November 30, 2005
Hearing set on bank robbery
A Dec. 9 preliminary hearing has been set for Steven John Simmons, 26, of Mammoth Lakes, who was arrested Nov. 22 following a robbery at a Carson Valley bank.
Simmons, who is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, is charged with robbery using a deadly weapon. He appeared Wednesday with defense attorney Tod Young in East Fork Justice Court. Young told Justice of the Peace Jim EnEarl he would not be able to represent Simmons at the Dec. 9 hearing, because he is under court order to appear in Carson City on a felony case.
EnEarl ordered Simmons to appear in court again on Dec. 7 to prepare for the preliminary hearing.
Prosecutor Mark Jackson said the state would be ready to proceed on that date.
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Simmons has a right to a speedy preliminary hearing. Young said his client did not waive the 15-day rule for the hearing where prosecutors must present evidence that a crime took place and that Simmons is a likely suspect.
Warrant issued in stabbing case
A $200,000 arrest warrant alleging two counts of attempted murder was issued for Justin Ready, a 25-year-old from the Bay Area who is suspected of stabbing two security guards at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe each in the neck.
The two guards were transported by air to Washoe Medical Center in Reno after the Sunday night altercation. Both have been released, according to Douglas County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Biaggini.
Ready was escorted out of Club Altitude when he danced in an “unauthorized” area, authorities said. He allegedly used a knife to cut the two guards outside the club, which was advertised as having $1 drink nights on Sunday, authorities said.
Ready fled the scene and was believed to have been headed back to the Bay Area.