Gutierrez trial set for next week

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A jury trial for Frank Gutierrez of Idyllwild has tentatively been set for March 24. He was arrested in July 2015 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property and firearms.

On Friday, March 17, Judge Thomas Glasser presided over a hearing on Gutierrez’s attorney’s request to suppress certain evidence. After calling several law enforcement officers, Glasser denied the motion and set the trial date.

Gutierrez, 67, was arrested when Riverside City police, in cooperation with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Lisa Marie Brown, of Riverside, for hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and possession for sales of methamphetamine. The arrests were made in Idyllwild.

Gutierrez was originally arrested for various drug-related felonies and possession of stolen firearms. His arrest appeared to be a by-product of Brown’s arrest. She later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

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