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Man gets 2-6 years in heroin sales

February 11, 2019 — A former Gardnerville man, who was arrested multiple times on drug charges early last year, received 2-6 years in prison on Monday. Adam J. Guenther, 28, received consecutive 1-3-year sentences after he admitted one count of trafficking and another of sales of a controlled substance.

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Man admits to heroin sales

February 9, 2019 — A South Lake Tahoe man admitted Tuesday he sold heroin in Gardnerville last year. Shawn G. Stenzel, 28, entered a guilty plea to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, which carries a 1-6-year maximum prison sentence. Under an agreement with prosecutors, two cases

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Ranchos murder suspect will face Washoe, Douglas charges first

February 8, 2019 — The 36 Carson City charges against Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman were put on hold Friday after prosecutors all agreed the murder charges in Washoe and Douglas counties should go forward first. Carson City Deputy District Attorney Melanie Brantingham told Justice of the Peace Tom Armstrong the

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County approves funds to cover murder investigations

February 8, 2019 — Hunting the man who allegedly killed two Gardnerville Ranchos women cost the Douglas County Sheriff's Office $175,000 in January, Undersheriff Paul Howell said on Thursday. He said that doesn't include the 501 hours of comp time sheriff's office personnel put in during the two weeks

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County receives Tiregate report

February 7, 2019 — Douglas County will be mulling its legal options regarding a 99-page report prepared by the Nevada Division of Investigation on the Tiregate thefts that came to light over the weekend. District Attorney Mark Jackson said Monday he will be meeting with county commissioners individually and

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Man accused of trying to elude deputies in custody

February 7, 2019 — A Reno man is facing felony eluding charges after a Saturday morning chase through downtown Gardnerville. Steven E. Hall, 36, appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday. Hall was arrested after deputies spotted a pickup at the Smith's in Gardnerville around 3:30 a.m. They

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Fish Springs man gets maximum for breaking woman’s bones

February 4, 2019 — A woman said she was regularly abused and prevented from talking to neighbors during three months she was living at a defunct Fish Springs dude ranch. Thomas J. Sims, 52, who was living at Sierra Spirit Ranch, was sentenced to the maximum 2-5 years in

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Nevada man arrested for alleged sexual assaults on minors in South Lake Tahoe

February 1, 2019 — A Gardnerville man accused of being in the U.S. illegally was arrested after authorities say he was identified as a suspect in multiple sexual assaults on minors. Sergio Antonio Recendiz-Rodriguez was arrested Friday, Jan. 25, about one week after the South Lake Tahoe Police Department

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Woman faces life in toddler’s rape

February 1, 2019 — Plea negotiations are under way in the case of a Los Angeles woman who was indicted by the Douglas County grand jury on multiple counts of sexual assault involving a 3-year-old girl. Umi Hongo, 24, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday with attorney

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Probationer goes to prison

February 1, 2019 — A Topaz Ranch Estates man will go to prison after he admitted violating his probation. A 12-36-month sentence was imposed for Cameron Weiss-Karm, 20, on Tuesday after his attorney said he would not oppose going to prison. He was on probation for claiming to be

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Walmart raider faces 11 years in struggle with deputy

January 30, 2019 — A man who was Tasered after he struggled with a deputy along Highway 395 admitted to felony counts of battery by a probationer and principal to grand larceny. Ross Thomas Bayard, 28, faces up to 11 years in prison on the two charges and a

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Carson man behind bars after burglary

January 30, 2019 — A Carson City man will have to spend six months in Douglas County Jail as a condition of a suspended five-year prison term. William B. Soukup, 20, appeared in Douglas County District Court for sentencing on a felony burglary. Soukup admitted to stealing from a

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Man gets up to eight years for sex with 13-year-old

January 29, 2019 — The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was molested by Gardnerville brothers said her daughter refused to go to school because she'd been bullied. The girl wrote a letter to the court expressing how she felt as a result of the incident that occurred June

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Report: Carson City man admits to Reno murders

January 25, 2019 — The Associated Press reported Friday night that Wilber Martinez-Guzman, 19, of Carson City admitted killing a Reno couple and used a handgun that he said he stole earlier from them. The Associated Press says Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong released a declaration of probable cause Friday in

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Man waives hearing in eluding case

January 25, 2019 — A Dresslerville man who led deputies on a 135-mph chase from one end of Carson Valley to the other is scheduled to appear in district court on Feb. 4. Jessie Avalos, 25, waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday. He faces felony charges of assault with

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Quadruple murder suspect Wilber Martinez-Guzman faces 36 counts in Carson City

January 24, 2019 — The 19-year-old suspected of four murders in Douglas and Washoe counties appeared in Carson Justice Court Thursday to face 36 counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and illegal possession of firearms. Wilber Martinez-Guzman sat quietly next to a court interpreter as Justice of the

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Man faces DUI and drug felonies

January 23, 2019 — A Gardnerville man is facing a felony for a third instance of driving under the influence after deputies investigated a vehicle parked in Gardnerville with its lights on and its motor off. William Sherwood III, 24, was found asleep behind the wheel with the keys

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Walmart shoplifter ends up in prison

January 23, 2019 — A woman who is facing a felony theft charge in Carson City had her probation revoked on Tuesday. Jessica Muench, 37, was ordered to serve her 12-32-month sentence after she essentially admitted to committing the Carson City crime. Muench appeared before District Judge Tod Young

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Ranchos homicide suspect in court today

January 23, 2019 — A 19-year-old El Salvadoran man believed to have shot and killed four Western Nevadans in a week is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Carson City today. Wilbur Ernesto Martinez Guzman was arrested 4:30 p.m. Saturday after investigators determined Friday that he was

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Candlelight vigil for homicide victims Saturday

January 19, 2019 — A candlelight vigil is being organized by community members 6-7 p.m. today at Ranchos Aspen Park in memory of the two homicide victims killed in their Gardnerville Ranchos homes last week. Both of the women killed in the last week were shot, it was announced

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