weather icon Clear

Third person arrested in Silver Peak slaying

GOLDFIELD — A third suspect has been arrested in the July 2013 murder of a Silver Peak man after he allegedly lied to police about circumstances leading up to the victim’s disappearance.

Raymond Vogel, 49, was charged by the Esmeralda County District Attorney’s office last week with one count of accessory to murder with use of a deadly weapon, a category C felony.

According to the criminal complaint, filed Jan. 8, Vogel allegedly lied to police during the course of their investigation about circumstances leading up to Jason Taaffe, 33, and Coleman Ward, 42, leaving with victim Charles Kinkel on the night of July 24, 2013.

“Raymond Vogel did willfully and unlawfully harbor, conceal, and/or aid Coleman K. Ward and/or Jason L. Taaffe, with the intent that he/they may avoid and escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment, having knowledge that said person(s) had committed the crime of murder upon the person of Charles H. Kinkel III, and were liable to arrest, by lying to law enforcement about the circumstances surrounding the parties leaving the house, providing Coleman K. Ward and/or Jason L. Taaffe, with an alibi,” the complaint states.

Taaffe and Ward were taken into custody last month after Taaffe allegedly admitted to shooting and killing Kinkel. According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Taaffe told an investigator he and Ward had conspired to “take Charles hunting,” after he said he saw Kinkel attempting to molest a 10-year-old girl.

“Jason said he took a pistol and 7.62 Mosin Nagant rifle with Coleman and Charles in Coleman’s pickup and went into the hills south of Silver Peak to a place he was unfamiliar with that had three old buildings and a covered well,” the arrest report states. “Jason told me (the investigator) that he walked around for a couple of hours with Coleman urging him to just do it until Jason shot Charlie in the head.”

Kinkel was first reported missing after his wife, Trayce, called her husband on the morning of July 25 to wake him up for work and received no answer. After he failed to show up for work that day the woman called the Esmeralda County Sheriff’s Office to notify them of his disappearance.

Almost five months later, Kinkel’s body was discovered on Dec. 15, 2013 with a gunshot wound to the head by two people collecting firewood near Silver Peak.

Although Taaffe allegedly told police he and Ward had conspired to kill Kinkel, Ward denied any involvement in Kinkel’s disappearance when questioned by police.

As of Thursday morning Vogel, Taaffe and Ward remained in police custody. A hearing in the case today was expected to be rescheduled for a later date due to an attorney conflict.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Nye County approves jail bond refi

With interest rates in America so low and Nye County finally free from a bond clause that prevented it from doing so, earlier this year the county began the process necessary to refinance the bond that had been taken out to fund the construction of the Nye County Detention Center in Pahrump.

Serenity Health issues apology to Pahrump community

After nearly eight full months of providing COVID-19 testing to the local community without any reported problems, officials with Serenity Health have issued a formal apology to the community following a vexing night in which the health care provider ran out of testing materials and area residents who had been waiting in line were told they would not be able to receive a test that evening.

A more thankful, less stressful holiday

In a year that’s already proven “interesting,” Thanksgiving will be no exception. Lots of folks are hosting smaller gatherings, meaning fewer people to bring dishes or help in the kitchen. Some may be making their very first Thanksgiving dinner. To assist in making this a low-stress, enjoyable holiday for all, I offer a few tips.

$500k in chip sealing set for Pahrump roadways

In August of this year, Nye County commissioners gave the green light to resurrect the county’s long-dormant chip sealing program and with approval of a list of selected roads granted and the construction contract officially awarded, the 2020 Chip Seal Program is now ready to roll.

Local man facing child sex charges

A Pahrump man was arrested this month over allegations surrounding child pornography.

Pahrump Gunfighters forced to cancel show

For many years the Pahrump Gunfighters have entertained and thrilled the local community with their Old West shows and skits at Dusty Flats on West Stagecoach Road.

Kellogg Park concrete contract awarded

What once was bare land covered in nothing more than sparse desert vegetation is slowly but surely giving way to what will one day be the town of Pahrump’s fifth park, Kellogg Park.

Walmart more than doubles number of personal shoppers

Saying that more than ever the company knows how important it will be for customers to use time-saving services such as pickup and delivery, Walmart has more than doubled the number of personal shoppers versus last year.

Nevada flu vaccination data dashboard launched

Nevada’s influenza vaccination data dashboard is now live providing weekly updates of information from Nevada WebIZ, Nevada’s Immunization Information System. This new tool will help Nevada’s fight against influenza, a critical step in the fight against COVID-19.

BLM postpones wild horse gather at Fish Creek HMA

The Bureau of Land Management Mount Lewis Field Office is postponing the 2020 Fish Creek wild horse gather to later this year or early 2021 because of operational concerns with COVID-19 related to this particular gather.