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Caring Target worker saves customer from paying scammers $5,000

July 16, 2019

A fast-thinking Jacks Valley Target employee saved someone from buying a $5,000 pre-paid gift card at the request of telephone scammers. “The caring Target employee halted the transaction and notified the Sheriff’s Office,” Spokesman Sgt....


Drug importer receives life sentence
Drug importer receives life sentence

July 15, 2019

A Lake Tahoe man was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison for drug trafficking on Tuesday. Michael Culletto, 35, was convicted by a jury on May 30 after only two hours of deliberation....



Ranchos vehicle fire isolated incident
Ranchos vehicle fire isolated incident

July 12, 2019

A vehicle fire that occurred at a Riverview home in the Gardnerville Ranchos was not related to a series of fires that occurred in Carson City on Wednesday morning. East Fork firefighters and Douglas County...


Sheriff’s office seeks man in theft from Walmart
Sheriff’s office seeks man in theft from Walmart

July 11, 2019

Information is sought about a man who stole from Walmart, 3770 Hwy 395 on Independence Day. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the suspect who walked out of Walmart about 6:30 p.m....



South Lake residents face drug charges

July 11, 2019

While not quite as busy as the Fourth of July, Douglas County deputies conducted more than the usual number of drug and alcohol arrests over the weekend. Two South Lake Tahoe residents were taken into...


Man accused of menacing neighbor with automobile
Man accused of menacing neighbor with automobile

July 10, 2019

A Stateline man was taken into custody on Wednesday night after he allegedly drove his car within a yard of hitting a neighbor walking his dog. Garrett Min, 43, was booked on one count of...




Pair in Monday’s high speed chase appear in court

July 5, 2019

A man and woman involved in a pursuit around Carson Valley on Monday are scheduled to return to East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday. Ronnie Demone Crawford Jr. and Tasheena Savage are facing felony charges...


California man held in lewdness charge
California man held in lewdness charge

July 5, 2019

A San Diego man is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail after he was taken into custody for lewdness with a child under 14 years of age. Ross W. Lennon, 21, was taken into...


Busy Fourth for Douglas deputies

July 5, 2019

About two-dozen people were arrested in incidents directly related to the Fourth of July holiday, according to Douglas County Jail records. A Gardnerville Ranchos resident found out how to get arrested for setting off illegal...


Process begins to find Tiregate grand jurors

July 4, 2019

A call for Douglas County grand jurors to investigate the $1 million tire thefts from the county was issued by District Judge Tod Young on Monday. About 300 questionnaires will be prepared to be mailed...


Reno shooting suspect in Douglas custody
Reno shooting suspect in Douglas custody

July 1, 2019

A Stockton, Calif., man arrested Monday after a 125-mph pursuit through Carson Valley was wanted in a Sunday shooting in Reno. Ronnie Demone Crawford Jr., 42, was taken into custody by Douglas County deputies after...


Admitted Johnson Lane rapist up for parole
Admitted Johnson Lane rapist up for parole

July 1, 2019

A man who admitted he raped and stabbed a 17-year-old Johnson Lane girl in 1982 is up for parole, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. Curtis Ralph Lange, 55, still has two prison terms...


Traffic death remains unsolved after 2 years
Traffic death remains unsolved after 2 years

June 28, 2019

Monday marks the second anniversary of the hit-and-run death of 21-year-old Roberto Palomar-Espinoza. Palomar-Espinoza’s body was found 5 a.m. July 1, 2017, lying along Fremont Avenue south of Johnson Lane in Minden. In the intervening...



Woman faces felony drug charge

June 28, 2019

A Johnson Lane resident is facing a felony drug charge in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday after she was arrested last weekend. Erica M. Cervantes, 42, sought release on her own recognizance on Monday....


Man denies using daughter as drug mule
Man denies using daughter as drug mule

June 26, 2019

A man who admitted putting 2 ounces of methamphetamine in his teenage daughter’s purse denied he was using her as a mule. John V. Nigra, 55, was sentenced to up to a dozen years in...