Man denies selling heroin
A Johnson Lane man is denying charges he sold heroin within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop where children were present.
Christopher McLaughlin, 28, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday where he entered innocent pleas to six separate drug counts, including five charges of sale of a controlled substance in three different cases.
District Judge Tod Young set a November 2019 trial date for McLaughlin after being assured by defense attorney Mathew Work that he wouldn’t object to combining the three cases.
It is alleged that McLaughlin sold someone a gram of heroin for $120 on April 4.
He told Young he was attending school full-time to become a substance abuse counselor.
McLaughlin is out on bail and under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
■ Arraignment for a Las Vegas man accused of two counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14 was delayed until Nov. 6 after his attorney withdrew.
Hugh Paul Talman, 51, is denying the charges.
Talman’s attorney withdrew on Tuesday, saying that Talman only had money to pay him through the justice court procedures.
Young appointed attorney Kris Brown to represent Talman in District Court.
■ A nationwide $10,000 warrant was issued for a man who was arrested last year for allegedly being in possession of a stolen 1991 Jeep and heroin.
Charles Vincentamante Villa failed to appear in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday.
He was arrested Nov. 22 after a deputy spotted the red Jeep in Stateline, which had been reported stolen the night before.
During the arrest, deputies located a bag of black tar heroin.
■ A Gardnerville woman who said she didn’t consider herself an addict will await sentencing in jail after she violated her bail conditions.
Sadie Ann Elkins, 30, was arrested Sept. 16 after deputies found methamphetamine that she said someone paid her to clean their house. She was taken into custody on Oct. 8 after she was caught trying to fake a drug test.
Once a sample was obtained, she tested positive for heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana all of which she admitted consuming over a single weekend.
Elkins admitted to a single count of possession of a controlled substance. The charge carries mandatory probation, though if Elkins fails probation could face 1-4 years in prison.
■ A Reno man was released on his own recognizance after he said he was told by a probation officer that he was off supervision.
Charles D. Muscott, 39, admitted he drank while on probation, but said he was told he didn’t have to report any more.
While not taking Muscott’s word for it, Young set a Nov. 6 hearing to determine his status.
“It could be bologna, but it is a legal defense,” Young said.
Muscott faces 14-40 months in prison after he was sentenced in November 2017 for burglarizing a north county restaurant.