Gardnerville car thief returned on warrant |

Gardnerville car thief returned on warrant

by Aurora Sain

An admitted car thief was returned back to Douglas County on a warrant after failing to appear.

Helen Ann Auth, 52, was in court on Tuesday before Judge Tod Young where he ordered a pre-sentence investigation and ordered Auth to cooperate with parole and probation.

“She doesn’t seem to do anything else I tell her,” said Young.

She was released on her own recognizance back in October, but didn’t show up to her January sentencing date.

She is charged with stealing two cars in 2015 and abadoning them in Placerville, one from her mother and the second from a friend.

She will be held without bail until her May 24 sentencing date.

■ Tyler Chadwick, 34, was originally arrested in July 2015 for two felony charges of possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance while battling a drug addiction.

Chadwick said it has been over two weeks since the last time he used methamphetamines.

“You look healthier than when I saw you last time,” said Young.

The maximum penalty for the stolen property is 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The maximum penalty for the possession of controlled substance is four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Chadwick said he has been working on his sobriety.

“I appreciate the opportunity,” he said. “I’ve been working hard at it.”

Sentencing was set for May 24 at 9 a.m.

■ Daniel Kelly Gorman, 26, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday to a felony third driving under the influence offense.

His original court date was Oct. 13, but he failed to appear because he couldn’t get a ride, he said.

His attorney Maria Pence said that he was in constant contact with her throughout that time even though he didn’t show up.

A four-day trial was set for Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28.

■ Daniel Redding, 23, will spend the next six months in jail as a condition of his probation for a December theft and probation violation.

Redding was caught taking two suitcases filled with items from the Jacks Valley Target while high on methemphetamines.

Since he was released on his own recognizance in January, Redding obtained a job and was doing well on his weekly drug test.

He got a ride from his friends who were smoking marijuana in the car, and Redding feared he would test dirty so he brought in fake urine.

Redding, who is expecting a child in May, will miss the birth while he is locked up.

“He wants to be the father he knows he can be,” said his attorney Maria Pence.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Filter argued that Redding doesn’t deserve a second chance at probation.

“Mr. Redding has repeatedly violated people’s trust,” he said.

Young reminded Redding that not every addict is a thief.

“I have a problem not thinking when I’m high,” said Redding.

He was given an 18-48 month suspended prison sentence and ordered to attend the Western Nevada Regional Drug Court once he is released from custody in six months.

He will be on probation not exceeding five years.

“I know I’ve done wrong, and I know it doesn’t make it okay,” said Redding. “I want help. I’m not trying to be that person anymore.”

He has credit for 36 days time served.

“I honestly won’t let you down,” Redding said to Young before being interrupted.

“Mr. Redding, don’t let you down,” said Young.

■ Michael Parodi, 30, was sent to prison for his January assault with a deadly weapon charge.

He was originally arrested after chasing family members, including a 3-year-old child, around the house with a sword while being intoxicated.

He told Young that he was just trying to slash boxes in the garage, but family members told a different story.

Parodi said it was never his intent to scare his family, and he regrets everything that happened.

“I just want to apologize to everyone I hurt,” he said.

He was given a 14-36 month prison sentence, with credit for 82 days time served.

■ Dalton Forbes, 20, was in court on Tuesday for a January probation violation.

He has a case pending out of Sparks for shoplifting and driving without a valid license.

He also failed to provide proper documentation to parole and probation.

He is facing 18-60 months in prison for his first case and 12-30 months in his second case.

Young asked parole and probation to have him drug tested twice before his April 5 sentencing date.

“He is not to be trusted,” said Young.