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Stateline hotel murder trial underway
Stateline hotel murder trial underway

June 15, 2019

One juror has been excused from the two-week trial of a man charged with the October 2017 deadly stabbing of Reno man in a Stateline hotel room. That leaves the eight-man, four-woman jury without an...


Lyon County man faces drug, weapon charges

June 14, 2019

A Lyon County man was taken into custody on Wednesday night after a traffic stop in the Gardnerville Ranchos allegedly revealed he had drugs and weapons. Isidro Montoya-Acosta, 31, was taken into custody on charges...


Possession of fake ID could send man to prison

June 13, 2019

A California man faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to possession of a fake identity that he used to obtain player’s cards from three casinos. Joshua A. Martin, 27, appeared in...


Man faces felony charge for false identity

June 13, 2019

A Hayward, Calif., man appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday after he was arrested for showing deputies someone else’s identity. Randy A. Martin, 23, denied he was in possession of stolen property belonging...


Four held in Topaz Ranch confrontation
Four held in Topaz Ranch confrontation

June 10, 2019

Four Carson City residents were arrested Sunday night after a woman allegedly entered a Topaz Ranch Estates home claiming she was owed money and waving a pistol. According to court documents, Antoinette Scardamalgia Aguilar-Turtle, 55,...


Commission altercation investigation underway

June 8, 2019

It could be a week or two before Carson City finishes its work on a May 16 altercation involving two Douglas County commissioners. Additional investigation is underway by the Carson City District Attorney’s Office. Carson...


Meth trafficking nets woman 10-25-year sentence
Meth trafficking nets woman 10-25-year sentence

June 4, 2019

About two-dozen supporters, including one who flew in from Germany, turned out for the sentencing hearing of a Placerville woman who admitted trafficking in methamphetamine. Laura C. Thrash, 48, was sentenced to 10-25 years in...


Woman in Tahoe car thefts sent to prison

June 4, 2019

A California woman, who was implicated in several car thefts, had her diversion terminated on Monday for failure to appear and failing to show proof she was in treatment. Tarra K. Sheffield, 25, has been...


Man faces competency evaluation in sexual assault case
Man faces competency evaluation in sexual assault case

May 30, 2019

A man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl his brother brought to his Gardnerville apartment may undergo a competency evaluation. Michael F. Howell Jr., 21, conditionally waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday and was...


Dayton woman faces embezzlement charge

May 30, 2019

A Dayton woman is accused of embezzling more than $6,000 from the Jacks Valley Target over a few weeks. Courtney Chandler, 20, worked as a clerk at the store until May 24 when a Target...


Drug trial could be done Thursday
Drug trial could be done Thursday

May 30, 2019

A jury trial in the case of a man accused of ordering three boxes of the drug Ecstasy through the mail is expected to wrap up Thursday. Michael T. Culletto, 35, is accused of having...


Man faces more prison for punching inmate
Man faces more prison for punching inmate

May 22, 2019

A man admitted he punched another inmate last year while he was awaiting transfer to prison. Parker Eoff, 30, admitted to attempted battery by a prisoner while in custody. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors will...



Vehicle burglaries prompt warning

May 20, 2019

Douglas County Sheriff’s officials are reminding residents not to leave anything of value in their vehicles after a rash of eight break-ins at Lake Tahoe over the weekend. Douglas detectives are actively investigating each of...


Man faces felony in embezzlement

May 17, 2019

A 26-year-old Carson City man faces felony charges in connection with the theft of $2,200 from his employer. Jordan J. Molina was taken into custody on an embezzlement charge after he failed to make the...


Drug sale leads to prison sentence

May 15, 2019

A man who said he first used crack cocaine with his mother when he was 14 years old was sentenced to up to four years in prison on Tuesday. Dustyn O. Farrell, 32, asked to...


Walmart raider sentenced to 3 years

May 15, 2019

A man serving prison sentences for a series of raids on Walmarts across four counties received a 1-3-year prison sentence in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday. Clarence Wayne Garcia, 36, is serving consecutive six-year...


Competency hearing possible in Kingsbury shooting
Competency hearing possible in Kingsbury shooting

May 15, 2019

A Bay Area triple-homicide suspect wants to plead guilty to charges related to an April 26 shoot-out on Kingsbury Grade so badly that he sought to fire his attorney on Wednesday. Stefon Demar Jefferson, 43,...