Mesquite, NV – During the early morning hours of Thursday, March 06, 2014 Mesquite patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on Interstate 15, due to a traffic violation.
Officers conducted a consensual search of the driver and located .7 grams of methamphetamine, 3.6 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding a bundle of US Currency. The department’s drug sniffing canine was then called to the scene and a canine drug sniff of the vehicle was conducted. The K9 alerted to more bundles of US currency hidden inside a natural void of the vehicle. A total of $74,000 in US Currency was found hidden throughout the vehicle.
The driver, identified as Omar Muro, 35, of Los Angeles, California was arrested and charged for felony trafficking controlled substance, felony possession of controlled substance, felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The passenger, identified as David Hurtado, 22, of Costa Mesa, California was arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act.
Muro and Hurtado were both transported to the Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas.
In response to the arrest and seizure, Mesquite Police Captain Scott Taylor stated “I commend the hardworking patrol officers for their excellent police work and keen observation. There is no doubt our officers are some of the finest.”
Mesquite, NV – The Every 15 Minutes Program is an emotionally charged two-day event designed to promote the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol. This powerful program challenges students to think before consuming alcohol, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions.
This spring the Mesquite Police Department will conduct the nationally recognized program with the support of Mesquite Fire & Rescue and Mesa View Hospital.
Many local businesses have committed to donating goods and services towards this event, but there are still opportunities to help. For more information contact Sgt. Mike Van Houten at 702-346-5262, ext 6004. Donations can also be made in person at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle during business hours.
Mesquite, NV- Emergency calls made on cellular phones within Mesquite
City limits through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon cellular networks
are now routed directly to the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) Communications
Dispatch Center. The enhancement of MPD dispatch center has allowed MPD to
replace the antiquated 911 cellular call process. The old system consisted of
all 911 cellular calls being routed to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
(LVMPD) Communication Center, who would then transfer the call to Mesquite dispatch.
Now, 911 calls from most cellular networks will go directly to the Mesquite
dispatch center. This updates allows information to be passed quicker to
dispatchers and subsequently improving response times for emergency services.
When a cellphone call is made, a cell tower transmitting the cell
signal will determine to which dispatch center a call is directed. There have
been reports that calls made within Mesquite, but close to the edge of city
limits have been picked up by cell towers that transmit to LVMPD. Calls made from Bunkerville, or other
locations bordering on, or outside the city limits, will continue to be
dispatched through LVMPD for response by the emergency service agency assigned
to that area.
Pay as you go phones do not fall under the same update requirements as
the larger carriers. It is unknown which
dispatch center those users will reach. In any instance, when dialing 911,
callers should always first clearly identify in what city the emergency is
“Receiving a wireless phone
call to the Mesquite Dispatch was the last step in completing the enhanced 911
communications system. The first step was to upgrade communication equipment to
access wireless call information. The enhanced part of the system is what
allows dispatchers to access caller information,” said Clarissa Larsen,
Communications Support Services Manager.
The enhanced equipment qualified the MPD to request wireless 911 calls
come directly into the MPD, but not before meeting strict requirements and
months of rigorous equipment testing.
“The migration to the enhanced 911 system has been a
huge undertaking and we are proud to say that we have met our goal to implement
this critical system. We knew from the beginning that the process would not be
fast or easy, but absolutely necessary in order to improve emergency services
response times. We appreciate the patience of community members as we have made
this transition.” said Troy Tanner, Chief of Police.
Mesquite, NV – Jeramiah Robert Juber, 31, who was arrested back in April 2013 for the murder of Mark Parenti, was arraigned in Clark County District Court on Friday, January 31, 2014. Negotiations were reached and a guilty plea agreement was filed, wherein Juber pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Juber is scheduled for sentencing on April 4th, 2014.
Mesquite, NV – The
Mesquite Police Department (MPD) is reminding citizens of potential scams and
schemes, where money is requested over the phone to avoid penalties and or
jail. There are many different hypothetical stories, situations, or reasons the
fraudulent callers provide to a potential unknowing victim. Many times, we have
discovered the fraudulent calls are similar in nature. The caller requests
money to be wired in order to resolve a fictitious issue or situation created
by the fraudulent caller. The caller then makes the entire situation sound as
if it is an emergency, all in attempt to force the worried victim to act
has been reported that these fraudulent callers represent themselves as local,
state, and/or federal law enforcement or other government officials. Some of
the examples of the titles used can include, but are not limited to the
following: IRS, FBI, CIA, Police, Court Officials, and/or any official title,
which may make the caller appear more believable and trustworthy. MPD would
like to remind citizens that legitimate agencies and government officials do
not operate or carry out business in this manner.
Citizens should never provide
personal information to callers, authorize funds to be withdrawn, or give
account numbers over the phone. Anytime a call or email is received where the
person asks you to wire money, it is more than likely a scam. MPD strongly believes
in educating our citizens to make them more aware of these potential scams,
schemes, and fraud tactics used by the callers. Our hope is all will relay this
pertinent information to their family and friends, thereby lessening the
potential for victimization for everyone. We would encourage our citizens to monitor
their bank account activity and check their credit history report regularly.
Mesquite, NV – January, 29, Mesquite Police School Resource Officer Darin Wilkins presented certificates to J.L Bowler Elementary fifth grade students. Eighty five students completed the semester long Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) training.
Fifth grade students at Virgin Valley Elementary School started their D.A.R.E. program in early January. The program is taught at both locations by Officer Wilkins who has received 80 hours of specialized training, which certifies him to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum.
The D.A.R.E. program focuses on several areas of individualized objectives which include: refusal strategies, communication skills, fact based logic exercises, and informative beliefs reference tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Funding for the program at both locations is provided in part by a grant from the Nevada Community Partnership Coalition
Mesquite, NV – Mesquite Police
Volunteer Coordinator, Don Woodmancy released the following volunteer annual
statistical report for 2013.
Number of Police Volunteers: 25
Total Hours Served: 5,704
Value of Hours Donated: $126,287
Number of Animal Shelter Volunteers: 37
Total Hours Served: 4,374
Value of Hours Donated: $96,841
Citizens Volunteer Patrol:
Patrol Miles: 12,654
Vacation Checks: 1,047
School Checks: 283
Business Alerts: 51
Handicap Cites: 29
Handicap Warnings: 455
Police Assists: 108
Citizens Assists: 16
Radar Deployments: 134
Wanted Vehicles/Persons located: 6
Subpoenas Served: 100
Parking Warnings 11
The volunteers graciously
give of their time, knowledge, and talents. They are an essential facet to the success
of the Mesquite Police Department and Mesquite Animal Control. The services the
volunteers provide make Mesquite a safer and more enjoyable place to live and
play. Chief Tanner stated “It would be
hard to show each one of our volunteers the immense amount of gratitude we have
for them and the service they provide. Nonetheless, it is important to me that
they know they are appreciated, and on behalf of the Mesquite Police Department
and the City of Mesquite, we thank them for all they do.”
Volunteer Coordinator Don
Woodmancy is currently seeking additional police volunteers. Anyone interested
is encouraged to contact him at (702) 375-1126 or visit the police department
during business hours and pick up an application.
Mesquite, NV – Over the weekend of January 17-19, Mesquite was bustling with car enthusiast attending the Mesquite Motor Mania event, players and spectators here for the UYSA Soccer Presidents Cup, and the normal flow of visitors in and out of Mesquite. The streets were filled with traffic, no vacancy signs posted in hotels, and restaurants were filled to capacity. The Mesquite police were busier than normal with their duties, which always accompany these events.On the evening of Friday January 17, calls of service related to property crimes began pouring in and continued hammering the phone lines throughout the weekend. Twenty one property related crimes ranging from multiple stolen vehicles, vehicle, residential, and commercial burglaries, property damage, merchandise thefts, and even stolen bicycles, were perpetrated throughout the city. Mesquite Police Detectives were called out to process crime scenes and Patrol Officers were placed on high alert.
On Sunday, January 19, an alert Patrol Sergeant spotted a suspicious van near the entrance to a gated community. As the Sergeant attempted to maneuver his patrol vehicle around the landscaped median, the suspicious van fled at a high rate of speed, resulting in the driver losing control and crashing. By the time the Sergeant arrived at the site of crash, the driver had fled on foot into the darkness of the night. The Sergeant discovered the van had been recently reported as stolen. The crashed van was found filled with property stolen from recent burglaries. An investigation of the crash scene led Detectives to multiple leads with possible suspects.
In the early morning hours of Monday, January 20, more calls reporting property crimes lit up the phone lines. Patrol Officers and Detectives quickly continued collecting evidence, which led to officers locating stolen property hidden throughout the city. Shortly after noon, an observant patrol officer discovered a male adult acting suspicious in a local business parking lot. The male was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle from St. George, Utah. The vehicle in his possession was filled with items that were stolen throughout the weekend from Mesquite homes and businesses.
The adult male was identified as Jeffery Paget, 21, of St. George, Utah. He was placed under arrest and charged with: burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen credit cards, obtaining/possessing a credit card without consent, receiving stolen property, theft, destruction of property, grand larceny, theft from a motor vehicle, and possession of controlled substance/methamphetamine. Additional charges against Paget relating to the crimes are pending.
Further investigation has established Paget was not working alone. The Mesquite police department (MPD) has identified a second suspect as Robert Trask, 53, of Tucson, Arizona. MPD is actively seeking Trask for questioning. MPD requests citizens be on the lookout for Trask, who is described as a Hispanic male, 6’00”, 200lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, and possible brown facial hair (see attached photo). If Trask is located or seen, immediately contact Mesquite Dispatch at (702)346-6911.
Chief of Police Troy Tanner credits the resolution of this weekend crime spree, due to the cooperative effort between Patrol Officers and Detectives. Chief Tanner said, “With the sheer number of cases we investigated this weekend, it takes numerous man hours from the beginning to the end to ensure justice is served and stolen property is returned to the rightful owner.” Chief Tanner also acknowledged that investigations are continuing with the incident and more arrests may be imminent.
Suspect identified as Robert Trask was arrested early this morning by Tucson, Arizona police officials. Trask was found in possession of a vehicle reported stolen out of Mesquite, Nv. Trask will be facing felony charges similar to those of his co-conspirator Paget, for the crimes perpetrated in Mesquite.
Mesquite, NV – On Saturday, January 11,
Mesquite Police Dispatch received a report of a female adult being held against
her will, at a local motel. Officers responded to the motel and located the
female victim along with the male suspect, identified as 34 year old, Jason
Greniger. Officers discovered the female victim had an active protection order
against Greniger. The investigation determined the victim was being illegally detained by Greniger for the last six months, perpetrated through threats of death and physical
violence towards her and her family.
Greniger was arrested for felony second
degree kidnapping, as well as an outstanding warrant out of Minnesota. Greniger
has been transported to Clark County Detention Center.
Mesquite, NV – On Wednesday, January
8, Mesquite Police Detectives concluded an investigation into a residential
burglary. The burglary occurred in the
afternoon on Tuesday, January 7. During the brazen daytime burglary, approximately
$16,000 in jewelry was stolen from the residence.
The criminal investigation led to the
arrest of the three out of state residents, who were responsible for the crime.
The trio was apprehended as they were attempting to flee Mesquite and return to
California. The following suspects were arrested for the charges listed:
Gavin Makinson, 31, of Clovis, Ca.
was charged with felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, felony
injury to other's property, felony possession of methamphetamine, gross
misdemeanor possession of burglary tools, and misdemeanor possession of
Levi Ochotorena, 33, of Loomis, Ca.
was charged with felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, felony
injury to other's property, and gross misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.
Vanessa Davis, 33, of Fresno, Ca. was
charged with felony possession of stolen property, and felony possession of
Mesquite Police Investigations
Captain Shane Charles acknowledged and commended the detectives responsible for
capturing the criminals and returning the property to the victims. Captain
Charles added, “Our detectives demonstrated exemplary police work by their
swift action in capturing the perpetrators and reuniting the victims with their