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A New School Year Has Arrived

posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:28 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

All Mesquite area schools will be back in session starting Monday, August 24, 2015.  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 crossing zones within the city have been clearly marked as crosswalks and have proper signage/lights 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 in front of the middle school 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.

 Please pay special attention to your speed and watch out for children and crossing guards.  Remember, children can be unpredictable, especially in school crossing zones.   Also, be alert for school buses loading and offloading children at schools and in neighborhoods. Remember, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has a stop sign deployed and flashing warning lights activated.

 Please 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. 

Off Highway Vehicles Allowed on Bunkerville Bridge

posted Aug 19, 2015, 6:37 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated by Tyson Kennedy ]

Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use is now allowed over the Riverside Road Bridge and on Riverside Road between the bridge and Hafen Lane.  OHVs traveling in Mesquite can now access the bridge via Hafen Lane and then southbound on Riverside Road.

The Mesquite Police Department worked through the NDOT permitting process with assistance from the Mesquite Public Works Department, the City Manager’s office, and local, county, state, and federal agencies to secure the location as a designated trail connector.   The designation allows the operation of OHVs on Riverside Road between Hafen Lane and the bridge, and across the bridge, under NRS 490.90(d) which states an “OHV may operate on a highway if the highway is designated as a trail connector for a trail authorized for use by OHVs, but not for more than 2 miles.”

OHV access to the bridge falls under NRS 490.100(1) which states “A county or city may designate any portion of a highway within the county or city permissible for OHVs for purpose of allowing OHVs to reach a private or public area open for use by OHVs.” 

OHV travel across the bridge will reduce the need for residents to trailer their OHV across the “Bunkerville Bridge,” as it is commonly referred to by locals, in order to access the many miles of OHV trails and roadways in the Gold Butte and Virgin Mountain area.

New signs have been posted on Riverside Road giving notice to OHV travelers where the designated trail connector starts and ends. 

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

posted Aug 3, 2015, 3:38 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Aug 10, 2015, 4:49 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Saturday, August 1, in the early morning hours, a 26 year old male arrived via private vehicle to Mesa View Regional Hospital with substantial injuries to his head. Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to the hospital to investigate the incident as an alleged assault.

Officers interviewed the male victim as well as those who transported him to the hospital.  Officers learned the injuries were the result of an altercation which had occurred in the parking lot of a local casino.  The suspect in the altercation had brandished a handgun, pointing it at the victim.  The male victim was then attacked, but the handgun was not fired.  Officers responded to the casino where the assault had occurred and collected statements from witnesses and evidence left at the scene.  Through their investigation, officers identified the suspect as Austan Green.  Officers were able to quickly locate Austan and take him into custody.

Austan Green, 21, of Mesquite NV, was arrested and charged with: Felony assault with a deadly weapon (handgun) and felony battery with substantial bodily harm.

The male victim was transported from Mesa View Regional Hospital to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Mesquite Police Dispatch Center Implements New Call Taking System

posted Jul 2, 2015, 9:09 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 12:04 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – on May 15 of 2015, the Mesquite Police Department Dispatch Center started using the new call taking system, ProQA Paramount by Priority Dispatch.  They would like to take some time to discuss some of the features of the new system that will be apparent when the public calls the Dispatch Center to request Police or Medical service.

Whenever someone calls the Dispatch Center on the non-emergency or emergency lines, they should be prepared to answer questions that will help the dispatcher determine the nature of your request.  The dispatcher will need to ask several questions of the caller based on the nature of the request.  The Dispatch Center has been using the Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Protocols for all medical related calls; the Dispatch Center will now be using Emergency Police Dispatch (EPD) Protocols for all law related calls.

All callers will be asked the following questions by the dispatcher:

1.       On 911 calls: “What is the address of your emergency?” or Non-Emergency calls: “What is the address where you need assistance?”

2.       “What is the phone number you are calling from?”

3.       “What is your name?”

4.       “Okay, tell me exactly what happened?’

 When the dispatcher asks, "Okay tell me exactly what happened?" please provide them with a brief description of what is needed.  This will allow the dispatcher to determine whether to use the EMD or EPD protocols.  The caller will then be asked further questions based on the nature of their brief description to determine the proper response.

While this process may seem like it is taking longer to dispatch either police or medical, it does provide a better level of service to the public.  The Mesquite Police Department appreciates your patience and understanding as we move forward with this new system.

Adult Male Injured in Shooting Incident

posted Jun 22, 2015, 4:05 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 12:01 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On Sunday, June 21, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank located at the corner of Mesquite Blvd and Grapevine Blvd, regarding multiple gunshots being fired.  The arriving officers’ initial investigation determined one Hispanic adult male had fired multiple rounds from a handgun, and at least one round had struck another Hispanic adult male in the parking lot of the bank.  Mesquite detectives secured and processed the crime scene, as well as interviewed witnesses.  A short time later an adult Hispanic male arrived at Mesa View Regional Hospital by private vehicle with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported via air ambulance and is currently being treated at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. 

Through their investigation, officers were able to determine the location of the shooting suspect.  With the assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mesquite officers were able to locate and safely take the suspect into custody, as he was preparing to flee the area.  Detectives executed a search warrant on the suspect’s vehicle and residence.  Multiple items of evidentiary value were located in the suspect’s possession, including; the handgun used in the crime, a stolen firearm out of Chicago Illinois, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia. 

Jaime Perez, 41, of Beaver Dam Arizona, is currently in custody and is being charged with: felony kidnapping and felony attempted murder with a deadly weapon.  Jaime also has multiple felony charges pending out of the state of Arizona from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Mesquite SWAT Team Serves Search Warrant at Local Residence

posted Jun 18, 2015, 2:46 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:19 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Wednesday, June 17, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives concluded an investigation involving multiple Mesquite residents selling and trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana in the Mesquite area.  Due to the amount of suspects as well as their gang affiliation, the Mesquite Police S.W.A.T. team executed a search warrant at around 7:30 a.m. at the suspects’ residence.  The search warrant resulted in six adults being arrested and the recovery of illegal drugs, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia. 

Melissa Hernandez, 25, was arrested and charged with: Felony sales of a controlled substance (meth) and felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.  Melissa’s parole in the state of Nevada was also revoked.

Jose Camarena, 22, was arrested and charged with: Felony offer and agree to sell methamphetamines, felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one misdemeanor count of theft. 

Erik Gonzalez, 30, was arrested and charged with: Felony sells of a controlled substance (meth), two counts of felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, felony trafficking a controlled substance (meth), and two counts of transporting a controlled substance (meth). 

Sheila Camarena, 18, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of controlled substance (meth), misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Dimitri Martinez, 18, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of controlled substance (meth), misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Karissa Ochoa, 21, was arrested and charged with: Felony conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

Two Mesquite Residents Arrested on Meth and Marijuana Charges

posted Jun 18, 2015, 2:00 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:18 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On June 11, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to a report of suspicious activity occurring in the parking lot of a local business.  Officers made contact with two males and observed evidence of illegal drugs being exchanged.  It was determined through the officers’ field investigation that both males were in the process of selling and distributing methamphetamine and marijuana.  One of the two males was also on supervised probation with the state of Nevada. 

Saul Garcia-Sandoval, 23, of Mesquite, Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, and six misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Saul was also in violation of his probation. 

Benjamin Fairleigh, 22, of Mesquite, Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The community and the Police Department working together make for an effective team.  If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood or have any information reference illegal drug activity, please call the Mesquite Police Investigations crime tip line (702) 346-8826.

Mesquite Police and Fire Convert to Upgraded Radio System

posted Jun 15, 2015, 2:23 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:17 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On June 14 of 2015, the Mesquite Police Department, Fire Department, and 911 dispatch center officially converted over to the long awaited Motorola Solutions P25 Digital Radio System.  This new highly sophisticated system provides enhanced clarity, coverage, and encryption which will now allow officers to communicate clearly and reliably regardless of their location.  Before the switch to the Motorola system, the Police Department had been utilizing an older VHF analog radio system. The VHF system had always presented major clarity and coverage problems resulting in areas of the city and within many buildings where dispatchers and officers were unable to communicate.  Over four years ago, Chief Troy Tanner recognized the public safety concern caused by the antiquated VHF radio system.  At that time, Chief Tanner made it his goal to upgrade Mesquite’s entire public safety communications system, which included the 911 dispatch center, police department, fire department, radio towers, and repeater systems.  

The monumental task of upgrading the city to a digital radio system required the collaboration between multiple agencies and entities within Mesquite City.  The Motorola digital system is the same the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) recently switched over to.  “Without the support and assistance from LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo and his agency, our ability to upgrade to this new communications system would not have been possible,” said Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner.  “When public safety is unable to communicate reliably, it cannot function nor perform the service the public has entrusted to us to provide.” 

The Police Department has been working closely with Motorola and LVMPD on this project for approximately three years.  The funding needed to install and maintain this radio system was provided by the Federal Department of Homeland Security, the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the Urban Area Security Initiative, the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and the Clark County Office of Emergency Management.  Additional costs were covered by asset forfeiture seizure funds and Mesquite City.  These funds covered the installation of two repeaters in the valley, upgrading all of the 911 dispatch center consoles, upgrading all of the city’s emergency vehicles and personnel with Motorola radio equipment, and updating the infrastructure to support Mesquite’s Information Technology systems. 

Chief Tanner added; “Now our dispatchers and officers can communicate within any building and in any location within Mesquite, as well as any location within Clark County.  Mesquite City is now capable of sharing communications with other Clark County emergency service agencies during major events and critical incidents.” 

The Mesquite Police Department would like to publicly thank Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, LVMPD Director Michael Barnbeck, the Mesquite City Council, Mayor, City Manager, Billy Tanner, Dirk Marshall, and all the other members of our Mesquite family who have been working hard behind the scenes the last three years in support of this long awaited and needed upgrade to our emergency communications abilities.

Fugitive Sex Offender Arrested in Mesquite

posted Jun 15, 2015, 2:11 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:17 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

On June 12 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Mesquite Police Department received notification from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office in Utah that a fugitive sex offender was possibly staying in the Mesquite area.  The fugitive had an active felony warrant of arrest out of Utah for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child; Rape of a Child. 

Officers were able to locate and identify the fugitive sex offender staying at the Virgin River Hotel.  Detectives implemented surveillance of the room and began formulating a plan to safely take him into custody.  At approximately 5:00 p.m., the fugitive exited his hotel room and was safely taken into custody by Mesquite Detectives.  At the time of the arrest, the fugitive sex offender was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and a loaded .357 magnum handgun.  

Greg Jensen, 67, of Emery, UT, was arrested on the felony fugitive from justice warrant.  Jensen was transported to the Clark County Detention Center to await extradition back to Utah.  Local criminal charges are pending regarding Jensen being in possession of the firearms.

Now Accepting Applications for Communications Dispatch

posted Jun 10, 2015, 9:36 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:15 AM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Thank you for considering a career with the Mesquite Police Department. Please follow the link to access the job description and the application. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a complete background investigation. 

http://www.mesquitenv.gov/city-government/employment/open-positions/communicationsdispatch

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