Warrants issued for two court no-shows

East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl issued bench warrants Wednesday for the arrest of two men who failed to appear for separate criminal court proceedings.

Paul Winberg, 57, of South Lake Tahoe, is facing felony charges of grand larceny of a firearm and theft of $35,000 in rare coins and a safe.

He was accused by a cousin of taking the items in 2007. The case was reopened in 2009 when a remodeler found coins and a weapon in the walls of a home formerly occupied by Winberg.

Winberg appeared before EnEarl on Jan. 6 and promised to return Wednesday. He was placed under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing and ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol and weapons.

Winberg was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Prosecutor Laurie Trotter said he had two prior felony convictions.

EnEarl set bail at $25,000 cash.

The second warrant was issued for John Hansen, 54, who was arrested Oct. 15 after a 45-minute standoff with deputies outside Sharkey's Casino in Gardnerville.

Hansen is charged with resisting a public officer, failure to yield and trespassing, all misdemeanors.

He's also facing a felony drunk driving charge in District Court that is set for trial on March. 17.

Lawyer Derrick Lopez said he had not been able to contact Hansen. He said his client may be in Reno with his wife who is in the hospital. EnEarl set bail at $2,000 cash for the suspect.

According to the sheriff's office, on Oct. 15 Hansen was seen driving erratically and gesturing at other drivers. He pulled into the alley behind Sharkey's and refused to open the door to his van. After closing the highway, deputies forced the van open and took Hansen into custody. He was arrested for driving under the influence with multiple prior offenses.

Hansen was arrested again Oct. 18 after he bailed out of jail in connection with the standoff. He reportedly went to a garage sale on Mackland Avenue and refused to leave and was charged with trespassing.


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