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Thank you to NCSO

To the two deputies that helped me at the festival Saturday night:

My car was pinned in at the parking area at 10:00 p.m. after a car blocked me, and when I tried to maneuver my car to get out, I was stuck in poof dirt. They helped push me out. I could have been there all night.

I am 79 years old, and there is not enough room on this page to say thank you. You were my angels. God bless you both.

Sylvia Adair

Rick Marshall getting out of hand

I have been reading about the Rick Marshall drama. During Marshall’s recent campaign swing through Gabbs, I asked him why he wasn’t immediately put on administrative leave after his arrest and his reply was “I wasn’t guilty.” When I asked him who determined that he replied, “The A.G.” Really?

In between the time when he was arrested, when he should have automatically been placed on leave, and when he reported for work (which I believe I read was the next day), the A.G. had time to review a report and make that determination? I think not. The A.G. wasn’t even involved then. Marshall was working under a cloud and was allowed to supervise the very deputies who arrested him. Not a good administrative decision.

DeMeo’s contention that the deputies “not only waited until he was out of the country to make their move on Marshall …” What does that mean? That the deputies knew DeMeo would intervene and not allow his chosen replacement to be arrested?

How could the deputies know that when DeMeo was out of the country, Marshall would present probable cause for his arrest? The whole thing smells bad, and in my opinion we need a whole new administration in the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

And, incidentally, if a defendant is declared not guilty, he/she is not sentenced to pay a fine and perform community service.

When I asked Marshall why he was forced into the agreement, he said the newspapers got it wrong, that the “fine” was not really a fine but reimbursement for investigative costs. Again, if you are innocent of the charges, investigative costs are borne by the investigating agency. Ugly stuff.

I don’t have anything against Marshall personally: I don’t know the man, but I don’t like DeMeo’s unbridled endorsement of Marshall and his nasty attacks against his deputies. That in itself calls for a change.

Jan Basinger

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