COPS: Fight over taxes leads to couple’s arrest
An elderly couple was arrested after allegedly getting into a fight over their taxes Tuesday.
Joy and John Currie were both arrested on charges of domestic battery at approximately 4:25 p.m.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a deputy was called to the couple’s home regarding a possible domestic dispute.
When the deputy arrived at the residence, he interviewed both parties, who have been married 65 years, and they explained to him that they had gotten into a heated verbal argument over doing their taxes.
Joy allegedly told the deputy she and her husband had been in the living room when her husband pushed her over the arm of the couch and hit her, but couldn’t tell the deputy exactly where he had hit her.
She then reportedly showed the deputy bruising on her shins, which looked old, and was later allegedly admitted to be from a previous injury.
The deputy noted, however, there seemed to be fresh bruising on her arms as well as marks that looked like she had been scratched.
Joy allegedly denied striking her husband, even though the deputy observed there were injuries on him as well.
According to John, his wife had come after him, and he had to defend himself as she scratched his face. So he pushed her onto the couch at which time he fell back onto the floor.
Since both parties had injuries and admitted to striking each other at about the same time, they were both placed under arrest and booked into the Nye County Detention Center.
— Kelsey Givens
COPS: Crash into tow truck leads to man’s arrest
One person was arrested after crashing into a tow truck picking up a car from the scene of another accident Sunday.
Ryan Orman, 19, was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance at 1:30 a.m.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a deputy was working on the scene of an accident at Charleston Park and Ford Loop, when he heard the sounds of a second accident taking place.
The deputy said he heard the sounds of screeching tires and then the crash of a black pickup truck striking the left front driver side of a tow truck at the scene.
He then went over to the car and made contact with the driver, identified as Orman, who he observed to have bloodshot, watery eyes.
As the deputy continued to speak with Orman, he noted he could smell alcohol on his breath and marijuana coming from the inside of his vehicle.
Orman then allegedly admitted to drinking three to four beers earlier in the night, and finished his last one about 30 minutes prior to the accident.
The deputy then conducted a field sobriety test with Orman, which the suspect failed.
Orman allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the evening.
He was placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center, where he submitted to a voluntary blood test and was then booked into the jail.
— Kelsey Givens
COPS: NHP investigates NCSO deputy’s car crash
A Nye County Sheriff’s deputy may be cited after causing an accident at the intersection of Homestead Road and Dandelion Street Wednesday afternoon.
One person was sent to the hospital after the deputy, identified as Mark Murphy, reportedly attempted to perform a U-turn to help what he believed to be a stranded motorist when he struck an oncoming vehicle.
“He was preparing to make a U-turn calling out on his radio. He looked down to make sure he was on the right station, and did not see on-coming traffic. He turned into the path of on-coming traffic. One woman I believe was transported complaining of minor neck pain and our officer sustained minor cuts on his hand,” Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall said.
Murphy was traveling southbound on Homestead towards Dandelion when the crash occurred.
The two-car collision is being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol since a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy is involved.
“That’s standard procedures where our vehicles are involved in an accident so that no one can claim that we’re being partial or things like that,” Marshall said.
Both cars sustained moderate damage as a result of the collision.
— Kelsey Givens
COPS: Man demands breathalyzer test, blows almost three times legal limit
After causing a scene, shouting obscenities in a casino and insisting he wasn’t drunk, a 38-year-old man was arrested for being drunk on a roadway.
Earl Alan Hayes, 38, was arrested on a charge of intoxicated person in the roadway around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
According to a declaration of arrest for Hayes, deputies were dispatched to Terrible’s Casino for a disturbance at 1:37 a.m.
When they arrived, Terrible’s security told the deputies that a male wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and white hat was causing problems in the casino.
Security said the suspect was yelling profanities and after exiting the business allegedly continued to yell and ran towards a female threatening to beat her up.
After hearing this, deputies were able find the suspect, identified by his driver’s license as Hayes, walking on the paved portion of the road at Firebird Circle and Dandelion Street.
The report notes that as deputies stopped and talked with Hayes they could smell alcohol on his breath and he was swaying back and forth with bloodshot eyes as he spoke with them.
Hayes was then placed under arrest and taken to the Nye County Detention Center.
Once at the detention center, Hayes allegedly told deputies he was not drunk and wanted to prove it by blowing into their machine.
He submitted a voluntary Intoxilyzer Test on the machine in the center and blew a .215 percent and .218 percent blood alcohol content level.
The legal limit is .08 percent.
The female Hayes threatened reportedly did not wish to press charges.
— Kelsey Givens
COURTS: Woman held for year in murder case sentenced
A woman charged in connection with a 2011 drug-related homicide was sentenced in District Court on Monday.
Tiffany Rubio was sentenced to five years probation after a judge suspended jail time that could have amounted to 14 years in prison.
Prosecutors admit Rubio was only involved in possibly helping to hide evidence in the case, which involves four other suspects, one of which was sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role several days ago, and another who will go on trial this summer.
The case stems from the stabbing death of a 56-year-old meth dealer named Michael Frasher and the near-fatal stabbing of the victim’s then 21-year-old girlfriend.
Two suspects, Troy Jackson, who was already sentenced, and Charles Eubanks, who goes on trial soon, supposedly carried out an order to kill Frasher given to them by Michael Maxwell Jr., a rival meth dealer.
Rubio was at a Pahrump home with Maxwell when the suspects and a getaway driver showed up. At the home, evidence of the crime was disposed of and alibis concocted.
Rubio allegedly refused to cooperate with police. She then changed her mind and decided to enter a plea deal. A few months later, she changed her mind again and backed out of the deal.
During her sentencing, the county’s chief prosecutor, Kirk Vitto, handed Rubio a subpoena that orders her to come to court and testify at a later date.
Rubio spent about a year in the Nye County Detention Center and was released from custody after her sentencing.
If she violates her probation, though she had very little to do with the plot to kill Frasher, Rubio could face a lengthy jail sentence.
— Matt Ward