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Armed Robbery

posted Mar 28, 2015, 12:11 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 12:12 PM ]

Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Arco ampm service station located at 325 N Sandhill Boulevard Friday, March 27, 2015 at approximately 8:10 pm.

The service station clerk was able to dial 911 once the armed suspect left the store.  Officers quickly arrived on scene and contained the area.  The Investigative Services Division responded and began a thorough investigation.  Evidence was collected from the scene and multiple leads are currently being investigated.  

The Mesquite Police Department is also seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspect, as well as an alleged accomplice.  The suspect is identified as a white male adult approximately 50 years old and 5-03 to 5-07 in height.  The suspect had on an orange bandana, black sunglasses, orange long-sleeve jacket, blue jeans, and work boots.  The suspect also brandished a black semi-automatic handgun.  Surveillance photos of the suspect inside the service station are attached to this release. 

The alleged accomplice is identified as a skinny white male adult wearing a white and blue striped polo shirt with a blue collar.  He was balding in the front with long brown hair in the back and a bald spot on top of his head.  Surveillance photos of the alleged accomplice are also attached to this release. 

If you have any information regarding the suspect involved or his alleged accomplice in the armed robbery or any information which can assist the Mesquite Police Department with the investigation, please contact Detective Ron Richmond at 702-346-5262.  You can also contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.  

Police Honor Mesquite’s First Lawman

posted Mar 19, 2015, 6:30 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 4:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV- There is a new showcase in the Police Department lobby that pays tribute to Mesquite’s first lawman: Sheriff Deputy Oscar Abbott. Abbott, a police officer for 22 years, was assigned to the Mesquite substation by the then Las Vegas Police Department, and served 13 years as the areas only lawman.

Covering northeast Clark County and parts of Arizona, Abbott was well known at both local and national levels for his uncanny ability to catch car thieves.  Honored by Sheriff Ralph Lamb and FBI Chief Edgar Hoover, Abbott holds the distinction of being identified by the FBI as having retrieved more stolen cars during his career than any other peace officer in the nation. He attributed his success to Mesquite’s location but had said a majority of the retrievals came with no prior notice.  

Originally sent to enforce “rough house” dances in Mesquite the locals came to know him and asked him to stay.  His daughters served as Mesquite’s first dispatchers.  When a call would come in for help, the girls would turn on an outdoor light that sat atop a tall pole that could be seen for miles around. This would alert Abbott that he needed to come home and collect the requests for help from Mesquite residents. 

Sheriff Ralph Lamb has referred to Abbott as, “…an outstanding credit to Clark County law enforcement and to the town of Mesquite.” The showcase is a tribute from the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department to Sheriff Deputy Oscar Abbott and his family for their efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Mesquite.

Police Volunteer Efforts Recognized

posted Mar 9, 2015, 2:12 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 3:10 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Don Woodmancy presents Volunteer Service Report to City Council Members
Mesquite, NV – Mesquite Police Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks that support local law enforcement officers. In 2014, the citizen patrol unit performed 1,249 vacation checks; distributed 279 handicap parking warnings; deployed the radar trailer 105 times; served 89 subpoenas; checked on local schools 288 times; managed traffic at accident scenes; assisted police with 64 incidents and performed 38 citizen assists. The unit logged 10, 048 patrol miles as they helped watch over the City of Mesquite.

Clerical volunteers supported civilian staff by answering non-emergency phone lines, taking requests for information, and other duties. Volunteers also assisted with Mesquite Night Out, Trunk or Treat, and Shop with a Cop.

Mesquite Police Volunteer Coordinator Don Woodmancy reports that volunteers donated 5,377 service hours in 2014 and the 2015 hours are quickly adding up.  

“The Mesquite Police Department salutes Volunteer Coordinator, Don Woodmancy; Team Leader, Roger Steelman; Team Leader, John Stallone, James Barratt, Russel Battaglia, Cathy Billingsley, Jon Browning, Frank Brumaghin, Richard Charleston, Craig Christensen, Donna Collum, Gary Culver, Bill Galeazzi,   Kjeld Jeppesen, Don Karpowich, Steven Koontz, Mark Landau, Rebecca Lange, Gary Moore, Robert Newbury, Jeff Newman, Jon Osgood, Ron Salemme, Craig Smith, Debbie Smith, Karen Valdez, and Mike Wilbur for the excellent service they provide to our community," said Police Chief Troy Tanner.

Independent Sector, a coalition of approximately 550 charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, annually calculates an hourly dollar value of volunteer time. The most recent value (2013) is $22.55 an hour. Using that figure, the value of time donated to the Mesquite Police Department during the 2014 calendar year equates to $121,251.

Child Exploitation Investigation

posted Mar 4, 2015, 4:51 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 4:47 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Wednesday February 18, The Mesquite Police Department’s Investigative Services Division assisted Nevada Parole and Probation in conducting an investigation into a known sex offender.  The investigation involved searching several computers and electronic devices.  The computers belonged to a Mesquite resident who is currently on supervised parole and is a registered sex offender.  The computers contained numerous images and videos depicting incest and the sexual exploitation of children. 

The registered sex offender, Timothy Lairby, 71, is currently in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.  The Mesquite Police Department has initiated a new criminal investigation into multiple felony charges.  These charges are related to the possession of presentations depicting the sexual exploitation of children (NRS 200.730).  At this time, the Mesquite Police Department does not have any evidence that local children are involved or are victims.  Mr. Lairby will remain in custody until the criminal investigation is completed, at which point the Mesquite Police Department anticipates filing the new charges.

Burglary Arrest

posted Feb 27, 2015, 11:51 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 4:44 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Thursday, February 26, Police Officers were able to locate and arrest their suspect involved in multiple residential burglaries.  For the past few months, the Mesquite Police Department’s Investigative Services Division has been involved in a lengthy investigation involving multiple burglaries.  The suspect is currently in custody and has been identified as being responsible for numerous residential burglaries.  All of these burglaries have occurred within the Mesquite City area.  

The suspect, Mesquite resident Cameron Hill, 33, has been charged with numerous felony counts of Burglary of a residence.  

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commended the community and his police officers for their collaborative effort; “The police department has been able to continually work hard and receive new and updated information related to the rash in home burglaries thanks to citizens keeping a constant watch on their neighborhoods and calling the police department whenever they observe suspicious activity.”  Chief Tanner added, “It is due to this teamwork between the community and police department that our burglary suspect is now in custody.”

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

posted Feb 11, 2015, 11:50 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 3:03 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Tuesday February 10, at around 3:40 pm, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the area of Riverside Road.  The pedestrian, a 15 year old male juvenile, was transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital by Mesquite Fire & Rescue with non life-threatening injuries.  

Officers completed a traffic accident investigation as well as collected statements from multiple witnesses.  Officers were able to determine the pedestrian had failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle, and had attempted to run across Riverside Road in a location where there is no traffic-control devices or marked crosswalks.  Unfortunately the pedestrian did not see the vehicle as it approached and was hit when he ran in front of it. 

Nevada law (NRS 484B.287) allows for pedestrians to cross a roadway at intersections which have official traffic-control devices or at marked crosswalks.  The Police Department would like to emphasize the importance of pedestrians using the multiple marked crosswalks and controlled intersections available to them.  It is also just as important to look both ways for oncoming traffic before crossing.  This was an unfortunate accident, and we wish all those involved a speedy recovery.

Police Chief Tanner Participates In Law Enforcement Summit

posted Feb 9, 2015, 9:56 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 3:02 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – Police Chief Troy Tanner participated in Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s Law Enforcement Summit, which brought together district attorneys, sheriffs and chiefs from all counties in Nevada, to discuss collaboration of effort to combat crime.

 Chief Tanner is actively engaged in issues affecting law enforcement across the state as Secretary of the Executive Board of Directors for the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association and a member of the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission.  Chief Tanner recognizes the importance of working collaboratively across county lines to better serve and protect Nevada residents.

 Nevada Attorney General Hosts Law Enforcement Summit

Heroin Arrest

posted Feb 6, 2015, 12:08 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 2:58 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Saturday, February 1, Mesquite Police Dispatch received a call from a motorist traveling on I-15 regarding a reckless driver who was possibly impaired.  Mesquite Police Officers located the reckless vehicle as it exited the interstate onto Pioneer Blvd in Mesquite.  The police officers were able to conduct a traffic stop and begin a DUI investigation with the driver.  While the officers were investigating the incident, the driver attempted to put multiple pills into his mouth and flee the scene on foot.  After a struggle with the driver, the police officers were able to safely take the driver into custody.  The officers subsequently searched the driver and his vehicle and located heroin, prescription medications, and drug paraphernalia. 

Due to the driver having swallowed an unknown amount of drugs and medication while he was attempting to flee from the police officers, he was immediately transported to Mesa View Regional Hospital for an evaluation.  After being medically evaluated, the driver was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. 

The driver, Las Vegas resident James Michael Cruz, 35, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance (heroin), felony possession of a controlled substance for sales, felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

Residential Burglaries in Mesquite

posted Feb 5, 2015, 7:32 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 2:57 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

In recent months, Mesquite has experienced an increase in residential burglaries.  Throughout the last five months investigators from the Mesquite Police Department have responded to and are actively investigating 30 residential burglaries.  


The Mesquite Police Department wants to remind citizens to take extra precautions around their homes, to help keep your neighborhoods from becoming easy targets of burglars.  The best deterrents for would-be burglars are to keep your homes and vehicles locked.  Secure windows and sliding glass doors with after-market locking mechanisms.  Make sure your home has good exterior lighting or motion sensitive lighting on the front and back of your home.  If possible, an alarm system and / or video surveillance will assist in keeping your home from being burglarized.  It is also advisable to notify trusted neighbors and leave them with your contact information if you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time.


If you have any information regarding the suspects involved, or information which would assist the police department with their investigation, please contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.  If you witness suspicious persons or activity in progress, please call the Mesquite Police Department Communications Center at (702) 346-6911 or dial 911 and a police officer will promptly respond.

Five Mesquite Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

posted Jan 29, 2015, 2:30 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 4:30 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Wednesday, January 28, the Mesquite Police Investigative Services Division (Narcotics Detectives) concluded a lengthy investigation into the sales and trafficking of controlled substances involving multiple suspects within the Mesquite area.  At around 5:00 p.m., the Mesquite Police S.W.A.T. team executed a search warrant at a Mesquite residence, resulting in five adults being arrested and the recovery of illegal drugs, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia.

Fred Booth, 30, was arrested and charged with: Five felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, five felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance, seven felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, and two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school. 

Marcus Twist, 31, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sales of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Ryan Bradley, 29, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of sales of a controlled substance and two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance. 

Katarina Brummett, 19, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a schedule 1 and schedule 2 controlled substance. 

Erik Baltazar-Valdez, 26, was not at the residence during the execution of the search warrant.  Erik was however later located, arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of sales of a controlled substance, and one felony count of sales of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school. 

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner commented on the investigation; “I commend the Investigative Services Division for their dedication to combating the illegal drug issues within our city.  The professionalism in which our detectives and our S.W.A.T. team conducted themselves is a testament to our Police Department’s commitment to keep our community safe.”

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