Man arrested for allegedly running roadblock – dragging WPD officer behind

WINNEMUCCA — Here’s the thing about police roadblocks:  They’re not suggestions. You really have to stop there.

That’s a lesson learned for a local man who apparently thought a Winnemucca Police Department roadblock was meant for all those other drivers.

WPD Officer Chad Farstveet was manning the roadblock at the entrance of the Sage Hills subdivision during a large brush fire on Sunday (Oct. 2).  The officer was assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in stopping traffic for all but emergency vehicles.

Farstveet stopped a pickup truck being driven by Duane Gray then walked around the vehicle to talk with him.

As Farstveet put his arm on the window of the pickup truck, Gray allegedly drove off dragging the officer with him.

Farstveet had scrapes and bruises as a result of being dragged by the pickup, but he remains on full duty.

Meanwhile, an ATL (attempt to locate) was issued for the driver, who was apprehended at the next roadblock.

EMS Director Pat Songer was manning that roadblock.  Songer recognized the vehicle as the one law enforcement was looking for, so he asked Gray to wait for the arrival of HCSO deputies.

As the incident was officer-involved, the investigation was turned over to Nevada Highway Patrol. Trooper Tim Pinkston ultimately arrested the subject.

Gray was charged with assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and hit & run.

He’s being held at the Humboldt County Detention Center on $150,627 bail.

Woman on life support following vehicle v pedestrian accident; driver charged with DUI

WINNEMUCCA — The driver of a pickup truck that struck a woman in the Khoury’s Market parking lot on Saturday (Sept. 17) has been charged with DUI causing substantial bodily harm.

John M. Farley, 30, of Silver City, NM, was booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center where bail was set at $100, 809.00.

The woman is at Renown Medical Center in Reno where she remains on life support.  Her name was not released.

According to a statement released by Winnemucca Police Chief Eric Silva, the preliminary investigation revealed the pickup had been traveling southbound on Grass Valley Rd. when it turned into the parking lot and allegedly struck the victim with the left front portion of the vehicle.  The vehicle then came to a stop on top of the victim and had to be backed off the victim by the driver.

Silva noted during the course of the investigation it was revealed that Farley had been consuming an alcoholic beverage.

Farley was administered a set of field sobriety tests, but he did not complete the tests in a satisfactory manner and was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Farley was transported to Humboldt General Hospital where, as part of investigative protocol, he was subjected to a series of blood draws to determine his blood alcohol content.

He was later booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center where he remains in custody.

Arrest, accident, and citation reports through June 23, 2011

The following arrest and citation information was taken from media reports issued by the Winnemucca Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

 

Thursday, June 9

  • Richard Lee Owings, 36, was charged with providing false information to law enforcement.  Bail was $5,000.

Tuesday, June 14

  • Jeremy Baker, 39, of Jonesborough, Tenn., was charged with felony drug charges on allegations he was traveling with 5 pounds of marijuana.  Bail was $30,000.

Wednesday, June 15

  • Randall D. Rubenzer, 52, of Bloomer, Wisc,, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Bail was $534.
  • Tony J. Dehart, 29, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court.  Bail was $500.

Thursday, June 16

  • Josh Macdonald, 30,  was charged with violating a temporary restraining order. Bail was $3,000.
  • Alberto Benitez-Moran, 28,  was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court.  Bail was $870 – cash only.
  • William Pyke, 30, was charged with violating the terms of his probation and was placed on a no-bail hold.
  • Robin Danyuer, 58, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  Bail was $940.

Friday, June 17

  • The WPD investigated a single-vehicle accident in which a 20-year-old male was traveling on Water Canyon Rd. when he dropped his cell phone, attempted to retrieve it from the floor, then drifted off the road and struck an NV Energy meter – causing damage to meter and the car.

Saturday, June 18

  • Ernest Roa Gomez, 44, was charged with first-offense DUI and failure to yield to a person on a bicycle. Bail was $1229

Sunday, June 19

  • Jacob John Mustard, of Ladysmith, Wisc., 25, was cited for failure to yield the crosswalk to a pedestrian and driving without insurance following a vehicle versus pedestrian accident on Winnemucca Blvd.  According to the report released by the WPD, Mustard slowed down for two pedestrians in a crosswalk but allegedly failed to notice a third pedestrian in front of his Grand Cherokee Jeep.  The pedestrian was struck and thrown 39 feet.  The condition of the pedestrian was not noted.  It was noted there had been a rain shower and the roads were wet – causing a distracting glare.  According to witnesses Mustard was not speeding or driving in a reckless manner.
  • Jose Raul Garcia, 18, was charged with reckless driving, driving without a valid license second offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Bail was $2,608.

Monday, June 20

  • Gary John Bass, 21, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court.  Bail was $302.

Tuesday, June 21

  • Janice Marie Robinson, 47, was arrested in Lyon County on a Union Township Justice Court warrant charging failure to appear in court.  She was extradited back to Humboldt County and was placed on a no-bail hold.
  • Oscar Mercado, 25, was cited and released for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The citation amount was $1,354.

(CORRECTED) Charges filed in attack on deputies

WINNEMUCCA — The Humboldt County DA’s Office has officially filed charges in the case of a man who allegedly attacked a law enforcement officer and allowed his dog to attack during a domestic battery investigation.

Gary Robinson, 72, has been charged with five felonies:  battery with a deadly weapon, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and preventing a person from testifying.  He’s also charged with gross misdemeanor battery on a peace officer and misdemeanor domestic battery.

Sheriff Ed Kilgore said deputies were dispatched to Robinson’s house on Friday (June 17) afternoon on the report of a domestic battery.

The allegations were that during the course of the investigation Robinson struck Sgt. Lee Dove with his fist then called for his dog.  The dog reportedly bit Dove several times and threatened the other deputies; however, Dove was the only one injured.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office shot the dog during the attack.  Kilgore said there were four deputies at the scene, one of whom was a trainee.

Dove was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and will be on temporary leave of absence.

Robinson is in custody at the Humboldt County Detention Center where bail was set at $165,000.

CORRECTION: The dog mentioned in this post did not belong to Robinson, but to his juvenile grandson who was at the house at the time of the altercation.  A family member reported the dog was very friendly and expressed surprise the dog attacked law enforcement since that was not in his nature.  The family member said the incident has not only been hard on law enforcement and the community, but the family as well.

Arrest, accident, and citation reports through June 10, 2011

The following arrest and citation information was taken from media reports issued by the Winnemucca Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

 

Monday, May 30

  • Ralph F. Virgil, 54, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was further charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, stop sign violation, driving with a suspended/revoked license, and failure to wear a seatbelt. Bail was $5,000.

Tuesday, May 31

  • Jonathan Scott English, 42, was arrested on a warrant from the 6th Judicial charging failure to appear in court and was placed on a no-bail hold.
  • Lawrence Linderman, 26, was charged with violation of a restraining/temporary protection order. Bail was $3,000.
  • Michael Case, 20, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was further charged with MIC.  Bail was $906.

Wednesday, June 1

  • Ricardo Sanchez, 22, was charged with DUI/drugs following an incident in which he allegedly had a near-crash with law enforcement.  Bail was $1,513.

Thursday, June 2

  • David Baxter, 23, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging he violated the terms of his probation.  He was extradited  back to Humboldt County and placed on a no-bail hold.
  • Chase Guy Palmer, 22, was arrested on two outstanding warrants charging failure to appear in court. Bail was $1,847.
  • Thord Zachariah Odell, 21, was charged with disorderly conduct. Bail was $342.
  • Casey Louis White, 53, of Denio, was charged with violating the terms of his probation and was placed on a no-bail hold.

Friday, June 3

  • Robert Daniel Price, 19, was charged with MIC. Bail was $182.
  • Jose Juan Paniagua, 19, was arrested on two outstanding warrants charging failure to appear in court. Bail was $1,593 – cash only.
  • Adan Medina-Alvarado, 27, was charged with petit larceny after he entered a store and allegedly consumed cans of Red Bull then allegedly placed a meat injector into his pocket. Bail was $1,127.

Saturday, June 4

  • Tomas Cervantes, 36, was charged with battery by a prisoner.  Bail was $20,000.
  • Stormy Ayer, 31, was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana. Bail was $990.

Sunday, June 5

  • Howard Paul Bressard, 63, of Salt Lake City, was charged with possession of marijuana/1 oz. or more.  His car was searched after the SO K-9 Lily alerted on the vehicle during a traffic stop.  A subsequent search allegedly turned up marijuana.  Bail was $5,000.
  • Andrew Lent, 23, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging contempt of court. He was placed on a no-bail hold.

Monday, June 6

  • Gary Wanger, 40, was charged with failure to appear in court and possession of a hypodermic device. He was placed on a no-bail hold.
  •  Thord Odell, 21, was charged with battery, threats, and intimidating a witness. Bail was $31,127.

Arrest, accident and citation reports through Sept. 30

The following arrest and citation information was taken from media reports issued by the Winnemucca Police Department, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

 

Troopers recover marijuana from accident scene

WINNEMUCCA — Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol investigating the scene of a head-on collision near Denio on Wednesday (Sept. 22), allegedly discovered a cooler full of marijuana in the accident debris.

According to the report generated by the NHP, troopers responded to SR 140 for a two-vehicle, head-on collision in which two people were injured.

Trooper Peter Zach Peterson alleged the driver of the second vehicle told him he observed one of the occupants of the other vehicle kick out the back window and make a frantic search through the sagebrush.

Acting on that information, Peterson and Trooper Tony Roth made a search of the scene and found a blue cooler 150 feet from the accident.

They opened the cooler, which allegedly contained 20 vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana.

Following treatment and release from HGH, Roschann Antwann Greer, 34, of Tulsa, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and sale of marijuana. He was booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center on $15,000 bail.

 

Driver of motorhome takes a wild ride through the desert

WINNEMUCCA — A woman driving through Humboldt County in her motorhome took a wild ride after being struck from behind by another vehicle. The accident occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

According to the report generated by the Nevada Highway Patrol, two vehicles were eastbound on Interstate 80 near the Rose Creek exit when a vehicle struck the motorhome from behind.

The driver reportedly told NHP he was drowsy and did not realize he was rapidly approaching the other, slower vehicle. Unable to avoid a collision, the right front of the vehicle struck the left rear of the motorhome.

The impact caused the motorhome to rotate counterclockwise and leave the paved portion of the roadway. The motorhome continued down the embanked median for hundreds of feet before crashing through a barbed-wire fence and hitting a concrete culvert. The force of the impact caused the motorhome to become airborne over the culvert – crashing down on the other side.

The driver of the motorhome was extracted by HGH EMS and transported to the hospital where she was kept overnight for observation.

A juvenile passenger from the car was also transported by EMS to the hospital as a precaution.

 

Friday, Sept. 17

  • Rachel Vaneeten, 33, of McDermitt, was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and provoking assault. Bail was $969.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

  • Anna Rebecca Romero, 38, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was $627.

Friday, Sept. 24

  • Cassandra Dykstra, 39, was charged with misdemeanor simple battery. Bail was $1,137.
  • Dirk Dykstra, 41, was charged with simple battery. Bail was set at $1,137.
  • Charles Kolosik, 43, of Aurora, Colo., was charged with non-resident driving privileges suspended, speeding, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Bail was $1,878.
  • Dustin Daniel Schermeister, 29, was charged with reckless driving for allegedly driving 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Sunday, Sept. 26

  • Brian Edward Sherburn, 32,McDermitt, was charged with domestic battery with strangulation and being a sex-offender who failed to register. The allegations were that a witness saw the subject kicking the victim. Bail was $12,500.

Monday, Sept. 27

  • Kelvin Clarence Clayton, 75, of Orem, Utah, was cited for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Bridge and Haskell Streets. The report generated by the WPD indicated driver did not know the area and thought the intersection was a four-way stop. He stopped then continued — striking another vehicle northbound on Bridge St.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

  • Robert Eugene Wadleigh, 25, was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging failure to appear in court. He was placed on a no-bail hold.
  • A 13-year-old male juvenile was charged with petit larceny after he allegedly took a soda from without paying for it.
  • Samantha R. Schofield, 21, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, obtain/possess credit card without owners permission, and two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court. Bail for the two FTA warrants was $1,000 each –cash only. Bail for the credit card charges was $10,000.

SO seizes pound of crystal meth with street value of $100,000 – $120,000

WINNEMUCCA — A man pulled over for speeding Wednesday morning might have driven away with a simple traffic ticket – or even a warning – if not for the pound of uncut crystal methamphetamine allegedly concealed in a hidden compartment in the trunk of his car.

Deputy Louie Landa, of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, stopped the vehicle early in the morning two miles north of Winnemucca on US 95.  Landa said his experience and training in drug interdiction caused him to be suspicious of the two men in the car — though he declined to elaborate due to the ongoing investigation.

The deputy asked for permission to search the car, and the driver allegedly consented. With assistance from Sgt. Lee Dove, the car was searched and a false compartment was discovered between the back seat and trunk.  Dove and Landa put a flashlight with a bendable head on one side of the false compartment to light it up, then put a mirror through the opening on the other side of the compartment.  With this method they were able to see a large bag with a large amount of something in it —  and next to it was a handgun.

The two deputies pulled back the sheet metal, which had been held in place with screws, in order to obtain the bag and gun.  The deputies field-tested the substance in the bag, which allegedly flashed positive for methamphetamine.

Assisting with the investigation were detectives from the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team, who put the street value of the meth at $100,000 – $120,000.  The drugs were apparently being transported from California to Idaho. Deputies continue to investigate the handgun, which does not appear to have been reported as stolen.

Arrested were Juan Erik Cuevas, 28, who was charged with drug trafficking level III, illegal possession of a firearm by a non-citizen, and possession of false identification.  He is being held at the Humboldt County Detention Center on $275,000,

Jose Castaneda-Garcia, 24, was also arrested and charged with drug trafficking level III and illegal possession of a firearm by a non-citizen. He is being held on $270,000 bail.

The case remains under investigation.