weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Crime Corner, Jan. 2

Man jailed for obstruction

Jason McClain was jailed on Dec. 13 and charged with trespassing, obstruction, resisting and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana after deputies were dispatched to a report of a trespass complaint at I Love Yogurt.

When deputies spoke to the reporting party, he reportedly said he wanted a man, identified as McClain, to leave the store, according to the arrest report. When confronted, McClain reportedly told the deputy, “No,” when asked if he would exit the store. Deputies detained McClain by holding his left wrist and escorting him outside.

Once outside, McClain reportedly began to resist and pull away from the deputy, and rocking back and forth in an effort to not be handcuffed. McClain was subsequently escorted to the ground and put into handcuffs.

After being handcuffed, deputies reportedly found an axe in McClain’s property. McClain was arrested and transported to the jail where a search was conducted on McClain’s property and deputies found a small baggy of a green leafy substance of suspected marijuana.

Man arrested for attempted arson

William Raney was arrested on Dec. 13 and charged with domestic battery and attempted arson after police were dispatched to a residence on Ellendale Road regarding a suspected domestic battery.

When deputies made contact with Raney, he reportedly immediately put his hands in the air and said, “I will go.”

Deputies spoke with the spouse who reportedly said that Raney had run up to her while she was in the kitchen, yelling and screaming at her. The female victim said that Raney had pushed her while she was still in the kitchen area and allegedly said, “I’m going to burn down the house.”

The victim said that after that statement, Raney allegedly took a lighter to the living room curtains.

Deputies noted in the arrest report that there was evidence of attempted arson with the curtains being set on fire and a burn mark on the wall.

Raney was subsequently arrested and transported to the jail.

Woman arrested for drunk driving

Shalene Marae Smith was jailed on Saturday and charged with driving under the influence — first offense after deputies observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 160 at a high rate of speed.

Deputies noted that the vehicle was traveling at a speed of approximately 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Shalene Marae Smith.

When deputies asked for her information, they noticed she was slow to respond to the requests and that her eyes were red and watery.

Deputies reportedly could smell the odor of an unknown intoxicating liquor coming from her breath as she spoke. When questioned about her alcoholic intake, Smith refused to respond at first but then stated she had a few drinks at Saddle West which included two beers, and a Jack Daniels and Coke.

After being given the standard field sobriety tests which Smith reportedly failed, she was arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.

Compiled from Nye County Sheriff’s office arrest reports by reporter Michelle Hermann, special to the Pahrump Valley Times

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Search is on for missing Death Valley area hiker

Harsh winter weather conditions are hampering the search for a missing hiker in Death Valley National Park.

Project at Duck Ponds in Pahrump

The duck ponds at the Nye County and town administration building at the Calvada Eye will be undergoing a thorough cleaning and repair project during the next couple of weeks, town government announced in a Dec. 3 Facebook post.

Storms continue run through Pahrump region

Another in a series of late autumn storms moved through the region this week, prompting a winter weather advisory for mountains near Pahrump and bringing steady rain to the lower elevations in town.

List: Christmas, holiday events in Pahrump region

Here is a look at Christmas and holiday-related events in the community. See full list at pvtimes.com and in the Nov. 27 Pahrump Valley Times newspaper print edition and in upcoming editions of the newspaper.

Pahrump community joins together for Thanksgiving feast

On a chilly day in the Pahrump Valley with the crispness of autumn singing in the air, hundreds gathered together for an afternoon of companionship, camaraderie and good food at the Community Outreach Thanksgiving Dinner.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $8 million.

Nevada producers reminded to sign up for program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week reminded producers in Nevada that the nationwide deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program is today, Dec. 6.

Spring Mountain Medical’s toy drive is underway

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Pahrump’s Spring Mountain Medical as doctors and staff are coordinating a toy drive once again this year.

Pahrump’s dust problem drawing state attention, again

Though officials insisted it was not intended to be a threat, a warning of sorts was issued to Nye County last month when an air quality specialist explained that the county must keep a tight handle on its dust problem, otherwise outside governmental agencies could come in to enforce dust control restrictions and regulations.