By Eunette Gentry
The Pahrump man arrested after “a disturbance” at Ian Deutch Memorial Park on July 30, 2018, involving “a disorderly intoxicated male who was ‘hitting’ juveniles” – is currently “in custody: [on] $5,000 cash or bond”. William Barter now faces the formal charges of: “Loitering about School or public place where children congregate; [two counts of] Battery; and, [one count of] Harassment”. During Barter’s Formal Arraignment, on August 7, 2018: Barter’s Public Defender, “attorney [Carl] Joerger, waived the formal reading of the complaint, entered a Not Guilty plea on behalf of the defendant and made an oral motion for an O.R. Release. [The Prosecutor] opposed the O.R. Release… Attorney Joerger advised that all of the defendant's cases revolve around the use of alcohol and suggested random [urinary analyses] be a condition of his release. After hearing both sides, the court denied [the] defense’s motion [for an O.R. Release], set a Bench Trial for September 6, 2018…and advised that the defendant's other matters will be bundled and set for a Status Hearing on the same date. [Then,] the defendant was remanded to the custody of the Nye County Sheriff's Office.” According to the Declaration of Arrest, when officers arrived at the park, “five juveniles” “described a heavy-set, tall,…man wearing a grey button down shirt and jean shorts [who was] with an adult female.” “The juveniles stated the man drove over to them, yelled at one of the 13 year old boys – asking him if he wanted to see the female’s” breasts. Witnesses say the suspect also yelled “other obscenities”. Investigators say: “the man then grabbed [a] boy by the shoulders and pushed him up against [a] wall. A second 13 year old boy attempted to intervene but the suspect pushed him and slapped [the child’s] arm – when he tried to get close”. A third boy then called police. Barter “admitted to getting ‘fired’ from his job a few weeks ago – which made him ‘fall off the wagon’ and start drinking again”… Barter, as he is described on the day of his arrest, was wearing the same clothes described by witnesses; but, he denied any wrongdoing.