Wallet tug of war goes to victim | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Wallet tug of war goes to victim

William Ferchland

A Stateline dentist was ordered to pay more than $2,400 in restitution and $660 to the victim of a described road rage incident in October.

Jerard Trombka had 20 days of jail suspended on orders that he attend anger management courses. On Monday, Trombka pleaded no contest in Tahoe Township Justice Court to misdemeanor charges of failure to yield, following too closely and passing in a no passing zone.

Trombka, who specializes in cosmetic dentistry, was initially charged with misdemeanor charges of impersonating a police officer, battery and aggressive driving.

On the morning of Oct. 13, Edwin Doughty of Carson City said he was harassed by Trombka, who said he was a cop. Trombka got Doughty to pull his car over. Doughty told authorities that the dentist flashed an Alpine County coroner’s card before grabbing his throat and slapping his face.

Doughty told the judge he now suffers from anxiety and insomnia.

“At night I sleep on the couch and awake to any noise because of a fear that my family is in danger,” Doughty stated in a letter to the court. “I have missed several days of work and have gone so far as to change the route I take to work.”

Trombka told authorities he did not physically attack Doughty. Trombka stated a tug of war occurred over his wallet when he flashed his coroner’s badge.

In other news:

n Somebody pried open three skee ball machines at Horizon Casino Resort, stealing 20,000 tickets that are redeemable for prizes, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The machines were filled with tickets on March 29. They were found missing the next day.

n An inmate at the Douglas County Jail at Lake Tahoe suffered a cut above his left eyelid and a bump behind his head after a scuffle in the mop room with another inmate, a sheriff’s deputy said.

Dennis Serba said he was shoved in the chest by Timothy McLaughlin. Serba fell back into shelves and hit a supply bin with his face. The back of his head hit the floor.

The deputy stated he would charge McLaughlin with battery by a prisoner.

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com


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