Richard Pura, CC Jail photo
Fled to Arizona, brought back to CC
A man accused of nearly beating ex-wife to death in Carson City last month has been nabbed in northern Arizona and was returned to Carson City over the weekend.
Richard Pura was booked into the Carson City Jail on charges of Attempted Murder with a Deadly Weapon as well as Domestic Battery. Reports say Pura’s ex-wife was very severely injured and was left basically to die in the hills off Sierra Vista Lane on the east side of Prison Hill.
Authorities say the victim crawled out to a road where she was discovered by a passer-by. The victim was quickly transported to Carson Tahoe Hospital where she’ll need considerable care including facial reconstruction.
Reports say Pura was arrested four other times for domestic battery on his ex-wife. His bail was set at $150,000.
Grand Opening of Cucina Lupo Restaurant at 308 North Curry, Tuesday afternoon!
Mayor Bob Crowell and restaurant owner do the cut-the-ribbon honors.
A conservatively elegant dining area greets hungry customers…
Comfy bench seating…
And a very nice watering hole for those after dinner drinks…
Mayor Bob Crowell and Cucina Lupo restaurant owners and employees formally dedicated downtown Carson City’s newest culinary venue for Carson City residents (and others) to dine, have a few drinks and enjoy each other’s company there at Curry and Telegraph Streets. The owner also owns the Union Brewery just across Curry to the east.
The lunch menu is quite eclectic with Bruschettas, Frito Misto, Calamari, Shrimp and Seasonal Vegetables to Tomatoes & Burrata (and lots more) and a full range of pastas and sandwiches. For dinner it’ll take at least six months to get through the entire menu, it’s so varied from delightful variations of soups and salads, to pastas – including Beef Short Rib Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo, Brown Butter Gnocci to more entrees including Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Piccata and from the grill Bently Ranch New York Steak, Sirloin Steak, Chef’s Nightly Fish and a good ole Lupo Burger.
The owners say they serve Italian cuisine created with a focus on the flavors of Northern Nevada. Local farmers and ranchers all play a major role in the food and beverages they serve. “On behalf of our entire staff we welcome you to Cucina Lupo and hope to see you time and time again.” Once you experience their cuisine, there will be “times and times again.”
A friendly reminder from Santa’s Elves who want to clean out the barn at the North Pole before Climate Change beats’em to it…
Get away car…
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is asking for information in several vehicle burglaries in Carson City for the month of October.
On October 8 2019, a vehicle burglary occurred at a trailhead on Golf Club Drive and US Highway 50 West in Carson City. The victim had parked their car at the trailhead and went on a bike ride. Upon returning to their vehicle, they discovered it had been broken into. The victim’s credit cards were used at the Chevron gas station on Mica Drive and Target in Douglas County.
Investigators obtained video surveillance from Chevron and Target. Two male suspects, one African American and the other either a white or Hispanic male were observed using the victim’s credit cards. They were driving what appeared to be a newer black Volkswagen Jetta.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to not leave valuables in their vehicles such as wallets, purses, credit card and firearms in vehicles while especially at park and rides and trailheads
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
(775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900
Case # 2019-6983
Early Sunday morning house fire at 3130 Stafford Way, north of Stafford and Kingsley.
Substantial damage on the south side of the home, thought to be the area where fire started.
Temperatures near freezing – residents of the home warmed up in a sheriff’s patrol vehicle.
Attorney General Ford Wants Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal Preventing Asylum-Seekers’ Ability to Access Work Permits
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford has joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a comment letter opposing a Trump Administration proposal that would significantly hinder the ability of asylum-seekers to access work permits. Currently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has 30 days to review asylum-seekers’ work permit applications following their submission. However, under the proposed rule, USCIS would completely eliminate that timeframe, forcing asylum-seekers to potentially wait indefinitely to find out if they will be authorized to work. The Trump Administration’s proposal would directly harm Nevada’s communities and ignores the vital economic contributions of immigrants throughout the country.
“Those seeking asylum in Nevada and around the country are already faced with many challenges and obstacles,” said AG Ford. “Delaying decisions on their work permits only makes their adjustment to life in the United States that much more difficult. Here in Nevada, we welcome new members of our community, especially those in dire need of assistance.”
Under the current system, asylum-seekers can apply for a work permit or Employment Authorization Document if their asylum application has been pending for 150 days. Once they file their application for employment authorization, USCIS must act on it within 30 days. Currently, 96 percent of work permit applications are handled within the regulatory timeframe. Nevertheless, USCIS is seeking to create further delays in the existing system. In fact, the proposed rule would result in a 21 percent drop in timely adjudications, which according to USCIS’ own estimates would result in up to nearly $775 million in lost compensation annually. Forcing asylum-seekers to wait even longer than they currently do before being able to legally work will negatively affect Nevada’s economy. Immigrant households contribute billions of dollars in state and local taxes every year and play an integral role in ensuring the successes of Nevada’s economy.
The proposed rule also threatens asylum-seekers and their families by making them more likely to seek work through exploitative employers in the underground economy. Moreover, asylum-seekers without a stable income source are less likely to be able to hire an attorney, which can disrupt their ability to successfully establish a legitimate asylum claim.
In addition to Nevada, attorneys general from the following states are also included in today’s comment letter: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Carson City Sheriff Deputies and Investigators have broken up a store theft operation that saw merchandise stolen from local merchants and then sold on the black market for up to 50% of their sales price.
According to Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies, suspect Angela Bowman, 28, of Carson City, would go into local hardware stores and place small power tools in her carrying case. She had a way to trick the store’s theft-detection system which allowed her to walk right out with hundreds of dollars worth of power tools which she would later sell to her “black market dealer” for either money or drugs. The “dealer” was later identified as Ryan Riggs, 31, of Carson City.
Reports say this went on for some time. But eventually sheriff’s deputies caught up with both of them and they were arrested and jailed: Riggs for running a burglary ring, possession of stolen property, theft, drug sales and paraphernalia. He was jailed on $80,000 bail. Bowman was arrested for theft, burglary, petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set to just under $70,000. Authorities prefer that the news media does not reveal Angela Bowman’s little “trick” to get merchandise out of the store without out setting off shoplifting alarms. Merchants, heads-up out there.
Detached garage fire breaks out Friday afternoon at 4920 So. Edmonds
Owner inside the house unharmed. Garage goes up in flames with auto inside.
Firefighters knock down the fire – building appears to be a total loss – probably the vehicle as well.
Firefighters kept an adjacent travel trailer cool and no damage to the adjacent home across the driveway. Cause is under investigation.
LCDR Robert Bledsaw, Retired
Carson City Schools Salute Veterans with Events and Displays
Carson City (Nov. 7) — Carson City students a recognizing and honoring military men and women this week with Veteran’s Day displays and events. Veterans from all branches of military service, as well as families of students, have been encouraged to attend events today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Campus visitors should check in at the front office at each school site.
“Providing students with opportunities to recognize the sacrifices others make is highly beneficial at both school and at home,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent. “Appreciation is not a difficult skill to execute. Patriotic events and displays like these fill many with gratitude, which in turn makes us happier, more likeable and healthier.”
Carson Middle School celebrated Veteran’s Day earlier this morning with a special ‘Veteran’s Salute Concert’ where the school choir and marching band performed a selection of patriotic songs to thank all of the brave men and woman who have formerly or currently served in the U.S. military. Among other planned events, below are listed start times and locations:
Fritsch Elementary School, 504 Bath Street
Veteran’s Day Ceremony, tonight, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5:10 p.m., in the multipurpose room. The Salute to Veterans will feature a music program offered by first grade students. Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.
Eagle Valley Middle School, 4151 East Fifth Street
Vet Star Wall display, Friday through Tuesday, Nov. 8-12, in the main corridor of the school. Submitted and displayed on stars, the names of students’ family and friends who served in the armed forces will shine bright at Eagle Valley Middle School.
Bordewich-Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson Street
Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 8, 8:35 a.m., in the back of the school by the flagpole. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, blue or camouflage.
Fremont Elementary School, 1511 Firebox Road
Veteran’s Day Assembly, Friday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., in the multipurpose room. The event will be hosted by the fifth grade leadership team.
Mark Twain Elementary School, 2111 Carriage Crest Drive
Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 8, 8:35 a.m., out front by the flagpole.
Seeliger Elementary School, 2800 South Saliman Road
Veteran’s Day Concert, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m., in the multipurpose room. The event will feature an all-school choir, snacks and more.
Virtual Kidnapping Phone Scam
Captain Brian Humphrey
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has recently seen an increase in what is known as a “Virtual Kidnapping Scheme”. This is where criminals call unsuspecting people on their cell phone, based on research, and convince them they have kidnapped a family member, demanding a ransom be paid quickly.
The caller will use deception and threats of violence to convince the victim they are holding a family member hostage. Then the caller will demand the victim to electronically pay funds for the release of the family member. The caller will go to great lengths to keep the victim on the phone insisting they remain on the line the entire time of the transaction. They will also instruct the victim not to notify law enforcement or harm will be done to their family member.
The caller uses a method known as “spoofing” which is a technique to disguise their real phone number and make it look like any number they want. The caller will demand the victim respond to a nearby financial institution to withdraw a large amount of money. They will then instruct the victim to transfer money to them in some fashion.
Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies have responded to several of these calls during the past few weeks while the victims were still at the banks. Thankfully, the banks reacted quickly and reported this to our agency. When deputies arrived they learned the victim was still talking with the suspects on the phone. The victims were convinced the caller had their family member due to someone screaming/yelling/crying in the background. The suspect also knew personal information including names of family members. In each incident deputies were able to calm the situation down, obtain information on the alleged kidnapped victim, and then make contact, verifying they were safe and not being held against their will.
These types of scams have been around for a long time. Similar scams involve the caller stating your loved one has been involved in a terrible accident or is in jail needing money right away. In all of these situations the public should notify law enforcement immediately for assistance. Do not send money! First find a way to contact the family member in question. While we will never say never, we have found in all of the incidents reported to us the family member has been safe and was not being harmed.
If you receive a call from someone demanding money for a ransom, the following are some actions to consider:
* Stay calm.
* Slow the situation down.
* Avoid sharing information about you or your family during the call.
* Listen carefully to the voice of the “kidnapped” victim.
* Attempt to call or determine the location of the “kidnapped” victim.
* Request to speak to the victim.
* Ask questions for which only the victim would know answers; have a family code word.
* Request the kidnapped victim call back from his/her cell phone.
* Try to use another means of contacting the family member that has allegedly been kidnapped.
* Avoid placing personal information on social media
* Promptly update computers and mobile devices
* Have strong passwords for websites and change them frequently
* Use only trusted website and apps
* Allow unknown telephone numbers to go to voicemail (and set a password for your voicemail account)
* Talk to your phone company about call blocking tools and check into apps that you can download to your mobile device
The majority of these calls are originating from outside of the country. With the ability to spoof phone numbers it makes it nearly impossible to investigate or prosecute these types of scams on the local law enforcement level. Prevention and proactively protecting your personal information is critical.
Carson City Supervisors have passed a 5-cent diesel fuel tax for the next few years so the city can get some much needed road repairs done around town. The additional tax raises about $400,000 a year in repair funds which one supervisor said “is a drop in the bucket” compared to the real needs for maintaining streets. Other supervisors say the state’s method of distribution of gasoline taxes tend to disadvantage smaller communities.
The five cent per gallon diesel tax hike will be engaged soon but it will self-expire in 2022 which will put the 5-cent tax on the 2022 election ballot to see if the citizens of Carson City want to continue with it.
Mayor Crowell pointed out that the means by which roads are built and repaired are being affected by America’s gravitating to low fuel consumption hybrid cars as well as NO fuel consumption electric cars – a trend that will become more dominant in the years, he said.
Carson City Shooting Range
Supervisors learned that a substantially upgraded city shooting range will rise up out of the ground by next Spring as the city makes good on it’s promises to make the shooting range safer and more convenient to use. There will be more supervision on site and longer hours of operations. Supervisors were told a grand opening of sorts will occur in the April-May time window.
Opioid Settlement – Carson City declines settlement – to rely on a lawsuit
Carson City Supervisors Thursday were convinced by City Attorney Jason Woodbury to decline a settlement offer of around $230,000 from a mega-fund compiled by opioid manufacturers. The drug-makers are accused of oversupplying the nation with far larger quantities of opioid pain killers than were necessary, causing one of the nation’s worse outbreaks of drug addiction and over-doses.
Nearly 100,000 (and counting) over-dosed Americans have died.
The drug-makers are willing to offer every certified community nationwide nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help cover the costs of local law enforcement, paramedics and hospitals in saving the lives of those who over-dosed on their drugs. But Woodbury and the Board of Supervisors decided to decline the blanket deal. Carson City will join other cities and counties in filing individual lawsuits against the 10+ companies who are believed responsible for over-supplying the country’s most vulnerable population with highly addictive drugs.
To be continued….
AG Aaron Ford
Preserving access to medical care for all Nevadans
Attorney General Ford Encouraged by Ruling on Refusal of Care Rule
Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford released a statement following a Court’s decision to invalidate the Trump Administration’s “refusal of care” rule and prevent it from taking effect:
“My office has opposed every attempt by the Trump Administration to diminish the rights and needs of Nevadans, and access to health care is no exception. Had this rule gone forward, it would have allowed individuals and entire institutions to deny lawful and medically necessary care to patients, even during emergency situations. I’m encouraged that the courts have blocked yet another attempt to implement a discriminatory rule.”
In May of this year, AG Ford joined a coalition of 23 cities, states and municipalities in a federal lawsuit to prevent this rule from taking effect. The rule sought to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses’ or employees’ “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”
In addition to Nevada, other states and cities joining this lawsuit include: the City of New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, the City of Chicago, and Cook County, Illinois.
Carson City Public Works is taking sign-ups from Carson City residents who want to get rid of their tree limbs and leaves that have been stacking up on the ground. If you would like the city to come out and pick up your yard waste, just sign up with Carson City Public Works. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 8th and Carson City waste disposal will pick up your “stuff” at no charge..
You must notify public works at (775) 887-2355 for pickup. Don’t forget to include your phone number and address.
Carson City Public Works advises residents to place bagged leaves and limb bundles near the curb in plain view by Monday, Nov. 11, 7:15 a.m. Limbs must be less than 6 feet long and no wider than 4 inches in diameter and must be tied in bundles. Leaves and limbs – NOTHING ELSE. The pickups are scheduled for Monday November 11, 7:30am and runs through Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Again, it’s all free! Such a deal!!
A Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy spotted a wanted man out of California on various charges – mostly drugs. A deputy pulled in behind Tyler Lewallen near Airrowhead and Goni. The deputy activated his overhead lights and the chase was on. The deputy kept Lewallen in his sights but not too close because Lewallen was speeding, running stop signs and eventually headed north on Highway 395 toward Reno.
The deputy kept Lewallen in sight and watched as Lewallen got his car stuck in a ditch. The deputy watched Lewallen climb over a fence. Other deputies pulled up on scene and soon had Lewallen at gunpoint. Deputies found Lewallen in possession of methamphetamine – Lewallen telling deputies he hadn’t slept in days.
Deputies cuffed Lewallen and soon had him in the back seat of a patrol car enroute back to Carson City. He was booked for being a Fugitive from Justice from California, Eluding Capture, Reckless Driving, Possession of Drugs, DUI-drugs and Driving on a Suspended License.
The Carson City School District is pleased to announce Empire Elementary School as the winner of a $5,000 Grant from Carson City Rotary to hold four (4) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Parent Nights at their school. Nearly a dozen applications from teachers and teams of teachers were received for this competitive grant.
With this grant, Empire Elementary School plans to generate excitement and exposure for STEM throughout the school and community by allowing students, teachers, families and local residents to explore STEM together in a fun and educational way, said Adrienne Wiggins, STEM coach at Empire Elementary School. We are hoping to build a strong home-to-school connection by providing engaging activities, bringing in community partners and allowing students to showcase their STEM projects during these events.
“We know the importance of STEM education for all students, but we know it is even more important for our population,” Wiggins said. “Of the 500 students at Empire, 75 percent are minorities who are English Language Learners. We are also a Title 1 school, so all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch. This means our students are already at a disadvantage.” But by providing these educational nights, we will teach our families how to more effectively support learning at home.
Empire Elementary School must be willing to share the results of their work via a presentation (that includes pictures, video, etc.) to the Rotary Club of Carson City during a regularly scheduled lunch meeting in June of 2020.
CCFD Fire Strike Team crew back home from the California wildfires.
Neighborhood before and after. CHP and Google Earth photos
A fire fighting strike crew from Carson City is back home safe and sound after helping to fight enormous fires in Northern California. Fire danger on the coast due to climate change is so menacing that firefighter mutual-aid calls are likely to become “the norm.”
It would also stand to reason that when wildfires break out in California, Oregon and Washington that large fire retardant air bombers would be “at the ready” 24/7 to launch on a moment’s notice and knock down wild fires before they get too far out of control. Quick response times on the ground with IMMEDIATE help from air tankers is key. These are not your grandfather’s wildland fires.
Home and business insurance corporations should be tapped to pony up funds to help our brave firefighters knock down blazes early with more equipment, more personnel and faster warning. The same can be said for power companies like PG&E who should clear-cut very wide areas under their wires and towers to make sure that there is zero vegetation on the ground. More strict inspection of tower components and transmission lines should also be required.
Enhanced fire prevention in the MILLIONS prevents disasters in the BILLIONS.
Three vehicle high speed accident at Hwy 50 and Deer Run Road Saturday afternoon.
Preliminary indicators are that a white sedan was coming down the hill from Dayton as a small pickup entered the intersection from Arrowhead Drive.
Following the crash the pickup spun around into the eastbound lanes. The driver of the pickup was fatally injured, identified as Justin King of Dayton. No word on the condition of the Prius driver.
There were injuries to those in the white sedan. It wasn’t immediately known which vehicle had a green light.
Attorney General Ford Warns Youth, Parents About Cyber Scams Targeting Minors
Carson City, NV – As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford advises Nevada’s youth and parents to be aware of online scams targeting minors. Just like adults, scammers target young people through popular online platforms, such as apps, games and popular social networking websites. Youth are particularly attractive targets for scammers because they often have unused Social Security numbers, do not generally check their credit reports, and are used to readily sharing information online. Scammers may pose as someone else in order to get young online users to voluntarily share information.
“Scammers don’t discriminate,” said AG Ford. “All users, even young adults, should be cautious about sharing their personal information. If we can help young people recognize these issues now, they can be proactive and protect their personal information, which may be their most valuable asset. The first step is to realize how much of your personal information is already in the public domain.”
Inexpensive/Free Stuff Scam:
Many ads online offer cheap or free items for sale, such as clothes, sunglasses or handbags. In some cases, these ads prove to be a scam. An unsuspecting young adult may send money but never receive the item, or may receive an item of lesser quality. The fake sale may also be an attempt to get personal information, such as user names and passwords, which would allow the scammer to gain access to the youth’s account.
Before purchasing items online, do research to ensure that the source is legitimate. Scammers often re-post a discount offer that was previously valid but will no longer be accepted by the retailer. Use a search engine to look at customer reviews; however, be aware that sometimes websites post fake reviews to attract more customers. Trust your instincts if you feel that something seems wrong about the deal. Consider only purchasing from established online retailers. (more…)
Temporary Schedule for Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range Begins Sunday
In response to the seasonal transition affecting daylight hours, the Carson City Rifle and Pistol Range will temporarily change its hours for public use — starting Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 hours will be Sundays only, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To ensure adequate and safe accommodations for range enthusiasts, the range must adopt the new operational hours to hinder activity at night.
During the temporary hours of operation, the Rifle and Pistol Range will be monitored by the Carson City Parks Department Range Coordinator, Park Ranger or Volunteer RSO’s. The following schedule and guidelines established:
— Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
— During Sunday operations the Rifle and Pistol Range will be monitored by the Range Coordinator, Park Ranger or Volunteer RSO’s.
— If the Range Coordinator, Park Ranger or Volunteer RSO is not available during the time-frame the range will not be open for use.
— Range will be closed during inclement weather conditions.
— No Reservations accepted during this time period, first come first serve basis only.
The City sincerely regrets any inconveniences caused by the temporary schedule. The City has an obligation to the public to promptly address any potential risks and implement changes to ensure safe practices. The City appreciates the public’s cooperation.
Update: Carson City Sheriff’s investigators say that the widespread picture exposure of a man accused of passing a phony 100-dollar bill at a local store has turned himself in to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. He is now in custody.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect using counterfeit money. The suspect used a counterfeit $100 bill on 10/30/19 at The Glass Shop in Carson City.
At 1050 hours on 10/30/19 the suspect entered the establishment and used the counterfeit $100 bill to pay for his transaction. The suspect is described as a white male with short brown hair, beard, wearing a red shirt and red pants.
Anyone who may recognize this subject is asked to contact Deputy Martha Tschetter at 775-887-2020 ext. 45401, Sergeant Mike Cullen or contact Secret Witness.