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Search continues for armed burglary suspect following Monday night car chase

UPDATE TUESDAY 9AM: The search continues this morning for a man who led Carson City sheriff's deputies on a vehicle chase near the Prison Hill area. Both detectives and deputies continued the search and the investigation overnight and into this morning.

The suspect allegedly broke into two homes, stole several weapons and other property and fled. A woman walked in on the suspect as he was stealing guns from her home and gave authorities a description of the vehicle the man was seen driving.

He was followed by deputies which then grew to a chase through Carson River Road area. The vehicle became stuck on a hill on Rio Vista Lane and the man took off running. The search area overnight was Highway 395 and the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

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UPDATE: Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said law officers are actively searching tonight for a suspect that led deputies on a vehicle chase that began shortly before 5 p.m. following two home burglaries where weapons and other property was stolen.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a tall and slender build and is considered armed and dangerous, said Furlong, who has been participating in the chase since it began. A Washoe County Sheriff's Office RAVEN helicopter was used in the search but returned for the night for refueling, said Furlong.

Officers from Douglas County and the Nevada Highway Patrol are aiding in the search, which will continue tonight in the southern part of Carson City near the Douglas County line.

Deputy Bob Guimont observed the suspect's vehicle off of East Fifth Street and began following it with lights and sirens. The pursuit continued where the suspect sped through Carson River Road making its way to Rio Vista Lane, a sparsely populated area where the pavement ends. The suspect's vehicle got stuck on the road where he then ran south toward Prison Hill.

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UPDATE: Carson City sheriff's officers continue to look tonight for a man who allegedly broke into a Roundup Road home, took several guns and then led deputies on a vehicle chase that ended in the hills above Carson River Road in the Prison Hill area.

Undersheriff Steve Albertsen said a RAVEN helicopter has been doing sweeps of the area, and several officers are on foot. The area is dense with vegetation and rocks and difficult to maneuver. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

The chase ended on Rio Vista Lane, a sparsely populated area where the pavement ends and the road turns soft and sandy. Witness Sue Hasseler said she was doing arts and crafts inside her home and heard police cars. She went outside to check it out and saw the suspect get stuck on the road and deputies not to far behind.

Hasseler said she saw the man take off running south through the rocky area and deputies began a foot pursuit. The area is difficult to get through, she said, and she offered arriving officers to take them up with her ATV. The officers declined, she said, because it was thought the man was armed.

"The road, we call Mika's Mound for our dog, gets a lot of people stuck. We put a sign up saying the road ends 150 feet just to warn people. You can't make it up without a quad," Hasseler said. "I watched the guy stuck and then he just bolted toward Prison Hill with a deputy right behind chasing him. As the police arrived there was tons of dust kicked up, may 20 feet high."

Backup reinforcement was called in and there were several moments where they spotted the suspect. But as the skies darkened it became increasingly difficult to see. The RAVEN helicopter, operated by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, was called in for the search.

What is known about the incident is that a woman called 911 to report that a man had broken into her home as she arrived and saw him leave carrying several of her weapons. The suspect's vehicle had masking tape over the license plate and a gas can inside on the passenger seat. Inside the vehicle were gun shells and casings.

Officers are also investigating another home invasion in the area of Quinn Drive that may also be related.

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A RAVEN Helicopter from Washoe County has been ordered after a man allegedly went inside a Roundup Road home, took several weapons, fled in a car and led Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies on a high speed chase up Carson River Road.

The man then jumped out of the vehicle and fled with a deputy chasing him in the hills above Rio Vista Lane. Officers have swarmed the area and believe they have him in their sights, climbling up a hillside along a ridge.

The incident began shortly before 5 p.m. when a woman called dispatch to report that a man entered her home and took some of her weapons. The woman reported that she ran into her bedroom and locked the door. The man then took off in a silver or gray vehicle.

The chase up the stretch of road, southbound, was estimated to hit speeds of 90 to 100 mph.

Several handguns and long guns were reported stolen from the residence. The man is believed to be armed and dangerous.


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Carson ATA Karate for Kids is providing a free community Bullying Prevention and Stranger Safety seminar on Saturday, Sept. 27 to kick off National Bullying Prevention Month in October.

The event, starting at 11 a.m., begins with the reading of a proclamation by Carson City Supervisor Brad Bonkowski, proclaiming October as Carson City Bullying Prevention Month, followed by Sheriff Ken Furlong talking about bullying and stranger safety from a law enforcement perspective.

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The painting celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood and will raise funds for the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and promotion of the Comstock Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian of various denominations, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Baha’i leaders gathered Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and prayed for the welfare of Nevada on its 150th anniversary as a state.

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Carson City firefighters responded to a traffic accident this afternoon involving three vehicles near Carson Street and Arrowhead Drive. The accident was dispatched at around 2 p.m. At least one person was injured and will be taken to the hospital. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.

The Nevada Highway Patrol was responding to the scene.

One of the vehicles was a minivan, and the other a white utility truck, which pulled into a convenience store parking lot, according to dispatch. Traffic in the area is being re-directed around the accident scene.

West Nile Virus has been found in additional areas of Carson City, the Nevada Department of Agriculture said Friday. It has confirmed the presence in tested wetlands, ditches and other small bodies of water done early September, primarily along the I-580 freeway.

Carson Animal Services Initiative volunteers have some fun activities scheduled for dogs and dog lovers during the month of September, starting off with the 5K9 run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will take place at the River View Park at the end of east Fifth Street. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. Start time is at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for the first person, additional family members are $15. Please note that dogs must be leashed at all times.

UPDATE: Air quality monitors in Carson City and Gardnerville are reporting levels of particulate matter in the unhealthy range due to smoke from the King fire in California, according to Nevada environmental health officials.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should consider moving activities indoors and avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

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Many laws are in effect to protect bicyclists as they travel down the road but if you are a rider, there are some laws that apply to you as well. A cyclist is required to ride on the right side of the roadway so as to flow with traffic.

Carson City's unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.5 percent in August along with Nevada's overall unemployment rate which also dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest since August 2008 and down 2.2 points from a year ago, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports Friday.

Among the nearly 4,000 individuals currently fighting the King Fire in El Dorado County, Calif., there are several from northern Nevada including Carson City with an engine and four firefighters, and crews from Storey, Washoe and Douglas counties. It's been a long few days for the members of the strike team who were called to the fire.

The northern Nevada team was one of the first to show up at the King Fire. "We're clearing in preparation for the fire coming and pretty much whatever we need to do to protect structures and get a hold on this fire," said Capt. Jason Danen with Carson City Fire.

A 46-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on battery charges after she allegedly lunged at a bartender, hit a bar manager with a cell phone and, later, kicked an officer as she was being arrested for disorderly conduct, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Carson City Health and Human Services, Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN), and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce are presenting a Job Fair at the Community Center on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 2:00–4:30 P.M. for the general public.

In a hopeful sign for the Northern Nevada lands bills awaiting a vote in the Senate, Congressman Mark Amodei's (NV-2) Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act last night passed the Senate and is now headed to the President for signature.

"I want to thank Senators Reid and Heller for their work to pass this bill, as well as Senator Flake for releasing his hold," said Amodei. "This is good news for water users in the Truckee Meadows."

Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Sierra BioFuels Plant that is being built in Storey County received a $70 million grant boost from the Department of Defense’s Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid announced Friday.

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Marijuana dispensary business licenses in Carson City will require $25,000 the first year based on direction the Board of Supervisors gave staff Thursday.

UPDATE FRIDAY 9AM: Highway 50 reopened Friday morning. Expect delays and partial lane closures. Westbound traffic is reduced to 1 lane from Riverton to Pollock Pines.

UPDATE: The King Fire was much less active Thursday and firefighters were able to gain control on the southwestern end of the fire near Pollock Pines. The fire is 10 percent contained as of Thursday night and has consumed 73,124 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

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As crews make good progress on a project to repave and enhance the Mt. Rose Highway, the Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that paving continues on an upper segment of the highway.