Man denies molesting minor |

Man denies molesting minor

by Amy Alonzo

The subject of the first criminal indictment by Douglas County’s Grand Jury denied he molested a minor last year.

Through an interpreter, Juan G. Ramirez-Vargas, 45, appeared on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court facing charges of sexual assault on a child under 14 and lewdness with a child under 14. He is accused of molesting a 7-year-old at an apartment in the Ironwood subdivision in Minden in March 2016.

Ramirez-Vargas paused for several moments before denying the charges.

Attorneys estimated seven days will be needed for his trial, scheduled for Nov. 6.

Ramirez-Vargas, of Happy Valley, Ore., was arrested March 24 in Oregon and extradited to Douglas County on April 28.

His bail is set at $50,000.

■ A Reno man who stole a car and then parked it near Douglas County deputies doing surveillance will spend 36 months in prison.

Jonathan R. Miller, 35, was arrested Feb. 8 for stealing a Honda Pilot from a residence in Reno. When Miller parked the car near the deputies, he got out wearing a backpack that belonged to the owner of the vehicle. The backpack was filled with tools he’d stolen from a Ford F350 earlier in the week.

He gets credit for 112 days served.

■ A South Lake Tahoe heroin addict facing multiple charges will attend drug court.

Kyla M. Yeoman, 28, was arrested in March of 2016 in Stateline on a warrant. She had heroin and paraphernalia on her at the time. Yeoman was also arrested in October after she used another woman’s identification during a traffic stop. Yeoman had stolen the identification from the other woman’s vehicle. Yeoman will remain in custody until she is released by drug court.

■ A Gardnerville Ranchos woman who sold LSD will spend three years on probation.

Amber A. Johnson, 19, was arrested Jan. 31 after she sold seven tablets of LSD for $120.

She was sentenced to 30 months in prison, with the sentence suspended as long as she is working or in school. She said she has a full-time job and is enrolling at a community college.