DA files reduced charges for several

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The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made several felony arrests this paper reported in the past few months that the District Attorney’s office lowered when it filed the charges as misdemeanors in the Superior Court.

Jason Michael Roney, 24, was released on $5,000 bail after a June 20, arrest on several felony charges in Idyllwild. Roney’s court charge was dropped to one misdemeanor for suspicion of possession of cannabis. An arraignment has been set for Aug. 20.

Felipe DeJesus Rubiogomez, also known as Felipe DeJesus Rubio, 23, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. He was arrested on a felony charge in front of Cafe Aroma June 14.

A criminal protective order (domestic violence) for the spouse was issued June 18, 2014, to expire June 18, 2017. A trial readiness conference has been set for Aug. 28.

Rob Rutherford, 56, of Idyllwild, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges, one of suspicion of driving a vehicle under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, and one of suspicion of driving a vehicle while having 0.08 percent and more of alcohol in his blood, and 0.08 grams and more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

The arrest occurred May 14, 2014 in Idyllwild. Though court records show Rutherford was originally charged with felonies, actual Riverside County Sheriff’s Department arrest records show the charges were misdemeanors.

The defendant has another misdemeanor case involving a May 19, arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and of driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. The defendant had not made a plea on this case as of press time.

A trial readiness conference is set for Oct. 27 on both incidents.

 

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