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Virgin Valley High School Seniors and Mesquite Police Team Up for Grad Night Party

posted Apr 1, 2014, 4:05 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 5:28 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – The Senior Class of 2014 may have many plans after graduation, but their first night as “Graduates” will be spent with the Mesquite Police Department.

The Mesquite Police Department wants to give the graduating class a fun filled night at a safe location to spend their time after graduation ceremonies. The evening will consist of entertainment, food, and prizes for the graduates.

Members of the Virgin Valley High School senior class along with Mesquite Police Officers will be contacting local Mesquite businesses to ask for donations, which will fund the food, prizes, and money to make this event possible.  Each graduate will receive a raffle ticket, which may win them a valuable prize. Some of the prizes may include lap top computers, televisions, and a chance to grab cash in a money wind booth.

The grad party will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Mesquite Recreation Center. The doors will be open from 9:00 PM until midnight. The doors are locked from midnight to 4:00 AM and NO ONE will be allowed to leave, unless it is with a parent.  

“The Mesquite Police Department wants to provide a safe and fun environment for graduating seniors,” said Chief Troy Tanner. “Our officers have volunteered their time planning the event and always enjoy spending quality time with our future leaders.” This will be the 10th year the police department has put on the event.

For those who would like to donate to Grad Night Out, please contact Officer Craig Empey 702-346-5262 ext #6118 or Detective Gary Erickson at ext #6062 or come into the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle.

V.V.H.S Students Experience “Every 15 Minutes” Program

posted Apr 1, 2014, 8:30 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 3:20 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- On March 26, 2014, students at Virgin Valley High School witnessed first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving. “Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program, which involved Virgin Valley High School students. The program is aimed at encouraging students to think about personal safety, make mature decisions, and recognizing that their actions affect others.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner stated; “I feel it is crucial to get the message out to our youth that drinking and driving ruins lives.  The “Every 15 Minutes” program is the greatest drinking and driving educational program available for students. The program was made possible through months of planning, donations, and hard work. I want to thank all those who had a hand in making this program a success and something the youth who experienced it will never forget.”

The Mesquite Police Department will plan and organize the next “Every 15 Minutes” program set for spring 2016.

Four Mesquite Residents Arrested for Dealing Drugs

posted Mar 31, 2014, 3:38 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 5:02 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – On Friday, March 28, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives arrested four Mesquite residents on three separate narcotic related investigations.


Two Mesquite residents were arrested for selling narcotics out of their home. Roy Goodson, 35, was charged with four counts of felony Transporting Controlled Substance, four counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and four counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. Roy’s wife Allena Goodson, 30, was charged with three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, three counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and four counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.


On a separate case, Robert Ferrell, 43, was charged with two counts of felony Sale of Controlled Substance, one count of felony Sale of Controlled Substance in the Presence of a Child, and two counts of felony Conspiracy to Violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.


Robin Bute, 43, was arrested on the same evening on a separate case and charged with Possession of Marijuana, I.T.S Drugs, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.


Both Ferrell and Bute were arrested on November 22, 2013 for similar drug related charges. They were both awaiting sentencing for those charges at the time of their most recent arrest.

Every 15 Minutes

posted Mar 25, 2014, 4:17 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 11:23 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- On March 26, 2014, students at Virgin Valley High School will witness first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving.

“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program involving high school students which encourage them to think about personal safety when alcohol is involved, making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions affect others. It is based on the 1980's statistics that every 15 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related incident. As part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, a DUI crash reconstruction scene will be set up on Valley View Drive on Wednesday, March 26 at 8:30 a.m.

Two mangled vehicles will be towed to the scene and four students will be positioned inside as part of the DUI scene reconstruction. Fire department, medical, and police personnel will help to “rescue” the participants. A Mercy Air helicopter will also land and transport one of the “victims” to the hospital. Students will witness the reconstruction from bleachers set near the crash scene.

“Our hope is we can bring awareness to our teenagers. The goal is to demonstrate the possible consequences of drinking and driving and the many lives it affects”, says Mesquite Police Sergeant Mike Van Houten. “What they witness and learn here could possibly save their life and those of others.”

The following day, March 27, an assembly will be held in the high school gym at 8:00 am to support the message to  teenagers that drinking and driving costs lives. 

Cancer Scam Defendant Sentenced to 1 Year in Jail

posted Mar 17, 2014, 4:28 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 26, 2014, 4:21 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – Monday, March 17, 2014 Shawnanna Starr Guerrero Flores, 36, pled guilty in Mesquite Municipal Court to Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, Obstruction of Justice, and Unlawful Acts Involving Electronic Mail or Transmission of Other Data.  Flores was sentenced by Moapa Justice of the Peace (Mesquite Municipal Court Pro Tem Judge) Ruth Kolhoss to serve 12 months in the Mesquite Detention Center. Judge Kolhoss also ordered Flores complete a mental evaluation, pay restitution in the amount of $745.26, and serve 500 hours of community service with an organization dedicated to assisting victims of cancer. 

Flores’ sentence came after argument by Mesquite Deputy City Attorney Bob Sweetin and Flores’ defense counsel.  During the sentencing hearing numerous victims of Flores’ scheme to defraud the Mesquite community took the stand and expressed how Flores’ actions affected them, their lives, and the community as a whole. 

I-15 Drug Arrest

posted Mar 10, 2014, 3:19 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 9:26 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – During the early morning hours of Thursday, March 06, 2014 Mesquite patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on Interstate 15, due to a traffic violation.


Officers conducted a consensual search of the driver and located .7 grams of methamphetamine, 3.6 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding a bundle of US Currency.  The department’s drug sniffing canine was then called to the scene and a canine drug sniff of the vehicle was conducted.  The K9 alerted to more bundles of US currency hidden inside a natural void of the vehicle.  A total of $74,000 in US Currency was found hidden throughout the vehicle. 


The driver, identified as Omar Muro, 35, of Los Angeles, California was arrested and charged for felony trafficking controlled substance, felony possession of controlled substance, felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.


The passenger, identified as David Hurtado, 22, of Costa Mesa, California was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act.


Muro and Hurtado were both transported to the Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas.


In response to the arrest and seizure, Mesquite Police Captain Scott Taylor stated “I commend the hardworking patrol officers for their excellent police work and keen observation. There is no doubt our officers are some of the finest.” 


posted Mar 4, 2014, 3:03 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 2:20 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – The Every 15 Minutes Program is an emotionally charged two-day event designed to promote the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol. This powerful program challenges students to think before consuming alcohol, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions.


This spring the Mesquite Police Department will conduct the nationally recognized program with the support of Mesquite Fire & Rescue and Mesa View Hospital. 


Many local businesses have committed to donating goods and services towards this event, but there are still opportunities to help.  For more information contact Sgt. Mike Van Houten at 702-346-5262, ext 6004. Donations can also be made in person at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle during business hours.


posted Mar 3, 2014, 4:00 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 17, 2014, 12:17 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- Emergency calls made on cellular phones within Mesquite City limits through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon cellular networks are now routed directly to the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) Communications Dispatch Center. The enhancement of MPD dispatch center has allowed MPD to replace the antiquated 911 cellular call process. The old system consisted of all 911 cellular calls being routed to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Communication Center, who would then transfer the call to Mesquite dispatch. Now, 911 calls from most cellular networks will go directly to the Mesquite dispatch center. This updates allows information to be passed quicker to dispatchers and subsequently improving response times for emergency services.   

When a cellphone call is made, a cell tower transmitting the cell signal will determine to which dispatch center a call is directed. There have been reports that calls made within Mesquite, but close to the edge of city limits have been picked up by cell towers that transmit to LVMPD. Calls made from Bunkerville, or other locations bordering on, or outside the city limits, will continue to be dispatched through LVMPD for response by the emergency service agency assigned to that area.

Pay as you go phones do not fall under the same update requirements as the larger carriers.  It is unknown which dispatch center those users will reach. In any instance, when dialing 911, callers should always first clearly identify in what city the emergency is taking place.

 “Receiving a wireless phone call to the Mesquite Dispatch was the last step in completing the enhanced 911 communications system. The first step was to upgrade communication equipment to access wireless call information. The enhanced part of the system is what allows dispatchers to access caller information,” said Clarissa Larsen, Communications Support Services Manager.

The enhanced equipment qualified the MPD to request wireless 911 calls come directly into the MPD, but not before meeting strict requirements and months of rigorous equipment testing. 

“The migration to the enhanced 911 system has been a huge undertaking and we are proud to say that we have met our goal to implement this critical system. We knew from the beginning that the process would not be fast or easy, but absolutely necessary in order to improve emergency services response times. We appreciate the patience of community members as we have made this transition.” said Troy Tanner, Chief of Police.                                                 

Guilty Plea On April 2013 Murder

posted Feb 13, 2014, 3:02 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 9:07 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – Jeramiah Robert Juber, 31, who was arrested back in April 2013 for the murder of Mark Parenti, was arraigned in Clark County District Court on Friday, January 31, 2014. Negotiations were reached and a guilty plea agreement was filed, wherein Juber pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Juber is scheduled for sentencing on April 4th, 2014.

Fraud Alert

posted Feb 10, 2014, 6:12 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 8:27 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) is reminding citizens of potential scams and schemes, where money is requested over the phone to avoid penalties and or jail. There are many different hypothetical stories, situations, or reasons the fraudulent callers provide to a potential unknowing victim. Many times, we have discovered the fraudulent calls are similar in nature. The caller requests money to be wired in order to resolve a fictitious issue or situation created by the fraudulent caller. The caller then makes the entire situation sound as if it is an emergency, all in attempt to force the worried victim to act immediately.

It has been reported that these fraudulent callers represent themselves as local, state, and/or federal law enforcement or other government officials. Some of the examples of the titles used can include, but are not limited to the following: IRS, FBI, CIA, Police, Court Officials, and/or any official title, which may make the caller appear more believable and trustworthy. MPD would like to remind citizens that legitimate agencies and government officials do not operate or carry out business in this manner.

Citizens should never provide personal information to callers, authorize funds to be withdrawn, or give account numbers over the phone. Anytime a call or email is received where the person asks you to wire money, it is more than likely a scam. MPD strongly believes in educating our citizens to make them more aware of these potential scams, schemes, and fraud tactics used by the callers. Our hope is all will relay this pertinent information to their family and friends, thereby lessening the potential for victimization for everyone. We would encourage our citizens to monitor their bank account activity and check their credit history report regularly. 

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