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Brawl at Centennial Park

10:35pm  Report of a large fist fight at Centennial Park.  Carson City Deputies are enroute to break it up.

10:40pm  Arriving Sheriff’s Deputies arrive to find the fight was over and a number of cars were in the process of leaving.  No word yet if anyone was hurt.

10:47pm   Arriving law enforcement says it appears that the combatants moved to the upper parking lot of the facility.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle at Saliman at 5th

9:15pm  Woman crossing the street at Saliman at 5th was hit by a vehicle Friday evening.  The woman suffered a head injury.  She’s said to be not fully conscious.  Medics and law enforcement are coming on scene.

9:21pm  Care Flight is enroute. Arrival time 19 minutes.  Care Flight to pick up the victim at the Carson City Airport and rush her to Renown in Reno.

9:32pm Ambulance has arrived at the airport.  Awaiting the arrival of Care Flight.  Should arrive within 5 to 7 minutes.

9:39pm  Care Flight has landed at the Carson City Airport.

9:50pm  Care Flight lifts off to rush the victim to Renown.

San Jose murder suspect apprehended by CCSO Deputies

Adrian Loredo, 27
Murder Suspect

From Carson City Sheriff’s Office –

On Friday, July 9th during the early morning hours, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and State Division of Investigations were requested to assist U.S. Marshal’s and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agents in the apprehension of a murder suspect out of San Jose, California.

The suspect, 27 year old Adrian Laredo, had been located in a congested neighborhood in the area of North Roop Street and East Corbet Street, and was in the company of a child under the age of 5.  The child was believed to be Laredo’s son.

Although surveillance teams identified Laredo outside of the home several times during the morning, each time he came out of the house he was accompanied by the toddler.

By 11:30 a.m., the joint agency operations leaders determined to use a SWAT Team to take the suspect into custody. The suspect was taken into custody at 11:55 without incident and transported to the Carson City Jail.

While the area of the arrest was closed to the public for only 15 minutes, the Sheriff’s Office had secured the entire neighborhood throughout the morning until the order was given to take him into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office utilized social media app platforms to inform residents and businesses in the area to remain inside.

Complete details of the San Jose homicide were not immediately available. However, Agents did inform local agencies that the homicide occurred on June 17th in San Jose. Details suggested two individuals were shot during a robbery, and that one of the two had died from his wounds.

Detectives from California had been dispatched to Carson City to perform follow-up investigative steps upon their arrival.

Sheriff Furlong stated that the proximity of the toddlers remained the highest concern in the area all morning. However, he was pleased that law enforcement teams were able to develop an effective plan for the apprehension that minimized risks to innocent by-standers, including children.

Why do these things keep happening?

A Carson City area woman has been arrested for leaving her three little boys inside the family car while she went inside a casino to gamble.  And it wasn’t just for five or ten minutes.  Two of the boys eventually got out of their car and started hanging out at an entry door to the casino. 

The casino surveillance cameras caught the boys waiting for their mother.  The boys were quickly rounded up by casino and law enforcement officers.  It didn’t take long for the two boys and their mother to be re-united.  Both the boys, and a third child in their car’s back seat, who was sweating profusely according to law enforcement, went with officers and a family services agent while the mother was handcuffed and taken to jail.

It might be time to pass a state law to prevent these kinds of potentially dangerous situations by requiring casino personnel to be constantly on the look-out for children marooned in vehicles while mom and/or dad are inside casinos pulling handles.

A typical California-Nevada border area earthquake rumbles through Carson City and Douglas County

Fairly strong earthquake strikes along the CA/NV state line southwest of Douglas County.

Cal-Trans is detouring traffic on U.S. 395 from the Nevada state line to State Route 182 in Bridgeport. Maintenance crews are working to remove copious quantities of fallen rocks triggered by a sizeable earthquake.  Cal-Trans says there is no estimated time of opening US-395 at this time.

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck at 3:49 p.m. Thursday and was centered in the Coleville area on the California side, South of Gardnerville, according to the USGS. The quake was felt throughout Carson City and the region. The USGS reports there were other earthquakes that followed, including a 4.2 magnitude, a 3.7, a 3.5, 3.4 magnitude and a 3.1 magnitude.  The Nevada Seismological Laboratory reports at least 20 earthquakes since the initial first earthquake hit.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office and its dispatch center also reported feeling the earthquakes. There are no reports of damage or injuries at this time in the Carson City area.  Officials say they don’t know if there was damage closer to the epicenter, which was 29 miles south of Gardnerville.

Numerous Attorneys General are taking sharp aim on some of America’s biggest corporations

Atty Gen. Aaron Ford
Heavy criticism on some major corporations….

Attorney General Ford Sues Google for Antitrust Law Violations Over App Store.  Bipartisan Coalition of States Say Google Illegally Maintains an App Store Monopoly; Unfairly Edges Out Competition

Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Aaron D. Ford joined a coalition of 37attorneys general, to file a lawsuit against Google in California. The suit alleges exclusionary conduct relating to the Google Play Store for Android mobile devices and Google Billing. This antitrust lawsuit is the newest legal action against the tech giant, claiming illegal, anticompetitive, and unfair business practices.  The States accuse Google of using its dominance to unfairly restrict competition with the Google Play Store, harming consumers by limiting choice and driving up app prices.

“Many consumers do not know that Google has imposed fees far beyond market rates for in-app purchases for years,” said AG Ford. “Not only has Google violated antitrust law but it has deceived and manipulated consumers into paying more money without their knowledge. Big tech companies, while in competition with others, still have to be held accountable and follow the law.”

According to the lawsuit, the heart of the case centers on Google’s exclusionary conduct, which substantially shuts out competing app distribution channels. Google also requires that app developers that offer their apps through the Google Play Store use Google Billing as a middleman. This arrangement, which ties a payment processing system to an app distribution channel forces app consumers to pay Google’s commission—up to 30%—on in-app purchases of digital content made by consumers through apps that are distributed via the Google Play Store. This commission is much higher than the commission that consumers would pay if they had the ability to choose one of Google‘s competitors instead.

The lawsuit alleges that Google works to discourage or prevent competition, violating federal and state antitrust laws.  Google had earlier promised app developers and device manufacturers that it would keep Android “open source,” allowing developers to create compatible apps and distribute them without unnecessary restrictions.  The lawsuit says Google did not keep that promise. 

Google Closed the Android App Distribution Ecosystem to Competitors 

When Google launched its Android OS, it originally marketed it as an “open source” platform. By promising to keep Android open, Google successfully enticed “OEMs”—mobile device manufacturers—such as Samsung and “MNOs”—mobile network operators such as Verizon—to adopt Android, and more importantly, to forgo competing with Google’s Play Store at that time. Once Google had obtained the “critical mass” ofAndroid OS adoption, Google moved to    close the Android OS ecosystem—and the relevant Android App Distribution Market—to any effective competition by, among other things, requiring OEMs and MNOs to enter into various contractual and other restraints.

These contractual restraints disincentivize and restrict OEMs and MNOs from competing (or fostering competition) in the relevant market. The lawsuit alleges that Google’s conduct constitutes unlawful monopoly maintenance, among other claims.

In aid of Google’s efforts discussed above, the AGs allege that Google also engaged in the following conduct, all aimed at enhancing and protecting Google’s monopoly position over Android app distribution:

  • Google imposes technical barriers that strongly discourage or effectively prevent third-party app developers from distributing apps outside the Google Play Store. Google builds into Android a series of security warnings (regardless of actual security risk) and other barriers that discourage users from downloading apps from any source outside Google’s Play Store, effectively foreclosing app developers and app stores from direct distribution to consumers.
  • Google has not allowed Android to be “open source” for many years, effectively cutting off potential competition. Google forces OEMs that wish to sell devices that run Android to enter into agreements called “Android Compatibility Commitments” or ACCs. Under these “take it or leave it” agreements, OEMs must promise not to create or implement any variants or versions of Android that deviate from the Google-certified version of Android.
  • Google’s required contracts foreclose competition by forcing Google’s proprietary apps to be “pre-loaded” on essentially all devices designed to run on the Android OS, and requires that Google’s apps be given the most prominent placement on device home screens.
  • Google “buys off” its potential competition in the market for app distribution. Google has successfully persuaded OEMs and MNOs not to compete with Google’s Play Store by entering into arrangements that reward OEMs and MNOs with a share of Google’s monopoly profits.
  • Google forces app developers and app users alike to use Google’s payment processing service, Google Play Billing, to process payments for in-app purchases of content consumed within the app. Thus, Google is unlawfully tying the use of Google’s payment processor, which is a separate service within a separate market for payment processing within apps, to distribution through the Google Play Store. By forcing this tie, Google is able to extract an exorbitant processing fee as high as 30% for each transaction and which is more than ten times as high as the fee charged by Google’s competitors.

In addition to Nevada, other states joining the lawsuit includes: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

 

Nevada AG steps up to plate and takes a swing at Opioids – Nevada per-capita usage is awful.

Attorney General Ford Announces Proposed Agreement Among State, Counties, Litigating Cities on Future Opioid Recoveries

Carson City, NV –Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, along with all Nevada counties and cities that currently have active litigation against opioid companies, have proposed an agreement on the allocation of funds within the State for future opioid-related recoveries. The agreement, which remains subject to consideration and approval of the County Commissions and City Boards, provides a plan for how funds from any Nevada opioid-related settlement or related bankruptcy distribution will be allocated among the State and various local governmental entities to reduce the effects of the opioid epidemic in the State.

“Nevada has been devastated by the opioids epidemic, and it’s time for justice to be served and for Nevadans to see improvement in their community,” said Attorney General Aaron D. Ford. “Opioids have killed thousands in Nevada, and they continue to ravage the lives of many more, creating one of the largest public-health epidemics in the country’s history. I’m proud to work with Nevada’s local government leaders to equitably distribute certain future opioid-related recoveries, and my office looks forward to bringing justice on behalf of all Nevada families affected by this epidemic.

The proposed agreement was created in response to the proposed Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan scheduled to be voted on July 14, 2021. The Purdue plan allows states and local governments to decide for themselves how to best allocate funds from the bankruptcy. Nevada is among a group of 15 states that negotiated improvements to the plan to include additional funds for states, advancements in payments, and the expansion of a document repository. The plan, once approved, will begin the distribution of funds to assist addressing the opioid epidemic. The plan strongly encourages states to work with local governments within their states to reach an agreement for allocation of those funds.

The proposed agreement would allocate opioid related recoveries between State, counties and certain cities. If approved by the counties and cities, the agreement provides the partnership necessary to make meaningful progress in addressing the opioid epidemic in Nevada. Nevada has been uniquely impacted because it has been, and continues to be, one of the hardest hit states by the opioid epidemic. It has resulted in thousands of deaths of Nevadans and has imposed an enormous burden on State resources needed to help thousands of addicted Nevadans. The opioid epidemic has forced the State and its local governments to incur dramatically increased costs, including health and human services, healthcare, child welfare, criminal justice, and many other programs to address the impact of opioids in the State.

“Carson City looks forward to working with the State and other local governments in Nevada to help reduce opioid addictions in our communities,” said Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell.  “In November of 2018, I made a presentation to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on the opioid crisis, including a brief overview of 28 opioid related deaths in Douglas County from 2014 through 2018,” added Douglas County District Attorney Mark B. Jackson. “From that presentation, Douglas County retained one of the top personal injury litigation firms in the country. Douglas County subsequently filed a lawsuit naming numerous manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids, including defendant Purdue Pharma, which is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. I was very happy to hear through recent public filings that Nevada supports the Purdue bankruptcy plan. I look forward to bringing this matter to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners at their next regularly scheduled meeting on June 15, 2021, to discuss Nevada’s proposed allocation agreement and to seek approval of that proposed agreement. This will be the next first step in order to set a plan in motion for the abatement of the opioid crisis in Douglas County.”

“The emotional and economic burden of the opioid epidemic has been staggering in its effects on those across all walks of life,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “This is a significant step in addressing the needs and improving the lives of those affected in their short- and long-term recovery. It’s about time that those responsible be held accountable.”

Months after taking office as Nevada’s Attorney General, AG Ford expanded Nevada’s existing lawsuit beyond Purdue to hold multiple conspirators responsible for the opioid crisis that killed thousands of Nevadans, including elderly and vulnerable people, and devastated the State’s health care and public safety systems. The expanded complaint lists 61 defendants including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Actavis Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, members of the Sackler family (who controlled Purdue Pharma), Mallinckrodt LLC, Insys Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health LLCs, AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Walgreen Co., Walmart Inc. and CVS Pharmacy.

Will there be more fireworks in our Capital City?

CONSUMER FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL

 
Carson City Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit and Carson City Park Rangers are patrolling the open space areas to enforce current fire restrictions. The potential for a devastating fire is very HIGH.  Report fires to the Carson City Dispatch Center by calling 9-1-1. Report illegal firework use by calling (775)887-COPS (2677).
Vegetation in western Nevada has dried out significantly. A large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations, and trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are quickly drying out. The public is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property, and public land resources every summer.
Off-highway motor vehicle enthusiasts are advised that hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grasses, therefore motorized recreation in the Prison Hill OHV area is prohibited during a Red Flag Warning.
ALL CONSUMER FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN CARSON CITY – EVEN THOSE LABELED SAFE AND SANE
Fire Restrictions Prohibit:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
3. Operating vehicles or other motorized equipment off of existing paved, gravel, or dirt roads.
4. Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
5. Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
6. Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.
7. Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets while recreational shooting.
8. Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).
In addition, the Nevada Division of Forestry has placed travel restrictions within the Sierra Fire Protection District. These restrictions prohibit operating vehicles off of existing hard surface gravel roads or dirt roads in wildland areas, and operating vehicles or equipment traveling on or using wildland areas without at least an axe, shovel, and one gallon of water.
The BLM and the Forest Service recommend avoiding cross-country travel whenever possible to prevent grass from igniting from hot exhaust systems. Those city agencies that have responsibility to perform off road work should pay particular attention to where vehicles are driven, parked, or stopped.
These restrictions do not prevent individual property owners from the safe use of BBQ’s, Chimeras, or patio fireplaces provided they are used on non-combustible surfaces away from ignitable wildland fuels on their own property.

Rollover accident at Butti and Airport Friday night

Update:  NHP issued details of the crash that took the life of a Prineville, OR male, age 32.  NHP says it appeared the vehicle, headed west on Butti toward Airport Drive, straightened out a roadway curve.  Driver Cody Furr’s vehicle left the Butti pavement, plowed through the brush, rolling possibly several times.  NHP Troopers say Furr was not wearing a seat belt and consequently was violently ejected through a window and was discovered deceased a short ways away.  A form of “impairment” was also suspected to have contributed to the accident.

9:43pm  Bad accident at Butti and Airport.  One person – male driver – was thrown 25 feet from his car.  Failed to make a curve on Butti Way approaching Airport.  The vehicle left the road – rolled probably more than once and the driver was ejected.  He was declared deceased at the scene.  Further details on the identity of the driver will likely be released after his family is notified.

House fire on Tiger Drive – Everybody got out…

From:  Carson City Fire Department

This past weekend the Carson City Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Tiger Drive.  During the fire investigation firefighters noticed there were no smoke alarms in the home and most of the windows had been covered with gypsum wallboard on the inside and wood siding on the outside. Investigators determined the cause was accidental, due to electrical malfunction. Fortunately, the family was awake when the fire broke out and were able to escape unharmed.  If they had been asleep the incident would have been fatal.

Smoke alarms are one of the single most important fire safety features that can save lives.  They are an early warning device to wake-up sleeping residents – that there is a fire in the home and to evacuate. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 41% of home fire deaths are due to not having smoke alarms. Carson City Fire Department recommends a smoke alarm in each sleeping room, the hallway that adjoins the sleeping rooms, and one on each level of the home. Households with natural gas appliances like a furnace or water heater, wood burning appliances, or an attached garage, should have carbon monoxide detectors.

The Carson City Fire Department would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents that windows are a second exit out of a room or house in case of an emergency.  Blocking windows can cause people to become trapped.  Never cover or block your windows.  Those living on the second floor of any dwelling are advised to keep a residential escape ladder.

For more information regarding smoke alarms and home escape planning, please contact the Carson City Fire Prevention Division at 775-887-2210 or go to NFPA.org.

 

Fire off Dump Hill – seen from Highway 50

2:15pm  A sizeable wildland fire is burning (and growing) out Highway 50 East.  Eastbound lanes are closed down at Deer Run Road. Sounds like it’s a rather large fire and growing.

2:54pm  There is an unconfirmed report that there are people higher up in the hills setting fires.  Law Enforcement is advised.

3:03pm  Traffic is starting to move on Highway 50 East eastbound.  Two way traffic now restored but it’s slow going.

4:03pm  Fire is out.  Fire crews are heading back to their respective fire stations.

 

 

Knocking down the north Prison Hill fire was a group effort by local and regional firefighters

Carson City Firefighters, with the help of firefighting personnel from surrounding counties, managed to knock down a very vigorous Prison Hill Fire this week. In the end, all fire crews flipped a big fire into a blackened but peaceful scene at the north end of the hill.

Fire officials say a small number of fire-watch personnel will remain on scene to ensure that the fire is dead out. There are little whiffs of white smoke coming out of the burned-over ground that is common for wildland fires. They’re generally not a threat, according to wildland fire experts. Firefighters have thousands of feet of fire hose running up and across the burned over area should the fire re-erupt in any form. Personnel will be watching very closely throughout the night – then another shift of firefighters will stand watch for another day of close monitoring.  More if necessary.

Officials say the next step in rehabilitating the north end of Prison Hill will be to re-seed the area – all 171 acres of it. There will be a comprehensive evaluation of variety of seeds that should be planted for proper native plants and rate of growth. Attention will also be focused on preventing soil erosion in the upper reaches of the hills so native vegetation can be strategically grown properly, and as fast as possible, to make their contribution to the area’s vegetative recovery.

Fire officials say it will likely require the better part of a year to see progress at restoring those 171 acres that were blackened by the fire which, by the way, was caused by fast moving storm clouds from the west that shot lightning bolts down to Mother Earth…in this case…in Carson City and Lyon County too, as Lyon County fought their own lightning-caused blazes.

Fire officials report there will soon be town-hall type meetings with local residents living just downhill and east of Carson River Road.  Fire officials want to make sure citizens are kept up-to-date on tactics that the Carson City Fire Department will put into action over the next couple of years.  The city will be helping to coordinate experts to accelerate the rehabilitation of land damaged by wildland fires, especially those near urban neighborhoods.

 

 

Explosive lightning strike sparks fire atop Prison Hill

Carson River water dropped on the Prison Hill lightning-caused fire.

4:35pm  Lightning strike atop prison hill has caused a sizeable wildland fire.  Watchout for firefighters.

The variable winds blew the fire in several directions.

5:19pm  The fire is burning at the north end of Prison Hill.  Flames roared eastward toward a residential neighborhood south of the roundabout.  Firefighters stood by with fire apparatus.  Then the easterly winds turned westerly and the fire top the mountain again and proceeded to head downhill toward homes off of Fairview and Edmonds.

Soon winds died down, slowing down the wild fire’s forward motion.

6:00pm  The fire started moving west again and crested the hill.  A helicopter dipped it’s pump hose in the Carson River and quickly sprayed the blaze.

A dense cluster of desert vegetation went up fast and hot.  Residents down below anxiously looked at the wall of flame making its way down the east side of Prison Hill.  Evacuation personnel are standing by to evacuate the homes near Eagle Valley Middle School if necessary.

Bucket Choppers at the top of the hill stopping the fire’s westward movement.

Fire slowly moves east toward homes but firefighters are on top of it..

Small groves of trees explode in the dry environment…

Relentless working hand crews will likely work through the night to prevent flare-ups.  Residents east of the blaze should be able to get a good night’s sleep. 

Six down and three to go…

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office reports that the last remaining suspect in the recent CCSO jail break has been captured in Carson City and taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.  Austin Rivers was later returned to the Carson City Jail to wait for the legal process to gel.  Matthew Marizza, Cody Anthony and Austin Rivers planned their escape and they got by with it for a while.  But over the span of a few days the suspects were apprehended from Carson City to Sacramento.  The suspects were returned to Carson City to await their sentences for making a jail break which ended quite quickly thanks to good police work and a lot of hours on the phone tracking down the fugitives.

Wednesday, 6-30

As a result of the investigative effort to locate inmates Matthew Marizza and Cody Abernathy, six people were arrested, and three more people will be held accountable for aiding Abernathy by providing him clothing, transportation and a hide out.
Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes 212.100 Aiding a prisoner to escape and 212.130 Concealing an Escaped Prisoner, it is unlawful to aid a prisoner to escape from the lawful custody of the Sheriff. It is also unlawful to knowingly conceal or harbor a prisoner who has escaped.

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House Fire on Pinion Hills and Laurel in southeast Carson City – False Alarm…

8:46 pm  Report of a house fire near Pinion Hills and Laurel.  Fire units are heading to the fire.

8:55 pm  Firefighters can’t find the house fire.  They finally realize that a clump of trees outside the alleged burning house were being blown violently by the wind from a storm front moving through, making the distant flickers of like look like a fire.  No fire.  Fire fighters returned to base.

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