Local nurse charged with New Mexico murder; alleged Ely meth trafficker arraigned

Kandi E. Adams

Kandi E. Adams

Kenneth A. Steiner

Kenneth A. Steiner

According to a press release, the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office received information on April 13 from the Sierra County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Office that a wanted murder suspect possibly lived and worked in Ely.

Sierra County sent a copy of a murder warrant naming Kandi E. Adams, 45, as their suspect. White Pine deputies located Adams at her job working as a nurse at William Bee Ririe hospital and took her into custody.

Adams will be extradited to New Mexico where she will face the murder charge, in addition to one charge of tampering with evidence and two forgery charges. She is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

A Spring Creek man went in front of a district court judge at the White Pine County Courthouse on April 18 to formally enter his pleas to seven felony drug and weapons charges.

Kenneth Allan Steiner, 35, was originally arrested in November at the Motel 6 in Ely for possession and unlawful use of methamphetamine. He was later released but failed to appear in court, resulting in an Ely Municipal Court warrant issued for his arrest.

In January, a White Pine County Sheriff’s deputy recognized Steiner driving on an Ely street and arrested him. During the course of the arrest, Steiner resisted and deputies discovered a loaded 9-millimeter pistol concealed on his person. They also found more than 28 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle, along with plastic baggies and a digital scale.

In front of District Court Judge Steve Dobrescu, Steiner pleaded not guilty to the first two counts of methamphetamine possession and use. He also pleaded not guilty to his new counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale, trafficking more than 28 grams, transportation, unlawful use and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. He invoked his right to a speedy trial.

Dobrescu set a preliminary trial date for Steiner on June 15.

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