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Carson City sheriff's officers make several weekend felony drug, battery arrests

Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies made numerous felony arrests over the weekend, mostly on drug and assault offenses. One arrest was for witness intimidation and threats allegedly made by an inmate in the city's jail, while another arrest was made after a man reportedly threw a wrench at a Jeep, smashing the window, while a 2-year-old was inside.

Another arrest involved a man found with methamphetamine his wallet after being picked up inside a Carson City motel room with a group of people, allegedly doing drugs, including a 14-year-old girl. In a misdemeanor-related arrest, a man was taken into custody early Monday morning for breaking into a home, trashing it and then quietly having a cigarette.

The following are the felony arrests:

— A 25-year-old Carson City man, John Robert Cook, was arrested Friday, March 1 and faces a felony drug charge and three misdemeanors. According to the arrest report an officer was conducting a walk through of a casino and asked Cook for his identification. The man handed the officer a North Carolina driver's license and then walked over to the bar. When the officer told him to stop, Cook took off running, the arrest report states.

The officer chased Cook around the Salvation Army on Winnie Lane and followed him into a trailer park on the south side and then lost sight of him. A perimeter was set by other deputies and they informed the arresting officer that a bystander witnessed the man running near a couple of nearby motels, one of which he had address confirmed by Alternative Sentencing as the place he was living.

Officers went to the motel room and knocked but there wasn't an answer. A key to the motel was obtained by the manager and the officers made entry, finding Cook hiding in the bathroom.

In plain view on the table were two large pieces of tinfoil with what appeared to be about a gram of methamphetamine and a marijuana pipe. He was arrested on the felony drug charge and faces three misdemeanors: including two counts of probation violation and obstructing/resisting arrest. Bail: $8,500.

— A 24-year-old Carson City man, who is in jail on felony related charges, faces several additional felony charges, after he allegedly contacted a victim he was ordered not to speak with about pending charges. He contacted the victim from jail.

The investigation began on Feb. 22 when Carson City Sheriff's Office Jail staff was given the task to look into the inmate, Dennis Harrison, who had been in violation of a court order to not contact the victim.

Phone calls made using the Inmate Calling Solutions system, included four to the man's mother, while in jail. In a call made on Feb. 16, Harrison instructed his mother to tell the victim to turn in a paper to the court so the "no contact" order could be lifted.

In a call made on Feb. 17, the man told his mother to talk to the victim who he is instructed by court order to not have contact. The man gave his mother the victim's telephone number and instructed his mother to give the victim money so that he could talk to her on the jail phone. In a call made Feb. 18, the man instructed his mother to talk to the victim and said "tell her how I'm going about it," the arrest report states.

The man made sure his mother understood he was talking about his current home invasion charge, the report states. He told his mother "Just in case she (victim) does go on the stand, you know what I mean, and says something completely different or something stupid 'cause she didn't know what the whole story was, you know what I mean," the arrest report states. He told his mother to make sure the victim had her story straight and why he did not have a key to the apartment regarding a home invasion case, the report states.

Since being arrested Harrison had completed four phone calls to the victim. The conversations all involved in small talk but they also talked about the home invasion case, in which the unnamed victim, was the victim, the report states.

In one call Harrison became angry because he found out one of the witnesses had responded to a subpoena to show up to court. He told the victim: "The people who testify against me are going to get f***in smashed," according to the arrest report.

The man was very angry during the call, the report said, and told the victim not to give the woman who was given the subpoena a ride to court in an effort to keep her from showing up to testify, the report states. The man told the victim her testimony should be getting on the stand and saying she does not want to press charges. The victim then told Harrison "we" will protect you as much as we can, the report states.

In another call, the victim told Harrison that she will be at his court date and will defend him as much as she can. Harrison told her he has eight witnesses who can testify in court to him living at the victim's apartment, the report states. He then told her she needed to make sure she described to the court how he was living in the apartment.

The jail officer contacted officer Hale with Alternative Sentencing and he said because Harrison has two active cases with Alternative Sentencing, to charge him with violation of probation and violation of pre-trial conditions.

Harrison faces the following charges: Three felony counts of intimidating a witness; felony subornation of perjury; and misdemeanor charges of threats, Alternative Sentencing violation, and violation of pre-trial conditions. Bail: $41,000.

— A 24-year-old Carson City man faces a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon, a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and two misdemeanor charges.

Kyle Carpentar, was arrested in the 1900 block of North Carson Street on March 1. According to the sheriff's report, the arrest stems from a report from the victim that Carpentar had thrown a box wrench at him, his mother and his two-year-old son in the Jeep they were in. The victim said the wrench missed hitting them and struck the Jeep, shattering a side window and causing a dent around the window frame.

The victim then stated Carpentar picked up the wrench and struck him on the left side of the head. A deputy stated he saw a small red mark and laceration on the left side of the victim's head. The two-year-old child was sitting near the area where the wrench struck and shattered the window, the arrest report states.

Carpentar was found at a Carson City motel and arrested. During a recorded interview and after Carpentar waived his Miranda Rights, he told officers that he was involved in the incident earlier in the day. He stated the victim was driving the Jeep and that the victim was following him. Carpentar stated that he pulled over, took a silver wrench from the rear of the vehicle and threw it at the Jeep causing the window to break, the report states.

Carpentar stated there was a verbal altercation however he never picked up the wrench after throwing it and never struck the victim in the head with it. Carpentar stated his girlfriend picked up the wrench and put it back in the vehicle.

He faces the felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon, a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, and misdemeanor charges of destruction of property and a violation of pre-trial conditions. Bail: $36,000.

— A 19-year-old Carson City man, Joseph Porter, faces a felony charge after being arrested in the 500 block of North Stewart Street on Saturday, March 2 at 7:52 p.m. Officers were called to the location, a motel, on a report of people doing drugs in a room. Two females answered the door, one being 14-years-old.

Officer asked to enter the room, and were given permission. As they entered a toilet flushed and Porter and another male came out of the bathroom. Porter was arrested after having a confirmed warrant on him for felony drug possession. He admitted to flushing drugs down the toilet. The 14-year-old girl's mother was called and she was picked up.

Upon arrival to the jail, deputies asked Porter if he had any drugs on him in which he said he did not. After the jail intake, the man's wallet was found to have a baggie of methamphetamine inside. Porter faces a charge of being in possession of a controlled substance as a prisoner. Bail: $20,000.

In non-felony related arrests:

— A 52-year-old Stateline, Nev., man was arrested March 1, 10:32 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 50 and Golf Course Drive and faces a charge of domestic battery.

According to the arrest report, the man had been staying with a mother and daughter at a home and became upset and began to call the women vulgar names. The man said he heard the women arguing with each other, and then called them "drama queens" and "pains in the ass" and told officers he was at the home helping out the two women, one of whom had been involved in a previous abusive relationship, the arrest report states.

The man charged the women, hitting them in face. The women told the man to leave and he did not, continuing both verbal and physical abuse, the arrest report states.

He at first denied hitting both women and then later admitted to hitting one of the two women. Bail: $3,000.

— A 27-year-old Carson City woman faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and a 24-year-old man faces seven misdemeanor charges including three counts of failure to appear for traffic court, contempt of court, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded March 2 to the 3400 block of Airport Road for a domestic dispute. Upon arrival officers heard shouting and what sounded like a person being hit coming from an apartment. The arresting officer made contact with the two. The woman said she was arguing with the man when she tried to pull a large jewelry case off of the bathroom door, the arrest report states.

She told the officer that she pulled the cabinet on top of herself causing a split to her lip and scratches to her arm, the report states. In the interview with the man, he said the woman hit him in the face with a closed fist. His injuries were consistent with his version of the story, the arrest report states. At no point did the women say that the man had hit her, the report states.

The woman was arrested on a domestic battery charge. When she was allowed to get a pair of shoes, officers found a blue glass marijuana pipe and a bag of marijuana in plain view. The woman said the marijuana and pipe were not hers. The man said they were his.
Bail for the woman was set at $3,000. Bail for the man, who had a number of outstandings charges, was set at $4,155.

— A Zephyr Cove, Nev., man was arrested March 2, 12:10 p.m. outside of a Carson City bar in the 300 block of North Carson Street. Security staff were trying to remove the man from the bar, when the man told the bouncer "F*** you, try and catch me." The man then ran past a deputy where a foot pursuit ensued. The man was detained and cuffed, cursing and yelling the entire time. He was given a preliminary breath test by jail staff and the results were a .110. He faces a charge of disorderly conduct. Bail: $242.

— A Carson City man was arrested Monday, March 4, 1:16 a.m. in the 250 block of Jeanell Street and faces a gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of property and violation of conditions for alternative sentencing.

Officers were dispatch to the area on a report of a possible burglary in progress. Dispatch advised the man breaking into the home was a boyfriend and that he smashed the front window in. After he gained entry he destroyed the inside of the residence, smashing several pictures and overturning the kitchen table and then pulling everything out of the refrigerator and spreading it all over the kitchen, the report states.

After arriving on scene officers made an attempt to contact the subject in the apartment. Officers looked through the front window the man had smashed out and found him standing inside the bathroom quietly smoking a cigarette. Officers called him out of the bathroom and arrested him.

A wants and warrant search was conducted and dispatch advised he was on alternative sentencing for domestic battery. Conditions were no alcohol use or violence. The man had a preliminary alcohol breath test of .220. The violence was the destruction of property. Photos were taken of the damaged apartment. Bail: $3,500.

— A 47-year-old Carson City woman was arrested Sunday March 3, 2:05 p.m. and faces a charge of petit larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. The woman was detained by Walmart store security after attempting to leave the store with a backpack of a 15 items valued at $321.84.
During the search of the backpack officers found a marijuana pipe and a metal container with marijuana. Bail: $2,226.

— A 42-year-old Carson City man was arrested and faces misdemeanor tresspassing, disorderly conducting and obstructing charges after being arrested Sunday, March 3, in the 3000 block of North Ormsby Boulevard. According to the arrest report the man was knocking on the windows of a convalescent home and frightening staff and residents inside.

— Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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