Eluder faces 11 years in predawn chase



A man who led authorities on a pre-dawn high-speed chase from Topsy across Carson City faces up to 11 years in prison.

Donald Earl Robertson, 22, admitted to felonies of having a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to elude officers.

Robertson could also be fined $15,000 for the two offenses.

The vehicle he drove in the case was a Toyota Highlander taken from a parking lot at St. Mary’s Hospital where its owner was unaware it had been stolen while she was working.

Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23.

• A Reno man received two prison sentences in two weeks and is due for sentencing in Carson City next week.

Michael Wayne Mitchell, 36, was sentenced Monday to 14-36 months for possession of a credit card without the holder’s permission.

District Judge Tom Gregory ordered that sentence be served consecutive to a 19-48-month sentence he was given in Washoe County.

Mitchell was arrested along with April Dawn Palomo on Oct. 25, 2020. Mitchell gave deputies a false name and was taken into custody after his information didn’t match. Deputies found four other people’s credit cards, including one that was reported stolen at a Stateline casino a week earlier.

Palomo received a suspended 19-48-month sentence in February 2021.

• A Gardnerville Ranchos woman admitted to a drug possession charge on Monday, which violated her probation.

Alana Jewel Blakemore, 24, entered a guilty plea to felony possession of methamphetamine on March 2. Part of the agreement is that prosecutors wouldn’t seek revocation, but she would forfeit any good time she’d earned. Simple possession carries a penalty of 1-4 years in prison, and probation is often mandatory. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16.

• A man arrested late on New Year’s Day may seek a diversion program to avoid a felony conviction.

Craig Roland Christensen, 32, admitted he had around 6 grams of methamphetamine when he was stopped the evening of Jan. 1.

A hearing is scheduled for May 9 to determine whether he is eligible.

• A woman who kicked a deputy during a struggle in the jail was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

April Renee Howe, 36, was found guilty of battery on a peace officer on Monday in connection with the Feb. 19 fight.

Howe was in custody for resisting arrest on a warrant on Dec. 3, that resulted in another struggle with deputies.

Howe is due out of jail June 21. She was given credit for four days time served.


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