Alleged kidnapper out on bail
March 6, 2017
A Gardnerville woman accused of helping to kidnap a man at gunpoint is free on bail.
Stacy R. Conti-Salway, 35, is facing multiple charges along with Francisco "Frankie" Perez. The pair allegedly hit another man with a baseball bat and forced him to withdraw money from his bank at gunpoint before letting him go.
She appeared in Douglas County District Court Monday before being released.
As conditions of her bail Conti-Salway will be under supervision of the department of alternative sentencing and will wear a GPS monitor.
Her mother posted a bail bond of $15,000, according to defense attorney Derrick Lopez.
■ A South Lake Tahoe man who used heroin in front of deputies at the Sonic Drive-In in Minden was sentenced to probation.
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Charles D. Austin, 37, "has been addicted to one drug or another almost half his life," defense attorney Kris Brown said.
Deputies in August responded to Sonic for a report of a driver under the influence. Deputies approached Austin's vehicle and asked him to get out, but Austin refused. Deputies saw paraphernalia — including a needle — inside the car.
Deputies then reached through the vehicle's window and opened the door. Austin grabbed the needle and attempted to inject himself in his left hand. One of the deputies attempted to hit Austin's hand away, which broke the needle. Austin then used the broken syringe to shoot the heroin into his mouth. Deputies removed Austin from his vehicle by force.
Austin was ordered to attend Narcotics Anonymous five times per week while on probation.
■ The sentencing of a Gardnerville man who allegedly sold cocaine and hash oil to Douglas County Sheriff's deputies was continued until March.
Jarred E. Kem, 20, in September 2015 allegedly sold 14 grams of cocaine worth $500 to deputies at an Alicia Circle home.
According to court documents "there were numerous juveniles at … [the] residence also waiting for the cocaine to arrive to be divided."
That same month deputies allegedly also bought 10 grams of hash oil worth $400 from Kem at his Stodick Parkway apartment.
He was arrested in September of 2016.
■ A Zephyr Cove man will spend 30 days in jail and attend Western Nevada Regional Drug Court for possessing methamphetamine.
Paul E. Baum, 31, was pulled over in October for driving a vehicle without a front license plate and a rear license plate that was traced to a different vehicle. He had been arrested three times earlier in the year for similar charges.
At the time of the arrest a methamphetamine pipe was found in his pants. Baum said the pants weren't his. Methamphetamine was also found in the car.
The 30 days in jail "will be an important beginning to your treatment," Judge Tom Gregory told Baum.
■ A Placerville woman denied selling methamphetamine to Douglas County Sheriff's deputies.
Laura C. Thrash, 43, was arrested in August after allegedly selling 114.4 grams, 115 grams and 110.5 grams of methamphetamine in three separate transactions.
She is set to go to trial in November.
■ A Carson City woman was taken into custody Monday for violating her probation.
Jaclyn M. Thun, 30, was originally found guilty in July in Douglas County court for unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
She was allowed to remain out of custody as long as she submitted monthly reports to Douglas County. She stopped submitting reports in October.
On Jan. 14 she was arrested by Carson City Sheriff's deputies on charges of using the ID of another to delay prosecution, violating probation, driving without a valid license and no valid proof of insurance. She entered a guilty plea to the charges.
A warrant in Douglas County was issued for Thun after she allegedly used stolen credit cards to purchase Amazon gift cards and purchase $2,585 in items from Beall's. She was transported to Douglas County Jail, where she had a seizure and was released from custody to seek medical treatment.
The hearing on the revocation of her probation was continued to next week.
■ The arraignment of a Carson City man who allegedly assaulted a deputy in Douglas County was postponed until March while he enters an inpatient treatment program in Washoe County.
Michael I. Hutchinson, 33, was arrested in January for allegedly pushing a deputy.
Deputies responded to Buckaroos for report of a medical issue. When deputies arrived, about 15 people were standing around paramedics treating someone for a medical issue in the parking lot behind the building.
According to court documents, Hutchinson was among the crowd and was squared off in a fighting stance with another man about four feet from where the paramedics were trying to work.
The deputy told the two to separate but they didn't. The deputy then pulled Hutchinson away, and a woman attempted to step between them. The deputy put his hand out to restrain the woman and Hutchinson pushed the deputy and told him not to touch his "girl."
The deputy then used pepper spray and force to detain Hutchinson.
■ A Wellington man who cashed nearly $4,000 in fraudulent checks at area casinos will enter a diversion program.
Cody D. Dalhaus, 28, admitted to cashing 18 fraudulent checks worth $3,957.50 at the Carson Valley Inn, Sharkey's Casino and Bodines Casino.
Dalhaus has already made restitution to a fourth victim and has been attending Gambler's Anonymous, according to Maria Pence, his attorney.
Dalhaus will make minimum restitution payments of $150 per month.
A review hearing is set for Aug. 7.
■ A Carson City man who allegedly eluded sheriff's deputies in a high-speed motorcycle chase will remain in custody.
Joshua L. Patterson, 27, denied attempting to elude a Douglas County deputy at speeds in excess of 90 mph.
The deputy abandoned the chase, which occurred on Highway 395 north of Minden, due to the speed.
Patterson missed his arraignment last week because "Mr. Patterson wasn't clear on when he was supposed to be here, and that is why he wasn't here last week," said his attorney, Matthew Ence.
Patterson was later pulled over in Carson City for having a taillight burned out.
He will head to trial in May.
■ A Stateline man denied pointing a gun at a passenger in another vehicle during a case of road rage.
Jared W. Kaiser, 31, was arrested in May near the intersection of Mottsville Lane and Highway 88 after allegedly tailgating and swerving into another vehicle and pointing a gun at the passenger in the vehicle.
Both Kaiser and the driver of the other vehicle had called dispatch to report the other driver.
Kaiser was arrested for driving under the influence. His preliminary breath alcohol level was .157.
He goes to trial in September.