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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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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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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 7, 2012
Subject: Update of Deceased Females

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has identified the two deceased females that were discovered dead in Voltaire Canyon on December 6th. Next of kin notifications are complete:
Monique Evans, born 8/31/92
Sandra Leggett, born 4/5/88

Autopsies have been performed on each. Both females suffered close contact single gunshot wounds to the temple causing death. Toxicology reports are pending and not expected to be returned for 6-8 weeks. No other injuries were discovered and investigators, along with the officials at the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office, reported no other indications of struggle. The weapon used, retrieved from the immediate proximity of the two bodies, was identified as a .38 caliber revolver pistol. Final reports on the weapon are pending.

Records on file at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office disclosed that a warrant for arrest existed for Ms. Monique Evans for failure to comply with counseling and to provide proof of community service directed by the Carson City Courts for previous drug charges.

Investigators reported that an examination of Ms. Sandra Leggett disclosed suspicious healed injuries to her arm that were suggestive of prior suicidal attempts, commonly referred to a hesitation marks. All of the injuries were healed and scared. Records reflected a history of drug charges.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit continues to believe that the two females were alone on the hillside all night and that death likely occurred late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. There remains no evidence to suggest that a third person is being sought after. While alcohol was found at the scene, evidence of consumption will remain questionable until toxicology reports are received. There were no notes or suggestions of suicide located at the scene.

This matter remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts or activities of either Evans or Leggett during the period prior to their deaths is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500 or Secret Witness if you wish to remain anonymous.
 

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To:   All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 6, 2012
Subject: Update/Correction - Two Dead Discovered

At approximately 8:30 a.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed that two persons had been discovered in Voltaire Canyon, approximately one half mile from nearby residences and appeared to be dead. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found two adult female Native Americans, both deceased.

Investigators on scene have determined both victims had suffered gunshot wounds and a weapon was located. A vehicle in the immediate proximity of the scene was determined to be registered to a local address, but not owned by either of the victims. Although the area of the occurrence is not within the boundaries of the nearby tribal land mass, Washoe Tribal Police were called to the area to assist in the initial investigation.

The names of the victims are being withheld at this time. Anyone with information should contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500.  

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 6, 2012
Subject: Two Dead Discovered

At approximately 8:30 a.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed that two persons had been discovered in Voltaire Canyon, approximately one half mile from nearby residences and appeared to be dead. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found an adult male Native American and an adult white female, both deceased.

Investigators on scene have determined both victims had suffered gunshot wounds and a weapon was located. A vehicle in the immediate proximity of the scene was determined to be registered to a local address, but not owned by either of the victims. Although the area of the occurrence is not within the boundaries of the nearby tribal land mass, Washoe Tribal Police were called to the area to assist in the initial investigation.

The names of the victims are being withheld at this time. Anyone with information should contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: December 4, 2012
Subject: Dynamite Discovered in Residence

At approximately 2:00 p.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed by an elderly gentleman that he believed he “forgot” to retrieve as much as a case of dynamite from a residence he sold up to twenty years ago. He disclosed that the dynamite was hidden in either the east or north walls of the Bath Street home, in or around the garage, but he could not be certain. To complicate the matter further, some of the dynamite could have aged up to fifty years. As a result of the limited information, fire officials suspected the volatility of the dynamite certainly could create a high risk to the area.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence in the 300 block of Bath Street, along with the Carson City Fire Department, where it was determined that the home was vacant. Since the nearby elementary school was about to release for the day, officials decided to secure the area around the house until the children were safely departed and then turn the operation over to the Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. By 4 p.m., the team had determined that there were in fact sticks of dynamite hidden in at least one garage wall. By 9 p.m., the assistance of the Reno disposal unit was requested to help clear the residence using advanced imaging devices.

The access routes in the area of Division and Bath Streets remained closed throughout the evening. Approximately 4 residences were evacuated early in the operation, and they were expected to be able to returned home safely by the early morning hours. Fire and disposal unit officials plan to dispose of the dynamite later in the night by incineration at a safe city owned property.

According to Sheriff Furlong criminal charges are not anticipated, and the identity of the reporting person is not being immediately released. The purpose of the response is to remove any explosive devices and return the closely knit neighborhood back to a safe area for the children and home owners.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: November 26, 2012
Subject: Wells Fargo Bank Robbery Arrests

At approximately 9:08 a.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Stewart and Musser Streets in downtown Carson City. The suspect was described as a white male adult, approximately 30 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall, wearing blue jeans and a black (or dark) hoody.

Throughout the morning, Sheriff’s Detectives, Crime Scene Investigators and FBI agents combed through witness statements and evidence collected at the bank. While viewing video footage, a Reno based FBI agent recognized one witness at the Wells Fargo Back as being similar to a witness at the Nevada State Bank robbery on Liberty Street in Reno. That man, Kenneth Wayne Young, born 3/11/1968, had been identified by the first Deputy to arrive at the Wells Fargo Bank as one of the customers (witnesses) left in the back after the robber fled. A quick check of records disclosed that Young was a resident at the Carson City Inn, located on North Carson Street.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Carson City Inn and soon after located Kenneth Young watching them from an alley way across the street. Young was immediately confronted and detained while additional information was gathered. Investigators soon discovered an associate of Young’s, Mr. Michael Lee Smith, born 1/13/1976, was also a resident of the Carson City Inn and was living just doors away from Young’s room. Smith’s vehicle was located in the parking lot, and it too matched the description of a vehicle used in the Reno area robbery.

A Tactical SWAT entry team was summoned to the area while deputies began evacuating the residents from the building. However, shortly before the SWAT team arrived at the scene, Smith was confronted when he stepped out of the doorway of his room. Smith was immediately taken into custody. The tactical team eventually cleared the rooms and determined the area safe for further investigation. The evacuated residents were allowed to return to their rooms after approximately 2 hours.

During a warrant search of Smith’s and Young’s room, evidence was collected that directly connected them to the early morning Wells Fargo Robbery, and gave additional information that the two are likely suspects of the Nevada State Bank robbery. Investigators from the Reno Police Department teamed up with Carson City and FBI agents as the investigation is continuing.

According to Sheriff Furlong, the key development of linking the suspects today to the Nevada State Bank in Reno came and is credited to an observant FBI agent. Quickly realizing that a witness in two back robbery’s was likely instead a lookout, that detail led Carson City Deputies to secure the area where he resided. This is a great example of multiple agencies working together to bring quick resolution to the problem.

NOTE: Neither suspect has been booked into the jail, therefore booking photo’s are not available. At the time of this release, both suspects are continuing to be interviewed and have not yet been booked. The Sheriff’s Office anticipates the to be booked later this evening and then transported to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office tomorrow where they will likely be charged federally.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: November 26, 2012
Subject: Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

At approximately 9:08 a.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed of a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Stewart and Musser Streets in downtown Carson City. The suspect was described as a white male adult, approximately 30 years old, 5 foot 6 inches tall, wearing blue jeans and a black (or dark) hoody.

Witnesses told officers the man fled the bank on foot to the east of the area. Although Sheriff’s Deputies were on the scene of the robbery within 1 minute, they were unable to locate the suspect. There were no injuries reported and the suspect did not display a weapon. The robbery is being investigated jointly with the FBI.

Anyone with information concerning this incident or suspected identity of the man picture is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 887-2500 or the communication center at 887-2012.

As with all crimes of this nature, persons with information may contact secret witness to remain anonymous.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: November 21, 2012
Subject: Press Release – Juvenile Stabbing

At approximately 9:33 p.m. this date, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was informed of a juvenile male, age 17, that had been stabbed during an altercation at the corner of Colorado and Arizona Streets in south Carson City. Sheriff’s Deputies and paramedics located the victim at a nearby residence with a severe wound to the stomach. The juvenile was transported by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center.

Witnesses assisted officers in the identification of the suspect, another 17 year old juvenile. After deputies made contact with several residents in the area, it was determined that the juvenile had fled to a north Carson City address. At approximately 10:13 p.m., the suspect and a juvenile associate were located attempting to flee from the Northridge subdivision area. Both were taken into custody after a traffic stop at the corner of Longridge and Northridge Drive.

At the time of this release, all of the witnesses and suspect are being interviewed at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office by Detectives. The current condition of the victim is not immediately known.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: October 22, 2012
Subject: Joining Forces 2013

On October 1, 2012, The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Carson City Sheriff’s Department $39,000 in federal grant funds to continue the national campaign known as “Joining Forces”. This grant money will be used to conduct safety enforcement events throughout Carson City.
Events scheduled for this funding year 2013 for Joining Forces include seat belt enforcement, pedestrian safety, distracted driving (to include use of cell phones), speeding and driving under the influence. The goal of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the rest of the partner agencies in Joining Forces is “Zero Fatalities”.
The “Zero Fatalities” campaign’s goals are to reduce serious injuries, death and property damage associated with traffic accidents. State and local law enforcement agencies “Join Forces” during each event to enforce traffic laws and educate the public on the importance of traffic safety. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is proud to be a partnering agency with Joining Forces and looks forward to a Zero Fatality year.
Any questions should be directed to Sergeant Darrin Sloan at 887-2020 or dsloan@carson.org.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: October 22, 2012
Subject: Joining Forces 2013

On October 1, 2012, The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Carson City Sheriff’s Department $39,000 in federal grant funds to continue the national campaign known as “Joining Forces”. This grant money will be used to conduct safety enforcement events throughout Carson City.
Events scheduled for this funding year 2013 for Joining Forces include seat belt enforcement, pedestrian safety, distracted driving (to include use of cell phones), speeding and driving under the influence. The goal of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the rest of the partner agencies in Joining Forces is “Zero Fatalities”.
The “Zero Fatalities” campaign’s goals are to reduce serious injuries, death and property damage associated with traffic accidents. State and local law enforcement agencies “Join Forces” during each event to enforce traffic laws and educate the public on the importance of traffic safety. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is proud to be a partnering agency with Joining Forces and looks forward to a Zero Fatality year.
Any questions should be directed to Sergeant Darrin Sloan at 887-2020 or dsloan@carson.org.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: October 9, 2012
Subject: Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting night of the year and a particularly special treat for young children. It is also an important time to be extra vigilant for potential safety hazards. The Carson City Sheriffs Office wants everyone to have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween by following these tips.

PARENTS
• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight.
• Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating.
• Set a specific time for your child/children to be out.
• Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.
• Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street.
• Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes.
• Stay in well-lighted areas.
• Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them.
• Choose fireproof comfortable costumes made of light colored material so they can be easily seen in the dark.
• Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children’s costumes.
• Have children avoid wearing eye makeup or masks, which will restrict their vision.
• Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
• Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
• Teach children their home and/or parent’s cellular phone number in case they get lost.
• Consider a Halloween party at your residence instead of going out to trick-or-treat.

TRICK-OR-TREATERS
• Do not trick-or-treat by yourself.
• If props are carried, they should be made of soft rubber, Styrofoam, or other pliable material.
• Do not take short cuts, especially through alleys.
• Obey all traffic signals and look in all directions when crossing the street.
• Don’t run! Walk to your intended destination and don’t dart in and out of cars or driveways. If there are no side-walks stay as far left of the roadway as possible.
• Walk in the direction facing traffic.
• Only trick-or-treat at homes with their porch light on. Never approach a car offering candy.
• Wait until you get home before eating any treats.
HOMEOWNERS
• Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home.
• If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
• Hand out only commercially wrapped candy.
• Never invite children into your home.
• Keep pets away from children.
• Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
• If using candles, keep them away from the path of children.
• Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.

MOTORISTS
• Drive slowly and cautiously.
• Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles.
• Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
• Do not use your cell phone while driving because it will cause a distraction
• Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path.
• Never drink and drive.

The Carson City Sheriffs Office will have Extra deputies patrolling the streets and walking nieborhoods to help keep this event a safe one for our community.
Thank you and please contact me for any questions Sergeant Darrin Sloan (Traffic Division)
775-887-2020 

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: August 27, 2012
Subject: Labor Day Weekend Safety Efforts 

Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day weekend is one of the most deadly holiday weekends nationally compared to other holiday weekends when it comes to deaths caused by accidents involving an impaired driver. Please see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web cite for information and statistics. http://www.nhtsa.gov/

Sheriffs Department DUI Crackdown
Starting August 30th, through, September 5th, the Sheriff’s Department will be out in full force doing DUI saturation details. Deputies from the, Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling citywide in an effort to, identify, stop, and remove drunk and impaired drivers. The Sheriff’s Office deputies will be patrolling city wide. Any suspected impaired drivers can be called in to the non-emergency dispatch line at 887-2008.

Joining Forces Sobriety Checkpoint
On Sunday, September 2, there will be an Administrative, Check point from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. Drivers will be checked for impairment, driver’s license, and insurance; additionally we will be checking, for seatbelt usage, and properly installed child seats. The location is to be determined. All cars will be routed through the check point and screened for signs of impaired driving. This, Joining Forces event is sponsored through a grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, and, will be conducted in partnership with, Nevada Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. The Ron Wood Family Resource Center will also be at the checkpoint.

The DUI saturation and Administrative Checkpoint are all, part of the Sheriff’s Office commitment to having Zero Fatalities, not just this holiday weekend, but every, day. If you have been drinking, don’t drive, Use a designated driver. Arrive safely.

If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Darrin Sloan at 887-2500 or dsloan@carson.org.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: August 23, 2012 
Subject: Labor Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips (08/30/12 - 09/04/12)

The season from Memorial Day to Labor day has been called the 100 deadliest days on American highways, when accidents and fatalities rise because there are more of us on the roads. Labor Day is one of the five most deadly weekends of the year.

There were 17 percent more traffic fatalities during Labor Day 2011 than other two-day, non-holiday summer weekends. These driving tips will help keep you sane and safe --
Don't drink and drive - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of Labor Day road fatalities involve alcohol. NHTSA's 2011 Labor Day safety campaign is "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over", and many local and state police departments have extra safety enforcement on holiday weekends. Don't drink and drive is a good rule to follow all year, not just on Labor Day weekend, since one-third of all traffic fatalities year-round involve alcohol. Ditto is the rule to avoid being a passenger in a vehicle driven by somebody who has been drinking.
Obey speed limits - Speeding is second only to alcohol as a cause of fatal traffic accidents, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Shift your weekend -- Instead of fighting heavy traffic on Friday and Monday evening, shift your trip a day in either direction.
Drive earlier or later -- If you can't shift the weekend by a day, an alternative is to head out after dinner, or early the next morning. Either way, be aware that most fatal crashes occur late night and early morning, according to NHTSA, when drivers are tired and the changing light plays tricks with our depth perception. You can also avoid traffic and waiting lines at popular attractions like state parks or national parks, by visiting early in the day or after the crowds have left in mid-afternoon.
Take a break - Stop and rest every couple of hours on a long trip. Stretch out muscles cramped from gripping the steering wheel and gas pedal. If you see a woman doing jumping jacks at a highway rest stop, that's probably me. Taking a break is important also for any four-legged passengers traveling with you. Fido needs a break, too.
Keep your distance - The general rule is one car length for every ten MPH you are travelling, even more for larger vehicles like full-size SUVs. Consider that 60 MPH translates to nearly 90 feet per second. Leave yourself enough room to be able to stop in time. It's also a good idea to watch the car in front of the car in front of you, for an extra couple of milliseconds to spot brake lights or swerving that could indicate a road hazard - or a drunk driver.
A Final Note – The Carson City Sheriffs Department will have Extra patrol deputies on the streets of Carson City during this holiday weekend. The Carson City Sheriffs Department has a zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated. Please use a sober driver or take a cab. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday and has a safe trip while on the roads.

For any questions please contact me
Sergeant Darrin Sloan (Traffic Division)
775-887-2020

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan 
Date: July 27, 2012
Subject: DUI Saturation Patrol Downtown

On 7-25-2012 the Carson City Sheriffs Office will be conducting a DUI saturation patrol in the area of central Carson City area.  This is being done because of the increased alcohol related calls for service in the down town area.  The DUI saturation Patrols will continue on nights that calls for service are the highest.  If you are out of the down town area consuming beverages containing alcohol please have a designated sober driver or use a taxi cab serivce.  The Sheriffs Office has a zero tolerance for drinking and driving.

Sergeant Darrin Sloan
775-887-2020

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Brett Bindley
Date: July 16, 2012
Subject: Upcoming Training Event in South Carson City

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Forced Entry Tactical Training group will be hosting a tactical entry training from July 25-28, 2012 in South Carson City near the area of the 4900-block of South Carson Street.

Citizen’s residing, working, or passing through the area during daytime hours (8:00 AM through 6:00 PM) can expect to hear loud explosions, gunfire, etc. during the course of the training. We advise all citizen’s to avoid the actual training site, as it is not a public-event due to safety and security concerns. Spectators will not be permitted.

If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Christopher Rivera at (775) 887-2020 extension 45363.

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From: Deputy Dan Jones and Deputy Thomas Miller 
Date: July 16, 2012
Subject: Burglaries Carson City 

In the past several weeks the Carson City Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing a high volume of burglary reports. After speaking with several victims and witnesses in the areas that have been affected, the sheriff’s office was able to get a description of a suspect. Witnesses have described the suspect as a Hispanic female adult, approximately 5’ 2” to 5’ 4”, thin build, medium length black or brown hair with possible blond highlights. She also carries a black backpack.

The suspect is entering through open windows at the back of houses. The suspect is removing or cutting the screens off of the windows. She is targeting cash and smaller items such as jewelry, coins, and baseball cards. We believe she is only targeting items that will fit into her backpack. The suspect is targeting homes in the daytime when home owners are at work. There have been numerous burglaries in the last 60 days.

To help prevent becoming a victim, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office highly recommends you lock all of your windows and doors prior to leaving your residence. Don’t forget to secure pet doors, i.e. doggie doors.

Please keep an eye on your neighborhood and report any suspicious subjects and or vehicles. If you see suspicious persons in your neighborhood please call 911. No tip is too small.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: June 7, 2012
Subject: Tagging and Graffiti

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in identifying those persons responsible for an upsurge in graffiti reports throughout Carson City. Graffiti can be classified by two sources, either “gang” related or “tagging crew”. The Sheriff’s graffiti abatement inmate crew is reporting increases in the amounts of graffiti being removed. While the current trend appears to be city wide, it has been most prevalent in the north and east sectors of town.

Many of the tagging incidents are related to small groups of juveniles who place their markers all along paths that they walk. Frequently, the graffiti is placed on an object by bold marker pens and sometimes paint. Typical tagging graffiti may be similar to TAMER, SADK, JAPAN CREW, THAZZ, etc. These markers are not frequently viewed as violent gangs, but do cause considerable property damage. During the past month, the Sheriff’s Office has also retrieved reports of increased gang related graffiti such as LST, 18th Street, BMS, TKS, ect. This type of graffiti relates directly back to gang activities and can result in widespread violence.

While the Sheriff has directed additional resources to the trend, he is likewise asking for public support and vigilance. Having all of our residents watching and reporting is far more effective than just the random patrol car coverage in an area. It is believed that the graffiti is being done both during the daytime and after the hours of dark, and is in both residential and business areas.

When witnessed, residents should not engage those persons painting the graffiti, but instead report the incident immediately. If the graffiti is being witnessed in progress, the appropriate call is to 911. While you may remain anonymous, the dispatcher will need detailed descriptions and directions of what was witnessed. If the graffiti is already in place and no one is in the area, the appropriate call is to the Communications Division at 887-2012.
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From: Reserve Commander Tom Crawford
Date: May 24, 2012
Subject: Safe Public Land Use

During the summer months, the use of our open spaces and public lands increases. The Carson City Sheriff's Office reminds Carson's citizens to plan ahead and be prepared for your outdoor adventure to ensure a safe summer. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

• Ensure you know the area and trails you plan to utilize.
• Notify a third party where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. Even if you are just planning a day ride, if something should happen to you, having a third party able to provide first responders information can drastically reduce the response time.
• Ensure you bring enough water to remain hydrated throughout the day.
• When riding ATVs and dirt bikes, remember to always wear your helmet.
• Never combine alcohol with off road use.
• Due to high fire dangers, no open flames, including charcoal grills, are permitted in open spaces.

The Carson City Sheriff's Office will conduct regular patrols throughout the Pine Nut Mountains and forest areas bordering Lake Tahoe throughout the summer months. We ask public land and open space users to report any suspicious activity by calling our dispatch center at 775-887-2007 or by dialing 911 in an emergency.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Darrin Sloan
Date: May 16, 2012
Subject: License Plate Reader (Safer Streets)

The Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong has taken another step in technology to help make our streets and community a safer place. A license plate reader system (LPRS) has been installed into a patrol vehicle. This patrol vehicle will be operational this week and will be used during all shifts on patrol. This LPRS system will significantly improve officer safety and productivity while allowing law enforcement to achieve much better community safety. The system targets motor vehicle related crime and operators who are not properly licensed or who may be wanted in connection with a crime, such as a stolen, unregistered or uninsured vehicle.
Right now, the License Plate Reader has a storehouse of information about wanted and missing persons, stolen plates, and suspended or revoked plates. The system will soon be able to detect sex offenders who are driving near places they shouldn’t be, such as schools.
Using the system, an officer in a patrol car is able to read license plates of passing vehicles, day or night, in all weather conditions and reads up to 1800 license plates per minute with an average deputy can only run 4 to 5 plates a minute. The system can run around 20,000 plates in a day during continued use. The system will process parked and moving vehicles across 4 lanes of travel. The system can also capture plates at up to 140 mph closing speeds and passing speeds.
"It picks up the license plate through the reader mounted on the police cruiser. The information is fed through a processor into the computer. Seventy percent of all criminal activity in the United States involves vehicles."
If there is an outstanding warrant, a stolen car or plate alert, an Amber Alert or other red flag for the vehicle, there is an alarm system that goes off, alerting the officer and all the data is recorded.
This is a major tool in taking criminals off the streets in Carson City and helps keep our community safe for us and our children.

For any questions please contact me
Sergeant Darrin Sloan (Traffic Division)
775-887-2020

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Deputy Lisa Davis 
Date: May 16, 2012
Subject: COPS AND KIDS SHERIFF’S OPEN HOUSE

Carson City Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 9th Annual Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House safety, crime, substance abuse and safety awareness fair. The theme is, “Cops and Kids Where the Community and Law Enforcement Come Together.” This event is on Saturday, May 19, 2012 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 strategy used to build positive relationships between law enforcement, youth and citizens of all ages. This event is full of possibilities and opportunities. People get to have fun and at the same time increase their knowledge and awareness about ways to prevent crime, substance abuse, violence and gangs. Youth are able to meet positive 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/deputy by first name, barriers are reduced and trust with confidence is built.”

“This activity offers something for people of all ages,” said DARE Officer and organizer Lisa Davis. “There is always something new to see. New attractions include the Traffic Unit which will be featuring the new Plate Reader Car along with other equipment and the Bicycle Unit which will be doing demonstrations on their bikes. The new D.A.R.E. truck – seized from a drug dealer – will also be on display.” Everyone is invited check out all of our local law enforcement programs - many of which are have received recognition and awards over the past several years. We encourage every citizen to visit with members of the Canine 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.

Additionally, Sheriff Ken Furlong and local businesses are participating in informational programs to our list of prevention services. National Child Safety Council to access some of the most current and up to date prevention and safety information. Second, materials from the Take 25 Safety Campaign through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will be available to assist parents with talking to their children about safety.

This event 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. Benson’s Feed, Economy Speed Press, Dan Kimm Rock It Productions and Country Financial all donate or provide services at minimum cost. The result is free activities to learn and have fun, free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last, and prizes for youth who complete many of the activities. 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.”

Additionally, the public can enjoy many hands-on activities from sheriff’s office employees, local agencies including the Partnership Carson City, Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada, Mentor Center, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Girl Scouts, U.N.R. Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development, Corrie the Clown, Nevada State Museum, Calvary Penecostal Church, 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) 887-2500 ext. 7809.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sergeant Sloan (Traffic Division)
Date: May 14, 2012
Subject: Public Awareness and safety tips for off road driving.

Making use of an off road vehicle can be an exciting experience. However, being “off-road” means being farther away from the help available to those on paved public roads. Because of this, it is important you keep certain safety standards in mind before venturing out off road.
There are many measures you can take to stay safe when off-road driving. These include the following:

1. Always wear protective gear to include a seat belt if in a vehicle.
2. Before you leave let someone know where you are going and how long you plan to be gone.
3. Make sure you have plenty of water.
4. Take extra provisions in case you get stuck.
5. Have a way to get in contact with someone in the case of an emergency.
6. Never off road alone without the proper training and preparation.

These steps will allow you to have fun while staying safe.
Remember that while in the back country of Nevada your cell phone may not get service in allot of areas.

For any questions regarding off road safety please contact me at The Carson City Sheriff’s Department.

Sergeant Darrin Sloan 775-887-2020

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To: All Local Media
From: Deputy Brett Bindley, CCSO SWAT
Date: 17 April 2012 at 08:00AM at the Carson City Range (Flint Road)
Subject: 1st Annual SWAT “Zombie Shoot” Fundraiser

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2012, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will be hosting our first annual fundraiser “Zombie Shoot.” The proceeds of the fundraiser will go to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team to assist in the purchasing of emergency and tactical equipment for the unit.

The event will be hosted at the City Range located on Flint Road, starting at 08:00 AM. The event will consist of a 150-round course simulating a “Zombie Invasion”, geared toward the handgun shooting enthusiast. (The participant will have to provide their own ammunition.) The event will be facilitated by members of the SWAT team and co-sponsored by the Northern Nevada IDPA club. The cost of entry to the shoot is $50.00 with a maximum of 100 participants. Participants are automatically entered to win a Glock pistol. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the price of $1.00 per ticket or 25 tickets for $20.00. Purchase of raffle tickets makes you eligible to win many prizes, up to and including an AR-15 rifle. Food will be available for purchase at the event.
If you are interested in participating in the event, purchasing raffle tickets, donating raffle prizes, or general information about the event; please contact Deputy John R. Hitch or Deputy Brett Bindley via e-mail at jhitch@carson.org or bbindley@carson.org.

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From: Reserve Commander Tom Crawford
 
Date: 9 April 2012
Subject: Regional Training Exercise

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a joint training exercise to be attended by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol and University of Nevada Reno Police. The training will be held at the Kinkead Building located at 505 East King Street in Carson City and will focus on response techniques to an active shooter in an office/school environment.

Residents and business in the area are advised that they can expect to hear sirens and ‘pops’ that may sound like faint gun shots from training rounds. The area surrounding the building will be closed to the public. King Street will be closed to traffic between Roop and Valley Streets.

Primary contact for this event is Reserve Commander Tom Crawford, at 775.887.2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: March 3, 2012
Subject: Attempted Homicide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 4:13 a.m., Sheriffs Deputies were summoned to a fight involving numerous persons at Toads Bar, located at the corner of William and Stewart Streets in downtown Carson City. As Deputies arrived on scene, one of the persons engaged in the fight drew a gun and shot one of the other persons fighting. Deputies fired on the shooter, but were unable to stop him from escaping the area. Approximately 15 others were detained.

The victim of the shooting was treated at the scene for life threatening injuries and was transported to Renown Medical Center by Care Flight. His name and medical condition is not being released at this time.

Within two hours of the shooting, Carson City Dispatch was contacted by Renown Medical stating that a second gunshot victim had shown up at the Emergency Room. That person matched witness information as the suspect of the shooting in Carson. He has been identified as Emanuel Moreno, a 21 year old Hispanic male with known gang affiliations. Moreno has been a target of local authorities seeking to serve an arrest warrant for Failure to Appear at a Carson City Justice Court hearing. Moreno will be taken into custody on the warrant charges following surgery on his hand. Charges of Battery With a Deadly Weapon with Substantial Bodily Harm and Attempted Murder are pending later today.

A large area surrounding the scene was controlled by the police due to multiple sites located with evidence, including a blood trail and clothing articles. A 38 caliber revolver was recovered several feet away from the location where the blood trail related to the officers shots began.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has not released the identity of the Deputy who fired on the shooter. Although a shooting investigation is pending, the Deputy is anticipated to return to normal duties soon.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 11, 2012
Subject: Death Investigation

At approximately 1:55 p.m. on January 10th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of the discovery of two dead bodies in the Carson River, approximately ½ mile South of Carson River Road. Deputies responded to the area and contacted a hiker who had discovered the victims. Both bodies were found in the shallow frigid water, measuring only a few feet deep and 34.8 degrees. A campsite and vehicle was located within the same proximity, as well as two small dogs. The deceased have been identified as Carson City residents, (husband/wife) Darrell Crossman, 1/15/1958, and Kelley Crossman, 5/25/1968. Neither was employed and resided locally with other family members. Following a registration check of the vehicle, investigators were able to contact next of kin shortly after the discovery.

On January 11th, an autopsy was performed by the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office. The examination disclosed no significant injury or trauma to either victim. Final findings from the autopsy are pending toxicology reports. Investigators completed search and evidence recovery activities at the camp site early today. During a review, they determined that there was no evidence of any struggle or foul play in the area.

The couple was last seen by family members Sunday, January 7th, but had not been reported missing. The Crossman’s apparently drove to the river and set up a small camping area, placing their bedding location immediately near the water. Family members became concerned about there whereabouts by Tuesday, but were unable to locate them (by cell phone). The camp site area examination has suggested only a small warming fire and quilt/pillow bedding. Mrs. Crossman’s shoes were located on the river bank, while Mr. Crossman was wearing his. No personal property was identified as missing.

While this investigation remains open, investigators believe this tragic incident may ultimately be the result of an accidental entry into the water by one of the victims and a rescue effort by the other. In this case, after entering the water, the combined frigid air and water temperature for any amount of time would have placed both victims in immediate life threatening peril.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: October 11, 2011
Subject: Bank Robbery

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 0910 hours, the Sheriff’s Office received a “hold up” alarm from the Nevada State Bank, at 4267 South Carson Street. The suspect was identified as an adult female who showed a handgun to the bank teller. The female presented a demand note, directing the teller to keep her hands where they could be seen and to put the money into a bag. The note also directed the teller to have other tellers move to one side together and keep their hands visible. The demand note read “Any mistakes and I start shooting”

The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash on foot and was seen by a witness attempting to enter a vehicle approximately 200 yards from the bank. However, when she saw a witness watching, she ran from the vehicle. Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area and were led to the Mountain View Apartments at 4749 South Carson Street. Witnesses identified a tenant in the area as Rachel Barrett matching the description and vehicle information. When contacted, Rachel Barrett exited the apartment without incident.

During a search of the suspects apartment, Investigators located both the stolen cash and a “air-pistol” that is suspected as the weapon used.

Rachel Barrett was arrested and charged with Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. Her bail has been set at $40,000.00. Anyone with any information regarding the robbery is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigations Division, at 283-7851.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: October 4, 2011
Subject: Carson City IHOP Shooting - Weapons Data

On September 6th, Carson City was shocked by automatic gunfire at the South Carson City IHOP restaurant. The incident left 4 victims dead, 7 injured, and a dead gunman at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office is now releasing information pertaining to the weapons possessed by the shooter, Eduardo Sencion, at the time of the shooting.

Sencion was found with an apparent fatal self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Near his body was a .38 caliber revolver pistol and an assault rifle. Inside the vehicle, an additional pistol and semi-automatic assault rifle were located. The weapons were seized by Sheriff’s Deputies and ATF agents at the scene.

The assault weapon used in the shooting has been identified as a Norinco Mak 90. The Mac 90 is a Chinese made modified version of the Russian made AK47. It is manufactured as a semi-automatic sport rifle firing 7.62mm or 5.56mm ammunition. In this case, 7.62mm ammunition was used and approximately 60 rounds were fired. In addition to the weapon, Investigators recovered 16 magazines (1 empty) associated with the weapon at the scene. Each magazine had a 30-round capacity.

Investigators have determined that the weapon was last sold by a private party in California to an unknown buyer over 5 years ago. The weapon was apparently later altered to function as an automatic weapon. The alteration was described by ATF as professionally gunsmithed by and unknown person. The possession of this weapon in its manufactured state (semi-automatic) is not prohibited by Nevada State Law.

It has been unlawful since 1934 (National Firearms Act) for civilians to own machine guns without special permission from the U.S. Treasury Department. Machine guns are subject to a tax every time their ownership changes from one federally registered owner to another, and each weapon is subject to tax when it is made, and it must be registered with ATF. The state of Nevada provides no further restrictions than those imposed by the federal government that are pertinent to the “IHOP Incident”.

Also located in Sencion’s vehicle was a Romarm AK47 semi-automatic rifle and Glock a semi-automatic handgun. All of these weapons were in manufacturer condition.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the source of weapon alterations and the identities of those who owned the weapon previous to Sencion. The Nevada Revised Statutes allows for the private sale of weapons and sellers are permitted, but not required, to perform background checks on the purchaser (NRS 202.254). Failure of a seller to perform a background check does not give rise to a civil or criminal cause of action.

As it pertains to Eduardo Sencion, Nevada State CCW Permitting and Federal Firearms Licensing processes prescribed by law are not pertinent to this investigation, as no apparent licensing or permits were ever requested or issued. Speculation regarding Sension’s mental health history and ability to obtain weapons have no current bearing on the investigation.

Carson City Sheriff’s and ATF agents continue to investigate the IHOP Shooting. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Detective Division, at 887-2500.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: September 10, 2011
Subject: Request for Assistance – Death Investigation

For Immediate Press Release
The Carson City Sheriff's Office is requesting your urgent assistance.

Press Conference at 5:00 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff's Office

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Friday September 9, 2011, the body of a deceased female was located in a remote region of Brunswick Canyon, East of Carson City. The deceased carried no identifying information.

An autopsy was performed this morning. Approximately eleven (11) wounds to her body were discovered. The incident is being investigated as a homicide. Through the FBI, the deceased has been identified as:

CHERISSA J. DAVIDSON (photo attached), AKA: CHERISSA PARKER
5 Foot, 4 Inches, 135 pounds
Brown Hair/Blue Eyes

Ms. Davidson has a last known address on Pullman Drive in Sparks, NV. She is single, with three children. Cherissa Davidson gave birth to a child on June 9, 2011 and named him Will. The child would now be 3 months old and has not been located.

The Sheriff's Office has few details, but is asking that anyone with any knowledge of the whereabouts of Ms. Davidson's child, please contact the Carson City Sheriff's Office at 775-887-2011.

Questions regarding the press conference should be addressed to Sheriff Furlong can be reached at 722-5856.
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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: September 9, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Death Investigation

At approximately 3:35 p.m. this afternoon, September 9th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified of the discovery of a dead body in Brunswick Canyon, approximately 2 miles east of Deer Run Bridge. Deputy Sheriff’s arrived on scene at 4:45 p.m. and located a white female adult, approximately 30 years old, down a 90 foot embankment. Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the area, which had been sealed off from the public.

The Sheriff’s Detectives have disclosed that the body of the female has numerous injuries. No identification was located. Detectives will remain on scene throughout the night as this investigation continues. The body of the female was removed from the canyon and transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and identification processing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the Carson City Communications Center at 775-887-2011.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: September 8, 2011
Subject: IHOP - Press Release

The Carson City Sheriff's Office does not plan a news conference today, Thursday, or any press releases. However, after 3 p.m., I will make every effort to accommodate any questions or interviews necessary to fulfill your needs. Appointments are not necessary and availability will be at the Sheriff's Office on Musser Street.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: September 7, 2011
Subject: Deceased Victims Named in Carson City Shooting Tragedy Yesterday

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong announced today during a 9:00 a.m. press conference the four victims killed in yesterday’s tragic shooting at the IHOP restaurant located in south Carson City, Nevada.

In order to adhere to family requests and compliance with the hospitals’ regulation of HIPAA requirements, the names of the injured victims were not released during today’s press conference.

Instead the briefing will focus on the victims who lost their lives.

National Guard Deceased Victims
Rank/Name: Major Heath Kelly - Male deceased
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada
Age: 35
Military Occupational Specialty: Field Artillery Officer
Awards/Decorations: Army Commendation (5th award), Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism, National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal
Military Schools: Maintenance Officer, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Combat Lifesaver
Deployments: Iraq 2004-2005 with HHC, 3rd Corps (deployed while active duty Army, not while a member of Nevada National Guard)

Rank/Name: Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege (REE-ghee) – Male deceased
Hometown: Carson City, Nevada
Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada
Age: 38
Military Occupational Specialty: Armor Crewman
Awards/Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Joint Unit Meritorious Award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest
Asia Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Spur
Military Schools: Armor Crewman, Vehicle Maintenance, Hazardous Materials Course, Unit Supply
Deployments: Afghanistan 2009-2010 with 1/221st Cavalry, Nevada National Guard

Rank/Name: Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney (Mc-ELL-ih-knee)– Female deceased
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada
Age: 31
Duty Status: Title 32
Military Occupational Specialty: Health Care Specialist, Dental Specialist, Human Resource Specialist
Awards/Decorations: Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon
Military Schools: Medical Specialist, Dental Specialist, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development, Administrative Specialist
Deployments: None

Civilian Deceased Victims
Florence Donovan - Gunderson – Female deceased
Spouse of Retired United States Marine Corp
Resident: South Lake Tahoe
DOB: July 16, 1944

I would like to emphasize that this is an isolated incident, and the suspect has died from a self inflicted wound. The community is safe, and we will continue to release information as it becomes available.

Event Summary - A lone gunman entered the IHOP restaurant just before 9 a.m. yesterday and began shooting. His shooting spree continued into the restaurant’s parking lot, culminating in him turning the gun on himself. A total of eleven victims were shot; 5 were from the Nevada National Guard and 6 were civilians. At this time, four victims are confirmed dead (three of them Nevada National Guardsmen); the shooter has also died.

The shooter has been identified as Eduardo Sencion, a.k.a Eduardo Perez-Gonzalez, age 32. Sencion was born on July 22, 1979 in Mexico and is a U.S. citizen. He has no prior criminal history. His family has indicated that he has a history of mental illness.

Media Hotline for all queries regarding the shooting in Carson City, Nevada:

775-283-7977

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: September 6, 2011
Subject: IHOP Shooting

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

9:10 p.m. Pacific, September 6, 2011

Media Hotline for all queries regarding the IHOP Incident in Carson City, Nevada:

775-283-7977

Additional Victim of Carson City IHOP Shooting Tragedy Dies; Carson City Sheriff Releases Timeline of Shooting; Will Conduct Press Conference at 10:30 p.m. Tonight

Carson City, Nevada. September 6, 2011. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong confirms that a fourth victim of today’s tragic shooting at the IHOP restaurant located in south Carson City has died. The victim was a female member of the Nevada National Guard, had been flown to Renown Medical Center and had undergone surgery. To date, four victims have died (3 Nevada National Guard members and one civilian); the shooter has also died.

Sheriff Furlong has also released highlights from the Carson City sheriff and fire services dispatch center from this morning’s unprecedented shooting at the IHOP Restaurant located in South Carson City. He also plans to hold his third press conference of the day at 10:30 pm tonight at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office located at 911 E. Musser Street to provide updates.

Event Summary. A lone gunman entered the IHOP restaurant just before 9 a.m. this morning and began shooting. His shooting spree continued into the restaurant’s parking lot, culminating in him turning the gun on himself. A total of eleven victims were shot; 5 were from the Nevada National Guard and 6 were civilians. At this time, four victims are confirmed dead (three of them Nevada National Guardsmen); the shooter has also died.

The shooter has been identified as Eduardo Sencion, a.k.a Eduardo Perez-Gonzalez, age 32. Sencion was born on July 22, 1979 in Mexico and is a U.S. citizen. He has no prior criminal history. His family has indicated that he has a history of mental illness.

Below are highlights from the Carson City Communications (Dispatch):

8:58:24 am Carson City Sheriff and Fire Communications (Dispatch) receive first call (all 911 lines subsequently were at full capacity)
8:58:58 am First CCSO unit dispatched (within 34 seconds after first call received); request that all available units respond
9:02:30 am Carson City Fire Department dispatches three initial units; advised to stage nearby for safety
9:03:06 am CCSO units arrive and secure scene
9:04:35am CC Fire Dep. Requested at least two Care Flight Medical Helicopters
9:06:05 am CCSO allows CCFD to enter IHOP Restaurant
9:06:24 am Shooter down in parking lot next to blue van (later determined to be from self-inflicted gunshot wound)
9:07:30am First CC fire units on scene; advise of multiple victims
9:07:48 am CC Fire Dept requested add’l 4-5 ambulances
9:08:28 am CC Fire Dept advise there are 7 gunshot victims inside IHOP restaurant
9:09:53am All 3 Care Flight helicopters enroute (from Reno, Gardnerville, Truckee)
9:10:39am CC Fire Dept requests add’l medical helicopter from CalStar (CA)
9:28:46 am Dispatch notified that one helicopter had arrived, loaded and was heading back to Reno (Renown); second and third helicopter waiting to land; fourth helicopter cancelled
9:31:53 am Requested Chaplain and psychologist enroute
9:52:35 am Seelinger Elementary School lockdown lifted (went into effect immediately when 911 calls where received)
10:59:09 am Renown provides phone numbers for victim info (982-6870) and family inquiries (982-6060)
12:25:39 pm 3 patients transported by Care Flight; 3 patients transported by ground ambulance
12:48:24 pm IHOP President arrives at CCSO; directed to scene

Sheriff Furlong stressed his appreciation for the assistance of multiple federal, state and local law enforcement and first responder agencies in meeting the challenge of today’s tragedy. He also stated that he believes this is the largest single shooting incident to occur in Carson City history.

A press conference is also scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday morning, 9 a.m. at the Sheriff’s facility located at 911 E. Musser Street, Carson City, NV. It is expected that the names of the victims will be released at that time.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: August 20, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Death Investigation

At approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, August 20th, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office was notified by Kennith Johnson that his friend was fatally shot in Brunswick Canyon, approximately 8 miles east of town. Johnson informed officers that another friend, Anthony Kelich, had remained in the canyon. The victim was identified by Johnson as Michael Scott, a 46 year old roommate and Carson City resident.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the rural area of the county and quickly located Anthony Kelich. Kelich led officers to a location where Scott’s body was found after about a two hour search. Scott had suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both Kennith Johnson and Anthony Kelich worked with investigators from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab throughout the day. Detectives have learned that the three men left Carson City late Friday afternoon to go shooting. No one had any contact with them again until Saturday morning when Johnson arrived at the Sheriff’s Office to summon assistance. The wife of Michael Scott was informed of this death when she arrived at the Sheriff’s Office in mid afternoon to report her husband and friends missing.

While the matter remains under investigation, late today, Anthony Kelich was booked into the Carson City Jail and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated. Bail has been set at $10,000.

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To: All Media Representatives
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: Lisa Davis, DARE Officer and Juvenile Services Coordinator
Date: July 24, 2011
Subject: National Night Out – August 2, 2011

CARSON CITY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
HOSTS
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2011 – AUGUST 2nd

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), are co-sponsoring the “28th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. The special event will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at Mills Park from 5:00-8:00 P.M. The theme for this year is “101 Days of Crime Prevention and Safety” which was envisioned by Sheriff Ken Furlong to promote safety throughout the summer which continues well after National Night Out.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Carson City Sheriff’s Office hosts a special public safety event which represents the culmination of all of our efforts to fight crime, drugs and violence in our community and is the largest crime prevention event of the year.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “The most powerful community is an informed community. We work to keep the community informed. We post information on our website – including statistics from the Uniform Crime Reporting not to cause alarm or fear but so that citizens can be aware of trends in crime and take appropriate measures to protect themselves….An important point that we want to stress is if you see something that “just doesn’t look right” – call it in. Your call is never wasted it may deter or could help solve a crime.”

National Night Out helps citizens get informed on ways to protect themselves and prevent crime. Tips that we tell citizens daily include: increase lighting, be aware of solicitors, never allowing unexpected and uninvited strangers in your home, know where your children are and who they are with, etc. Increased lighting reduces the risk of crime, so citizens are invited to turn their porch lights on, lock their doors and spend the evening at Mills Park with law enforcement, public safety agencies and their neighbors.
Present will be representatives from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Nevada Army Guard 991st Aviation Brigade (helicopters), the United States Marines, United States Army. Other organizations who have agreed to join us include the Salvation Army, Partnership Carson City, Carson City Fire Dept., BLM, Dept. of Public Safety, U.S. Coast Guard, Boys and Girls Club, Mentor Center, Farmer’s Insurance M.I.L.K. Program, and the Miss Carson City Scholarship Program will be presenting safety and drug free platforms. There will be music, free hot dogs (while supplies last), hands-on activities, vehicle and equipment display, and fun.

Carson City has an incredible amount of community support with sponsorships coming from the Carson City Target Store, Smith’s Food and Drug, Grocery Out Let, Safeway, Economy Speed Press, Local’s BBQ, the Carson City Downtown Business Association, Cal Neva Towing, Kemp’s Fun Jumpers’, Peddler’s Fare, Nevada Appeal, Carson Now. “The community sponsors could very well be a story in itself,” said Undersheriff Steve Albertsen. We are so fortunate and proud to have the support of our businesses. It’s amazing to see the efforts our businesses make become part of the team to fight crime - all of us working towards a safer Carson City. It’s pretty amazing.” The size and magnitude of this event would not be possible without the incredible assistance from our businesses. Additional costs for National Night Out are paid for the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and through a direct allocation federal grant funded by the BJA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance.

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. On August 2nd, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.”

Carson City Sheriff’s Office has experienced a steady increase of agency and citizen participation and has earned national awards every year. In 2010, Carson City Sheriff’s Office was ranked 9th in the nation for “Outstanding Citizen Participation” and also received Congressional Certificates from former U.S. Representative Dean Heller and letters of commendation from former Senator John Ensign. National Night Out started in 1984 with 400 communities in 23 states, and 2.5 million Americans participating. National Night Out in 2010 involved 36 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

Undersheriff Steve Albertsen said, “National Night Out is the single largest crime prevention event held in Carson City. Every year we see an increase in sponsorship and participation from agencies and citizens. We encourage everyone to come out and join us on August 2 - and turn your porch light on.”

For more information please contact Lisa Davis at Carson City Sheriff’s Office – (775) 887-2500 ext. 7809.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: July 15, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Residential Fire/Arson

At approximately 4:20 a.m. this morning, July 15th, a residential structure fire was reported at 4501 Garnet, in Northern Carson City. Fire and Deputy Sheriff’s arrived on scene within 4 minutes and reported the residence and detached garage area fully engulfed in flames. The fire was total loss, including two vehicles on the property, both registered to the owner/resident Robert McCleary. An exhaustive search of the area, including with the use of Douglas County Sheriff’s Office cadaver K-9’s failed to locate anyone deceased in the fire. The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department for suspected Arson.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from anyone knowing the whereabouts of Robert McCleary. He was last seen in Carson City at his residence on Thursday, working in his yard. Mr. McCleary is described as white/male/adult, 5’11” tall, 190 pounds, green eyes, gray hair, and approximately 60 years old. Since both of his registered vehicles were destroyed in the fire, his mode of transportation is unknown.

Investigators combing the scene have discovered multiple fire origin locations and numerous weapons (destroyed in the fire). It is unknown weather or not Mr. McCleary (or anyone) retrieved any weapons prior to the fire. Neighbors have reported to police a gray car with California license plates seen at the McCleary residence recently. The Sheriff’s Office discloses that Mr. McCleary is the person of interest in both the fire and an on-going investigation of substantial fraud. The details of the fraud investigation are not being disclosed.

Anyone with information regarding the fire or Mr. McCleary’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2011 (Communications), or 775-887-2500, Investigations Division.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Civil Division
Date: June 5, 2011 
Subject: Solicitors

Have solicitors been in your Carson City neighborhood? Would you know if the person or persons coming to your door to sell you a product is in compliance with the law?

Pursuant to the Carson City Municipal Code, it is unlawful for any solicitor or canvasser to engage in such business within Carson City without first obtaining a permit.

Solicitors must first obtain a Carson City Business License then proceed in obtaining a Solicitor Permit issued by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office before soliciting within the city.

Potential solicitors are required to provide valid identification with photograph and are then checked for wants and warrants. If the individual comes back clear, they are then photographed and fingerprinted before a Solicitor Permit is issued.

A proper Solicitor Permit (badge) will always contain a photograph, name, issuance date, expiration date and an assigned number, including Carson City Sheriff’s Office at the top. The permit is required to be displayed in a conspicuous manner when soliciting.

Hours of operation within Carson City for solicitors are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only, excluding Sundays and holidays.

If a solicitor comes to your home, their permit should be in plain view. Ask to see their permit. If they do not comply, shut your door and lock it. If a solicitor becomes aggressive, shut your door and lock it.

If you feel threatened or are harmed in any way, call 911.

You are not obligated to buy a product and do not owe the solicitor an explanation.

If you see criminal 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: Deputy Craig Erven
Date: June 4, 2011 
Subject: Residential Burglary Activity

It seems were are not even enjoying summer weather yet but the criminals are taking advantage of no snow on the ground and the 60 degree heat wave we are having as proven by the rash of residential and auto burglaries that have occurred in the last few weeks. In a 10 block area near Carson Airport we have had 17 residential and auto burglaries reported in the last 15 days and 41 residential and commercial burglaries in Carson City reported in the last 21 days. The weather may not say so but summer is upon us.

Burglary is a serious crime because of the financial and material losses to victims and the physiological upset which may follow. Your great grandmother’s ring may fetch $20 on the streets but is priceless to you and the thought of losing family heirlooms in that manor can be devastating. Unfortunately burglary is also a fairly common crime and accounts for a substantial part of the load on our Sheriff’s Office, courts and prison system.

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very applicable to prevent a home burglary, but it should be noted that a determined, experienced burglar can probably break into just about any home or auto. Most burglars are opportunists, they are looking for targets that provide the best opportunity for them and will be able to spot easy targets quickly. So what can you do to help prevent residential burglaries.

Keep a well maintained yard and property; burglars are looking for seclusion or places to hide (day or night). Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed to cut down on hiding spots.

Lighting – Burglars like to hide and darkness only enhances their ability to do so. Lighting at doors and windows is something a burglar does not want to see. Motion detectors are also a good option if you don’t like having lights on all the time.

Make it look like someone is home even when you aren’t. Putting lights on a timer or leaving the TV or stereo on while you’re gone makes a person think someone is at home and might prevent your house from being burglarized. Have a neighbor pick those newspapers off the driveway or the mail piled in the mailbox which broadcast a message that the house is empty.

One of the surest ways to help prevent a burglary is a security system. When the system is present and armed, it sends a quick message to the wood-be intruder that this house just isn’t worth the trouble or the risk and they move on to an easier target. Many insurance companies offer discounts on your premiums if you have such a system in place. When a security system is activated, the alarm company calls Dispatch and puts in a call for service requesting Deputies respond to the address in question.


Locks – To most this is common sense but it is easy to forget if you’re running late to work or rushing your kids to school, but keep your doors and windows locked. And if you don’t think this happens, ask the 10 plus families I took residential burglary reports from who simply forgot to lock a door or window in the last few weeks. Sometimes opportunistic crooks are just looking for an open door-literally, DON’T GIVE IT TO THEM.

Purchase and place small wooded sticks behind windows and sliders incase the burglar does pry the lock he won’t be able to open the window.

Just as I don’t patrol the same route and streets in my beat the same way every day, don’t get in the habit of leaving the house the same way every time you leave, for instance, all the shades down and the porch light on.

Purchase a small safe and bolt it to the ground. There’s no reason for your jewelry and valuables to be in the back of your sock drawer, it is not a safe and secure location. If a burglar does gain entry into your residence he won’t be able to leave with a even a small safe let alone a large one bolted to the sub-floor or ground.

These ideas are no where exhaustive or new but you get the idea. Take a few easy steps to keep your home from appearing as an inviting target for a home burglar. The fact is, you probably know most of this stuff but are you doing it? Simple steps can definitely help prevent a residential burglary.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Captain Clay Wall
Date: May 23, 2011
Subject: Burglaries

Burglaries: Vehicle and Residential

Recently there has been a rash of vehicle and residential burglaries. There have been some noticeable similarities in many of these crimes.

Thieves are gaining entry into vehicles through unlocked doors. There have also been a few cases where entry is made by damaging the vehicle. It is important to not leave items of value inside your vehicle, especially out in open view. Covering items of value with a towel or blanket only sparks a thief’s interest. CD holders and loose change are enough for a thief to steal from your car.

The home burglar is coming to your door and ringing the doorbell or knocking to see if they will get a response. If there is no response they may try to gain entry, forcibly or through an unlocked door or widow.

If you should see a person knocking on doors notify the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at (775) 887-2007. For an emergency call 911. When calling, try to give a description of the person, location of the person, what direction they are traveling and if there is a vehicle involved. Keep a watchful eye out for your house and your neighbor’s property.

Carson City does allow solicitors who may knock on your doors. Here are a few laws you should know about, pertaining to solicitors.

4.16.100 - Hours for soliciting.
The permit of the applicant shall contain the authorization for the applicant to make solicitations in Carson City on all days except Sundays and holidays and only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Solicitations at any other time or on any other day than as herein stated is expressly declared to be a violation of this chapter.
4.16.050 - Badges.

The sheriff shall issue to each permittee at the time of delivery of his permit a badge which shall contain the words "solicitor's permit" and the number of the permit.

Such badge shall, during the time such permittee is engaged in soliciting, be worn constantly by the permittee on the front of his outer garment in such a way as to be conspicuous.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Lisa Davis, DARE Officer and Juvenile Services Coordinator
Date: May 17, 2011
Subject: Cops and Kids Sheriff's Open House 


Carson City Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 8th Annual Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House safety, crime and substance abuse awareness fair. This special event will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011 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 designed to: (1) build positive relationships between law enforcement, youth and citizens; (2) increase awareness about ways to prevent crime, substance abuse, violence and gangs; (3) allow youth the opportunity to meet positive role models and participate in positive alternative activities. To that end, this year Carson City Sheriff’s Office is focus on increasing community awareness of our local law enforcement programs - many of which are have received recognition and awards over the past several years. We encourage every citizen to visit with members of the Canine Unit, Motors, EUDL (underage drinking), S.W.A.T., Search and Rescue, Mounted Unit, Reserves, Volunteers in Police Service, Explorers, CSI Crime Lab, Evidence, Detention, Patrol, Cops and Kids Community Prevention & DARE.

Additionally, Sheriff Ken Furlong has added two new informational programs to our list of prevention services. First, Carson City Sheriff’s Office joined the National Child Safety Council to access some of the most current and up to date prevention and safety information, educational activities, and awareness supplies for a variety of issues which are paid for by donations from the community. The Cops and Kids Community Prevention Program focused primary efforts to address calling 911, child safety tips, bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, as well as current drug trends.

Second, materials from the Take 25 Safety Campaign through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will be available to assist parents with talking to their children about safety. Take 25 provides free information is printed in English and Spanish includes safety tips for home, going to and from school, going out in public places, and on the Internet will be on hand and child identification kits.

“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/deputy by first name, barriers are reduced and trust with confidence is built.”

This event started in an effort to give back to the community and is partially funded by a Justice Assistance Grant. It has grown and gained so much community support that sponsors stepped in to defray costs. Grocery Outlet, Kemp’s Fun Jumpers, Benson’s Feed, Economy Speed Press and Dan Kimm Rock It Productions all donate or provide services at minimum cost. The result is free activities to learn and have fun, free hot dogs and beverages while supplies last, and prizes for youth who complete many of the activities. 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.”

Additionally, the public can enjoy many hands-on activities from sheriff’s office employees, local agencies including the Partnership Carson City, Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada, Mentor Center, Ron Wood Family Resource Center, Victory Christian Center, 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 continuing the tradition of building strong positive bonds between law enforcement, youth and the community. We hope you join us! For more information call Lisa Davis at (775) 887-2500 ext. 7809.
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To: All Media Representatives
From: Lisa Davis, DARE Officer and Juvenile Services Coordinator
Date: May 15, 2011
Subject: Take 25 National Child Safety Campaign

NATIONAL CHILD SAFETY CAMPAIGN MARKS
NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY

Children’s Actions Result in Escape From 50 Percent of Attempted Abductions

Carson City, Nevada - May 15, 2011 – Carson City Sheriff’s Office has joined the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to participate in the Take 25 national child safety campaign which takes place during the month of May. Sheriff Ken Furlong will host a Take 25 outreach project at Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House & Safety Fair on May 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Safety materials – printed in English and Spanish child identification kits will be available for parents to help them Take 25 minutes to have a dialogue about safety issues at home, on the Internet, and out in the community.

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “It is important that we grasp every opportunity to enhance the safety of our children. Throughout their lives, they will face many challenges. Many of the challenges will present the child at great risk to harm. Fortunately, Take 25 will allow many children to learn important precautionary measures that will enhance their welfare and may one day save a life.”

May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The Take 25 campaign will help parents and others teach children to be alert to potential threats and provide simple preventative steps that children can take to stay safe.

DARE Officer Lisa Davis said, “One of the issues that we see is that many children do not know their address, telephone numbers and full name of their parents or guardians. Children should know their parent’s names and how to reach them at work or on their cell phones. They also need to know to call a trusted adult or 911 in case of an emergency.” Additional safety tips that parents can share with their child include:

• Take a walking tour of the neighborhood and tell them which homes they may visit without a parent.

• Teach them to ask before leaving home and to stay with a friend whenever they’re playing outside or going anywhere. In DARE, we teach a skill known as “Strength in Numbers” or the “Buddy System” which helps youth to be safe and to help them make wise, healthy choices to stay out of trouble.

• Learn about the Internet and become better prepared to teach children about potential risks. Visit www.NetSmartz.org to learn more.

NCMEC launched the campaign to encourage families to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about ways to stay safer. A website for the campaign, www.Take25.org, lists 25 safety tips that can help save a child’s life. The campaign begins May 1 and continues through National Missing Children’s Day on May 25. Nationwide, more than 1100 events are scheduled in over 400 communities and in 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,200 children each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. Each year, 115 children are the victims of the most serious long-term abductions that people consider “stereotypical kidnappings.” NCMEC found that in 56% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors by yelling, kicking, pulling away, running away or attracting attention.
“We know teaching children about safety works. Children’s actions enable them to escape attempted abductions more than half of the time. It is important that parents and others take the time to talk to their children about these issues,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC.
Carson City Sheriff’s Office invites every parent to become a partner in teaching children about safety and join us as we all join “Take 25.”

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Lisa Davis, DARE Officer and Juvenile Services Coordinator
Date: May 10, 2011
Subject: Eagles Lodge Donates to CCSO DARE Program

The Eagles Lodge 1006 donated $785 to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Program. The funds were raised from a Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction sponsored by the Carson City Nugget and R & D Construction. Additionally, generous gifts were made by individual members.

When asked what motivated them to show such support, Secretary Doug Sausedo stated, “We wanted to start keeping our monies and contributions local. We donated to Safe Grad. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Program was next on our list. It is important for us as a community to support youth as they learn to make good decisions.”

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “We are fortunate to have the support from our community for D.A.R.E. and all of our Cops and Kids Program. We thank the Eagles Lodge for their donation which will be spent on our youth programs. Our children are our future. We need to support and help them make good decisions and even help them when they make a poor choice. We have all made mistakes and yet, we all somehow turn out ok. Our children need that same opportunity.” These funds will be used to help purchase D.A.R.E. t-shirts for next school year.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: March 9, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Carson City Crime

Reported crimes in Carson City hit its lowest point during February since the Sheriff’s Office began collecting and analyzing the trends. There were 112 incidences of major crimes, such as homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and theft. There were 122 less severe crimes reported in the community for the same period. In total, the 234 reported crimes is 22% less than any monthly rate previously reported since collection began. The previous low for any month was 294 incidences.

While February is normally one of the lowest crime incidence months of the year, this one differed from others. Both major and minor reported offenses declined significantly and crimes being resolved were up by over 57%. These three key crime indicators combined suggests that the community is fighting back and having success. Total monthly crime occurrences dropped below 300 for the first time in October 2008. In 2010, this low was matched three times (February, September and November). February 2011 shattered those lows.

While local law enforcement, prosecution and the courts are often looked upon to reduce crime, other factors are likely more significant. In addition to public safety efforts, nationally recognized contributing factors to crime include size and density of the population, climate, youth concentration, economic status in the community, transportation, stability of the population, recreation and religious characteristics, and cooperation among overlapping jurisdictions. Now into it’s second year of operation, the regional gang enforcement unit exemplifies just one overlapping jurisdictional effort in cooperation between Carson City, Douglas County and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office’s. This unit is funded by a grant award from the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance.

In a recent study of offenses by age groups, the Sheriff’s Office noted that our best progress (trend) has been witnessed among our youth under the age of 18. While we continue to have a low tolerance for juvenile misbehavior in this community, annual juvenile crime arrests have plummeted from over 1000 annually in 1997 to approximately 400 in 2010. Our kids get it and we as adults can learn from there cooperation. The age group struggling the most for the same period is our 18 to 24 year old adults.

Monthly reported crime reports are submitted to the Nevada Department of Public Safety and are used to determine annual crime rates for communities across the country. The Uniform Crime Reporting reports crime in Carson City peaked in 1995 at over 51 annual incidents per 1000 residents. The latest report published for 2009 puts the crime rate in Carson City at just 23 per 1000 residents. The rate for 2010 will not be available until June.

This is all good news as we weather through tough economic times in the community. In July 2010, the Sheriff’s Office, along with all other city government offices, were forced to implement serious budget cut-backs. But the resolve of community crime prevention efforts was not affected. Instead of cutting back on our efforts, innovative solutions to crime prevention have been implemented. One such move was to publish Carson City warrants and the Top Ten Most Wanted list on the city web site. Viewers to the web site jumped from a monthly average of approximately 2000 to over 9000 in just one month. Early indictors of success have been noted with increased arrests of offenders.

The efforts of the Sheriff’s Office will continue to evolve as we go through this and future years. The philosophy is simple. A community that is well informed is one that is best poised to make a difference. Our civic organizations, recreational activities, and focus groups such as Partnership Carson City, are the best tools in the box. Capitalizing on these good will efforts only serves to enhance the quality of life in Carson City.

In addition to groups seeking positive change, a major contributing crime prevention effort is the prompt reporting of curious or suspicious activities. Residents and business owners alike know best what is normal in their area. Reporting suspicions rapidly gets officers into the areas where the crime may be prevented. For years, suspicious activities or persons have rated in the top 10 reasons the Sheriff’s Office is summoned to an area.

The drop in crime during February gives us plenty of reason to celebrate. It also gives us an new mark (crime rate) to beat. I hope that others will join me in increasing our community crime prevention efforts by banding together and stomping out crime. If it doesn’t look right to you, it probably isn’t; Report It.

For more information on crime trends and ways to protect yourself, visit the Sheriff’s Office web site at CCSheriff.com.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Captain Clay Wall
Date: February 14, 2011
Subject: Recent Thefts

Recently the Carson City area has been experiencing a rash of thefts ranging from vehicle burglaries, residential burglaries and thefts from storage yards. A predominate factor in most of these thefts is property left unsecured.

Vehicles left with doors unlocked and property or money left inside is the main target of auto burglaries. It would help if vehicle doors were locked and no property or money was left inside. There are also wireless driveway alert systems, some priced as low as $15.00, which could alert you of an intruder entering your vehicle or property. Please call the Sheriff’s Office before confronting an intruder.

Residential thefts usually occur during the day when people are at work. It is important to keep a watchful eye on your neighborhood. Write down information on suspicious vehicles and people. This information may help should a neighbor become a victim to a residential burglary. The next page will have a brief form of information to look for. Feel free to print it out and keep a copy to fill in if needed. To help prevent a residential burglary, keep your doors and windows locked. Install an alarm system or a WEB camera that you can view on line. A barking dog, turning on a television or radio, may also be a deterrent.
Keep gates locked and valuables out of site.
Techniques that have been used recently are, the thief will knock loudly on your door to see if your home. They may also say they are looking for their pet or try to sell you something. If this happens take special note of their appearance and write it down. Try and get a description of their vehicle and a plate number or take a picture with your cell phone.

Record serial numbers or place owner applied numbers on your valuables. An owner applied number can be alpha/numeric between 1-20 digits. An example: 456732ABZ. This number along with a property description would be added into a nation wide data base, (NCIC), of stolen property. This helps with the capture of criminals and the return of your property. Thieves do not like property with serial numbers marked on them. Follow this link to view a, home inventory sheet, it will help with recording property. If the link malfunctions, copy and paste the link below into your address bar of your internet browser.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT010117254.aspx#ai:TC006090426|

Storage yards are also popular for thefts. Thefts from storage yards usually occur after business hours. If able, secure property inside and keep if from view. Leaving property outside in plain view is an invitation to a thief. Keep a recording of all property and set up a security surveillance alarm system if able.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 21, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Carson City Traffic Accidents

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has completed a review of traffic accident locations throughout the community that occurred in 2010. A map of Carson and where the accidents occur can be viewed through the official Carson City website, or by going directly to “ccsheriff.com”.

In 2010, the total number of traffic accidents declined from 2009 by 13%. 2010 was 22% below 2008 totals (totals approximated based on monthly reporting). However, the accidents still continue to be a priority of the Sheriff. Each accident represents an increased probability of a fatality and the department’s enforcement and education goal is to have none. One fatality was suffered in 2010 on the South Carson Street zone near Clearview Drive caused by a vehicle traveling down the wrong side of the road.

The mapping concept of accidents allows a visual representation of where our most troublesome accident areas exist. The numbers of accidents are broken into seven groups (totals), with 26-30 accident scenes being the most critical. There were no locations in town falling into this most critical category in either 2010 or 2009. In 2008 there were three most critical intersections.

The second most critical intersections are those having 21-25 accidents in a year time. In both 2008 and 2009 there were two locations falling into this category, with three in 2010. The mapping identifies the most dangers locations in 2010 to be Fairview/Roop Streets, Fairview/395 Bi-pass, and Carson/Winnie Lane. At each of these locations, traffic is controlled by a traffic signal. Also contributing to many of these accidents is drivers making “left hand” turns and crossing on-coming traffic.

With the opening of the second leg of the bi-pass last year, Fairview Drive more than doubled the amount of daily traffic flow. City Engineer Andy Burnham approximated traffic counts on Fairview went from approximately 12,000 cars per day in 2009 to over 30,000 in 2010. That significant increase passes through both residential and business zones. As a community this is problematic. Freeway completion is anticipated to help along this corridor, yet continues to be several years down the road.

The third most critical intersections are those having 16-20 accidents. In each year, approximately five locations were identified. For 2010, the locations were Carson Street at College Parkway, Eagle Station and at Old Clear Creek, and Saliman at Fairview and Williams Street (Hwy 50 East). Even in this group, each of the locations identified is controlled by a traffic signal. All drivers should be extra vigilant when passing through these areas.

In mid year 2010, the Sheriff’s Office was included in city wide budget reductions. Suffering the greatest operational impact was the Sheriff’s Traffic Management assignments. Staffing reductions resulted in less time available to target enforcement. For the year end, citations for violations were down nearly 10%. Even so, the department intends to increase enforcement in those areas suffering the greatest number of accidents. For the highest accidents areas, along Fairview Drive and at Winnie and Carson Streets, the Sheriff has directed “warnings” will not be permitted. If a vehicle is stopped for even a minor violation, the driver of the vehicle must be cited. It is essential that we aggressively go after those who may cause these accidents to occur.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the very active Carson Community for staying in tune with our crime prevention and traffic safety efforts. As a reminder, you can keep track of what’s happening in your neighborhood by accessing “Crimeview” from our website or the electronic version of the Nevada Appeal.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Captain Ken Sandage 
Date: January 18, 2011
Subject: Car Buglary Prevention 

When you're away from your car; in a restaurant or stepping out to return a DVD, the only thing that comes between an opportunistic thief and the valuables in your car is a sheet of safety glass or often times a simple lift of the door handle.
Many times car burglars are after your stereo, CD collection or other loose belongings you've left in your car, like a cell phone, iPod or even your wallet, purse, laptop or garage door opener that you've left in plain sight.

Unfortunately, car burglaries can be expensive, from the cost of repairs to replacing your belongings. They can leave you feeling victimized too. You can minimize the likelihood you'll fall prey to a costly car burglary by following these simple burglary prevention tips by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

Car Burglary Prevention Tips

1) Hide your valuables. Smash-and-grab car burglars aren't exactly criminal masterminds. Many simply act on impulse. So keep your valuable belongings with you, or out of sight. Car floors, dashboards and seats are not good places to leave items like:

• Purses and wallets
• Laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks
• Shopping bags
• Cell phones and MP3 players
• Loose change and CDs
• Keys

If you can't take items with you, hide them out of sight in your trunk.

2) Keep your car visible. The last thing thieves want is a crowd of onlookers to witness their crime. You can help prevent a burglary by parking your car in crowded areas, such as:

• Busy parking lots and designated spaces, near pedestrian and vehicle traffic
• Well-lit spaces, especially those near a lamppost if you're out after dusk
• Parking lots with an attendant

3) Make burglaries difficult. Smash-and-grab car burglars don't want the complexity of a caper movie when stealing your iPod or cash. Every hurdle you can provide makes it more likely they'll move on. Following this simple advice will give you an added layer of protection against car burglaries.

• Lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park
• Activate your security system
• Consider window tinting (if permitted by local laws)
• Avoid using the console or glove box as mobile lockboxes

4) Don't hand a car burglar your keys. Leaving your key on the dash or in the ignition is an invitation to a car burglar. And keep in mind that if you have a great hiding place for a spare key (in your wheel well or above your sun visor), a thief has thought of it, too.

5) Stow your belongings before you get there. Experienced thieves often stake out parking lots. Move valuable items, like shopping bags and laptops, to your trunk before you get to the parking lot.

6) Trust your instincts. If you see suspicious activity, find somewhere else to park. Don't confront anyone: If you're concerned, report your suspicions to an attendant or the police. By reporting suspicious activity to the proper authorities, you can help prevent others from becoming a victim of a car burglary or another crime.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 12, 2011
Subject: Press Release - 2010 Year in Review

 

With preliminary information being reported for the calendar year 2010, we can now look back at our gains and glance forward to achieve improvements next year.

 

Crime rates for the year continued to decline in 2010. By end of year (CompStat), Part I crime was down 4% (1826 occurrences) from 2009 levels (1900 occurrences) and down 13% from 2008 (2103 occurrences). This trend is consistent with state and national trends heading in the same direction. To our advantage, crime clearance rates in Carson City continue to show progress this year with a preliminary estimate of over 40%. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank and congratulate everyone for a great year.

Part I Crimes

2008

2009

2010

% Change ’09-‘10

Homicide

0

0

0

No Change

Forcible Rape

0

1

1

No Change

Robbery

23

27

19

- 30%

Aggravated Assault

197

150

152

+ 1%

Simple Assault

671

588

582

- 1%

Burglary (Bus/Res)

191

193

182

- 5%

Burglary Other

85

73

93

+ 27%

Theft from Vehicles

270

229

218

- 5%

Other Thefts

566

554

499

- 10%

Auto Theft

100

85

80

- 6%

Part II Crimes

2008

2009

2010

% Change ’09-‘10

Total Crime

2,441

2,211

2,146

- 3%

These preliminary indicators have met the administrations expectations in all measured areas. Although at the half-way point of calendar year 2010 we experienced deep cuts in our budget, our services levels continue to be delivered exceptionally. Most notably, response times to calls for service. When we measure emergency and priority 1 call response times (time from call received at dispatch to time first deputy arrives on scene), our delivery continues to improve (even with fewer staff).

There is a “most” notable achievement made in this community and department in 2010. For eight years we have used CompStat and UCR (for 16 years) to track crime trends and measure our program outcomes. I can tell you that these results have been a critical focus of this administration. In 2009, for the first time, a monthly preliminary crime occurrence rate dropped below 300 in one single month. However, in 2010 that achievement was met three times. That achievement has not been otherwise met in the last 16 years. I could not be more pleased with the assistance given by the community and the initiative exerted by everyone here to further that cause. Our primary responsibility is the safety of this town, and it is quite apparent that we are achieving results.

For the year in whole, vandalism led all indicators with 633 incidents. While down 5% from the previous year and 19% from 2008, this crime category marks the most frequent report taken. This offense is followed by Simple Assaults (582; down 1%), and Thefts (499; down 10%). Keep up the good work.

The departments overall calls for service continue to decline appropriately to crime data. 2010 marked another decline in calls for service received, marking eight consecutive years. Since January 2004, calls for service have trend declined from 2150 per month to 1,500 per month today.

In reviewing the types of calls for service we are most frequently responding to, the top three natures include Welfare Check (1,618), Abandoned Vehicles (1,064), and Suspicious Vehicles (1,022). This speaks well for the community as it displays concerned and vigilant neighbors. As I have spoken often, given the early opportunity, we can likely intervene and prevent many offenses from taking place.

Key Figures

2008

2009

2010

% Change ’09-‘10

Calls for Service

21,098

18,510

18,379

- 1%

Reports Filed

7,895

7,777

7,125

- 8%

Bookings (CCSO)

2,982

2,667

2,537

- 5%

Response Time

6:40

6:39

6:21

- 5%

Traffic Accidents

998

897

782

- 13%

Alarm Responses

1,681

1,571

1,562

- 1%

Stolen Property Recovered

$255,943

$256,890

$253,534

- 1%

For the upcoming year, the administration has declared two crime prevention activities as critical to our success: warrants service and crime preventative programs. Over the past four years, the amount of warrants on hand at dispatch has climbed from approximately 2,000 to over 3,300. Our immediate goal is to reduce by 33% the amount of warrants by service. Increased emphasis on community education is also essential. With reduced staffing levels, it is to our advantage that we engage the widest community to be on the alert and watch for suspicious activities. To this initiative, I am pleased with the reformatting of beat assignments, clearly a leading initiative showing positive results.

While gang activity has given strong indications of dramatic declines (as viewed in crime rates), we still have insufficient data to make strong conclusions. However, I believe that we have turned a corner on gang violence. This can largely be attributed to increased enforcement by both patrol deputies and an effective Special Enforcement tactic over the past 2-3 years. Continued aggressive enforcement and community education is critical.

Our drugs of choice in the community continue to be marijuana and methamphetamine. However, heroin has risen steadily and alarmed everyone. Threat assessment reports give strong indications that the I-80 and U.S. 95 highway systems are major contributing factors. In response, the administration has approved several initiatives proposed by deputies and SET to conduct multiple joint operations targeting the movement of drugs.

In December, we asked department heads to provide recommended improvements and suggestions for 2011. These internal adjustments are being implemented and should result in several new effective and efficient internal processes. Most important that will impact everyone, the department will be implementing new software for scheduling and reporting time worked. I am fully aware of the positive impact of this change, as well as it being a major change in the way we do day to day business. Staffing reductions and changes make this new program a critical factor.

Crime analysis will be the 2011 focus. Targeting appropriately traffic and crime trends, it’s our intention to place resources in the best areas to create the positive result. For example, a study is already underway to compare the three year trend of traffic accidents. By making better use of this information, we hope to achieve accident reductions in those high accident zones. Likewise, crime mapping in the beats allow for better coverage of our residences and businesses. Our goal, reduce crime and prevent the loss of life.

Again, we would like to compliment everyone’s positive efforts and our outstanding performers for 2010: Team Award, Dispatch; Volunteer of the Year, Mr. Valentine; Deputy of the Year, Deputy TJ Bogan; Civilian of the Year, Elizabeth Martin; and Supervisor of the Year, Captain Ken Sandage.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Sheriff Ken Furlong
Date: January 12, 2011
Subject: Press Release – Carson City Wanted Persons

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has created new entries on the departments website that are intended to enhance crime prevention efforts and provide better information for families and friends. The website can be reached through the official Carson City website, or by going directly to “ccsheriff.com”.

The newest addition now up and running provides a lengthy list of arrest warrants that are active. The listing contains the name, birth date, last known address, type of warrant (offense), and the bail amounts of the warrant. The listing will be updated monthly. In addition, this click on tab of the website will also contain a separate listing of the “most wanted” in the near future.

As we rolled over our calendars to 2011, there were over 3,300 active warrants on file. To reduce this number, the Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help and assistance of everyone in locating the persons. The goal of the Sheriff is to reduce the number of warrants by 33% during the year; so if you know you have a warrant, be aware. Anyone with information on the location or contact information of a person listed, please contact the Public Safety Communications Center at 775-887-2011.

Three additional added features will soon be available. These include home/family use information on how to identify key indicators that someone may be involved in gangs, how to identify drug use, and where traffic accidents most often occur throughout the town. We hope to have all of these informational/educational tabs up and running by the end of January.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the very active Carson Community for staying in tune with our crime prevention efforts. As a reminder, you can keep track of what’s happening in your neighborhood by accessing “Crimeview” from our website or the electronic version of the Nevada Appeal.

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To: All Media Representatives
From: Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Date: January, 5, 2011
Subject: National Night Out Award

On January 5, 2011 Carson City Sheriff’s Office received a national award for “Outstanding Citizen Participation” for the 2010 National Night Out special event hosted in August. National Night Out heightens crime and drug prevention awareness, community safety and, as in the case of Carson City, strengthens police-community partnerships. This award is the latest in the list of recognitions Carson City Sheriff’s Office received for the 2010 event including Congressional Awards from Congressman Dean Heller and a Letter of Commendation from Senator John Ensign.

National Night Out is the largest coordinated prevention effort in the United States. In his awards notification letter, Matt A. Peskin, National Project Coordinator wrote, “This year’s event involved 37.0 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. We extend our congratulations for being selected among the nation’s best … Again we salute you and your community for a job well done!”

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “along with all of the community wide support that we are thankful for, all of the public safety entities, service organizations and wellness partners, including Partnership Carson City, have been instrumental in this achievement. This years federal congressional representatives, Attorney General, and our friends at the Nevada Air National Guard, Nevada National Guard, as well as Recruiters from the
U.S. Marine, Navy and Army made it particularly special. We have many opportunities in Carson, opportunities that improve the quality of life of both the community and individual. It is a great pleasure each August to see all of the efforts and enthusiasm of this town all coming together in our most beautiful Mills Park centered on prevention and education.”

Carson City Sheriff’s Office celebrates National Night Out as the culmination of the law enforcement initiatives to address crime and drugs by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, the partners, and our citizens. In 2010 there were over 110 exhibits involving representatives from law enforcement, military, public safety and community organizations. The event would not be possible without business sponsorships from Target, Smith’s Food & Drug, the Down Town Business Association, Grocery Outlet, Cal Neva Towing, The Peddler’s Fare, Fun Jumpers, Economy Speed Press, Carson Now and Nevada Appeal.

Carson City is listed ninth in the nation in the community-size category which is the highest ranking we have ever received, and the only community award given in the state of Nevada (Las Vegas Metro placed in the All Star category).

Carson City Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to National Night Out in 2011.

 

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