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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office receives joining forces grant

November 9, 2018 — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has received a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to support law enforcement's participation in Joining Forces traffic safety campaigns from now until September 2019. Joining Forces is a high visibility, multi-jurisdictional statewide effort

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Undercover operation breaks up Tahoe drug ring

November 7, 2018 — A dozen people are facing felony charges for drug trafficking after the completion of a nine-month investigation conducted by Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe. On Tuesday, it was announced that undercover agents infiltrated a Lake Tahoe drug sales ring that had been extending its

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Accused hotboxers end Sunday drive in hoosegow

November 6, 2018 — Two men, who were allegedly witnessed enjoying a marijuana cigarette during a Sunday afternoon drive down Highway 395, were taken into custody after a traffic stop in Minden. A passenger in another vehicle reported smelling marijuana while stopped at the Topsy Lane light. When he

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Man in motorcycle shootout kicked in Ranchos door

November 3, 2018 — Before he was wanted in the armed robbery of a Carson City yogurt shop, a man who was killed in a running shootout with Lake Tahoe Police was being sought in a Gardnerville Ranchos home invasion. Billy Jo Johnson, 34, was killed in Meyers on

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Two face trafficking charges in methamphetamine sale

October 19, 2018 — Two people accused of drug trafficking are scheduled to appear In East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday. Shantell Mae Marullo, 40, and Shawn Gary Stenzel, 29, were arrested on a warrant in connection with the sale of 5.6 grams of methamphetamine. They face trafficking and

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Man denies selling heroin

October 18, 2018 — A Johnson Lane man is denying charges he sold heroin within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop where children were present. Christopher McLaughlin, 28, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday where he entered innocent pleas to six separate drug counts, including five

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Man faces prison in meth trafficking

October 15, 2018 — A Stockton man who allegedly came to Gardnerville to sell nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine in August admitted to a count of felony trafficking on Monday. Jeremy Morgan, 31, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Monday to enter a guilty plea. Morgan faces 2-15

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Douglas participates in Joining Forces campaign

October 13, 2018 — With Nevada Day and the holiday season approaching, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office takes on impaired driving by participating in Joining Forces Impaired Driving enforcement campaigns The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and other Nevada law enforcement agencies are making plans to keep the Nevada Day

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Family seeks help after vehicle stolen

October 13, 2018 — A Minden woman's car was stolen while she was helping her son sell Boy Scout popcorn in front of the Topsy WalMart. Shandra Morgan's keys were behind the booth set up for the sale, when someone snagged them and took off with her car on

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Ranchos shooting leads to 15-year sentence

October 11, 2018 — Three years after shooting his then-girlfriend's 19-year-old grandson in the back of the head, a Gardnerville Ranchos man was sentenced to 6-15 years in prison. John Stalcup, 59, was sentenced Thursday after District Judge Tom Gregory heard four hours of testimony and statements from three

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Storage unit burglar sent to prison

October 10, 2018 — A man who used access to a storage unit to raid several others will serve up to six years in prison in connection with the break-ins. Clint J. Krites, 42, was ordered to serve concurrent 28-72-month prison terms in connection with the thefts that occurred

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Hit and run results in arrest

October 5, 2018 — A Gardnerville woman was arrested after deputies went looking for a hit and run driver on Tuesday afternoon. Katherine Elizabeth Kane, 30, was booked in lieu of $10,000 bail after a two-hour hunt. The collision occurred around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Stephanie

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Child rapist receives three life sentences

September 27, 2018 — A former Indian Hills man received three consecutive life sentences on Thursday for sexually assaulting a 3½-year-old girl and recording it on his cell phone. Ciro Camacho III, 34, will not be eligible for parole for 55 years. "This is the type of case that

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Bail $100,000 cash for woman awaiting trafficking trial

September 24, 2018 — A California woman who is denying drug trafficking charges was ordered held on $100,000 bail Monday after she failed to appear in court in May. Laura C. Thrash, 43, is also facing a felony charge of failing to appear. The charges stem from an August

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Fish Springs man admits breaking woman’s bones

September 24, 2018 — An Oct. 16 jury trial was vacated on Monday after a Fish Springs man admitted to a count of battery with substantial bodily harm. Thomas Sims, 52, admitted he broke a woman's arm and her pelvis between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 14, 2018. He

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Ranchos man competent to face lewdness charge

September 22, 2018 — A Gardnerville Ranchos man was found competent to face a charge of lewdness with a minor despite his attorney's concerns that he seemed constantly sleepy. Jayson Kagan, 19, was arrested March 1 for an incident involving a 5-year-old. Attorney Brian Filter said Kagan slept 20

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Douglas, Carson seek couple in vehicle burglaries

September 20, 2018 — Two people are being sought in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries in Douglas County and Carson City. A man and a woman are suspected to have broken into vehicles from Fay Luther Trailhead to Carson City on Sunday. Credit cards belonging to victims

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Bonnie to Walmart Clydes pleads guilty in grand larceny

September 19, 2018 — The female member of a crew that was raiding Walmarts across Western Nevada admitted a felony charge of grand larceny on Tuesday. Douglas County District Court was just the latest stop for Stefanie Marie Chapa, 35, who was arrested Feb. 17 in a spectacularly public

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California man admits to trafficking mushrooms

September 19, 2018 — A California man avoided a potential life sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser trafficking charge in Douglas County District Court on Monday. Elijah Cohn, 23, was arrested 17 months ago after he was pulled over for speeding through Gardnerville on April 22, 2017. According

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Woman admits stealing from mother

September 19, 2018 — A Gardnerville woman, who admitted stealing from the elderly mother she was supposed to be caring for, was ordered to stay away from anywhere gambling occurred. Sheri Hines, 49, appeared in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday where she admitted to one count of embezzlement.

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