Justice Court News

  • 2020-11-17, 05:00 AM
  • Leanna Lehman
Justice Court News
New River Township Justice Court convened on November 10th with Judge Ben Trotter presiding

James Daniel Balocca, Sr., currently in the custody of the Churchill County Jail, was arraigned on a category C felony battery charge which carries a potential penalty of 1-5 years in prison. The state alleged that on October 11th at 725 E. Front Street, Balocca battered his wife, beating her in the head and stomach. According to Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Jeff Weed, Balocca allegedly broke several ribs and punctured her lung. Additionally, he refused to take her to the hospital until she agreed to tell the medical staff that she had gotten drunk and fell down the stairs, constituting a separate charge of dissuading a victim from reporting a crime. Jacob Sommer, Public Defender (PD) for Balocca, argued for release on his own recognizance (O/R). Weed objected based on Balocca’s lengthy history of domestic violence, battery, and bail jumping. The O/R was denied, and bail was set at $10,000.

Rachel Duran was arraigned on charges of being a principal to injury to property. Nevada statute states that every person concerned in the commission of a crime, whether they directly commit the crime or is otherwise indirectly connected, is a principal to the crime. According to the charges, Duran allegedly inflicted $3,990.30 in damages to a 2006 Subaru.

Michael Tory Pomi appeared by phone for sentencing on misdemeanor charges of petit larceny for illegally pumping water out of an area canal. According to ADA Priscilla Baker, Pomi had indicated that he was pumping water for Gary Snow and Snow had the requisite permits. However, it was determined that he was not pumping on Snow’s behalf. Pomi contested Baker’s statement arguing that he never made those statements. Pomi reported that he had been pumping water for cattle for Justin Snow, who leased the water rights from his father, Gary Snow. However, there was no permit. Baker informed the court that TCID imposes a fine of $500 for illegal water pumping and requested Pomi pay that amount. Judge Trotter ordered Pomi to pay a fine of $100 stating that he didn’t feel $500 was appropriate when no monetary determination could be made.







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