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COPS: Man arrested trying to sell medication for gas money

Police took one man into custody last week after it was discovered he had allegedly tried to sell his prescription pain medication for money for gas and food in the parking lot of a local retailer.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case on Nov. 22, Nye County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 300 S. State Route 160 for a report of narcotics sales.

The reporting party in the case allegedly told police dispatchers that a man wearing a blue baseball hat and grey sweatshirt, who was driving an older model red pickup truck, had attempted to sell them Lortabs, the generic name for Hydrocodone, in the parking lot of Walmart.

When officers arrived at the location, they spotted a male matching that description and approached him for questioning about the alleged sale.

The man, who was subsequently identified as Daniel Wieger, allegedly told police he was in the area because he had just gotten his prescription for Lortab, which he takes for his back pain, filled at Walgreen’s.

When asked if he drove an older red pickup truck, the man allegedly replied he did, but told police it had run out of gas.

Wieger reportedly told police he had not attempted to sell his medication when pressed about the allegation.

He later recanted that statement, allegedly telling deputies he had attempted to sell some of his pills for gas and food money.

According to the arrest report, he told officers, “If I told you the truth about selling the Lortabs, you would take me to jail.”

Wieger was then placed under arrest for attempted possession of a controlled substance for sale and dispensing a controlled substance without prescription and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.


COPS: Man allegedly under influence tells police he’s a chicken

A report of a suspicious circumstance in the 800 block of East Elderberry Street last weekend led to one man’s arrest after he was found wandering through someone’s front yard while allegedly under the influence of cocaine and heroin.

On Nov. 23 around 8:30 a.m. deputies were called to the Elderberry address for a report of a male banging on the residence’s door and pacing around the front yard.

When an officer arrived at the location, he reportedly spotted a male, later identified as Juan Ramirez-Barajas, pacing back and forth across the front yard of the property.

As the deputy attempted to approach the suspect, the man reportedly claimed to speak only Spanish and a second deputy was called to the scene to help translate.

During their conversation with Ramirez-Barajas, the man allegedly told officers he was under the influence of both cocaine and heroin and that he wasn’t sure how he had ended up at his current location.

Additionally his arrest report notes at one point he claimed to be a chicken.

Ramirez-Barajas was subsequently placed under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance and transported to the local jail to be booked into custody on the charge.


COPS: Man taken into custody for allegedly threatening woman with knife

One man was arrested last week for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly picked up a knife and threatened a female in his home.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, deputies were dispatched on Nov. 23 to a home on Kelso Way for a report of a domestic situation.

When they arrived, officers reportedly learned the suspect, William Edward Evans, and a female in the home had gotten into a verbal argument earlier in the day, which police had also responded to, before he left the property and then came back several hours later intoxicated. He then, according to the arrest report, began pestering the female by asking her non-stop questions about her children’s father.

As it was the second time deputies were called to the address that day for a verbal argument, they asked Evans to stay away from the female for the rest of the night.

He reportedly agreed and said he would go to his room and shut the door and leave the woman alone.

Two minutes after police left the scene, officers received another call from the female at the address stating Evans had exited his room and grabbed a kitchen knife and began asking the woman in an aggressive manner where his car keys were, before telling her “if I go to jail for this,” in a threatening manner.

When deputies arrived at the address for a third time that day, Evans had gone back inside his room.

Despite multiple commands from officers on scene to exit his room, Evans allegedly refused to come out, telling deputies that his door was unlocked and laughing.

After approximately five minutes, deputies made entry into the room and arrested Evans.

He was then transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.


COPS: Woman arrested for lying to police about boyfriend’s possible involvement in quad theft

One woman was arrested last weekend after police say she allegedly lied to officers about her boyfriend’s possible involvement with a stolen quad by giving them another man’s name.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case on Sept. 26, a deputy was dispatched to the area of Pahrump Valley and Calvada boulevards for a report of a stolen quad that was traveling southbound through the desert.

Despite an extensive search for the reported vehicle, the officer was unable to locate the quad. A witness, however, informed the deputy he had seen a primer-grey truck leaving an address in the 1800 block of Calvada Boulevard with a quad that looked similar to the one reported stolen.

Police then made contact with the occupant of the address, Amanda Brady, who allegedly said the night before a man named Mike had come to her residence with a quad.

She first reportedly stated she thought Mike had owned the quad for approximately one year, but later corrected herself after police told her it had been reported stolen the night before, telling deputies Sept. 25 was the first time she saw the vehicle.

After Brady said she was unable to provide any other information about Mike, police conducted a search of her garage at which time they discovered a truck matching the description of the one seen carrying the possibly stolen vehicle earlier that day.

Brady allegedly said Mike had come over again that afternoon and asked if he could load his quad into the back of her truck. She then told police they left the residence in her vehicle and came to a stop near Red Rock Drive and Calvada Boulevard, where Mike took the quad and left.

On Nov. 7 police received new information about suspect Mike. They went to his address where the man told police he had no knowledge of any stolen vehicle, adding he thought someone may be trying to “throw his name around.” He then allowed deputies to search his property, during which time no quads were found.

Following a call to the original reporting party in the case, the witness allegedly gave police a description of the man he saw traveling in the grey truck with Brady.

Brady’s arrest report notes that description did not closely match the suspect Mike, but did sound like it could match that of Brady’s boyfriend.

When police confronted her earlier this month about her boyfriend’s possible involvement with the stolen quad, Brady allegedly told them he may have had something to do with it, but said she wasn’t sure.

Although she declined to fill out a written witness statement on Nov.7, police noted she had filled one out on Sept. 26 stating Mike was the one in the truck with her when they were spotted with the allegedly stolen quad.

On Nov. 23 police spoke to another person who allegedly told them Brady had said to them she knew who stole the quad, and that that person had given the quad to her boyfriend the night it was reported stolen.

Brady was subsequently arrested for making a false statement/obstructing a public officer and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

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