Ranchos man admits stalking | RecordCourier.com

Ranchos man admits stalking

by Amy Alonzo
Lawrence W. Baty, II

A Gardnerville Ranchos man who admitted to internet stalking will remain in custody until his May 22 sentencing.

Lawrence W. Baty II, 50, admitted Monday in Douglas County District Court under a guilty plea agreement to stalking a woman in late January and early February. Internet stalking is a category C felony.

Baty hacked the victim’s social media accounts, videotaped himself outside her home, sent her threatening messages and called her multiple times per day.

“At the time I did not know I was doing it,” Baty told Judge Thomas Gregory Monday in Douglas County District Court. “At the time I didn’t know it was internet stalking.”

The state agreed to not pursue charges of aggravated stalking and to dismiss charges of domestic battery as part of the plea agreement. Also as part of the agreement any sentence will be suspended if he undergoes a psychological risk assessment and it shows he is low risk.

According to the state, Baty had a restraining order filed against him in 2005 during a divorce. Baty was later convicted of violating the restraining order.

His bail is set at $50,000 bondable or $3,000 cash. If he posts bail, he must wear an ankle monitor and be under house arrest.

A Gardnerville woman who violated her probation will remain in custody pending new charges.

Melissa A. White, 38, appeared Monday in court for a probation violation, but the matter was continued until more information can be gathered on the new charges she is facing.

She was arrested earlier this month for selling several ounces of methamphetamine in January.

In August, White was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt or using a turning signal while driving. The deputy, familiar with White’s drug history, ordered a canine search of the car. Marijuana, 3.7 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia for both drugs, hypodermic devices, baggies and money were found in the vehicle, both in White’s purse and on her teenage son, a passenger in the vehicle.

White was charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell, possession of a hypodermic device and failure to wear a seatbelt or use a turn signal.

A former Gardnerville man on Monday made his first child support payment in several months in order to avoid having his deferred sentence revoked.

Matthew A. Keller, 32, was arrested in August 2015 for failing to make nearly $13,000 in child support payments. At the time, Keller was ordered to pay a lump sum of $5,000 and to make monthly payments of $425.

As of Feb. 1, 2017, the last reported payment was made by Keller was on Oct. 24 in the amount of $106.25.

Keller made a $1,225 payment Monday. He will appear again in court in April.

A Stateline man will serve 30 months in prison for selling Oxycontin at a Stateline casino.

Keenan C. Corrigan of, 36, was arrested in October after he sold 60 pills at Dotty’s Casino in Stateline. Heroin was found in his truck at the time of his arrest.

Prosecutor Tina Russom told Judge Tod Young in Douglas County District Court Tuesday that the state believes Corrigan initiated the sale and is a regular dealer.

While out on probation Corrigan missed a test in January, and a March test showed he had used methamphetamine and opiates.

Corrigan is addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, defense attorney Kris Brown told Judge Tod Young Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

He kicked a methamphetamine habit and had 15 years of sobriety before this last stint with drugs and has no prior felonies, she said. Her request for diversion was denied.

Corrigan receives credit for 58 days served and is eligible for parole after 12 months.

A Gardnerville Ranchos man is facing up to three years in prison for failing to pay child support.

Aaron J. Masters, 39, owed around $73,000 as of March 2016.

Masters’ original sentence of 12-36 months in prison was suspended for 60 months of probation.

He also has a history of methamphetamine and alcohol abuse.