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Potential DUI felony scheduled for trial

by Sarah Hauck

A Gardnerville Ranchos man pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence with a prior felony conviction.

Abelardo Gonzalez, 33, was arrested May 15 after being pulled over for a suspended registration and not having a license plate light at Douglas Avenue and Highway 395.

When deputies talked to Gonzalez he appeared to be under the influence and later failed field sobriety tests.

While his blood alcohol content was within the legal limit, Gonzalez was allegedly positive for marijuana and methamphetamine.

There was also a 17-year-old girl in the car with him at the time of the arrest who had been drinking as well.

Gonzalez was convicted and was sentenced to 12-30 months in 2005 after a traffic accident.

He waived his right to a speedy trial on Monday and faces 2-15 years in prison at his trial if he’s convicted.

■ A Gardnerville man admitted to possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription Monday.

Joshua Goldberg, 37, was arrested June 26, 2014, after deputies found him asleep in the driver’s seat at a Minden gas station.

Employees at the gas station reported that the car had been parked at the pump for several hours.

Goldberg was booked on eight separate counts of possession, that were reduced according under his guilty plea agreement.

Goldberg faces 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for the gross misdemeanor.

Sentencing is Aug. 31.

■ A Carson City man was released on his own recognizance so he could complete a mental health evaluation.

Joshua Hurin, 19, was taken into custody after he was returned from the regimental discipline program he was ordered to attend.

The program was unable to accept Hurin because of underlying issues with his mental health and the medication he takes.

Sentencing was delayed for two weeks so Hurin could complete the mental health evaluation to see if Mental Health Court would be a good alternative.

Hurin turned himself in on Dec. 31, 2014, after admitting to taking jewelry from his grandmother and pawning it over a six-month period.

Hurin faces 1-5 years in prison for grand larceny.

■ A Gardnerville man admitted to setting up an arrangement and paying money for methamphetamine Monday.

Joshua Edwards, 29, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

He was arrested on May 28 after showing up on the scene of another arrest to collect the drugs he had already paid for.

Edwards faces 12-48 months and a $5,000 fine at his Aug. 24 sentencing.

The charge carries mandatory probation, if Edwards qualifies.