Nye Co. assist. sheriff admits taking signs, says had permission - 8 News NOW

Nye Co. assist. sheriff admits taking signs, says had permission

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LAS VEGAS --  A Nye County sheriff hopeful is sharing his side of the story, after his own deputies arrested him.

The I-Team first broke the news Tuesday. On Thursday, Rick Marshall, who is currently the assistant sheriff, addressed the media for the first time since the arrest, which came after a witness said he caught Marshall on camera stealing signs for the "Anybody but Rick Marshall" campaign. 

Marshall admitted to pulling the signs, but says he did it because they were on private property. He even claims the property owner gave him permission to remove them.

"Prior to the events on Tuesday, there were several request from property owners for the removal of unauthorized signs that were placed on their private property by trespassers," Marshall said.

Marshall didn't address details of his actual arrest. He refused, saying his attorney hasn't even seen the arrest report. The deputies who arrested him tell the I-Team Marshall kicked, screamed and even tried to trip them.

After Marshall's press conference Thursday, 8 News NOW caught up with Steve Lee, the president of Citizens to Elect an Ethical Nye County Sheriff, which is a political action committee behind the "Anybody but Rick Marshall" campaign. He called police after videotaping the group's signs being removed. Later, Lee told police he saw Rick Marshall and a campaign volunteer pull signs from yards.

"All of our signs for our campaign were put on the county easements and these where they were taken. The property that we had recorded that he had actually taken the sign from, he didn't have that person's permission," Lee said.

Lee went on to say he even saw Marshall destroy a sign. Marshall is charged with theft and resisting arrest.

He said during the news conference that it is important for people to remember he hasn't been convicted. Sheriff's office sources tell the I-Team Nye County's sheriff reversed an earlier decision to place Marshall on leave and that he went back to work the day after his arrest. 
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