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Businesses Invited to Trunk or Treat

posted Sep 27, 2016, 6:56 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 7:00 AM ]

The Mesquite Police Department is very excited to announce our 10th annual Trunk or Treat.  We would like to invite businesses to join us in providing a safe environment for our youngest residents.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Questions can be directed to our Detective Sgt.  at 702-346-5262 ext 6073

Mesquite PD Nabs Meth Dealers

posted Sep 19, 2016, 1:21 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 1:22 PM ]

On September 16 in the early morning hours, an observant Mesquite Patrol Officer while on routine patrol, observed a male at the Virgin River Casino who had an active warrant for his arrest.  Officers contacted the male, and in the process of taking him into custody for the active warrant, located a large amount of crystal methamphetamines hidden in the male’s shoe.  

A short time later another officer located the vehicle the suspect had arrived at the casino in and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for an equipment violation.  While the vehicle was stopped and officers were checking the driver for warrants, they deployed their drug sniffing dog, which then alerted to the presence of illegal drug odors coming from inside the vehicle.  The Officers then checked inside the vehicle and found multiple bags of crystal meth and multiple glass pipes used for smoking meth.   

John Sutton, 59, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe).  Sutton was also taken into custody and booked on an active warrant for his arrest out of the Mesquite Municipal Court. 

Jodi Moss, 46, of Ivins Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe). 

Timothy Barlow, 32, of Colorado City Arizona, was arrested and charged with: Two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe). 

Due to the felony charges, Sutton and Moss were both transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mesquite Police Talk Down Suicidal Subject in Parking Lot of Police Station

posted Sep 2, 2016, 12:43 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 12:47 PM ]

On Thursday, September 1, at approximately 03:40 P.M., a male subject walked into the Mesquite Police Department’s front lobby, and then exited the front lobby and sat down on a concrete wall in the front parking lot.  The male then removed a loaded .357 revolver handgun from a backpack and put it to his head.  Mesquite Police Officers and a Nevada Adult Parole and Probation Officer immediately positioned themselves behind cover of the building, setup a safety perimeter around the building, closed the roadways leading to the building, and were close enough to establish communication and begin a dialogue with the subject.  

The man was visibly upset and as he continued to threaten to kill himself, officers repeatedly attempted to talk him out of hurting himself or anyone else.  The suicidal man eventually removed the gun from his head and placed it in his mouth and turned away from officers.  Officers continued to plea with the subject not to hurt himself and to drop his handgun.  After approximately 12 minutes of attempting to calm the man down, the man voluntarily dropped the handgun.  Officers then quickly and safely approached him and took him into custody.  Medical units who were previously placed on standby responded to evaluate the subject.  Once medically cleared, the man was transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital and released to the custody of hospital staff in so he would be able to receive any mental health treatment necessary. 

At no point during the incident did the suicidal man point his handgun at anyone other than himself, nor did he threaten to harm anyone but himself.  The Mesquite Police Department will not be pursuing any criminal charges against this individual, but he is being held in the custody of medical staff for a mental health evaluation.  The Mesquite Police Department will not be releasing the suicidal person’s name or information. 

Mesquite Police Department Chief Troy Tanner commented on the incident; “I thank my officers and the Probation and Patrol Officer for acting professionally with this man to safely de-escalate the situation without anyone getting hurt.  We hope this man and his family will receive the help that they need to be able to successfully move forward.”

Drug Dealers Taken Into Custody

posted Aug 29, 2016, 10:23 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 10:24 AM ]

On August 24, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded an investigation involving a Cedar City resident who was routinely transporting and distributing illegal drugs in Mesquite.  At approximately 8:30 A.M., Narcotics Detectives safely took their suspect into custody while at the Virgin River Casino.  Detectives also detained four other individuals who were with the suspect when he was taken into custody.  The detectives’ investigation found the other individuals were in possession of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia used for ingesting heroin, and marijuana. 

David Ruder, 33, of Cedar City Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sales of a controlled substance (meth), three felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), and one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act. 

Brittany Jensen, 26, of Phoenix Arizona, 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. 

Nichole Welbourne, 39, of Cedar City Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth). 

Michael Thanasulas, 34, of Las Vegas Nevada, was cited and released with a court date for: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Cassandra Delutri, 35, of Las Vegas Nevada, was cited and released with a court date for: One misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Due to the felony charges, the three suspects taken into custody were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Suspect Attempts to Pull Handgun on Officers

posted Aug 25, 2016, 2:41 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 2:41 PM ]

On August 21, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Mesquite Police Officers were called to an apartment complex to investigate a domestic disturbance between two men.  While the officers were speaking with the two suspects involved, one of the men attempted to pull out a handgun which was concealed in his waist area.  An officer was close enough to the suspect, that the officer was able to quickly revert to his training and grab the suspect’s hand and forcefully remove the handgun.  The male suspect was then safely taken into custody. 

Upon closer examination, the officers found the handgun was fully loaded, and had been stolen out of Lincoln County Nevada. 

Colten Mora, 19, of Caliente Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of carrying a concealed weapon (firearm), one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm, one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one misdemeanor count of battery domestic violence. 

Due to the felony charges, Colten Mora was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Two Convicted Felons Arrested in Possession of Loaded Firearms

posted Aug 15, 2016, 9:42 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 9:42 AM ]

On August 13, at approximately 9:00 p.m., a patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle to investigate the driver for possibly being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, due to the vehicle being unable to stay within the lane.  While the officer was investigating whether the driver was under the influence, the officer called for a drug sniffing dog to respond.  The drug sniffing dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. 

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an open container of alcohol which the driver had been drinking and multiple items of drug paraphernalia which been used at some point for ingesting heroin and cocaine.  Officers also located inside the vehicle a fully loaded .38 caliber revolver, a fully loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and a fully loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. 

Once the officers located the drug paraphernalia and the firearms, the driver, who was a convicted felon, attempted to flee from the police officers by running across traffic and into a dark field.  After a short foot pursuit, officers were able to catch the driver and safely take him into custody. 

Landon Leavitt, 36, of Littlefield Arizona and a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of resisting arrest, one count of obstructing a public servant, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of failure to maintain travel lane, one count of no vehicle insurance, and one count of open container of alcohol in a vehicle. 

Christopher Michael Mora, 41, of Mesquite Nevada, and a convicted felon was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

There was also a juvenile in the vehicle, who was released to a guardian.

Methamphetamine Dealer Taken Into Custody

posted Aug 15, 2016, 8:13 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 8:13 AM ]

On August 11, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded a methamphetamine distribution investigation involving a drug dealer from Hurricane UT.  The drug dealer was making routine trips to Mesquite Nevada to sell and distribute methamphetamines.  After making multiple purchases from the suspect, Mesquite narcotics detectives safely took the suspect into custody. 

Cyril Gubler, 33, of Hurricane Utah, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth) and two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth).  

Due to the felony charges, Cyril Gubler was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mosquito testing update from the SNHD

posted Aug 8, 2016, 3:47 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 3:48 PM ]

The Southern Nevada Health District posted on their online mosquito monitoring report that mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile inside the zip code of Mesquite Nevada on 8/4/2016.  The mosquito report also states; "With the exception of 2010, West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Clark County every year since 2004." 

The Southern Nevada Health District also released the following news room report on July 25, regarding their mosquito West Nile virus testing:
 

News Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
July 25, 2016

Health District identifies West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance Program has identified the first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the season. One West Nile virus submission pool totaling three mosquitos was identified in the 89032 ZIP code. Additionally, a horse in the 89021 ZIP code has tested positive for West Nile virus. Horses, like people, are susceptible to the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. Updated information on positive mosquito submission pools and mosquitoes that are tested in Clark County are posted on the Health District’s website.

“The identification of West Nile-positive mosquitoes is another reminder to the public of the importance of taking steps to eliminate breeding sources around their homes and to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District.

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread from person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases the virus can cause severe illness and even death.

Ongoing surveillance by the Health District has not detected Aedes albopictus or Aedes aegypti, the species known to spread the Zika virus as well as chikungunya and dengue. For information about prevention tips, visit the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance page.

In addition to Zika, West Nile virus, and St. Louis Encephalitis, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for Western Equine Encephalitis, which is occasionally identified in Clark County. Residents can report green swimming pools and standing or stagnant water sources to local code enforcement agencies. Contact information for local jurisdictions’ code enforcement is available on the Health District website.

The Health District and the CDC advise everyone to take the following steps at home or if traveling:

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens.
Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
To protect your child from mosquito bites:
Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children younger than 3 years old.
Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

Robbery Suspect Taken Into Custody

posted Aug 8, 2016, 10:39 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 10:39 AM ]

On August 5, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to Iron Mountain Cleaners to investigate a robbery which had just occurred.  A suspect had walked into the business, walked behind the cash register, and forcefully removed cash from under the register.  The suspect then ran to his vehicle and sped away.  The victim and witnesses were able to provide responding officers with the vehicle license plate and description of the suspect.                        

The suspect’s vehicle was then located at one of the local casinos, and officers located the suspect inside gambling.  Officers made contact with the suspect and were able to safely take him into custody. 

Tom Starrett, 51, of Henderson Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of robbery, one felony count of burglary, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Due to the felony charges, Tom Starrett was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Suspect Assaults MPD Officers

posted Jul 19, 2016, 3:02 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 19, 2016, 3:02 PM ]

On July 17, Mesquite Police Officers were called regarding an alleged drunk driver in the area of Mesa Blvd in Mesquite Nevada.  The suspect driver was observed by citizens crashing his vehicle into a tree and a sign, causing significant property damage.  A short time later Mesquite Officers located the suspect, at which time the suspect fled from the officers on foot. An officer was able to locate and stop the suspect and while attempting to take him into custody, the suspect assaulted the officer.  The suspect was partially handcuffed, and was able to strike the officer multiple times in the head with the officer’s handcuffs.  The suspect was also able to bite the officer on the arm.  Once the suspect was safely transported to the Mesquite Detention Center, the suspect again assaulted a corrections officer, striking the officer multiple times before the officer was able to control the suspect. 

Thomas Collins, 48, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of battery with a deadly weapon, one felony count of resisting a police officer with a deadly weapon, one felony count of battery by a prisoner, one misdemeanor count of battery on a Police Officer, one misdemeanor count of duty upon damaging unattended property, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.  

Due to the felony charges, Thomas Collins was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

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