COPS: Lucky traffic stop leads to burglary suspects
Three people were arrested after allegedly attempting to steal items from a home that belonged to a trust fund managed by one of the suspect’s family members last week.
Nye County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in the 4800 block of Quail Run Road on Sept. 20 for a report of a possible burglary in progress.
They were told the suspects had left the home in a gray truck with a blue stripe.
As a deputy on the call was interviewing the reporting party in the case, he reportedly heard another deputy call out a traffic stop over their radio for a car matching the description of the one supposedly driven by the suspects.
He immediately drove to their location and discovered the three suspects, Clytee Phelps, David Ridenhour and Kevin Ridenhour in the vehicle.
Phelps allegedly told the officer the home was owned by her family’s trust fund. Upon further investigation, however, a detective informed the deputy that the trust holder in the family had not given Phelps or anyone else permission to be on the property.
Phelps then allegedly told the deputy she knew she didn’t have permission, but had wanted to surprise the owner by cleaning the house for her.
The deputy then interviewed the two men, and based on David’s alleged confession, all three individuals had gone into the home to load up items like the washer, dryer and stove, which they then took to a scrap yard to sell. He added that Phelps had said she had permission to take the items, but both men said they had suspicions they were stolen.
All three were arrested for charges of burglary and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.
COPS: DUI suspect found asleep at wheel, engine running at gas pump
Police arrested one man after receiving a report of a drunk driver asleep at the wheel at a gas station last Friday.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a deputy was dispatched to a gas station at the intersection of Pahrump Valley Boulevard and Manse Road around 4:21 p.m. for a report of a drunk driver.
When he arrived, a witness pointed out the suspect vehicle to the deputy, which was parked at one of the gas pumps. As the deputy then walked toward the vehicle, he reportedly noticed an adult male asleep in the driver’s seat with the engine running.
The deputy then woke the driver, who was later identified as Jason Stevens.
As they began to speak, the officer reportedly could smell an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Stevens and also noted that his eyes were watery and bloodshot.
The deputy also noticed that Stevens’ pupils were fixed and very constricted; leading him to believe the man may also be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Stevens allegedly said he had consumed alcohol the night before, but refused to submit to any field sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center for DUI.
Once at the jail, detention deputies reportedly found a small bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine in his pocket.
COPS: Woman squatting in front of car catches deputy’s eye
One woman landed in jail on a charge of driving while under the influence after a deputy reportedly witnessed her squatting in front of her headlights with her pants down and then jump up and try, erratically, to flee from the scene.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling northbound on Homestead Road, just south of Gamebird Road around 6:45 a.m., when he witnessed the suspect, later identified as Kelsey Kleven, squatting in front of the headlights on her car, while parked on the side of the road.
As Kleven noticed the deputy’s patrol vehicle approaching, she reportedly jumped up, pulled up her pants, and hopped back into her vehicle and drove off.
The deputy followed and as he was approaching the woman’s vehicle, watched her swerve to the north shoulder of the road.
He then conducted a traffic stop with Kleven, suspecting she may be driving while under the influence, and asked her to submit to several field sobriety tests.
Kleven allegedly failed all of them, and also failed a breathalyzer test, which came back showing her blood alcohol level to be at .128 percent, more than the legal limit of .08 percent.
She was then placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.
COPS: Man flips out on smoking gal pal, goes to jail
One man was arrested after a fight with a relative over her smoking habits led him to allegedly pull her hair and push her to the ground during an argument.
A Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 1300 block of Bourbon Street for a report of a female screaming for help on Sunday.
As the deputy arrived in the area, she found the suspect, Robert Winn, in the parking lot of Walgreen’s and found the victim inside Rebel with a witness.
Winn and the victim had reportedly gotten into a fight about her smoking cigarettes, and when Winn snatched her cigarettes from her, the victim attempted to leave.
Winn then allegedly followed the victim outside and pulled her hair and shoved her to the ground, attempting to restrain her.
The victim was reportedly able to break free, and run at which point the she met the witness and several others.
Winn was subsequently placed under arrest for domestic battery and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.