Sentencing continued in assault case |

Sentencing continued in assault case


Sentencing was continued for a Reno man who severely injured a stranger by hitting him in the back of the head with a bottle at a Stateline nightclub.

Adam M. Grimes, 26, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday where defense attorney Kris Brown said he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving with the U.S. Navy after the Haiti earthquake.

Grimes was arrested on July 20 after he admitted striking the other man with a bottle.

According to the police report, the victim’s girlfriend said Grimes came up to them while they were at Harrah’s PEEK nightclub. The victim and Grimes had a brief exchange and then Grimes walked away. She said that while she was talking to the victim after the confrontation, Grimes walked back up behind the victim and hit him with a bottle.

Grimes pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm on Sept. 30 and faces 2-5 years in prison.

Brown is seeking veteran’s court for Grimes, but Judge Tod Young pointed out there was no verification or information about whether the court would even help Grimes.

“This was an extremely dangerous act,” Young said. “You took a weapon to someone’s head.”

Young set a new sentencing date of Dec. 23 so Brown could present confirmation of Grimes’ condition and a plan for treatment.

■ A $10,000 nationwide warrant was issued for the arrest of a Reno man being held in Washoe County Jail to ensure his return to Douglas County for sentencing.

Frederick Cruz Montejo, 35, faces 2-5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after he admitted to stealing from Walmarts to support his methamphetamine habit.

The thefts occurred between July 13 and Aug. 28. The items taken included a television, a Zoomer interactive pet and a mixer. According to Douglas County investigators, Montejo would trade items for methamphetamine. He told District Judge Tod Young that he stole from both Douglas County and Carson City Walmarts to support his habit.

Defense attorney Maria Pence told Young that incidents that had occurred before the Douglas thefts in Washoe and Churchill counties had caught up to her client.

He is being held in Washoe County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on 10 theft related charges including two counts of first degree burglary. He was booked on Nov. 11, after attended drug court in Reno, where Pence said he was doing well.

Probation Officer Gail Falconer told Young that she was informed by immigration officials that Montejo likely faces deportation as a result of the thefts.

He was released on his own recognizance on Sept. 30 after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft and promised to pay $617.82 to the Gardnerville store.

■ A Gardnerville woman who admitted to smoking methamphetamine with a teenager in her care will spend four more months in jail before she’s allowed to participate in a diversion program.

Katelyn N. Karsemeyer, 22, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.

She has been in jail for two months after she used drugs shortly after being released on her own recognizance on Sept. 30.

Karsemeyer admitted to charges of sale of a controlled substance and child abuse or neglect in connection with a May 8 incident where she called 911 at 4:50 a.m. because she thought a man in the next room had killed a woman and was hauling her body away.

She fled the motel with the juvenile but was reported at a Gardnerville convenience store because of their behavior. Deputies determined she and the teenager were under the influence of methamphetamine.

District Judge Tod Young permitted Karsemeyer to participate in a diversion program that would allow her to go to drug court and have the felony expunged from her record.

But he sentenced her to a year in jail on the child endangerment charge and ordered her to serve six months.

“You need to do more sober time,” Young said.

If Karsemyer fails drug court, she could face up to six years in prison.

■ A California man accused of burglary and identity theft waived his preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday.

Scott Michael Westman, 45, is accused of using a credit card in someone else’s name to purchase a bicycle and gear worth $3,834 on Aug. 8, 2013, from a Gardnerville shop.

Westman was arrested by Carson City authorities on a similar charge a week later. He has been in Douglas County jail since he was arrested on July 9. According to court documents, Westman has burglary convictions in California from 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

He is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Dec. 16.

■ A former Minden palm reader faces a theft charge in Douglas County District court after she waived her hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday.

Helen “Madam Helena” Welch, 64, appeared with her attorney. Welch conducted a palm reading business in the former Douglas County Ironworks until her arrest in a sting.

According to court documents, Welch was arrested after she told an undercover officer that her spouse was having an affair. Welch offered to fix the problem for $700. When the officer paid her, Welch had the officer touch some items and repeat a phrase. Welch gave the officer three long-stemmed roses and a plastic bag labeled “Spiritual Karma Cleanser.”

She told the officer to take a bath and then return with the rose petals.