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Men accused of robbing elderly Carson City WWII veteran in court Tuesday

UPDATE: An arraignment hearing for Jordan Burkhart and Robert “Robbie” Michael Hernandez, accused of robbing an elderly man and a caretaker at gunpoint over Memorial Day weekend, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Two men who allegedly broke into the home of an elderly World War II veteran and held his caregiver at gunpoint over Memorial Day weekend will be in a Carson City courtroom Monday.

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.

Nevada Guard commemorates Flag Day, Army birthday in Carson City

Nevada Army Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan began his remarks during the 16th annual Flag Day ceremony at the Nevada Capitol Assembly Chambers Friday by explaining why the flags around the state were at half-staff.

Two arrested in early Sunday robbery of elderly Carson City man and caretaker

Two men are in custody Wednesday night following Sunday's armed robbery of an elderly man and caretaker inside a Canvasback Drive home, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.

Detectives with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office arrested Jordan Burkhart, 24, of Wellington and Robert “Robbie” Michael Hernandez, 27, of Carson CIty. Burkhart was arrested at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office without incident on a probation violation, said Furlong. Following the arrest, the search continued for Hernandez and ended in the Reno/Sparks area. Bail was set at $250,000 each.

Eagle Valley Middle School aide accused of sexual conduct with student

A 28-year-old Eagle Valley Middle School teacher aide was arrested Friday on suspicion of having sexual contact with a student, according to a criminal complaint filed in Carson City Justice Court.

Stephanie Mariskanish was arrested without incident and is being held on $20,000 bail. According to the complaint filed on Friday, the woman is accused of four counts sexual contact with a 14-year-old between Feb. 1 and March 30, 2014.

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.

Lake Tahoe Home and Garden Show this Friday and Saturday

Event Date: 
April 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Third Annual Lake Tahoe Home and Garden Show will take place at the Recreation Center, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe, CA, this weekend. The popular event will be open 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM on Friday, April 25th,and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Admission is free to the public.

Woman jailed after leaving without paying at Carson City grocery store

A 25-year-old Dayton woman was arrested Wednesday at a Carson City supermarket after allegedly eating food without paying and then attempting to walk out of the store with a can of Dust Off.

According to the Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest report, the woman faces misdemeanor charges of larceny and violation of bail conditions. Deputies were dispatched to a William Street supermarket at 1:39 p.m. on a report of a larceny.

NHP ends high speed chase through Douglas, Carson City and Washoe County after conditions become too dangerous

UPDATE: A high speed chase that began in Mono County and went through Douglas and Carson City was scaled back Saturday morning after Nevada Highway Patrol troopers said the pursuit became too dangerous.

The pursuit of a silver Hyundai Sonata happened after a traffic stop in Mono County in which the driver was taken out of the vehicle and the passenger, identified as 26-year-old Geoffry Guess of Idaho, got into the driver's seat and sped away, said NHP Trooper Dan Lopez.

Carson City Sheriff's Office identifies victims, provides new details into Saturday murder investigation

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has released the identities of the victims from the Saturday morning homicide. The deceased father is identified as Guy Perry, age 52, of Carson City.

He was killed by gunshot wounds to the upper torso. The injured daughter is identified as Cassandra Perry, age 19, also of Carson City. She suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is expected to fully recover from her wounds. As reported, the weapon used in this case was a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Sheriff’s detectives have determined the weapon used was a stolen gun.

Carson City deputies make multiple misdemeanor arrests over extended holiday weekend

A 32-year-old Carson City man was arrested Sunday, 6:21 p.m. in the 500 block of Country Village Drive. He faces a misdemeanor charge of larceny. The man allegedly took two pairs of jeans, a sweater, socks and a long sleeve shirt from a department store in the 3800 block of Carson Street.

Wanted sex offender nabbed by Carson City officers after chase through streets, neighborhoods

A 48-year-old transient wanted by authorities after violating conditions of parole as a sex offender was stopped Wednesday on a traffic violation and took off running from Carson City deputies resulting in a search through neighborhoods, businesses and an RV park.

Robert Lee Lyons Jr. was arrested at 7:13 p.m. in the 2400 block of Michael Drive. He faces a felony charge of violation of parole as a sex offender, and six misdemeanor charges, including obstructing police officers.

South Lake Tahoe police arrest sex offender after he allegedly skinned a raccoon

South Lake Tahoe police arrested a man on Monday for allegedly skinning a raccoon after a foot chase ended on the South Tahoe Middle School ball field.

Kevin Burroughs, 37, faces several charges including unlawful taking of wildlife. He is also a parolee and a registered sex offender out of California and had a felony warrant for being a parolee-at-large. The raccoon’s remains were recovered and destroyed by Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

South Lake Tahoe authorities arrest 1, seize items stolen from vacation homes

South Lake Tahoe police have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with several burglaries of vacation homes in town in which a large amount of stolen property was recovered.

Eric Beaman, 26, of South Lake Tahoe, faces charges of being in possession of stolen property, said South Lake Tahoe Police Department Lt. Brian Williams. A search warrant of a home on Armstrong Avenue led to the finding and arrest.

Carson City Author Featured at Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off

Event Date: 
September 14, 2013 - 10:00am

The second annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off will return to the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The event will begin at 10:00 am and run until 4:00 pm. Admission is free, and door prizes will be given away every fifteen minutes. There will also be a drawing for one hundred dollars cash, given to one attendee.

Carson City man faces felony charge in domestic battery

A Carson City man was jailed early Tuesday morning following a domestic battery in which he allegedly prevented the victim from reporting the crime.

Amalio Pedro Montanes, 25, was arrested in the 3300 block of Pontius Place at 1:26 a.m. According to the arrest report, officers responded to the residence on a welfare check after dispatch received a call from a woman who gave an address and then disconnected.

Upon arrival officers met with the victim who stated she was upset with her boyfriend, identified a Montanes. The victim said he had come home drunk and wanted him to leave.

Nevada Highway Patrol to step up traffic enforcement on Highway 50

The Nevada Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement efforts on US 50 effective today through August 12, 2013. These efforts will emphasize on stopping and citing motorists who exceed the posted speed limit; in addition to the speed enforcement campaign, troopers will be looking closely at other traffic violations such as reckless or aggressive driving, Driving Under the Influence, following too closely, talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone and lane change violations.

Holiday DUI checkpoint Thursday near Lake Tahoe in Douglas County

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

On Thursday afternoon and evening, police officers from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, deputies from the Washoe and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices, and troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol will be conducting the administrative road block on US Highway 50 in Douglas County.

Carson City deputies arrest California women in credit card scheme

Two California women stopped by Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies on Tuesday have admitted to a scheme of using stolen credit cards to buy hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards.

Markeisha Yvette Orviss, 22, and Kamesha Joann Cooper, 24, of Pittsburg, Calif., were arrested by Carson City sheriff's patrol officers in the 3900 block of South Carson Street at 12:15 p.m.

Two jailed after drug-fueled assault on Carson City officers

Two men were arrested early Friday morning in the 1800 block of Long Street in Carson City and face multiple charges, including battery on police officers and resisting arrest. A 20-year-old Carson City man later told officers both had been under the influence of LSD and marijuana.

According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched to the area of 1800 East Long Street late Thursday night after reports came in of a man screaming and stating he had a bloody nose.

Legislators Finish Five Bills in Brief Special Session

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Legislature reconvened for a brief a special session on Tuesday morning to finish up work on several bills that were not passed in time to meet Monday’s midnight deadline for the end of the 77th regular session.

Gov. Brian Sandoval ordered the 27th Special Session during the predawn hours of Tuesday. Legislators worked through the morning to pass five measures, including one that will allow the Board of County Commissioners in Clark County to raise the Sales and Use Tax in order to fund the hiring of additional police officers.

Higher education cuts would weaken Nevada’s economic development

The latest legislative funding proposals for Nevada’s rural community colleges will do serious harm to the economic development work now employed through a partnership between Northern Nevada Development Authority and Western Nevada College.

Saturday’s committee vote in the Nevada Legislature would result in a General Fund cut of 11.42 percent in the budget of Western Nevada College. This comes on top of more than 27 percent in reductions over the past five years, which led to a significant loss of academic programs, faculty, staff, and services.

Reid addresses Senate, supports ban on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines; wants improvements to mental health services

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate that he supports an assault weapons ban, limits on high-capacity ammunition clips and polices to improve access to mental health services. He spoke of mass shootings that have happened across the country and close to home in Carson City.

"As the case of the Carson City, Nevada IHOP tragedy reveals, the deficiencies in this nation’s mental health treatment system are another important part of the discussion about how to prevent gun violence," Reid said on the Senate floor. "We have simply not done a good job of providing funding for and access to mental health services. We have also done a poor job of removing the stigma that keeps many Americas from seeking the treatment they need."

Nevada Campus Carry Bill Gains Support

After the horrific events of Sandy Hook, it was only a matter of time before Nevada — one of the most liberal gun control states in the country — met to discuss concealed weapons on campuses. While K-12 schools are currently protected under federal law as “gun-free zones,” the Senate Judiciary Committee met this morning to discuss SB 223, a bill that proposes employees and faculty members be permitted to carry concealed weapons on higher education campuses.

Nevada School Police Officers May Get Expanded Jurisdiction


School police officers in Washoe and Clark Counties could play a more active role in public safety if a Nevada Assembly bill passes this session.

Assembly Bill 103, which was introduced today in the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs, would remove the jurisdiction restrictions placed on school police officers in Washoe and Clark counties, giving them classification as full-fledged police officers. Most of the questions regarding AB 103 came from a proposed repeal of the jurisdiction guidelines in the Nevada Revised Statues.

Full speech: Sen. Harry Reid addresses 2013 Nevada Legislature

Nevada son and United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed a joint session of the Nevada State Legislature today in Carson City. Here is the text of his speech:

Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks jailed again; allegedly attacks family member

Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested early Sunday morning in Las Vegas on suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly attacking a family member in a physical confrontation and then attempting to take a law enforcement officer's gun.

The arrest, reported at 12:30 a.m. came only days after Brooks, 40, agreed to a leave of absence while being investigated for a number of bizarre events that began with his arrest for allegedly making threats to Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Carson City deputies make arrests in robbery, stabbing cases

Two Carson City men were arrested and face felony robbery charges. Orion Tova, 42, and Kyle Carpenter, 25, were arrested as a result of a confrontation that was said to be about the victim having stolen money from the suspect's mother who said he was trying to get it back.

Nevada Highway Patrol offers travel and safety tips for Christmas holiday motorists

With Christmas and New Years Day each falling on a Tuesday this year, most families may be planning one or both holidays into a four-day event and traveling out of the area or staying near home and celebrating locally. Long holiday weekends generally means more motorists traveling on our state’s roadways thus increasing the calls for service for our agency. Please assist us with our highway safety efforts this holiday season by always driving with safety in mind first, being courteous to others motorists, and never drink and drive.

Capitol Police, Nevada Department of Public Safety staff deliver Toys for Tots

With requests for children's Christmas gifts soaring over the past three years, the Toys For Tots program in Carson City got a healthy boost courtesy of the Capitol Police division of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

For the past several weeks Capitol Police officers and Nevada Department DPS staff members have been collecting new unwrapped toys, bicycles and warm clothing in Carson City to assist the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with its the Toys for Tots collection drive effort.

Carson City man facing assault charges on officers said to have 'abnormal strength'

More details have emerged following an arrest Friday in which several Carson City officers attempted to arrest a man, who reportedly had displayed abnormal human strength. The 35-year-old Carson City man, Tyrone Michael Tyson, faces multiple charges including battery and assault on police officers and resisting.
The arresting officer in the incident, who was injured, said in his seven years on the force, he had "never been in a fight this violent where all less lethal weapons were not effective." The Nevada Highway Patrol and Douglas County also responded to assist.

One hospitalized after South Lake Tahoe hashish lab explodes

At 3:17 pm Wednesday, South Lake Tahoe police and fire personnel responded to the report of a structure fire at the Forest Manor, a multi unit two story apartment complex at 3754 Forest Avenue in South Lake Tahoe. As firefighters began to extinguish flames from unit 1 downstairs, police officers assisted with the evacuation of the entire complex.

9/11 Tribute to Our Hometown Heroes

Event Date: 
September 11, 2012 (All day)

These men and woman put on the uniform every day without fanfare, without asking for it, or expecting it. They do it with great pride in knowing that today is another day to protect and serve the public. They protect the very freedoms we have the privilege to enjoy. Most put that with the military but the freedom fight is also right here on our own home soil.

Woman slams car into pedestrian, gas station in South Lake Tahoe

A woman is in custody and a pedestrian was flown by air ambulance from South Lake Tahoe this afternoon after a hit and run accident that happened on 12th and Emerald Bay Road near James Street shortly before 5 Tuesday.
The suspect allegedly hit the pedestrian and then sped away and was chased by South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Donna Kingman. The suspect then crashed the Subaru she was driving into a tree near Tahoe Island and then, blowing stop signs and failing to stop for police, crashed the car into the front of the Chevron Station at 2070 James near Eloise.

Murder-suicide being investigated by South Lake Tahoe authorities

A man found dead and hanging from a tree Friday in an apparent suicide may have been involved in a homicide being investigated since Wednesday, South Lake Tahoe authorities report.

Crime Log: Man arrested in Carson City for cocaine

Carson City Sheriff's deputies made the following felony or gross misdemeanor arrests over Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Joaquin Paul Gabriel Jr., 29, an electrician from San Jose, Calif., at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Gabriel was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), as well as misdemeanor allegations of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail has been set at $4,100 plus administrative fees.

Department of Public Safety Announces New Capitol Chief Police

The Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Navin to the position of Chief of the Capitol Police Division.

“Chief Navin comes to the department with a wealth of knowledge in the law enforcement field and will bring great leadership to the division,” said Director Chris Perry.

Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony to be held May 3

Feel free to download the press release below.

The annual Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony will be held at noon May 3, 2012, at the Nevada State Capitol. The ceremony will honor the 120 peace officers who have been killed in the line of duty in Nevada.

Three officers have been killed in the line of duty over the last year: Deputy Sheriff Jack D. London, Clark County Sheriff's Office; Special Agent Don C. Ware, US DEA, Las Vegas; and Correctional Officer Tracy A. Hardin, Nevada Department of Corrections.

The Annual Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Run will begin on April 26.

Carson City heroes save Christmas

Question: What do Santa, a clown, a platoon of police officers, and coffee have in common?

Answer: They were all at the Wal-Mart service center Friday morning.

The second day of the seventh-annual Holiday With a Hero shopping spree event kicked off at 9 a.m., with the volunteers being fed donuts and coffee. Santa and his Wal-Mart helpers stood prepped to welcome less-fortunate children and help pair them off with volunteers, who would help them spend their complimentary Wal-Mart gift cards.

Crime log: Man tased at Empire Ranch

Carson City police officers made several arrests on Thursday, including that of Stuart Nichols, 43, an unemployed Carson City man. Nichols was arrested around 4:30 a.m. near Empire Ranch Road and Short Putt Drive.

Massive wildfire burning in southwest Reno

Update 11:53 a.m.: Congressmen Mark Amodei (NV-2) and Joe Heck (NV-3) released the following joint statement regarding the Caughlin Ranch fire:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster. We are in contact with the Governor’s office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C. to offer guidance and assistance in providing resources to address the emergency. We are coordinating efforts to ensure the Prepositioned Equipment Program (PEP) located in Las Vegas is prepared to deploy and assist with controlling the fire if needed. Anyone wishing to make financial contributions to help the victims of this disaster may do so through the Red Cross."

Update 10 a.m: The State of Nevada, Washoe County and the City of Reno have declared a state of emergency. More than 9,500 people have been evacuated, according to City of Reno spokesman Chris Good. The 400-plus-acre fire is still zero percent contained. As of now, Galena High School is the evacuation point. If that fills up, Damonte Ranch High School will be the next evacuation point. Go here for the latest from UNR's Nevada Sagebrush and here from MyNews4.com.

Update 8:15: Fire now officially named Caughlin Fire.

Update 7:11 a.m.: KRNV is on the air talking with Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez who is saying they have lost about 20 homes so far, and the strong winds are a big problem. He also said the winds are so strong that there is no way to get air attacks on this fire.

An Emergency 211 number is being set up to provide better information for Reno residents.

A wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 400 acres and has consumed at least six homes in the Caughlin Ranch area in southwest Reno this morning. The Pine Haven fire broke out around 12:30 this morning and thousands have been told to evacuate. Residents are being evacuated to Reno High School, the designated area for evacuations. Fire agencies from the Carson City and Carson Valley areas are responding as are from the Lake Tahoe area. Power is out to at least 1,000 homes in the area, according to NV Energy.
Flames are threatening homes near Manzanita Lane and Dant Boulevard, and police officers were going to residences to evacuate residents. An officer went to the house of a panicking Kathy Harrah. The officer told her to take a deep breath and said "you are fairly safe," as she and her two sons, John and Kody, grabbed items and put them into their truck. "I have been watching the fire all night. I didn't know it was going to get this bad," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal before ordering her son to rip a computer out of a wall. The area was thick with smoke that hung over over Manzanita. Flames in the canyon below Manzanita shot up dozens of feet in the air as they hit brush. Go here and here for story.

Videos of the fire

Map of fire area

Column: Occupy Carson City

I stood outside of Comma Coffee Wednesday night, observing the people entering. I was hoping a friend of mine was going to come.

Finally, I went inside. There was a sign leaning against a chair that said OCCUPY NV CAPITOL. I introduced myself; these were the people I was here to see.

There were only 12 or 13 of us, but we all had one thing in common: we were disenchanted. We were the hungry, the tired of being pushed around, the broke. We are the 99%.

I should probably back up and explain myself now.

American Jobs Act May Create Unfunded Burden on State

When he visits Las Vegas on Oct. 24, President Barack Obama will continue his nationwide tour urging Congress to pass the Americans Jobs Act, his $450 billion plan to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
“Pass this jobs bill, and there will be funding to save the jobs of up to 13,000 North Carolina teachers, cops, and firefighters,” Obama said earlier this month to thousands of supporters at North Carolina State University.

Pair held in Douglas County; face kidnapping charges in South Lake Tahoe

By John Milby / Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Nevada State DARE Officer Conference Begins Monday

By Lisa Davis
Carson City Sheriff’s Office was selected by the Nevada DARE Officer Association (NDOA) as an “Agency of Choice” and will host the Nevada State DARE Officer Conference May 2-5, 2011. DARE Officers representing law enforcement agencies from across the state will be participating in a variety of training activities that will enhance classroom skills, update DARE lessons, and to discuss current prevention issues. The event is sponsored by Northern Nevada Coin, Fandango, and Carson Station, with additional funding through Justice Assistance Grant.

Assembly Panel Hears Bill Seeking Modest Reforms To Public Employee Retirement Plan

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Legislature finally took up the issue of reforms to the state’s public employee retirement system today, but the proposed changes from Democratic Assembly Speaker John Oceguera are modest.

Carson City man arrested on kidnapping, sexual assault charges

An unemployed Carson City man wanted on felony sexual assault and kidnapping charges was arrested at a motel room in the 200 block of West Caroline on Tuesday morning.

Brandon Hicks, 18, is being held on $200,000 bail. A warrant for his arrest was issued on March 25 in Carson City Justice Court on the alleged felony crimes of first degree kidnapping, battery with intent to commit sexual assault committed by strangulation and sexual assault.

UNR and Nevada Public Health Association promote National Public Health Week, April 4-10

Press Release — It only takes a moment for an injury to happen – a fall, a quick look at the cell phone while driving, a medication mix-up, leaving a child to answer the phone. But it only takes a moment to protect against injuries and make our community a safer place.

The Nevada Public Health Association, a partnership of local public health professionals, along with other community and University groups, is hosting a series of free events for National Public Health Week, April 4-10, in the theme, “Safety is no Accident: Live Injury-Free.”

Letter: Those pesky public servants

Dear Editor:

On a clear September morning 9 1/2 years ago, when hijacked commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade Center, thousands died. The terror and violence shook the world. Police officers, firemen, and EMTs rushed into the burning buildings attempting to save as many as possible. When the buildings collapsed, the heroic rescuers were killed, giving their lifes to save others. That's what public-sector employees do. That's what unions do.

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