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Bail revoked after failed drug test

by Amy Alonzo


The bail of a South Lake Tahoe man who admitted to multiple felony charges was revoked after he failed a drug test.

David J. Martinez, 33, admitted in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday to theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of a controlled substance. Martinez entered a plea agreement — he will not seek diversion for any of the charges, but his sentences may run concurrently. His sentencing is set for May 2.

In July, Martinez took five $100 chips from a blackjack dealer. He also took a purse from a woman playing roulette and used her credit cards to purchase more than $2,000 worth of items from the Lakeside Inn Casino. He was arrested in September after a deputy spotted him at the Lakeside Inn. At the time of his arrest Martinez had heroin, a prescription pill and paraphernalia on him.

Martinez missed a Monday drug test. Judge Tod Young on Tuesday ordered Martinez to test, and he failed.

Martinez told Young it had been 10 days since he last used. A law enforcement official said five days is more typical for opiates to stay in a user's system. Martinez was remanded into custody.

■ A Sacramento man who admitted to attempted burglary will remain in custody until his May sentencing.

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■ A South Lake Tahoe man who committed a burglary while high will attend Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Timothy D. Payne, 36, is addicted to methamphetamine, said defense attorney Maria Pence.

In December an acquaintance of Payne's found a key to a room at the MontBleu Hotel. The two entered the room and took luggage, including an iPad. Payne was arrested a week later when he was spotted at the hotel.

In a verbal explanation to deputies following his arrest, Payne said he was helping a heroin addict carry the luggage and that he didn't keep any of it.

Payne is currently in custody on other charges.

■ A Carson City woman who denied she was an addict despite having methamphetamine found on her at the time of her arrest will attend drug court.

A deputy in December saw a grey Mustang traveling on Tillman Lane without a rear license plate light. The deputy stopped the vehicle and noted that the driver, Amanda S. Running Wolf, 29, had a warrant out for her arrest. When Running Wolf was booked in jail she had a bottle of prenatal vitamins filled with methamphetamine. Running Wolf told Young she last used methamphetamine in December. She said at the time she was using it about twice a week.

■ A warrant was issued for a transient Reno man who failed to appear.

Ryan N. King, 38, was ordered after his Jan. 3 release from prison to report to court to schedule payments for fines he owes. King was sentenced in April 2015 for selling 7 grams of methamphetamine and 4.5 grams of heroin to Douglas County deputies in separate transactions on the same day.

At the time of his arrest King, an ex-felon, had a loaded handgun in his pocket.

■ Treatment options are being sought for a transient South Lake Tahoe man with a longtime heroin addiction.

Louis W. Fiori, 32, was arrested in November at Harvey's for trespassing. Heroin and two needles were found on him at the time.

Fiori has been a heroin addict since he was 13, Pence said. He is currently incarcerated and "this is the longest he's been sober … since the age of 15," Pence said.

His sentencing was continued until June 6 so that long-term, intensive treatment options can be researched.