Mesquite, Nv – Monday December 15, a father and mother frantically rushed into Green Valley Grocery, located at 290 North Sandhill Boulevard, Mesquite Nevada. The panicked couple was carrying their three year old son, who was choking on a large piece of candy. A 911 call was placed into the Mesquite Police Department Emergency Dispatch Center from Green Valley Grocery. However, when the dispatcher answered the 911 call she could only hear yelling in background. Per MPD procedure the dispatcher broadcasted the emergency over the police radio informing officers that they received a 911 call with screaming in the background from Green Valley Grocery.
Officer Quinn Averett who is currently assigned as K-9 Officer for the Mesquite Police Department had finished his shift for the day and was headed home when he heard the call come over the radio. Officer Averett who was less than a block away responded to Green Valley Grocery not knowing what the disturbance was. As he approached the door he heard a female frantically screaming. Officer Averett entered the convenience store and found the father holding his semi-conscious not moving three year old son.
Officer Averett reverted to his first aid training, grabbed the small child and began life saving measures. After approximately one minute of working with the child Officer Averett was successful in dislodging a large “Jaw breaker” hard candy from the child’s airway. The three year old immediately began breathing and crying. The child was later medically evaluated by paramedics who responded to the scene.
All employees within the Mesquite Police Department joined together yesterday to make a joyful holiday memory in the hearts of many local youngsters. Donations enabled officers to take approximately 55 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.
Once the children were all loaded up, officers turned on their red and blue lights and played Christmas music through their PA systems as they drove to Walmart. When they arrived Santa was there waiting to greet them. After the shopping carts were filled with toys and clothes for the child and their family members it was off to the Elks Lodge. At the Elks the children met Mr. and Mrs. Clause, received a special gift, and were served lunch by Elks members.
An emotional Chief Tanner stated “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. I could never say thank you enough to show my gratitude. Our Officers are constantly surrounded with sad, negative incidents and situations. It is so nice to have a day to focus on the amazing children of our community in such a positive and uplifting experience. We (MPD) love this event.”
MPD would like to thank the following people, businesses, and organizations, which helped make this year’s Shop with a Cop another huge success:
David and Deborah Ballweg, Golf Fore Kids, Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811, Walmart, Mesquite Gaming LLC, Mesquite Police Officers Association, Department of Homeland Security, Scott Trimming, View On Mesquite Magazine, David & Diane Dolan, Gary Underwood, Mary Clay & Steven Allred, Catherine & Andy Barton, Robert & Barbara Hecker, Mike & Jeanine Tucker, Jan & Ken Burke, Michael & Beverly Galic, Carol Scott, Ted Armstrong, Robert and Patricia Bauer, Susan M. Rosland, Dorothy Evans, Dale & Carol Yohe, Tom Eckman, Janice & John Bentley, David & Kathleen Rusk, Howard Hartzell, Anthony & Carolyn Planick, Marion J. Starr, Stephen & Martha Dasovic, Robert & Nancy Leroux, Jerry & Jeannie Freund, Carole Blessinger, Joey & Darlene Douglas, C. Frank Adams, Charles Gruber, Barbara Ellestad, Marcus & Linda Hall, Tad Bullen, Big O Tires, M J James, David Lambert, Elizabeth Eggeman, Pat Pero-McArdle, Don Woodmancy, Frank Garner, Jan & Norm Jordahl, John & Barbara Stallone, Theodore Whittlinger, Albert E AKE POA, Karen Fielding, and Marge Edwards
Mesquite, NV – Saturday December 6, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to a local residence reference a burglary. The home owner/victim discovered a firearm, ammunition, a golf cart, and other miscellaneous items were stolen from their residence. Officers and detectives processed the crime scene and immediately started chasing down leads on possible suspects.
Later that evening officers located a male and a female juvenile suspect who led them on a foot pursuit into the desert area behind the Eureka Casino. The female juvenile admitted to stealing items from a local business and was issued a citation and released to her parents.
The male juvenile admitted to various crimes pertaining to the burglary, which included: Grand Larceny Auto, Grand Larceny Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Property. The male juvenile was transported to Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in Las Vegas. All the items from the burglary and the petit larceny were recovered and returned to their rightful owners.
Mesquite Police Deputy Chief Scott Taylor acknowledged and commended the officers responsible for promptly capturing the criminals and returning the property to the victims. Deputy Chief Taylor also reminded citizens to take those simple steps that will help protect you from being victimized. Deputy Chief Taylor stated “This incident shows us that potentially anyone is capable of committing serious crimes and we as citizens need to lock up and secure our homes, cars, and valuables.”
The Mesquite Police Department wishes to extend our best wishes to all during this holiday season. Unfortunately, during the holidays we see a rise in various crimes. Whether it is in your neighborhood or at a local shopping center, awareness is the best defense against becoming the victim of a crime this holiday season.
While out shopping stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down just because you are in a hurry. Do not carry large amounts of cash and ladies please carry your purse close to you at all times.
Parking lots can be extremely busy and congested during the holidays. Choose a parking spot that is well lit and close to the store. Ensure you lock your car doors and place any items/packages in the trunk of your car where they are not visible. The chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car.
These are a few simple holiday safety tips to aid in protecting your personal safety and to help make your holidays a joyous and safe season. MPD also reminds you to not let the spirit of giving lull you into a false sense of security that will allow criminals to steal, defraud, or harm you.
The Mesquite Police Department’s annual event “Shop with a Cop” will soon be coming to town. Every December the Mesquite Police Department hosts “Shop with a Cop” for local youngsters. This December 17th children who were carefully pre-selected based upon their needs and circumstance will be picked up at their elementary school by Police Officers in full uniform and taken on their very own special Christmas gift shopping spree.
During their spree the officers and children enjoy one on one time together picking out gifts for the child and the child’s family. After the shopping carts are full, the gifts are purchased, and shopping excitement is over, they are off to Elks Lodge (#2811) to eat lunch, meet Santa, and get a special photograph with their new cop buddy.
It is hard to say who enjoys the special day more, the big tough cops or the thankful children? If you were to ask Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner he would tell you “Shop with a Cop is the event that all MPD officers look forward to each and every year. The thought of a child not having any gifts to open on Christmas morning is too much to handle and absolutely unacceptable. With the help of the community through their support and generous donations MPD will continue to host Shop with a Cop every year.”
MPD would like to thank all past and future supports of this special heartwarming event. Donations to “Shop with a Cop” can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle. Checks should be made payable to the Mesquite Police Department. For questions please call (702) 346-5262
On Friday, November 14, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant on a Mesquite residence and concluded a lengthy narcotics investigation. The investigation resulted with a seizure of marijuana, marijuana seeds, drug paraphernalia, as well as the arrest of three adults.
Mesquite resident, Michael Bell, 46, was arrested and charged with two counts of sales of a schedule I controlled substance.
Mesquite resident, Brian Bell, 20, was arrested and charged for: sales of a schedule I controlled substance, transporting a schedule I controlled substance, conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mesquite resident, Austin Graham, 19, was arrested and charged for: sales of a schedule I controlled substance, and conspiracy to violate a controlled substance act.
Mesquite, NV – Friday, November 7, Mesquite Police Officers responded to the area of Second South and Jensen Park, reference a report of male juveniles firing gun shots from a moving vehicle. The information officers received was that multiple shots from a handgun were fired towards the sky out of the back window of a vehicle. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival. Officers promptly arrived on scene and commenced a thorough investigation.
On Wednesday, November 11, Mesquite Police Officers concluded their investigation through locating and charging the two out of state male juvenile offenders for obstructing a peace officer and a weapons offense. Due to the age of the suspects their names and information will not be released.
Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commented “It is important that our message is clear, any reckless illegal behavior that places the public in danger will not be tolerated. Our well trained officers will continue working until the case is solved and those offenders are brought to justice.”
Mesquite, NV – Sunday, November 09, The Mesquite Police Department received a call from a local business owner who reported a suspicious person attempting to open one of the doors to their business. The business owner reported the suspicious person quickly left the area when they heard the business owner inside.
Officers promptly located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle was found to be driven by a female adult, with a male adult as a passenger. Further investigation determined the vehicle they were driving was reported stolen. Also found inside the vehicle were burglary tools and various items believed to have been stolen.
The driver identified as Naomi Barnet, 30, of Las Vegas was arrested and charged with felony attempted burglary, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, and various misdemeanor traffic offenses.
The passenger identified as Paul Sanchez, 25, of Las Vegas was arrested and charged with felony attempted burglary, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, and a gross misdemeanor for possession of burglary tools. This case is currently under investigation and further charges are pending.
Chief Troy Tanner stated “It is always the goal of the Mesquite Police Department to have a rapid response to calls of service. One of the many ways we assure quick response times is; officers are assigned to geographical areas throughout the city. Whenever and wherever a call may come in, rest assured one of our officers will be close by.” Chief Tanner also credited dispatchers and officers by stating “If it weren’t for the quick work and actions of the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department the couple would have continued on their crime spree and then abruptly left town.”
On Tuesday, September 16, the Mesquite Police Department was recognized by Virgin Valley Elementary Principal, Cathy Davis. Cathy thanked the Mesquite Police Department for their dedication in determining how and where the new student pick up/drop off area would be located. MPD was also credited for configuring the new area which will result in safe and organized school traffic. Principal Cathy Davis stated “The new area will provide much needed space to allow students to enter and exit the school each day. We are sure it will increase the safety of our students and decrease the time needed to pick up students from school. The students and staff of Virgin Valley Elementary School are grateful for all of the hard work the Mesquite Police Department has put into the project."
Sergeant Mike Van Houten, MPD School Resource Officer was present on behalf of the Mesquite Police Department to accept the certificate of appreciation from Principal Cathy Davis during VVES open house event.
Mesquite, NV – On Thursday, September 11, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant on a Mesquite residence and concluded a lengthy narcotics investigation. The investigation resulted with a seizure of prescription narcotics, methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, US currency, counterfeit/forged dollar bills, and the arrest of three adults.
Mesquite resident, Maria Bryant, 50, was arrested and charged for: Felony Trafficking a Schedule I Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Felony Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Felony Conspiracy to Sale Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 26 counts of Felony Possession of Forged Bills.
Mesquite resident, Delani Frickberg, 30, was arrested and charged for: Felony Trafficking a Schedule III controlled Substance (Lortab), Felony Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), and Felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
David Pilson, 51, of Bullhead City, Arizona was arrested and charged for: 3 counts of Felony Trafficking a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Lortab), Felony Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), and for Felony Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.