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Two admit involvement in rash of vehicle burglaries in Stateline, Nevada

September 20, 2017 — Two people involved in a number of vehicle burglaries admitted guilt in court Monday, Sept. 18. Carlos O. Barragan, 29, of Mexico, and Alisha N. Collum, 28, of South Lake Tahoe both pleaded guilty for their roles in a string of burglaries at the Mont […]

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Nevada County prosecutor: child sex suspect caught at airport

September 20, 2017 — Nevada County authorities last week caught a Sacramento man wanted on a child sex charge after the federal Department of Homeland Security tipped them off, prosecutors said. Moses D. Clark, 22, faces a charge of sexual penetration with a child under 10 years old. Arrested […]

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Clock ticking on plea decision for suspects in Nevada County kidnapping, false imprisonment case

September 19, 2017 — Layla Callahan and David Munoz, facing charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment, have until Oct. 16 to accept a plea deal offered by prosecutors, attorneys said Monday, Sept. 18, in Nevada County Superior Court. If Callahan, 23, and Munoz, 25, opt against taking the offer, […]

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Reno man indicted on PayPal fraud charges

September 18, 2017 — A Reno man is facing fraud charges in a scheme investigators say involved $3.5 million. Kenneth Gilbert Gibson, 46, faces 10 counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of bank fraud and six counts each of access device fraud and identity […]

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Douglas County inmate death being investigated

September 18, 2017 — The Department of Corrections is investigating the apparent suicide of a 50-year-old Douglas County man found hanging in his room at the Casa Grande transitional housing center in Las Vegas. Rodney Thomas James was discovered Thursday, Sept. 14, hanging from a bed sheet tied to […]

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Defense attorney for Penn Valley murder suspect questions competence

September 16, 2017 — A defense attorney for murder suspect Robert Lloyd Steuber said Thursday, Sept. 15, that she intends to raise doubts about her client’s competence, a claim that could affect the prosecution against him. Steuber, 82, didn’t appear in Nevada County Superior Court. His deputy public defender, […]

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Nevada County judge orders evaluation for attempted murder suspect

September 16, 2017 — A Nevada County judge on Thursday, Sept. 14, suspended the attempted murder case against Eugene Maravel until a doctor can determine if he understands the case against him and whether he needs anti-psychotic medication. The 68-year-old Maravel, accused of the Aug. 6 alleged stabbing of […]

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Authorities issue new Stateline stabbing photos

September 14, 2017 — Authorities hope new pictures will help identify the two men responsible in an alleged assault and robbery that occurred Aug. 13 at Harrah's in Stateline. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office released three new photos of the men they suspect were involved in the early morning […]

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Sentencing delayed for Zinola-Young in carjacking, criminal threats case

September 12, 2017 — James Jerold Zinola-Young, initially set for a Monday, Sept. 11, sentencing on charges of carjacking and criminal threats, had his hearing postponed for a week after his attorney said he needs time to discuss the case with his client. Zinola-Young, 24, pleaded no contest in […]

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Nevada County sheriff: Alleged skateboard theft leads to robbery charge

September 12, 2017 — A Grass Valley man accused of robbing an ex-girlfriend of her skateboard remained in the Nevada County Jail under $102,500 in bond on Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, authorities said. Sanji Lebovitz, 44, is charged with robbery and obstructing/resisting a public officer, jail reports state. The […]

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Nevada County woman pleads no contest to vehicular homicide charge

September 11, 2017 — Carlee D'Arata, accused in the April 15 death of Antonette Thevenin, pleaded no contest Friday, Sept. 8, to a count of gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated. Prosecutors expect she will receive a 10-year prison sentence next month. But Thevenin's family members say the sentence isn't […]

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Man sought for alleged commercial burglaries in Truckee

September 8, 2017 — Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly stole a number of vehicles, and then used those vehicles to ram the front doors of local business for the purpose of burglarizing the establishments. Truckee Police Department investigators identified the suspect as Richard Anthony Lenning, 37. […]

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Inmate walks away from work detail near DMV in Carson City, Nevada

September 5, 2017 — Officials are searching for a Nevada Department of Corrections inmate, who walked away from a work detail Tuesday morning, Sept. 5. Inmate Michael Ariola, 35, of Pershing County, walked away from work detail crews at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning near the Department of Motor Vehicles […]

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Former Tahoe ski school employee pleads guilty to federal child sex exploitation charges

September 5, 2017 — Stephan DeGraffenreid, 26, of Gardnerville, pleaded guilty this week to charges of child sexual exploitation. U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben accepted his plea to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor. McKibben set sentencing […]

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Burglaries in Stateline, Nevada prompt warning to lock doors

September 5, 2017 — A rash of vehicle burglaries over the past week have prompted a warning to Stateline residents to lock up their homes and vehicles.There have been 13 attempted burglaries and burglaries with losses, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith. "The crimes began occurring […]

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Authorities release new photos from stabbing outside Stateline casino

September 3, 2017 — Authorities hope new pictures will help identify the two men believed to have participated in a stabbing and robbery that occurred Aug. 13 at Harrah's in Stateline. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office released three new photos of the men they suspect were involved in the […]

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South Lake Tahoe man arrested on child pornography charges

August 31, 2017 — A 65-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 30, on a charge of possession of child pornography. The arrest was made two days after law enforcement received a report of a man allegedly annoying and molesting a child under the age of 18, […]

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Nevada County authorities seek help in finding attempted murder suspect Kurt Andrew Collins

August 31, 2017 — Nevada County authorities have identified the man they say is responsible for the 2016 shooting of a search-and-rescue volunteer as Kurt Andrew Collins. Collins, 61, is wanted for attempted murder and inflicting great bodily injury during the commission of a felony. Authorities claim Collins shot […]

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Nevada County prosecutor: Desiree Hayden won’t face murder charge

August 31, 2017 — Nevada County prosecutors said Wednesday, Aug. 30, they’ll drop a murder charge against Desiree Hayden, initially accused in the death of her ex-husband Brian Sharp, after reviewing the full autopsy report. That report showed that Sharp, 44, could have died from an assault, a heart […]

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Attorneys to discuss possible plea in kidnapping, false imprisonment case in Nevada County

August 29, 2017 — Attorneys in the kidnapping and false imprisonment case of Layla Callahan and David Munoz intend next month to discuss the chance of resolving the matter in a plea deal. Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Monday, Aug. 28, told Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger that on […]

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