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Rival high school students fight in Carson Valley

Rob Bhat

A teen-age love triangle is the suspected motive behind a large fight Friday evening in a field off Johnson Lane in the Carson Valley.

The incident resulted in serious head injuries to at least one youth and four arrests. Additional arrests are pending, said Sgt. Dan Britton of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office released limited information about the melee this weekend.

One of the injured youths was a 19-year-old male beaten in the head with a baseball bat or similar instrument.

The man, whose name could not be verified, was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center, where he was discharged Sunday after several hours in intensive care.

A second youth was also reportedly hospitalized, but information on his condition could not be obtained.

About 40 teen-agers and young adults either participated or watched the fight, according to initial reports.

The principle combatants are believed to be a Douglas High School student and a Carson High School student. Both are believed romantically involved with the same female, a student at Carson High.

Each reportedly recruited friends for assistance in the the fight, which took place on the eastern end of Johnson Lane, where the paved road turns into a dirt road leading into the Pine Nut Mountains.

“It stemmed from two boys romantically involved with the same girl and mushroomed into a much bigger fight,” Britton said.

Neighbors about a quarter mile away from the incident reported a disturbance to authorities at about 7:30 p.m. Those at the scene scattered through the sagebrush as the officers arrived.

Authorities withheld the names of two arrested juveniles. One was booked on suspicion of consuming alcohol and the other on suspicion of participating in a fray and other violations.

Also arrested were George Bart, 20, of Carson City, on suspicion of unlawful consumption of alcoholand and Trevor Reichard, also 20, of Carson City, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to contact Douglas County Investigator Roger Wheeler, (702) 782-9910, or Douglas County Secret Witness, (702) 782-7463. Privately funded Secret Witness offers cash rewards for anonymous information that leads to the arrest and conviction of crime suspects.

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