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Couple arrested on drug, child endangerment charges

Narcotics detectives conducting a probation search ended up arresting a man and woman on drug and child endangerment charges Tuesday.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force went to a residence in the 16000 block of Bush Road, above Nevada City, and located Lincoln Owen Turpen and Melissa Anne Farnsworth in living quarters set up in the garage, said Lt, Bill Smethers.

Turpen reportedly had 1 ounce of methamphetamine and packaging material on him.



Deputies searched the residence and found additional meth, as well as several drug pipes within reach of Farnsworth’s 4-year-old daughter, Smethers said.

Farnsworth, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, possession for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and child endangerment. She was being held in lieu of $40,500 bail.




Turpen, 29, was booked into county jail on suspicion of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance for sale and drug paraphernalia, and committing a felony while out on bail. He was being held in lieu of $22,500 bail.

Turpen had been arrested in September 2014 after he reportedly was found with a stolen .45-caliber handgun, smoking pipes, baggies and scales, as well as 45 grams of suspected meth. He is set for trial on Feb. 23 on charges of possessing a controlled substance for sale, possessing stolen property, possessing a controlled substance while armed, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Two men arrested on outstanding warrants

Sheriff’s deputies located two men at one residence who both had outstanding arrest warrants Tuesday.

Deputies had gone to a residence n the 16000 block of Patricia Way looking for Ryan Schlager — but also found Justin Montgomery, Smethers said.

Both men reportedly were taken into custody without incident.

Schlager has had multiple misdemeanor arrests for driving on a suspended license.

In June, he was arrested as he drove a vehicle with a reportedly stolen engine linked to a “chop shop” bust from several weeks earlier. In that case, he pleaded no contest to possessing stolen property and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation.

An arrest warrant was issued on Dec. 28 in connection with a November arrest on charges of driving without a license.

Montgomery was arrested in November by Grass Valley Police officers after reportedly breaking into a tow yard with another man. A search of Montgomery’s vehicle reportedly uncovered bolt cutters, wire cutters, two flashlights and two sets of gloves, as well as methamphetamine.

Montgomery also has been charged with first-degree burglary, possessing stolen property and burglary tools, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possessing drug paraphernalia, in connection with burglaries in DarkHorse, Grass Valley and Nevada City in October.

He pleaded no contest to vandalism and trespassing in the November case, but failed to appear for a court date Monday. Two warrants totaling $90,000 were issued.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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