Investigators still poring over Dayton fight

A Lyon County prosecutor said Tuesday charges are still forthcoming for suspects in a fight that left several teenagers injured, one severely.

"Investigators are still looking for a couple people they haven't talked to" about the June 12 melee, said Lyon County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Schlegelmilch. "And we are also waiting on some medical records."

The fight involved students and recent graduates of Dayton High School and some Carson City teenagers, officials have said.

According to reports from witnesses and law enforcement officials, the fight started when some teenagers on a campout in Eldorado Canyon encountered a Carson teenager and a fight started.

The Carson teenager then left and brought back approximately 20 boys wielding baseball bats, metal pipes and BB guns. The ensuing fight sent as many as five of the Dayton teenagers to area hospitals, one with a fractured skull. Others were treated and released. One boy received stitches, another was treated for a broken nose.

Witnesses said Billy Ingram was hit in the head with a baseball bat. He was taken by CareFlight to Washoe Medical Center where he was hospitalized for nearly two weeks. He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

"That is the good thing out of all of this," Schlegelmilch said. "The victim will recover."

When asked about medical costs Ingram's family has incurred, Schlegelmilch said it will be a component of any criminal prosecution. "There's no doubt that there will be restitution sought."

A fund to help with Ingram's hospital cost has been set up at the Nevada State Bank in the Smith's grocery store in Dayton. Donations may be made to account 05380044128.

Schlegelmilch was reluctant to reveal details about the investigation or possible charges. He expects that in addition to charging some minors in the case, a "couple of adults" will also face prosecution.

"When we are dealing with juveniles it is difficult revealing information about identity," he said.

Several vehicles were also damaged during the encounter, according to reports. Investigators have estimated damages at $2,000.

The fight was discovered when a patrolling deputy stopped a car that was en route to Carson-Tahoe Hospital about 1 a.m. By the time officers arrived at the canyon site, most of the participants had scattered, making evidence gathering difficult, Schlegelmilch said.


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