Man who fired weapon in bar receives probation



A man who brandished a firearm at his friend and shot rounds into the floor at a Gardnerville bar received a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Nicholas Charles Arthur Havens was arrested March 31 after an intoxicated dispute with a friend.

According to court documents, Havens was “black out drunk” and told people at the bar that he was a Navy Seal and told his friends, “if you don’t get up right now, I’m going to start shooting.”

He then fired one round into the floor and attempted and tried to get rid of the firearm in a bush outside the bar when deputies arrived.

“The impact that statement has on people is major all over the world today,” said Douglas County District Court Judge Tod Young. “Then to claim ‘I had a deadly weapon and I don’t know what I did with it.’”

Haven was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison. The sentence was suspended, and Havens was ordered to serve 19 days in jail as a condition, forfeit all weapons, ammunition and magazine.

• A Reno woman, who stole a purse from a vehicle parked at Tahoe Mountain Daycare in Stateline faces 1-4 years in prison.

Kurina Regene Cota, 47, was arrested March 21 after it was reported a purse was missing from a vehicle parked at the daycare facility.

According to a statement during her arrest, Cota said she was having a hard time with her salon and a friend advised her to check daycares for extra cash because the cars are usually unlocked and there’s a bunch of cash.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 9, 2024.

• A man who was swerving and not maintaining his lane along 395 faces a third DUI offense.

Dallas Aaron Packwood, 42, was arrested Aug. 2 on Johnson Lane for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

According to a police report, Packwood admitted he had 7-9 beers at a local bar and that he had been drinking since 3 p.m. that day. A preliminary breath test conducted on scene reveal an alcohol content of 0.27 percent.

Packwood has seven prior DUIs, two of which are within the last seven years.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 2, 2024.

• A woman who avoided law enforcement for five years after violating probation was returned to Douglas County District Court Tuesday.

Brandi L. Day was arrested Sept. 10, 2017, for possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia charge and was granted probation in December 2017.

According to court documents, Day failed to report to the Department of Parole and Probation.

After a bench warrant was issued in 2018, Day managed to avoid being arrested.

“The fact that it has been five years with a warrant without her getting into trouble speaks well of her,” said defense attorney Max Stovall.

Day was dishonorably discharged from probation and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

• A 63-year-old Kingsbury woman received a suspended 19-48 months prison sentence Tuesday.

Debra Ann Cisneros admitted she had methamphetamine when she was arrested on Aug. 6.

She was ordered to remain in custody until Western Nevada Regional Drug Court releases her.


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