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School Zone Schedule and Back to School Safety Tips

posted Aug 20, 2014, 10:38 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 8:32 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

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. 

 http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Pages/BackToSchoolSafety.aspx

Bank Robbery Pursuit

posted Aug 7, 2014, 11:22 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 2:57 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – On Thursday, July 31st, The Mesquite Police Department received a request for assistance from Utah and Arizona Officers, who were involved a vehicle pursuit traveling south on Interstate 15. The information received was the vehicle being pursued was a silver Nissan Altima occupied by one person who had recently robbed the US Bank located at 791 S. Bluff, St. George, Utah.

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.  

MESQUITE POLICE CAPTAIN APPOINTED TO NEVADA PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

posted Jul 31, 2014, 8:44 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 3:07 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite Police Captain Scott Taylor has been appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve as a member of the newly formed Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee (NPSCC).  The by-laws of the committee declare its purpose is to: 1) Represent Nevada’s commitment to unified, interoperable, effective and economical (sic) communications technology and practice at all levels; 2) Provide expert opinions and recommendations of the State’s communications leaders to the Governor and the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security; 3) Provide a central point of focus, collaboration, and contact for communications-related initiatives throughout the State of Nevada.

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.

Be Safe This Fourth of July

posted Jul 3, 2014, 10:09 AM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:54 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, Nv – This Fourth of July the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day. Americans love to celebrate Independence Day with family, friends, food, and fireworks. Far too often alcohol turns the celebration in tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the deadliest days of the year on our nation's roads. According to data from NHTSA, during the July 4th holiday period over the last five years 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

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:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;

  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;

  • If you see a drunk driver, don't hesitate to contact Mesquite Dispatch (911 or 702-346-6911);

  • Remember, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” If you know someone who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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.



MPD Enforces Underage Drinking Laws

posted Jun 27, 2014, 12:47 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:59 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

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.

MESQUITE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES ARMORED VEHICLE

posted Jun 24, 2014, 2:38 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:59 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – When Defense Department’s Excess Property Program announced in March of 2013 that armored vehicles were available to law enforcement agencies across the country, the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) wasted no time in submitting an application through the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Assistance to request a vehicle.

 

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.

GRAD NIGHT 2014

posted Jun 9, 2014, 5:09 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jun 12, 2014, 5:29 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Grad Night marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of summer for teens. As part of the Mesquite Police Departments commitment to the safety of the youth of this community, MPD has hosted Grad Night for ten consecutive years. The purpose of Grad Night is to provide a safe place for students to celebrate their graduation from high school.

 

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

Popeyes

Del Taco

Bealls Dept. Store

Evolve Pest Control

Falcon Ridge Dental

Barb & Scott Ellestad

Advanced Construction

Bellas Pizza

Car Quest

Do It Best

Coyote Carpet & Tile

Dan Wright

David & Deborah Ballweg

Dominos

Eureka Casino

Falcon Ridge Dental

Jadde Sports

JSL

Iceberg Refrigeration

Karen Fielding

Karyn Patas

Ken Garff St George Ford, Laurie & Roger Krug

Mesa View Hospital

Mesquite Gaming

Pizza Hut

Playoffs

Red Hills Cinema

Sharon Giffin-Solomon, Subway

Taco Bell

Virgin Valley Disposal

Wal Mart

Walter Soper

Smith’s Food & Drug

Nevada Community Partnership Coalition

Dirk Marshall

Los Lupes

Canton Chinese Cuisine

Auto  Zone

Ace Hardware

Mesquite Dental

Law & Order Night

posted Jun 3, 2014, 2:46 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 4:21 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV — On Saturday, May 31, the Mesquite Elks Lodge held their 10th annual Law & Order Night. The event was held to honor all Mesquite Police and Fire personnel for the service they render. During the Law and Order Night the Elks individually honored four of MPD’s finest. Police Detective Jordan Bundy was recognized for being Mesquite Police Officer of the year. Animal Control Supervisor Joe Macias was recognized for being Mesquite Police Civilian of the year. Mesquite Police Captain Shane Charles and Records/Evidence Technician Janice Jones were both individually honored for their many years of service and upcoming retirement.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner stated, “The Law & Order Night is a great event that seems to only get better every year. On behalf of the Mesquite Police Department I would like to personally thank the Mesquite Elks Lodge members for putting on such a great event to honor the incredible officers and firefighters of Mesquite.” 

Mesquite Police Solve “Car-hopping” Spree

posted May 19, 2014, 9:57 PM by Gary Erickson   [ updated May 27, 2014, 1:04 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Friday May 16th the Mesquite Police Department began receiving calls about vehicles that had been burglarized over night; the calls continued coming in through Saturday.  The majority of the reported incidents were south of Mesquite Boulevard and East of Grapevine Road.

 Chief Tanner requested a saturation patrol and assigned Detectives to the area. Early Sunday morning Detectives were able to identify 19 year old, Ryan M. Prescott of Mesquite, Nevada as a suspect in the car-hopping spree.

 Prescott was arrested Sunday morning, on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, in addition to the warrant and charged with Obstructing a Public Officer.

Prescott will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of:

  • Burglary, motor vehicle (10 counts)
  •   Possession of Stolen Property (16 counts)
  •  Possession of drug paraphernalia (6 counts)
  •  Possession Credit Card without Owners Consent (3 counts)
  • Additional charges are pending

At this time the Mesquite Police Department is aware of eleven vehicles that were burglarized, and has recovered some of the stolen items.  Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Mesquite Police Department Tip Line at (702) 346-8826.

Mesquite Resident Arrested for Dealing Drugs

posted May 16, 2014, 5:30 PM by Gary Erickson   [ updated May 19, 2014, 8:57 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]


Mesquite, NV – On Thursday, May 15th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives arrested a Mesquite resident for several narcotic related charges.

Saul Garcia-Sandoval, age 22, will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of:

          • Sale of controlled substance (marijuana)
          • Sale of controlled substance (marijuana) within 1,000 feet of a school (5 counts
          •  Possession of controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to sell.
          • Possession drug paraphernalia (2 counts)
          • Conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act (3 counts)



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