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Domestic violence and break-up spawns gunfire, children saved, but father fatally wounded

Update on N. Edmonds SWAT action last Saturday:

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was shot dead by SWAT team members in Carson City Saturday

A sheriff’s office release says the deceased male was identified as 32-year-old Cortney Ronald Staley. They said he was the biological father of the infant involved.

The CCSO said he died during an exchange of gunfire with a SWAT team just before 9pm following a long stand-off with Carson City Sheriff’s sharp-shooters. On more than one occasion Staley came out with his infant son pressed against his chest, screaming profanities at deputies. On one occasion Staley came out to yell at the deputies some more, while holding a pistol to his own head. After night-fall, the CCSO SWAT Team forced their way into the apartment, overwhelmed Staley with gunfire. Moments later Staley was dead. The infant was not injured.

A mother and father and their three young children went through Domestic Violence hell Saturday afternoon in Carson City as a fight between mom and dad turned deadly.

Scene of a tragic end to a marriage and one life…on No Edmonds

The estranged father was authorized by a judge to visit their children at their apartment on North Edmonds but a battle of words broke out causing the mother to scoop up two of the couples’ youngsters and all three fled the apartment, leaving the father holding the third child, an infant, in his arms. His estranged wife contacted the Sheriff’s Office and deputies began arriving on scene very quickly.

SWAT deputies took their positions in preparation of what looked like a long stand-off.

They surrounded the apartment at 1402 No. Edmonds where the father was hold-up with his infant son inside the apartment.

Holding his infant son, and a gun to his own head, the father demanded that law enforcement leave….

Deputies called the father out to talk to him. But the father spewed long tirades of profanities and when he came out holding his son in one arm he held a pistol against his own head yelling at deputies to leave.

Gun blast took out the west side window…

The father and infant went back inside. Soon there was a gun blast from inside the apartment. Then another and another and then more. Finally the west side window of the apartment was blown out by a gun blast.

SWAT team rushes the apartment. Lots of gunfire leaving the father dead. His son who survived is scooped up and taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Right around sundown, the Carson City SWAT team rushed up the stairs and threw a “flash-bang” device into the apartment which went off like a bomb. Quickly the SWAT team went inside to bring the stand-off to a close – and that’s what happened. The father was killed but the infant was still okay. The infant was likely rushed to Carson Tahoe Hospital to be checked and evaluated.

No names have yet been released in connection with the incident.

Major traffic crash at 580 and 50 in south Carson – Minor injuries but it was a mess.

Large delivery truck with weak brakes barrels down Hwy 50 into intersection with I-580.  Note the collision spot when one car was punched sideways.

Truck barreled through a red light. Loses front bumper hitting a car.

Damage was considerable.  Five other vehicles were damaged. Truck driver not injured and nobody went to the hospital.

This vehicle appears to have been blown sideways. Notice drivers side windshield.

Traffic north and soundbound on I-580 was backed way up.

CCSO needs a physical fitness facility!

From Carson City Sheriff’s Office

In an effort to ensure Carson City Sheriff’s Office officers are able to meet the physical demands associated with law enforcement, the department is sponsoring the construction of a new fitness facility. The facility will be located within the department for continuous availability and will provide equipment meant for specific job performance demands. Officers must be able to respond to every type of incident and often experience a wide range of emotional and physical stressors. The goal is to promote overall wellness for Carson City’s law enforcement personnel. Previously officers have been individually contributing and seeking funds to support this facility. Officers are now reaching out and requesting community support, a GoFundMe account has been established to help officers reach their fundraising goal of $30,000.

There are many ways to support your local law enforcement, whether through personal advocacy, volunteerism or generous donation, your support encourages a safe and resilient community. Should you choose to donate, your donation will ensure current and future law enforcement officers have the equipment they need to improve their response capabilities.
If you have any questions call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at (775) 887-2500 and ask for Sheriff Ken Furlong, or board members of CCDSA, Detectives James Boggan and Brett Bindley.

View more at theGoFundMe page.

Thank you for your interest and support. Detectives James Boggan and Brett Bindley have volunteered much time and research into this project to ensure all the information is provided. Please follow this link to a presentation which displays the current first floor gym and its equipment. While the current equipment is a great resource for improving physical health it is very limited and restricts the amount of users at any given time. It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office to promote optimum physical health, alertness, reaction training and emotional health among first responders. This project will ensure current and future personnel have the equipment which focuses on work-related priority endurance. Thanks to the research our Detectives provided it is clear that the current equipment does not suffice all first responder demands; the second floor gym is intended to do just that. In addition this project is intended to add equipment to the first floor gym therefore heightening availability and access. Thank you so much for your interest and if you have any questions give the Sheriff’s Office a call at (775) 887-2500 and ask for Sheriff Ken Furlong, or board members of CCDSA, Detectives James Boggan and Brett Bindley. Your advocacy and support is always appreciated and fundamentally important to our public safety personnel. Please review the presentation.

Completion of Tahoe East Shore pathways/parking/transit project moving along…

The Carson City Board of Supervisors got an eyeful of progress Thursday morning on plans that are moving ahead toward completion of the Lake Tahoe hiking and biking project along the east shore of the lake. Project managers are still taking public input on what will be among some of the finishing touches on the east shore project. It’s been underway for well over ten years but the finish line appears within reach – sometime after 2022.

The project is adding parking areas and transit bus services for locals and visitors to access the dramatically upgraded pathways through some of the most beautiful spots on this Earth – Lake Tahoe.

A pedestrian and bicycling paradise rolling right along on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.

Included in the final phases are moving utility lines underground, restrooms, transit service drop off and pickup, and expanded parking – some with experimental parking fees.

The estimated time for completion is not precisely known because funds to finish the break-taking project are not formally available…but are predicted to arrive just in time to complete the eastern shore loop.

Wells Fargo Bank bank technician on South Carson was accosted as he was working on a drive-thru ATM machine

Tuesday Morning Update

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division is seeking information in the robbery of an ATM at Wells Fargo Bank at 2424 South Carson Street.

At approximately 5:44 PM, a technician was servicing the ATM outside Wells Fargo. An unknown make or model silver four door car parked behind the technician. Three suspects approached the technician from behind threatening him. The technician ran inside the bank where he called 911. The suspects stole a undisclosed amount of cash from the ATM. The suspects drove away in the silver car which was last seen driving north through the Carson Quail Park shopping center at 2340 South Carson Street.

For Video of the robbery, CLICK HERE.

The suspects are described as African American adult males. All three suspects were wearing purple hooded sweatshirts.

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

ATM technician sees the robbers and backs away.

Robbers grabs objects – likely money boxes.

Robbers run and jump into their car and speed away.

Wells Fargo bank robbers step in and grab money as a bank technician was working on an ATM.

Notice the ATM’s access hood is still wide open.

Deputy Sheriff and K-9 search dog scoured the area. Didn’t appear to find anything.

The South Carson Street Wells Fargo Bank was held up late Monday afternoon by black males, wearing hoodies. Sheriff Ken Furlong says a bank technician was outside on the west side of the facility servicing an ATM machine when the men approached and took over…helping themselves to a lot of cash.

When he was through with the heist they ran toward a silver colored car, which had Oregon license plates, and took off.

An all points bulletin has been issued throughout the region to keep an eye out for the car of that description.

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

Video of heist: Click here

Citizens of Carson City! What’s your opinion on recreational options for Prison Hill off east end of Koontz Lane?

Enhancing recreation on Prison Hill.
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Prison Hill Recreation Area Master Plan Survey – Seeking Public Opinion 

The Prison Hill Recreation Area is located in east Carson City, adjacent to Silver Saddle Ranch.   As part of an effort to plan appropriate land uses and trail system connectivity on these 2,500 acres, the City would like the community’s input in developing a Master Plan for this area.  For this survey we are particularly interested in trailheads (including parking), access points, and your thoughts about the area on the west side of Prison Hill near Koontz Lane.  The Master Plan will guide future improvements, prioritize expenditures, and will be used as a means to seek grants and donations for implementation of various site improvements.

To assist the City with this planning process, a short survey is available at this
link: until Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

After the survey results are compiled, there will be a public meeting scheduled to review the survey results and discuss the Prison Hill Recreation Area in more detail.  For additional information or questions on the survey, please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator at or 775.283.7219

Fire erupts at 7 Star Mobile Home Park off Koontz

UPDATE: Fire believed to have been started by children.


CCFD firefighters knock down fire inside an outside storage shed at 7 Star Mobile Home Park off Koontz

Firefighters detected adjacent home had caught fire and pulled down siding to douse the smoldering embers.

Quick action by CCFD firefighters limited the blaze to the storage barn and one outside wall of an adjacent home. Fire investigator is trying to determine the cause of the blaze.  The home was unoccupied at the time.

Report of a house fire #4 Milliman Way

7:38pm Report of a house fire at #4 Milliman Way – up against Arrowhead Drive.

7:40pm Initial reports indicate it might have been a burning vehicle, but arriving fire units say there is no visible fire or smoke. One firefighter is being walked to a location that the reporting party saw smoke.

Heavy rains off and on for the next couple of hours

NOAA Weather says Carson City and parts of Washoe County are getting sudden downbursts of heavy rain.  Also lightning.  Residents are advised to stay inside due the cloud cells letting go of a horrific amount of rain.  Some streets are flooding.  If you must drive, drive slow and don’t drive through high water.

Hot August Nights – right around the calendar

Hot August Nights starts in Virginia, then rolls down the hill into Reno-Sparks! “This is Reno” photo

More than 6,000 classic vehicles are descending into Northern Nevada from August 2 through August 11.

Hot August Nights 2019 motors-up in the gold and silver town of Virginia City. After two days at VC, it’s down the mountainside to the Main Event in Reno-Sparks, running Monday August 5 through Sunday August 11th.

Here’s the full scoop from “This is Reno.” Click here.

Contractor punctures natural gas line in Lakeview

10:32am – Report of a natural gas line being punctured at a construction site at 3691 Lakeview Road in Carson City – Lakeview between Buckskin and Pine Cone. Watch for emergency vehicles.

10:40am – Major gas leak. Nearby residents are told to shelter inside their homes.

10:45am – The fire department says the leak has been sealed off. Gas company to repair it. Neighbors no longer confined to their homes.

Fraudsters and Scammers are 24/7 predators…

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has continued to see an increase in telephone scams. They want the public to remain vigilant and educated in these issues.

Scammers are routinely calling people saying they have missed a court date, missed a jury summons, they have a warrant, or they owe fines. The caller identifies themselves as a member of the Sheriff’s Office or member of the court. They will even use real names of high ranking members of the Sheriff’s Office or Judges, names that they think the public will recognize. The caller will at times provide a phone number to call back with a recording saying it’s the Sheriff’s Office. No government agency will call you in this fashion and then ask you to send them money over the phone to handle a situation like that. Any legitimate issues you would have involving a missed court date or jury summons will require you to show up in person. No law enforcement agency will collect money over the phone for any issue.

No legitimate business or government agency will have you pay off a debt or fine by asking you to purchase a gift card, I-tunes card, money gram, or wiring money in some way. Simply hang up and do not respond to them.

The scams we see in Carson City are no different than what is occurring all over the nation. The majority of the criminals masterminding these scams can be anywhere in the world. They can disguise their phone numbers and e-mails making it seem as if they are contacting you from within the area you live but they might be in another state or even another country.

The scammers are “spoofing” their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. “Spoofing” allows the suspect to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the victim’s caller ID display or making it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses. It may appear as if you are talking to someone locally when in reality they are in a different country. The scammers will provide any lie to further what they are trying to accomplish.

Some of the most common scams we see on a regular basis within this area are:

Telephone Scams
Utility Company Scams
Overpayment & Fake Check Scams
Sales and Rental Scams
Law Enforcement/Court Scams

Telephone Scams: The telephone scam stories are endless, they range from “you have won a prize” such as money, a new vehicle, lottery winnings, and cheap travel packages. Alternatively, they can be credit reduction, loans, charitable causes, fake business and investment opportunities.

Utility Company Scams: Scammers will call you by phone stating you are past due on a power bill, gas bill, or cable bill. They will tell you if you do not pay immediately the utility service will be discontinued and to avoid any other charges they will ask for your credit card number. Utility companies do not function this way and you will normally receive a termination notice in the mail with several days advanced warning.

Overpayment & Fake Check Scams: This scam is commonly seen when someone has an item for sale on a third party website such as Craigslist or EBay. The scammer will contact you usually by e-mail or text, indicating they want to purchase the item you have for sale. They will send you a check for a much larger amount than what the item is listed for. The scammer will ask you to deposit the large check into your bank account and wire them the difference. A deposited check can take several days or more to clear. When the original check turns out to be fraudulent and bounces, the victim is responsible for the amount to the bank. The scammer will often have explanations for why the check is so large and sometimes will tell the victim to keep some of the extra money.

Sales and Rental Scams: This is common with purchasing or renting property, homes, or businesses. The scammer advertises online even with pictures telling potential victims to go by and look at the location. The scammer will never meet with you in person stating they are not able to. Then they will tell you to wire money to cover an application fee and security deposit. Once they have received your money, you will never hear from them again, and the property was never actually available or owned by them. If they won’t meet with you in person or have a representative meet with you in person to show you the property then it is most likely a scam.

Law Enforcement/Court Scams: These scams involve someone contacting you stating they work for local law enforcement and you have a warrant, a fine to pay off, or you missed a jury summons. They will tell you if you don’t pay a fine by phone you will be arrested. The telephone number provided by the scammer often will have a recording stating that you have contacted either the Sheriff’s Office or a Fines/Fees location with the Courts.

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies chase down and arrest wanted man

Pursuit of a wanted driver winds through the south downtown area...

Sheriff’s deputies chased the vehicle for about five minutes before the suspect was boxed in at Curry and 10th and taken into custody. The suspect, Jared Hoffman, was transported to the jail on charges of no proof of insurance, failure to pay a ticket, improper registration, contempt of court, attempt to elude officers and failure to stop for a deputy.

House fire reported at 1643 Robb Drive

Smell of smoke prompted older children and others in the home to quickly evacuate.

5:02pm Report of smoke in the attic of a home at 1643 Robb Drive. All occupants are out of the house. Firefighters are inspecting the attic.

5:15pm Fire investigators say the smoke was caused by the home’s heating and cooling system. Investigators turned the system off and recommended to the family that they immediately call in a service technician to check out and make whatever adjustments or filter changes may be in order.


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