Mesquite, NV- Emergency calls made on cell phones within Mesquite City limits, on the Sprint and Verizon networks are now routed directly to the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) Communications Dispatch Center, instead of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Communication Center, who then transferred calls back to MPD. Now, Mesquite dispatchers’ access longitude, latitude, and telephone numbers on wireless callers, located within the City of Mesquite. AT&T and T-Mobile requirements are scheduled to be completed by March of 2014.
Calls made from Bunkerville, or other locations just outside the city limits, will continue to be dispatched through the 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 MPD is the last step in completing the upgraded MPD 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 location 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 wireless carriers and LVMPD had to approve the redirect of cell phone calls straight to the MPD.
“The 911 communications system is the core method for citizens and visitors to communicate with the city emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although, we knew going into this that the process would not be fast, nor easy, it was absolutely necessary to improve emergency response times. We appreciate the patience of community members as we made this transition,” said Troy Tanner, Chief of Police.
Mesquite, NV – Dating back to October, the Mesquite Police Department received multiple reports of graffiti being placed on public and private property, throughout the City of Mesquite.
Immediately, upon receiving the reports of graffiti, a Mesquite Patrol Officer launched a criminal investigation in an effort to apprehend those responsible. On Saturday, November 16, 2013 the officer uncovered information which led to the offender, identified as 18 year old Michael Bautista. Bautista admitted to placing the graffiti and was cited for eight misdemeanor counts of placing graffiti.
“We have zero tolerance when it comes to graffiti in this community, and our department will continue to take swift action by bringing those responsible to justice,” explained Chief Troy Tanner. He also stressed the importance of stopping graffiti in order to maintain the beautification Mesquite and avoid the potential decay that graffiti represents. Chief Tanner commends the patrol officer for their quick thinking and use of their investigative skills to find crucial evidence in this case.
The Mesquite police department would like to remind citizens to continue assisting police by maintaining vigilance in their respective neighborhoods. If you witness criminal, suspicious, and or unusual activity, do not hesitate to contact the police
Mesquite, NV – On Friday, November 22, Mesquite Police Investigative Services (Narcotics Detectives) concluded a lengthy investigation into the sales of controlled substances from a Mesquite residence. Just before 10:00 a.m., the Mesquite Police S.W.A.T team executed a search warrant, resulting in five adults being arrested and the recovery of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and a gun.
Robert Ferrell, 43, was arrested and charged with: Sale of Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine (2 counts), Sale of Controlled Substance (Schedule IV), Trafficking Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm by a Restricted Person.
Robin Bute, 43, was arrested and charged with: Sales of Controlled Substance (Schedule II), Sales of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance (Schedule IV - 2 counts), and for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,
Frances Bute, 21, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Schedule II).
Colby Bute, 22, was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Thomas Boucher, 26, was located at a separate location and arrested for Sales of Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine.
“The Mesquite Police Department is committed to keeping drugs and violence associated with drugs, off our streets; we will continue our efforts and work diligently to uphold that commitment,” said Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner.
Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department would like
to thank everyone who attended and participated in Trunk or Treat. Witches, ghouls, goblins, dinosaurs, and other
creative characters descended upon the Mesquite Rec Center’s soccer field to
enjoy a safe Halloween celebration during the Mesquite Police Department’s 6th
Annual Trunk or Treat event. Quality
Towing was awarded first place for the spookiest trunk. The second place award
went to the Headless Horsemen, Leroy Toombs and Tyler Mickelson.
The event was made possible through the
participation and donations by the following businesses and individuals (in no
particular order): Beat the Heat, Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association,
Mesquite Showgirls, Dr. Marchant with
Mesquite Dental, Reliance Connects, Fred Knoerzer, Danielle’s Popcorn
and Chocolates, Dominos, Virgin Valley High School Art Students and Staff,
Rotary Club, Special Olympics of Mesquite, Shelter Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank,
Meridian Electric, Iron Mountain Cleaners, Mesquite Senior Center, Mesquite
Dept. of Leisure Services, Smith’s Food and Drug Store, Virgin Valley Family
Services, Winder Farms, Elks’ Lodge, Nevada Community Partnership Coalition, Mesquitoes,
Mesquite Recreation Center, Aleta Ruth, Abbey Green, Vicki Waite, Star Nursery,
Walley Sleppy, Jones Family, Woods Family, Mesquite Bluffs Apartments, Walmart,
Ace Hardware, Mesquite 4th Ward Young Men, Mesquite Fire and Rescue,
Highland Manor, Debbie Smith’s Rescue K-9s, Larry and Valerie Todd, Viktor and
Vittel; Karen Fielding, Equity Title, Lex and Linda Hall, Frank Adams, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Leroy, Tom and Joanne Maher, Cindy Posselli, Connie Jonas, Andy
Barton, Aaron Baker, Grayce Jones, Loadtec, Stancie Jolley, David and Deborah
Ballweg, Carquest Auto Parts, Animal Control, Laura Woolsey, Mesquite Police
Department Volunteers, Mesquite Police Department Explorers, the men and women
of the Mesquite Police Department and many others whose contributions remain
Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department will hold its 6th Annual Trunk or Treat at the Mesquite Rec Center parking lot, on Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event has been moved to the new location to accommodate more participants.
Captain Scott Taylor said the event started, “As a way to provide a safe trick or treat venue for kids, but the event has become more than just a trick or treat venue. It is a place where friends, community members, and public safety personnel come together to enjoy the excitement of the young children enjoying an age old tradition.”
“There is quite a bit of effort that goes into planning an event like this, and it would not be possible without the help of the community,” said Sgt. Mike Van Houten who is coordinating this years event. Local businesses and organizations that would like to set up a trunk can contact Kim Otero at 702-346-5262 x 6155, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents and businesses can participate by donating bagged candy to the Mesquite Police Department. Candy can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department on Mayan Circle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“This activity is our way of making an extra effort to keep our youngest community members safe. While most residents look at the bigger dangers of trick or treating they forget it is the everyday traffic rules that tend to be forgotten on Halloween. Kids running across the street without looking combined with an increased number of texting drivers on the roadway can have a tragic result.” said Van Houten.
This year’s event will feature a Sleepy Hollow Forest theme. Visitors are asked to park near the Senior Center and enter the event through the soccer field.
Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department would like
to thank everyone who attended and participated in Mesquite Night Out
(MNO). Designed to develop interaction
between community members and organizations MNO offered residents the
opportunity to explore many Mesquite based clubs and organizations.
The festivities began with a procession
from Mesquite Blvd and Sandhill to the Rec Center field by Mesquite Police,
Mesquite Fire and Rescue, Beat the Heat, Nevada Highway Patrol, FBI, BLM,
Beaver Dam and Bunkerville Fire Departments, Clark County School District
Police, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mesquite Animal Control, Mesquite
Asphalt Angels and the Bikers against Child Abuse. The procession ended with the landing of the
Mercy Air helicopter.
The event kicked off with the presenting
of the colors by the Vietnam Veterans and a trumpet solo of the National Anthem
by Charlie Niehoufs. The Mesquite
Community Band Combo, joined at times by Elvis impersonator Dan Zito, kept the
crowd entertained between a demonstration by Bill O’Connell’s Tae Kwon Do
students, a dance number by the Gorman twins from Revele Dance, and stand-up
comedy by Mrs. Senior Mesquite, Alecia Sebio.
In addition to the information tables set
up by the groups listed above, the following clubs and organizations also
Gold Butte Days Committee, Mesquite
Chamber of Commerce, Thunder Stick Tactical; NDOT Bicycle, Pedestrian and Safe
Route to School program, Bicycle and Community Outreach & Committee for
bicycle friendly communities, Mesquite Cancer Help Society, Exchange Club of
Mesquite, Salvation Army, Clark County Office of Emergency Management, Nevada
Child Seekers, Mesquite Rotary Club, Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT),
Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation, Mesquite Police Department Explorers,
Mesquite Police Department Volunteers, Desert Fox Flyer RC Club, Rescue K-9s,
Mesquite Planning and Development, Mesquite Library, Star Nursery, Clark County
Department of Family Services, The Parenting Project, Nevada Community
Partnership Coalition (NCPC), Virgin Valley Family Services and Virgin Valley
High School Art Student’s Ana Rivera, Vanessa Gomez, Elizabeth Robles, and
Patricia Pantoya who painted faces.
Lastly, the Mesquite Police Department
would like to thank the Mesquite Elk’s Lodge for providing drinks, hot dogs and
chips to everyone in attendance, as well as, the staff at the Mesquite Rec
Center and Mesquite City Officials for event assistance.
Mesquite, NV –
On Thursday, September 26, officers arrested Mesquite resident, Wesley McClain,
26, for violating probation, as well as felony burglary. McClain was
transported to Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas.
In July of
2012, McClain was arrested for ten counts of Burglary and four counts of
Attempted Burglary. McClain served jail time for the 2012 charges, but was
released and placed on probation.
Mesquite, NV – Purple ribbons will be tied to the
antennas of Mesquite Police vehicles throughout the month of October in
recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Nevada Network Against Domestic
Violence has designated October as the ideal time to commit to ending domestic
and sexual violence. The organization offers the following suggestions to take
a stand against domestic and sexual violence:
• Examine your own life for violence and
hurtful behaviors. No one deserves to be abused. You are not alone and there is
• If you or a friend or co-worker is
afraid of their partner or is being hurt, offer support and refer them to the
24-hour toll-free National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).
Or to the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1.866.331.9474, if more
appropriate. More information about how to get help may be accessed online at http://www.thehotline.org/get-help;
• Develop a safety campaign in your
workplace, neighborhood, school, or house of worship. Build a consensus that
abusive behavior and language is unacceptable.
If you are a victim of domestic violence
and would like to report abuse please contact the Mesquite Police Department at
702-346-5262. In case of emergency dial
Mesquite, NV –The Mesquite Police
Department has added a new twist to this year’s Mesquite Night Out by inviting
community clubs and organizations to join emergency service and non-profit organizations to provide
information and demonstrations for residents.
The event will be held this Thursday,
September 19th, at 5:30 pm, on the west sports field at the Mesquite
Recreation Center. Residents can take
pictures alongside a helicopter, police vehicles, and fire apparatus. Thirty
information tables will surround the field anchored by a community performance
Mesquite Police, Mesquite Fire &
Rescue, Bunkerville Fire Department, Nevada Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, and Clark County Office of Emergency Management will explain
programs and demonstrate equipment used to safeguard the community.
Amateur Radio Operators, an RC Flying
club, ATV club, and a GPS club are among the groups that will have members
available to answer questions. The
Nevada State Bicycle, Pedestrian & Safe Routes to School program will be represented.
“There are many great clubs and
organizations in the community looking for members. The police department wants residents to know
their neighbors, and belonging to a club or organization is a great way to
bring people together. When we work and play together we can build a strong
community that can resist undesirable influences,” said Sgt. Mike Van Houten.
The Mesquite Community Combo Band, Mrs.
Senior Mesquite, an Elvis impersonator, and a demonstration by a local Tae Kwon
Do group will perform on the community stage. Non-profit organizations and
community service providers will also be available to answer questions and the
Mesquite Elk’s Lodge will continue their tradition of providing complimentary
food at the event.
For more information log onto the
Mesquite NV Police facebook page.
Mesquite, NV –
On Tuesday, September 3, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives witnessed two adult
males complete a hand to hand drug transaction in the parking lot of the Family
Dollar store, located on Riverside road. Officers immediately apprehended the
suspects and found methamphetamine and the cash used to purchase the drugs in
The two men
involved were identified as Travis Hughes, 39, of Mesquite and Carlos
Macias-Ponce, 37, of Bunkerville. Hughes was found to be in possession of 30.3
grams of methamphetamine, along with items used to package methamphetamine for
sells, digital scales, and drug paraphernalia. Hughes was subsequently charged
with trafficking methamphetamine with intent to sell, sale of controlled
substance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of hypodermic devices.
Macias-Ponce was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Both men were
transported to Clark County Detention Center.
Travis Hughes Carlos Macias-Ponce