The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance with any information leading to the identification of a person responsible for the attempted sexual assault of a minor.
On Monday, February 15, 2021 at about 5:40 am an 11-Year-old girl awoke to a man kneeling next to her bed, touching her. Once the child woke up, the suspect fled from the apartment.
He was a:
White Male Adult
Late 20’s to late 30’s
5’8” to 5’10”
Brown hair (long enough that it stuck out from under the rim of the baseball hat he was wearing)
Stubble facial hair
Suspect Clothing Description:
Black Baseball style hat (unknown logo or writing)
Navy blue sweatshirt
Possibly had a backpack
Black surgical style face mask that looped behind the ears
Person of Interest:
During the initial investigation, video footage of a man matching the suspect’s description was recorded as he left the area of the assault. The person of interest was on a mountain bike and was last seen traveling southbound on Carson Street, passing the Carson City Inn at about 5:53 am.
The following picture is snapshot taken from an infrared surveillance camera in the area of the assault. It is for reference only due to the poor quality. The infrared camera does not show color and darker objects appear lighter on the infrared camera. The snapshot shows a male matching the suspect description riding toward the building where the assault occurred.
Sexual predator near the scene of the attempted sexual assault…
If you have access to or own any video surveillance cameras in the area of 400 W. Winnie, or Winnie Lane and North Carson Street heading South, please review your video footage for Monday, February 15th between the hours of 5:00 am and 6:00 am for anyone matching the suspect description.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Detective Kevin Murry (775) 283-7853, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.
Creating a whole new approach to local government…from schools to law enforcement is on the minds of some adventurous entrepreneurs who are being reviewed by top Nevada leaders. And their ideas of inventing a different kind of “progress” east of Reno are rather unique. Here’s the story. Put your seatbelt on. Click here.
7:32pm A black Subaru headed northbound on I-580 went out of control and smashed into a barrier north of the Fairview overpass. Driver is out of the vehicle and does not appear to be injured.
2374 Columbia Way
Midnight hour home fire
12:55am Report of a structure fire at 2394 Columbia Way in Carson City shortly after midnight. Damage was extensive. Details to follow.
Attorney General Ford Joins Fight to Pause Deportations Pending Review of Policies by Biden-Harris Administration
Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general fighting alongside President Joseph Biden to pause deportations pending the Administration’s review of policies. On the first day of the Biden-Harris Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memo ordering a moratorium on deportations for 100 days while a thorough review of the DHS’s polices took place. Two days later, the state of Texas sued the administration, seeking to overturn the moratorium. Texas is now seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the moratorium while the case makes its way through the courts.
In an amicus brief filed in Texas v. United States, AG Ford and the coalition asks the district court to reject Texas’s request for a preliminary injunction and deny the state’s efforts to dictate federal immigration policy through a last-minute “agreement” with the Trump Administration.
“An outgoing presidential administration — after losing a national election by millions of votes — cannot handcuff the decisions of a new administration when they’re trying to change national policies to reflect the will of the voters,” said AG Ford. “My office’s job is justice, and justice in this instances requires a review of deportation policies that may have had unintended and onerous effects and often deny humanity.”
As part of a series of sweeping immigration reforms, the Biden-Harris Administration halted the deportation of undocumented immigrants for 100 days on January 20, 2021. However, days before President Biden took office, the state of Texas entered into an agreement with the Trump Administration that sought to hamstring the incoming Biden-Harris Administration before it had the opportunity to put in place its own policies and priorities concerning removal.
In the amicus brief, the coalition argues that Texas’ agreement with the previous administration is not only unlawful, but that it also presents serious issues related to federal immigration enforcement in Nevada and the other states within the coalition, which are home to a significant share of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Texas’ request for nationwide enforcement of an agreement that it alone signed with the DHS not only conflicts with federal law but also undermines the sovereignty of its fellow states.
Further, the coalition highlights the overwhelming contributions undocumented immigrants bring to the nation. Specifically, undocumented immigrants contribute approximately $6.8 billion in state and local taxes annually. And immigrants — both with and without documentation — are also critically needed employees in essential sectors, including those sectors vital to combatting the COVID-19 public health crisis by delivering goods and food, providing technological and human-resources support for telecommuting, offering telehealth and other in-person health care, assisting at grocery stories, and more.
Finally, the agreement was not validly executed by the DHS, as it was signed on behalf of the federal government only by Kenneth Cuccinelli II, who, at the time, was unlawfully acting as a senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary. Several courts, as well as the Government Accountability Office, have already found that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed because he assumed his role in violation of two federal acts related to the succession of power: The Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Homeland Security Act. Thus, Cuccinelli’s execution of the agreement with Texas here is in excess of statutory authority and without force or effect.
While Texas now seeks a preliminary injunction, it was previously successful in garnering a two-week temporary restraining order, which was extended until February 23, 2021 to allow for further briefing.
In addition to Nevada, other states joining the filling include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Raspberry-filled Churros Help Spread the Love for Valentine’s Day
Carson City — Although more traditionally known for his signature bow and arrow, Cupid donned a chef’s hat earlier today in Carson City. Food and Nutrition workers cooked up some Valentine’s Day love for students in the Carson City School District.
Understanding holidays have been anything but normal the past 11 months, employees at the school district went out of their way to share proverbial “Hugs and Kisses” with young romantics. In their minds, nothing warms the heart quite like fresh baked pizza, strawberry milk and raspberry-filled churros.
Some students used common Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart colloquialisms to describe the “Sweet Treat,” saying it was the “Best Day,” “Super Cool,” or these are “All Mine!” And in another student’s opinion, “It tastes like the fair.”
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Carson City School District. <3 OO XX OO <3
New roundabout at Stewart and So. Carson
There will be minor work at the roundabout on S Carson Street on Monday, February 15, northbound motorists will be detoured to Stewart Street and Fifth Street.
10:40am Report of a chimney fire at a home at 4880 West Sutro Terrace. Firefighters are enroute.
10:53am Firefighters have the fire in the flue under control. They’re checking for any hot spots in the chimney between the home’s floor and the roof line.
10:58am Firefighters say the fire inside the chimney has been extinguished. Creosote in the chimney was burning. Might be time to get a chimney sweep inspection.
8:34pm Report of a traffic crash involving a white 4 door sedan about five miles up Spooner from the junction of 395 and I-580. The vehicle has rolled over. No word yet on injuries. Several people are said to be inside the wreckage.
8;47pm It appears that Tahoe-Douglas Fire-Rescue crews have the situation under control. All Carson City Fire-Rescue units can return to base.
“After midnight jam”
Mile High Band Association’s 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for northern Nevada artists, including teachers and students. Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival’s advertising poster and program cover. Festival T-shirts this year may also feature the winning design. The entry deadline is April 1, 2021. Participation is free.
The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee. The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival and a cash award of $100. Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”
Entry forms are available for download from milehighjazz.com/artcontest2021.pdf
Artwork must be 11”x14” and may be in any two-dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.). Artwork must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve. Each submission must include the entry form.
Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1. Gallery hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
The entry form and a digital image of the artwork (not to exceed 20 MB) must also be sent as an email attachment to email@example.com.
For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A local homeless man has been booked into the Carson City Jail after he was caught inside a supposedly years-long locked up empty building – called K-Mart.
Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted by a property management employee who was inspecting the building. The employee reported that a homeless man had just walked out of the vacant building and was walking south along the backside of the building. The deputies caught up with him and the property inspector identified him as having set up a sleeping area inside the building. Deputies arrested the vagrant who was then taken to the Carson City Jail for burglary, damage to property and other charges.
But the homeless man wasn’t the only one living inside the K-Mart building. Small areas of the 80,000 square building were littered with campsites and strewn with personal property. They also found evidence of illegal drugs including devices for using them.
The Sheriff’s Office report added that the old K-Mart is in real estate escrow – meaning that someone or some company is in the process of buying the building. However, no predicted date of sale was mentioned.
In the meantime, the the seller or the new owner has one heck of a clean up and repair job ahead of them. Again, there’s no indication as to when the old K-Mart building might be sold or what future use might be on the horizon. Interest rates are currently very low but they’ll likely start climbing once we whip the Covid-19 Virus.
1:22am Report of a vehicle accident high atop Spooner Grade, barely on the Lake Tahoe side of the ridge. Awaiting for any word on whether there are any injuries.
1:28am Driver drove in to a barrier. Unknown if driver is injured.
7:35pm Lady pedestrian reportedly was hit by a vehicle on Carson Street near 5th. Victim is running away from the scene.
7:40pm Vehicle driver reportedly stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies at Stewart and 5th.
Quad-County COVID-19 Update: 2 Deaths, 14 New Cases, and 182 Recoveries
(Carson City, NV)- Carson City Health and Human Services (CCHHS) is reporting two additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. The individuals were:
- A male Carson City resident in his 60’s
- A female Carson City resident in her 70’s
CCHHS is also reporting 14 new cases and 182 additional recoveries of COVID-19 in the Quad-County Region. This brings the total number of cases to 10,942, with 8,356 recoveries and 197 deaths; 2,389 cases remain active.
*Population information taken from the Nevada Health Response Dashboard found at https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
CCHHS COVID-19 Vaccinations
Vaccine statistics are updated weekly on Tuesday. These are the doses received and administered by CCHHS ONLY. This does not include other vaccinations by other entities in the Quad-County Region. As of February 8, 2021
Total Number of Doses received: 12,575
- 1st Doses: 8,375
- 2nd Doses: 4,200
- Total Number of Doses administered: 11,932
- 1st Doses: 8,362
- 2nd Doses: 3,570
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing for Quad-County Residents
Testing is for Quad-County (Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey County) residents ONLY, all others will be turned away. Events may be canceled 48 hours in advance if inclement weather is expected. Testing is free of charge, no appointments or reservations. To view all upcoming events visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/events/.
||1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
||Storey County Emergency Management Satellite Office
20 E. Street, Virginia City
||9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
||Carson City Corporate Yard
549 Airport Rd.
For those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions, call the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Spanish speakers are available.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has received calls regarding another phone scam.
Scammers are contacting people via phone claiming to be fundraising on behalf of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. The conversations consist of the scammers claiming to be raising funds to assist with the “defund the police cause.”
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office does NOT solicit money from citizens for any political matters. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office also does NOT participate in fundraising by means of telephone solicitation. Anyone contacted should NOT engage in communication, provide credit card information or any other personal information over the phone to any unconfirmed sources.
If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be affiliated to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office or any other unconfirmed sources, it is recommended you contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office directly to confirm the source prior to any further interactions with the solicitors.
Please contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office or your local Law Enforcement Agency if you have discovered you are a victim.
Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch (775) 887-2008, Investigation Division, Detective Kevin Murry (775) 283-7853, Sergeant Craig Lowe (775) 283-7815, Lieutenant Daniel Gonzales at (775) 283-7850, or Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.
Carson City Sheriff’s Office Announces New Uniform
Sergeant Brian Mays
New CCSO uniforms
Sheriff Ken Furlong has approved the recommendation for a new uniform to be worn by Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies. The recommendation for acceptance was presented by the Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies Association, as well as the Sheriff’s Supervisory Association, supporting the health, safety, and welfare of law enforcement personnel. Over the years the law enforcement profession has evolved, requiring officers to carry more and more protective and rescue equipment. As a result, lower back ailments and other injuries were found to be associated with wearing the equipment for a number of consecutive days throughout the career longevity.
In December, the Associations, along with researching officers from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, presented solutions that had been studied for years. The solutions addressed professional appearance, safety, all weather wear, weight distribution, and ease of transitioning. The new uniform moves much of the equipment weight off the officer’s hips and onto the shoulders. This redistribution of weight and equipment provides ready access during the performance of their duties. Additionally, it features accessories that protect other parts of the body from injuries and is sufficiently versatile to provide comfort during long hours of wear.
The initial feedback from officers and the community was overwhelming and positive, which was critical to Sheriff Furlong’s decision, who insisted that changes must retain a professional appearance that is complimentary to the community. As proposed, the transition to the new uniform is expected to be completed by January 2022. By phasing in the new uniform requirement, funding is supported by already existing allowances and does not impact the budget of the Sheriff’s Office or overly burden the employees. Sheriff Furlong extends his appreciation to both the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Carson City Deputies who worked so diligently to ensure Carson City Sheriff’s Office meets the health, safety, and welfare needs of everyone, while retaining a professional appearance that is consistent with the department’s vision.
8:13pm Report of an attempted vehicle theft at 600 Hot Springs Road #59. Suspect took off running described as an hispanic male, 5 foot 6, wearing a blue jacket and dark jeans.
8:16pm Suspect’s escape vehicle is a dark colored 4-Runner.
8:19pm Sheriff’s deputies may have the suspect’s car pulled over at Northridge at Ridgecrest.
8:20pm Suspect is hispanic male wearing clothes very similar to what the attempted car thief was wearing.
8:28pm Investigation continues back at the scene of the incident on Hot Springs.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking information to identify two commercial burglary suspects. On Sunday February 7, at approximately 4:45 am, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at a restaurant, The Good Life, at 1480 North Carson Street in Carson City.
Deputies arrived and discovered a burglary had occurred. Surveillance video showed two male suspects making entry into the building where they damaged cash registers, slot machines and an ATM. The two suspects left on foot going North on Curry Street toward Long Street carrying a cash register drawer.
One suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white strips on the sleeves. The second suspect was wearing a dark colored jacket with a hooded sweatshirt underneath the jacket.
Anyone with information or questions is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Dispatch (775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Investigations Sgt. Craig Lowe (775) 283- or Secret Witness (775)322-4900
Carson City Sheriff’s Office case # 2021-787
Detective Sam Hatley
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
Attorney General Ford Continues to Caution Nevadans to Be Aware of Scams Related to COVID-19 Vaccine, Treatment, & Relief
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford warns Nevadans of ongoing scams related to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and planned financial relief from the U.S. government.
“Now, more than ever, people are being lured by fraudsters regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, treatment, and relief,” said AG Ford. “I want Nevadans to be extremely cautious of these scammers and mindful of the misinformation is going around. Stay vigilant and file a complaint if you have encountered scams relating to COVID-19.”
Posting COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media
As the vaccine is distributed to Nevadans, many people are excited to share that they have gotten the vaccine on social media by posting a photo of their COVID-19 vaccine card. Beware that if you do so, you could be unwittingly sharing information that compromises your identity.
Vaccine cards include your full name, date of birth and patient number information, all of which can be used to steal your identity. Even the place where you were vaccinated should be kept private. Particularly on social media platforms, any information you post may be more widely distributed or copied than just to those on your friends list.
If you want to share your vaccine status on social media, consider posting a photo of something else–such as the bandage on your arm or a vaccination sticker. If you have already posted a photo of your card, consider removing it or editing the photo to redact your personal information. Keep in mind that it is always a good idea to think twice before posting anything on social media platforms that could be used to steal your identity or reveal personal information that you do not want widely shared.
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COVID-19 Cures and Vaccine Distribution
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved emergency use for various COVID-19 vaccines. While the federal and local governments are working together to make these vaccines available to various members of the public, AG Ford cautions Nevadans to be aware of fraudulent products and misinformation related to the vaccine, cures, treatments or prevention of COVID-19.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol have issued warnings about fake vaccine distribution scams in which scammers are using email and messaging apps promising to deliver shots within days for a fee. Some of the vaccines are also being offered on the dark web. No health department or vaccination site will allow you to receive the vaccination ahead of schedule for a fee.
Additionally, make sure that you only sign up for the vaccine through a verified platform. Check to make sure that the website is affiliated with local health departments or a local pharmacy.
Fraudulent products can come in the form of dietary supplements, foods, teas, essential oils, or other products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices, or vaccines. Consumers should also be on alert for black market or fake vaccines.
The Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection offers the following tips to identify misleading health claims:
- Receive your vaccination at a certified vaccination center or by a certified healthcare provider. If you would like to confirm your vaccine provider is legitimate, go to: https://www.immunizenevada.org/covid-19-vaccine-locator;
- Be suspicious if a product claims to treat a wide range of diseases;
- Evaluate scientific evidence provided and do not be swayed by personal testimonials that are not backed up by research or scientific analysis. Stick to credible sources for information rather than unknown journals, websites, or social media platforms;
- Be on alert of any product advertised as a “quick fix.” Many diseases and conditions take time to treat;
- Consider the source of information. The FDA takes time to evaluate the efficacy of various products. You will generally hear about COVID-19 and other health-related treatments for several months before it becomes widely available to the public; and
- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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For now, vaccines will be administered in conjunction with local health districts, hospitals and pharmacies. If you have a question about a treatment or test you found online, your health care provider or doctor is the best source of information. Speak to your pharmacist about if you have questions about a medication.
If you have any questions about the safety or efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, please speak with your healthcare provider and consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
If you feel you have encountered a fraudulent COVID-19 cure, treatment, or vaccine, please file a complaint with our office.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigations and Patrol Divisions responded to a significant commercial burglary and vehicle theft which occurred at 3700 South Carson Street at the Michael Hohl GMC dealership during the early-morning hours on February 6th.
Dealership staff arrived in the morning hours to discover that a vehicle had been stolen along with 22 key sets and remotes for newer vehicles that were missing. Their service building was broken into and several damaged vehicles were left behind on the property. Suspects attempted to steal a Toyota truck but crashed the vehicle during the attempt and quickly abandoned it. However, suspects successfully stole a Jeep SUV. Vehicle diagnostic computer equipment was also stolen.
Dealership staff estimated the damaged property and loss to be estimated at approximately $100,000 to include the missing computer equipment, key sets, damaged vehicles, and a stolen vehicle.
Both the Investigations Division and Patrol Division worked very closely to share information, gather evidence, and generate leads.
On February 7th, at approximately 0130 hours, a Patrol Deputy discovered a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a casino to the south of the dealership. Deputies spoke with Daniel McRunnel of Stockton, California. During the contact, Deputies discovered that Daniel was in possession of multiple sets of the stolen vehicles keys and diagnostics equipment stolen during the previous morning. McRunnel was arrested for possession of stolen property.
Detectives conducted an interview with McRunnel, during which he confessed to his involvement and gave information which generated additional leads. These leads were transferred to the Patrol Division.
On February 7th at approximately 9:30am another Patrol Deputy located the outstanding stolen vehicle and two additional suspects involved in the Hohl burglary These persons were identified as Oscar Lopez and Michelle Navas, also of Stockton, California.
Lopez and Navas were interviewed by Detectives. Both confessed to their involvement in the Hohl burglary and vehicle thefts. It was determined that all three suspects operated in concert to complete the burglary and vehicle theft.
All suspects were arrested, and all stolen property was recovered within 24 hours.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, Sergeant Craig Lowe at (775) 283-7815, or Detective Brett J. Bindley at (775) 283-7856.