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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Wayne Wheeler
Date: August 25, 2014
Subject: Wanted

Carson City Sheriff's Office Wanted

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office needs your assistance in identifying this subject.

This individual is a person of interest involving the crime of Theft on 9/23/2014 at Sportsmans Warehouse, Carson City

Anyone with information about this subject please contact Deputy Wayne Wheeler at
775-887-2020 ext 45276


Wanted

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: August 22, 2014
Subject: Carson City Sheriff's Office Warrant Scam

 The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is receiving a heavy volume of reports from area residents that they had received telephone calls from the current Carson Undersheriff, Steve Albertsen, and warned of a warrant for their arrest. The caller’s telephone number(s) is inconsistent and some have fictitious recorded telephone messages when no one answers. Caller ID has suggested a local telephone number(s), but this has been ruled out.

Reports have suggested that the caller may have some accurate information, such as addresses or types of vehicles. Most frequently, the scam informs the caller of an unpaid traffic violation resulting from intersections with camera enforcement mechanisms.

At this time, Sheriff Ken Furlong has not been made aware of any financial losses.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office apologizes for any inconvenience, and warns everyone not to engage in any conversation whatsoever with the caller.

To report telephone scams of this nature, please contact the Carson City Communications Center at 887-2014.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Jessica Dickey 
Date: August 14, 2014
Subject: Compliance Check 

On Thursday August 21, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting compliancy checks on Carson City businesses selling alcohol. The focus of this operation is to check the knowledge and compliancy of local laws regarding the selling of alcohol to minors and checking identification of those attempting to purchase alcohol.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong 
Date: August 4, 2014
Subject: National Night Out in Mills Park Cancellation

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform everyone that the 12th Annual National Night Out in Mills Park, set for Tuesday, August 5th at 5 p.m. must be cancelled.

It has been determined that with our current ground saturation from the rain, the quantity of “heavy” public safety vehicles, aircraft and equipment that was scheduled to be on the grassy area of the park would cause irreparable damage. Further, at this late hour, there is insufficient time to orchestrate a reasonable relocation of the event location.

The Carson City community is fortunate to have such a fantastic, centrally located, family recreational area that is enjoyed year round by everyone for picnics and sporting events alike. To damage the park whatsoever is just not an option.

Sheriff Ken Furlong, on behalf of all of our Public Safety entities, apologizes for any inconvenience. Each year for the last 11 years, thousands have filled Mills Park on this single night to send out a community wide message of “giving crime the boot”. We appreciate all of the support that was committed by our local businesses, service organizations, non-profits, and government organizations and hope to see you again in August of 2015.

Please keep up the Crime Stopping efforts.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel
Date: July 26, 2014
Subject: Scam Letter 

Scammers are at it again; most recently I received a letter from a citizen who was informed that they had won the “Inter-American Lotto Powerball” held in Hawaii. Having never been to Hawaii, the individual was pretty certain they did not win.

A check had been included with the letter which the recipient was asked to deposit and return a portion of the funds received. This was to pay for non- resident fees and administrative costs. A little research on the internet and it was obvious that the letter was a scam.

Had the check been deposited and “Bounced”, the depositor would have been responsible for the entire amount of the check. Criminals try every angle that they can to get money and more from you. Letters, phone solicitation, and e-mail are commonly used.

The FBI website at www.FBI.gov has information, suggestions on prevention and reporting options for scams and fraud. Take a moment to educate yourself and learn more about these types of crimes

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel
Date: July 26, 2014
Subject: Struck Pedestrians 

In the last three weeks we have had two pedestrians struck by vehicles while in crosswalks. For many this may not seem like a large number but even two is too many. With the increase in traffic during the summer months and along with it a large amount of pedestrians out and about; we must all do our part to ensure the safety of those crossing the roadways.

Motorists, pay attention to the crosswalks as you approach, slow down and be prepared to stop. Pedestrians, put away the cell phones and other devices which distract you and pay attention to the oncoming traffic before crossing the street. Use the marked crosswalks which are provided.

Think these suggestions are lame? Think about the cost to you in medical bills, insurance rates, and other related costs should you strike a pedestrian with your vehicle or if you, the pedestrian are found to be at fault for the crash.

Pay attention and most of all use common courtesy with one another.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel
Date: July 15, 2014
Subject: Traffic Light Controlled Intersections and Crashes 

So there you are cruising down the roadway in your new car. The light is green and as you enter the intersection, a truck runs the red light and strikes your vehicle causing significant damage.

We handle these kinds of crashes all the time. In most cases, the drivers are in a hurry and they think they can make the yellow before it turns red. Not every driver is a responsible and safe one.

With all the distractions we have in our vehicles now days, it is extremely important that you drive defensively and pay attention to the vehicles around you. I do not know of too many people who have driven for a while who have not had one or two near misses.

Pay attention to the signal lights, they are there to help keep traffic moving safely. Come to complete stops at stop signs and look both ways before proceeding. Slow down when entering uncontrolled intersections and remember to yield the right of way. With your help, we can reduce crashes and injuries.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel
Date: July 8, 2014
Subject: Juveniles Drinking and Driving
 
During the summer many juveniles find themselves bored and looking for something to do. Some will hang out with friends, go to the beach or find temporary employment. Others will decide to party the days away.

Most of these parties will be held at private homes or in the hills and canyons that surround our area. When kids get together often time’s alcoholic beverages are with them.

As parents it is our responsibility to know who our children are with, what they are planning on doing, and how to contact them. Education is a key element in the prevention of alcohol use and abuse.

No one wants to be notified that their child has been injured in a car crash especially if the driver was intoxicated and the incident could have been prevented. Take the time to talk to your children about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Let them know that you care and are here for them. Help them to become responsible adults.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel
Date: July 4, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results 

During the period of July 2 and 3, 2014, The Carson City Sheriff’s Office held saturation patrols along State route 28 (Lake Tahoe), Highway 50 west (Spooner Summit), south Carson Street, and Fairview Drive.

Approximately 107 citations were issued with over 95% being written for excessive speed in posted speed zones. Motorists are reminded to pay attention to the speed limits especially with the high volume of traffic that is on the roadways this time of year. Help us prevent car crashes, slow down and follow the rules of the road.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant McDaniel 
Date: July 2, 2014
Subject: July 4, 2014

Independence Day is upon us and many of you will take to the roads to visit our local lakes, rivers and parks. Should you find yourself celebrating the holiday with adult beverages, remember to designate a driver or take a taxi cab home.

If you are boating, stay sober while on the water. Operating a watercraft on a crowded lake takes skill and reflexes to avoid crashes or injury to swimmers. Enjoying this time with friends and family can be fun however they are expecting you, their Captain to get them back to dry land safely.

Swimming in a river? Being intoxicated is never a good idea as there are water hazards and undertows that you must be prepared for. Alcohol affects your judgment and your ability to control your bodies’ motor functions.

Fireworks are a part of this holiday but do the wise thing, enjoy those that are being provided throughout the area. Setting off your own may create a fire in the dry brush. Fire danger is extremely high and we must all act responsibly to prevent disaster.

Should you come across an armed service member, take a moment to thank them for their service and sacrifice. Above all, be safe and enjoy the holiday.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Lisa Davis 
Date: July 2, 2014
Subject: National Night Out (NNO) 

NNO

 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: June 26, 2014
Subject: Summer and Pedestrians 

It is going to get hot this coming week and we can expect to see more bicycle, moped, and motorcycle riders out and about trying to keep cool in the summer heat. In addition we will also see an increase in pedestrians as school is out and many children are on foot as they travel to locations within the city.
With this in mind it is crucial that operators of all motorized vehicles pay particular attention to crosswalks as you approach them. For those of you who operate motorcycles and mopeds, pay attention to the vehicles in front of you and maintain a safe distance so that you can react quickly in the event a car stops in front of you for a pedestrian.
Failure to do so can lead to a crash which can send you flying onto the roadway and injure more than just your pride. Thinking of drinking and riding? Think again, alcohol can affect your judgment and reflexes. You need both if you are going to make it home safely.
The choice is yours, enjoy the summer with barbecues, beach time, and friends or spend the time at home recovering from a crash. Make the right choice and have a great summer.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: June 25, 2014
Subject: Results Extreme Motor Challenge 2014

The results from this year’s Carson City Sheriff’s Office “Extreme Officer Motor Challenge” are as follows:

Harley Davidson Class

1st Place – Deputy Thomas Miller – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
2nd Place – Deputy Joey Trotter – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
3rd Place – Officer Casey Bokavich – Redding Police Department

BMW Class

1st Place – Officer Dave Jones – Citrus Heights Police Department
2nd Place – Officer Chris Frey – Citrus Heights Police Department
3rd Place – Officer Jack Hatton – West Sacramento Police Department

Kawasaki Class

1st Place – Deputy Joey Trotter – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
2nd Place – Officer Steve Lee – San Francisco Police Department
3rd Place – Deputy Matt Smith – Carson City Sheriff’s Office

Dual Sport Class

1st Place – Deputy Joey Trotter – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
2nd Place – Deputy Thomas Miller – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
3rd Place – Officer Steve Lee – San Francisco Police Department

2 Man Relay – Harley Davidson Class (Two Riders)

1st Place – Officers Angel Lozano and Steve Lee –
San Francisco Police Department
2nd Place – Officer Don Sollinger – Fort Lauderdale Florida Police Department
Officer Casey Bokavich – Redding Police Department
3rd Place – Deputy Joey Trotter- Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Officer Jerad Kissack – Alameda Police Department

2 Man Relay – BMW Class (Two Riders)

1st Place – Officer Dave Jones – Citrus Heights Police Department
Officer Chris Frey – Citrus Heights Police Department
2nd Place – Officer Marc Marquez – West Sacramento Police Department
Officer Jack Hatton – West Sacramento Police Department
No 3rd Place

2 Man Relay – Dual Sport Class (Two Riders)

1st Place – Deputy Joey Trotter – Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Thomas Miller- Carson City Sheriff’s Office
2nd Place – Officer Steve Lee – San Francisco Police Department
Deputy Matt Smith – Carson City Sheriff’s Office

4 Man Relay Team Harley Davidson Class

1st Place – “The Street Kings” – Officer Steve Lee and Angel Lozano - San Francisco
Police Department
2nd Place – “Do You Even Motor Bro?” – Deputies Joey Trotter Thomas Miller,
Matt Smith, and Derrick Kepler –
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
3rd Place – “Corner Crushers” – Officer Angel Lozano –
San Francisco Police Department
Trooper Chris Austin-Nevada Highway Patrol
Deputies Matt Smith and Gary Denham -
Carson City Sheriff’s Office  

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: June 25, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 06/25/14 

On Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. Deputies will be looking for speeding violations, intoxicated drivers, and other traffic related offences. These patrols are designed to help make our roadways safer.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: June 7, 2014
Subject: Driving and Fires

 Summer is now upon us and with it comes dry conditions which if we are not careful, can lead to brush and forest fires. If you smoke while driving, tossing a lit cigarette out the car window could prove expensive in more ways than one.

The cost to fight a fire caused by carelessness can be in the thousands and even millions of dollars and the fine for throwing a lit cigarette from a vehicle is $1,000.00.

Many vehicles manufactured today do not come with ashtrays or it is an accessory item. This being said, if you own a vehicle that does not have one, you should look at buying an aftermarket container which is designed for cigarette use and disposal. It only takes one small ember to create a major incident.

For those of you planning on driving out into the surrounding hills and canyons, remember to take with you a shovel, bucket, and water should a fire somehow get started due to brush contact with your vehicles exhaust system or catalytic converter.

While we are on the subject, in addition to water, make sure you have adequate food, blankets and warm clothing in the event your vehicle becomes disabled. Although the days are warm the nights can become cold in our desert climate. A strobe signal light is a good item to carry should you find yourself needing to be located at night by search and rescue.

Cell phones should be carried but they have limitations as some areas do not have cell coverage. Make sure that someone knows where you are going, what route you are going to take, and when you are expected back so that notification can be made if you fail to return home.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Craig Lowe
Date: June 4, 2014
Subject: Telephone Fraud (IRS Scam)

On Monday, June 2, 2014 a Carson City Sheriff's Deputy responded to a Carson City resident's home to investigate a fraud. According to the victim, a man who identified himself as an investigator with the "IRS" named Jose Martinez (Badge number P34361) called her and told her she and her husband owed the United States Internal Revenue Service $7,000.00. The suspect claimed the IRS had sent several warning letters, and due to th lack of response they were in the process of arresting the victim's husband. The victim pleaded with the suspect not to arrest her husband and told them she had the money to pay. The suspect placed her on hold while he claimed to be getting a "mananger's" approval to accept payment in lieu of arresting the victim's husband. After a short period on hold the suspect came back on line and told her she had to immediately go to her bank, withdraw the money and transfer the funds to a "Green Dot Card". The suspect directed the victim to stay on the line with him throughout the process of obtaining the funds from her bank. The suspect told the victim that due to the IRS freezing her accounts, she needed to tell the bank she was withdrawing the funds for a family emergency, and the suspect warned her not to complicate things by notifying her accountant.

The victim was able to withdraw the funds, but was unable to obtain a Green Dot Card to complete the transfer. The suspect directed her to find another card to transfer the funds to and then call him back. The suspect said he would arrange to have the funded card picked up by a courier.

The phone number on the victim's caller ID was 585-633-1814. Efforts to contact this number currently result in a constant busy signal; however, if you receive a call from this number, it is a scam. Never provide your person identification or banking information to someone who contacts you on the telephone. 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: June 1, 2014
Subject: Driving and DUI 

With the roads clear of snow and ice and with rain being scarce at times, drivers find themselves travelling faster than they should when operating their vehicles down the roads in and around Carson City. When you add alcohol into the mix the chances of a crash are increased dramatically.

Summertime is when we enjoy being out with friends and family picnicking, barbecuing or just enjoying a day at the beach. If you are going to be drinking alcoholic beverages use some common sense and designate a driver to get everyone home safely.

When driving you need to have your head clear and your reflexes ready for the unexpected. The winding roadways that are common in our area need your full attention. Don’t drink and drive, stay alive.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 31, 2014
Subject: Media Invite

The Media is invited to attend the Carson City Sheriff’s Office 11th annual Extreme Motor Officer Challenge to be held on June 13th and 14th in downtown Carson City. During this time, Carson Street will be closed from Robinson to Musser to allow for the competition.

During this event, motor officers representing agencies from California, Nevada, and Canada will compete against one another displaying their skills and riding capabilities. This event is a popular one and this year will be held in conjunction with Legends of the West.

Space will be available on stage for media to film and take photos if you so choose. We hope you will attend and join us in this exciting event. 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 30, 2014
Subject: Crosswalks and Crashes 

Now that the weather has warmed, there are more pedestrians and bicyclist out on and alongside the roadways. Drivers should be paying special attention to the crosswalks as you approach.

Failure to do so may lead to a pedestrian or bicycle involved crash which could turn tragic. As you are following other vehicles, be sure that you are not following so close that you cannot stop in time should the driver ahead need to brake suddenly for individuals in crosswalks or for other unknown circumstances. No one wants to be involved in a crash especially when you have a loved one with you.

School is out and children are at play, so pay special attention when driving in neighborhoods and near playgrounds. Traffic can get congested during the summer as locals and visitors alike share the road. Be safe, keep your cool, and drive defensively.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 30, 2014
Subject: New Motor Deputy

Today, Deputy Gary Denham was awarded his motor wings after completing a demanding five week riding course which required him to operate a police motorcycle during normal, stressful, and hazardous riding conditions.

Sheriff Furlong presented Deputy Denham with his wings during a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office this morning. These are commonly worn by motor officers and their meaning is a time honored tradition.

The winged wheel emblem usually is centered on an old fashioned spoked wheel, with an arrow passing through the centerline and a pair of wings lifting from the hub. The wing represents swiftness, the arrow precision and the wheel motion.

Deputy Denham along with Deputies Joey Trotter, Matt Smith, Thomas Miller, and Derrick Kepler are assigned to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Patrol Motors Unit.  

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: May 28, 2014
Subject: Home Invasion Arrests 

On May 25, 2014 at approximately 5:00 a.m., during the Memorial Day Weekend, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to 1215 Canvasback Drive at a reported home invasion/robbery. The victim, James Sorrentino, 10/26/1913, was reported to be a 100 year old Army Air Corp and later U.S. Air Force veteran with an in-residence female care taker. Entry to the residence had been forced by kicking and prying at the door, and the victims were robbed at gunpoint by two adult males. According to the initial information, one of the suspects held a gun to the head of the care-giver during the robbery. Both suspects fled the area in a sedan (non-descript). Neither victim required medical treatment. Approximately $30, along with miscellaneous property was taken.

On May 28, 2014 Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jordan Burkhart, born August 17, 1989 initially for Probation Violation (no bail). This arrest took place at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office without incident. Following the arrest, two suspects were identified in the home invasion:

Suspect #1: Robert “Robbie” Michael Hernandez, 8/31/1986, with last known address at Carriage Crest Drive, in Carson City, NV.
Suspect #2: Jordan Randall Burkhart, 8/17/1989, with last known address at Eagle Mountain Road, in Wellington, NV.

Working closely with the Carson City District Attorney’s Office, Warrants of Arrest were issued for both suspects. The Warrant charges Count I, Conspiracy to Commit a Burglary with a Firearm and/or Invasion of the Home with a Firearm and/or Robbery with the Use of a Deadly Weapon Against a Person Over the Age of 60, a category B Felony; and Count II, Burglary With a Firearm, a category B Felony; and Count III, Invasion of the Home with a Firearm, a category B Felony; and, Count IV, Robbery with Use of a Deadly Weapon Against a Person Over the Age of 60, a category B Felony; and Count V, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a category B Felony. Bail was set at $250,000 each.

Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team Officers had been in the Reno/Sparks area throughout the day attempting to locate Hernandez. At approximately 6:40 p.m., Robert Hernandez was located driving his own vehicle. Hernandez attempted to flee through residential areas, but was taken into custody by Sparks Police Officers after a short vehicle pursuit followed by a foot chase. No injuries were reported.

There is no further information available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 17, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 

On Friday May 23rd, 2014 and Tuesday May 27th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. Deputies will be looking for individuals who are talking or texting on their cell phones while operating motor vehicles. These patrols are designed to help reduce crashes.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 10, 2014
Subject: Motorcycle Wear

I was waiting at a stop light the other day when I saw a motorcyclist travelling towards me. He was entering a turn but, for some reason he was continuing straight. When he realized this, he locked his brakes, hit the curb, and then he went down hard onto the sidewalk and across the rocks.

I responded to help him and make sure he was not injured. Fortunately for him, he was travelling at a slow enough speed that his injuries were limited to a scraped knee, torn pants, bloody knuckles, and a bruised ego. As I looked about the scene, I found one of his tennis shoes which had flown off when he crashed.

We talk a lot about wearing a helmet when riding our motorcycles but what about our clothing? Is this not as important? One good dose of “Road Rash” has changed many a mind on the importance of protecting our bodies while riding.

Your helmet should fit well and be DOT and/or Snell approved. This provides the best protection. A good jacket will be made of nylon, leather, or Kevlar and should be well constructed. A really good jacket will include heavy padding on the elbow, spine, and shoulders.

What about pants? You may be comfortable in denim but it lacks the strength needed to help protect your legs in crashes or falls. A good set of pants will be made with the same materials listed above. Riding suits are also available and although they can be expensive, they offer substantial protection in case you fall or are thrown from your bike.

Gloves should always be worn and there are different types available depending on what time of year you like to ride. Warm weather gloves are usually leather or Kevlar and good ones offer carbon fiber knuckle protection in the event you should fall.

Let’s not forget about boots. These should have a short heel which allows the boot to fit on the motorcycle peg while still providing good ankle support. They should be at least six inches tall so as to offer some ankle protection. Make sure it has a good, durable rubber sole that provides traction and slip resistance. Research to see what riding gear is best for you and don’t forget about visibility. This is most important so that other vehicles see you especially at night.

How about you? All the protection in the world will not help if you are not prepared. If you are thinking about learning to ride, take a motorcycle riders course. One certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is recommended. Many organizations offer this training in our area and for a beginner the instruction is informative and fun. Ride safe this summer and enjoy the rides ahead.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: May 4, 2014
Subject: Bicycle Maintainance 

Summer is arriving soon and with it, the release of children from their studies and out upon the streets of Carson City. Already we are seeing an increase in children playing in their neighborhoods and riding bicycles along the roadway.

Recently we had an eight year child struck by a vehicle. In this instance the crash was caused due to inoperable brakes on the child’s bicycle. This crash could have been much worse had the child not been wearing a bicycle helmet as he was ejected some 45 feet from where he was struck.

As parents we have a responsibility to ensure our children are safe when they are at play. We should be checking their safety equipment to make sure it is properly adjusted and undamaged. The bicycles they ride should be maintained so that they are safe to operate.

Below is a list of some things that you can check to make sure you child’s bicycle is safe to ride:

Handlebar position check – The handlebars should be tight and
properly aligned with the front wheel.

Pedal check – The pedals should be firmly secured to the crank arms
and turn freely. Rubber treads should be complete and intact.

Bicycle wheel check – To test the wheels for proper balance, lift
the bicycle up and spin the wheels. The spinning wheel should not
rub against any part of the frame, fender or brakes.

Bicycle spoke check – Replace any missing spokes.

Wheel rim check – Keep wheel rims free of rust and dents or
kinks, which might interfere with proper seating of the tire.

Bicycle tire check – The condition of the bike’s tires will affect its
handling. Check your bicycle manual for the correct air pressure;
then pump the tires up to that air pressure using a hand pump and
check the pressure with a tire gauge. Replace tires when tread is
worn smooth or bald spots appear.

Chain check – A chain in need of adjustment will make a cracking
or grinding noise. When a chain is in its proper position it should
have approximately 1/2 inch of lag.

Caliper hand brakes check – The levers should not be able to
touch the handlebars before the brakes are fully engaged and the
wheel is locked. Brake shoes should have at least a 3/16 inch
rubber braking surface and be centered over the rim. The nuts
holding the brake shoes to the arms should be tight.

Let’s not forget to show our children how to ride safely and follow the rules of the road. Young children should never be allowed to ride without an adult as they are easily distracted. Drivers, be extra careful when in neighborhoods as children are unpredictable and can dart out at a moment’s notice.

Let’s all work together to make this a safe and memorable summer.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Volunteer Rick Jenkins
Date: April 23, 2014
Subject: Preventable Crime in Carson City 

Many petty larceny incidents in Carson City are entirely preventable. Most are crimes of opportunity where the thief’s job is made easier by valuable items left in plain view in cars and trucks, unlocked houses, bicycles and property that were not secured and by placing trust in untrustworthy “friends.” There were 44 cases of items stolen between 21 Feb and 18 Apr that could have been prevented, had the owners taken action to make sure they kept their belongings. Only half of the cases had an estimated value attached to them. The value of those items was $20,491.

Here is a breakdown:

44 cases of stolen property
22 had known and reported values
12 items were stolen from unlocked houses/businesses
11 items were left outside or unsecured
8 items were left in plain view in unlocked cars
5 items were in unlocked or truck beds
4 unlocked bicycles were stolen
2 items were lost while somebody was house sitting
2 items were left in plain view in locked cars

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: April 23, 2014
Subject: Extreme Motor Challange 

Recently, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Patrol Motors returned from a training and competition event in Las Vegas. These trainings are put on to help increase the riding skills of the motorcycle deputy as well as promoting comradery and an exchange of training information between agencies throughout the country.
The courses ridden consist of patterns put in place utilizing traffic cones. Individuals must complete the pattern without knocking any cones over. Some events are timed for speed and accuracy and others, such as the slow ride are designed to test skills for near stop movement through the course.
The tethered course allows two motor officers to ride side by side with the motorcycles connected together while moving through turns. The riders are to remain together without breaking the rope that is connected between them throughout the course.
Deputy Thomas Miller placed 1st in the Individual Timed Run and Tethered events and came in 3rd for the slow ride event. Deputy Joey Trotter placed 2nd in the slow ride event.
On June 13th and 14th, 2014 the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a similar event for the 11th year known as “The Extreme Officer Motor Training Challenge”. Officers from throughout the country and Canada will be coming to Carson City to show their skills and pick up new ones.
This event is open to all officers who are certified to ride a police motorcycle. For more information on this event go to Carson.org and click on: Extreme Motor Officer Training Challenge
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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: April 23, 2014
Subject: Money Scam Part 2 

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is again receiving calls from the public in regards to money scams. The first one involves citizens being called and told that a warrant for their arrest has been issued for failure to show up for jury duty.
The caller identifies himself using an actual deputy or Nevada Highway Patrol officers name to convince the called party that this is real.
The caller has also given the name of current judges as being the ones who have signed the warrant. He will then try to convince the called party to send a MoneyPak or some other form of pre-paid debit card.
In addition, we have received calls in regards to the grandparent scam which has also been reported by surrounding agencies. This one begins with an individual receiving a call from an alleged grandchild saying that they have gotten into some kind of trouble while out of State or out of the country.
The grandparent is asked to contact a phone number to make arrangements for bail. When the number is called an individual answers who gives instructions in regards to payment. This typically involves wiring the money for pick up.
If you have received a similar phone call, report it to Carson City Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (775) 887-2011.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: April 12, 2014
Subject: Compliance Checkpoint 04/26/14 

On Saturday April 26th 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a compliance checkpoint on Fairview Drive. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the checkpoint will also be looking for driver’s license and registration violations, as well as providing safety information. Also during this time, DUI saturation patrols will be conducted.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: April 12, 2014
Subject: Pedestrians and Crosswalks

Winter has given way to spring and as the days turn warmer and the nights not as cold, we are seeing an increase in pedestrians walking, jogging, and just out and about in general.
With this in mind it is increasingly important that you as a driver pay attention to the crosswalks as you travel down the city streets. We have already had pedestrian versus vehicle crashes this year which were preventable.
You can help decrease these types of crashes by being aware of your surroundings as you drive especially at night when people tend to be less visible. As a pedestrian you can help motorists by paying attention as you walk or run.
Avoid texting or talking on a cell phone as you walk. Listening to music with headphones on while you run can be dangerous as it limits what you can hear around you. Wear bright reflective clothing so that you can be seen and never just step off the curb without looking first to make sure no vehicles are coming.
Summer activities are on their way, stay safe and enjoy the days to come.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: April 3, 2014
Subject: EUDL Results

On Friday March 28 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted EUDL (Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws) alcohol compliance checks at local businesses that sell alcoholic beverages.

Of the thirty seven (37) establishments checked, two (2) failed to be in compliance.

The businesses were:

Terrible’s / Chevron
4340 South Carson Street

West Side Pour House
110 Telegraph Street

Juveniles participating in this program attempted to buy alcohol using their actual identification cards or drivers licenses.

The Sheriff’s Office routinely conducts these checks with grant money received from the Nevada Juvenile Programs Justice Office (NJPJO).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Sgt. Scott McDaniel – Carson City Sheriff’s Office – 887-2020 extension 7893

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 22, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results 03/22/14

On March 15, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office along with the Nevada Highway Patrol held saturation patrols in the Carson City area. Deputies and Troopers concentrated on impaired and unsafe drivers. 48 citations were issued during this event and one individual was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 20, 2014
Subject: Bicycle Helmets

Spring is now upon us and as the days get warmer, we will see an increase in bicycle riders upon the roadways. As a bicyclist it is important that you remember to follow the rules of the road when peddling around town.
Just as a motorist needs to wear a seatbelt while operating a motor vehicle, you should be wearing a bicycle helmet. I cannot express enough the importance of wearing this item as you will be riding with vehicle traffic and could possibly crash due to an errant driver or while avoiding roadway debris that may be along your path of travel. Make sure that you select the correct helmet as size and fit are important in order to protect your head should you crash while riding.
Carson City has many bike paths and lanes and more are on the way as this activity is becoming more and more popular. Even though we have many designated areas for riding, there will still be times when a bicycle will be sharing the roadway with you.
As a driver you must remain at least three feet away from a bicyclist when passing. This helps to keep you and the rider safe when next to each other as well as giving you both some room should one or the other need to maneuver in order to avoid a hazard in the road.
As a rider you must obey all traffic laws including stopping for stop signs and signal lights. Cutting across the roadway in front of traffic is not only dangerous it is illegal. As a motorist, you must always be prepared for the unexpected rider who may not be riding as they should.
Temperatures are not the only thing that rises when the weather gets warmer. Keep a cool head when riding or driving. Be considerate to those you share the road with.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: March 10, 2014
Subject: Aircraft Crash - Pilot Identification

On Sunday, shortly before 2 p.m., the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of a suspected aircraft crash site located in the pine nut range several miles east of Sierra Vista (Carson River) in southern Carson City. By nightfall, Search and Rescue crews, along with detectives were able to access the site and confirm the information. The assistance of FAA and NTSB was requested.

Monday morning, rescue crews from the FAA, Carson City Sheriff’s Office, and Carson City Fire Department accessed the crash site. Crews were able to remove the sole occupant of the aircraft. The pilot has been identified as Joseph James Miceli, born November 15, 1954, a resident of Wellington, NV. The aircraft has been identified as one of several owned by Miceli, a 1946 Cessna 120.

Early information received suggested that Miceli left from Wellington in his aircraft during the afternoon hours Saturday. On Sunday, at approximately the same time as the discovery of the aircraft, Miceli was being reported missing to Lyon County authorities. It is not known at this time if Miceli ever arrived at the Carson City airport, or if he was returning to Wellington. Exact time of the crash has not been determined.

The NTSB has jurisdictional authority on the investigation. Miceli’s body was removed and transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 9, 2014
Subject: Wearing of Green DUI

Wearing of the green this St. Patrick’s Day may have a whole new meaning if you choose to drink and drive… (Color optional)

This St. Patrick’s Day, designate a sober driver or take a cab. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is you arriving home safely.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 7, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 03/15/14

On Saturday March 15, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. Deputies and Troopers will be looking for intoxicated drivers as well as driving habits and traffic violations which are associated with intoxicated drivers. These patrols are designed to keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 4, 2014
Subject: Graffiti Arrest 

As a result of widespread media coverage on Monday reporting widespread graffiti reports in Carson City, an arrest was made. Shortly after video surveillance photo’s were published, the Sheriff’s Office began getting tips to the identity of the suspects. In the early evening hours, Deputies interviewed two juveniles who were alleged to be in the video. One 17 year old made statements of admission. Evidence at the residence, including clothing and paint residue, confirmed the information and an arrest was made. Investigators continue to look into the involvement of the second juvenile.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to express our appreciation for the rapid community response. However, Sheriff Furlong cautions that the rash of recent graffiti may not be attributed completely to the two juveniles contacted. Anyone with information or witnessing graffiti is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office as quickly as possible.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: March 3, 2014
Subject: Graffiti Suspects

On March 2, 2014 in the early morning, Carson City was hit with a rash of graffiti. There were over forty separate victims that had their property damaged by spray paint or other means. Surveillance video obtained from one of the victims shows two individual’s in the process of defacing the property with spray paint. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying these two subjects.

If you have any information regarding the suspects of these incidents or any other in Carson City, please contact Elizabeth Martin, Investigations Division, at (775)-283-7851 or Carson City Sheriff’s Dispatch at (775)887-2008.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 28, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results 

On February 22nd and 28th, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office held saturation patrols in the Carson City area. Deputies focused on drivers who were speeding, running red signals and other errant driving which could lead to car crashes.

Deputies issued 25 citations for these violations with the majority being for speeding and failing to stop for traffic signals. 11 warnings were given to drivers for other traffic violations.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 28, 2014
Subject: Driving with Pets

Pets, many people have them and often times they are treated as family. They offer companionship, protection, and unconditional love. In many families, pets are treated like children.

So much so, that they can be seen riding inside of vehicles as the owner cruises down the roadway. One can see canines hanging their heads out the window catching the wind or draped over the arms of the driver. Felines are observed lounging on the rear deck or dashboard and I am sure there are other types of pets that ride along in vehicles that are unseen.

What are the dangers of allowing your pets to roam inside the vehicle while you are driving? Apart from the obvious distractions and possible interference with the operation of the vehicle, take into consideration what happens when you are involved in a crash.

For this example, I will use a front end collision with your vehicle travelling at 40 mph hour. Once the vehicle has impacted into another object and forward momentum has stopped, loose items inside the vehicle will be propelled forward travelling at the same speed that the vehicle was going before impact.

They will continue until they come into contact with a solid surface that stops them. Add in a second factor of air bag deployment (for newer model vehicles) and the pet that is in your lap or draped over your arm is going to get hurt.

We secure ourselves and our human children in restraints to protect us in crashes so, why do we not do the same with our pets? Harnesses are available for your canines which will help reduce injury in a collision. Pet carriers are available for smaller pets that will offer protection also.

Many of these are tested for strength and durability just as child restraint seats are. If you are going to purchase such restraints or carriers, do your research to ensure that they meet safety standards. The loss we feel for our pets often times is as painful as losing a family member or close friend. Let’s protect them so that they will be around to keep us company for years to come.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 22, 2014
Subject: Yielding at on Ramps 

Recently, I wrote about the method of turn when entering a roadway from an intersection or side street. This led to some discussion in regards to another issue, yielding to oncoming traffic when using the freeway on ramps.

Having been nearly struck myself by drivers of vehicles who fail to yield, I thought I would address this question. Yield signs mean the same as stop signs except you may proceed without coming to a full stop if it is safe to do so. You must:

• Slow down as you come to the intersection

• Give the right of way to pedestrians and through traffic

I have noted that on the freeway entrance ramps to I-580 there are yield signs posted for traffic merging with through traffic as you approach the on ramp. Vehicles that have the yield signs facing them must yield to other traffic that occupies the roadway where the two lanes merge.

It is most important that you be aware of other vehicles when merging onto the ramp as inattention can lead to a collision. It would appear that the majority of near crashes are due to drivers being in a hurry to get to their next destination. For those of you who fall into this category, think about the fact that a crash will delay you in time more than if you had just taken a moment to yield.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 15, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 02/28/14

On Friday February 28, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. As we have had an increase in crashes in the Carson City area, this saturation will focus on speeding, inattentive driving, and other related issues which lead to car crashes.

 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 15, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 02/22/14

On Saturday February 22, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. As we have had an increase in crashes in the Carson City area, this saturation will focus on speeding, inattentive driving, and other related issues which lead to car crashes.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 14, 2014
Subject: Wind Warning

With the snow and icy conditions being dealt with throughout the United States, you would think that our area would not be affected however, according to the national weather service high winds are expected in the Carson City area starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through early Sunday morning.
Winds can be expected to reach 70 to 80 miles per hour at times and the possibility of downed power lines, trees, large branches, and other blowing debris is a concern. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office in preparation for increased calls for service due to these issues will have additional staff on hand to assist in traffic control.
This will be comprised of the Sheriff’s Volunteer and Reserve Divisions. You can help during this period by driving with extreme caution. Report downed power lines and roadway obstructions. Together we will be able to keep our streets safe for vehicular traffic.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: February 8, 2014
Subject: Method of Turn 

Some of the things we learn as drivers do not seem all that important until we nearly have a crash. One of these is the risk we take when turning off a side street or intersection onto a four lane roadway. What is the proper lane that we should be aiming for? In all cases, the nearest travel lane is the correct one.
When turning right, you must be in the extreme right hand travel or a lane designated for right turns. If a single lane is provided to be used only for turning (usually marked with an arrow or posted sign), you may only enter the lane if you are making a right turn, and may not travel through the intersection while driving in the right turn lane.
Turn into the right hand lane of the roadway you are entering or the lane designated for the turn. If you then need to change lanes, signal and proceed carefully to the next lane when you are well away from the intersection.
When turning left, keep your wheels pointed straight ahead until you begin to actually complete the turn. On a two way road, use the lane just to the right of the center line and complete the turn into the traffic lane closest to you going in your intended direction. Do not attempt to change lanes until you can do so safely.
As always, make sure that no pedestrians or bicyclists are in your path when turning. No one likes to meet by “accident”. Be aware of your surroundings and drive with care and regard for others.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Milani McKinley, Civil Division Manager 
Date: February 4, 2014
Subject: Solicitors in Carson City 

Have solicitors been in your Carson City neighborhood? Pursuant to Carson City Municipal Code, it is unlawful for any solicitor or peddler to engage in such business within Carson City without first obtaining a registration permit.

Solicitors must first obtain a Carson City Business License and obtain a Solicitor Permit issued by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office prior to soliciting within the city.

A proper Solicitor Permit (badge) will always contain a photograph, name, issuance date, expiration date and an assigned number, including the name of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Such badge shall, during the time permittee is engaged in soliciting, be worn constantly on the front outer garment in such a way as to be conspicuous.

It is unlawful for any person to solicit at any residence or commercial establishment where at least one sign or written warning such as ‘no solicitors’ is clearly posted.

You are not obligated to purchase a product or offer an explanation. If a solicitor comes to your home or business, ask to see their permit. If you feel threatened or harmed in any way, call 911.

If you see criminal activity or suspicious activity, contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch center at 887-2011

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 28, 2014
Subject: Carson City Pursuit

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has taken one suspect into custody on the charge of Felony Eluding, stemming from the report of a residential Burglary at the 500 block of Roundup Road in Carson City. The resident of the address had reported walking into the home and discovering the burglary in progress. According to the initial report, the suspect threatened the resident with bodily harm before fleeing the area (taking guns with him).

As a result of accurate and rapid witness (victim) information, including a description of the suspect’s vehicle, Sheriff’s Deputy’s located a vehicle matching the description approximately 7 minutes after the initial report. When they attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a high speed chase ensued into southeastern Carson City along the Carson River. The driver of the vehicle being chased lost control of the car near the 6000 block of Rio Vista. After a foot pursuit covering well over one mile across a valley and up a mountain side, visual contact with the suspect was lost in the dark. Deputy’s from Carson City, Douglas County, Washoe County (Raven), and NHP scoured the area throughout the night but were unable to locate the suspect.

Shortly before 2 p.m. today, a concerned resident near the 4300 block Golden Eagle reported a suspicious man in the area. Responding officers, and Detectives still in the area, located and detained BRANDON PEART. PEART was interviewed by detectives, but provided no information. The vehicle involved in the pursuit has been identified as being registered to PEART’s mother, residing in central Carson City.

The burglary incident, along with a second burglary reported at the 4000 block of Quinn Road, remain under investigation. BRANDON PEART, born August 8, 1981, was booked into the jail on the charge of (Felony) Eluding, with bail at $25,000.

While the burglary investigation remains open, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office has no reason to believe there is any on-going threat to the area residents. Both the vehicle (driven by PEART) and the contents are being evaluated for connections to the reported burglary offenses. 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 25, 2014
Subject: Aggressive Driving

As our roadways become more and more congested, it seems that some drivers become more aggressive in their driving habits. I am sure everyone has come across an aggressive driver. Perhaps you have even been one from time to time and not really thought about it. So what is an aggressive driver?
These are the high risk drivers who have very little concern for their fellow motorists. They run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, scream, honk, flash their headlights, and of course make hand and facial gestures.
Sometimes aggressive driving can lead to road rage which in turn can lead to violence. So what should you do when you have an aggressive driving situation?
• When being tailgated, make every attempt to move over so that the other vehicle can pass. Do not challenge the other driver by speeding up or “brake check” the other vehicle.
• Ignore gestures and don’t return them. There is no need to create a bigger issue.
• Avoid eye contact.
• When it is safe to do so, report the aggressive driver. When speaking with dispatch, try and give a location of the incident, a description of the vehicle (color, type, damage, etc.), direction of travel, and if possible, a license plate number.
As a reminder, driving is a privilege and not a right. You can lose this privilege very easily if your driving habits are aggressive.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 22, 2014
Subject: Shooting at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center Update

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has been informed that the Victim of Sunday mornings shooting at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center has died. The victim has been identified as Francis Dresser, born on July 2, 1927. Mrs. Dresser, and her husband, were residents of Douglas County.

Sheriff’s Detectives have amended the arrest charges for William Dresser, Francis’ husband, to Murder. Mr. Dresser remains in custody on suicide watch at the Carson City Jail.

RECAP

Sunday morning, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed of the shooting at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. According to initial reports, the victim’s husband, William Dresser, visited his wife on the third floor of the hospital. Francis Dresser was alone in her Rehabilitation Room. William Dresser fired one shot from a small caliber semi-automatic pistol into her chest. According to statements made by William Dresser at the scene, he had intended to kill his wife and himself, but the gun malfunctioned. Dresser was detained by Nevada Department of Corrections Officers and hospital staff until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. Dresser suggested to officers that his motive was to end his wife’s suffering.

Although the incident was immediately confined to the patient’s room, the Carson hospital was placed in lockdown, which remained in effect for approximately 2 hours. It has been determined that the suspect’s wife was in the hospital for an injury previously incurred. No foul play was previously suspected and details regarding her condition or treatment prior to the shooting will not be released. Following the incident, the victim was transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno where she died early this morning.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong 
Date: January 19, 2014
Subject: Hospital Shooting Update

At 11:29 a.m., the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed of a shooting at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. According to initial reports, there was one shot fired and one female victim injured. Her condition is not reported, though the gunshot wound to the chest was believed to be serious. One male suspect has been taken into custody. The Suspect is being identified as the victim’s husband, WILLIAM DRESSER, born January 31, 1925. DRESSER was taken into custody and booked at the Carson City Jail on the charge of Attempted Murder with a Deadly Weapon, ($225,000 bail), and Elderly Enhancement charge.

Although the incident was immediately confined to the patient’s room, the Carson hospital was placed in lockdown, which remained in effect for approximately 2 hours. It has been determined that the suspect’s wife was in the hospital for an injury previously incurred. No foul play was previously suspected and details regarding her condition or treatment prior to the shooting will not be released. Following the incident, the victim was transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Sheriff’s Detectives were able to learn that Mr. DRESSER came to the hospital shortly after 11:00 a.m. armed with a recently purchased small caliber semi-automatic handgun. He entered his wife’s room at the Rehabilitation Ward, where she was alone. DRESSER fired a single shot at his wife, striking her in the chest. Hospital staff and Department of Corrections Officers (on duty in the ward, but not associated with this incident) were able to contain this incident and detain DRESSER. No other patient s on the ward (3 patients) were threatened and nursing staff immediately insured their safety and welfare.

The injuries sustained by DRESSER’S wife are considered life threatening. He remains in custody under suicide watch.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 18, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results 

On Saturday January 18th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted a saturation patrol on U.S. Highway 50 East, Saliman Road, East 5th Street, and Fairview Drive. The results of this event were as follows:
26 citations were issued for various traffic violations.
3 vehicles were towed as the drivers of these vehicles had driver’s license violations.
No arrests were made for driving under the influence.
In addition, saturation deputies assisted with an injury crash at Pheasant and Fairview drives.
The purpose of these events is to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 17, 2014
Subject: Motorcycle Crashes

With the lack of ice and snow on the roadways and sunny days ahead, we are seeing an increase in motorcycle, scooter, and bicycle traffic on the roadways around Carson City.
This increases the chances of crashes on these modes of transportation as most drivers do not expect them to be out and about this time of year.
Remember, due to their size and design, they are difficult to see when sharing the roadway with larger vehicles. As a motorist, you should be always aware of the traffic around and ahead of you.
Riders of two wheeled vehicles should also be paying attention as you may not be clearly visible to other motorists and of course, wear a helmet for protection as well as some type of bright and reflective clothing to increase your chances of being seen.
As a reminder for scooter operators, if your scooter is under 50cc, you must have a valid Nevada driver’s license to ride it. Drive safely and share the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 10, 2014
Subject: Saturation Patrol 

On Saturday January 18, 2014, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the patrols will also be looking for traffic related violations. These patrols are designed to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 9, 2014
Subject: Carson City Shooting

At approximately 5:15 p.m., the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Butti Way and Airport Road on a report of an adult male in the area bleeding heavily. The man was reported to have entered the Carson City Corporate Yard complex. Prior to officers arriving at the scene, they were informed that the man had fled the area, jumping a fence into the back yards of houses located on Desatoya Road. As officers arrived on Desatoya, they reported multiple shots being fired. The officers were informed that a man had been shot at by a homeowner, but he fled back to area where he was originally reported.

Sheriff’s Deputies located a man behind the residences at the 3100 block of Desatoya with a gunshot wound to the leg. Paramedics treated the man, who was later Care Flighted to Renown Medical Center. Both the husband and wife of the residence were treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene. Neither was transported.

Detectives have been able to learn that the man who was shot had been involved in an altercation several blocks away. It is being investigated that he was injured in the altercation and while attempting to elude, he ran into the residence through a back door.

Officers remain on scene investigating the incident.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 9, 2014
Subject: 2013 Year in Review 

The Carson City Sheriff has received its preliminary crime data for the calendar year of 2013. The data, known as Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR), is collected under precise standards and reported by agencies across the United States. In return, the information is shared in publications such as Crime and Justice in Nevada, published in the summer months by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Caution should remain when comparing data from one community to another, as numerous variations must be considered which could alter assumptions.

Carson City is expected to record its best year, with the lowest crime index since 1994. The “Crime Index”, measuring the number of major crime events (homicide, rape, robbery, burglary, assault, etc.), came in with less than 1,700 events; this represents an 11% decrease from the year 2012, and a 14% decrease from the year 2011. As it relates to the categories of lesser serious crime (Fraud, Embezzlement, Vandalism, sex offenses, etc.), similar achievements were recorded; there were just over 1,800 events recorded, 13% fewer than in 2012, and 6% fewer than in 2011. The significance to the year-end preliminary reporting suggests that 2013 will likely mark the lowest community “Crime Rate” (total number of incidents to the population base) in comparison to all other years since 1994. There are no collective UCR publications prior to 1994.

There are several key impacting factors to the crime occurrence rates, most notably the incidences of drug and alcohol abuse. Aggressive enforcement, aligned with effective rehabilitative resources and community wide participation are significant to the reductions in crime. Overall, Carson City residents and businesses are quick to assist officers responding to incidents. The rapid and accurate retrieval of suspect information has allowed Detectives and Deputies alike to achieve excellent crime resolution rates and recovered property. Directly related, the Sheriff’s Office reported nearly $1.3 million dollars in stolen property for the year; the 2013 losses were 30% below 2012, and 40% less than in 2011. Since these losses are most frequently associated with our businesses and residences, the reductions advantage well for us all.

While we look forward to 2014 to achieve even greater results, the Sheriff’s Office continues to place a high priority on drug enforcement, gang activity, the welfare of our students in schools, and traffic accidents. On January 8th, the Sheriff and his staff met with Carson City School District officials and several school Principals to discuss patrol officer adjustments initiated for the second school semester. The discussion, led by Superintendent Richard Stokes and Sheriff Furlong, introduced the Principals of Carson High, Pioneer High, Eagle Valley Middle School, and Carson Middle Schools to a cadre of officers. The Sheriff explained that the Deputy Sheriff’s had volunteered to engage in a (pilot) School Resource Officer program that Sheriff Furlong and Mr. Stokes hopes will eventually lead to a full-time program by the time the next school year begins.

With 2014 now well underway, Sheriff Ken Furlong encourages everyone in Carson City to keep up the efforts as we advance our quality of life. For all the greatness that we achieved in 2013, there is more to be done. Together, our children, schools, businesses, and residential zones will surely prosper throughout the new year. 
 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 9, 2014
Subject: Roundabouts

I have mentioned in the past that I get questions from time to time about traffic related issues. Today I received one about the roundabouts in Carson City. The concern was that many drivers may not understand how they work.
Some of the examples given were that some drivers come to complete stops instead of entering the roundabout when they have the right of way. Going the wrong way was also a concern as well as driving across the raised center portion of the circle instead of travelling on the paved roadway.
Roundabouts do not use stop signs, but often use yield signs to notify drivers to yield to approaching vehicles already in the roundabout.
In many ways, entering a roundabout is much like making a right turn from an intersection. Drivers approaching a roundabout must yield to approaching vehicles within the roundabout, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
When safe to enter, drivers turn into the roundabout to the right (counterclockwise), driving to the right of the center island while proceeding through the roundabout. Before exiting, drivers should use a turn signal to indicate where they will exit the roundabout.
Large commercial trucks and trailers are permitted to use the truck apron provided around the center island to negotiate the tight turning radius. They drive (usually with just the rear wheels) on the raised pavement of the truck apron to navigate more easily. Cars and light trucks should not use the truck apron.
The roundabouts in Carson City are small by comparison to some around the country. Be courteous and cautious when using them.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: January 4, 2014
Subject: Distracted Driving

Deputies see it everyday, drivers talking on their cell phones or texting while driving. What’s the big deal? Well for one thing, it is illegal but, it also distracts you from concentrating on the roadway and traffic ahead of you.
Five seconds to send a quick text is equal to the length of a football field when driving 55 miles per hour. That’s how long your eyes are off the road. The average text conversation lasts about three minutes.
Using a cell phone while driving is dangerous not only to you but, to others as well. Think about the passengers in your vehicle, other motorists and of course pedestrians. If you must use your cell phone, pull off the roadway before making or answering your call.
Should you choose to use a hands free device while driving, take into account that it is the conversation and not the technology that is most distracting. Talking on the phone uses the same brain activity that is used to navigate a car on the roadway.
Your cell phone should not control you and your vehicle. Let it take a message from your friends and you will get back to them when it is safe to do so.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 31, 2013
Subject: Carson City Homicide - Victim Identified

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identities of the victims from the Saturday morning homicide. The deceased father is identified as Guy Perry, age 52, of Carson City. He was killed by gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The injured daughter is identified as Cassandra Perry, age 19, also of Carson City. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is expected to fully recover from her wounds. As reported, the weapon used in this case was a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Sheriff’s Detectives have determined the weapon used was a stolen gun.

SUMMARY: Detectives were able to determine that the suspect, Michael Brentlinger, forced entry into the residence of Cassandra Perry shortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Ms. Perry heard the sounds and immediately called her father, who resided across the street. It is believed that Mr. Guy Perry, armed with a handgun, entered the daughter’s residence shortly after Brentlinger and interceded in the attack. Mr. Perry confronted Brentlinger and was shot twice. Brentlinger then turned and fired one shot at Cassandra, striking her in the back of the head.

Cassandra Perry’s brother, Kyle Perry, had been asleep in a second bedroom. He awoke and confronted Brentlinger, wrestling for control of the weapon. Two shots were fired, but none hit Kyle. Brentlinger discharged one other shot in the home before he fled. A total of 6 shots were accounted for during the search of crime scene. Kyle Perry’s injuries were consistent with the struggle, and did not require medical treatment.

Michael Brentlinger was located Monday in south Reno by Reno Police Officers. After a brief confrontation, Brentlinger killed himself. Although Bretlinger disclosed to his father the location of his car, search efforts by ground and air could not locate it.

The investigation has concluded that no other persons of interest are being sought. The cause of this incident is believed to be a domestic violence response, as Brentlinger and Cassandra Perry were previously in a dating relationship and had resided together. That relationship had ended in November, though Brentlinger continued to return to Perry’s property. On December 5th, Brentlinger was arrested during the early morning hours for Trespassing. He bailed out of jail later the same day ($242 cash bail). On December 5th, a Temporary Protective Order was obtained and Brentlinger was served the order on December 6th at his south Carson City apartment.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office extends condolences to the friends and both families tragically impacted by this event, and applauds the rapid response provided by the Reno Police Department.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 28, 2013
Subject: Carson City Homicide - Second Update

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is confirming the death of Michael Dylan Brentlinger, wanted on Murder charges from Saturday mornings event.

The death of Brentlinger occurred within the Reno jurisdiction. Therefore, all information pertaining to the event must be obtained from the Reno Police Department.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will likely release the identities of the victims, along with other details from Saturday’s shooting, on Tuesday morning by press release.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 28, 2013
Subject: Carson City Homicide - Update 

At 5:57 am the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responding to a report of a shooting at the 2800-block of Carmine St on the east side of Carson City. The caller stated that two people had been shot. Upon arrival Deputies located a 19 year old female with a gunshot wound to the head and a deceased male who was identified as the female’s father. The female was Careflighted to Renown. Condition at time of this release is unknown.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives believe the cause of the shooting may be domestic related. The suspect will be Michael Dylan Brentlinger, a 22 year old white male. The suspect fled the scene in a white 2002 Chevorlet Cavalier NV/948XAT. The suspect is believed to armed and dangerous.

If anyone has seen this subject or his vehicle they are asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775 887 2013, their local law enforcement or the Secret Witness hotline.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 28, 2013
Subject: Carson City Homicide

At 5:57 a.m., the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at the 2800 block of Carmine Street in east Carson City. The reporting person stated that two persons had been shot. When Deputies arrived, they located a 19 year old female with a gunshot wound to the head area, and a deceased male who was identified as the females father. The female was Care Flighted to Renown.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has centered there search for a suspect in Douglas County near the Saint Gall Catholic Church on Centerville Lane. Douglas County Sheriff’s officials are beginning a house to house search in the area and have coordinated a Reverser 911 to area residents.

Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives believe the cause of the shooting may be related to a domestic conflict. The suspect at this time is Michael Rentlinger, December 6, 1991. Rentlinger was recently in custody in the Carson City Jail on charges relating to an assault alleged against the female victim in this case. 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 26, 2013
Subject: New Years 2013 2014

New Years arrives next week, and with it, celebrations and resolutions. One resolution you should make is to not drink and drive. As you look forward to a bright future in the year ahead, don’t tarnish it with an arrest for driving under the influence or a major car crash which could lead to a life changing event.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 21, 2013
Subject: Christmas Message

There are many reasons not to drink and drive this holiday season. Here are three to think about:
• Friends
• Family
• Your children
Let’s keep this holiday a joyous one. If you are going to drink, don’t drive, designate a sober driver or call a taxi.
On behalf of Sheriff Furlong , the employees and auxiliary units of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office; we would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel 
Date: December 20, 2013
Subject: Juvenile Holiday Partying 

Do you know where your teenager will be this New Years? Chances are they may very well be at a party. Every year we respond to reports of juveniles drinking at residences. Often times these calls come in due to the music playing too loud, vehicles being parked illegally or a disturbance has broken out.
It is not uncommon to discover that the parents are out of town and had no idea that their children decided to invite a “few friends” over to celebrate the New Year. Where do they get the alcohol? Sometimes they take it from their parent’s homes or steal it from a store.
If this is not successful, an adult stranger may purchase it for them or they may already know a place where it can be purchased with little difficulty. It goes without saying that juveniles plus alcohol is a bad combination.
We talk about the dangers of drinking and driving with adults behind the wheel. When the driver is a teenager who is still learning to drive, the danger is multiplied. The department of motor vehicle penalty for a driver who is under 21 years of age and is caught driving with 0.02% blood alcohol in their system but less than 0.08% is the loss of their driver’s license for 90 days. Add a crash to this, and the outcome can be devastating.
Talk to your children about your expectations of them during the holiday break. Know where they are, who they will be with and how to get in contact with them. Inform them on the dangers of drinking and driving. Help them to become responsible adults.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 19, 2013
Subject: K9 Teddy's Retirement Party

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 16, 2013
Subject: National Night Out Awards 

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has been informed that this year’s National Night Out, held in Mills Park in August, has been awarded 5th Place among communities nationwide of populations between 50,000 and 99,999. Carson City placed just behind Maple Grove, MN, Terre Haute, IN, Brooklyn Park MN, and Suffolk, VA. This award is Carson City’s eleventh consecutive year of receiving national recognition, each year climbing higher on the placement list of top rated community events.

In Carson City, National Night Out presents all entities of public safety, fire and police alike, community organizations, non-profit agencies, local businesses, and youth organizations, as well as state and federal agencies in one spot at one time. This year’s theme was a “Reach Out” to those in crisis and need. An estimated 9,000 visitors descended on Mills Park to speak directly with participants seeking information for assistance and awareness. And, although the federal government sequestering did impact the event, it was an overall tremendous success.

The Sheriff’s Office credits the concepts of National Night Out, communities fighting crime in the community, as having a significant impact on the crime prevention efforts that have been taking place over the years. The year of 2011 marked the lowest community crime rates since the current methods of tracking crime began in 1994; and, this year Carson City is perched to see the most significant drop in our crime rate falling over 10% below the 2011 rate. While we recognize here that the police do a tremendous job at fighting crime, strong partnerships throughout the community create even greater progress.

Sheriff Ken Furlong would like to thank all of the great sponsors, participants, agencies and visitors who have contributed to Carson City being included in the “best of the best” at fighting back against crime. A special thanks goes out to Deputy Lisa Davis at the Sheriff’s Office for orchestrating National Night Out.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 13, 2013
Subject: Christmas Time and DUI

This holiday season the average person will spend around $800.00 on gifts for family and friends. Throw in a party or two and the number can very easily double.

Get caught drinking and driving (1st offense) and you will spend on average:

• Bail $1,000 plus administrative fees

• Attorney fees between $3,000 and $5,000 or more.

• Revoked driver’s license for 90 days. After 45 days, you may be eligible for a restricted license which will enable you to drive to and from work. What will it cost you in cab fare or favors from friends to get to and from work?

• Jail for at least two days. (Loss of pay from work?)

• Fines between $400.00 and up to $1,000

• Mandatory DUI school $150.00 average cost

• Possible court order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program

Now add in:

• Reinstatement of driver’s license $65.00

• Victims compensation civil penalty $35.00

• Driver’s license application fee $21.75

• Retake the vision and written test and possibly the skill tests

• Have your insurance company file an SR-22 certificate with the DMV for three years (higher insurance rates)

When you compare these costs to spending time with your family and friends, a DUI is one gift you do not want this holiday season.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 12, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol 12/20/13 

On Friday December 20th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the patrols will also be looking for driving and registration violations. These patrols are designed to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 11, 2013
Subject: Vandalism Arrests 

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has made warrant arrests on three (3) adults accused of widespread graffiti and vandalism during the fall of this year. The three suspects have been identified as: Colton J. Banta (male), born October 9, 1992; Tyler James Vansickle (male), born October 23, 1993; and Teri Riddle (female), born September 28, 1994. A fourth person of interest was not charged.

The arrests resulted from information gained following the extreme provoking and revolting vandalism of a church located just off of downtown Carson City at Musser and Division Streets. According to reports, a tip led Deputies to question a female, Teri Riddle, who admitted to the vandalism. At the time of the interview, she was accompanied by Colton Banta, who was arrested on unrelated probation charges. Subsequent investigative activities resulted in a warrant being issued for Banta’s arrest, along with the other two, Vansickle and Riddle. Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to the Special Enforcement Team investigating the vandalism spree were able to determine that all three suspects acted in support and with knowledge of one-another, frequently from a residence just one block away from the church.

The Sheriff’s Office credits the immediacy of the original tip with the breaking of this spree of vandalism. As Deputy Bob Motamenpour was speaking with the first female identified, she still had residue paint on her hands from the church graffiti. Based on Motamenpour’s initial findings, the Special Enforcement Team was able to identify all of the participants and obtain the warrants for their arrests.

Each suspect has been booked into the Carson City Jail on the charges of “Damage to Property Used for Religious Purposes”, three counts, a Gross Misdemeanor (up to one year in jail and $2,000 fine). Bail has been set at $2,500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 6, 2013
Subject: Holiday Shopping Safety Tips 

Often times while on patrol or at the office, I am asked if I could write something on a particular issue of interest. This week, Sheriff’s Office Support Specialist Marie Martensen asked if I would give some suggestions on safety while shopping for gifts this holiday season. Here are some that I hope you will find useful.

When driving:

• Avoid driving alone at night

• Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

• If you must shop at night, park in a well lit area.

• Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

• Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. Instead, put them in your trunk or place them out of sight.

• Be sure to locate your keys and have them in hand prior to going to your car.

• When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

• Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area

• Keep a secure hold onto your handbag and parcels.

When Shopping:

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member

• Dress casually and comfortably.

• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

• Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

• Keep cash in your front pocket

• Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

When shopping with children:

• If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.

• Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.

• Tell children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

• Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

• Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.

• Teach children their full name, address and telephone (or cell phone) number to give to deputies or store security should they become lost.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: December 3, 2013
Subject: Wet Icy Roads 

During the winter months, travelling on our roadways can be quite a challenge. With the rain and snow, come very cold temperatures and black ice. Add to this a combination of limited visibility and you increase your chances for a crash. When driving in these conditions, slow down, take your time and be prepared for the unexpected.

Don’t rush, drive with courtesy and caution.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 27, 2013
Subject: Thanksgiving

The roadways will be heavy with traffic this Thanksgiving day. As you travel to your destination to visit family and friends remember to buckle your seat belt and drive defensively.

The employees and auxiliary units of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office would like to wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: November 22, 2013
Subject: Carson City Bank Robbery & Arrest 

At approximately 1:53 p.m., the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of a bank robbery at the corner of William Street and Saliman Road. According to reports, an adult male walked into the Wells Fargo Bank and demanded cash. The suspect was armed with a folding knife.

As a result of the rapid precise actions of the Wells Fargo employees, Sheriff’s units were able to converge into the area quickly and identify the suspect within 300 feet of the bank. The suspect was quickly taken into custody without incident. An undisclosed amount of cash was recovered from the suspect, along with a knife.

The suspect is being identified as Terry Fawler, born 12/20/61, out of Crescent City, CA. Carson City Detectives and FBI Agents are investigating the robbery. Fawler was booked into the Carson City Jail on the charges of Robbery, with bail listed at $40,000.

The Sheriff’s Office credits Wells Fargo employees with the success of this arrest. The entire incident was resolved within 4 minutes. This was only made possible because employees and managers were well prepared for incidents such as this and have excellent training to insure employees know just what to do when they occur.

[Suspect booking photographs were not available at the time of this release. Please contact the Carson City Jail at 887-2020, extension 4-1640, for photo’s upon availability.]

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 20, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results (11/19/13)

On Tuesday November 19th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted a saturation patrol on Williams Street and Fairview Drive. The results of this event were as follows:

1 warrant arrest

29 citations were issued for various traffic violations

5 vehicles were towed

The purpose of these events is to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 20, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results (11/17/13)

On Sunday November 17th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted a compliance checkpoint and saturation patrol on Stewart and Spear Streets. The results of this event were as follows:

1 arrest was made for driving under the influence

24 citations were issued for various traffic violations

1 vehicle was towed

The purpose of these events is to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 15, 2013
Subject: Gun Locks 

“Whether talking about Carson City or the surrounding communities, weapons falling into the wrong hands have devastated families. They are never intended to be but, bad things happen at the hand of guns”. – Sheriff Ken Furlong

With the very current concerns about firearm violence, now more than ever it is important that our weapons at home are kept secure. We all should:

• Store firearms unloaded and locked.

• Use a firearm safe, locked box, trigger or chamber lock to store firearms.

• Store and lock ammunition in a separate place.

• Remove firearms from your home if you have a depressed or suicidal family member.

• Ask family and friends to use these safe storage steps.

• Before you send your child to someone’s house, ask if firearms in the home are stored unloaded and locked. Ask if the ammunition is stored separately. Ask about shotguns and rifles too, not just handguns.

• If you have doubts about the safety of someone else’s home, invite the children to play at your home instead.

• Present your concerns with respect.

• Talk with your children about the risk of firearm injury in places they may visit or play.

• Teach your child if he/she finds a firearm to leave it alone and let an adult know right away.

• Firearms for home defense must be kept in a location under control of a responsible adult.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office provides free gun lock cables that you can use to render your weapons safe. Our front counter is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday at 911 Musser Street.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 9, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol 

On Tuesday November 19th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the patrols will also be looking for driving and registration violations. These patrols are designed to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 9, 2013
Subject: Compliance Check 

On Sunday November 17th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a compliance checkpoint on Stewart Street. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the checkpoint will also be looking for driver’s license and registration violations, as well as providing safety information. In addition, DUI saturation patrols will also be conducted.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: November 8, 2013
Subject: Blocking of Roadways

On occasion it becomes necessary for law enforcement to restrict access to an area where an emergency is taking place. Most of the time traffic is allowed to continue with minimal direction from on scene personnel.
Unfortunately though, sometimes it becomes a matter of necessity to block an entire roadway to traffic for both the safety of you, the motoring public and those who are working in the area which is blocked off.
The reasons are many and can be anything from a major car crash, a search for a dangerous individual or a structure fire to name a few. Although this can be an inconvenience, it is done with your well being in mind.
I know it can be frustrating to drive up to a blocked roadway. Your desire to know what is going on or to reach your destination seems a priority but please keep in mind, the deputies and/or other emergency crews on scene are doing their best to complete the task at hand and reopen the roadways to traffic.
More often than not, there is an individual directing traffic to a side street which will lead back to the road that you are travelling on. As it is important to keep traffic flowing, this is not a good time to stop and ask this person what is going on or other questions which cause traffic to back up.
In this day and age, alternate routes can be located by utilizing apps and mapping programs which are located in your vehicle, on your laptops and cell phones. Have a passenger look up the route or pull to the side of the road so as to not cause a crash due to inattentive driving.
Calling the dispatch center during this time to ask about what is happening or when the roadway is opening, is not a good idea as they are very busy trying to coordinate radio traffic, make phone calls for resources, and taking other 911 emergency calls. Often times, the dispatch center will not have the answers you seek as every situation is unique and can change rapidly.
Be prepared, if you always travel the same route from place to place, look at alternative ones for those times when you may come across traffic which is backed up due to a road closure. Listen to the radio for traffic reports which may give you an indication as to what is occurring and how long a roadway is expected to be closed. Above all, have patience and realize that lives may be in danger and your cooperation in keeping traffic flowing will help emergency personnel complete their job and get the roadway reopened.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 30, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol Results 

On Friday October 25th and Monday October 28th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted saturation patrols in the Carson City area. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the patrols were also looking for driving and registration violations.
Although no one was arrested for driving under the influence, the combined patrols resulted in the issuance of 27 citations for traffic related offences.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 24, 2013
Subject: Wildlife on the Road 

Deer in the headlight look? This has become more then just a phrase in recent weeks. As temperatures continue to drop, we are seeing more and more deer in the Carson City area.
This has led to some being struck by motorists who are not used to seeing them on city streets, especially at night. As a driver, you must pay attention to what is in and alongside the roadway ahead. Yes, deer can be unpredictable, so slow way down before passing, or stop until they have moved off.
Signal other motorists by utilizing your hazard lights. Striking a deer can cause major damage to your vehicle and often times, the deer has to be put down. In addition to the deer, bears are also in the area searching for food before they begin hibernation.
Should you have the misfortune to strike a deer or bear with your vehicle and it lays down wounded, do not approach it. A wounded animal may become defensive, causing you harm, and should not be touched. Slow down, take your time, and reach your destination safely.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 24, 2013
Subject: Compliance Checkpoint 

On Monday October 28 , the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a compliance checkpoint on Stewart Street. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the checkpoint will also be looking for driver’s license and registration violations, as well as providing safety information. In addition, DUI saturation patrols will also be conducted.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 23, 2013
Subject: Halloween Safety Tips

Very soon our streets will be filled with ghouls, goblins, and creatures of all kinds. As Halloween approaches, children, teenagers and yes, adults also, will take to the streets in search of treats.

Sheriff Furlong would like to remind everyone to “Please watch for children. The streets will be dark and can be slick. Children may dart out unexpectedly, drive carefully”.

So what can you as a driver do to make sure that all return home safely? Here are some tips that you many find useful:

• Though it is already illegal to do so, don’t talk or text on your phone while driving. No conversation is worth injury to a child

• Pay extra attention when driving, particularly at crosswalks, intersections, and the side of roadways. Even though children should stay on the sidewalk when trick or treating, many are so excited that they tend to dart into the street from the sidewalk or between parked vehicles

• Drive below the posted speed limit. This will allow you extra time to react should a child run out in front of you

• Do not pass vehicles which have stopped in the roadway. They may be dropping off children

• If you are driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists

• Be extra careful when pulling out of driveways

• Do not assume that children can see you or are paying attention. You need to take that responsibility

• Make sure that all the lights on your vehicle are in operating condition

• If you are driving to a Halloween party, make sure your mask is off while driving, many have limited visibility, and on this night you need it.

What can parents do to help motorists and keep their children safe?

• Make sure that drivers see the children. Give them flashlights and glow sticks. Dress kids in bright reflective clothing or use reflective tape on their costumes

• Use makeup, rather than masks, so children have a clear unobstructed view of their surroundings

• Be sure children know how to cross a street. Look left, right, and left again before crossing

• Instruct children to stay on the sidewalks and to cross only at corners or crosswalks

• Accompany your children as they trick or treat

• Discourage teens from driving; there are too many distractions for inexperienced drivers

• Remind your child to never accept a ride from a stranger or enter a home without you

• Tell your kids to put electronic devices down and keep their heads up when they walk, don’t run across the street

• If your teenagers are going out alone, plan and review a route that is acceptable to you, know the area they will be in and set a time that they should be home by. Encourage them to trick or treat in groups, there is safety in numbers

Not all residents participate in giving out treats. If the lights are off at a home, respect their privacy, and move on to the next home.

Parents, check your child’s treats before they eat them. Throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.

Let’s not forget about your pets. If you are taking your pet with you, keep them restrained so that they do not get out into traffic.

If leaving them at home, keep them inside so they are not teased or given a “treat” that may be harmful to them (chocolate is not good for them).

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Lisa Davis
Date: October 22, 2013
Subject: Red Ribbion Campaign 

RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN
OCTOBER 21-31, 2013

The Carson City School District and Carson City Sheriff’s Office are partnering together to prevent substance abuse by celebrating National Red Ribbon Campaign the dates of October 21-31, 2013. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started by the family of fallen D.E.A. Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena after he died in the line of duty. This national event was later recognized by the United States Congress and has since become the nation’s largest substance abuse prevention awareness campaign with an estimated 80 million Americans participating annually.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “Carson City has shown its unique ability to come together for the greater good of the community with its participation in this national event. Red wristbands with a simple message, ‘Drug Use is Life Abuse’ are distributed and worn during this time. In simple terms, it’s the mental education backed by the action of the wristband that has a tremendous impact. The simple act works and it’s widely advertised by our children, even outside the dates of the campaign.”

As with all of our prevention efforts, this campaign has grown. What started as a small gesture to remind people to make wise decisions has truly transcended the schools and spread into the community. Schools host a variety of activities and have incorporated the message into community activities such as Nevada Day and Halloween festivities. Students collect the wristbands. Some parents wear the wristbands until they fall apart. We have had requests for wristbands from A.A. or N.A. groups. Some adults have come to the Sheriff’s Office and expressed deep gratitude for the message. One man held the wristband and tearfully said, “Do you know how much this means?”

In Carson City, we are a team and our message is one of hope and unity that highlights the good in our community. “We want youth to know that we are here for them,” said Deputy Lisa Davis. Prevention educational activities and events are underway at all elementary schools, plus the middle schools. Additionally, Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be distributing wristbands at the Nevada Day Parade, “Spooktacular” at Carson Tahoe Hospital, the Governor’s Mansion, Grocery Outlet, and the front counter. For more information, or if anyone would like to obtain wristbands for their group or organization, please contact Deputy Lisa Davis at (775) 283-7809.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: October 22, 2013
Subject: Media Advisory for October 24, 2013 

Contacts: Chris Beakey, cbeakey@fightcrime.org, 302-448-0253;
David Carrier, dcarrier@fightcrime.org, 202-464-5362
Carson City Law Enforcement Leaders To Release Report Showing State-Federal Early Learning Proposal Could Lead To Fewer Prisoners And $26 Million Annual Savings

CARSON CITY, NV – On October 24 at 11:30 am, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong will release a report at the Carson City Jail that shows implementation of a proposed state-federal early childhood education partnership could reduce the number of people who are incarcerated in Nevada and lead to $26 million in cost savings for Nevada every year. The report highlights significant research documenting the impact of quality early childhood programs on crime reduction.

Sheriff Furlong will be joined by Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell; Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes; and Judge Kristin Luis, Juvenile Court Special Master for the First Judicial District Court.

Sheriff Furlong will also release a letter signed by more than 1,000 Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members urging Congress to implement a $99 billion state-federal preschool and early childhood proposal from the Obama Administration. The proposal would provide states with resources to create, strengthen and expand quality state preschool to serve low-and moderate-income four-year-olds nationwide. He will also discuss the results of a new, nationwide poll of law enforcement leaders who are overwhelmingly in favor of the Administration’s proposal.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is an anti-crime organization of over 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and violence survivors. It takes a hard look at the research about what prevents kids from becoming criminals and puts that information in the hands of policymakers and the general public.

WHO: Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong
Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell
Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes
Judge Kristin Luis, Juvenile Court Special Master for the First Judicial District Court

WHAT: News Conference on Early Childhood Education and Crime Reduction
WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Carson City Jail, enter at 911 E. Musser Street, Carson City

PLEASE NOTE: Due to security, all reporters must be escorted to the
jail so early arrival is advised.

Embargoed report available upon request.
Chris Beakey, Communications Director
(202) 464-7016

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 17, 2013
Subject: Saturation Patrol 

On Friday October 25th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting saturation patrols in the Carson City area. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the patrols will also be looking for driving and registration violations. These patrols are designed to help keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 17, 2013
Subject: Nevada Day 2013

Nevada Day is just around the corner and soon we will be celebrating not only our admission into the union but, 75 years of Nevada Day Parades. For those of you who have lived in this area for some time, there are many fond memories of parades past.
 
Those who are new to the area should take the time to come out and see the floats, marching bands, service organizations, and local characters that participate in this event.

As with most celebrations of this size, alcohol will be served at various venues and bars. If you are planning on drinking alcoholic beverages on Nevada Day, do so responsibly. No one likes to deal with a highly intoxicated person at a parade. “Battle Born” is our motto, not our action.

As always, don’t drink and drive, make arrangements to get home safely. Do your part to ensure that “Home means Nevada” means more to you than just our State song.

Happy Birthday Nevada! 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 12, 2013
Subject: Move Over

Law enforcement is a dangerous profession, especially when it comes to enforcing motor vehicle laws. How is that you ask? Often times a traffic stop is made alongside the roadway with the stopped vehicle in front of the patrol unit which has its emergency lights flashing.

Many an officer has been struck by vehicles passing as they have been performing their duties outside of the patrol vehicle. This has led to laws being passed to prevent this from occurring.

In Nevada, a driver that is approaching a stopped emergency vehicle must:

• Decrease the vehicle speed to a speed that is reasonable and proper and less than the posted speed limit

• Proceed with caution

• Be prepared to stop; and

• If possible, drive in a lane that is not adjacent to the lane in which the emergency vehicle is stopped unless the roadway, traffic, weather or other conditions make doing so unsafe or impossible

This law also applies to tow trucks when lights are activated and they are parked alongside the roadway.

Your courtesy in keeping emergency personnel and tow truck operators safe is greatly appreciated. 
 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: October 5, 2013
Subject: Halloween Drinking and Driving 

Halloween is just a few weeks away and many of you will be attending celebrations where alcohol will be served. As “All Hallows Eve” nears, many establishments will have expanded entertainment and costume contests.
Should you find yourself consuming alcoholic beverages at these functions, please take the time to preplan how you will get home safely. Designate a sober driver or take a taxi home. No one wants an evening of fun to end up with you or someone you know being arrested for Driving Under the Influence or being severely injured in a motor vehicle crash.

Be responsible, think before you drink.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 28, 2013
Subject: DUI Checkpoint 

On Saturday October 5th , the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a compliance checkpoint on Stewart Street. In addition to focusing on impaired drivers, the checkpoint will also be looking for driver’s license and registration violations, as well as providing safety information. In addition, DUI saturation patrols will also be conducted.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 25, 2013
Subject: Pedestirans in Crosswalks 

WHUMP! Followed by the sound of tires screeching and broken glass. That is what I expected to hear when I watched the pedestrian cross against the red light and walk into the travel lanes as traffic approached.
What made this worse was the fact that it was at night and the man was wearing dark clothing which made him all but invisible to oncoming vehicles. The truck ahead of me did not see this individual and, at the last moment, the man jumped out of the way to avoid being struck.
Crosswalks are designed to provide you a safe path to move from one side of the roadway to the other. Combined with traffic signals, they even give you time to cross. So why do so many people cross where they should not or take the risk of being hit by a vehicle when they run out at the last minute to cross?
It is true that vehicles must yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the roadway in marked crosswalks however; a pedestrian shall not walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, the driver must yield when the individual is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is travelling or, is approaching closely from the opposite half of the roadway so as to be in danger.
The best practice is to wait until the pedestrian has crossed the roadway completely so as to avoid unexpected movements. For example, a child may be in a crosswalk when they suddenly turn and head back in the opposite direction thereby causing a driver to take action to avoid striking the child with the vehicle.
Just as a driver is expected to be aware of their surroundings, a pedestrian must do the same. Putting one’s self at risk by not following the simple rules put into place can lead to injury and even death.
Take the time to prepare yourself, wear clothing which can be seen at night, don’t take chances when crossing the road. Texting and walking, not a great idea, your attention should be on the path ahead so that you reach your destination safely.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 21, 2013
Subject: Street Vibrations
 
With Street Vibrations rapidly approaching, thousands of motorcyclists are projected to be arriving in Carson City and the surrounding areas. Many events will be held during this time, as riders from around the country come to enjoy this popular event.
As drivers, we will need to pay attention to those riding around us. Not all operators of motorcycles are experienced riders and crashes may occur if both driver and rider are not paying full attention to their surroundings.
According to Sheriff Furlong “This year’s celebration will have additional events being held in the downtown corridor as well as those held at Harley Davidson. Please use extra caution and allow ample time to reach your destination”.
As with many of these events, alcohol consumption is always a concern. People come to have fun, meet friends, check out the multitudes of custom bikes, and enjoy the music and party atmosphere however, when it comes to operating a motor vehicle or riding your motorcycle, alcohol is one party favor you should try and avoid.
Traffic is expected to be heavy in the Carson City area during Street Vibrations, if you are going to drink, don’t drive or ride, instead take a taxi or designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
As this is a three day event which will go into the evening hours, both drivers and riders should be alert and take appropriate actions to avoid crashes. Slow down when approaching crosswalks especially at night when visibility is limited.
Let’s have a safe, fun, and memorable event. Enjoy the ride!

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 7, 2013
Subject: Scooters

It seems that everywhere we look as we are driving down the streets of Carson City, we see mopeds, or as they are more commonly known, scooters being operated on the roadways. I am asked time and time again if this is legal as many are unregistered.
Yes, some scooters may be operated upon the roadways however, there are restrictions. For example, a scooter need not be registered nor insured if the motor is under 50cc (cubic centimeters) and the vehicle does not exceed 30 mph on a level roadway.
If a scooter exceeds either of the above limitations, then it is considered a motorcycle and must be registered and insured as well as the rider being licensed for motorcycle operation.
The scooter must have almost all the same equipment as a motorcycle (lights, mirrors, etc.) with the exception of turn signals. If these are absent then you will need to rely on hand signals for turning and stopping.
If the scooter is not designed by the manufacturer for passengers than additional riders are not recommended as this could lead to the operator losing control of the scooter. Riders must obey all traffic laws when operating a scooter on the public roadway.
A class C driver’s license is required to operate a scooter on the roadway and, although the wearing of a DOT (Department of Transportation) approved helmet is recommended, it is not a requirement.
It is important to remember that, just like a motorcycle rider, you are difficult to see by motor vehicle traffic and the risk of a head injury in a crash could occur should you not be wearing a helmet.
Other vehicles with small engines such as pocket bikes are not scooters and are considered off road vehicles which are not permitted on public roadways.


This summer has seen a large increase in scooter traffic. As this becomes a more popular mode of transportation, the risk of riders being involved in crashes increases. It is both the motor vehicle and scooter operator’s responsibility to ensure that the road is shared safely. Let’s look out for one another and keep our community crash free.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 6, 2013
Subject: Shoulder Tap Operation

On Monday September 2, 2013, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office conducted a “Shoulder Tap Operation” in which individuals were asked by a decoy to purchase alcohol for him/her. The decoy informed those asked that he/she was underage and could not purchase the alcohol. The decoy was assisted by two Sheriff’s deputies who oversaw the operation.

Four subjects were approached during this operation of which two purchased alcohol for the decoys. These individuals were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors.

Also during this time, alcohol compliance checks were done at local establishments that sell alcoholic beverages.

Of the thirty four (34) establishments checked, three (3) failed to be in compliance.
The servers at these establishments were issued a citation for providing alcohol to a minor. The businesses were:

Eagle Valley Market
933 Woodside Drive

Country Store
3389 Highway 50 East

7-11
3838 Highway 50 East

The Sheriff’s Office routinely conducts these checks with grant money received from the Nevada Juvenile Programs Justice Office (NJPJO).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Sgt. Scott McDaniel – Carson City Sheriff’s Office – 887-2020 extension 7893

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: September 5, 2013
Subject: Milwaukee Motorcycle Drawing

Sgt. Mike Cullen and Deputy Joey Trotter have returned from their training / competition event in Milwaukee. The event went well with over 130 officers from departments throughout the country competing against one another for a chance to win one of two 2014 Harley Davidson FLH Touring Police motorcycles valued at $25,000 each, which would be given to the officers department.
One motorcycle would be given away after elimination of riders during the competition. Only the top ten riders would get a chance to win one of the motorcycles. The other would be given away in a drawing at the end of the event.
Each participant was given a raffle ticket and on the last day of the event a drawing was held. The winner?...DEPUTY JOEY TROTTER. According to Deputy Trotter he was “So surprised and happy I could not contain myself”.
Sgt. Cullen returned with a 5th Place Overall Team plaque. Sgt. Cullen was teamed up with three other riders Paul Pisani (Toronto Police Service, Canada), Dennis Bedingfield (Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas), and Steven Aguiar (Toronto Police, Canada).
Neither rider had ridden together in the past making this award even more gratifying as it showed team spirit and cooperation on a course that Sgt. Cullen described as “Difficult” when compared to other courses that he has competed on.
The course was so difficult that out of the 130 participants who started, 31 dropped out by the second day. In addition to the competition Sgt. Cullen and Deputy Trotter also received training in motorcycle maneuverability and precision riding skills.
The motorcycle has been ordered but, a delivery date has not yet been given. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the community and local sponsors for their support in helping to send Sgt. Cullen and Deputy Trotter to this event.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: August 25, 2013
Subject: Milwaukee Motor Competition

On August 29th through August 31st, patrol motors Sgt. Mike Cullen and Deputy Joseph Trotter will be representing Carson City in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Harley-Davidson Police Riding and Skills competition.
This is a unique event as in addition to competing against over 110 other police motorcycle officers from throughout the United States, the two will also participate in training classes on escort and riding techniques, as well as motorcycle maintenance.
Harley Davidson is also celebrating its 110th anniversary during this time and many motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to attend and view the competition as well as partake in the many other activities that will be going on during this time.
The patrol motor deputies have been working all year to raise money so that they could attend this event. With the assistance of Carson City Harley Davidson, The Carson City Nugget, and Carson City Dodge, the deputies were able to raise enough money through donations and t-shirt sales to pay their way to this event.
Our thanks go out to the citizens and businesses of Carson City that helped the deputies reach their goal so that they could attend this event.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: August 10, 2013
Subject: San Francisco Motor Competition

On August 2nd and 3rd, 2013, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Patrol Motor Deputies represented Carson City in San Francisco, California during a training and competition event held by the San Francisco Police Department.
Sergeant Cullen, Deputy Trotter, Deputy Miller and Deputy Smith all received trophies in their respective divisions with Sergeant Cullen returning home with top honors in the Harley Davidson Division A Class. Deputy Trotter placed third in this class.

Deputy Smith and Deputy Miller battled it out in the Harley-Davidson Division B class with Deputy Miller just edging out Deputy Smith for first place. Deputy Smith brought home a second place award for that class.

Deputy Trotter also went on to compete in the Metric classes in Division A, on borrowed motorcycles, bringing back awards in each class.

In all, 52 riders trained and competed over two days, with Carson deputies bringing home six awards.

The weekend was filled with training under extreme riding conditions in and around the city with not only obstacles and cones but traffic, people and weather. All proceeds for the event went to the SFPD Police Athletic League for children.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Scott McDaniel
Date: August 10, 2013
Subject: DUI Checkpoint Results

On Friday August 9th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Nevada Highway Patrol, conducted a compliance checkpoint on U.S. Highway 50 near the Carson City County line. Of the 1741 vehicles which passed through the checkpoint, No alcohol related offences were found. A total of 13 citations were issued for various vehicle and drivers license violations.
Due to an unusual high number of motorists driving on Highway 50 during the time the checkpoint was in operation, there was a longer then normal delay for drivers however, the majority of comments made by individuals who went through was positive and supportive of law enforcements efforts to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities on this roadway.
The sheriff would like to compliment the residence of Lyon County and Carson City for helping do their part to make this highway a safer route to travel. “It is a rare occurrence for a checkpoint not to encounter a dui related arrest. This checkpoint was a strong early indicator of success”. –Sheriff Furlong 
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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Lisa Davis
Date: August 2, 2013
Subject:
National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“Neighborhood Outreach” is the theme for National Night Out hosted by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Mills Park. The purpose of the event is to promote partnerships between law enforcement and the community. In Carson City, this event represents the culmination of all of our efforts made to address crime, drugs, and violence and is the largest event of its kind in the area.

The purpose of National Night Out is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen police community partnerships. To this end Carson City Sheriff’s Office is addressing crime and safety by taking on several initiatives – all of which will be on hand during the event.

The first is known as the Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team (F.A.S.T.T.) which is a referral system developed by a group of professionals after studying the number of people arrested who had issues involving mental health, substance abuse or both. Mayor Robert Crowell issued a Proclamation on August 1, 2013 that states, “the implementation of the Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team (F.A.S.T.T.) to address mental health and substance abuse issues by taking away the shame and stigma experienced by families, and encourage citizens to seek assistance.” Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “This is about addressing crime by going to the root of the problem.” He explained that many people and families do not seek help because there is a stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse problems. “We have to get past the shame and embarrassment and get the people help. We are beginning to see positive results from this referral system that was developed by a group of concerned professionals who saw the need and are doing something about it.” F.A.S.T.T. was the real motivation behind the theme, “Neighborhood Outreach.”

Carson City Sheriff’s Office is also addressing crime by strengthening partnerships and citizen access to law enforcement services by opening a sub-station for the Nevada Highway Patrol. Traffic safety efforts are also being made through the declaration Sheriff Furlong made with the “Zero Fatalities/Zero Excuses” initiative for Highway 50.

Partners who will be on hand to meet the public include military recruiters, the Nevada Highway Patrol, Adult Probation and Parole, BLM, NDF, the Carson City Fire Dept., the Courts, Patrol Traffic Enforcement, D.A.R.E., and Partnership Carson City. Citizens can learn tips to reduce crime and increase their personal safety. There will be games, hands-on activities, equipment demonstrations, music, fun, food, music, fundraisers, and more –for free.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office has earned national recognition for the events for the past eleven years – including being ranked 6th in the nation in their population category for Outstanding Citizen Participation. “Citizens are the real heart of this success.” said Undersheriff Steve Albertsen, “We see the number of sponsors increase and more people attend every year. It just keeps growing and getting better every year.”

The community sponsors could very well be a story in itself – they also keep increasing. “Businesses are calling us to see how they can help – it is truly an amazing blessing,” said Deputy Lisa Davis. Carson City supporters for National Night Out include Target, Grocery Outlet, Carson City Downtown Business Assn., Northern Nevada Coin, Kemp’s Fun Jumpers, American Family Insurance, Carson Now, Valley Towing, Lakeside Properties, Dave’s Supplies, Dan Kimm Rock It Productions, Cal Neva Towing, Elks Lodge #2177, Benson’s Feed, East to West Embroidery, Liz’s Biz, Bartosz Construction, Casino Fandango, Carson City Plaza, Empire Ranch Golf Course, Carson Station Hotel and Casino, Harcourt, Economy Speed Press and Jamba Juice.

National Night Out is a sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (N.A.T.W.). The National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation.” This is the 30th year celebration for National Night Out, and the 11th for Carson City.

It is our hope that everyone will come out to Mills Park on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 and help us celebrate and take this event to another new level of citizen participation. For more information please call Lisa Davis at (775) 283-7809.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong 
Date: July 22, 2013
Subject: Significant Arrest, Olive Garden 

At approximately 8:53, Sunday evening, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of a violent threat at the Olive Garden Restaurant on South Carson Street. Initial reports indicated that a man, later identified as DAVID PAUL LANE, had entered the business alone and at some point became agitated, then confronted the manager and staff with a loaded semi-automatic pistol.

LANE is reported to have drawn his pistol in the restaurant while walking through the dining area. He demanded to go back to the kitchen area. Efforts to calm LANE were unsuccessful. He confronted a second manager and chamber a round into the gun (ejecting a round that was already in the chamber) and threatened to shoot if not allowed in the kitchen. LANE walked through the kitchen area and then left the building. Patrons in the restaurant were being evacuated and one captured the license plate of LANE’s vehicle, registered to a Douglas County address on Mica Way. Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted and were able to arrive at LANE’s residence before he returned. After a physical confrontation, LANE was taken into custody. The weapon used at the restaurant was located in LANE’s possession at the time of arrest. He was transported to the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center for treatment. LANE was released from the hospital and booked into the Carson City Jail.

DAVID LANE has been booked on two charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Felony, $20,000 each bail), Burglary with a Weapon (Felony, $40,000 bail), Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Misdemeanor, $137 bail), and Battery (Misdemeanor, $137 bail). LANE is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m..

While there were no persons treated for injuries at the restaurant, one person was reported to have been slightly injured as customers rapidly fled the dining areas.

DAVID LANE has one prior arrest in Carson City resulting from a traffic infraction in December 2010. At the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, there were no records of violence or mental health data on file.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to commend the staff and patrons of the Olive Garden Restaurant for their preparedness, efforts to calm the suspect, and their evacuation of the area without causing any injury to innocent persons. Further, without the rapid reporting of the license plate number, this incident could not have been resolved so quickly. 
 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Detective Doug Speegle 
Date: July 2, 2013
Subject: Carson City Armed Robbery

On 7/2/13 at approximately 2:50 a.m., an unknown white male approached the cashier area of the Comstock Casino, located at 3680 Goni Road in North Carson City and demanded the clerk’s cash. The man showed the clerk a large dark pistol while demanding the money. He left with an undisclosed large amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a white male, had dark colored facial hair, and tattoos on both arms. He was wearing grey sweat pants, a blue T-Shirt, and a straw type cowboy style hat with a dark colored band.

Anyone with any information is asked to please contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500, or to remain anonymous at Secret Witness, 775-322-4900.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: June 18, 2013
Subject: Sheriff's Office Promotion

On June 19th, Lt. Jeff Melvin will be promoted to the grade of Captain at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. His promotion signals a milestone completion pursued by Sheriff Furlong since 2003 of having his top front line leadership positions in the department to successfully complete the FBI National Academy (FBINA), thus the promotion from Lieutenant to Captain. The esteem accomplishment of the academy is one of the most prestigious law enforcement alumni in the country.

Candidates for the FBINA can wait years for the opportunity to attend, then, once tentatively selected, they must complete a rigorous background and physical fitness evaluation before final selection. Captain Ken Sandage, Investigations Division, was first to graduate in September 2004, Captain Clay Wall, Patrol Operations, in September 2007, Captain Bob White, Detention Center Operations, in December 2009, and Captain Melvin, Administrative Operations, in April 2013.

The FBI National Academy is offered to top leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriffs’ departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies. Participation is by invitation only through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 international partner nations.

For 10 classroom-hour weeks, four times a year, classes of some 250 officers take undergraduate and/or graduate college courses at the FBI’s Quantico, Virginia, campus in the areas of law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines.

Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Furlong are proud of the accomplishments of our front line leaders. Each of them represents the finest of our nation’s and Carson City’s Law Enforcement professionals.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan 
Date: June 17, 2013
Subject: Increase in Burglaries and Tips to Help Prevent

Now that summer is here and warmer weather is upon us the Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in burglary cases. The Sheriffs Department constantly looks at each case to identify patterns to help thwart this type of crime. Right now those patterns are not showing themselves.
There are, however, numerous vehicle burglary cases that share something in common:

1. unlocked doors
2. open windows
3. valuables left in plain sight

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone to lock car doors and keep windows up when leaving your car. If you have valuables that you must leave in the car, then do not leave them in plain sight and use the trunk when possible.
Below is a list of the most common items that are taken from a vehicle burglary:

1. Navigation aid-GPS
2. Laptop computer
3. Ipod/MP3 player
4. Purse
5. Wallet
6. Camera
7. Cellular phone
8. Hand Tools
9. Sun glasses
10. Compact Music discs

Most vehicle burglaries are a crime of opportunity. A perceived value of an item left in an unattended car is a lure to crime. If there is a bag or box left in plain sight, then it could be why a car is targeted for burglary. That bag or box might have nothing inside of it, but it might look like it does. Please keep anything that might look like it is valuable in the trunk or hidden in the car. When you get home or to work, take valuables out.
We have had numerous vehicle burglaries at our local health fitness clubs. This is primarily because customers do not take their purses or wallets inside to workout. Again prevention is using your trunk or take the items with you inside and use a locker to store your valuables.
The Sheriff’s Department is always asking for the community to help with fighting crime. If you see someone looking into cars or wandering about areas where cars are parked, it is okay for you to call our dispatch center to report the suspicious activity. Some of our best cases solved have come from the citizens reporting suspicious behavior or something that just does not look right.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center (775) 887-2008 or in an emergency dial 911.
Sergeant Darrin Sloan 
 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong 
Date: May 30, 2013
Subject: Carson Middle School Threat 

At approximately 1:06 p.m., May 29, 2013 the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of a violent threat at the Carson Middle School on the West side of the community. School officials were informed by a 12 year old student that he had witnessed two other unidentified male students in a restroom loading a black handgun. According to the initial reports, the 12 year old student was told that if he said anything to anyone he would be shot. School officials immediately locked-down the school according to response plans and informed Sheriff’s Deputies who were inside the school on unrelated matters.

The Sheriff’s Office initiated a full response to the school and residential neighborhood. Agencies assisting the Sheriff’s Office included the Nevada Highway Patrol, and several other divisions from the Department of Public Safety, as well as state and local probation officers, and the Carson City Fire Department. Approximately 60-70 local and state law enforcement officers quickly secured the interior of the school to insure everyone‘s safety inside, and the residential area surrounding the school to prevent any external threats. With officers inside the school hallways, Sheriff’s Detectives rapidly combed through information to determine the number of suspects and their possible locations. Within the first hour, four (4) juveniles were detained, along with the reporting juvenile.

Sheriff’s and Department of Public Safety Investigators have determined that the report was fabricated by the reporting juvenile. Late this afternoon, the juvenile reporting the incident was arrested for filing a false report and transported to Juvenile Detention. Sheriff’s Deputies and School District authorities remained on scene until all activities inside the school were completed at 4:44 p.m..

This event acts as a reminder to parents that when incidents like this occur, the first law enforcement priority is the safety of the students and faculty inside the school. The second critical priority is to get information out to the parents (and public) on how to expect safe reunification with their children. The best practice recommended is to follow the instructions of public safety personnel through media outlets. Today, our parents and families aided greatly by forming at designated areas and being readily available as classrooms were methodically dismissed and students safely moved to key areas for release to their parents. Although many students and parents exhibited significant emotional trauma caused by this event, there were no injuries reported.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Lisa Davis 
Date: May 15, 2013
Subject: Cops and Kids Sheriff's Open House 

Carson City Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 10th Annual Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House safety, crime, substance abuse and safety awareness fair. The theme continues to be, “Cops and Kids - Where the Community and Law Enforcement Come Together.” This event is on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, 911 E. Musser Street Carson City, NV. Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House was started by Sheriff Ken Furlong as part of the community policing efforts implemented by his administration.

Cops and Kids Sheriffs Open House is one of the strategies used to build positive relationships between law enforcement, youth and citizens of all ages. This event is full of possibilities and opportunities. People are able to increase their knowledge and awareness about ways to prevent crime, substance abuse, violence and gangs, while having fun at the same time. Youth are able to meet good role models and participate in positive alternative activities.

“Interacting with youth gives them a sense of belonging and ownership both with the sheriff’s office and with the community. Youth follow our example, therefore this is the perfect time for divisions and departments to come together and model the integrity of law enforcement and public safety set forth in our ethics and Code of Conduct. Sheriff Furlong said, “As we continue to build positive relationships with our youth, it is important to realize the strength of bond established at very early ages. For a young boy or girl to be able to identify with an officer by their first name, barriers are reduced and trust with confidence is built.”

“This event offers something for people of all ages,” said DARE Officer and organizer Lisa Davis. “There is always something new to see. The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) is the newest addition to the event. NHP is in the process of creating a substation at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. The public will be able to view the location of the new office as well as visit some NHP equipment which will be on display. Everyone is invited check out all of our local law enforcement programs - many of which have received recognition and awards over the past several years. We encourage every citizen to visit with members of the K-9 Unit, Motors, Special Enforcement Team, S.W.A.T., Detectives, CSI Crime Lab, Evidence, Detention, Patrol, Cops and Kids Community Prevention & DARE, Reserves, and Volunteers in Police Service.

Cops and Kids sheriff’s Open house started in an effort to give back to the community and is partially funded by Justice Assistance Grant. It has grown and gained so much community support that sponsors stepped in to defray costs. Grocery Outlet donates hot dogs, buns and beverages. Kemp’s Fun Jumpers provides the bounce house. Northern Nevada Coin, Benson’s Feed, Liz’s Biz, Dan Kimm Rock It Productions, American Family Insurance and Jamba Juice all donate or provide services to help minimize the cost. Because of community contributions, more youth and citizens are able to participate. Free hot dogs and beverages are served while supplies last, youth earn prizes by participating in many of the activities, and everyone gets the chance to interact with officers and community agencies. Undersheriff Steve Albertsen said, “These businesses give so much to make this event a success. We are deeply gratified to have the same sponsors come together and consistently partner with their Sheriff’s Office. Our sponsors increase every year. It would be impossible to maintain the growth of this event without their help.”

Local agencies and law enforcement personnel help make this event a success by conducting hands-on activities. Local agencies including the Partnership Carson City, Y.I.E.L.D., Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada, Mentor Center, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Cub Scouts, U.N.R. Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development, Food for Thought, and more. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to find out about summer youth activities available in Carson City.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office is strides to build strong positive bonds between law enforcement, youth and the community. We hope you join us! For more information call Lisa Davis at (775) 283-7809.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong 
Date: May 15, 2013
Subject: Aircraft Crash 

At approximately 2:40, May 15, 2013, the Carson City Communications Center received notification from the Douglas County Center of a downed aircraft in the Spooner Summit area. Fire, Medical and law enforcement units from both counties were dispatched. The crash location was identified as 3 miles northeast of the Summit.

At approximately 3:04, Carson City Fire Rescue crews arrived at the scene and discovered all three persons from the flight to be unharmed. The aircraft, a Cessna type, had departed the Carson City Airport earlier with a pilot and two passengers on a tour of the regional area. The details of the flight and cause of the accident are being investigated by the FAA. The names of the persons on board are not being released at this time.

Our appreciation to the pilot for safely bringing the plane to a rest.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: May 24th through May 27th 2013
Subject: Memorial Day Weekend Enforcement Activities

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is planning several enforcement activities for the coming Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th through May 27th 2013.

The activities that will be performed are heavy saturation patrols for DUI drivers, a DUI checkpoint, and enforcing underage drinking laws.

The purpose of these activities is to ensure that drivers in Carson City are safe and sober going into and during the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day is typically the kick off for summer activities and the first weekend of summer vacation for many area schools.  It is important to the Sheriff's Office to be able to report no serious injuries or fatalities on Tuesday morning following a successful and safe long weekend.  If you are underage do not drink alcohol.  If you are drinking please use a sober designated driver or cab.  For everyone on the roadways please use your seat belts, it's the law and does save lives.

The Sheriff's Office is happy to host these activities for this weekend and future activities to help keep our kids and streets safe in Carson City.

As always the Sheriff's Office has a zero tolerance for DUI driving and underage drinking.

Any questions should be directed to Sergeant Sloan at 887-2020 or DSloan@carson.org

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: April 7, 2013
Subject: Carson City Missing Endangered Person

As of this date, all of the suspects related to the Missing Persons status of Mr. William McCune, 62 years old, have been booked into either the Carson City Jail or the Clark County Jail on the charges of Murder (in addition to other charges already reported). The three suspects in custody in Clark County are anticipated to be returned to Carson City during the upcoming week. Investigators have described all of the suspects as cooperative. Details of the interviews are NOT being released at this time.

Mr. McCune’s missing vehicle remains unaccounted for. The license plates to the vehicle were recovered by investigators on April 6, 2013. Recovery of the vehicle license plates was associated with the arrest of suspect Evans, arrested in Carson City.

An autopsy was initiated by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office on April 6, 2013. Details of the autopsy are pending and a positive identification of the body recovered from the Carson River has NOT yet been established. The Sheriff’s Office is hopeful this identification will be forthcoming in the upcoming week. Although not previously known, the Carson City Coroner’s Office believes that Mr. McCune does have next of kin (immediate family) to contact.

Although crime scene processing is expected to continue for the next several days, all Search and Rescue operations have been called off.

This matter remains an open investigation and critical details will remain controlled. As of this date, new evidence and interviews are continuing to be collected. There appears to be NO information associating this event with Mr. McCune’s employment.

Information pertaining the witnesses and businesses that have been critically instrumental to the capture of the four suspects is being withheld at this time.

At this time, interviews and evidence is beginning to suggest that the possible motive of this event was theft driven by illegal drug use.

Investigators are continuing to collect information on the association of the suspects to Mr. McCune. It is known that at least one of the suspects has had direct contact with McCune in the past. There has been no suggestion to this date that entry into the McCune residence was forced.

While details continue to be collected, it is anticipated that an updated press release will not be generated before midweek. Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigations Division, at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: April 6, 2013
Subject: Carson City Missing Endangered Person Update

At approximately 8:36 a.m. on April 4th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a “welfare check” at the 700 Block of Silver Oak Drive. The reporting persons at the scene informed Deputies that Mr. William McCune, employed by the state, born September 14, 1950, 5 foot 9 inches tall, bald and blue eyes, had not reported for work and had missed a scheduled work related flight early that morning. Although no one was located at the apartment residence, the initial Deputy on scene requested the assistance of Detectives based on the obvious appearance of a severe struggle inside the apartment.

At 8:10 a.m. this morning, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams located a wrapped body in the Carson River waters just South of Carson River Road. The identification of the body is pending an autopsy.

Based upon information gathered by Detectives, an operation was initiated during the evening of April 5th. Carson City Special Enforcement officers were dispatched to Las Vegas where three persons of interest had been reported. The team arrived in Vegas in the early morning hours, as Detectives in Carson City executed search warrants and narrowed their search of other persons of interest remaining in the local area. During the early morning hours of April 6th, Michael Paul Evans, 12/17/89, was located and arrested in Carson City. He was booked into the jail on the charges of Murder ($250,000), Battery with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm ($25,000), Burglary ($25,000), and Murder of an Older Person ($250,000).

During the early morning hours, the Carson City Special Enforcement Team coordinated their activities with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., three other suspects were taken into custody on the Las Vegas Strip. Arrested were: Makyla L. Blackmore, 2/247/93, Burglary ($15,000); Raul Garcia, 10/18/90, Burglary ($15,000); and Anthony Elliot, 5/1/92, Murder (no bail). All three were arrested on warrants issued out of Carson City courts in connection with the disappearance of Mr. McCune. All three persons are expected to be returned to Carson City within the week.

The body that was recovered in the river was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. No date has been set for the autopsy.

Forensic Specialists with the Sheriff’s Office continue to process the residence/scene of Mr. McCune for evidence. The collections process is expected to be completed early next week.

Although four persons have been arrested, the investigation remains open as Detectives continue to work with the Carson City District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with any information regarding this homicide is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong would like to thank all of those who assisted in this investigation by providing valuable information that allowed Detectives to take rapid assertive steps in this matter that resulted in the arrests of all of the suspects.
 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: April 4, 2013
Subject:
Carson City Missing Endangered Person

At approximately 8:36 a.m. the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a “welfare check” at the 700 Block of Silver Oak Drive. The reporting persons at the scene informed Deputies that Mr. William McCune, employed by the state, born September 14, 1950, 5 foot 9 inches tall, bald and blue eyes, had not reported for work and had missed a scheduled work related flight early this morning. Although no one was located at the apartment residence, the initial Deputy on scene requested the assistance of Detectives based on the obvious appearance of a severe struggle inside the apartment.

Detectives have contacted local area hospitals and detention centers and not been able to locate McCune. One of two vehicles registered to Mr. McCune was located nearby, but the second, a 2000 maroon Dodge pickup with tinted windows, Nevada license plate 769XTL, could not be located.

The Sheriff’s Office has secured the area as a crime scene and considers Mr. McCune as a missing and endangered person. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigations Division, at 283-7851, or the Sheriff’s Communications Center at 887-2013.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 31, 2013
Subject: Update - Road Rage Incident

Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives have confirmed the death of Desiree Bragg, born April 18, 1993. Desiree passed away late in the afternoon at Renown Medical Center on January 30, 2013. An autopsy is being performed today at the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. The full results of the autopsy report are not expected for approximately 4 weeks.

Ms. Bragg was hit by a car driven by Leonardo Cardoza in the driveway of her mother’s home. The force of the car pinned Ms. Bragg into the wall of the residence causing severe injuries. Witnesses reported that Cardoza fled the area in his van, but returned after crashing his vehicle through the fence of a nearby residence. He was treated at Renown Medical Center and then booked into the Carson City Jail on the charges of suspicion of Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, and DUI. Once the details of the investigation are submitted to the District Attorney, a criminal complaint may be issued from his office. Cardoza remains in custody at this time.

As of this release, there has not been a motive established for the incident and no known relationship between the victim and the suspect has been determined. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 29, 2013
Subject: Update - Road Rage Incident

Late this afternoon, Carson City Sheriff’s Detectives met with District Attorney Neil Rombardo regarding the road rage incident that occurred on January 27, 2013 on Cinnabar Street in North Carson City. The victim of this incident has been identified as Desiree Bragg, born April 18, 1993. The meeting between the Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney was prompted by Sheriff Furlong after Detectives were informed by a family member that Ms. Bragg would not recover from her injuries and that organ donor arrangements were being made. Sheriff Furlong has directed a death investigation to be initiated.

Sheriff Furlong acknowledged that there had been earlier reports of Ms. Bragg’s death, including widespread condolences to Desiree’s family, but that investigators determined them to be premature to the detail.

Ms. Bragg was hit by a car driven by Leonardo Cardoza in the driveway of her mother’s home. The force of the car pinned Ms. Bragg into the wall of the residence causing severe injuries. Witnesses reported that Cardoza fled the area in his van, but returned after crashing his vehicle through the fence of a nearby residence. He was treated at Renown Medical Center and then booked into the Carson City Jail on the charges of suspicion of Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, and DUI. Once the details of the investigation are submitted to the District Attorney, a criminal complaint may be issued from his office. Cardoza remains in custody at this time.

As of this release, there has not been a motive established for the incident and no none relationship between the victim and the suspect has been determined. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 27, 2013
Subject: Road Rage Incident

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a pedestrian severely injured in a vehicle accident. Prior to Deputies arriving, witnesses reported that the driver had fled the area, but crashed his vehicle into a fence/yard just two blocks away, then he returned to the scene on foot where a physical altercation had taken place.

Witnesses reported that the adult female victim was westbound on Hwy 50 East near Lompa Lane when she and her fiancé (also in the car) noticed a car tailgating them. When they exited onto the Hwy 580 by-pass headed to College Parkway they noted the vehicle continued to tailgate them closely. After exiting the freeway, at the 3500 block of Cinnabar, the victim pulled into her mothers driveway and exited her car. At that time, the tailgater who had followed them accelerated his vehicle into the driveway, crushing the victim between his van and the house.

The suspect backed out of the driveway and fled south on Cinnabar. At the intersection of Cinnabar and College Parkway, the suspect’s vehicle was disabled when he drove his van into/through a fence. The suspect then returned on foot to the Cinnabar residence area where he was confronted by residents.

The suspect, Leonardo Cardoza, born January 27, 1986, of Carson City, was transported to Renown for treatment and released to custody early this morning. He is being held on suspicion of Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, and DUI.

The victim of the incident was also transported to Renown where her serious injuries included broken bones and internal injuries. Her identity is not being released at this time.

As of this release, there has not been a motive established for the incident and no none relationship between the victim and the suspect has been determined. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 22, 2013 
Subject: Attempted Residential Burglary

At approximately 4 a.m. today, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary in the 4700 block of Old Clear Creek Road. The address is located in a remote region between Carson City and Spooner Summit (Hwy 50 West). The resident reported that a white male adult, 6 foot tall, wearing orange jumpsuit, identified himself as a gas utility worker searching for the origin of a gas leak.

The resident was alerted, since there are no gas service lines in the area, and the original discovery of the man took place on a patio/deck to the rear of the house. The resident armed himself and went to the front door and found the man in a vehicle that had been parked directly in front of the garage doors and front door porch. A conversation ensued at the porch before the suspect jumped into his vehicle in an attempt to flee. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed onto an adjacent property. Although the resident did fire his weapon during the incident, no one was injured by the shots.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and determined that there was evidence of two suspects at the scene and both fled into the surrounding mountains south of the Clear Creek area. By day light hours, Carson City and Douglas County units were assisted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Raven Unit combing over the rough mountainous terrain. The suspects were not located.

The vehicle used by the suspect was a black Jeep Cherokee (attached) that had been reported stolen January 16, 2013. The Nevada license plates were reported stolen on January 19, 2013. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects in this burglary is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500, or Secret Witness if they wish to remain anonymous.

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