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Pair hiding in crawl space arrested on felony drug charges

Two were arrested early Monday morning on felony drug and gross misdemeanor child endangerment charges after a search warrant led to their discovery in a crawl space where they were hiding, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Arrested were Michael Tiehm and Ashley Marie Makara, both 25, of Carson City. According to the arrest report, deputies went to a home in the 3100 block of Minonee Drive in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on the pair.

Reno couple pleads guilty to felony counterfeiting charges

A Reno couple pled guilty Wednesday in a Sacramento federal court to possessing counterfeit U.S. currency and counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

William Theodore Lewis, 50, and Lori Marie Dahl, 50, a married couple, remain in custody and are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on Dec. 10, 2014. Lewis and Dahl each face a maximum statutory penalty of 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

NDOW seeks to hire 7 new game wardens for mostly rural duty stations

The Nevada Department of Wildlife has seven openings for entry level game wardens, most of which are in rural Nevada duty stations. This is the largest recruitment of game wardens in NDOW’s history.

“The agency has experienced several retirements and some turnover in the last few years,” said Tyler Turnipseed, Chief Game Warden at NDOW.

Woman dies in bus accident at Burning Man

Pershing County officials have identified the victim of Thursday morning's deadly bus incident at Burning Man as Alicia Louise Cipicchio, 29, of Jackson, Wyoming.
Organizers are working with investigators from Pershing County Sheriff’s Office to determine the series of events leading to the incident.

Burning Man gates reopen, the party is on at the Playa

UPDATE: As of 6 this morning, the road to Burning Man is now open, according to Burning Man's Twitter feed.
UPDATE: The Nevada Highway Patrol with other agencies assisting is temporarily holding the Burning Man participants from entering this event due to rain that has made it difficult for vehicles to travel into the Playa. NHP is asking that participants do not try and travel out to the Burning Man area until notified that the roads will be open and passable.

Douglas authorities say human remains found near top of Spooner tentatively identified

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made a tentative identification on the skeletal remains discovered June 23 near the top of Spooner Summit in a remote, wooded area between the Tahoe Rim Trail and Kings Canyon Road.

The cause of death is still pending the autopsy results. Douglas County Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Brooks said Wednesday that DNA from the remains has been collected and DNA has been taken from the parents of the person who it is believed to be the deceased.

Tyler Turnipseed Named Chief of Law Enforcement for NDOW

Tyler Turnipseed was named chief game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife Monday. He is only the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW’s history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada.

Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada’s waterways. Turnipseed is relocating to Reno from Winnemucca where he spent 10 years as the sole game warden for that growing community.

Pedestrian struck and killed by pickup, two Douglas sheriff's patrol cars Sunday near Gardnerville

A man standing on Highway 395 in the area of Spring Valley Drive south of Gardnerville was struck and killed by a pickup and then two on-duty Douglas County sheriff's patrol vehicles late Sunday night, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Reported to NHP at 10:45 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the accident involving an unidentified adult male pedestrian being struck by multiple vehicles, said Trooper Dave Gibson.

Woman arrested after Highway 395 chase with NHP that went from Carson City to California

A police chase that began Tuesday morning on Highway 395 and Eastlake in Carson City ended near Bordertown in California north of the state line with the arrest of a Reno woman, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Melanie Marnne-Lawson, 53, was arrested after the vehicle pursuit, which began at around 9:30 a.m. and reached speeds in excess of 85 mph along Highway 395, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson. The chase began after a hit and run accident happened on Highway 395 and Eastlake in Carson City where a dark green Dodge pickup truck had rear ended another vehicle and fled the scene.

Woman jailed on felony charge of debit card fraud

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Monday on a felony charge of debit card fraud after allegedly using a card that a victim lost Friday at a bar and making charges at a convenience store, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

Laura M. Zeledon of Carson City is being held on $5,000 bail. According to the arrest report, officers met with the victim who said she lost her Nevada driver’s license and a Visa debit card at the bar and later noticed charges made to her card at a Carson City convenience store.

Carson City deputies make 4 felony, multiple misdemeanor arrests during weekend

A Carson City man was arrested Sunday, 9:22 a.m. in the area of North Plaza and Washington streets on a felony burglary warrant issued out of Clark County. Charles Roy Dickey, 59, was taken into custody and was being held without bail awaiting extradition, a Carson City sheriff’s deputy said.

National Night Out canceled due to weather, Mills Park conditions

UDPATE: The Carson City Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform everyone that the 12th Annual National Night Out in Mills Park, set for Tuesday, August 5 at 5 p.m. has been canceled.

It has been determined that with the park's current ground saturation from the rain, the quantity of “heavy” public safety vehicles, aircraft and equipment that was scheduled to be on the grassy area of the park would cause irreparable damage. Further, at this late hour, there is insufficient time to orchestrate a reasonable relocation of the event location.


Lightning starts brush fire in Old Clear Creek area, 150 acres and growing; evacuation advisory underway

UPDATE 3 AM: Evacuation orders were instructed for Golf Club Drive, Jeffery Pine Lane to Old Clear Creek Road. There are about 20 to 30 homes in the area. Evacuees are urged to go to the Carson City Community Center. Animals can be sent to Fuji Park. The orders came down at around 1:45 a.m.


Bakersfield man remains in serious condition after bicycle crash involving semi in the Cave Rock tunnel

A 48-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., man remains in serious condition after the bicycle he was riding Thursday was struck in the tunnel at Cave Rock on Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper said.

Clarence M. Aldridge was flown by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for his injuries where he remains in serious condition. NHP responded at 9:50 a.m. to the accident, which closed a portion of the highway for several hours, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

Monday morning gravel spill on I-80 east of Sparks injures 7 in 22-vehicle pileup

Nevada Highway Patrol from the Fernley area were dispatched Monday at around 9 a.m. to the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 just east of Orchard (mile marker 38) for a multiple vehicle accident that was caused when a commercial hauling gravel los its load on the highway blocking all westbound traffic.

Volunteers remove 2,260 pounds of trash from Lake Tahoe beaches

More than 120 volunteers for the League to Save Lake Tahoe removed 2,260 pounds of trash from six of Tahoe’s most popular beaches on July 5, the day after tens of thousands of people flocked to the lake to enjoy the July 4th festivities.

The debris represented almost 10 cubic yards, or a dump truck full, of trash. It included over 3,000 cigarette butts, 1,200 cans, 800 glass and plastic bottles, and 320 plastic bags. Other cleanup projects also included a 17th annual one by K&K Services.

26 arrested, 8 for DUI over holiday weekend in Douglas; 18 arrests in South Lake Tahoe

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2014, 4th of July celebration in Douglas County went well. The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe were large and with exception of a few altercations in the downtown Casino Core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved. Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.

Two-day Highway 50 saturation patrol results in 107 citations; DUI checkpoint continues Friday night

Speeders along Highway 50 between Carson City and Lake Tahoe may have felt the pinch in a two-day saturation patrol by the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

In the Wednesday and Thursday stepped up traffic patrol, known as "saturation" 107 citations were issued, with the majority, around 95 percent of those stopped, for speeding violations, said Carson City Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Holiday DUI checkpoint Friday near Lake Tahoe in Douglas County

Several northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will team up and “Joining Forces” this Independence Day as an additional security measure in providing for a safe holiday weekend.

On Friday afternoon and evening, police officers from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, deputies from the Washoe, Lyon and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices, and troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI road block on Highway 50 in Douglas County near Lake Tahoe. Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be briefly greeted by one of the law enforcement officers.

Forest Service urges holiday visitors to stay safe over July 4 weekend

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is the busiest time in the Lake Tahoe Basin. For those visiting during the weekend and attending one of the firework displays over the lake, expect extremely crowded conditions and excess traffic.

Nevada agencies step up water patrol this weekend looking for boaters under the influence

Boaters taking to Nevada waters this weekend should take note: operating a boat under the influence is the same as driving under the influence. Nevada Department of Wildlife wardens and law enforcement will be looking for boaters operating under the influence this weekend in waters across the state as part of a nationally coordinated enforcement effort dubbed “Operation Dry Water.”

Douglas County authorities investigates human remains found near Spooner Summit

UPDATE: Douglas County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking into human skeletal remains found in the Kings Canyon area east of Spooner Lake.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and search and rescue personnel scoured the area off of Highway 50 early Monday night after the bones were discovered.

Lyon County to see $2 million from Interior Department payment in lieu monies

Nevada counties will receive more than $25 million in federal Payment in Lieu money from the U.S. Department of Interior, Sen. Harry Reid announced Thursday.

Among the counties to receive PILT money, Washoe County will receive $3,446,375; Lyon County, $2,080,651; Douglas County, $653,884; Carson City $120,016 and Storey County, $37,402.

Amodei announces new additions to team

Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei had added several new faces to his office staff including Bernie Curtis, who recently retired as chief of the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.

Curtis, of Gardnerville, will serve as field representative in Amodei’s Reno office. He brings more than 36 years of experience from across Northern Nevada in law enforcement, local government and the private sector, including serving as Douglas County Commissioner.

Four Carson City deputies on administrative leave following Friday chase, shootout at Sand Mountain

Reno police are now involved in the investigation involving Friday night's chase from Carson City to Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Churchill County in which a possible suspect in a double homicide earlier in Washoe Valley was killed during a shootout with authorities.

Double homicide confirmed; Suspect dead; High speed chase on Highway 50 through Carson City, Lyon, Fallon ends at Sand Mountain

This story has since been updated with new information provided Saturday by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. Go here for the latest update.

UPDATE: 11:10PM: Two women were found dead Friday night in a Washoe Valley home while the suspect was killed in a shootout after a high speed chase on Highway 50 that began in Carson City and ended at Sand Mountain Recreation Area in Churchill County. One man was shot and injured and is at Renown Medical Center in Reno, said Washoe County Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Tom Green. His condition is unknown at this time.

The suspect is believed to have stolen a white Jeep Cherokee, which was registered to the residence, Green said. Inside the garage of the home was a pickup with Arizona license plates. Detectives are trying to determine if the pickup belonged to the suspect, said Green.


UPDATE 9:15 PM: The suspect in a Washoe Valley shooting earlier tonight is dead, confirmed Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong who was at the scene. No officers were hurt. Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit, which began in Carson City on Highway 50 East and ended at a campground in the Sand Mountain Recreation Area. The campground was evacuated. At least eight Carson City sheriff's officers were involved in the pursuit.
UPDATE 855PM: Suspect reported down in the Sand Mountain Area in Churchill County after a shootout with law enforcement. Officers on the scene said the chase has ended. More information forthcoming as it becomes available.

Don Q's Nevada and Northern California fishing report for June 11-17

Here is this week's fishing report for rivers, lakes and streams in Nevada, northern California and the Sierra. This report is for the week of June 11, 2014.

Western Nevada College Peace Officer Academy honors 19 cadets

The Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy at Western Nevada College honored 19 students Tuesday, preparing them for careers in law enforcement and other criminal justice fields.

Graduating cadets represent seven cities in Northern Nevada. They completed a 30-credit program that includes 756 hours of Category I training, according to Academy Coordinator Katie Durbin.

Western Nevada Peace Officer Academy to Honor 19 at Tuesday ceremony

Nineteen graduating cadets from the Western Nevada State Peace Officer Academy will be honored Tuesday in Carson City during a ceremony at Western Nevada College's Carson Nugget Community Hall.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Graduating cadets represent seven cities in Northern Nevada. Cadets completed a 30-credit program that prepares them for careers in law enforcement.

WNC Criminal Justice Professor Richard Finn will welcome the graduates. The keynote address will be offered by instructor Joe Sanford.

Dayton Residents, Officials Meet to Discuss Traffic and Safety Concerns

As Dayton transitions from a rural to a more urban community, traffic concerns need to be resolved, but must be done prudently and in the right time.

This was the underlying message at a meeting at Sutro Elementary School Thursday night where more than 70 citizens, county officials, law enforcement and first responders heard from Nevada Department of Transportation officials.

But for a community that has seen countless accidents in past years this was not quite what most had hoped to hear.

Carson City Sheriff's Office: 3 defrauded of several hundred dollars in NV Energy phone scam

At least five residents have filed reports with the Carson City Sheriff's Office in the past two days after a telephone scam that involved so-called NV Energy bill collectors. Of the five complaints being investigated, three residents were defrauded of several hundred dollars, a deputy said Wednesday.

Friends of NRA Annual Banquet

FNRA Carson City NV
Event Date: 
June 13, 2014 (All day)

There is something for everyone at a Friends of NRA banquet. From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere is brimming with excitement. Whether you’re keeping an eye on that unique item in the silent auction, trying your luck at the game tables, or just dining on some delicious food, you’ll be sure to have a good time. It’s a family-friendly event chock-full of everything from exclusive, limited edition merchandise, firearms, knives, art, jewelry, and more. Not to mention all the great people you’ll meet in the process!

FBI launches campaign, offers reward to stop spike in laser pointer attacks on aircraft

The FBI launched a national campaign Tuesday aimed at stopping people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal crime because it presents danger to pilots, passengers and those on the ground. The agency is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual who aims a laser at aircraft.

Nevada peace officers association president opposes legislation for bigger trucks

As president of the Peace Officers Association of Nevada, I speak on behalf of 36 Nevada law enforcement associations and more than 1,500 law enforcement officers and members — and none of my members wants additional semi-trailer truck configurations unleashed onto Nevada highways.

Unfortunately, though, legislation in Congress is currently being debated that would allow heavier trucks in three states. Not only would this bill run counter to the position held by the Nevada law enforcement community that bigger trucks threaten highway safety, it would fly in the face of common sense.

Candidates for Nevada Legislature seats representing Carson City talk taxes, education funding

Four Nevada legislative candidates who hope to represent Carson City took to the microphone Wednesday night at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce candidate forum.

Each touted their qualifications, noting their conservative credentials and their commitment as Republicans to tackle a legislative body dominated by southern Nevada Democrats.

Carson City sheriff's candidates square off on staffing, drugs and policing

With early voting in Nevada's primary election beginning Saturday, Carson City residents learned more about some of the philosophies of candidates in the contested races during Wednesday night's candidate forum hosted by the Carson City Chamber of Commerce.

The Performance Hall of the BAC was a full house for the forum, with hardly an empty seat found for the first segment where the candidates for sheriff were questioned. The audience was reduced to about half after the sheriff's candidate portion ended.

NHP: Florida woman dies in Highway 50 rollover east of Fallon

A 75-year-old Florida woman died in a rollover vehicle accident Wednesday on Highway 50 east of Fallon in Churchill County, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Mary Madsen of Mount Dora, Fla., died in the single vehicle accident reported at 10:15 a.m. near mile marker 63. Her husband and driver of the vehicle, Leslie Madsen, 77, received non-life threatening injuries in the accident, said NHP Trooper Dave Gibson.

Western Nevada College graduates record number of students at spring 2014 commencements

Western Nevada College will graduate 543 students this spring. Commencement was held Monday in Carson City with a ceremony to be held Tuesday in Fallon. The class of 2014 will receive a record 581 degrees and certificates.

Also on Monday, the WNC nursing program graduates celebrated with a traditional pinning ceremony at the Carson Nugget. Dr. Tom Kubistant, a WNC psychology and communications instructor, delivered the Carson City ceremony commencement address.

Carson City law enforcement saturation patrols set for May 23 and May 27

On Friday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 27 the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will conduct saturation patrols in the Carson City area.

Deputies will be looking for individuals who are talking or texting on their cell phones while operating motor vehicles. These patrols are designed to help reduce crashes, said Carson City Sheriffs Office Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

Carson City weekend arrests include several felony and misdemeanor-related offenses

The Carson City Sheriff's Office made several felony and misdemeanor arrests over the weekend, many for drug offenses and court warrants.

A 47-year-old Carson City man, Jon Michael Dietmeier, was arrested Friday, 11:07 p.m. in the 2600 block of Highway 50 East by Carson City sheriff's SET officers on felony drug and weapon charges.

Carson City sheriff's SET officers arrests pair on suspicion of selling heroin to informant

Two people were jailed Saturday on multiple felony drug charges after allegedly selling heroin to an informant, according to the Carson City Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Team.

Kevin Shaw, and Sarah J. Jones-Nicholson, both 35 and from Carson City, were arrested at 10:18 p.m. in the 3200 block of North Carson Street.

Carson City Sheriff's Office nabs suspected Lake Tahoe bank robber

UPDATE: A suspect in a Friday morning bank robbery at Lake Tahoe was taken into custody in Carson City after being located by the Carson City Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

The suspect, Brent Muir, 55, of Carson City, was found by Carson City Sheriff's Office Sgt. Mike Cullen after a vehicle pursuit by the FBI, Nevada Highway Patrol, Douglas County, Washoe County and Placer County, Calif., law officers.

Anti-bullying campaign founder says issue is epidemic that requires community solutions

The statistic is staggering: 56 percent of school children, grades 5-12, or about 13 million nationwide say they've been a target of bullies at one time or another.

It's a problem that affects communities, families and schools. Tackling the issue takes a commitment from parents, teachers, law enforcement, elected officials and children themselves. That was the message delivered Saturday at workshop in Carson City presented by the founding members of the national nonprofit group Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc.

Registration begins for Carson City Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy

The Carson City Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy returns in June with registration now underway. Residents interested in law enforcement or are curious about how the Carson City Sheriff's Office operates are invited to participate in the academy.

Nevada law officers honor their own fallen in memorial service at state capitol

The 17th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony was held at the capitol building grounds Thursday in Carson City. The service honored the 126 Nevada peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In 1998 the memorial was dedicated on the capitol grounds in Carson City to recognize the ultimate sacrifice the officers made in service to their communities. Officers from around Nevada participated in a relay with 126 stops that began April 24 in Las Vegas and ended in Carson City in time for Thursday's ceremony.

Law enforcement run ends in Carson City with ceremony Thursday at the Nevada State Capitol

The final stretch of a relay run among Nevada law enforcement officers that began in Las Vegas ended Wednesday in the state capital of Carson City, with a ceremony that will culminate Thursday noon at the Nevada capitol grounds.

The conclusion of the 400-plus mile run is part of the events surrounding the 17th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. The service will honor the 126 Nevada peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony to be held Thursday in Carson City

In conjunction with National Police Week, the 17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony will be held noon Thursday, May 1, 2014 on the Capitol grounds in Carson City.

The service will honor the 126 Nevada Peace Officers that have been killed in the line of duty. In 1998, the memorial was dedicated on the Capitol grounds to recognize the ultimate sacrifice these officers made in service of their communities.

Nevada law agencies zero in on speeders through May 10 in education campaign

Several of Nevada’s law enforcement agencies will target speeders in the northeastern region of the state through May 10 to change behaviors that have led to deadly crashes in the Silver State.

With its vast rural areas and wide roadways, Nevada is not immune from these behavioral challenges, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. In 2012, of the 258 deaths on our state’s roads, 100 lives were lost due to speeding, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The death toll related to speeding increased by 24 from the previous year.

National anti-bullying group to give May 10 talk in Carson City

Carson City will host a presentation on bullying by a Philadelphia-based nonprofit agency that works around the country with educators, parents and law enforcement.

Members of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. will discuss what many say is a national crisis affecting communities across the country. The Saturday, May 10 presentation, Bullying: The Silent Threat, will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 West King Street, in Carson City.

Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Annual Memorial Service

Over 100 Honor Guards from all over Nevada will participate in the ceremony.
Nevada will honor 126 law enforcement officers that have died in the line a duty
Event Date: 
Repeats every 2 days until Thu May 01 2014 .
May 1, 2014 (All day)

In conjunction with National Police Week, Thursday, May 1, 2014 the 17th Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony takes place on the Capitol grounds in Carson City, Thursday, May 1.

The service will honor the 126 Nevada Peace Officers that have been killed in the line of duty. In 1998, the memorial was dedicated on the Capitol grounds to recognize the ultimate sacrifice these officers made in service of their communities.

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