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Three Arrested For Selling Heroin

posted by Quinn Averett   [ updated ]

On Tuesday, May 26, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded an investigation into the sales and trafficking of heroin.  The detectives had been investigating multiple suspects from the Southern Utah area who have been known to traffic heroin to the Mesquite area with the intent to sell.  At around midnight, MPD Detectives arrested three of the suspects.

 Ricky Welsh, 59, was arrested and charged with: Felony sales of a controlled substance (heroin) and felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

 Jason Gubler, 33, was arrested and charged with: Felony sales of a controlled substance (heroin) and felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

 Christopher Sisneros, 49, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with intent to sell, felony sales of a controlled substance (Heroin), and felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

 The Mesquite Police Department has zero tolerance for those who choose to use Mesquite as their platform for selling and distributing illegal and dangerous drugs.  If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood or have any information reference illegal drug activity, please call the Mesquite Police Investigations crime tip line (702) 346-8826.  

Community Service and Leadership Scholarships Awarded

posted May 26, 2015, 4:42 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated May 27, 2015, 5:06 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Thursday May 21st, the Mesquite Police Department and local businessman David Ballweg, of Loadtec, awarded 15 scholarships at the Virgin Valley High School Scholarship Awards Presentation. Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner and David Ballweg had previously announced the new scholarship opportunity to local seniors graduating from Virgin Valley High School.   This scholarship, titled “The David Ballweg Community Service and Leadership Scholarship” was created to recognize outstanding community leadership and service in young people.

At the presentation, Chief Troy Tanner stated “The goal of this scholarship is to reward students for their leadership in service to their community while assisting them in reaching their academic goals at the next level of education.”

Originally up to ten $500 scholarships were to be awarded.  Upon receiving the applications and reading the personal stories, essays, resumes, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, it quickly became apparent there were more than ten amazing and well deserving youth leaders who had applied.  David Ballweg, on his own accord, increased the donated amount in order to allow each deserving candidate a scholarship.

A total of fifteen Virgin Valley High School seniors were awarded the David Ballweg Community Service and Leadership Scholarship.  These students were; Estelle Hafen, Andrea Melchor, Amber Sandoval, Jasmine Correa, Brett Black, Sara Anderson, Ashton Bowler, Micayla Teschner, Gabriel Medina, Leslie Pacheco, Michala Powers, Resha Bunker, Alex Daniel Beaumont, Jamie Fails, and Dacen Cox. 

The Mesquite Police Department wishes to thank these fifteen exemplary high school students for their dedication and commitment to higher education and their desire to provide service to our community.  We also wish to publicly recognize and thank David Ballweg for his example of being a leader in the community and for his contribution in providing such an incredible service to our future generations. 

National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

posted May 13, 2015, 4:58 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated May 19, 2015, 7:19 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV— Law Enforcement Officers across the United States will be honored on Friday, May 15, for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

Police Week events in Washington, D.C. honor and remember law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some of the events include: an Annual Blue Mass, 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil, Police Unity Tour, National Police Survivors Conference, 13th Annual Honor Guard Competition, 20th Annual Law Ride, and the 34rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

In 1962, a Congressional resolution was approved authorizing and requesting President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 of each year as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. In 1994, President Clinton signed a law requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on this day as a tribute to the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The law directs flags be flown at half-staff at public buildings and/or private residences on Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

Today Chief Troy Tanner stood before the Mayor and City Council and stated all members of the Mesquite Police Department will wear a shroud band over their badge on May 15, symbolizing their fallen brothers & sisters. Chief Tanner also encouraged citizens who display a flag, to lower it to half-staff, in remembrance of law enforcement officers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. 

Fraud Alert

posted May 13, 2015, 4:56 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated May 19, 2015, 7:19 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) is reminding citizens of potential scams and schemes where money is requested over the phone to avoid penalties and or jail. There are many different hypothetical stories, situations, or reasons the fraudulent callers provide to a potential unknowing victim. Many times, we have discovered the fraudulent calls are similar in nature. The caller requests money to be wired in order to resolve a fictitious issue or situation created by the fraudulent caller. The caller then makes the entire situation sound as if it is an emergency, all in attempt to force the worried victim to act immediately.

It has been reported that these fraudulent callers represent themselves as local, state, and/or federal law enforcement or other government officials. Some of the examples of the titles used can include, but are not limited to the following: IRS, FBI, CIA, Police, Court Officials, and/or any official title, which may make the caller appear more believable and trustworthy. MPD would like to remind citizens that legitimate agencies and government officials do not operate or carry out business in this manner.

Citizens should never provide personal information to callers, authorize funds to be withdrawn, or give account numbers over the phone. Anytime a call or email is received where the person asks you to wire money, it is more than likely a scam. MPD strongly believes in educating our citizens to make them more aware of these potential scams, schemes, and fraud tactics used by the callers. Our hope is all will relay this pertinent information to their family and friends, thereby lessening the potential for victimization for everyone. We would encourage our citizens to monitor their bank account activity and check their credit history report regularly.

14 Mesquite Residents Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges

posted Apr 17, 2015, 5:00 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:16 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Thursday, April 16, the Mesquite Police Investigative Services Division (Narcotics Detectives) concluded a lengthy investigation into the sales and trafficking of illegal controlled substances. The comprehensive investigation involved multiple persons trafficking and distributing methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription medications to persons within the Mesquite area. The investigation has been ongoing for many months. The Mesquite police department has so far arrested fourteen (14) suspects which has resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs, prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, and U.S. Currency. The suspects who have been formally charged at this juncture of the investigation include:

Brandyn Boothe , 20, was arrested and charged with: one felony count of sales of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Bobby J. Abrams, 43, was arrested and charged with:  Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, failure to register as a sex offender, and failure to update address as a sex offender.

Jeremy Martin, 39, was arrested and charged with: one felony count of sales of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Kyle Hadland, 30, was arrested and charged with: one felony count of sales of a controlled substance, one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, and felony trafficking of a controlled substance.

Andrew Perkinson, 22, was arrested and charged with:  two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, felony trafficking of a controlled substance, and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Maria Bryant, 50, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, and one felony count of unlawful to maintain a place for unlawful sale or use of a controlled substance.

Roberta Brocius, 50, was arrested and charged with:  two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, three felony counts of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sale, and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Robert Eastley, 20, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance, one felony count of sales of a controlled substance, two felony counts of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, one felony count of cultivating, and five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia

Jodi Jones, 46, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of sales of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Austin Ray, 24, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of sales of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Joshua Jones, 32, was arrested and charged with:  two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, two felony counts of transporting a controlled substance, and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Sandra Eudave, 53, was arrested and charged with: one felony count of sales of a controlled substance.

Shanna Fife, 39, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of sales of a controlled substance and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Saline Facer, 34, was arrested and charged with:  one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commented on the lengthy investigation; “Most of our community’s property crimes are related to the buying and selling of illegal drugs.  Our Police Department is working hard combatting drugs and the ripple effects they can cause.  This investigation is a testament that we have no tolerance for this issue, and our police officers are doing a good job keeping our crime rate low, and our solvability rate one of the highest in Nevada.”

Mesquite Police Recognize Dispatchers During Telecommunications Week

posted Apr 17, 2015, 4:30 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Apr 21, 2015, 5:16 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The Mesquite Police Department would like to recognize and thank our police dispatchers who work tirelessly to serve as the invisible lifeline between the public and emergency responders. Answering a call with “911, what is the location of your emergency,” is just the beginning of a dispatcher’s job.

 Rapidly switching calls back and forth between emergency personnel and callers, the dispatcher closely monitors what is happening on scene in a complicated effort which includes tracking all personnel and resources. Dispatchers are assigned numerous other duties when not answering calls for service.

 The Mesquite Police Department has eight dispatchers who answer calls for the Mesquite Police Department, Mesquite Fire & Rescue, and the Beaver Dam Fire Department. All dispatchers are CPR certified and qualified to direct callers in life saving measures until help arrives on scene. 

Armed Robbery

posted Mar 28, 2015, 12:11 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 5:07 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Arco ampm service station located at 325 N Sandhill Boulevard Friday, March 27, 2015 at approximately 8:10 pm.

The service station clerk was able to dial 911 once the armed suspect left the store.  Officers quickly arrived on scene and contained the area.  The Investigative Services Division responded and began a thorough investigation.  Evidence was collected from the scene and multiple leads are currently being investigated.  

The Mesquite Police Department is also seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspect, as well as an alleged accomplice.  The suspect is identified as a white male adult approximately 50 years old and 5-03 to 5-07 in height.  The suspect had on an orange bandana, black sunglasses, orange long-sleeve jacket, blue jeans, and work boots.  The suspect also brandished a black semi-automatic handgun.  Surveillance photos of the suspect inside the service station are attached to this release. 

The alleged accomplice is identified as a skinny white male adult wearing a white and blue striped polo shirt with a blue collar.  He was balding in the front with long brown hair in the back and a bald spot on top of his head.  Surveillance photos of the alleged accomplice are also attached to this release. 

If you have any information regarding the suspect involved or his alleged accomplice in the armed robbery or any information which can assist the Mesquite Police Department with the investigation, please contact Detective Ron Richmond at 702-346-5262.  You can also contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.  

Police Honor Mesquite’s First Lawman

posted Mar 19, 2015, 6:30 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 4:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- There is a new showcase in the Police Department lobby that pays tribute to Mesquite’s first lawman: Sheriff Deputy Oscar Abbott. Abbott, a police officer for 22 years, was assigned to the Mesquite substation by the then Las Vegas Police Department, and served 13 years as the areas only lawman.

Covering northeast Clark County and parts of Arizona, Abbott was well known at both local and national levels for his uncanny ability to catch car thieves.  Honored by Sheriff Ralph Lamb and FBI Chief Edgar Hoover, Abbott holds the distinction of being identified by the FBI as having retrieved more stolen cars during his career than any other peace officer in the nation. He attributed his success to Mesquite’s location but had said a majority of the retrievals came with no prior notice.  

Originally sent to enforce “rough house” dances in Mesquite the locals came to know him and asked him to stay.  His daughters served as Mesquite’s first dispatchers.  When a call would come in for help, the girls would turn on an outdoor light that sat atop a tall pole that could be seen for miles around. This would alert Abbott that he needed to come home and collect the requests for help from Mesquite residents. 

Sheriff Ralph Lamb has referred to Abbott as, “…an outstanding credit to Clark County law enforcement and to the town of Mesquite.” The showcase is a tribute from the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department to Sheriff Deputy Oscar Abbott and his family for their efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Mesquite.



Police Volunteer Efforts Recognized

posted Mar 9, 2015, 2:12 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 3:10 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Don Woodmancy presents Volunteer Service Report to City Council Members
Mesquite, NV – Mesquite Police Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks that support local law enforcement officers. In 2014, the citizen patrol unit performed 1,249 vacation checks; distributed 279 handicap parking warnings; deployed the radar trailer 105 times; served 89 subpoenas; checked on local schools 288 times; managed traffic at accident scenes; assisted police with 64 incidents and performed 38 citizen assists. The unit logged 10, 048 patrol miles as they helped watch over the City of Mesquite.

Clerical volunteers supported civilian staff by answering non-emergency phone lines, taking requests for information, and other duties. Volunteers also assisted with Mesquite Night Out, Trunk or Treat, and Shop with a Cop.

Mesquite Police Volunteer Coordinator Don Woodmancy reports that volunteers donated 5,377 service hours in 2014 and the 2015 hours are quickly adding up.  

“The Mesquite Police Department salutes Volunteer Coordinator, Don Woodmancy; Team Leader, Roger Steelman; Team Leader, John Stallone, James Barratt, Russel Battaglia, Cathy Billingsley, Jon Browning, Frank Brumaghin, Richard Charleston, Craig Christensen, Donna Collum, Gary Culver, Bill Galeazzi,   Kjeld Jeppesen, Don Karpowich, Steven Koontz, Mark Landau, Rebecca Lange, Gary Moore, Robert Newbury, Jeff Newman, Jon Osgood, Ron Salemme, Craig Smith, Debbie Smith, Karen Valdez, and Mike Wilbur for the excellent service they provide to our community," said Police Chief Troy Tanner.

Independent Sector, a coalition of approximately 550 charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, annually calculates an hourly dollar value of volunteer time. The most recent value (2013) is $22.55 an hour. Using that figure, the value of time donated to the Mesquite Police Department during the 2014 calendar year equates to $121,251.

Child Exploitation Investigation

posted Mar 4, 2015, 4:51 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 4:47 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Wednesday February 18, The Mesquite Police Department’s Investigative Services Division assisted Nevada Parole and Probation in conducting an investigation into a known sex offender.  The investigation involved searching several computers and electronic devices.  The computers belonged to a Mesquite resident who is currently on supervised parole and is a registered sex offender.  The computers contained numerous images and videos depicting incest and the sexual exploitation of children. 

The registered sex offender, Timothy Lairby, 71, is currently in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.  The Mesquite Police Department has initiated a new criminal investigation into multiple felony charges.  These charges are related to the possession of presentations depicting the sexual exploitation of children (NRS 200.730).  At this time, the Mesquite Police Department does not have any evidence that local children are involved or are victims.  Mr. Lairby will remain in custody until the criminal investigation is completed, at which point the Mesquite Police Department anticipates filing the new charges.

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