Mesquite, NV – On Saturday, April 26th, the Mesquite Police Department will participate in National Drug Take Back Day in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Residents are encouraged to “Spring clean” their medicine cabinets and bring expired or unused prescription pill medication to the Mesquite Police Department at 695 Mayan Circle for proper disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This service is free, anonymous, and offers convenient disposal.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family, friends, and the home medicine cabinet.
For more information on Saturday’s Drug Take Back event in Mesquite please call 702-346-5262.
Mesquite, NV – The Senior Class of 2014 may have many plans after graduation, but their first night as “Graduates” will be spent with the Mesquite Police Department.
The Mesquite Police Department wants to give the graduating class a fun filled night at a safe location to spend their time after graduation ceremonies. The evening will consist of entertainment, food, and prizes for the graduates.
Members of the Virgin Valley High School senior class along with Mesquite Police Officers will be contacting local Mesquite businesses to ask for donations, which will fund the food, prizes, and money to make this event possible. Each graduate will receive a raffle ticket, which may win them a valuable prize. Some of the prizes may include lap top computers, televisions, and a chance to grab cash in a money wind booth.
The grad party will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Mesquite Recreation Center. The doors will be open from 9:00 PM until midnight. The doors are locked from midnight to 4:00 AM and NO ONE will be allowed to leave, unless it is with a parent.
“The Mesquite Police Department wants to provide a safe and fun environment for graduating seniors,” said Chief Troy Tanner. “Our officers have volunteered their time planning the event and always enjoy spending quality time with our future leaders.” This will be the 10th year the police department has put on the event.
For those who would like to donate to Grad Night Out, please contact Officer Craig Empey 702-346-5262 ext #6118 or Detective Gary Erickson at ext #6062 or come into the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle.
Mesquite, NV- On March 26, 2014, students at Virgin Valley High School witnessed first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving. “Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program, which involved Virgin Valley High School students. The program is aimed at encouraging students to think about personal safety, make mature decisions, and recognizing that their actions affect others.
Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner stated; “I feel it is crucial to get the message out to our youth that drinking and driving ruins lives. The “Every 15 Minutes” program is the greatest drinking and driving educational program available for students. The program was made possible through months of planning, donations, and hard work. I want to thank all those who had a hand in making this program a success and something the youth who experienced it will never forget.”
The Mesquite Police Department will plan and organize the next “Every 15 Minutes” program set for spring 2016.
Mesquite, NV – On Friday, March 28, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives arrested four Mesquite residents on three separate narcotic related investigations.
Two Mesquite residents were arrested for selling narcotics out of their home. Roy Goodson, 35, was charged with four counts of felony Transporting Controlled Substance, four counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and four counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. Roy’s wife Allena Goodson, 30, was charged with three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and four counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
On a separate case, Robert Ferrell, 43, was charged with two counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, one count of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and two counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
Robin Bute, 43, was arrested on the same evening on a separate case and charged with Possession of Marijuana, I.T.S Drugs, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Ferrell and Bute were arrested on November 22, 2013 for similar drug related charges. They were both awaiting sentencing for those charges at the time of their most recent arrest.
Mesquite, NV- On
March 26, 2014, students at Virgin Valley
High School will witness first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving.
“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day
program involving high school students which encourage them to think about
personal safety when alcohol is involved, making mature decisions and
recognizing that their actions affect others. It is based on the 1980's
statistics that every 15 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related
incident. As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, a DUI crash reconstruction
scene will be set up on Valley View Drive on Wednesday, March 26 at 8:30 a.m.
Two mangled vehicles will be
towed to the scene and four students will be positioned inside as part of the
DUI scene reconstruction. Fire department, medical, and police personnel will
help to “rescue” the participants. A Mercy Air helicopter will also land
and transport one of the “victims” to the hospital. Students will witness the reconstruction
from bleachers set near the crash scene.
“Our hope is we can bring
awareness to our teenagers. The goal is to demonstrate the possible
consequences of drinking and driving and the many lives it affects”, says Mesquite
Police Sergeant Mike Van Houten. “What they witness and learn here could
possibly save their life and those of others.”
The following day, March 27, an
assembly will be held in the high school gym at 8:00 am to support the message
to teenagers that drinking and driving costs lives.
Mesquite, NV –
Monday, March 17, 2014 Shawnanna Starr Guerrero Flores, 36,
pled guilty in Mesquite Municipal Court to Obtaining Money Under False
Pretenses, Obstruction of Justice, and Unlawful Acts Involving Electronic Mail
or Transmission of Other Data. Flores was sentenced by Moapa Justice of
the Peace (Mesquite Municipal Court Pro Tem Judge) Ruth Kolhoss to serve 12
months in the Mesquite Detention Center. Judge Kolhoss also ordered Flores
complete a mental evaluation, pay restitution in the amount of $745.26, and serve
500 hours of community service with an organization dedicated to assisting
victims of cancer.
sentence came after argument by Mesquite Deputy City Attorney Bob Sweetin and
Flores’ defense counsel. During the sentencing hearing numerous victims
of Flores’ scheme to defraud the Mesquite community took the stand and
expressed how Flores’ actions affected them, their lives, and the community as
Mesquite, NV – During the early morning hours of Thursday, March 06, 2014 Mesquite patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on Interstate 15, due to a traffic violation.
Officers conducted a consensual search of the driver and located .7 grams of methamphetamine, 3.6 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding a bundle of US Currency. The department’s drug sniffing canine was then called to the scene and a canine drug sniff of the vehicle was conducted. The K9 alerted to more bundles of US currency hidden inside a natural void of the vehicle. A total of $74,000 in US Currency was found hidden throughout the vehicle.
The driver, identified as Omar Muro, 35, of Los Angeles, California was arrested and charged for felony trafficking controlled substance, felony possession of controlled substance, felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The passenger, identified as David Hurtado, 22, of Costa Mesa, California was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act.
Muro and Hurtado were both transported to the Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas.
In response to the arrest and seizure, Mesquite Police Captain Scott Taylor stated “I commend the hardworking patrol officers for their excellent police work and keen observation. There is no doubt our officers are some of the finest.”
Mesquite, NV – The Every 15 Minutes Program is an emotionally charged two-day event designed to promote the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol. This powerful program challenges students to think before consuming alcohol, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions.
This spring the Mesquite Police Department will conduct the nationally recognized program with the support of Mesquite Fire & Rescue and Mesa View Hospital.
Many local businesses have committed to donating goods and services towards this event, but there are still opportunities to help. For more information contact Sgt. Mike Van Houten at 702-346-5262, ext 6004. Donations can also be made in person at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle during business hours.
Mesquite, NV- Emergency calls made on cellular phones within Mesquite
City limits through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon cellular networks
are now routed directly to the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) Communications
Dispatch Center. The enhancement of MPD dispatch center has allowed MPD to
replace the antiquated 911 cellular call process. The old system consisted of
all 911 cellular calls being routed to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
(LVMPD) Communication Center, who would then transfer the call to Mesquite dispatch.
Now, 911 calls from most cellular networks will go directly to the Mesquite
dispatch center. This updates allows information to be passed quicker to
dispatchers and subsequently improving response times for emergency services.
When a cellphone call is made, a cell tower transmitting the cell
signal will determine to which dispatch center a call is directed. There have
been reports that calls made within Mesquite, but close to the edge of city
limits have been picked up by cell towers that transmit to LVMPD. Calls made from Bunkerville, or other
locations bordering on, or outside the city limits, will continue to be
dispatched through LVMPD for response by the emergency service agency assigned
to that area.
Pay as you go phones do not fall under the same update requirements as
the larger carriers. It is unknown which
dispatch center those users will reach. In any instance, when dialing 911,
callers should always first clearly identify in what city the emergency is
“Receiving a wireless phone
call to the Mesquite Dispatch was the last step in completing the enhanced 911
communications system. The first step was to upgrade communication equipment to
access wireless call information. The enhanced part of the system is what
allows dispatchers to access caller information,” said Clarissa Larsen,
Communications Support Services Manager.
The enhanced equipment qualified the MPD to request wireless 911 calls
come directly into the MPD, but not before meeting strict requirements and
months of rigorous equipment testing.
“The migration to the enhanced 911 system has been a
huge undertaking and we are proud to say that we have met our goal to implement
this critical system. We knew from the beginning that the process would not be
fast or easy, but absolutely necessary in order to improve emergency services
response times. We appreciate the patience of community members as we have made
this transition.” said Troy Tanner, Chief of Police.
Mesquite, NV – Jeramiah Robert Juber, 31, who was arrested back in April 2013 for the murder of Mark Parenti, was arraigned in Clark County District Court on Friday, January 31, 2014. Negotiations were reached and a guilty plea agreement was filed, wherein Juber pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Juber is scheduled for sentencing on April 4th, 2014.