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COPS: Man arrested in road rage incident

Police arrested a man last week after he allegedly pointed what was later discovered to be a BB gun at a family after they passed him on State Route 160 near Basin Avenue.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, on Dec. 13 a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Rebel Gas Station at 40 S. State Route 160 for a report of a weapons offense.

When the officer arrived he made contact with one of the victims whom the deputy noted was visibly shaken.

The victim explained he had been driving with his wife and kids on the highway when they passed a male in a white pickup truck. After they passed him, the suspect, later identified as Joseph Erickson, allegedly pulled back into their lane and sped up so he was close to their rear bumper.

It was at that time the victim said Erickson pulled what appeared to be a large pistol from his hip and placed it on his dashboard while waving his arms in a confrontational manner.

In an attempt to get away from Erickson, the family reportedly pulled into the Rebel Gas Station.

Erickson allegedly followed and began circling the area while yelling at them.

The victim said Erickson then parked his truck and got out, at which time he called 911.

While he was on the phone with emergency dispatch, the victim told police Erickson allegedly grabbed his pistol and holstered it on his hip before approaching with his hand on the firearm in a threatening manner.

The man said Erickson stood approximately 10 feet away from him before fleeing the scene.

Deputies later located Erickson at Dotty’s with a pistol on his right hip, which they said was mostly concealed other than the barrel sticking out of the bottom of his shirt. Police removed the pistol from Erickson’s person and discovered the firearm was actually a BB gun, but one that carried the appearance of a firearm.

Erickson was then placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and harassment before he was transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

COPS: Four arrested in drug raid

Four people were taken into custody this week after police raided a home on East Savoy Street and allegedly discovered marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside.

Monday evening around 11 p.m. NCSO Street Crimes detectives and patrol deputies served a search warrant on a home in the 4000 block of E. Savoy St.

When officers knocked and announced their presence, an arrest report notes no one answered and police subsequently made entry into the home.

Inside the residence, deputies reportedly found three individuals by the names of Timothy Derosia, April Maxwell and Sherry Sterling.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Sterling was allegedly found to be in possession of a small clear pink plastic bag with a white crystalline substance inside as well as a glass pipe with suspected meth residue.

When officers spoke to Derosia, he allegedly stated he lived in the home and slept on the couch. A subsequent search of that couch allegedly turned up an additional glass pipe with suspected meth residue inside it as well.

Police then spoke to Maxwell, who also allegedly told deputies she too resides in the home.

As officers continued to search the residence, they allegedly discovered multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia in several different rooms including packaging baggies, glass pipes with meth residue, quags (a type of meth bong) and more pipes with suspected marijuana residue inside as well.

In the master bedroom, which allegedly belongs to Eric Schleicher who was not home at the time police served the search warrant, deputies reported finding marijuana and meth along with scales, more packaging baggies, suspected marijuana pipes and meth pipes and quags.

With all of the various items police found in the home during their search, an arrest report notes the home is likely a narcotic trafficking residence that is used for the sale/gift/use of controlled substances. It added that the three individuals home at the time of the search were also likely co-conspirators in violating the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Sterling, Maxwell and Derosia were subsequently taken into police custody and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

Police were later able to locate Schleicher and he too was taken into custody and booked into the local jail as well.

COPS: Three arrested at local bar

Three people were taken into custody last weekend after deputies conducting a bar check at Paddy’s Pub allegedly came into contact with two individuals who had violated their probation terms by entering the establishment and another who had several warrants out for her arrest.

According to arrest reports from Dec. 14, around 10:30 p.m. several NCSO deputies arrived at the establishment to do a bar check.

They subsequently came into contact with a woman named Chloe Jarvis whom they discovered allegedly had two active warrants out for her arrest for failing to appear in court.

Jarvis was placed under arrest and when officers asked if she had any drugs or weapons on her person, she allegedly stated she had some pills in her back pocket.

A small clear baggie with three Hydrocodone pills was then allegedly discovered in her left back pocket.

She was then arrested on the warrants as well as an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Police then came into contact with a man by the name of Denico Yelvington.

According to the man’s arrest report, a deputy recognized Yelvington through numerous calls for service and the fact that he had recently been placed on probation.

A check on his current probation status allegedly revealed as a condition of his probation Yelvington was not to be in any establishment that served alcohol.

Although a breath test at the scene reportedly showed Yelvington had not been drinking, the Department of Parole and Probation allegedly advised officers to take him into custody for being present at the bar.

Several hours after Jarvis and Yelvington’s arrests, a deputy conducted a second bar check at Paddy’s around 2 a.m.

When he arrived, he reportedly came into contact with a man named Kevin Hannah whom he noted he also recognized through past encounters with the individual. A check of Hannah’s records allegedly notified the officer that Hannah is currently on probation and as a condition of his probation he is not to be in possession of any alcohol or to be in a bar.

Hannah allegedly told the deputy he had too much to drink and that he was going to prison.

He was then placed under arrest and transported to the local jail to be booked into custody for a parole and probation violation.

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