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A continued arraignment was set Nov. 5 for a 49-year-old Carson City woman arrested after she failed to appear for an earlier court date on her third arrest for driving under the influence.

District Judge Tod Young ordered Ann Syphus-Freed to be held on $10,000 cash bail. She was ordered to appear Oct. 15, but didn’t show up.

Young issued a bench warrant for $10,000, and Syphus-Freed was arrested Oct. 17. She also tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court reports.

Terms of her released had included no driving or use of drugs or alcohol. She is charged with a third offense of driving under the influence within three years.

Syphus-Freed 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 ordered to appear Oct. 15 in court.

■ A charge was dismissed Tuesday against a 21-year-old Gardnerville man who successfully completed Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

District Judge Tod Young congratulated Sean Martin for completing drug court two years after he was granted a diversion program on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

“He had a couple of hiccups, but he ran a very good program,” said his lawyer, William Cole.

Martin told Young he had a full-time job, and that being sober was “pretty good.”

Martin said he was saving money and planned to move out of the area.

During his time in the program, Martin missed two drug tests, but never tested positive for drugs or alcohol.

He was arrested July 12, 2011, and accused of being part of a drug distribution operation.

Young ordered his record sealed.

■ Bail is $35,006 for a Gardnerville Ranchos man accused of stealing two guitars from a neighbor Friday.

David Slate, 34, is charged with burglary and grand larceny.

According to reports, he reportedly entered the residence of his neighbor in the 1300 block of Langley with the intent to take the merchandise. The guitars have been returned.

He reportedly told deputies that he was returning his neighbor’s dogs at 1:30 a.m., saw the guitars in the house, and took them.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Derrick Lopez to represent Slate after he said he was unemployed and couldn’t afford an attorney.

He asked the judge if he could be placed in a drug rehabilitation facility. Perkins told him to take it up with his lawyer.

Slate is due back in court Wednesday.

■ An 18-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman is to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Oct. 30 on allegations that she stole clothing Sunday from three stores in north Douglas County.

Jordyn Taylor Story is facing three charges of petty larceny. She is accused of stealing items from The Niche, Marshalls and Target.

According to reports, Story set off an alarm when she tried to leave The Niche with items in her handbag.

She reportedly gave the sales associate a false name, and ran out of the store while the employee called the sheriff’s office.

The woman was able to give Story’s license number to deputies who stopped her on Vista Grande. Deputies found a pile of clothing from Marshalls and Target with tags still on them, and a false ID.

The stolen items totaled more than $160.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins released Story on her own recognizance and ordered her to stay out of the three stores, plus Walmart.

“You don’t want to be known as a thief,” he said.

He appointed Kris Brown to represent her.


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