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COPS: Marijuana, stolen gun found inside local home

Two people were arrested this week after police allegedly found approximately a half pound of marijuana and a stolen Glock 9mm pistol inside their home.

Charles McNeal, 36, and Ashlee Anderson, 28, were taken into custody Wednesday morning on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, possession of a stolen firearm and maintaining a place for the sale of controlled substance after a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was called to assist parole and probation officers with a search of McNeal’s home in the 2100 block of S. Meier Street after the division said they believed he had violated the terms of his probation.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, just before noon an NCSO deputy was contacted by probation officers who said they believed McNeal, who is currently on probation, was illegally in possession of firearms and narcotics.

When police arrived at his address, they came into contact with McNeal and Anderson.

A subsequent search of their residence allegedly revealed a large bag of marijuana, weighing approximately a half pound in the suspects’ bedroom.

Police also reported finding the stolen Glock 9mm pistol in the home as well.

Although McNeal allegedly claimed ownership of the marijuana after officers discovered it, police noted it was found inside a suitcase belonging to Anderson with paperwork belonging to her inside.

During the course of the search, an arrest report noted McNeal allegedly made multiple comments suggesting the marijuana was for sale or otherwise being distributed.

McNeal and Anderson were subsequently arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

McNeal was additionally booked on charges of violating his probation and prohibited person in possession of a firearm as well.


COPS: Police arrest six on drug charges

Six people were taken into custody in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving last week after sheriff’s deputies conducted a search of a property on Gamebird Road. Police reportedly found drug paraphernalia and multiple people under the influence of narcotics.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, around 12:13 a.m. Nov. 28 officers served a search warrant on a property located at 810 E. Gamebird Road that was home to several different residences.

In the main residence, police allegedly found four occupants inside identified as Jeff Gavalas, Jack Gallego, Jennie Tedford and Jo Ellen Hoover.

During a search of the home, which reportedly belongs to Gavalas, police allegedly found drug paraphernalia in “the majority of the rooms” as well as a small amount of suspected heroin.

Gallego, Tedford and Hoover allegedly admitted to police they had used heroin, and police noted Gallego further admitted he was about to use a loaded hypodermic device officers found during their search prior to their arrival.

Although Gavalas denied using any illegal substances, his arrest report notes a drug test came back presumptive positive for heroin in his system.

Police also reported finding several allegedly stolen vehicle parts, which they said Gavalas had installed on his truck.

Gavalas, Gallego, Tedford and Hoover were all then placed under arrest and transported to the local jail to be booked into custody.

Gavalas’ truck was seized as evidence and towed to the NCSO impound lot as part of the investigation.

In a second residence on the property, police also allegedly found drug paraphernalia in a trailer shared by a couple and their 2-year-old son.

According to the couple’s arrest report, Randi Vice and Michael Rollins told police the small plastic baggies and burnt tinfoil found in their master bedroom had been their prior to the time they moved in one or two weeks ago.

Although Vice and Rollins claimed the paraphernalia wasn’t theirs, they did allegedly admit to using opiates two or three days prior.

Rollins and Vice were also placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.


COPS: Police catch suspect stealing clothes from Goodwill

One man was arrested last week after he was allegedly apprehended trying to leave the local Goodwill after he had reportedly broken into attempting to steal some of the store’s clothes.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, around 10:48 p.m. on Nov. 27 a deputy was dispatched to a report of a business alarm at the Goodwill store located at 1201 S. Loop Road.

When the officer arrived, he noticed the front door was broken and requested an additional officer to respond to the address to help him search the building.

As the deputy was waiting for backup to arrive, he began looking to see if any other doors or windows had been broken.

During his search the deputy reportedly saw a male, later identified as Robert Clifton Payne, attempting to exit through an inside door that appeared to be broken as well.

When the suspect saw the deputy, he allegedly attempted to flee by running toward the south door, where he subsequently bounced off of the glass before turning and attempting to run to the broken door on the other side of the store.

The officer was able to stop Payne at the north-side door and subsequently placed him under arrest.

An arrest report notes Payne was still allegedly holding the clothing he had attempted to take from the store when the deputy stopped him.

Payne was then transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.


COPS: Police find stolen computer parts, meth

Police took one woman into custody last week after they allegedly found several apparently stolen computer parts and a small amount of methamphetamine inside her home.

On Nov. 25 local sheriff’s deputies reportedly executed a search warrant on a home in the 2300 block of West McMurray Drive.

At the time of their search, the only person home was police suspect Robin Corliss-Martinez.

During the search of Corliss-Martinez’s home, deputies allegedly discovered numerous packaging baggies and suspected meth pipes with residue inside them as well as small amount of suspected meth.

Police additionally reported finding a laptop with the serial number removed in her bedroom and multiple computer parts from other computers as well.

The woman’s arrest report notes computer parts like the ones found in Corliss-Martinez’s residence are commonly stolen and traded for narcotics.

When asked if the parts belonged to her, Corliss-Martinez allegedly told police they did not. The woman then allegedly further admitted to police she does in fact use meth.

Corliss-Martinez was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

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