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Man accused of owing $50,000 in chid support

Staff Reports

Bail was reduced to $5,000 cash for a 31-year-old man who owes $50,000 in child support, and was taken into custody after neighbors thought he was burglarizing a house owned by his parents.

Mark Duncan was arrested Monday at his parents’ home on Fawn Fescue in the Johnson Lane area after a neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle in the driveway at 4:30 p.m.

Duncan told deputies he was checking on the house for his parents after renters moved out. In searching the house, officers discovered paraphernalia for a large marijuana grow operation in three bedrooms.

Items included aluminum ducting, 50-60 black plastic pots, some with soil inside, small lightbulbs, broken fixtures, and a box with mason jars.

During the investigation, deputies discovered Duncan had a felony warrant for nonpayment of child support. While he was being booked, jail personnel found a small pipe and marijuana.

Duncan claimed he picked up the items at the house.

At his arraignment Wednesday, Duncan asked to be released on his own recognizance, which Judge Pro Tem Paul Gilbert denied.

“I haven’t done good over the last few months, I know,” Duncan said. “I have no priors. I am not a flight risk. I would appreciate the opportunity to show the court I am trying,” he said.

Duncan said he had a job interview lined up.

Prosecutor Maria Pence said Duncan owed more than $50,000 in child support and had made one payment in the past year.

Gilbert reduced the bail to $5,000 cash, appointed Tod Young to represent Duncan, and set his next hearing for Wednesday.

A 20-year-old California man faces 180 days in Douglas County Jail after pleading guilty to taking a car on a joyride.

Joshua Woods pleaded guilty Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court to attempted unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

“One night, we took a car. We wanted to go have some fun,” Woods said. “We took my friend’s grandma’s car in the Johnson Lane area. We knew we didn’t have permission.”

Justice Pro Tem Paul Gilbert set sentencing for Wednesday to allow the victim to be present. The 180-day sentence is a joint recommendation, and Woods is receiving credit for time served.

According to the victim, Woods and her 14-year-old grandson took her Ford Explorer from her Johnson Lane home. The vehicle was recovered in Chichester Estates

Woods originally told deputies he was 17 in an effort to avoid prosecution.

A 28-year-old Indian Hills man is to appear Feb. 6 in district court to request funds for a mental health evaluation.

Joseph Lokting is charged with battery that constitutes domestic violence with one prior, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment.

Lawyer Derrick Lopez requested the temporary waiver to district court to obtain funds for an evaluation.

Lokting was arrested Jan. 11 after he reportedly threatened his former girlfriend by swinging and throwing an ax toward her.

The woman said he arrived at her home in the 3400 block of Vista Grande Boulevard shortly after midnight and knocked on the windows.

She said he threatened to scream if she refused to go with him. When she resisted, she said he grabbed her by the wrist and threatened to hurt her.

She accompanied him to his nearby residence, and once inside he yelled and screamed at her, and threatened her with two small axes.

He threw one which missed her and struck the wall.

According to the report, the woman screamed for help from Lokting’s mother who was in the house. He reportedly sat on the victim and placed his hands over her mouth and nose restricting her breathing.

She said he ordered her to lie down on his bed where he fell asleep and she left. He was picked up around walking on Mica Drive. He denied the victim’s allegations, and claimed she hit him.