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Woman back in Douglas on drug charges

August 18, 2018 — A Placerville woman who failed to appear for her May arraignment on drug trafficking charges is back in Douglas County custody. Laura C. Thrash, 43, was picked up in California on two warrants issued out of district court. She faces charges stemming from her August

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Woman faces felony theft charges

August 17, 2018 — A former Gardnerville woman is facing felony theft charges after she was accused of gambling money belonging to her mother. Sheri Hines, 49, was arrested on charges of theft from an older person, one count of embezzlement of an older person, and one count of

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Authorities seek Ranchos vandal

August 16, 2018 — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in several attempted burglary and vandalism incidents committed on Patricia Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. There have been four incidents of vandalism and burglary such as damaging vehicles on the street and attempting to

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Man who wouldn’t stay out of casino earns drug felony

August 15, 2018 — A man who kept being kicked out of the MontBleu Hotel ended up convicted of heroin possession after he was arrested a 12th time. Thomas Andrew Pedroli, 32, was taken into custody by hotel security May 27, after he tried to get in using a

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No body found in search of slain felon’s property

August 15, 2018 — No human remains were found on the property of a former Gardnerville resident who was slain last year by a longtime friend in Grass Valley. Douglas County investigators cleared Kenneth Pestana's property off Centerville on Wednesday night without finding a body it was claimed was

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Three kids and open container lead to Reno woman’s arrest

August 9, 2018 — A Reno woman who had three children and an open container in her vehicle was arrested on Tuesday after she almost sideswiped a patrol vehicle. Felisitas Eulala Ramirez, 34, was driving a RAV 4 that was the subject of several reports of reckless driving in

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Man admits to 2015 Ranchos shooting

August 8, 2018 — A Gardnerville Ranchos man admitted Wednesday to the 2015 shooting death of his then-girlfriend's grandson. John Edgar Stalcup, 59, entered a guilty plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter with a deadly weapon in Douglas County District Court. It has been almost three years since

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Man in custody in Stateline brandishing

August 7, 2018 — A man reportedly wearing a white ski mask and punching pedestrians as they walked by in Stateline on Saturday night was arrested after he started brandishing a hatchet, Douglas County deputies said. Reno resident Jesse F. Russell, 29, was taken into custody on charges of

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Reward offered in horse trough shooting

August 3, 2018 — A report of destruction of property was taken from the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates for three metal water troughs placed 1.5 miles into the Pine Nuts near Fish Springs in Gardnerville. The metals troughs are the property of the Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates

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Man admits drug-fueled rampage

July 30, 2018 — A man admitted Monday to a methamphetamine-fueled rampage through the Gardnerville Ranchos on June 14. Addison Franklin Orr, 28, entered guilty pleas to assault on a peace officer, being under the influence of methamphetamine and battery on an officer in connection with the incident. In

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Woman sought in connection with purse missing from store

July 28, 2018 — A reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to the person who took a purse left in a cart at a Garderville grocery store July 21. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the purse was left in a cart at the Gardnerville

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Fighting with deputies adds to man’s case load

July 27, 2018 — A Gardnerville man is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Monday in connection with two felonies stemming from a fight with deputies in the jail. Michael Cota Jr., 19, who recently admitted to a felony count of burglary of a firearm, told

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Drunken drivers seek diversion programs

July 26, 2018 — Two men who endangered other drivers while under the influence appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday. An 18-year-old Indian Hills man admitted to a felony in connection with a March 4 collision at highways 50 and 28 near Spooner Lake. Daniel McDonald admitted

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Warrants issued for couple who stole $100,000 from elderly man

July 24, 2018 — Warrants were issued for a couple who still owe significant restitution after they were sent to prison in 2014 for stealing $100,000 from an 86-year-old man. Denise M. Allen, 59, and Michael G. Allen, 58, failed to appear for a show-cause hearing in Douglas County

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Man in custody on felony DUI

July 24, 2018 — A Gardnerville man could be facing a mandatory prison sentence after he was taken into custody for driving under the influence with a prior felony on Saturday. David Vincent Cole, 35, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday where East Fork Justice of the

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Lewdness with 8-year-old results in life sentence

July 23, 2018 — A Carson City man received 10 years to life in prison after he was sentenced last week for lewdness with a minor under 14 years of age. David Russell Slate, 39, was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by District Judge Tom Gregory. Slate

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Trial in Truckee for former Gardnerville man

July 21, 2018 — Joseph Ward babbled in sentence fragments when speaking to his girlfriend in what authorities say was hours after he killed Kenneth Pestana. Sarah Moresi, who dated the 32-year-old Ward for five years, told police in a recorded interview that Ward was worried and concerned when

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Theft ‘rampage’ sends man to prison

July 21, 2018 — The attorney of a man who admitted taking nearly $3,000 in men's cologne from a high-end store said a diagnosis of HIV sent her client into a rampage of thefts across California and Nevada. R'Mani Minard, 24, admitted to one count of grand larceny in

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Man denies charge in beating death

July 19, 2018 — A September 2019 trial has been set in last summer's beating death of a Gardnerville Ranchos man. Adam Anthony Bernard, 40, was arraigned in Douglas County District Court on Monday. Bernard denied the charge of open murder and waived his right to a trial within

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Man admits Pizza Factory break-in

July 19, 2018 — A Minden man faces up to a decade in prison after he admitted to breaking into an Ironwood pizza restaurant. Chad Russell Hunter, 48, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday and admitted to burglary. The felony carries a sentence of 1-10 years in

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