South Lake Tahoe man in alleged gambling fight set for trial |

South Lake Tahoe man in alleged gambling fight set for trial

by Taylor Pettaway

A South Lake Tahoe man is set for trial in a Stateline incident that left another man with a broken jaw.

Michael R. Burghard, 29, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing substantial bodily harm after a bar fight last November. According to reports, he and the victim were arguing at the Lakeside Inn and Casino after Burghard accused the victim of taking his player points at one of the gambling machines. The two went outside to argue when the victim said Burghard went to his truck, came back with a pistol and stuck the victim in the face with it. When a bar staff member came out to intervene, Burghard had gotten into his truck and allegedly attempted to hit the staff member before driving off. The first victim had to have his jaw wired shut because of the incident.

Burghard denied all charges in court Tuesday morning. The District Attorney’s Office also announced it also would be pressing charges for battery on a prisoner for a separate incident in addition to this case.

The trial is set for the week of March 19, 2018.

A Gardnerville man received a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to child endangerment.

Phillip Bates, 36, was arrested on Feb. 17, 2016, after Child Protective Services was notified of possible child abuse. According to reports, Bates had disciplined his child by spanking him with a belt, however, authorities said that incident and prior ones bordered on abusive behavior. Reports stated that the incident had left bruises on the child’s behind and he wasn’t able to sit because of the pain and that Bates admitted he may have “hit a little too hard.”

Bates’ sentencing is scheduled for July 24, 2018, however if he complies with conditions from the Department of Alternative Sentencing for the next year he will not have to appear.

A California man admitted to drug trafficking charges Tuesday.

Clinton P. Rickman, 29, of Ridgecrest, Calif., pleaded guilty to Class B felony trafficking charges after transporting 106.8 grams of methamphetamine from California to Nevada. Douglas County TriNet set up a drug buy with Rickman and his accomplice Tricia Turria. Rickman delivered the drugs for Turria on Nov. 8, 2016, but was released due to his cooperation. He was later arrested for the event on Nov. 10. He was originally charged with a Class A felony for trafficking, conspiracy to violate a uniformed controlled substances act, sales of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, however those charges were dropped as per the plea agreement.

Turria denied similar charges on Monday in court and is scheduled for trial in March 2018. Rickman’s sentencing will be postponed until after Turria’s trial concludes.