On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at approximately 12:05 AM, NHP Troopers were dispatched to a serious injury crash on US-6 and Mineral County mile marker 4, near Montgomery Pass, involving two commercial vehicles.
Preliminary investigation shows that a red 2010 Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling east on US-6, approaching Mineral County mile marker 4, in the single eastbound travel lane. For an unknown reason, the commercial vehicle left the roadway, re-entered the roadway, and overturned. The commercial vehicle came to rest across all travel lanes on its right side.
Approximately three minutes later, a red 2017 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on US-6, approaching the overturned Volvo tractor-trailer. The Peterbilt struck the Volvo, splitting the Volvo into two. The driver of the Peterbilt (Dario Baez, a 53-year-old Madera resident) succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Due to the extent of the debris, US-6 was closed for an extended period of time. Traffic was rerouted to the outside shoulder until all travel lanes were reopened at 2:50 PM.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is seeking additional witnesses to this crash. If you were a witness to this incident or have any information regarding this collision, please contact the Nevada Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference NHP Case #190700180.
The 2015-2016 Tonopah High School Wrestling team has announced is roster. Mucker wrestling is under the direction of Head Coach Duffy Otteson. Coach Otteson is set to begin his 5th season. The Muckers line up features a nice blend of youth and experience with top athletes returning from a successful 2014-2015 season. Top returners include, Junior Tanner Otteson, Sernior Tristan Otteson, Senior. Kekoa Elliot, and Senior Jamaree Earl.
Tonopah Muckers 2015 Wrestling Roster
1. Austin Leach Fr 106
2. John Shiflet Fr 113
3. Bretton Otteson Fr 120
4. Mathew Malendrez Fr 126
5. Tanner Otteson Jr 132
6. Tristan Otteson Sr 138
7. Jamaree Earl Sr 145
8. Chris Mccollough Fr 152
9. Kekoa Elliott Sr 160
10. Paul McMillan So 160
11. Jaden Six So 170
12. Kevin Pope Fr 182
13. David Ramsey Sr 195
14. Max Swansan Fr 220
Two additional Freshman have been added to the Muckers team:
Braden Tissue Fr 106
Brandon Scobey Fr 113
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Man Wanted for distribution of Child Pornography Arrested Monday
Submitted by the Nye County Sheriffs Department
In May of 2014, NCSO deputies were made aware of a vehicle parked in the Hot Creek ranch area. The report was that the vehicle had been parked there for several days with no activity. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle. It appeared that the vehicle had been parked as the occupant was out camping. There was a note found inside the vehicle that said “Out camping, will be back soon.” The vehicle was registered to David Erdman out of Florida.
Nye County Search and Rescue, along with NCSO Deputies, conducted an exhaustive search of the area. Approximately 14 days of searching the surrounding area was completed with no results for the individual. As part of the process of searching for the occupant of the vehicle, NCSO Deputies contacted authorities in Florida. It was discovered that David Erdman was the subject of a federal investigation for the possession and distribution of child pornography. Federal agents explained that there would be a warrant of arrest completed within the next couple of weeks for Erdman.
After several weeks of searching with no results, the search for Erdman was called off in the Hot Creek Ranch area. His vehicle was towed to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office where it was processed further, with no pertinent information located. NCSO deputies concluded that Erdman was either lost in the area, or he had staged the scene to effect his disappearance.
Federal Agents did confirm an extraditable warrant was issued for the arrest of David Erdman in June of 2014.
This past Sunday, March 29th, a confidential informant contacted Sgt. Puckett with information on David Erdman. The informant explained that David Erdman was actually living at the Economy Inn in Tonopah and working as a maintenance person. The informant explained that Erdman was not at the motel at the time, but would be returning on Monday, March 30th to report for work at approximately 8:45 am. The NCSO then set up a surveillance sting for the capture of Erdman.
On Monday, March 30th at approximately 8:50 am, David Erdman was located in the parking lot of the Economy Inn motel. NCSO Deputies made contact and arrested of David Erdman without incident. He is currently being held at the Tonopah Detention Facility awaiting extradition to Florida. Erdman is being held on a felony arrest warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography.
Suspect David Erdman, booking photo by Nye County
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The Nye County Sheriffs department is reporting a fatal encounter Friday at a Tonopah Motel. The incident left Penny Sue Silas dead and suspect Maureen Kinnamon arrested and charged with 1st degree murder. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, on Friday, March 27th, at approximately 10:25 pm, NCSO deputies were dispatched to the National 9 Motel in Tonopah on a report of a female having been stabbed.
NCSO Deputies arrived and located Penny Sue Silas unresponsive laying on the 2nd story balcony of the motel, with Maureen Kinnamon sitting over her crying for help. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department report, “As deputies were attempting to assist the victim, Maureen Kinnamon was making statements that she didn’t mean to hurt her like this.”
NCSO Deputies were able to get Penny Sue Silas loaded into the ambulance, and then began the process of securing the crime scene. According to the Nye County Sheriffs department, “Maureen Kinnamon was taken into custody when she made statements that she had done this to Silas.”
Nye Regional Medical Center advised deputies that Penny Silas succumbed to her injuries at 11:05 pm.
NCSO Detective Perry then began processing the crime scene. Through the course of the night and morning, multiple items of evidence were located in and around the motel room that was shared by Maureen Kinnamon and Penny Silas, to include the weapon used kill Penny Silas.
Kinnamon was booked into the Nye County Detention Center on a charge of 1st degree murder.
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