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CCSO looking for missing elderly man…

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a issing/endangered elderly male. 62 year old Edward Ellermeier was last seen in Carson City at the Carson Tahoe Hospital on the of 12/21/2019. Edward was reported missing by family members out of State on 1/7/2020. Eward is described as 5’08, 160 pounds. He is bald with a grey goatee. He was last known to be driving a 1984 Ford Thunderbird with an Idaho license plate of 1A1839K. The public is urged to call the Carson City Sheriff’s office at 775-887-COPS (2677) if he is seen. The following picture is the most current available.

Anyone with other information on the whereabouts of Edward Ellermeier is asked to call Detective Chaney at 775-283-7853, Captain Brian Humphrey at 775-283-7850, or the Carson City Dispatch at 775-887-COPS (2677). You can remain anonymous.

Rollover crash on I-580 at Fairview – Driver injured

Rollover accident on I-580 at Fairview offramp Monday evening.

A driver heading south on I-580 Monday night lost control of his vehicle as it approached the Fairview Drive offramp. Officers said the driver failed to keep to the straight and narrow, left the freeway, and went partially up the Fairview Drive exit and promptly rolled over injuring his back and neck. He was transported to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Arriving NHP and CCSO units quickly had the driver out of the upside car and was checked out in an ambulance that was standing by. Name of the driver was not immediately disclosed nor what specifically caused the accident.

Carson City School District has about “had it” with drivers breaking laws in school zones and bus drop off points….

Students enroute to schools are getting hurt in Washoe County. We don’t want to see it here in Carson City!!

Administrators and teachers in Carson City are fed up with careless, if not mindless drivers who blow through school zones doing 30 mph (or more), failing to stop for school buses that are collecting and dropping off students throughout the community and generally showing little regard for childrens’ safety.

School officials have had some conversations with Sheriff Ken Furlong and he says his deputies will apply a hyper-focused effort to target drivers making poor decisions and those who are distracted.

Sheriff Furlong said there has been an outcry across the community about the conduct of both drivers and pedestrians. Much of the problem is adults and students not paying attention… drivers and pedestrians are on their phones, snacking, not obeying lights and signs.

Consequently Sheriff Furlong and the school district have offered the following safety tips for drivers:

* Slow down. Speed is the No. 1 contributor in most accidents.
* Stay alert and free of all distractions. Put all cell phones away and refrain from eating, drinking or adjusting the radio.
* Make visual eye-contact with pedestrians. Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Wave them across if you are stopped at a marked crosswalk.
* Make sure your windshields is clean, clear and unobstructed. Turn on your headlights.
* Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections. Be courteous to other drivers.
* Be aware of bicyclists and skateboarders whose approaches to crosswalks may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
* Come to a complete stop providing adequate distance if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
* Never EVER pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
* Do not perform a U-turn within school zones.

PENALTIES FOR COMMON SCHOOL-RELATED TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

* Performing a U-turn in a school zone: $115 and 3 demerits.
* Using a cell phone while driving in a school zone or anywhere else minimum $115 fine.
* Speeding in in excess of 10 miles-per-hour over the limit in marked school zones – minimum $115 fine and as many as 2 demerit points.
* Passing a school bus while the lights are flashing and stopping arm is extended: $250 first offense, $500 second offense and a $1,000 fine with possible loss of your drivers license for six months along with driving demerits.
* Loading or unloading your children in a traffic lane also carries an expensive fine.

Being late is absolutely not an excuse for violating the safety of the public, especially school children. And who wants an injury or death of a child on their conscience for the rest of their lives.

Natural Gas Leak 1834 Newman Place

10:58pm – Report of a natural gas leak at a home at 1834 Newman Place. CCFD is enroute. Southwest Gas is also enroute to the scene.

11:06pm – Firefighters found a propane tank that feeds a backyard bar-be-cue emitting gas.  Firefighters took care of it.

Radon infiltration into your home IS a very BIG deal!!

One of many Radon Gas test kits….

American Lung Association Busts Top 5 Myths about Radon, Second-leading Cause of Lung Cancer

1 in 15 homes at risk for dangerous levels of radon, which causes lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths.  Hiding in far too many homes is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, radon. This January, during Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association clears up five common myths around this deadly gas.

“Radon is a naturally occurring gas that hides invisibly in homes, yet is the nation’s second-leading cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, so to save lives people need to be aware of and take action on radon,” said Terry Huertaz, executive director of the American Lung Association in New Mexico. “The good news is that testing for and reducing the high radon levels is straightforward and effective. We encourage all families, schools and daycares to test for radon to protect everyone’s health.”

Myth #1: Radon is not really harmful.

Fact: Not only is radon invisible, it’s also radioactive. While you can’t see it, exposure to high levels of radon over time can cause lung cancer, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. In fact, radon ranks as the nation’s second-leading cause of the disease. Radon-related lung cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year in the United States.

Myth #2: Radon is rare and doesn’t impact our community.

Fact: The reality is that radon is found at dangerous levels in an estimated 1 in 15 homes nationwide. Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. It doesn’t matter in what part of the country you live. Radon comes from rock and soil, so it can be found anywhere. It then enters the home or building through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundation and other openings, and can exist at dangerous levels indoors.

Myth #3: Testing for radon is expensive.

Fact: The only way to detect dangerous levels of radon in your home is to test the air. Various do-it-yourself test kits are simple to use and inexpensive. Some places offer free kits. Schools and daycares should use professional help to do the testing.

Myth #4: Even if I test, I couldn’t afford to fix the problem.

Fact: Fixing radon problems in most homes costs between $500 and $1,500—roughly the price of a new television set or computer.

Myth #5: Our schools are safe.

Fact: Testing for radon in schools is not required in most states, nor is fixing the problem. Not only children, but teachers and other staff who work in schools can be exposed to dangerous levels of radon. The last nationwide survey of radon levels in schools, completed in 1993, found that nearly one in five schools had at least one classroom with dangerous levels of radon. The American Lung Association leads a coalition of groups working to highlight the importance of testing for radon in both schools and daycares through the National Radon Action Plan.

To learn more about radon and how to test homes, visit Lung.org/radon or call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.

For media interested in speaking with an expert about radon gas, the National Radon Action Plan or lung cancer, contact Holly Harvey at Holly.Harvey@Lung.org or 206-512-3292.

CC man arrested – charged with sexual assault on a juvenile

Eugene Nichols, 48
Sexual Assault on child under the age of 14 and Lewdness with a Child under the age of 14, CCJ photo

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a 48 year old Carson man on charges of Sexual Assault on a child under the age of 14 – 2 counts. Eugene Nichols was also charged with Lewdness with a child under the age of 14.

Deputies were out looking for Nichols when they spotted him getting into his car at 2344 Gregg Street. They boxed him in the driveway, ordered him out of his car and promptly informed him of the charges against him and placed him under arrest.

Nichols was transported to the the CC Jail where he was booked on the above charges and is behind bars on one million dollars bail.

Strong public turn out to review Prison Hill’s proposed access improvements…

Good citizen turn-out to evaluate plans to make Prison Hill more accessible for outdoor recreational hiking.

A pretty big crowd of outdoor recreational citizens gathered at the Carson City Community Center Thursday evening to help the city make up its mind on how to improve access and overall enjoyment of the 25-hundred acre city-owned Prison Hill.

Proposed plan with all parking only at the end of Koontz Lane.

The city’s big water tank is very close to the proposed “make-over” area. City staff said citizen polling indicated that they would like to see dramatic improvements to the dirt roads in the area, while others prefer to see an access road reach much higher on the hillside. Staff seemed to prefer a simple parking area at the eastern end of Koontz Lane after it crosses Edmonds Drive. It was plain that they enjoy primarily the lower reaches of Prison Hill. But others would like to see easier access to the higher reaches of Prison Hill with a parking area higher up.

A possible second option might include building both parking areas – either both at the same time of one below first, then the higher one later on.

But there was a third suggestion – that as long as the city is contemplating a lower elevation parking lot, why not add another one higher up, expanding the hiking opportunities from the top of the western slope and beyond to the Carson River on the east side. There were also those who observed that with a higher access point it would reduce the number of motorists congregating at the bottom of the hill where vehicular noise levels might be disruptive to nearby homeowners and their families.

The meeting was very well attended prompting city staff to closely examine all options suggested by local citizens, especially as they pertain to the cost of the various designs. It was also suggested that depending on the cost of a “two site” parking proposal, that the city could afford to build the lower parking area first, then the one higher up could be built with funds from a community-wide fundraiser.  Lots to think about

No definite decisions were made which means no construction for quite a while. They’re still looking for funding which requires a completed design of the project before any grant money can be awarded.

Governor Sisolak celebrates education as a “redirect” for criminal offenders

Governor Sisolak encouraging prison inmates to pursue higher education and skill sets for a more productive and happier life.

“The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak.

Governor Sisolak Discusses Education and Workforce Development at Nevada Prisons

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak visited Ely State Prison (ESP) and Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) to discuss with inmates educational and workforce opportunities available to inmates. “The results we are seeing from educational and vocational programs within our state prisons are incredible,” said Governor Sisolak. “Past mistakes brought these inmates to prison, but now they are seizing opportunities to earn an education and learn work skills. This knowledge is transforming them into better people and preparing them for re-entry into our communities – leading to a safer Nevada for everyone.”

At ESP, Sisolak met Warden Bill Gittere and his staff, and discussed vocational and other educational programs that help prepare inmates at Nevada’s only maximum security prison for successful reintegration into society.

At NNCC, he met Warden Isidro Baca and his staff, and spoke with five inmates who explained how taking college classes and learning skills through Silver State Industries is changing them for the better.

Inmate Michael Cu told the governor he used to be a gang member who wanted nothing to do with education. “Now, I’m receiving straight A’s for classes I’m taking at Western Nevada Community College,” Cu said. Business 101 and 108, Communication 101, Math 101, and Welding 211 and 212. “I never did anything on the streets to make my family proud, but it’s at NNCC that I’m finally doing something they can be proud of.”

NNCC launched its education program in 2019 by offering two classes in welding during the first semester, and eight classes covering a variety of topics during the current second semester. More classes will be offered to more inmates during the third semester which is slated to begin in 2020. “An inmate who re-enters society with a college degree or a specialized work industry certification is more likely to secure employment paying a livable wage,” said Charles Daniels, NDOC Director. “The residual impact of earning a college degree or trades certification greatly reduces the probability of the recidivism.”

The inmates expressed similar sentiments during their discussion with the governor.
“NDOC’s college programs are working,” said Inmate Jesus Mena, who is enrolled in business, film, financial literacy, and literature classes. “It is providing us tools that help correct our thought process, change our behavior for the better, and offer opportunities to apply ourselves.”

“I didn’t know I had a talent and love for welding until I started working at prison industries,” added Inmate Jared Wagner. “Thanks to NNCC’s college program, I’m building on those skills by taking an Associate of Sciences Welding class. I’m moving closer to earning a welding certification.”

Joining Governor Sisolak during his December 10, 2019 visit to NNCC were Thom Reilly, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education; Michael Flores, Chief of Staff, Nevada System of Higher Education; Craig Von Collenberg, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovations; Vincent Solis, President of Western Nevada College; Kim Thomas, NDOC Deputy Director of Programs; and Isidro Baca, NNCC Warden.

Sprucing up Prison Hill a little bit – Meeting tonight at Community Center, 5-7pm

View of Slide Mountain and Carson City from Prison Hill trails

The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department will be hosting an open house to discuss planning for the 2,500-acre Prison Hill Recreation Area and adjacent public properties. The open house will be held in the Bonanza Room in the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., on Thursday, January 9, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Recently, the department gathered public feedback through an online survey to consider appropriate land uses and examine existing trailheads. In particular, the survey focused on land use for a City-owned property on the west side of Prison Hill near Koontz Lane and the water tank.  Feedback from the community will guide future improvements, prioritize expenditures, and will be used as a means to seek grants and donations for the implementation of various site improvements.  The open house is an opportunity for recreationists and residents to learn more about the Prison Hill Recreation Area, review survey results, and discuss ideas with City staff.

 For additional information please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator at gberggren@carson.org or 775-887-2262, ext. 7219.

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