Man jailed after ordered to test for drugs |

Man jailed after ordered to test for drugs

by Amy Alonzo

A Zephyr Cove man was arrested Monday after being ordered to test for a controlled substance in Douglas County District Court.

Judge Tom Gregory ordered Paul E. Baum, 31, tested after he admitted guilt during his hearing.

Baum in October was pulled over for a traffic stop after an officer noticed his vehicle did not have a front license plate and had fictitious tags.

According to court documents, Baum had been arrested on similar traffic charges in September, March and February.

The officer in October found a glass pipe in Baum’s pocket, as well as several packages of methamphetamine and a scale in the vehicle.

His sentencing is set for Feb. 6.

■ A hearing for a Gardnerville man accused of leading law enforcement on a manhunt was moved to next year after he withdrew his guilty plea without his lawyer’s knowledge.

Joshua M. Albericci, 36, was arrested in Alpine County on April 27 after a reported kidnapping following a domestic dispute. Both Albericci and the victim have denied she went against her will.

Other charges against him include assault with a deadly weapon; child endangerment; burglary; and ex-felon possession of a firearm.

Albericci had originally admitted guilt, but in September he filed a motion to withdraw his guilty pleas without the knowledge of his lawyer, Richard Davies.

Davies withdrew as Albericci’s lawyer, and public defender Kris Brown was appointed to represent Albericci.

Albericci on Monday waived his attorney/client privileges with Davies.

A new hearing is set for Feb. 7.

■ A decision on the diversion of an Indian Hills man who pointed a loaded handgun at his wife will await his February sentencing.

Marc W. Crossley, 42, was arrested Sept. 27, 2015 after allegedly threatening his wife with a gun during a domestic dispute. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery.

Crossley was ordered to participate in Veterans Court in Reno and his sentencing was delayed. However, he was transferred to drug court in Douglas County for supervision.

Crossley has completed domestic violence courses and “this is his only arrest and only criminal contact in his life,” public defender Maria Pence said.

Prosecutor Ric Casper said that statement wasn’t true, and that Crossley has been in trouble before for forgery and domestic violence.

Judge Tom Gregory ordered a sentencing hearing set for Feb. 8 due to Crossley “not being successful at Veterans diversion Court.”

“I’m not sending him back to Veterans Court,” Gregory added.

After his sentencing date was announced, Crossley stood with the help of a cane and turned toward his wife, who was sitting in the courtroom, took a deep breath and raised his eyebrows at her.

Crossley was booked on alternative sentencing violations on Nov. 18.

■ A Gardnerville man remains in custody on $2,000 bail for failure to pay child support.

Joel D. Hohenstein, 29, was arrested March 29, 2015. He pleaded guilty in September and his sentence was deferred.

His deferment in October was revoked and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested last week.

A hearing is set for Jan. 9 to determine whether Hohenstein is in substantial compliance. If he is found to be, his sentence will continue to be deferred; if not, a sentencing date will be set. He faces up to five years in prison.

■ A sentencing date of Feb. 6 was set for Jarred E. Kem, 20, of Gardnerville, who was arrested Dec. 21, 2015 for selling cocaine.

Kem spent the year denying the charge.