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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

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.

Smiths Employee Charged with Embezzlement

posted Jul 18, 2016, 9:42 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 2:57 PM ]

On July 12, the Mesquite Police Department responded to the Smiths Food & Drug Center located at 350 N Sandhill Blvd in Mesquite Nevada, to investigate an alleged theft.  The officer’s investigation showed an employee of Smiths had been assigning Smiths card points to her own personal Smith’s card, then using the points as personal cash purchases.  Due to the high amount of cash purchases made, the crime amounted to felony embezzlement.  One employee was taken into custody. 

Lorie Dominguez, 41, of Scenic Arizona, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of embezzlement.  Lorie Dominguez was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada on the felony count.

Public Notice on Fraud Investigations

posted Jul 18, 2016, 8:11 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 8:11 AM ]

The Mesquite Police Department is currently actively investigating multiple crimes involving fraud and thefts.  Although we cannot release any specific details into any of the alleged crimes due to the ongoing investigations, the Mesquite Police Department would like to reach out to members of our community and ask that anyone who thinks they may have recently been a victim of fraud or any other crime, that they file a report with us.

When a member of our community is the victim of a crime, we take it seriously, and want to do our part to thoroughly investigate and solve each case.

If you are aware of a crime, or have unfortunately been the victim of one which has not been reported, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346- 5262. You may also use the Mesquite Police Department's crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.

Heroin Drug Trafficking Operation Busted by Mesquite Police

posted Jul 5, 2016, 3:00 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 4:54 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Wednesday, June 22, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Mesquite Narcotics Detectives concluded a lengthy investigation involving large amounts of heroin being transported to Mesquite.  During the course of the investigation, detectives had made multiple purchases of large amounts of heroin from a drug trafficker known to transport heroin into Mesquite.  On June 22, detectives had knowledge the drug trafficker would again be transporting another large amount of heroin to Mesquite to sell.  When the drug trafficker arrived in Mesquite, Mesquite Police Officers and Detectives were able to safely take him into custody and retrieve the heroin. 

Samuel Cuevas-Lima, 30, of Tijuana Mexico, was arrested and charged with: Eight felony counts of high level trafficking of a schedule 1 substance (heroin), one felony count of mid-level trafficking of a schedule 1 substance (heroin), nine felony counts of transporting a controlled substance (heroin), and nine felony counts of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act. 

Samuel was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Man Stabbed Multiple Times, Suspect in Custody

posted Jul 5, 2016, 2:12 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 4:54 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On July 3, during the early morning hours, a Mesquite Police Officer while on routine patrol located a man on West Pioneer Blvd who appeared to have been stabbed multiple times.  Officers quickly determined the stabbing victim had just been involved in an altercation at the Envy Nightclub and Lounge, which was also located nearby on West Pioneer Blvd.  The stabbing victim was attempting to chase down the suspect on foot when the officer located him.  Mesquite Fire transported the victim to Mesa View Regional Hospital where he was then transported via Mercy Air to University Medical Center in Las Vegas Nevada in serious condition.

Detectives then processed the multiple crime scenes, collecting evidence from Envy Nightclub and Lounge, the path the suspect took as he fled the scene, and evidence from the victim.  Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle.  Through evidence obtained and from witness statements, detectives were able to identify the suspect. 

Detectives working with law enforcement in Utah were able to communicate with the suspect, who turned himself in to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. 

The suspect, Jason Reynolds, 40, of La Verkin Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of battery with a deadly weapon. 

Jason Reynolds is currently in custody in Washington County Utah and is awaiting extradition to Nevada.

We Want You! Become A Communications Dispatcher!

posted Jun 26, 2016, 1:40 PM by Lori Todd   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 4:17 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The City of Mesquite is seeking qualified individuals to establish an eligibility list for Communications Dispatch.  

Do you love working in a fast paced and exciting environment?  Can you multi-task and work well under pressure, while remaining calm, cool and collected?  Do you want to help people, all while giving back to the community you live in?

If you answered yes to these questions, then it sounds like becoming a Communications Dispatcher for the City of Mesquite is a career for you!  As a Communications Dispatcher you will answer Emergency 9-1-1 calls and Non-Emergency calls for Police, Fire and Medical assistance.  You will also become trained to dispatch officers, fire and medical personnel to those emergency and non-emergency calls.

Career Opportunity:

Click here for the job description and application for Communications Dispatcher.

The application deadline is Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm.  Interested individuals must submit a City of Mesquite employment application to the Human Resource Office by noon on the closing date to be considered.

The Typing & Written test will take place on Monday, July 25th at 8:00 am at the Mesquite Police Department Headquarters, 695 Mayan Circle.

The Oral Examination will take place Tuesday, July 26, 2016 pending the successful passing of the Typing & Written test.  The location for the Oral Exam will be at City Hall, 10 E Mesquite Blvd.

Primary Functions:

As a Communications Dispatcher your responsibilities will included:

    ·       Answering 9-1-1 & Non-Emergency calls from the public.

·       Determining the appropriate response to 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls by sending either Police, Fire and/or Medical units.

·       Dispatching Mesquite Police officers on calls that require police response.

·       Dispatching Mesquite Fire Department or Beaver Dam Fire Department personnel on calls that require fire and/or medical response.

·       Accurately document the 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls, and the officer and fire/medical personnel radio traffic.

 Knowledge & Skills Gained:

New Communications Dispatchers will enter into a 16 week training program where you will learn how to handle and process 9-1-1 and Non-Emergency calls from the public, and how to dispatch police, fire and/or medical personnel to those calls.

You will be taught how to:

    ·       Work the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) & Intrado Phone System

·       Understand policy and procedure for dispatching police, fire and/or medical response on calls.

·       Use Emergency Police & Emergency Medical Dispatching Protocols which determine the criteria for police, fire and/or medical response on calls.

·       How to speak over the two-way radio communications system and proper radio terminology.

·       Proper telephone etiquette, including how to speak to angry, upset, distraught and hysterical callers.

·       Work emergency incidents such as vehicle accidents or pursuits, major fires, found suspicious and/or explosive devices, and officer involved shooting.

·       Update calls to accurately reflect what is occurring on scene of the incident for police, fire and/or medical.

·       Maintain officers and caller safety.

During the last two weeks of training, you will take part in a Practical Examination, where you will act as the partner to a full time dispatcher.  After the completion of your 16 weeks of training, you will spend the next two months on probation.  Once you are deemed competent in all areas of call taking and dispatching, you will be released from probation.

Career Advancement:

Once you have completed your probation, you will continue to learn and build your call taking and dispatching skills.  There will be opportunities to become:

·       A Certified Training Officer, which comes with a 5% pay increase while you are training.

o      This position reports to the Head Training Officer.

·       An Assistant Terminal Agency Coordinator, handling day to day oversight of the system and date entered into our Criminal Justice Database.

o      This position reports to the Terminal Agency Coordinator.

Your choice to join the MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT is an exciting one.  Becoming a Communications Dispatcher maintains that excitement throughout your career.

Please call 702-346-5262 ext 6150 to schedule a sit-along with the Lead Dispatcher or Dispatch Supervisor and see what it is that we do first hand.  It is an experience you won’t forget!

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact City of Mesquite Human Resources at 702-346-5295 or the Dispatch Supervisor at 702-346-5262 ext 6150.

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