Accused cell phone peeper waives hearing |

Accused cell phone peeper waives hearing

A man accused of leaving his phone on to try and capture naked pictures of girls in their bathroom waived his preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday. Michael Joseph Donovan, 55, faces several felonies in connection with the case, including capturing an image of the private area of another person, possession of child pornography, burglary and use of the internet to control visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age. Donovan, a friend of the victim's family, stopped by the victim's home. During his visit, Donovan placed a cell phone that is equipped with a camera in the bathroom. The female juvenile victim discovered the camera and told her mother. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins ordered Donovan, who has been in custody since his arrest in June, to appear Aug. 19 in Douglas County District Court. ■ A Johnson Lane woman faces burglary and possession of stolen property charges in connection with the theft of $10,000 from a family member. Casey Anne McDuffee-Dube, 44, was taken into custody on Tuesday on a warrant issued for taking a cart full of groceries out of Smith's on June 9. McDuffee-Dube appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday morning where attorney Derrick Lopez was appointed to represent her. Her bail was set at $35,308. ■ A man who admitted to burglarizing a family member's home returned from Oklahoma to report he was six-months sober and trying to get into drug court there. Kenneth LaMontagne, admitted to felony burglary, saying he became addicted to opiates, which led to a heroin addiction. LaMontagne told District Judge Tod Young he was doing well attending a 12-step program. Attorney Derrick Lopez said they ran into difficulty getting LaMontagne into the Oklahoma drug court. The court in Oklahoma was concerned they wouldn't be able to impose sanctions on LaMontagne necessary to ensure his compliance. Young said that a 12-step program would not be sufficient for LaMontagne, much as he appreciated his progress there. "If you're not in drug court or professional counseling, you will go to prison," Young said. LaMontagne was ordered to return on Nov. 4 or be in either counseling or drug court. Young warned him that being in Oklahoma was a privilege and that he would have to return to Minden twice a year for at least a couple of years. ■ The case of a South Lake Tahoe woman who was accused of a third instance of driving under the influence was remanded back to Tahoe Township Justice Court on Tuesday. Stacie Dawn Anderson, 26, was arrested on March 25 on Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe. Her record showed previous arrests on Aug. 23, 2008, and Sept. 12, 2011. However, her 2008 conviction was apparently expunged. Young told prosecutor Tina Rossum, who asked for a week's continuance, that she could further investigate in justice court. ■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces charges for allegedly trying to hit his ex-girlfriend with a car on Saturday. Anthony Marcyes, 22, was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail on $4,000 bond on Monday and was given an East Fork Justice Court date. ■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested on a warrant Saturday in connection with the theft of jewelry from an acquaintance's home. Robert Jorgenson, 33, appeared in East Fork Justice Court and was released on $5,000 bail with a Wednesday court date. ■ A Dayton man will serve 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to petit larceny in the Sunday theft of two televisions. Drew Owenself, 28, allegedly caught a ride with someone to Walmart and left the store with two 19-inch televisions. On Monday he admitted to the theft, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

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.

Accused cell phone peeper in court

A man accused of leaving his cell phone in a Gardnerville family's bathroom to catch pictures of them naked appeared in custody in East Fork Justice Court on Monday. Michael Joseph Donovan, 55, faces several felonies in connection with the case, including capturing an image of the private area of another person, possession of child pornography, burglary and use of the internet to control visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age. Donovan, a friend of the victim's family, stopped by the victim's residence. During his visit, Donovan placed his cell phone that is equipped with a camera in the bathroom. The female juvenile victim discovered the camera and told her mother, according to Sheriff's Spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks. Sheriff's Deputies responded and met with the victim and her family. After collecting the phone as evidence, Deputies and investigators responded to Donovan's address, where he was arrested. Donovan was booked into the Douglas County Jail on $50,015 bail. Investigators are still actively working this case, Brooks said. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins appointed attorney Derrick Lopez to represent Donovan, but told him he would probably have to reimburse the county. Donovan told Perkins that he was self-employed and made about $2,000 a month. He is scheduled to appear back in court on Wednesday.

Smash and grabber will serve four years in prison

The last part of the smash and grab duo will spend up to four years in prison. Jacob Donovan, 35, was found guilty of burglary Monday, and sentenced to 16-48 months. His codefendant, Lisa Vantine, was sentenced to 12-36 for principal to burglary Jan. 12. Vantine admitted to being the look out and driver for Donovan during the burglaries, but never broke into the vehicles or took items. Donovan's sentence is to run consecutive to any sentence imposed in California where he was on parole at the time of the burglaries. Donovan and Vantine were arrested Oct. 16 after a vehicle matching the description of the one used during the smash and grabs was seen. The pair broke the windows of several vehicles in the Raley's and Walmart parking lots, taking what they found inside to support drug habits. Donovan has been to prison five different times on both similar and unrelated charges. He wrote in a letter addressed to the court that his experience in prison was not helpful or reformative, but detrimental. "It's not helping (time in prison). Why can't we try something else like rehab?" Donovan asked of the court. Donovan was also ordered to jointly pay back the $258 of restitution to the victims. "I really sincerely hope this is the last time you sit in front of someone like me," Judge David Gamble said after imposing Donovan's sentence. Donovan apologized to the court. "I'd like to apologize to my victims. I didn't mean to scare her. I'm sure she was terrified (watching him break into her vehicle from a beauty shop)," Donovan said. "I am totally accountable for my actions." He was given credit for 138 days for time served.

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.

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

Bail set at $75,000 in Johnson Lane burglary

Bail is $75,000 for a Reno man accused of stealing firearms and video games from his brother-in law's home in Johnson Lane. Kenneth Lamontagne, 25, was arrested Wednesday after he was spotted driving away from his brother-in-law's home at about 4:47 p.m. The victim said he was headed home when he saw a black Jeep Liberty pulling out of his driveway. He recognized his sister's vehicle. He found his front door unlocked and a window to the garage had been broken, and the door between the garage and the house had been pried open. Missing was a Mossberg shotgun and a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver and five to six PlayStation 3 video games. While investigators were talking to the victim, the description of the vehicle was broadcast. Carson City deputies heard the call and spotted the vehicle on its way to Washoe Valley. They pulled over the Jeep and arrested Lamontagne after spotting the shotgun. Lamontagne appeared Friday in East Fork Justice Court, charged with burglary with a deadly weapon or a firearm, and grand larceny of a firearm, both felonies. Judge Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Derrick Lopez to represent Lamontagne, and set his next court appearance Wednesday. Lamontagne pleaded with the judge to lower his bail. "I'm losing my mind in here," Lamontagne said. "I can't eat, I can't sleep." Perkins told Lamontagne that residential burglary involving firearms was one of the most serious felonies, and declined to lower his bail. ■ A 27-year-old transient faces a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine despite his insistence the substance removed from his vehicle was a fish tank chemical. Jacob Pacheaco was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop on Harvest Avenue and Chichester Drive in Gardnerville. Pacheaco reportedly told the arresting officer he had a medical marijuana card, but could not produce the document. Pacheaco handed over 9.5 grams of marijuana and rolling papers in the vehicle, and said he had smoked marijuana an hour before. He also lacked a driver's license, insurance or vehicle registration. He told the officer the vehicle belonged to an acquaintance who was incarcerated in another jurisdiction. A search of the vehicle turned up a metal container with 20.1 grams of a white, crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, several small plastic bags, a scale, a knife and a casino player card bent in half. Pacheaco appeared Friday in East Fork Justice Court and told Judge Tom Perkins he could not read or write. He asked Perkins when the substance would be tested at the lab and if it would be before Wednesday's schedule hearing. "It's not meth that they found in there," he said. He told the arresting officers the powder was for a fish tank. "At this point, we're not in a trial situation, even if it's powdered milk," Perkins said. He set a Feb. 7 preliminary hearing and told Pacheaco that prosecutors have to prove he did something wrong "or you get to go home." He lowered Pacheaco's bail from $40,368 to $25,000, in line with a trafficking charge. Perkins appointed Jamie Henry to represent Pacheaco.

Couple waives hearing in burglaries

A Chico, Calif., couple accused of a string of smash & grab vehicle burglaries in Carson Valley have waived their preliminary hearings and are headed to district court. Jacob Donovan, 35, and Lisa Vantine, 32, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday with their attorneys. Donovan faces burglary, conspiracy and habitual felon charges in connection with the burglaries, which occurred Oct. 13-15. Vantine faces burglary and conspiracy charges in the case. Both were ordered to appear in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 17 for arraignment. A preliminary hearing determines whether there is evidence a crime has been committed, and there is a chance the defendant committed it. The couple was arrested on Oct. 16 after a vehicle resembling one in the burglaries was spotted in Pine View Estates. Donovan, 35, was convicted of burglary in Butte County, Calif., in 2006 and 2007. ■ A Minden man was ordered to district court to face a felony count of driving under the influence after a preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Friday. Steven Michael Lehrbaum, 33, successfully completed Western Nevada Regional DUI Court in January after he received a third DUI in Carson City in 2010. The three-year program allowed him to convert the third DUI into a misdemeanor. On May 16, Lehrbaum was arrested near Highway 395 and Buckeye Road for DUI. He allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .18, according to court documents. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on Nov. 18. ■ A South Lake Tahoe resident is due to appear in Tahoe Township Justice Court on Nov. 18 after he allegedly placed his 78-year-old mother in a choke hold and took her car keys. David Rau, 49, was taken into custody on Nov. 2 after he was detained by Lakeside Inn Casino security. According to security, Rau's mother was at a slot machine that afternoon when he came up behind her, grabbed her around the neck and pulled her to the ground. She told deputies he took her keys, but that a Samaritan came along and pulled Rau off of her and held him for security. Rau is being held on $100,000 bail on charges of felony domestic battery and robbery. Deputies reported they could smell alcohol on Rau's breath when he was taken into custody. His mother told them he wanted her to drive him to Reno to pick up his brother.

Girls’ Golf: Douglas season statistics through Oct. 5

Aug. 28: Wolf Run Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 470; 2. Carson 476; 3. South Tahoe 536; 4. Reno 563; 5. Damonte 592 Individual: 1. Bethany Wurster 80; 2. Katie Gettman 81; 3. Heather Henderson 85; Michele Nikkels 95; Rachel Merino 129 Sept. 4: Northgate Golf Club Team: 1. Douglas 444; 2. Carson 476; 3. Reno 506; 4. South Tahoe 513; 5. Damonte Ranch 541 individual: 1. Wurster 71; Henderson 88, Nikkels 89, Gettman 98, Louie 98, Merino 106. Sept. 12: Wildcreek Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 435; 2. Carson 472, 3. Reno 507 Individual: 2. Bethany Wurster 78, Katie Gettman 85, Heather Henderson 86, Michele Nikkels 92, Shelby Louie 94, Rachel Merino 133 Sept. 18: Thunder Canyon Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 430; 2. Carson 509 Individual: 1. Katie Gettman 79, 1. Shelby Louie 79; 2. Bethany Wurster 83; Heather Henderson 91; Michele Nikkels 98; Katelyn Lee 113. Sept. 25: Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Golf Results, Tuesday September 25 at Rosewood Lakes Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 436; 2. Carson 275; 3. South Tahoe 479; 4. Reno 525; 5. Damonte Ranch 553. Individual: Bethany Wurster 75 (1st Overall); Heather Henderson 83 (2nd Overall); Shelby Louie 89; Katie Gettman 89; Michele Nikkels 100; Katelyn Lee 116. Oct. 2: Washoe Golf Course Team: 1. Douglas 481; 2. Carson 497; 3. South Tahoe 504. Individual Statistics: 3. Michele Nikkels 89; 5. Katie Gettman 90; Heather Henderson 92; Shelby Louie 94; Katelyn Lee 116; Rachel Merino 145.

Golf takes fifth at Wildcreek

Battling an extremely tough course, the Douglas girls’ golf team struggled to a fifth-place finish in Sierra League play Tuesday afternoon at the Wildcreek Golf Course. Freshman Michele Nikkels again lead the team, shooting a 113 for the Tigers. Sophomore Kristin Wyatt carded a 117, senior Sarah Schonian shot a 118 and Jolie Kizer shot a 120 for the Tigers. Freshmen Jessica Gorton and Katelyn Lee rounded out the Tigers’ card. Douglas travels to Eagle Valley next week.