Jeppsen released from county jail

A Fallon man arrested in a combined effort between local authorities and the Carson SWAT team was released Tuesday in Justice Court from the Churchill County Jail.

Daniel Peter Jeppsen, 38, was ordered to report to Court Services for daily alcohol and random drug testing.

Jeppsen is charged with two felony counts — ex-felon not to posses a firearm and accessory to the crime of offer, attempt or commission of an unauthorized act relating to a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, Jeppsen is accused of harboring Charles Deselms, a fugitive on the run who is suspected of selling methamphetamine. In addition, Jeppsen is also accused of possessing a .380-caliber handgun after a previous conviction of felony fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Jeppsen, Deselms and Sheena Marshall, 29, were arrested by the North Central Narcotics Task Force and Carson SWAT on July 16. Breaching charges ripped through the garage door of the home on Mary Street where the three were residing.

In court, Churchill County Senior Deputy District Attorney Ben Shawcroft said the prosecution needed more time to investigate the case before setting a date for a preliminary hearing. He did not object to the release.

Jeppsen’s attorney, Paul Drakulich, said his client will reside with family members and abide by any instructions levied by the court. Jeppsen is scheduled for a status hearing on Sept. 19, while the preliminary hearing will be set for a later date.

In other court news —

Jacob Kolwyck, 21, of Fallon pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court to one count of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance.

He faces one to four years in prison, a $5,000 fine but is eligible for probation.

Kolwyck and James Vagts, 48, of Fernley, were arrested July 15 by the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities discovered a felony quantity of marijuana.

Kolwyck, though, will undergo treatment at the Salvation Army program and will be sentenced in October. His sentence, however, rests on the successful completion of the program.


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