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Woman ordered to drug court

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A 39-year-old Dresslerville woman who smuggled methamphetamine into Douglas County Jail was sentenced to drug court Tuesday and warned she would go to prison if she fails the alternative program.

Natalie D. Box was sentenced for supplying a controlled substance and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

Her mother, Kathy Wyatt, testified that Box had “a moment of clarity” and accepted responsibility for her actions.

“She has finally admitted she has a serious problem and is willing to do what she needs to do. It is a major breakthrough,” Wyatt said.

She said Box is a “wonderful mother” to her 13-year-old daughter when she is clean.

Wyatt has custody of her granddaughter and would be providing a home for Box. She also would provide transportation and assist Box in meeting the demands of drug court.

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“You have all kinds of opportunity to make a living, to be a sober citizen and be a mother – probably for the first time,” District Judge Dave Gamble said. “If I get you back because you failed drug court, you are going to prison for a substantial period of time.”

He sentenced Box to 36 months in Nevada State Prison with a minimum of 12 months served before parole on the drug charge and one year in Douglas County Jail for the gross misdemeanor.

He suspended the sentences and placed Box on five years’ and three years’ probation to be served concurrently. She is subject to random search and seizure and ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol during her probation.

Gamble said if she was rejected for drug court, she would have to return to district court for a sentencing hearing.

— A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces up to four years in prison after he admitted spitting at a Douglas County deputy who was trying to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle.

Witnesses said Frank Duarte Jr., 27, was driving 65 mph on Highway 395 on Nov. 19 when his vehicle spun out of control.

Deputy Robert Duffy said Duarte was handcuffed “because of his violent history with the department.”

Duarte allegedly spit toward Duffy interfering with the deputy’s ability to perform his job. Duarte pleaded guilty to dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, a felony.

District Judge Dave Gamble set sentencing for Jan. 25.

Duarte remained in Douglas County Jail until he is admitted to a half-way house in Reno pending sentencing.

— A 19-year-old California man who was arrested driving a stolen Mercedes Benz worth $70,000 pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary.

Anthony Conti faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his sentencing Jan. 25.

He admitted breaking into a vacation home on Lincoln Park at Lake Tahoe on Oct. 13. He told deputies the housekeeper’s son told him where to find a spare key.

He is accused of taking a 1993 Mercedes 300CE, a two-door convertible. The owner said the car was one of 300 the automobile manufacturer produced that year. A slot machine and weapons also were taken from the residence.