Fallon man to undergo competency evaluation

A 61-year-old Fallon man’s bail was revoked Tuesday in District Court pending a competency evaluation.

Gregory Parker was ordered to be held at the Churchill County Jail by Judge Tom Stockard on a suspicion of trespassing and violating conditions of his bail. Stockard said the court will reassess Parker’s custodial status pending an evaluation from Lakes Crossing.

Parker was originally charged in March with one count of assault with a deadly weapon after he pulled a knife on a man inside Safeway, according to court records. Recently, Parker allegedly violated stipulations of his bail when he trespassed at Safeway.

Parker’s mental state has been the subject of past and current court hearings and his attorney, Jacob Sommer, said he believes his client is incompetent.

“I am convinced he did not have any idea what was going on,” Sommer said.

Churchill County Chief Deputy Attorney Lane Mills said Parker must be held in jail to protect the public. In addition, Stockard granted Mills’ request to hold Parker on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Parker is suspected of pulling a knife at Safeway in March and telling a man “I am going to stab you.”

In other court news —

James Edwin Griffin was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail for threatening a public officer.

Griffin received a one-year sentence from Stockard, with all but the 60 days suspended and four days credit for time already served.

Griffin verbally threatened Churchill County deputies and their families, according Mills. According to Mills, Griffin drank moonshine for the first time and blacked out.

When deputies responded to a call, Griffin made the threats.

Griffin, though, said he was upset because authorities threatened his dog, which had dry blood on its back. Griffin had a .166 blood-alcohol level.

Mills said Griffin deserved one year in jail due to his actions and prior history, which includes a charge of lewdness with a child in 1983, a 1990 conviction for possession of a controlled substance for purpose of sale and a driving under the influence charge.


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