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Man admits to charges of battery with a deadly weapon

May 24, 2018 — After a third amendment was filed, a Gardnerville man accused of battery with a deadly weapon was finally allowed to enter a guilty plea to the charge. James McNeill, 41, was arrested Nov. 19, 2017, after attacking his girlfriend and leaving her at the hospital

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Shoplifter skins beauty store for $279 in product

May 23, 2018 — Authorities are seeking a woman who made off with $279 in skin care products from the Ulta Beauty store in Carson Valley Plaza. The theft occurred 7:15 p.m. May 7, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The woman was described as being in her

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Sentencing continued for a week in casino embezzlement

May 23, 2018 — A woman faces sentencing on Tuesday after admitting she took more than $4,000 from the casino where she worked. Cara Milligan, 41, was an employee of the Montbleu casino when she allegedly took unredeemed slot vouches and cashed them for herself, pocketing the money. The

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Pregnant mother receives 10 years for meth sales

May 23, 2018 — An Inyokern, Calif. pregnant mother was sentenced to 10 years Monday in a 2016 methamphetamine sales charge. Tricia A. Turria, 25, was arrested after admitting to selling a half-pound of methamphetamine on one occasion, and a quarter pound on a second occasion. Turria has two

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Smith Valley man in custody after chase through Ruhenstroth

May 22, 2018 — A Smith Valley man who got behind the wheel of his big pickup after getting a dose of fentanyl was arrested after being pursued around Ruhenstroth on Saturday. Douglas County deputies received a report from a medical facility that Jessie Jeffrey was driving despite being

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Yerington man killed in Sunridge shooting

May 21, 2018 — A 77-year-old Yerington man who was killed by Douglas County deputies on Saturday night had a history of violence. Jimmy Alan Moss was shot and killed after he reportedly sped out the garage of a Sunridge address and struck a deputy. The victim reported that

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Drug smuggler admits to Tahoe gift shop theft charges

May 18, 2018 — A woman caught smuggling methamphetamine into jail admitted to the charges of possession of a controlled substance and grand larceny in District Judge Tod Young's court Tuesday. Dusty Greenlee, 33, was arrested March 24 after being caught shoplifting from Harvey's in Stateline. She had gone

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What constitutes a deadly weapon?

May 15, 2018 — A case involving assault with a deadly weapon has been continued until Tuesday by District Court Judge Tod Young after he questioned whether a "piece of furniture" was really a weapon. James Corbitt McNeill, 41, was arrested on Nov. 19, 2017, after dropping an injured

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Trouble staying awake results in drug arrest

May 15, 2018 — A Gardnerville Ranchos woman was taken into custody after medics responded to a report of an unconscious woman in a car at a Minden fast food restaurant. A witness said Rachel Kristine Zacharaias, 33, was behind the wheel of her car when she appeared to

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Man accused in felony battery, burglary claims court is circus

May 15, 2018 — Tensions were high in District Judge Thomas Gregory's court room when a man accused of felony battery constituting domestic violence with strangulation, burglary and invasion of the home began arguing and shouting at members of the court. Adam Medina, 39, was taken into custody in

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Man faces prison for selling smack near school

May 10, 2018 — A Gardnerville man admitted to trafficking a controlled substance. Joshua Edwards, 32, was arrested in February for selling 5.6 grams of heroin within 500 feet of an elementary school. He could face a maximum sentence of six years in prison, and a $50,000 fine. Edwards

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Multiple MIA defendants issued warrants

May 8, 2018 — On Monday morning in District Judge Thomas Gregory's court, four out of five defendants did not show up, prompting the judge to issue warrants for the missing people. A California man with a pattern of evading the court had his extradition expanded. Jeffrey Curtis, 40,

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Bail set for mother, son in credit card case

May 8, 2018 — A Reno woman, who said she had a half-dozen daughters counting on her, will remain in jail on 10 felonies after she and her son were arrested last week. New charges were filed against Sara L. Hertl, 35, on Monday. She and her son, 19-year-old

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10 DUI arrests top crazy weekend

May 7, 2018 — A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested for a third instance of driving under the influence at the Ranchos sandpits early on Cinco de Mayo. Travis P. Atchison, 27, was taken into custody after deputies came across a running vehicle at 2:22 a.m. They found Atchison

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Officials: 62 known gang members live in Douglas

May 6, 2018 — According to Undersheriff Paul Howell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, there are 62 identified active gang members living in Douglas County. In 2017, 39 gang-related arrests were made in the county. Their residences are mostly situated in the Ranchos, North County, and Indian Hills.

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Man being held on multiple theft charges

May 2, 2018 — A Gardnerville man is facing multiple felony theft charges in connection with a February burglary in a Kings Lane home. Michael Luis Cota Jr., 19, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail in connection with the Feb. 13 theft of an AR-15 from a

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Man receives 30-month sentence in heroin sales

May 1, 2018 — A South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Monday to 12-30 months in prison for possession of heroin with intent to sell. James Hernandez, 31, was brought in on a bench warrant after he failed to appear for testing as a part of his bail agreement.

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Fernley man sentenced in vehicle death

April 30, 2018 — A Fernley man was given 60 days in jail after he was convicted of a misdemeanor in the death of a toddler in a January 2017 collision. David R. Neese Jr., 54, was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in East Fork Justice Court on Thursday.

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Ranchos man held in DUI after almost colliding with oncoming motorist

April 30, 2018 — A Gardnerville Ranchos man is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail after he was arrested Saturday for felony driving under the influence and reckless driving. Joshua J. Weimar, 36, was arrested after deputies received a report that he'd texted a despondent message. A deputy

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Man found guilty in 2016 road rage

April 28, 2018 — A Stateline man was convicted Friday evening of pointing a pistol at another motorist while under the influence during a 2016 road rage incident. The jury deliberated for just under an hour in the case of Jared Kaiser, 33, before rendering a guilty verdict in

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