina took first overall with a 79 and Melissa Slocumb shot an 81 to take second for the Huskies. Reno won the match as a team, shooting a 442. For Douglas, Sarah Schonian shot a 113 and Kristin Wyatt shot a 114. Jolie Kizer shot a 118, Shelby Louie shot a 129 and Alyssa Matus shot a 131 to round out the Tigers’ afternoon.

Four arrested in drug stings

Four people were arrested in two separate methamphetamine sales to Douglas County undercover officers which yielded 136 grams of the controlled substance with a street value of $13,000. Yolanda Alvardo, 22, of North Highlands, Calif., was arrested Dec. 1 in a Stateline casino parking lot after a reported sale of 56 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $5,000. She was charged with felony trafficking. Alvardo is in Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail. Three men were arrested Wednesday in the parking lot of Old Navy in north Douglas County after delivering more than 80 grams of methamphetamine to undercover officers. Arrested were Felipe Ledezma-Aguilar, 26, Carson City; Ignacio Rodriquez-Ibarra, 29, Carson City; and Felipe Moreno-Renteria, 24, Dayton. They were each charged with felony trafficking and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances act. Rodriquez-Ibarra and Moreno-Renteria remained in custody on $110,000 bail each. Ledezma-Aguilar’s bail has been set at $123,000 due to a Carson City warrant of arrest for failing to appear on a felony DUI charge and a probation violation. Trafficking with 28 grams or more is a category A felony, the highest level. Penalties range from life in prison with eligibility for parole after 10 years; or, for a definite term of 25 years with eligibility for parole after 10 years; and up to a $500,000 fine. The conspiracy charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. “These recent arrests highlight the ever-increasing problem of methamphetamine use in our community,” said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tom Mezzetta. “It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not just the drug abuse affected by the use of illegal substances. The entire community suffers as the vast majority of crimes committed in our neighborhoods are done so to facilitate the purchase of these substances,” he said.

The R-C Morning Report for Dec. 3

The Nevada Highway Patrol is working a two-vehicle accident in the northbound lanes of Highway 395 at Stephanie Way. The accident occurred at 7 a.m. Both vehicles' occupants were reported conscious. Gardnerville Town Board members will discuss an update on the Hellwinkel Flood Control Channel and flood study today at their regular meeting. Also on the agenda is transferring the town maintenance facility from the county to the town. Gardnerville meets starting at 4:30 p.m. A half-hour presentation on the Nevada League of Cities opens the meeting, which means the action may not start until 5 p.m. A pre-trial conference is set for this morning for Indian Hills resident Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 32, who is denying a trafficking charge and is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 16. She was arrested on Oct. 22, 2012, after investigators discovered a safe allegedly containing cash and more than a pound of methamphetamine in her closet during a search in an unrelated case. It's cloudy, and raining on the west side, but so far no sign of snow in Carson Valley. The Valley continues under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m., so there's still time for snow to slow the evening commute.