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Suspect arrested in early morning robbery in Nye

Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Pahrump resident following an alleged robbery of a local convenience store.

As stated in a Nye County Sheriff’s Office video news release, the man, identified as Lucas Partain, 24, entered the store on Highway 160 at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

“It was reported that the suspect had attempted to buy cigarettes from the gas station employee,” Horak said. “When asked for payment, Partain held up a note, advising the employee that this was a robbery and ordered the employee to empty the register.”

Horak also noted in the video statement that during the interaction, Partain allegedly reached into his jacket, as if to reach for a gun.

“After the employee acted as if they also had a gun, Partain grabbed the items and left the store without paying,” Horak said. “At approximately 7 a.m., deputies located Partain at the Winery Supermarket on Highway 160 and Winery Road. Partain was arrested and booked into the Nye County Detention Center, where he was charged with robbery.”

Officer involved shooting

Deputies also responded to an officer-involved shooting behind Walmart on Dahlia Street in the early morning hours.

Capt. David Boruchowitz said no officers or suspects were injured during the incident.

“We have several people in custody and we are continuing the investigation,” he said, via a video news release.

A press conference is planned for Friday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Driver dies after vehicle hits medical facility

A man has died from injuries sustained after his vehicle struck a medical facility earlier this month.

As stated in a Nye County Sheriff’s Office video news release, the crash occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, where a sheriff’s office deputy removed the man from the vehicle just before the vehicle burst into flames.

“Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the HealthCare Partners Urgent Care building on Loop Road,” the release noted. “When deputies arrived on scene, the vehicle was on fire and deputies located the unconscious driver. The deputy removed the unconscious male from the vehicle before the vehicle fire expanded, engulfing the vehicle.”

The release went on to say that the male was transported to Desert View Hospital, and later flown to University Medical Center Trauma in Las Vegas. Despite the efforts of the deputies at the scene, the driver was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Due to the fact that the man died at UMC, his death is being investigated by the Clark County coroner’s office.

“I commend the swift, decisive, and heroic actions of Deputy Xavier Gideon as he attempted to save this man’s life,” said Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly.

Two-vehicle collision sends one to Desert View Hospital

One person was transported to Desert View Hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 160 and Basin Avenue on Monday, Feb. 24, just after 3 pm.

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services crews, Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene involving a late model Chevy SUV and a white Saturn sedan.

Southbound lanes of Highway 160 were blocked off and detoured onto westbound Basin Avenue, as first responders worked to clear the scene. Nye County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary units assisted with traffic control. The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the exact cause of the collision.

Motorcyclist dies after clipping car in Pahrump

A motorcyclist has died from injuries sustained following a crash last Wednesday, Feb. 19.

As stated in a Nye County Sheriff’s Office video release, Operations Sgt. Ann Horak said the crash occurred on Winchester Avenue at approximately 2 p.m.

The rider was identified as Berna Quackenbush. “The single motorcycle rider was headed northbound and passed a vehicle heading westbound to turn on Indole Street,” Horak noted. “The motorcycle rider clipped the vehicle and exited the roadway. The rider then struck a culvert and a brick driveway.”

Horak went on to say that deputies, Nevada Highway Patrol, and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services crews arrived on scene where Quackenbush was transported to Desert View Hospital, and later succumbed to her injuries.

Solar recycling project denied

Along with the boom in solar energy generation projects, solar recycling is becoming more prevalent, resulting in companies looking to expand their operations to accommodate the new industry. One company, i-Quest Inc., was hoping to bring its own operations to the Pahrump Valley but Nye County commissioners shot down the idea at the board’s most recent meeting.

GALLERY: Winners from this year’s 4th of July Parade

A special ceremony was held this week to bestow the awards upon those organizations that took home top honors in this year’s Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Pahrump Holiday Task Force in partnership with the Pahrump Disability Outreach Program.

GALLERY: Helen Keller Days raises $2k for local Federation of the Blind Chapter

The 2nd Annual Helen Keller Days took place with members of the Southern Nye County Chapter of the Federation of the Blind coming together with community supporters for an afternoon of fun and excitement, all in the name of fundraising.

Biden tests positive for COVID, shortens Vegas trip

President Joe Biden pulled out of a speech before the nation’s largest Latino organization after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Help ‘empty the shelters’ — adopt a pet

Created in 2011, by Cathy Bissell, the Bissell Pet Foundation has made a positive impact in the lives of roughly more than 775,000 dogs and cats across the country.

Pahrump delegate: Trump-Vance ticket a ‘good blend’

President Donald Trump announced on social media that he has chosen Sen. J.D. Vance of Ohio as his running mate in the 2024 election.

SHERIFF: 59 calls for illegal fireworks

In spite of numerous warnings from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office this year, not all area residents chose to use the Fireworks Safety Site in Pahrump, according to the agency