Truckee High grad slain in Nevada
Tahoe Truckee High School graduate Shelby Hagedorn Joanette, of Fernley, Nev., died in a Reno hospital Tuesday night after allegedly being shot by her husband Saturday morning. Joanettes estranged husband, Michael Fixer Newcastle, 35, of Las Vegas, was arrested in Nye County, Nev., Saturday evening on suspicion of attempted murder. Following Joanettes death Tuesday, the charge will be changed to first degree murder, said Lt. Rob Hall of the Lyon County Sheriffs Department.Joanette, daughter of former Truckee residents Dona White Hagedorn and Curt Hagedorn, a retired CHP officer, was 36 years old and a former member of the Junior Horsemen. She was named the Truckee Rodeo queen in 1989, the same year she graduated from Truckee High.She was a real nice woman, Truckee resident Carol Pauli said. She did a great job representing the Rodeo. She was a nice, nice woman. This is just horrific.At approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriffs Office received reports of shots fired in Fernley, where Joanette had told others she was going to care for her horses. While en route, she called her father to say her truck had broken down. By the time he and sheriffs officers had arrived, she had been shot twice in the head. A neighbor reported seeing a man leaving the scene in a vehicle that matched the description of Newcastles car. He was picked up almost 12 hours later in Beatty, Nev. Authorities recovered an unloaded 9 mm handgun from the vehicles trunk, according to arresting officers reports. Hall said a 9 mm shell casing was found at the scene of the shooting.Joanette was transported from Fernley by CareFlight to Renown Health Center in Reno where she was listed in critical condition. She was removed from life support Monday evening, said her father Curt Hagedorn, and died almost 24 hours later. My daughter, in her 36 years on this earth, lived about 100 years, her father said. She lived every day to the fullest. Everybody loved her. She was an amazing lady, as outgoing as could be. She was more fun than a barrel of monkeys.Hagedorn said that when he and his wife visited Shelby Tuesday night in the Renown Center, and informed her that Newcastle had been apprehended by police, and that they had enough evidence to put this guy away for life, Shelby seemed to relax and let go. She died within minutes, he said.We were so blessed by her presence on this earth, he said. And we have been so blessed today by an incredible outpouring of love. She was a peach. She was the apple of our eye.The suspect also goes by the name Michael Christopher Young, an alias Newcastle has used for years, said Lt. Hall. Young is the name under which Joanette knew her husband and married him, he said, adding that she was unaware her husband maintained two identities. Hall was unable to disclose whether Newcastle/Young has any prior convictions or criminal history.Joanette had recently moved from Las Vegas, where she had lived with Newcastle/Young. The two were going through a bitter divorce, according to Hall. Services are currently being arranged by the family, Joanettes father said. The Lahontan Valley News and the Nevada Appeal contributed to this report
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