Minden man violates probation

A Minden resident has been sentenced to complete a 150-day jail term after he was found in violation of his probation.

Robert Hopballe, 52, was arrested Monday after a random check of his home revealed he had been drinking liquor and had used methamphetamine. According to court documents, Hopballe had a .039 blood alcohol content and he'd apparently been having a drink when the alternative sentencing officer arrived at his home.

Justice of the Peace Jim EnEarl ordered Hopballe to complete his jail sentence for violating a no-contact order in February.

n The case of a Crystal Bay man who attempted to elude deputies on April 20 was referred to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for charges.

According to the sheriff's report, the 52-year-old man was spotted parked along Leviathan Mine Road at about 5:45 p.m. in a blue BMW.

A deputy contacted the man, who appeared to be intoxicated and was having trouble moving. He handed the deputy a Nevada identity card and a note that said he had Lou Gehrig's disease. When the deputy tried to call in the man's identity, the man took off and pulled onto Highway 395 heading toward Gardnerville.

Because of traffic the deputy was not able to get in behind the man but kept him in sight until they reached Pine View Estates.

When the deputy looked at the turn-off he spotted the BMW and pulled in behind him.

The man was taken into custody and taken to the hospital because of his medical condition. Inside the car, deputies found four marijuana cigarettes, a bag containing a white crystalline substance, a can of beer and an open bottle of J├Ągermeister. A background check revealed the man was on probation from Washoe County for driving under the influence.

n A 67-year-old Gardnerville woman on Tuesday told deputies that while she was checking her bank account online, she filled out two pop-up windows asking for her social security number, bank account number and pin number.

Realizing what she had done, she contacted the bank and closed her account and then notified authorities.

Fortunately, no one had accessed her account.

n The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported 14 contacts for domestic violence April 19-25.

There were eight contacts for verbal domestic, four arrests for domestic battery including one juvenile charged in battery against a sibling and two referrals to the District Attorney for review or prosecution including a juvenile in connection with battery against a parent.

Seven juveniles witnessed domestic violence and two juveniles were suspected of domestic battery for a total of nine juvenile contacts.

The Family Support Council submitted two requests to East Fork Justice Court for temporary restraining orders with two approvals.

Four anti-stalking and harassment orders were requested with one approval and three denials.

Connie Richardson, sheriff's department domestic violence prevention coordinator, said the average range for adult contacts is 10-12 per week for this time frame. The average range for children witnessing domestic violence is 7-9 per week with juvenile suspects at 0-2 per week.


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