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March 16, 2013
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DNA leads to charge in 7-year-old burglary case

A suspect in a seven-year-old burglary case in Indian Hills appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday accused of burglary and grand larceny.

Tommy Dean Bridges, 32, is accused of burglarizing the home on March 3, 2006, where more than $2,500 in property was reported stolen.

Investigators found DNA at the scene and submitted for testing and a search, which turned up Bridges name more than a year later. Bridges, who was an inmate at High Desert Correctional Center after being convicted of burglary, was ordered to produce a sample of his DNA.

■ Bail was reduced against a Carson City man who told deputies he took a laptop computer from Walmart because he had to pay a debt.

Christopher Allen Wilson, 19, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday where prosecutor Tom Gregory said he was charging Wilson with petit larceny. East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins reduced Wilson’s bail to $637 and appointed attorney Derrick Lopez to represent him.

■ A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces a driving under the influence charge after a deputy spotted him stopped in the travel lane of Highway 88 in Minden on Tuesday.

Noel R. Hendrickson, 66, was behind the wheel of a gold sport utility vehicle at 11:42 a.m. According to the sheriff’s report, the deputy pulled up behind the SUV and had to tap on the window to get Hendrickson’s attention.

When asked to put the vehicle in park, Hendrickson had difficulty finding the shifter, the deputy said. Hendrickson appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday morning. He was released on his own recognizance.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory asked for additional time in charging the case.

Hendrickson has a prior for driving under the influence of methadone.

■ A Gardnerville Ranchos woman reported that someone unscrewed her Langley Drive mailbox from the base sometime between 1 a.m. and noon on March 9.

The mailbox was described as black and aluminum with large white letters on the left side. The woman said it might have mail from Saturday in it.

■ A truck driver reported that at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, the occupants of a red convertible classic Mustang with California plates threw a piece of wood at his truck while they were traveling southbound through Minden on Highway 395.

The wood shattered the truck’s mirror. The trucker said the four people in the vehicle were yelling at him and holding glass bottles. Deputies looked for the vehicle, but did not find it.

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