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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests, Furthers Theft Investigations

posted Apr 25, 2016, 4:42 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 4:20 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Friday, April 22, an observant officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle traveling on Pioneer Blvd in Mesquite, which matched the description of a vehicle which had been involved in a theft incident from a local business a couple of days before.  The officer was able to stop the vehicle and identify the driver as the male suspect of the earlier theft.  While speaking with the driver, the officer also observed evidence of drug and alcohol use by both the driver and his female passenger.  The driver was found to also have an active warrant for his arrest and was safely taken into custody.  The officer’s investigation then led to illegal drugs, items of drug paraphernalia, and an open container of alcohol being located inside the vehicle.  The officer also found property inside the vehicle which matched items recently stolen from other local businesses within the last few days. 

Jeramie OConner, 36, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: Possession of drugs which may not be introduced into interstate commerce (meth), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired driver’s license, expired vehicle registration, and no proof of vehicle insurance. 

Janee Wall, 38, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: Possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage while in a vehicle. 

Jeramie is also a suspect in other recent thefts which have occurred in the Mesquite area.  The investigations into these theft incidents are ongoing. 

Mesquite Police Arrest Two Local Drug Dealers

posted Apr 20, 2016, 1:16 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 4:52 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Thursday, April 14, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded an investigation involving two local residents who were continually selling illegal drugs from their Mesquite home.  In the afternoon of April 14th, Mesquite Detectives served a search warrant at the home of the two suspected drug dealers.  Both suspects were at home at the time the search warrant was executed, and both were taken safely into custody.  The subsequent search warrant yielded a large quantity of crystal methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and stolen property. 

Jodi Moss, 45, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance (meth), four felony counts of low-level trafficking of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of mid-level trafficking of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and one felony count of possession of stolen property. 

John Sutton, 58, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sales of a controlled substance (meth), four felony counts of low-level trafficking of a controlled substance (meth), two felony counts of mid-level trafficking of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and one felony count of possession of stolen property. 

Both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jon Osgood Named Volunteer of the Year

posted Apr 13, 2016, 6:33 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 4:53 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Jon Osgood, photo credit Priscilla Steelman

Mesquite, NV –The Mesquite Police Department Volunteer Coordinator Don Woodmancy hosted the group’s annual awards dinner this past week where Jon Osgood was named Mesquite Police Volunteer of the Year.

Osgood has worked to enhance the volunteer training program with an emphasis on radio communications. Osgood’s prior experience as chief of state level operations in Alaska for a federal agency gives him tremendous insight on the value of training. 

Woodmancy operates the program in a para-military fashion and each volunteer receives several hours of training and must pass tests in order step up to the next level of participation.  “When Jon expressed an interest taking on this task, I knew the time had come to improve radio communications between the volunteers, the Mesquite Dispatch Center, and the police officers,” said Woodmancy. “Communicating professionally over the radio is an important step towards providing seamless support to the department,” continued Woodmancy.

Squad leaders Craig Christensen and John Stallone each oversee nine squad members while Woodmancy manages both squads and the five volunteers who serve the department in an administrative capacity.  Volunteers respond to non-injury traffic accidents on private property, reports of handicap parking violations, and they assist with traffic control on public roadways among many other duties. 

Chief Tanner commended the volunteers for the many hours they have served on behalf of the department during the past year adding, “I am truly thankful for the support the volunteers provide to the department and with the level of professionalism in which they serve,” said Chief Tanner.

The volunteers then honored Woodmancy for
his service to the program, and his dedication and commitment to the group, and to the citizens of Mesquite. 

The Chief also expressed his support and many thanks to Woodmancy for the time and effort he spends vetting special events that come to town. “When Don hands me a special event packet to review I know that he has covered everything, including proposed traffic plans. I can’t thank him enough for all he does for this department,” said Chief Tanner.

 

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Mesquite Police Arrest Juvenile for Threats Made to Local School

posted Apr 4, 2016, 2:33 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 4:58 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Sunday, April 3, the Mesquite Police Department was made aware of a threat made via social media regarding students attending Virgin Valley High School.  Mesquite Police Officers immediately began an investigation into the threat.  Officers made contact and conducted interviews with multiple students and their parents.  The investigation determined the threat was posted on social media as a dare from one student to another and posed no actual threat of harm or violence to any students, faculty, or facilities.  Due to the seriousness of making such threats to our schools, and the fear it could have caused, one juvenile suspect was taken into custody.  Five other juvenile suspects were cited and released on a lesser criminal charge, into the custody of their parents.  The names of those involved will not be released due to their juvenile status. 

One juvenile male suspect, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One gross misdemeanor count of threatening to cause bodily harm or death to a pupil or school employee by means of oral, written, or electronic communication.  The juvenile suspect was transported and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.  

The five other juvenile suspects were each individually charged with one misdemeanor count of threatening to cause bodily harm or death to a pupil or school employee by means of oral, written, or electronic communication. 

The police department takes all types of threats to our community seriously.  Thankfully no legitimate danger of violence existed in this situation.  The Mesquite Police Department would like to remind you that if you find suspicious or threatening posts on social media, that you immediately contact the police department.  In emergency situations always dial 911.  You may also contact the police department at (702)346-5262 or the crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.  Officer Justin Goodsell is our dedicated full time School Resource Officer.  Officer Goodsell can be contacted at his office at Virgin Valley High School, or at (702)346-5262.

Mesquite Police Warn Residents of Overton Power Scam

posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:58 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 1:37 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV –The Mesquite Police Department cautions residents to be aware of callers who claim to represent Overton Power asking for payments on past due bills.

As part of the scam the caller will ask the resident to make an immediate payment by credit card over the phone in order to prevent Overton Power crews coming out the home and disconnecting service.

The Police Department is aware of the scam so there is no need to file a report unless you have suffered a financial loss as a result of the scam.  Unfortunately in cases like this, it is highly unlikely that the victims will recover the lost funds.

It is suggested that residents tell the scammer that they will call back Overton Power and make a payment.  Keep your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers to yourself. Don’t tell them to callers you do not know-even if they ask you to “confirm” this information. 

Mesquite Police Arrest Bomb Threat Suspect

posted Mar 26, 2016, 9:28 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 10:17 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Saturday, March 26, in the late afternoon hours, the Mesquite 911 communications center received a suspicious emergency call where a female had stated she left some items at city hall in Mesquite Nevada.  The caller then stated the items were left next to a large fuel tank and that officers better go see what she had left.  The caller then stated “kaboom!” and hung up the phone.  Officers immediately contained the area around city hall and evacuated homes which were in the vicinity.  Officers located some tables which were setup near the fire department and city hall which contained various personal belongings and hand written notes.  

Mesquite officers and detectives were able to link the 911 phone call back to a local residence.  The personal items which were found at city hall in the same location the 911 caller had stated she had left them were also linked to the female who lived at the same residence.  The same female had also made two other calls to the Mesquite 911 Communications Center the day before, hanging up the phone call without reporting any emergencies.  Officers began surveillance on the residence where the 911 call had come from, while detectives investigated the alleged bomb.  After a short period of time, detectives were able to confirm the items left at city hall were not a bomb and were not a threat to the public. 

 Officers were then able to safely make contact with the female at the residence where the 911 call had originated.  The police investigation concluded the female they had located was indeed the same person who had made the 911 phone call, and who had left the items at city hall.  The female was taken into custody and transported to the Mesquite Detention Center.    

The female suspect, Wendy Stone, 63, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Three gross misdemeanor counts of misuse of the 911 systems and one felony count of communicating a bomb threat.  Wendy was transported and booked into to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.  

Mesquite Police Response to City-Wide Power Outage

posted Mar 7, 2016, 2:45 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 5:05 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On March 6 at about 3:00 p.m. Mesquite experienced a city-wide power outage which unfortunately kept some residents without power until as late as 8:30 a.m.  The Mesquite Police Department has emergency protocols and redundancies in place to ensure we can continue to provide emergency services and public safety to our community during major incidents like this.  Our 911 emergency communications center, police department, and detention center were able to stay open and fully functional. 

While the city was without power, our 911 communications center received 368 calls for service.  Although this is a much higher call volume than usual, we were able to answer and field every call we received; we would like to take an opportunity to remind our community to reserve the emergency 911 lines for emergency situations which require immediate attention from emergency responders.  For all other non-emergency matters we request our community call our regular contact phone number at (702)346-5262.  If it is information you are seeking, we urge the community to follow our Facebook and Twitter social media feeds instead of calling our communications center. 

The police department understands it is necessary to get as much information out to the public as possible and in the quickest manner.  We invite everyone to become members of the Mesquite Police Department’s Facebook page and our twitter account; MesquiteNV_PD.  When a major incident is underway, we will work hard to continually update the police department’s social media pages.  If you do not know about “Tweeting” as is it called, there is a you tube video link on the department’s Facebook page on how to follow the department’s MesquiteNV_PD Twitter account. 

Chief Troy Tanner commented on the city-wide power outage; “I want our community to know we take public safety seriously and last night we worked hard to make sure our residential neighborhoods and local businesses were constantly being monitored and checked throughout the night.  We also ensured each of our busy intersections had adequate traffic control.  I would like to urge citizens that if possible, try and stay home during flooding situations and power outages.  This would help relieve traffic congestion, not put as much work on our limited manpower, and allow officers to be available for emergencies.”  

Chief Tanner added; “We live in a wonderful city where all the various city departments came together last night and worked hand-in-hand to ensure all city services were still functioning.  I would especially like to thank our police employees, police volunteers, the public works department, IT department, and the fire department for going above what is usually required of them to keep city infrastructure and the public’s safety their highest priority.”

Mesquite Police Arrest Multiple Suspects Involved in a Home Burglary

posted Feb 25, 2016, 2:31 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 5:08 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Monday, February 22, Mesquite police officers responded to a local residence and initiated a burglary investigation.  Earlier that same day, forced entry was made in the residence and multiple firearms, jewelry, coins, and some alcohol were stolen.  Mesquite detectives responded and processed the scene.  Due to the multiple firearms being stolen, Mesquite detectives put all of their resources into the investigation in an effort to quickly track down any suspects. Later that same day, a local business reported some suspicious activity, which helped detectives progress their investigation by locating one of their suspects.  The investigation then led to four other suspects being located. 

Through evidence collected, video surveillance, and interviews conducted with the five located suspects, Mesquite detectives were able determine the details and circumstances of the crime.  Most of the stolen items of jewelry were recovered at a local pawn shop and four stolen firearms were located hidden in a remote desert area outside of Mesquite.  Three juvenile suspects and two adult suspects are currently in custody.  The investigation is ongoing as detectives investigate other possible suspects. 

The adult male suspect, Marcos Perez, 20, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Felony burglary, grand larceny, damage to the property of another, and possession of stolen property. 

The adult female suspect, Ana Perez-Delgado, 18, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Felony burglary and possession of stolen property.  Additional felony charges are pending. 

The other three suspects’ names will not be released due to their juvenile status.  These three juveniles have also been arrested and charged with: Felony burglary, grand larceny, damage to the property of another, and possession of stolen property.

Mesquite Police Arrest Two Adults for Graffiti

posted Feb 23, 2016, 2:19 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 5:10 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Monday, February 22, Mesquite Police Officers received a report of two adult suspects actively placing graffiti on both public and private property.  A concerned citizen had made a phone call reporting the incident.  

Officers responded to the area and made contact with an adult male and female matching the description given.  The male was found to be in possession of graffiti tools and he was carrying bottles of alcohol in his backpack.  The female who was under the age of 21 had also been drinking alcohol.   

Officers checked the immediate area and located four areas where graffiti had been placed with red markings.  The officers were also able to connect the graffiti to several other incidents of graffiti and property damage which have been reported in the previous week.  Through interviewing both suspects and interviewing witnesses, as well as through physical evidence left at the scenes of the property damage, and evidence found on the two suspects, the officers took both suspects into custody. 

The male suspect, Dylon Pocock, 25, of Bullhead City AZ, was arrested and charged with: Four counts of graffiti, one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor, and one count of obstruction of a public officer.  

The female suspect, Rachel Sota, 20, of Las Vegas NV, was arrested and charged with: Four counts of graffiti, and one count of minor consumption of alcohol.  

Additional criminal charges are pending on both suspects, pending the results of other graffiti investigations which are ongoing in other areas of Mesquite. 

Mesquite police Chief Troy Tanner commented about the incident, “We have zero tolerance when it comes to graffiti in this community, and this department will continue to take swift action by bringing those responsible to justice.”  Chief Tanner stressed the importance of stopping graffiti in order to maintain the City of Mesquite’s clean and beautiful appearance. Chief Tanner commended patrol officers for their quick response which lead to the apprehension of the offenders. 

The Mesquite police department would like to thank the citizens who contacted the Mesquite Police Department on this incident, and those who continue assisting police by maintaining vigilance in their respective neighborhoods. If you witness criminal activity, please do not hesitate to contact the Mesquite Police Department at (702)346-5262.  You can also contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.

Mesquite Police Arrest Man For Brandishing a Handgun and Growing Marijuana Plants

posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:26 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 5:12 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Friday, February 12, Mesquite Police Officers received a report of a male suspect who while driving his vehicle, pointed a handgun and threatened the driver of another vehicle.  Officers were able to identify the male suspect as well as his place of residence in Mesquite Nevada.  Officers setup surveillance of the suspect’s residence and attempted to locate him within the Mesquite area.  On February 13, Mesquite Police Officers located the suspect in Mesquite and were able to safely take him into custody. 

Once the suspect was in custody, Mesquite detectives were able to progress their investigation through securing and executing a search warrant on the suspect’s residence and vehicle.  The search of the suspect’s vehicle and residence yielded a  firearm, cocaine, and approximately 124 marijuana plants.

The suspect, Harvey Hurtado, 27, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony grand larceny, felony attempted trafficking of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and one felony count of burglary.

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