Man sentenced to jail for domestic battery |

Man sentenced to jail for domestic battery

Staff Reports

A 34-year-old Gardnerville man who claimed he was withdrawing from methamphetamine when he battered his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in Douglas County Jail.

Justin Box, who has nine arrests dating from 1999, asked East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl for another chance.

“When this incident happened, I was five days clean. With my extensive use of methamphetamine, coming down is rather rough,” Box said.

EnEarl told Box he was a danger to the community.

“I’ve listened to your ‘beginning of a new life’ for five years – longer than that,” EnEarl said. “I want to give you one more chance, but after you have served a significant period in jail.”

Box was arrested Dec. 1.

After his release, Box is ordered to attend 26 weeks of anger management counseling and must have no contact with the victim.

n A 20-year-old Gardnerville man was sentenced Wednesday to six months in Douglas County Jail for drug use and probation violation.

East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl told Ben Martin he can attend an in-patient treatment program during the 180-day jail term.

Martin was arrested Dec. 12 for a probation violation when he tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana.

According to officials, Martin strapped a water bottle to his leg in an effort to pass a urine drug test.

“That didn’t work out too well for him,” EnEarl said.

Martin was on probation from a prior conviction for minor consuming.

He also was fined $692.

n A 36-year-old Dresslerville resident who has made several district court appearances admitted probation violations and is to be sentenced Jan. 3.

Lawyer Kevin Walsh asked Judge Dave Gamble to delay sentencing Tuesday to see if Natalie Box would qualify for any treatment programs.

He said she had been dropped from the Western Regional Drug Court because she takes too many pain medications for back problems.

On Tuesday she admitted violations of leaving the area without permission and associating with another person on probation.

“Over the last long while, I’ve tried everything I know to help Ms. Box get through this without going to prison,” Gamble said. “I’m out of ideas.”

Walsh said Box was a manic depressive and violated her probation when she was in a manic state. He said she stopped taking her medication in an effort to qualify for drug court and that compounded her problems.

She originally was convicted of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and supplying a controlled substance to inmates in Douglas County Jail.

According to court records, Box has been on as many as 10 medications for her back problems and manic depression.

n The mother of two teenagers was ordered Wednesday to make sure her children attend school or she faces six months in jail.

Paulette Dolgin, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of contributory neglect. East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl suspended the sentence and ordered Dolgin to make sure her son and daughter attend school.

She also was ordered to work with Child Protective Services to insure her home is safe for her children.

Dolgin’s 15-year-old son is a special education student. His teachers said he was coming to school hungry, unwashed and in filthy clothes.

“He attacks me, he bites me, he throws fits,” Dolgin said.

School officials said Dolgin’s 16-year-old daughter had been absent 21 days from Sept. 1 through Oct. 27.

EnEarl told Dolgin to stop using methamphetamine.

“You’ve been messing with crank for 10 years,” EnEarl said.

Dolgin insisted she had been clean for five years before she relapsed last week and a month before that.

“Being a parent is easier to do if you’re not using crank,” EnEarl said.

n A Gardnerville resident reported Dec. 8 that someone ran up $511.70 in unauthorized credit card charges on an Internet gambling site.

The victim said he was contacted by the credit card company about the charges.

He said he never used the Web site.

n Two bottles of prescription drugs and a jar with $100 in quarters were reported missing Dec. 7 from a residence on Purple Sage.

The victim said the theft occurred between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

In addition, several rooms in the house were ransacked.

n Deputies are investigating the report of a counterfeit $100 bill that turned up Dec. 9 at Scolari’s in Gardnerville.

Store records indicate the bogus bill was used for a $3.31 purchase.

Officials were reviewing store surveillance tapes.

n The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported 12 contacts for domestic violence Dec. 7 through Dec. 13.

Seven calls were for verbal domestics with two arrests for domestic battery and three referrals to the district attorney for review or prosecution.

Nine juveniles witnessed domestic violence with two juvenile suspects for domestic verbal for a total of 11 contacts.

One requests was submitted by the Family Support Council to East Fork Justice Court for a temporary restraining order which was denied.

One request was approved for an anti-stalking and harassment order.

Connie Richardson, sheriff’s office domestic violence prevention coordinator, said the average range for contacts this time of year is 10-12 for adults and 0-2 for juveniles.

The average number of children witnessing domestic violence is 7-9 per week.