Police Chief Troy Tanner presented Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year awards on Wednesday, January 28th at the Elks annual Law and Order Luncheon. Corrections Sgt. Brad Tobler was voted Officer of the Year for 2015 and Kris Fowles, Administrative Assistant to Chief Tanner and Mike Bennett, Lead Dispatcher received Civilian Employee of the Year awards.
911 Calls From AT&T Cell Phones Temporarily Rerouted to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Dispatch Center
Callers who reach the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) dispatch center should state they are located in Mesquite, NV and the calls will be quickly re-routed back to Mesquite. Metro will provide the Mesquite Dispatch Center with the information required, including the latitude and longitude of the area you are calling from, in the event your call is disconnected. Calls will be immediately returned by a Mesquite Dispatcher.
Calls may also be routed to Metro for the following reasons, cell towers at maximum capacity will skip a call to different tower that routes to Metro, cell phone provider error, or the distance from the tower to the City.
Dispatch Supervisor Lori Todd stressed the importance of dialing 911 instead of the local 702-346-6911 number in case of emergency, “ 911 calls display your phone number along with the latitude and longitude information that will help locate you in case of emergency. We do not get that information when the non-emergency number is dialed.”
The Mesquite Police Department Dispatch Center handles all police, fire, and medical calls within the City of Mesquite. Dispatchers will always ask for the location of the emergency, confirm the phone number, and ask a series of pre-determined questions from the Priority Dispatch software program that will assist them in providing the caller with the appropriate resources in the shortest available time frame.
Over the past two weeks, the Mesquite Police Department has been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries which have been occurring from inside parked motor vehicles. Over this same time period, Mesquite patrol officers and detectives have been working together on following multiple leads. Evidence obtained through the investigation led them to two specific suspects. On December 15, officers made contact with both suspects and were able to connect them to multiple vehicle burglaries. Both suspects were taken into custody and a search warrant was obtained and served on their residence. Detectives were then able to seize a large amount of property confirmed to be stolen. The suspects had also been using stolen credit cards and stolen checks to purchase items from local businesses.
Tracey Moffitt, 24, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with felony burglary of a vehicle, felony fraudulent use of a credit card, and felony conspiracy to utter a forged instrument. Moffitt will be facing multiple other criminal charges once the investigation is concluded. Moffitt was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The second suspect, a male juvenile, was arrested and also charged with felony burglary of a vehicle, felony fraudulent use of a credit card, and felony conspiracy to utter a forged instrument. The male juvenile will also be facing multiple other criminal charges once the investigation is concluded.
The Mesquite Police Department would like to ask residents to contact the police department if they believe they may have been the victim of a vehicle burglary, and may have had their personal property stolen.
Chief Troy Tanner and the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department want to give a heartfelt thanks to the citizens, businesses, and friends of the Mesquite Police Department for their generous donations to the annual Shop with a Cop program.
Chief Tanner would also like to extend thanks and appreciation to the men and women of Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 for their continued annual support of providing lunch and a place for the officers and children to unwind after their whirlwind shopping spree.
This week Mesquite Police Department employees along with agents from Homeland Security, Nevada Department of Public Safety, Moapa Tribal Police Department, and Arizona Department of Public Safety joined together to make a joyful holiday memory in the hearts of many local youngsters. Donations enabled officers to take approximately 60 elementary age children on their very own special Christmas shopping spree. The event kicked off with officers picking up their assigned elementary age children from Virgin Valley and Bowler Elementary Schools.
The children were greeted by Santa as they entered Walmart. Officers grabbed shopping carts and set off to help select much needed items like jackets and shoes. With the necessities out of the way, the children moved on to purchase gifts for mom, dad, and siblings. Officers were busy helping kids, tracking each child’s budget, enjoying the delightful conversation of excited children, and helping make big decisions.
Police Lieutenant MaQuade Chesley and City Manager Andy Barton had quite the time helping one of the youngest shoppers select a bike. The youngster was convinced he needed a bike that was obviously too small. It was up to Chesley and Barton to convince him that the bike, that when pedaled placed his knees up to his ears, was not a good fit.
As other options were discussed, Chesley deferred to Barton, an avid cyclist, who convinced the youngster that the wobbly training wheels on the larger bike could be adjusted for greater stability.
The shopping concluded and as officers loaded the trailers with gifts they found an anonymous donation of bicycles. The donation of bicycles, and the impromptu cash donations by store customers during the event, was unexpected and heartwarming.
A very busy day concluded with food, fun, and relaxation at the Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811. The Elks know what kids like to eat and served up a feast of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. They had also arranged a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus who had their picture taken with each child. The children also enjoyed a beautiful Disney themed balloon arrangement expertly arranged by Moreno’s Rentals. Merry Christmas greetings filled the air as the Elks sent the children back to school with full stomachs and a gift bag loaded with goodies.“This IS the most wonderful time of the year. I wish all the generous people who donated to this special event could come and witness the joy on the faces of these incredible children. Thank you again for allowing the Mesquite Police Department the opportunity to experience the joy and happiness that comes with participating in Shop with a Cop. We (MPD) love this event,” stated a very happy Chief Tanner.
On December 16, at approximately 5:18 P.M. the Mesquite Police Department responded to a head-on collision which had occurred at the intersection of Hillside Drive and North Sandhill Blvd. The accident involved two vehicles, the first vehicle had four occupants and the second vehicle had one occupant. Both vehicles came to rest in the intersection, requiring officers to shut down the northbound lanes of Sandhill Blvd and the westbound lanes Hillside Dr. Officers immediately made the scene safe for responding medical and fire personnel. Both drivers and two of the passengers were transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The appropriate traffic violation charges will be issued once the traffic accident investigation is completed.
On December 9, the Mesquite Police Department received notification from Nevada Parole and Probation as well as the United States Marshals Service that a fugitive sex offender was in the Mesquite area. The fugitive had an active felony warrant of arrest out of Wisconsin for a sex offender registration violation.
Detectives were able to locate and identify the fugitive sex offender’s vehicle location at the Virgin River Hotel. Detectives began surveillance of the room and vehicle. After a short time, the fugitive exited his hotel room and was safely taken into custody.
Lloyd Robert Pitzen, 66, of Wisconsin, was arrested on the felony fugitive from justice warrant. Pitzen was transported to the Clark County Detention Center to await extradition back to Wisconsin.
On Wednesday, November 25, Mesquite Police Officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank to investigate three suspicious persons who were suspected of attempting to cash stolen checks. Arriving officers discovered the vehicle the three suspects had arrived at the bank in was listed as stolen out of Utah. Once all three suspects were out of the bank and near their vehicle, the officers moved in and were able to safely take the three suspects into custody. The officers then began an investigation into the alleged check fraud. Officers found all three suspects to be in possession of stolen checks. It was determined the suspects had obtained multiple checks from various persons as well as a business, and were traveling around the city of Mesquite attempting to cash the checks.
Officers contacted the owner of the stolen vehicle and were given permission to search the vehicle’s contents. The search yielded multiple stolen electronic devices including cell phones and a laptop computer. The investigation into the remaining stolen items is ongoing as officers are attempting to contact the owners. Further criminal charges related to the stolen items are pending.
Dacota Dacus, 27, of St. George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of a stolen vehicle, one felony count of conspiracy to utter forged instrument, and one felony count of uttering forged instruments.
Bryce Smyer, 28, of St. George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of a stolen vehicle, and one felony count of conspiracy to utter forged instrument.
Justin Hustead, 36, of St. George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of possessing with intent to utter forged instruments.
On Tuesday, November 24, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded their investigation into two Mesquite residents who were selling methamphetamines out of their home. In the morning of November 24, the Mesquite SWAT team served a high-risk search warrant at the meth dealers’ residence. During the execution of the search warrant, both drug dealers were located and safely taken into custody. Narcotics Detectives also discovered additional illegal narcotics, as well as stolen credit cards and checkbooks inside the residence.
Fredrick Kuhn, 22, of Las Vegas Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, one felony count of opening or maintaining a place for unlawful sales of controlled substance, three felony counts of unlawful possession of a credit card without owner’s consent, one gross misdemeanor count of attempting to exploit an elderly person, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and five misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Kuhn was also charged with a felony probation violation out of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Taylor Sloan, 20, of Littlefield Arizona, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, one felony count of opening or maintaining a place for unlawful sales of controlled substance, three felony counts of unlawful possession of a credit card without owner’s consent, one gross misdemeanor count of attempting to exploit an elderly person, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and five misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Kuhn and Sloan had just recently moved into a home inside the city of Mesquite, and immediately began attempting to sell methamphetamines to local residents. Within a week of Kuhn and Sloan moving to the area, the Mesquite Police Department Narcotics Detectives had initiated their investigation. Thanks to their quick and thorough investigation, they were able to quickly take these two dangerous people into custody. Both Kuhn and Sloan were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.
On Monday, September 28, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded three separate investigations involving local residents trafficking and then selling illegal drugs from their homes. In the afternoon hours of September 28, the Mesquite SWAT team safely served three high-risk search warrants on three separate local residences. The lengthy investigation and subsequent search warrants culminated in the arrest of five Mesquite residents on multiple drug charges.
Eusebio Flores, 49, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of sales of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, five felony counts of transporting a controlled substance (meth), and one felony count of possession of methamphetamines with the intent to sell.
Olga Garcia, 43, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act.
Joseph Johnson, 21, from Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, two felony counts of possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, and six misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Darrian Michael Fall, 18, of Mesquite Nevada, 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, one misdemeanor count of drugs which may not be introduced into interstate commerce, and four misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cheri Fall, 45, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
agencies, and the non-profit agencies that came together during
Mesquite Night Out in support of local crime prevention and drug awareness
Over 40 organizations were represented at the event which filled the Rec Center’s athletic field. Many activities were available including pedal cars, fingerprinting, the Fire House Rock program, police tactical demonstrations, and a roll car demonstrator. Parents and children spent time meeting and asking questions of police officers, firemen, and animal control officers.
“This event is all about getting to know the community members whom we serve. We want them to know we care for them and that we are here for them,” said Police Lieutenant Maquade Chesley. During the event the crowd expressed appreciation for the officers by attaching messages to a police vehicle.
Mesquite Night Out is the first of three fall events hosted by the Mesquite Police Department. Trunk or Treat will be held at the Rec Center on Saturday, October 31st and Shop with a Cop will take place in late December. Donations to support police programs can be made in person at 695 Mayan Circle, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.