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Law enforcement agencies warn of telephone scam targeting grandparents

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a telephone scam involving grandparents of college-aged students. The scammers recently bilked a Douglas County couple of $4,000, said Sgt. Pat Brooks. In Carson City, people have been targeted in the past with a similar scam.

The way the scam works is a caller phones a relative, usually a grandparent, and informs them their grandchild has gotten into trouble with the law while on spring break. In the most recent case, the grandchild was said to be in trouble with the law in Nashville, Tenn.

First Lady to Launch Strong Start Nevada Campaign

Event Date: 
April 22, 2014 - 10:00am

CARSON CITY, NV – Nevada's First Lady Kathleen Sandoval will join Superintendents Pedro Martinez and Richard Stokes, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, and Michael Dermody, founder and chief executive officer of Dermody Properties at the Governor’s Mansion, Tuesday, April 22, at 10 a.m., for a press conference to launch the Strong Start Nevada initiative in Northern Nevada. The event takes place in the Nevada Room at the mansion, 606 N. Mountain St.

Carson City sheriff's deputies make two misdemeanor warrant arrests

A 22-year-old Carson City man was booked into the Carson City Jail on Wednesday, 4:45 p.m. on a misdemeanor warrant charge of violation of a suspended sentence. The warrant was issued Jan. 23, 2013 out of Carson City Justice Court for failure to appear. Bail: $3,000.

In other arrests: A Carson City woman was arrested Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Curry Street on a contempt of court warrant charge, issued out of Carson City Justice Court.

Investigate the Bundy Ranch Incident

The following is 200 words, precisely at the limit for a letter to the editor of a newspaper. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE IT.

Dear Governor,
US Senators and Congressmen,
State Senators and Assemblymen,

Please launch a full investigation of the Bundy Ranch incident last week.

Carson City Sheriff's Office to conduct April 19 saturation patrols

The Carson City Sheriff's Office will conduct saturation patrols along Carson City roadways on Saturday, April 19 and a DUI compliance checkpoint on Saturday, April 26.

Carson City Sheriff: Victim of Thursday night beating dies

UPDATE: The two men arrested in the fatal beating Thursday of a Carson City man said they were allegedly accosted by the victim who came after them with a machete, according to information obtained by Carson Now.

Leon Arellano Pacheco, 61, died Friday of traumatic injuries to the brain after being beaten in the parking lot of Stanton Arms apartments Thursday night. Two brothers, Ruri Santiago, 27, and Alfredo Santiago, 29, are being held without bail in Carson City Jail.

Carson City man in critical condition after assault Thursday night on Woodside Drive

This story has been updated with new information regarding the arrest of two suspects in the beating death of 61-year-old Leon Arellano Pacheco of Carson City. Go here for the latest information to this developing story.

Carson City sheriff's deputies make three misdemeanor-related arrests overnight

A 19-year-old Carson City woman was arrested early Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of Crain Street on misdemeanor warrants of marijuana and paraphernalia possession.

According to the arrest report, a Carson City Sheriff's Office deputy was alerted by dispatch that the woman was at her boyfriend's home on Crain Street.

Officers went to the address and the woman was taken into custody at 3:26 a.m. based on the warrant issued April 7, 2014 out of Carson City Justice Court. Bail: $500.

Carson City sheriff's deputies arrest two in separate cases involving child neglect

Two people were arrested by Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies this weekend in separate cases, each on suspicion of child neglect and other charges.

In the first arrest, a 47-year-old Carson City woman was booked into jail Sunday, 12:50 a.m. after being arrested in the 1400 block of East William Street. She faces three gross misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, misdemeanor DUI and failure to maintain lanes.

Attorney General appoints new members to Council for Prevention of Domestic Violence

LAS VEGAS - Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced April 2 that she appointed two new members to the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The new members are Magann Jordan, Clark County District Attorney Victim Services Unit; and Lt. Loren Napier, Las Vegas Metropolitan Department.

“I am very excited to have our new members join the council,” said Masto. “Their expertise will aide in our efforts to prevent domestic violence in Nevada.”

Lyon County Board of Commissioners OK tentative budget without employee cuts

After years of cuts and layoffs Lyon County has seen an increase in funding and balanced a budget with no cuts of employees. In the past several years the County has eliminated 120 positions, a 30 percent workforce reduction.

Carson City sheriff's SET team arrests man on warrant, finds meth in motel room

A 53-year-old Carson City man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and four misdemeanor charges including two counts violation of a suspended sentence.

Scott Alan Tucker is being held on $10,374 bond. According to the arrest report, deputies with the Carson City Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Team conducted a warrant service on Tucker at a motel room in the 2700 block of South Carson Street.

Carson City Sheriff's Office make multiple felony drug-related arrests over weekend

A home care provider was booked Friday into Carson City Jail on three felony warrants charges involving burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Ella May Dix, 50, of Reno was taken into custody by the Carson City Sheriff's Office after the woman arrived at the front counter for the warrants. The three felony charges are out of Las Vegas Justice Court and issued Jan. 15, 2014. Bail: $80,000.

In other arrests:

Safety improvements built into Highway 50 repaving plans between Carson City and Dayton

A $6-plus million repaving project along a stretch of Highway 50 east of Carson City is planned for late spring through summer with some safety improvements built into the plans, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Merge lane improvements, slope flattening, the installation of a t-intersection and turn lanes for easier access at Flint Drive and State Route 341 are scheduled as part of the safety upgrades on Highway 50 between Deer Run Road and east of SR341, said NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese.

Storey deputies seek home invasion suspect, possibly armed

Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro is cautioning Virginia City Highlands area residents not to open their door to strangers after a man was hurt during a home invasion.

Deputies say around 11:30am Friday, a man went to a home off of Lousetown Road, claimed to be an insurance salesman and then pushed his way inside where he bound the homeowner and ransacked the house in search of money.

Carson City sheriff's SET deputies arrest woman in bizarre series of attempts to hide her

Carson City Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Team deputies arrested a 22-year-old woman Thursday for felony violation of bail conditions in what turned into a bizarre series of events where officers found they were being surveilled as they attempted to make the arrest.

Cyber security tops list in Nevada Homeland Security funding priorities

Cyber security, intel sharing, public information, operation coordination and communication are the five top priorities for 2014 determined by the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, chaired by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval and 16 voting members made the list of five spending priorities, with cyber security being No. 1, using a $4.7 million grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that was secured by Nevada last week.

Carson City Photo Club 2nd Place Photo

Photo by NIcole Grant Photography

This is the second place photo for the Carson City Photo Club for the month of March. The theme was texture and pattern in black and white. This photo was taken by Nicole Grant of Nicole Grant Photography and is of a barn near Wilson Commons Park in Washoe Valley. I am a local portrait photographer and I joined the club because I was looking for something to expand my horizon and push me to photography new scenes. The club meets the last Wednesday of every month at the Carson City Sheriff Office at 6:30PM.

NHP: South Lake Tahoe woman was passenger critically injured in Carson City motorcycle crash

The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified the two people critically injured in motorcycle crash Saturday night in Carson City. The are Andrey L. Gallegos, 20, of Sparks, who was the driver of the motorcycle and passenger Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, of South Lake Tahoe. Go here for the updated story.


Two people remain critically injured after a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Carson City, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The names of the victims have not been released but the passenger of the unregistered green 2007 Suzuki motorcycle is a 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman and the driver, 20, had Nebraska identification, said NHP Trooper Dan Lopez. They were flown separately to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Breaking: Motorcycle crash at Roop and Fairview, Careflight called in

UPDATE MONDAY: The Nevada Highway Patrol has identified the two people critically injured in motorcycle crash Saturday night in Carson City. The are Andrey L. Gallegos, 20, of Sparks, who was the driver of the motorcycle and passenger Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, of South Lake Tahoe. Go here for the updated story.


Douglas Commission looks to appoint retired Carson City Manager Larry Werner as interim county chief

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with approaching Larry Werner, retired Carson City Manager and resident of Douglas County, as a possible Interim County Manager. The Interim County Manager will serve over the next several months during the recruitment process for a new County Manager.

The Board discussed several options for interim management at its meeting at Lake Tahoe on Thursday, March 20, 2014, including appointment of qualified individuals from within and outside the organization.

Daniel for Sheriff Meet and Greet with Pizza Fundraiser at Sierra Brewery

Daniel Gonzales For Sheriff
Event Date: 
March 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Daniel for Sheriff Fundraiser/Meet and Pizza Dinner Fundraiser
Tuesday March 25, 5 PM at the High Sierra Brewery, 302 N. Carson St.
Bring your friends! Bring your family! Daniel and Meliah's children will be there and there will be board games available for the kids. Daniel is looking forward to speaking with you an answering your questions.

Pizza and Salad $10 Adults $5 Children

Together on Tuesdays with Don Gibson Candidate for Carson City Sheriff

Event Date: 
March 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Are you as passionate about Carson City as I am? Do you want to see this community grow and become safer for our children and families?

If you are as serious about having a positive effect on our community as I pledge to be then I need your help! This elected office is not about me. Its about all of us. Together we will meet the challenges we face and together we will plan and take steps to meet those challenges head on. This partnership starts with you and me.

Carson City hit again overnight by vandals; restaurant, business and vehicles targeted

Acts of vandalism again plagued Carson City streets overnight with at least three businesses and several vehicles hit with logs, stones, rocks and potatoes.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the incident happened sometime over night with reports of vandalism continuing to come in this morning. The vandals appear to be targeting business and vehicles randomly, said Furlong.

Carson City deputies arrest father and son on kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy charges

UPDATE: An 18-year-old Carson City house painter and his father were arrested Tuesday on three felony warrant charges including robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy.

Brent Michael Martin and Michael Ray Martin, 39, are each being held on $150,000 bail. Warrant for their arrests were issued Monday from Carson City Justice Court. The men were arrested at 4:24 p.m. in the 1900 block of East Long Street.

Fernley man jailed after allegedly crashing stolen truck into State Farm insurance office

A 51-year-old man faces two felony charges after allegedly crashing a stolen truck into a State Farm insurance office in Fernley on Tuesday and then attempting to punch a Lyon County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Michael Shenkel of Fernley is being held on $25,500 bail. According to Lyon County Sheriff Sgt. Ryan Powell, deputies were called at 12:52 p.m. to the State Farm Office Building located at 79 Seventh Street for a report that a vehicle had struck the building.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office: Gardnerville man found dead in creek, foul play not suspected

A 24-year-old man was found dead in a creek at Lampe Park in Gardnerville, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The cause of death is believed to be drowning and foul play is not suspected.

William Murphey Sheerin of Gardnerville was discovered by park rangers kneeling face down in the creek, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Pat Brooks. The cause of death is believed to be drowning, however the final cause won't be determined until an autopsy and toxicology report are complete. There were no obvious signs of trauma, said Brooks.

Sheriff's Log: Dayton man arrested for felony extortion

Robert Edwin Deuel, 43, of Dayton, was arrested Friday afternoon in the 3300 block of Highway 50 East for felony extortion and gross misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon.

According to the arrest report, Carson City Sheriff deputies were concluding a traffic stop on Arrowhead Drive when a woman approached them with information about vehicle that had recently been stolen from her. She said Deuel had contacted her, and said he would take her to the car if she paid him money.

Filing period closed: Carson City contested races to be decided in primary, general election

Carson City voters will go to the polls twice this year to decide who they want representing them for the contested office of sheriff.

With the filing period closed, four are running for city's top law enforcement job. The decision will be narrowed to two in the June 10 primary election. Alphabetically those who have filed are: Ken Furlong, Don Gibson, Daniel Gonzales and Lorne Houle.

In the Nov. 4 general election the contested races are as follows:
District Attorney: Mark Krueger and Jason Woodbury.
Supervisor Ward 1: Karen Abowd and Lisa Helget

Carson City sheriff's deputies make multiple misdemeanor arrests Thursday

A 74-year-old Carson City man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Thursday, 12:35 p.m. at Arrowhead and Bowers. The man allegedly hit a number of mailboxes with his vehicle.

Meet and Greet Sheriff Candidate Daniel Gonzales at the Firkin & Fox on St. Patrick's Day

Elect Daniel Gonzales for Sheriff
Event Date: 
March 17, 2014 - 4:30pm

What's on your mind? Please come join Daniel Gonzales, candidate for Carson City Sheriff on St. Patrick's Day at the Firkin and Fox from 4:30-7:30pm. Come show your support and give Daniel a chance to answer your questions.


Carson City Sheriff's Office warns of new phone scam where caller threatens jail time

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a telephone scam where a man claiming to be a law officer is calling and telling people they missed jury duty and they will go to jail unless they immediately pay a fine.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said at least five residents have been contacted regarding this scam and warns that people should not fall for it.

Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies make multiple misdemeanor arrests Monday

A 25-year-old Carson City man was arrested Monday in the 800 block of East Long Street. He faces two failure to appear in court charges and driving on a suspended license, all misdemeanors.

According to the arrest report, a Carson City Sheriff's Office deputy stopped the man after observing an unlicensed vehicle traveling south on Roop Street.

Wellington pilot Joseph James Miceli identified as victim of plane crash near Carson City

The pilot of a 1946 Cessna 120 found crashed east of Carson City on Sunday has been identified as Joseph James Miceli, 59, of Wellington, according to the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

Federal investigators at the site of fatal Cessna crash east of Carson City

This story has been updated and the name of the pilot, Joseph James Miceli, 59, of Wellington, Nev. has been released. Go here for the latest version.

Representatives from the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were at the site this morning of an airplane crash discovered Sunday in which one person has died. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said a press conference will be held sometime today and provided a photo of the downed Cessna aircraft.

The body was removed from the aircraft at around 12:30 Monday afternoon.

Carson City Sheriff''s Office SET team arrests four on suspicion of heroin possession

Four people were arrested this weekend by the Carson City Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Team in two separate instances that involved heroin possession.

A Carson City couple were arrested Saturday, 12:44 p.m. in the 800 block of North Carson Street. Jeffery K. Freeman faces felony charges of failure to appear on a warrant for category B burglary, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Body discovered in downed airplane southeast of Carson City

UPDATE: One body was found inside a downed airplane Sunday southeast of Carson City near Mexican Dam in the Pinion Hills. Search and rescue crews found the body inside the aircraft at around 5 p.m., said Carson City Undersheriff Steve Albertsen.

Search and rescue crews were dispatched this afternoon after an airplane pilot contacted dispatch to report seeing an aircraft past the power lines in the Sierra Vista Lane area. A RAVEN helicopter was dispatched to aid in the search but was canceled after the Search and Rescue crews made it to the airplane and discovered the body.

The following is a press release issued Sunday night by Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong:

Don Gibson files his candidacy for Carson City Sheriff

Don Gibson filed his candidacy Friday for Carson City Sheriff. He is a lifelong resident of Carson City and has seen positive change throughout the years.

Having been in law enforcement for over 16 years Gibson said he has the demonstrative ability and necessary leadership skills to administer the office of sheriff. His team would continue Carson City’s positive change and he will "always strive to improve the quality of life for all of us."

Gibson said professionalism, compassion and sincerity are all paramount when handling community affairs.

NHP, Carson City sheriff's office team up for March 15 saturation patrol

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol will conduct saturation patrols Saturday, March 15 in the capital city area.

Deputies and NHP troopers will be looking for intoxicated drivers as well as driving habits and traffic violations which are associated with intoxicated drivers, said Carson City Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott McDaniel.

The patrols are designed to keep our roadways safe from impaired and unsafe drivers, he said.

Carson City Republican Central Committee video of Feb. 27 candidates forum

Here is the video of the Feb. 27 candidates forum hosted by the Carson City Republican Central Committee.

The candidates who participated (in order of their appearance):

Mark Krueger, candidate for Carson City District Attorney (0:00)
Jason Woodbury, candidate for Carson City District Attorney (8:54)
Adam Laxalt, candidate for Nevada Attorney General (18:45)
Dan Schwartz, candidate for Nevada State Treasurer (28:18)
Ken Furlong, candidate for Carson City Sheriff (34:55)
Don Gibson, candidate for Carson City Sheriff (43:23)

Daniel Gonzales files for Carson City Sheriff

Carson City Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Gonzales announced today that he filed to run for Sheriff of Carson City with the Carson City Elections Department.

Gonzales is running for Sheriff with the goal of increasing integrity, transparency, and accountability in the Sheriff’s Office, as well as restructuring the department to put more deputies in positions to better serve Carson City. “I understand today’s issues and have the vision to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”

Carson City GATE students get schooled in sheriff's office K9 patrol

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit hosted a group of students from the Gifted and Academically Talented Education program from the Carson City School District Wednesday at the Fuji Park Pavilion.

Twenty-seven 6th and 7th grade students from Eagle Valley and Carson Middle Schools spent the day with the K9 Unit learning how the dogs work in drug detection, patrol work, and tracking. Demonstrations were done with the dogs and their handlers giving the students first hand experience at just what the teams are capable of.

Retired Law Enforcement Official files for Assembly District 40

CARSON CITY — Former Nevada law enforcement official "PK" O'Neill, filed Tuesday at the Secretary of State's office, as a Republican candidate for Assembly District 40. The seat is currently held by former Carson Supervisor and retiring two term Assemblyman Pete Livermore, who is endorsing "PK's" candidacy.

He described O'Neill as "a once in a lifetime candidate." Pete said, "I wholeheartedly endorse him and am giving my total support to "PK" O'Neill on becoming the next representative for Assembly District 40."

Sheriff Furlong files for re-election: Community engagement cornerstone of continuous progress

On Monday morning, Sheriff Kenny Furlong walked across the court house parking lot and filed for re-election of the position he’s held for the last 11 years. Kenny and Undersheriff Steve Albertsen expressed their enthusiasm, not only for the community wide accomplishments that have been witnessed, but also for the positive direction that Carson City appears to be headed.

BUSTED: 17-year-old arrested in graffiti spree

UPDATE: Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong reports that a 17-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody Monday night and faces vandalism charges involving a spree early Sunday in which at least 40 victims were targeted.

Furlong said the male was "somewhat" cooperative and arrested mid-evening. A second juvenile has been identified but was uncooperative. The suspect was arrested based on the surveillance video, taken in the area of Big O Tires on Hot Springs Road, said Furlong. The juvenile seen spray painting in the video below was arrested on suspicion of the vandalism.

Accidental shooting injures Dayton woman in the leg

A Dayton woman was transported to a hospital after her son's gun accidentally went off and shot her.
According to the Sergeant with the Lyon County Sheriff Dayton Substation, on Thursday, February 27, 2014, a young man was showing his new gun to his father.

United Blood Services drive today in courthouse parking lot

Event Date: 
March 5, 2014 - 8:00am

Find the hero in you. Give blood and save lives during a blood drive today, March 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Carson City Sheriff's Office. First time donors welcome.

The United Blood Service "Bloodmobile" will be in the courthouse parking lot, 885 East Musser Street. March is Donor Appreciation Month. All donors will receive 300 extra hero reward points for giving blood at this drive. Please bring your photo ID and donor card. There's also free cholesterol testing with every donation.

Come meet Don Gibson Candidate for Carson City Sheriff

Event Date: 
March 11, 2014 (All day)

Together on Tuesdays

I have been looking forward to meeting all of you and here is our first chance to get personally acquainted. Let's get together over a cup of coffee and talk about the issue's important to you and our community.

Together we can and will take action to create a safer and more secure Carson City. A community I have dedicated my life to. A place we are proud to call home!

Meet and Greet will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites on north Carson Street, starts at 6:00pm

Carson City sheriff's deputies arrest pair who allegedly stole purse from elderly woman

Two men each face felony strong armed robbery charges after they allegedly grabbed a purse Friday afternoon from an elderly woman in downtown Carson City.

Jeremy Wilson, 29, and Kevin Wrzensinski, 27, were arrested at motel room at the corner of Plaza and 8th Street within about 15 minutes of the robbery, said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.

The men, who told investigators they are brothers, each have arrest warrants from outside the area and are not believed to be locals.

Stepped up traffic enforcement in Douglas, Lyon counties aims to target distracted drivers

Deputies of the Douglas County and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices have increased traffic enforcement patrols on various highways and roadways within the two counties. The added patrol began Monday and runs through Feb. 22.

The increased patrols will specifically target distracted drivers, motorists using their cell phones and those speeding, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks.

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