Army veteran to attend mental health court |

Army veteran to attend mental health court

by Taylor Pettaway

An Army veteran received a deferred sentence for a hit and run accident in February.

According to court documents, Keith M. Turner, 27, of Reno was arrested Feb. 7, 2017, after Douglas County Deputies witnessed a crash between a Honda and a tow truck near Highway 395 and Riverview.

East Fork firefighters also responded to the scene and when medics were checking Turner, he ran from them into the nearby 7-Eleven convenience store where he was apprehended by deputies. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the Honda was stolen from a woman out of Reno.

Turner received a deferred sentence for charges of hit and run, obstruction and possession of a stolen vehicle so that he could attend mental health court in Washoe County.

He told the court that he believed he was “doing something good for the community” at the time of the incident. Turner had 12 previous misdemeanor charges since being honorably discharged from the Army.

A Gardnerville man was also deferred on theft of a motor vehicle charges. Javier A. Walker, 21, pleaded guilty to the charges in court Monday.

According to court documents, Walker had been at the Highway 395 Buckaroos Bar on June 8 when he allegedly stole a vehicle from the parking lot after last call.

The vehicle was owned by band members playing at the bar and was unlocked and running in the lot while they loaded equipment.

Walker drove the vehicle to Tribal land where he abandoned it. He was then arrested on June 24 after returning to Buckaroos and being identified by witnesses in the bar as the thief.

Judge Thomas Gregory granted Walker a deferred sentence to attend drug court for alleged alcohol abuse issues, which Walker claims is what caused him to take the truck that night.

Tia L. Bacon, 33, of Minden received a deferred sentence pending drug court for charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic needle and a temporary protection order violation.

Bacon was arrested June 11 after deputies responded to reports of a domestic battery near the 1900 block of Pinenut Road. Bacon was arrested on the protection order violation and voluntarily gave deputies a needle, glass pipe and methamphetamine out of her bra.

She entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced Sept. 11 pending drug court acceptance.

A Minden woman pleaded guilty during her arraignment to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Janis L. Payton, 54, was arrested on Feb. 16, 2017, after deputies responded to the 700 block of Tulip Court for a welfare check.

Payton had thrown a broom at her roommate, and upon questioning had tried to tell deputies the drugs were her roommates.

However, all of the items were in Payton’s possession and she was arrested on the charges.

She was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, domestic battery and possession of drug paraphernalia, however the other charges were dropped per the plea agreement.

Payton’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11.