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Accused drug dealer flees CCSO deputies. Caught in Washoe Valley!

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.

Empire Elementary gets Rotary grant to raise test scores

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 Strike Crew Returns Home from Kincade Fire in Northern California

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.

Fatal Crash on Highway 50 at Arrowhead Saturday afternoon.

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.

The internet is a great thing. But it can also be a sewer, if you’re not careful!!

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 use of CC Rifle and Pistol Range

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: Counterfeit suspect turns himself in to the Sheriff’s Office

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.

Do you recognize this man who held up a convenience store on College Parkway?

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed gunman who held up at a convenience store in the 1400 block of College Parkway. Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies say the man walked into the business and gathered up some items and pulled a gun on the clerk who handed over money from the cash register.

Deputies say the robber was a latino male, approximately 40 years of age, black hair, full mustache, wearing white shoes, jeans and a tan jacket and a blue beanie hat on his head.

Robber at front door of store he robbed at gunpoint.

Robber with gun passes by surveillance camera in store.

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in tracking this man down. If you know anything about this gunman, call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.   Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Detective Tucker at 775-283-7858, Captain Brian Humphrey at 775-283-7850, Carson City Dispatch at 775-887-COPS (2677), or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900. You can remain anonymous.

Citizens of Carson City!! Keep your car locked up at night!

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies got a 3AM call from a citizen on Woodside Drive that two guys were burglarizing cars on Woodside and Stanton Drives. Upon arrival, deputies say they caught Carson City resident Steven Viola, 34, helping himself to the inside of a number of vehicles that WERE NOT LOCKED!! Deputies say Viola was drunk and had some items on him that were stolen from one or more of the cars.

Deputies arrested Viola and booked him into the Carson City Jail for burglary.

Deputies say even if your car is in a garage you should lock your vehicles. A locked vehicle is usually skipped over when thieves are looking for a quick “grab and run.”

DON’T MAKE IT EASY for car burglars. LOCK…YOUR…VEHICLES!!!! And take your valuables into your home. Don’t leave them in plain sight!

Governor Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak do a bit of Halloween storytime with students at Empire Elementary!

Governor Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak visit Empire Elementary students, reading Halloween stories to the students.

Governor Sisolak reads to students about what happens on Halloween!

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak took some time to visit and read to first grade students at Empire Elementary School in Carson City this week.

Greeted at the door of Mrs. Emily Drew’s classroom with a letter printed on poster-paper, Governor Sisolak took the time to read the hand-crafted welcome from students from both Mrs. Drew’s and Mrs. Eva Currence’s classes. Each student’s name and handprint framed the letter.

After settling down in the classroom, the governor and his wife took turns reading the book “Trick-or-Treak Nevada.” At the conclusion of the story, students took turns asking questions. They also explained how they were learning to be engineers and how they were able to fix one of their playground swings.

NNCC Inmate booked again for murder

Robert Ryan Rowland, 61, booked for murder.  Already serving life sentence at NNCC for murder.

Northern Nevada Correctional Center murder convict Robert Ryan Rowland may be on his way to another life sentence for murdering someone – this time inside the prison. No specific details have surfaced except for the charges levied against him when he appeared in Carson City Justice Court. Those charges include Open Murder, Murder, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and assaulting what appeared to be possibly two other individuals.

Rowland appeared in court on the charges and was later returned to NNCC. The Nevada State Attorney General’s Office is handling the case. The news media is awaiting further information that may be releasable.

Carson City Firefighters helping battle the Kincaid Fire in Northern California

Carson City Firefighters are one-step ahead of the Kincaid Fire trying to save homes north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.

Nearly 100 homes have already burned. Firefighters are trying to save homes ahead of the fire.

Very smoky conditions as the 76,000 acre blaze continues to grow.

Wish our firefighters a safe return home after this monster fire is finally controlled.

Carson City Firefighters are battling very difficult and extreme fire conditions on the Kincade Fire just off Highway 101 north of Healdsburg, CA.  They have been working nearly non-stop since Saturday morning. Carson City Fire crews continue to defend homes at the front of the fire.  Initial reports indicate that a PG&E power tower jumper cable broke, spreading sparks on the ground near Geyserville.

As of Monday 76,0000 acres have burned in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco near Healdsburg along Highway 101.  Nearly 100 homes have been destroyed with 80,000 acres still threatened. Winds have been fierce according to fire officials.  However the forecast shows winds dying down to 5 to 20 mph by mid-week.

Donations still being sought for restoration of old NV State Prison

Former NV State Prison
Fundraising goes on….

Dear Friend of NSPPS:

The Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nevada opened in 1862 and is the third oldest prison west of the Mississippi. It was de-commissioned on May 18, 2012 after 150 years of continuous operation. The Nevada State Prison Preservation Society (NSPPS) was formed on November 1, 2012 with the goal of preserving and developing this important historical site for the education of this state’s citizens and visitors. It is anticipated that, when open, it will also greatly benefit tourism to our area.

The Society is doing everything it can to prepare the Nevada State Prison for tours and events, but our financial resources are limited. Now, we are launching a fund raising effort and asking for your help.

The work we are doing is being accomplished without state funds. Until recently, we were able to generate funds through tours, lectures, and events. In April of 2015, the Society learned that future activity at the prison must be placed on hold until an application is made to officially change its use from occupied prison to an historic public site. At the end of this process a new certificate of occupancy will be issued and activity at the site can resume. This process includes a code analysis, architectural drawings, and any structural modifications required for health, safety, or access reasons. The code analysis alone will cost in excess of $17,000. Costs for the drawings and structural modifications will not be known until after the code analysis.

We are seeking donations in any amount, small or large, from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Donations to NSPPS may be made in the following ways:
• Mail a personal check, money order, or bank check payable to NSPPS, P.O. Box 1991, Carson City Nevada 89701-1991
• Deliver your donation to the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, attention “NSPPS”
• Give your donation to any member of the NSPPS Board of Directors

Your donation will help us make this historically significant attraction available to residents and visitors alike. Tours will resume as soon as the permit process is complete. All donations are tax deductible. We will send a letter acknowledging your donation and providing you with our tax ID number.

Students bring “Day of the Dead” to life at Nevada State Museum!

CHS Seniors Elizabeth Schulze, 18, Sophia Taggart, 17, and Emma McCoy, 17, from Ms. Alisa Kuniya’s Ceramics Class, display their Dia De Los Muertos masks.

Student Art Exhibit at Thirteenth Annual Dia De Los Muertos Event

The Nevada State Museum will host a “Day of the Dead Celebration” this weekend from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. As part of the event and celebration, Carson High School ceramics students from Ms. Alisa Kuniya’s class and third graders from Bordewich Bray Elementary School will exhibit Dia De Los Muertos masks and alters.

The art pieces created for the event were designed to remember and honor loved ones who have passed. Traditionally colorful and decorative, the masks and alters offer favorite foods, drinks or special items that may have belonged to the deceased to help the returning spirit relive memories. The art pieces may also represent a general celebration of ancestors past, celebrities or beloved pets.

This event is open and free to the public and includes sugar skull crafts, folklore dancers and food trucks. For more information about the Day of the Dead Event, please click on the calendar link on the district’s website to view a flyer in both English and Spanish, or contact the Nevada State Museum, 775-687-4810.

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