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.
On Thursday, September 11 Mesquite Police Officers attended a 9/11 memorial service held at La Virgin De Guadalupe Catholic Church. During the 9/11 memorial service Officer Oliver was also recognized for his efforts by the Knights of Columbus, Mesquite Council.
Mesquite, Nv – All Mesquite area schools will be back in session starting Monday, August 25, 2014. The Mesquite Police Department would like to remind motorists and pedestrians of the city’s school zone locations and hours in which the reduced speeds will be enforced. All school zones within the city have been clearly marked as crosswalks and have proper signage warning motorist to slow down.
Virgin Valley Elementary School Zones:
· Mesquite Boulevard and Arrowhead Lane is a 25 mile per hour school crossing zone from 7:30 am to 9:15 am and again at 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be crossing guards posted at this location to assist students crossing the roadway.
· Sandhill Boulevard and Old Mill Road is a 25 mile per hour school crossing zone from 7:45 am to 9:15 am and again at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be crossing guards posted at this location to assist students crossing the roadway.
Hughes Middle School:
· Hafen Lane is a 15 mile per hour school crossing zone from 7:10 am to 7:55 am and again at 2:08 pm to 2:40 pm. Hafen Lane is extremely busy especially in the afternoon when the middle school aged children are released from school for the day. There are no crossing guards posted on Hafen Lane.
Visit the Mesquite Police Department’s Facebook page and Twitter page to receive additional information on back to school safety tips for motorists, students, and parents of students.
Mesquite Police Officers took over the vehicle pursuit at the Nevada/Arizona border. The pursuit continued south bound on Interstate 15 reaching speeds of up to approximately 130 miles per hour. The suspect’s vehicle tires were spiked on two different occasions; once by Mesquite Police Officers and once by Nevada Highway Patrol.
The suspect vehicle came to a stop on the shoulder of Interstate 15 near mile marker #93. Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department assisted in conducting a standard felony stop. However, the driver of the vehicle who at that point was identified as a female, refused to exit the vehicle and surrender to officers.
As a result of negotiations the female suspect eventually surrendered to police without incident. The female was identified as; 24 year old Sandeep Kaur of Union City, Ca. and was taken into custody by Mesquite Police Officers. Kaur was charged with the criminal and traffic offenses she committed in Nevada, which include: NRS 484B.550.3, Resisting An Officer with a Deadly Weapon (vehicle), NRS 119.280.1 Attempt to Disobey A Police Officer; Endangering Persons/Property, and NRS 484B.650.3 Aggressive Driving.
Kaur will be facing charges stemming from the St. George, Utah bank robbery incident. Mesquite Police Detectives have also received information that Kaur is a primary suspect in other bank robbery cases out of California and Arizona.
Captain Scott Taylor has been a member of the Mesquite Police Department since 1996 and will serve as a representative from the Nevada Chiefs and Sherriff’s Association on the committee.
As part of a national and statewide effort, MPD will have additional officers on the roadway looking for impaired drivers. Those who elect to drink and drive this 4th of July should be forewarned. MPD will be out in force, we will find those violators and we will arrest them. No warnings, no excuses.
MPD recommends the following simple tips for a safe Fourth of July:
Residents who plan on lighting their own fireworks, we wish to remind you that only fireworks labeled “safe and sane” are legal for use in Clark County and only from Saturday, June 28, through Friday, July 4. All fireworks that shoot into the air, or firecrackers, are illegal for use in Clark County, unless they are part of a permitted fireworks show. Possessing or using illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor in Clark County. MPD Officers and MPD Volunteers will be present looking for violators, as well as conducting traffic control for the fireworks show.
Mesquite, Nv - As part of a state wide effort, the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) participates in Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL), which is a grant funded program through the Nevada State Juvenile Justice Commission. MPD Officers have received additional training to conduct these alcohol enforcement events. During the operation MPD Officers supervise underage participants who approach local businesses and attempt to purchase alcohol.
Mesquite Police Officers have conducted several alcohol related compliance checks with local business that sell or serve alcohol. The most recent operation was June 5, 2014 where four (4) bars/taverns were checked; which resulted in three establishments in violation and one in compliance. The servers that sold alcohol to the minors received misdemeanor citations for furnishing liquor to a minor. On January 4, 2014 seven (7) gas/convenience stores were checked and all were found to be incompliance.
The majority of establishments follow proper procedure and deny the underage youth. The Mesquite Police Department is grateful to businesses that properly monitor and train employees to detect and refuse the sale of alcohol to minors. Letters were sent out to business owners/managers congratulating their employee for being in compliance and warning notices were sent out to those found to be in violation.
MPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has been in dire need of a replacement vehicle. The ancient black and white armored truck was well used when MPD received it many years ago. Nonetheless, MPD made due with the old vehicle, using it during S.W.A.T training, operations, and the execution of high risk search warrants. The vehicle was also used during many police and community events. Needless to say, the old armored truck received its fair share of use and suffers from major mechanical issues. Nevertheless, due to budgetary issues, the purchase of an updated special response vehicle was beyond reach.
“The old outdated armored truck was definitely a cause for great concern. We needed a dependable vehicle that would allow us to operate safely. When we discovered these types of vehicles were going to be made available I knew we had to be one of the first on the list,” said Police Chief Troy Tanner. After a year-long paper chase, the MPD received their armored vehicle. It is referred to as the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle and called an MRAP. The brand new MRAP was picked up in Colorado with just 12 miles on the International engine.
The Defense Department’s Excess Property Program provides law enforcement agencies access to many different types of equipment. While there is no cost when the equipment is handed over, the cost of transporting and maintaining the equipment becomes the receiving agencies responsibility. The minimal cost of transporting the vehicle to Mesquite was approximately $1500.
The graduating students were “Locked in” the Rec Center from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. The graduates enjoyed great food, drinks, and treats, which was donated by local businesses. The graduates also enjoyed various activities, which included: sumo wrestling, swimming, glow in the dark volleyball, movies, card games, and had their portraits drawn by a caricature artist. Chief Tanner, MPD Officers, and VVHS school staff faced off against the graduates in the 10th annual “Grad Night” graduates verses officers basketball game.
As always Grad Night ended with the highly anticipated raffle prize drawing. Many lucky graduates won prizes such as: tablets, laptops, televisions, cameras, R.C. helicopters, stereos, and a bbq grill. Prizes were either donated directly or were purchased with monetary donations. Local businesses generously donated enough gift cards, local services, and coupons to allow every senior that attended to receive a nice prize.
MPD appreciates the support of local businesses and private individuals who generously donated to ensure the event was a success. Chief Tanner stated “Our goal was met; our graduating youth were provided a safe place to celebrate their accomplishments. Without the help of generous citizens and local businesses this event would not take place.”
MPD would like to publicly thank the following individuals, organizations, and business for their support of Grad Night 2014 (in no particular order):
Mesquite Leisure Services
Mesquite Fire & Rescue
City of Mesquite I.T. Dept.
Big O Tires
Brian & Joy Haviland
Bealls Dept. Store
Evolve Pest Control
Falcon Ridge Dental
Barb & Scott Ellestad
Do It Best
Coyote Carpet & Tile
David & Deborah Ballweg
Falcon Ridge Dental
Ken Garff St George Ford, Laurie & Roger Krug
Mesa View Hospital
Red Hills Cinema
Sharon Giffin-Solomon, Subway
Virgin Valley Disposal
Smith’s Food & Drug
Nevada Community Partnership Coalition
Canton Chinese Cuisine