Man won’t contest elder abuse charges |

Man won’t contest elder abuse charges

by Taylor Pettaway

A Gardnerville man pleaded no contest to two counts of elder abuse Monday.

Mathew C. Reeves, 58, was arrested June 3, 2017, on two counts of domestic battery and two counts of elder abuse after deputies responded to reports of fighting near the 1500 block of Highway 395. When deputies arrived, they discovered that the two victims were helping Reeves move from his residence because he had been evicted, when one of the victims and Reeves got into a fight. When deputies arrived, victim one had lacerations on his arms and bruises on his back and victim two had been pushed and kicked in the head when she tried to break up the fight.

Reeves claimed the fight started because the first victim had threatened him and Reeves was trying to remove him from the property. Both victims were in their 80s.

The two domestic charges were dropped and Reeves pleaded no contest to the elder abuse charges. A no contest plea is not an admittance of guilt, however is treated the same as a guilty plea as far as a case not going to trial.

Reeves was scheduled for a jury trial in October, however because of his plea, the trial has been vacated. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23.

A Minden woman admitted to child endangerment charges after she was found driving drunk with a child in the vehicle.

Sarah M. Krites, 41, was arrested on Feb. 5, after deputies responded to reports of a child custody dispute. According to court documents, Krites broke into a home and took her oldest child without permission.

Krites is involved in a custody battle and wasn’t supposed to have the child.

Deputies located her and the child at the Carson Valley Inn. Krites had a blood alcohol level of .249 percent. She was originally charged with DUI, child endangerment and open container.

In court, she pleaded guilty to the child endangerment charge in court as per the plea agreement, where it was recommended her 270-day Douglas County Jail sentence be suspended as long as she successfully completes substance abuse and mental health court.

Krites’s sentencing is set for Oct. 23.

A Minden woman pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

Luanne Garcia, 53, was arrested on March 27 after deputies initiated a traffic stop near the North AM/PM gas station when the registration of the vehicle was flagged as being associated with a recent theft.

While talking with Garcia, she admitted to deputies that she had meth in her purse, reports said. She was originally charged with possession of a controlled subsistence, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver’s license and unlawful use of a driver’s license, however only admitted to the possession of a controlled substance charge as per the plea deal.

A maximum four-year sentence will be suspended for three years while she completes drug court.

A South Lake Tahoe man admitted to trying to cash a fake check at a Stateline Casino.

John R. Liska, 38, of South Lake Tahoe pleaded guilty on Monday to uttering a forged instrument and possession of a controlled substance.

Liska was arrested on Aug. 29, 2016, after he allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check at the Lakeside Inn. He was originally charged with burglary, uttering a forged instrument, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking and three counts of possession of marijuana.

Liska is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 23.