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Mesquite Police Identify Two Theft Suspects

posted Dec 2, 2016, 2:47 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 2:47 PM ]

On two separate occasions, in April and May of 2016, two females and one male suspect entered a local department store and on both occasions stole over $1000.00 worth of alcohol.  On October 31, 2016, two suspects entered two separate local businesses, damaged property, and stole multiple items.  Both suspects from the October 31st incident were apprehended by the Mesquite Police Department and criminally charged.  

Recently a Mesquite Police Detective reviewing the alcohol thefts from April and May was able to positively identify the suspects as the same individuals apprehended and arrested in Mesquite on the October 31st incident.  The Mesquite Police Department is actively seeking the two suspects from the April and May thefts as they have shown a pattern of repeatedly traveling to Mesquite to commit crimes.  The Mesquite Police Department has submitted an affidavit of arrest to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for both suspects so they may face their criminal charges and be held accountable. 

Rouyona Maxey, 23, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny. 

Ondre Glover, 29, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny. 

If you have any knowledge about these two suspects, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346-6911, or the Mesquite crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.

MPD Files Additional Charges on Burglary Suspect

posted Dec 2, 2016, 2:39 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

On Tuesday, November 29, Mesquite Police Detectives completed their investigations into more burglary and theft investigations after determining Erik Rasmusson, was their sole suspect.  The detectives’ investigations led to the locating and recovery of more stolen items including firearms and a vehicle.  

The Mesquite Police Department filed the following additional criminal charges with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office on Erik Rasmusson; One felony count of burglary, one felony count of invasion of the home, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, two felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth). 

Additional charges are still forthcoming pending the completion of additional investigations regarding possible forced entry and burglary of local businesses.

Mesquite Police Announce 2016 Shop with a Cop

posted Nov 30, 2016, 5:41 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 5:41 PM ]

It is “The most wonderful time of the year” for the Mesquite Police Department, members of Elks Lodge # 2811, and local residents and businesses as they prepare for the Mesquite Police Department’s annual Shop With a Cop event. It will be “The best Christmas ever!” for the  youngsters who are carefully pre-selected based upon their needs and circumstance, and cross matched with other local giving organizations to prevent duplication of effort, to attend Shop With A Cop.

Shop With a Cop is fast paced. Children are picked up from local elementary schools and ride with officers in the patrol cars to a shopping destination.  After greeting Santa, the children and their officer partners flood into the store. The search for gifts quickly turns into a game of twenty questions: “Is that a real gun? Can I touch it?  Have you ever caught a bad guy?” The conversation soon relaxes and the search for the perfect gifts continues.

There is fun and laughter around every corner. Without a doubt each year there are sword fights in the aisles, a search for sparkly shoes, and a child who wants to buy a pet goldfish. There are the fast shoppers, the slow shoppers, the price checkers and even children who bring along coupons to help offset the cost of their experience. Officers are either led around the store by enthusiastic shoppers who know right where they are going or they may be standing next to a child who is staring blankly at a wall of toys.

Before they run out of energy-both the shoppers and the officers-make their way to the shoe department and then off to look for jackets and other needed clothing items.  Shoppers select gifts for family members which sometimes include a small item for the family pet.

Meanwhile, the members of the Mesquite Elks’ Lodge #2811 are in full swing cooking hot dogs, chicken tenders and other kid friendly food. Mr. and Mrs. Claus take their place, pictures are taken, and the children have a quick lunch with their officer before heading back to school.

The day is fun, and it is rewarding, yet the officers are savvy and know that there will be those who will try and return the children’s gifts for cash or store credit. The police department has a strict policy that the gifts are not to be returned, unless it a clothing item to be exchanged for a different size, so at checkout every UPC code is covered with black marker at checkout by a police civilian staff member or a police volunteer.

“This is all about the kids and making a difference in their lives. As officers we see what some kids have to deal with and it is appalling. To be able to interact and connect with them in a positive circumstance can be a game changer in how they will perceive police officers in the future.

“For every happy child we see bouncing around the store our thoughts are turned in gratitude to the members of this community who make this event possible through generous donations to the Shop with a Cop program,” said Chief of Police Troy Tanner.

This heartwarming event is made possible through generous donations made by local residents, businesses, and even visitors to Mesquite. Donations to Shop With a Cop can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle. Checks should be made payable to the Mesquite Police Department. For questions regarding this event please call (702) 346-5262 ext. 6152 or ext. 6155.

MPD Arrests Suspect for Multiple Burglaries and Thefts

posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:58 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

On Tuesday, November 22, Mesquite Police Detectives were able to conclude multiple burglary, theft, and stolen vehicle investigations by making contact with a suspect and taking him into custody in Mesquite Nevada.  Over the past few weeks, the Mesquite Police Department has been investigating a rash of burglaries, thefts from vehicles, and stolen vehicles.  Detectives have been working overtime processing many crime scenes and collecting evidence, while proactively working multiple cases they believed to be tied to the same suspects.  

On Tuesday the 22nd, Erik Rasmusson, 35, of Las Vegas Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of burglary, one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card without owner’s consent, and two felony counts of possession of a gun by a prohibited person. 

Rasmusson was also actively being sought by law enforcement throughout Clark County for a felony arrest warrant out of the Las Vegas Justice Court involving a home invasion robbery and kidnapping involving a firearm.  

Mesquite Detectives are still actively investigating and processing a large amount of property and evidence related to the rash of burglary and stolen vehicle cases which recently occurred in Mesquite.  Additional charges will be filed on Rasmusson once all of the investigations are completed.  He is also being investigated and may face additional charges in the St. George Utah area which may be related to the Mesquite Police investigation.  

Due to the felony charges, Rasmusson was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mesquite Officer Stops Car Thieves

posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:49 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 12:49 PM ]

On Saturday, November 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. an observant Mesquite Police Officer located a vehicle traveling through Mesquite which had been reported as stolen out of Mesquite in July of 2016.  The officer was able to safely stop the vehicle and interview both the male driver and the male passenger.  Through the officer's investigation, he learned the driver was a fugitive from justice out of Arizona and had an active felony warrant for his arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamines.  The passenger also had an active felony warrant for his arrest out of the Las Vegas Justice Court.  Both the driver and the passenger were taken into custody for the warrants, and received the additional criminal charges below. 

Cristoval Romero, 40, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of fugitive from another state with a warrant. 

Joel Segler, 37, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.  Joel was also taken into custody for the active felony warrant out of the Las Vegas Justice Court. 

The stolen vehicle was processed for evidence and then returned to the owner’s custody. 

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner made the following statement regarding this incident; “This is yet another example of the caliber of people we have working for the Mesquite Police Department.  This officer was out and about at 2:30 in the morning proactively looking for criminal activity.  I am proud of my police officers and the quality work they perform on a daily basis.” 

Due to the felony charges, both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mesquite Police Department Announces Second Annual Project Blue Light

posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:42 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 2:42 PM ]

Beginning December 1st through the 31st, the Mesquite Police Department is asking all residents and business owners to join us in the Second Annual Project Blue Light.  This national program is a way to express support for your local law enforcement personnel, and to honor the brave and dedicated officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting communities throughout our nation. 

Dispatch Supervisor Lori Todd said, “I feel it is an important time for citizens to express their support for their local police officers, especially with the unprecedented number of officers who have been deliberately targeted and killed this year.  Our officers strive to build a strong police/community partnership and this is an easy, but meaningful, way for citizens to show their support.” 

The concept is simple.  Place a blue light in your window as an expression of support and in memory of the fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to us.  Other options include replacing an outside garage light with a blue bulb or stringing a blue rope light around a pole or tree.  Any blue light gesture sends the message of support. 

Ace Hardware & Mesquite Lumber has agreed to participate and will be stocking blue lights at a reduced cost.  In addition, they will donate $1 for every blue light sold to the Mesquite Police Department to support the families of killed or injured officers.  Walmart also has agreed to stock an end cap display of blue lights.  

Mesquite Gaming & the Eureka Casino has joined the Project Blue Light program and will be placing marquee announcements at the Casa Blanca and Virgin River Casino & Hotels, and the Eureka Casino & Hotel.  Finally, the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Terra West Property Management, Jensen Property Management and Colonial Property Management have endorsed Project Blue Light and each will assist in sending announcements to all of their respective members. 

As part of this year’s Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall on December 8th at 6:00 p.m., we will also be lighting the “Beacon of Blue”.  This special spot light will illuminate a 30-foot beam of blue light to illustrate the City’s support of Project Blue light.  This spot light is being donated by Decors USA. 

The members of the Mesquite Police Department wish to thank all of these corporate sponsors and encourage everyone to join us in honoring the brave and dedicated heroes who have been killed in the line of duty.  Let their sacrifice for us never be forgotten.

Mesquite PD Volunteer Program is Hard at Work

posted Nov 15, 2016, 9:00 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 9:01 AM ]

Over the past few weeks anyone driving around the city of Mesquite may have come across one of the Mesquite Police Department’s Volunteers.  Lately they have been hard at work serving the community they love.  They are easy to spot in their black and white vehicles which are marked “Citizen Volunteer Patrol” and have a yellow traffic warning light bar on top. 

Chief Tanner is especially proud of his healthy volunteer program, and expressed his gratitude by stating; “I cannot think of a better way to show your community you care than by volunteering your time in service of your peers.  I am so proud of our volunteer program and the many hours they freely give to serve all of us and to help keep our city safe.” 

As an example of their service, just within the last month a lone, our volunteers have dedicated the following; 45 service hours to conducting traffic control on Mesa Blvd during construction, 25 service hours at the MPD annual trunk or treat event, 23 service hours during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, and many more service hours responding to and conducting traffic control assistance at vehicle accident scenes. 

Chief Tanner added, “I feel a need to publicly thank our Volunteer Program Coordinator, Don Woodmancy as well as the 30 volunteers who have dedicated their own free time to the city this year.  If you see them around town in their volunteer uniforms or vehicles, please take a moment and say thank you!”

Overton Power Phone Call Scam Is Again Active In the Mesquite Area

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:48 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 9:48 PM ]

Back in March of 2016, the Mesquite Police Department issued a press release cautioning residents to be aware of callers who claim to represent Overton Power asking for payments on past due bills.  Multiple residents have again notified the Mesquite Police Department that they have been receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be from Overton Power.  These callers are threatening to shut off the resident’s power if they do not immediately send a specified amount of money from a “past due bill”.   

These callers are at times attempting to intimidate and be extremely forceful over the phone.  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 private.  Never give your personal information or financial information to callers you do not know, even if they ask you to “confirm” this information. 

Drug Dealers Caught in the Act by Mesquite PD

posted Nov 2, 2016, 1:16 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 2:20 PM ]

On October 27 at about 8:30 A.M. Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner was traveling on Mesquite Blvd when he observed a vehicle driving at a high speed and moving recklessly through other traffic.  Chief Tanner conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and found that the male driver and a female passenger had active warrants for their arrest.  During the process of taking both suspects into custody, officers found crystal meth, marijuana, and prescription pain killers in the vehicle, as well as items which led officers to believe the suspects were part of a drug dealing operation possibly occurring at a local hotel.  Mesquite officers and detectives were then able to make contact with multiple suspects inside a hotel room and observed more illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.  While investigating the suspects and drugs inside the room, officers learned of a separate room where the drug dealing operation was occurring and were able to secure a search warrant for that room.  Once inside the room with the search warrant, Mesquite officers found a female suspect in possession of multiple bags of meth and heroin which were setup and ready to distribute.  

In all, Chief Tanner’s traffic stop and the subsequent drug investigation led to eleven suspects being taken into custody, and a large amount of meth and heroin removed from Mesquite City streets.  

Kristofer Larson, 31, of St George, Utah, was arrested on an active arrest warrant out of the Mesquite Municipal Court.  Larson was also served a citation for speeding. 

Ali Kidd, 27, of Washington Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), one felony count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ali Kidd also had an active felony warrant for her arrest out of the Las Vegas Justice Court. 

Andrew Guerrero, 39, of Virgin, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), one felony count of possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance (prescription pills), two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one misdemeanor count of unlawful trespass, and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer. 

Michael McAlister, 33, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance (marijuana), one felony count of possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance (prescription pills), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Brenna Everett, 31, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), one felony count of possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance (prescription pills), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Megan Hammon, 18, of Cedar City, Utah, was arrested and charged with: Three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Monique Salas, 38, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful trespass. 

William Davis, 31, of Washington, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer. 

Brandon Rider, 22, of Ivins, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer. 

Ashley Garcia, 31, of Laverkin Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of sales of a controlled substance, two felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth & heroin), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Vladimir Boss, 28, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Off Highway Vehicle and Golf Cart use within the City of Mesquite

posted Oct 26, 2016, 8:37 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 5:05 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

As summer slips away and the fall and winter months approach, the weather in Mesquite becomes very enjoyable.  With the onset of cooler temps we see the use of Off Highway Vehicles and Golf Carts inside the City of Mesquite increase and become much more popular.  The Mesquite Police Department would like to assist OHV and Golf Cart operators in becoming familiar with the laws for the State of Nevada and the City of  Mesquite Municipal Code.

 Recent changes in the Mesquite Municipal Code are the result of the Police Department’s continued efforts to ensure access to the City of Mesquite’s many resources and develop safe means of travel.  We enjoy excellent golfing opportunities and access to off road trails around the city, the Police Department has worked extensively to meet the needs of the community to enhance the recreation opportunities available to our citizens and visitors. 

 The new changes allow for valid licensed drivers to operate a golf cart or OHV from a residence to an open area for OHV use or a golf course.  We would like to emphasize the use of OHV and Golf Carts is not intended for general transportation.  Operators should not use OHV or Golf Carts for the purpose of shopping, running errands or general travel inside the city.  Golf Carts that are registered through the DMV as a Low Speed Vehicle with valid license plates are not subject to this restriction.   Drivers should operate the vehicles in the roadway and not on sidewalks or walking trails, and obey all traffic laws.  

 OHV are required to be registered through the State of Nevada or another state where the owner is a resident.  The registration process for OHVs in Nevada is an online service only and not available through the DMV office.

The Mesquite Police Department has also worked to allow access to a section of Pioneer Boulevard that was previously restricted.  Pioneer Boulevard from Falcon Ridge Parkway to Oasis Boulevard is now accessible to OHV and Golf Carts.  This is a busy road and we would ask the operators use good judgment in traveling in this area and other roads in the city to prevent backing up traffic and causing confusion, the safety of all drivers is our main concern.

Chief Tanner has proposed Bill 506 as Ordinance 506, which will revise Mesquite Municipal Code TITLE 6: ENFORCEMENT; Chapter 6, Electric Low Speed Vehicles, and Chapter 7, Off Highway Vehicle Use Operation, and creates Chapter 8, Golf Cart Use and Operation, in order to allow OHVs and golf carts to share the roadway. Consideration of Adoption of Bill 506 as Ordinance 506 will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM, during the Regular City Council Meeting.

Flyers are available with the general laws and regulations in the lobby of the Police Department and online at the City of Mesquite’s website.  Our goal is to educate operators and a help to ensure safety and compliance with the laws for OHV and Golf Cart use.  

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