A new trial date was set for the former owners and affiliates of a Highway 108 strip club due to a lack of available courtrooms in the Tuolumne County Superior Court and the absence of two of the co-defendants from pre-trial hearings this week.
The trial for Marlinda Beth Russo, 49, and Rosalinda San Martin, 80, both of Manteca and former owners of the roadside Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club; employees Raymond Jeffrey Bowman, 56, and Richard Lewis Bennett, 55; and exotic dancer Sabrina Carol Wood, 28, was scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Tuolumne County Deputy District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke said Judge James A. Boscoe decided during a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning that other pending trials scheduled for Wednesday would take precedent.
Jenecke said a warrant was issued for Wood on Monday after she did not appear at a trial confirmation conference on Monday.
Bowman also did not appear on Monday, but provided a valid reason to the court. A warrant was issued for Bowman after he did not appear on Wednesday for the jury trial and for two trailing misdemeanor cases.
Jenecke said Russo and Bennett also have additional misdemeanor cases not associated with the upcoming trial.
Boscoe set a new trial date for Oct. 2 in Department 4 of the Tuolumne County Superior Court with a trial readiness conference on Sept. 16 in Department 1.
The jury trial was initially set for Feb. 6 and then postponed to May 8.
Charges were brought against the five co-defendants following a law enforcement raid on the Rosalinda’s Gentlemen’s Club property, which included a nightclub and a separate row of motel rooms, by the state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.
The property was located at 14450 Highway 108 in Jamestown, east of O’Byrnes Ferry Road, but has since been demolished. The nightclub was declared unsafe for human occupancy by Tuolumne County Code Compliance a day after the raid. Most of the motel structure and part of the nightclub were destroyed by an early morning fire on March 13, 2018. The county began its demolition of the property on July 10, 2018.
Toni Arken of Homelink Real Estate, the listing agent for the property, said Wednesday the two-parcel property remained for sale at an asking price of $669,988.
San Martin and her daughter, Russo, are charged with the felonies of maintaining a place to use narcotics and allowing a place for the storage or sale of a controlled substance.
The charges of transport or sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, transport or sale of LSD, possession of LSD for sale, and misdemeanor charges permitting a person to solicit alcohol were dropped due to insufficient evidence after their preliminary hearing on Aug. 31, 2018.
Bowman is charged with maintaining a place to use narcotics, sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale. The charges of transport or sale of LSD, possession of LSD for sale, and misdemeanor charges permitting a person to solicit alcohol were dropped following the preliminary hearing.
Bennett is charged with maintaining a place to use narcotics and allowing a place for the storage or sale of a controlled substance. The charges of sale of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sale were dropped.
Wood faces multiple cases that have been realigned with the co-defendants after she failed to appear for the group’s preliminary hearing.
Law enforcement is still looking for Nathan Keith, who was accused of dealing LSD to undercover ABC officers and exotic dancers at the nightclub during the preliminary hearing.
Nathan Keith is wanted on suspicion of felony charges operating a drug house, renting a place for the storage or sale of controlled substance, the sale or transportation of LSD and possession of LSD for sale.