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Psychic arrested in sting (1)

July 23, 2014 — 

A Minden woman who was arrested for obtaining money for false pretenses allegedly told an undercover officer that for $700 she could make a cheating spouse faithful. Helen “Helena” Welch, …

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Warrant issued for arson felon (2)

July 23, 2014 — 

A nationwide, no-bail warrant was issued for the arrest of a Gardnerville Ranchos resident who was on a diversion program in an effort to avoid prison. Richard Vonderscher Jr., 46, …

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The R-C Morning Report for July 23 (3)

July 23, 2014 — 

Bear cubs were stuck in a dumpster near south Benjamin up on Kingsbury Grade. A deputy on scene helped the cubs climb out of the dumpster. The Elks Summerfest Carnival …

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Domestic violence earns man probation (4)

July 17, 2014 — 

A Wellington man received a suspended 12-36 months prison sentence after admitting to strangling and hitting his wife. Shaun Osteen, 36, was arrested April 23 after his sister removed his …

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Bridgeport pot farmer’s crop seized (5)

July 14, 2014 — 

A Bridgeport pot farmer who said he was cultivating for co-op marijuana stores in Mammoth Lakes and Los Angeles was arrested last week, and his crop seized. Jeffrey Greene, 50, …

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Dog killed in home outrages neighborhood (6)

July 14, 2014 — 

Neighbors in Gardnerville’s Arbor Gardens are up in arms after a dog was killed inside its home. Douglas County Animal Services Supervisor Janet Duzan confirmed the dog was killed, but …

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Man faces identity theft charges (7)

July 12, 2014 — 

A California man is being held in Douglas County Jail on identity theft charges. Scott Michael Westman, 44, was extradited on a Douglas County warrant that alleges he used a …

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Topaz woman testifies she was severely beaten (8)

July 12, 2014 — 

A woman who said she was terrorized by her husband of 30 years took the stand on Friday and was in tears as she described two instances where he’d beaten …

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Gardnerville man pleads guilty in drug trafficking (9)

July 11, 2014 — 

A Gardnerville man faces up to 12 years in prison after he admitted Tuesday to two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. Casey Sean White, 30, pleaded guilty to the two …

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Man sent to jail for cashing bad checks (10)

July 11, 2014 — 

Failure to pay restitution on $20,000 in embezzled checks resulted in jailtime for the Gardnerville man who cashed them. Donald Fuller, 31, had his original sentence imposed Monday. He was …

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Reward offered in computer thefts (11)

July 10, 2014 — 

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of two men who stole two computers from the Gardnerville Walmart’s electronic department on May 4. According to the sheriff’s …

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Couple gets prison in vehicle theft (12)

July 10, 2014 — 

A California man who claimed he was traveling to Idaho to help a friend was sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on Tuesday. Jimmie Myron Wiedeman, 36, received …

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Cops: Meth syringe found on woman sought by drug court (13)

July 9, 2014 — 

A Gardnerville woman was arrested Saturday on a warrant after she failed to stop at a stop sign in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Jennifer Alexander, 32, told deputies she had a …

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Douglas reports 26 July Fourth arrests (14)

July 7, 2014 — 

Douglas County authorities reported 26 arrests on July Fourth, and a few altercations in downtown Stateline and at Nevada and Zephyr Cove beaches. “The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round …

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Man faces prison in sex assault case (15)

July 2, 2014 — 

A Coleville man faces 8-20 years in Nevada State Prison after he admitted to a count of attempted sexual assault on a child under the age of 16. Colton Thomas …

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Trail arsonist may be at work in Lake Tahoe fires (16)

June 30, 2014 — 

Two fires at Kahle Drive and Highway 50 on Sunday are believed to have been the work of an arsonist. In the past two weeks, four separate small brush fires …

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Man faces charge in cell phone peeping (17)

June 26, 2014 — 

A 55-year-old Gardnerville man is accused of planting a cell phone in a bathroom to try and catch pictures of a naked girl. Michael Joseph Donovan was taken into custody …

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Escapee seen in Genoa (18)

June 25, 2014 — 

An inmate, who is being sought by the Nevada Department of Corrections, prompted a reverse 911 call to Genoans after he was reportedly seen in the Genoa Bar on Wednesday …

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Man admits theft of solar panels (19)

June 25, 2014 — 

A Washoe Valley man admitted Tuesday that he stole solar panels from two Douglas County homes, a church and the college. Geoffrey Meudt, 40, is accused of the theft of …

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Podiatry Board director faces embezzlement charge (20)

June 24, 2014 — 

The executive director of the state Podiatry Board has been charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from that board’s accounts. Melissa Marie Heyden, director of the board for six years, …

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