No shortage of trials in coming months
The biggest of what promises to be a long season of trials got under way on Wednesday, but there are plenty more where it came from.
Jury selection in the case against Jose Rodriquez-Quezada began on Wednesday, close on the heels of a jury trial of a man convicted of trafficking.
On Monday, a trial was confirmed for a man accused of pushing someone down in an effort to take the victim’s cell phone.
John W. Hamrick’s trial on a third instance of domestic battery is scheduled for July 9-11.
A July 31 trial is still pending for a man who drove his motorhome from Stateline to Gardnerville, leaving a trail of sparks behind him.
Christopher Debastiani, 47, is in Douglas County custody and has appeared on the district court docket twice, and was delayed both times.
A Washoe County School District Jr. ROTC staff member faces an Aug. 20 trial date for assault with a deadly weapon. District Judge Tom Gregory set a three-day trial in the case against William Herrera, 51.
A Sept. 25 trial date is set in the case of a California resident, Nathaniel S. Ford, 52, who is denying a trafficking charge.
A February 2020 trial is scheduled for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.
Juan G. Ramirez-Vargas, 47, has been in custody since March 24, 2017. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 17-21, 2016, in Minden. He was the first person indicted by the 2017-18 Douglas County Grand Jury.
On the civil front, a jury trial scheduled for July in a lawsuit filed by Johnson Lane homeowners has been canceled while the parties are engaged in settlement negotiations.
Senior Judge Dave Gamble has been named mediator in the case involving as many as 30 plaintiffs who sued the county over flooding that occurred in 2015.