Gutierrez’s charges modified: Arraignment set for June 24

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An information arraignment for Frank Gutierrez, 66, of Idyllwild, who was arrested in July 2015, is scheduled for Friday, June 24.

At a preliminary hearing on Friday, June 10, the District Attorney’s Office amended two charges — possession of a controlled substance and possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana —  reducing them to misdemeanors and dropped two enhancements that alleged prior felony convictions.

Gutierrez was arrested when Riverside City police, in cooperation with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Lisa Marie Brown, 41, of Riverside, for hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and possession for sales of methamphetamine. The arrests were made in Idyllwild.

Gutierrez was arrested for various drug-related felonies and prior convictions. His arrest appeared to be a byproduct of Brown’s arrest, who later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

When his initial hearing was scheduled in September, Gutierrez failed to appear. In February, an agent for Aladdin Bail Bonds of Carlsbad, his bail bond firm, found, apprehended and turned him in to the county sheriff’s department.

He remains in custody and his bond was sent at $200,000.

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