‘Fight Club’ suspects in justice court
Suspects charged in connection with beating up a Gardnerville man at an August party in the Pine Nuts were in East Fork Justice Court last week.
The men arrested were suspected by police of belonging to a group calling itself “The Fight Club” whose members had been starting fights and beating people up at local parties.
– Vincent Calcese, 21, was given a sentence of 6 months in jail for a misdemeanor battery charge, but Judge Jim EnEarl suspended five months of it. The remaining month will be served over 15 consecutive weekends, the judge ordered. He will get credit for seven days served. Calcese’s attorney said he was defending a friend when he got involved in the fight.
The judge also found Calcese had violated his probation by being arrested, but did not sentence him Wednesday.
– On Oct. 23, Raymond Joseph Ficklin, 22, of Gardnerville pleaded guilty to one count of battery, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to six months in jail, but five months were suspended for a year.
He will serve 15 weekends in jail with credit for three weekends because of the time he spent on house arrest.
According to court documents, Ficklin told the judge he only hit the victim one time. He denied being part of a “fight club” saying he had only even been in three fights.
While on probation, he must stay away from drugs and alcohol, submit to random testing, search and seizure and keep a job. He was also ordered to pay supervision and drug testing fees and have no contact with the other people arrested in the case.
– Robert Gordon Campbell, 23, of Carson City will go to trial Jan. 11 at 9 a.m. He is charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery.
EnEarl reprimanded Campbell for breaking the court-imposed curfew while out on bail. Campbell was found by police after they pulled over a car on suspicion of DUI. Robert Davis was driving the car and Campbell was found to have been drinking.
EnEarl did not sentenced Campbell for contempt of court, but said he would at the time of his trial. He also let Campbell off house arrest in order to let him work. Campbell is a short- and long-haul trucker. EnEarl said if he is not working, he is to be at home and was again ordered to stay away from alcohol.
– Donald Lee Hunt Jr., 20, of Moundhouse will go to trial Dec. 7 on two counts of possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor and minor consuming alcohol, an infraction. He is also charged with two counts of battery.
Before the trial, a motion to suppress evidence hearing will be held.
EnEarl allowed Hunt to be taken off house arrest, because Hunt works during the day and goes to night school. However, EnEarl said, he must be at home between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. every night.
– The party. In mid-August, police were called to a party attended by many underage drinkers at an area east of Coyote Rock in the Johnson Lane area known as “the wash.”
The victim, a 29-year-old man, went with a friend to the party and reported there were at least 20 cars and more than 100 teen-agers drinking from several kegs of beer. There were at least two or three men with handguns and shotguns who were firing their weapons near the party.
After about an hour, a man who had been walking around the party punching himself in the face, offered the victim $50 to punch him in the face.
The victim told police he tried to reason with the man – later identified as Ficklin. According to many witnesses, Ficklin struck the victim on the side of the face when his head was turned and knocked him down.
Witnesses say many people began kicking and punching the victim. Others jumped in and began kicking him after he pulled out his knife and began swinging it around.
He was taken to an emergency room by ambulance and received treatment for facial lacerations, contusions and other injuries. Police went to the party and stopped a car with four juvenile females and one adult male.
The adult male, Donald Hunt Jr., was arrested in connection with probation violation. He was found to have been drinking and in possession of a .40 caliber handgun with a laser sight.