Tag Archives: tonopah news

Tonopah Now Has Four Cases of COVID-19

Four people have tested positive for coronavirus in Tonopah, Nevada. The news of the positive cases was confirmed by Nye County Health and Human Services via the department’s website.

Tonopah recently had its first confirmed case of the virus on April 7th.

Per the Nye County Health & Human Services Website, here are some steps that can be taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.


  • Practicing basic hygiene is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing.
  • Sneeze using tissue and throw the tissue in the trash immediately following use.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • If you get sick, please stay home from work, school or other places where you are in close frequent contact with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched “community” objects and surfaces.


Fatal Crash on Highway-6

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 ncwmirt@dps.state.nv.us and reference NHP Case #190700180.

Tonopah Man Murdered by Son-In-Law

In January 2019, Nye County Sherriff’s department issued a press release seeking information on James Dean Remster, who was reported missing on December 19, 2018.

As part of investigation, detectives went to Remster’s son in law’s residence, Jeremy Burch age 46 of Tonopah. Remster would frequently stay with his daughter and son-in-law at their residence.

Burch told detectives he had last seen Remster on December 3, 2018. He stated that he believed that Mr. Remster could be catching a bus to Tennessee.

On December 21, 2018 detectives received information that after detectives interviewed Burch, he and his wife had hastily left Tonopah and travelled to Amarillo, TX.

After numerous interviews, detectives identified early in January 2019 that Burch had told people he killed Mr. Remster and threw him in a mine shaft. Burch Allegedly told people that after killing Remster, he went to the bank and withdrew cash from Mr. Remster’s bank account. He was allegedly also in possession of Mr. Remster’s identification card and foodstamp card.

Through investigation and interviews, detectives were able to identify the mine shaft where Remster was.

On March 16, 2019 Nye County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives assisted by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office’s Rescue Mine Recovery Team located several blood-stained items of clothing in the mine and the body of Mr. Remster.

Burch was subsequently charged with open murder, burglary, obtain money under false pretense, use of credit card without consent, and destruction of evidence.

On March 17, 2019 Jeremy Burch was arrested in Amarillo, TX and booked into the Potter County Detention Center. He will be extradited to Pahrump in the coming days.

Kids Fishing Derby

Annual Tonopah Kids Fishing Derby

The Tonopah Rotary will hold its Annual Kids Fishing Derby this Sunday June 21st, Father’s Day at Sportsman’s Park on Hwy 376, (14 miles east of Tonopah). Gates will open at 7 am for sign ups and the fishing begins at 8 am. This is free to kids ages 2-12. Prizes are awarded for Smallest Fish, Largest Fish and Heaviest Catch plus other giveaways! A concession booth will have hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks and cold drinks available for sale. The Local Girl Scout Troop will be holding a coloring contest. The winner of the Shopping Spree raffle will be announced at the end of the derby.

For more information call Cindy at 775-482-4035

visit tonopah nevada, tonopah news, tonopah rotary club

Fatal Crash near Dyer Nevada

Saturday Morning Crash Northwest of Dyer Leaves One Person Dead

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, on May 30, 2015 at approximately 9:30 am, Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol Tonopah station were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover accident that occurred on State Route 264 which is west of Tonopah and south of State Route 6 (North of Dyer) in Esmeralda County. The crash investigation details indicate a tan 2002 Dodge Neon driven by 71 year old Juanita Marlene Schieberl of Dyer was traveling westbound on State Route 264 north of Dyer when for unknown reasons she allowed the vehicle to drift off the north paved shoulder. Mrs. Schieberl over corrected and traveled across the center line of the highway and then traveled onto the south dirt shoulder. Mrs. Schieberl over corrected to the right and the vehicle overturned. Mrs. Schieberl was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the incident and was ejected from the vehicle. Mrs. Schieberl was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels on the south dirt shoulder. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected as a factor in the cause of the incident. State Route 264 was intermittently shut down for several hours while the crash scene was investigated and diagrammed. This area of SR 264 is one lane in each direction and the speed limit is 70 mph.
Trooper Saul Bermudez of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Tonopah sub-station is investigating this incident. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information related to this incident is encouraged to reach out to him at (775) 482-6330 or sbermudez@dps.state.nv.us.

cover photo by Nevada Highway Patrol

west central nevada news, Juanita Marlene Schieberl, dyer nevada, tonopah news, nevada highway patrol

Mucker Makes 2nd team

Otteson Earns All Conference Honors

Tonopah Sophomore Tanner Otteson was named to the Northeastern Nevada High Desert League’s 2nd Team. Otteson also made the 2nd team in 2014 as a freshman. White Pine’s Chris Young was named League MVP. Battle Mt. placed three athletes on the first team, Braedan Crotteau, Sean Peasnell, and Toliver Rodgers. White Pine’s Collin Young and Tayler Kane made the first team along with Mathew Beecher of Wells high school.
Joining Tonopah’s Otteson on the second team are Dillon Morley and Louis Correa of West Windover, Sione Uhlig and Paul Moschetti of Wells and Seth Robertson of White Pine.
Honorable Mention honors go to Isaac Messner of Jackpot, Joe Tate of Wells, and Alan Rangel and Kort Beaver of Battle Mt.

tanner otteson, tonopah news, tonopah high school golf

NASCAR Legends Heading to Tonopah

Kyle Petty and Friends coming to Tonopah

Annual motorcycle tour that benefits children with chronic illnesses will travel from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Branson, Mo., with a stop in Tonopah, Sunday May 3rd.

Tune in to KIBS/KBOV for interviews and details.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. March 2, 2015 – The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 21st Anniversary motorcycle trek, taking place May 2-8, 2015. NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will lead 200 motorcyclists along the 2,500 mile-route, stretching from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Branson, Mo., to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

“Each year, we select a route that’s full of breathtaking scenery, while also allowing us to spread the word and build excitement around our mission along the way,” said Petty. “Year after year, the Ride creates lasting memories for our riders, most importantly, it provides life-changing opportunities for children at Victory Junction.”

Spectators, visitors and locals along the 2015 route are encouraged to attend one of the Ride’s eight overnight stops or daily fuel stops to greet Petty and the riders, purchase Ride memorabilia or make a donation to Victory Junction.

The 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Schedule:

  • Day 1, Saturday, May 2 – Santa Cruz, Calif. to Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Day 2, Sunday, May 3 – Bakersfield, Calif. to Tonopah, Nev.
  • Day 3, Monday, May 4 – Tonopah, Nev. to Bryce Canyon, Utah
  • Day 4, Tuesday, May 5 – Bryce Canyon, Utah to Moab, Utah
  • Day 5, Wednesday, May 6 – Moab, Utah to Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Day 6, Thursday, May 7 – CO. Springs, CO. to Hutchinson,KS.
  • Day 7, Friday, May 8 – Hutchinson, Kan. to Branson, Mo.

As a result of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, 7,815 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. The camp has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Kyle Petty in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

This year, many celebrities plan to participate in all or part of the 21st Anniversary Ride, including: NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth; NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison; former NFL great Herschel Walker; Harley-Davidson, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich; NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Rick Allen; co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood.

“When Kyle started this Ride 21 years ago, I don’t think any of us realized just how special it would become,” said Kyle’s father Richard Petty. “Riding across our beautiful country on two wheels with great friends and family is incredible, but knowing you’re doing it to help others makes it the ride of a lifetime.”

The 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is made possible by presenting sponsor Manheim, as well as Coca-Cola, Dodge, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Racing Electronics, FLUIDYNE Racing Products, WinCraft Racing, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, the Petty Family Foundation, Headbands of Hope, Original Bike Spirits and the Beef Jerky Outlet.

To follow Kyle Petty and the riders live, visit www.facebook.com/KPCharityRide, or on Twitter and Instagram, @KPCharityRide.

About the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (KPCRAA)
Led by former NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the KPCRAA is an annual cross-country motorcycle trek that raises funds and awareness for Victory Junction. The KPCRAA is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 21st year, more than 7,500 riders have logged 11.1 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $16 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by Kyle Petty family, in honor of his, son Adam Petty, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. Victory Junction exists to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 21,500 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. Victory Junction is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network of Camps founded by Paul Newman, and is accredited by the rigorous guidelines of the American Camping Association. To learn more, please visit victoryjunction.org.

tonopah news, kyle petty, eastern sierra news

Tonopah Golf

Muckers Golfer Shot’s Season low 79

Tonopah High School Sophomore Golfer Tanner Otteson shot 7 over 79 at the White Pine (Ely NV) Invitational and took the third place medal.

This is a season low for the Muckers golf team and the first score in the 70’s for the golf program since 2010 when his brother Denver Otteson did it.

He also shot the score in 23 deg. weather with 25 mile an hour gusts at Ely.

He was beat by the Nevada State Champion from White Pine Chris Young who shot 77 and a Battle golfer who fired a 78, both seniors.

“He shot a great round of golf for our team, he had two birdies in the round to help keep his score low” “It is a great accomplishment to shot that low of a score as a sophomore, we are very proud of him” said Robert Otteson (Head Coach and his father)

Muckers play this week at the Wells High School Invitational.

tonopah golf, tonopah high school, tonopah news

Texas Felon arrested in Tonopah

Tonopah Traffic stop leads to arrest

A traffic stop in Tonopah Nevada leads to a foot pursuit and eventual arrest of a man wanted out of Texas.  The Nye County Sheriffs department issued the following statement.

On 4-4-15 at approximately 1:55 am, a white Infiniti G35 was seen traveling northbound on US 95 approaching Howerton Hill St. in Tonopah, NV. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was identified as Jeremy Lee Puebla with a TX identification card.

A driver’s license and warrants check was conducted on Puebla as a result of the traffic stop. A felony warrant out of San Antonio Texas was discovered for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon. Nye County dispatch contacted the TX agency, and the warrant was confirmed.

Puebla was being directed out of the vehicle to be taken into custody for the outstanding warrant of arrest. Just after exiting the vehicle, Puebla ran on foot in an attempt to elude capture. A foot pursuit ensued for approximately 2 blocks. Puebla was attempting to climb over a 6 foot chain link fence when the gate opened causing him to fall. Nye County Sheriffs deputy was then able to reach Puebla and apply one handcuff. After placing one hand into restraints, Puebla became combative and resisted arrest. After approximately 3 minutes of active resistance, Puebla was taken into custody.

Puebla was then transported to the Tonopah Detention facility. It was then determined that Puebla had some injuries due to the fall from the fence. Puebla was transported to Nye Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a laceration to his right arm, receiving 7 stitches.

Puebla was then returned to the detention facility where he was booked on local charges (speeding, resisting or obstructing an officer, and attempting to elude officers) and the outstanding warrant without incident.


photo by the Nye county sheriffs department

tonopah news, nye county news, nye county sheriffs department

Tonopah Arrest

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

tonopah news, tonopah nevada, nye county sheriffs department, david erdman