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Child Sex Ring Hammered operating in Carson City

From: Carson City Sheriff’s Office

Seven people have been arrested in a two-day sting led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Nevada Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. This operation jointly planned and conducted by the FBI, Carson City Sheriff’s Office: Special Enforcement Team (SET), and Reno Police Department’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, sought to identify and arrest people seeking to pay minors for sexual acts.

The FBI-funded operation arrested four men on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, and arrested three men on Thursday, August 19, 2021.  Throughout the operation, undercover detectives placed ads on websites commonly sought out by suspects seeking illegal sex acts.  The men solicited and/or brokered deals and arrived at a location in Carson City to knowingly engage in and pay for sex acts with a minor.

Most suspects were arrested on felony counts of soliciting a child for prostitution and attempted child abuse.  Some suspects are facing additional or alternate charges.  The men arrested in this operation include:

Rafael Sanchez-Pimental (DOB: 07/27/2000)
Martin Ramos-Flores (DOB: 01/11/1979)
Chiddo Luna (DOB: 08/27/1974)
Jesse Burkhardt (DOB: 09/20/1988)
Christopher Figueroa (DOB: 07/30/1986)
Arturo Martinez-Pintor (DOB: 04/11/1978)
Tyrone Schultz (DOB: 09/13/1976)

Sheriff Ken Furlong said, “I’m proud of and thankful to all the agencies that participated. Juvenile sex trafficking is a priority to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and these stings will continue in an effort to reduce the demand that fuels the exploitation of children in our community.”

The FBI’s Northern Nevada Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force routinely conducts operations of this type in conjunction with regional law enforcement agencies.

The participating agencies in this two-day operation include: the Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Nevada Gaming Control Board Enforcement, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Department of Parole and Probation, and Nevada Department of Corrections.

Tuition money is inbound to WNC to jump start the college’s fall 2021 semester….

More financial relief is on the way for students in higher education including for those attending Western Nevada College for the fall 2021 semester.

WNC students could receive up to $1,800 through the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, which was authorized by the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan became a federal law last March and is providing more than $39 billion to support higher education institutions serve students during the current health pandemic.

These federal funds are designed to go directly to students. Students who have submitted a 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are enrolled in fall 2021 will automatically be considered for funding.

The college is prioritizing awards to students who demonstrate exceptional need based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and fall 2021 enrollment level. The college continues to encourage all students to submit a 2021-22 FAFSA as soon as possible, as there are a variety of funding sources available to help students. The FAFSA is available at

Students who are not automatically awarded emergency relief funds are encouraged to submit a HEERF III Emergency Grant Application here.

Students can use this application to request additional HEERF funds for fall 2021. Students can also use the application to request assistance with past due balances incurred during the pandemic. Students are encouraged to apply soon as funds are limited.

“WNC is dedicated to getting these funds in the hands of students,” according to JW Lazzari, WNC director of Financial Assistance. “These funds are aimed to help students with any emergency costs or any components of the cost of attendance, including books, supplies, room and board, transportation, childcare and healthcare (including mental health costs).”

WNC’s Financial Assistance Office is available to help answer questions related to HEERF III awards and the application process. Please contact the office at or 775-445-3264.

Elderly man unknowingly drops his wallet – thief bends down and scoops it up…and keeps it.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is seeking information to identify a grand larceny suspect from the Foodmax Grocery Store at 3325 Highway 50 East in Carson City. On August 12 2021 a disabled customer dropped his wallet while checking out at the self-check out registers.The wallet contained a large amount of cash. A few seconds later, a young adult male picked up and concealed the wallet. The male then purchased a drink and exited the store. Outside the store, the male stood on the sidewalk and watched the disabled customer using a walker to slowly cross the parking lot. The male suspect did not return the wallet to the owner or alert store employees.

Attached are photographs of the suspect.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Investigation Division, Detective Sam Hatley (775)283-7852, Sgt. Craig Lowe (775)283-7815

Case # 2021-5377                                           

Suspected Thief who picked up a dropped wallet on the floor…

Getting inside “what’s for learning?” at Carson High School!

Carson City Community Center – Enter around back….

The next Carson City School District School Board meeting will convene Tuesday, Aug. 24, 6pm at the ‘Bob’ Crowell Board Room inside the Carson City Community Center.

On the agenda is included new bonds, test results and upcoming events.  A resolution designated as the “2021 School Bond Resolution” assumes a bonded indebtedness on behalf of the district for improvements and upgrades to schools district wide. The total amount  of bonding is $12 million.

– A presentation on the Civics Test Results for the Carson City School District – Class of 2021.

– A discussion will be held regarding the adoption of CCSD Test Procedures and Security Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year.

– An annual review of CCSD Policy and Regulation 543, Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Free from Bullying or Cyber-Bullying.

– A discussion on proposed changes to CCSD Policy 303.

Upcoming Activities and Events:

  • Thursday, September 2, 2021, Joint Meeting with the Board of Supervisors, Bob Crowell Board Room, Community Center, 6:00PM
  • Monday, September 6, 2021, Labor Day Holiday; No School
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021, Bond Oversight Committee Meeting, 11:30AM, Professional Development Center (PDC), Room 2
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2020, Community PLC, Carson High School, Library, 6:00PM


Well…it appears we survived yesterday’s earthquake(s)

(not yesterdays shaker)

Yesterday’s substantial shock-style earthquake shook the east side of the Sierra Nevada just before 4pm.  Geologists say the first shock was almost a 6.0…but it was a bump and then nothing.  But over a period of hours the aftershocks were 4.2 down to the lower 3’s.  No damage or injuries were reported.  There could be more aftershocks.  So heads up!!

New NNDA Executive Director – Philip Cowee

NNDA Announces Philip Cowee, CPA as New NNDA Executive Director

CARSON CITY, NV – August 18, 2021 – Northern Nevada Development Authority ( today announced that Philip “Phil” Cowee has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director. Mr. Cowee replaces Rob Hooper who recently retired after leading NNDA for twelve years.

A businessman and sixth-generation Nevadan, Mr. Cowee has over 20 years of professional experience developing properties and running businesses in Lyon County. Most recently, from November 2017 to January 2021, he was the State Director of USDA Rural Development in Nevada. Prior to that, Mr. Cowee entitled and developed many commercial and industrial projects and led the Lyon County School District (LCSD) as Finance Director from 2012-2016. Recently, he was elected to the LCSD Board and currently serves as Board Clerk. Mr. Cowee is also a member of t of Nevada, Reno.

Mr. Cowee said, “It is a great honor to have been selected to serve the communities of Nevada’s Sierra Region. I look forward to continuing the work Rob started to recruit new business to the region, while nurturing current companies to expand into a thriving economy. We are fortunate to have an array of community partners dedicated to developing a workforce to fill the demand of these prospering businesses.”

“The NNDA Executive Board looks forward to working with Mr. Cowee as Nevada and our Sierra Region navigate economic recovery from the pandemic,” said Greg Dye, Chair, NNDA Executive Board. “Workforce development and obtainable workforce housing are priorities locally and statewide. Phil’s experience in both areas can help NNDA address the needs of Sierra Region employers and residents.”

Since 2010, NNDA has assisted 116 companies with relocation and expansion. Its economic development efforts have generated over 5,000 jobs and more than $2 billion total economic impact for the Sierra Region.

he school district’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Committee that coordinates and collaborates with the Nevada Department of Education CTE Program. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University

A Reminder: Kids are walking to school – WATCH OUT FOR THEM…

School zones in Carson City have been activated. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be working with Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) throughout the year reminding drivers and pedestrians to use caution while negotiating school zones.

Remember, ALL school zones in Carson City, when in operation, are 15 mph. Drivers are responsible to watch for the school zone speed signs and know the times the school zones are in effect, not all are the same, some are all day school zones and some are not. Watch for children and bicyclists. Parking on or within 20’ of a crosswalk and U-turns in an active school zone are traffic violations.

Western Nevada Safe Routes to School (WN-SRTS) wants to remind you that there are several ways to get your child to school. You can walk; ride a bike, scooter, or skateboard! If you live farther away, try parking closer to the school and walking in together. Take time to remind your child about how to walk safe and bike safe. Walk safe by always looking left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.

When riding your bike remember the 5 points of safety:

1. Protect your head- Wear a Helmet!

2. Be Visible

3. Use Bike-Friendly Routes

4. Be Predictable- Always let traffic know where your bicycle is headed.

5. Ride Defensively- Always make eye contact with drivers and assume that vehicles do not see you.

Have a fun and safe school year!

A view of Carson City from the Lyon County line…

View of the Sierra Nevada west of Carson City from North Deer Run Road in East Carson City

Carson City residents haven’t seen the Sierra Nevada Mountains for quite while.  The obliteration of our view is caused by the Caldor Fire burning southwest of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County.  It’s burned 6,500 acres. There is no control lines around it. The fire Is burning in the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River Canyon four miles south of Grizzly Flats.  It’s sending smoke and ash into the Lake Tahoe Basin and into northern and western Nevada.

Skies in the Carson City area are a combination of grey, red and orange which is probably the sun sending light through the high level smoke.  It’s probably best to keep your doors and windows closed and your air-conditioner and/or your evaporative coolers on HIGH.  And wear a formidable face mask if you’re out and around.  A K-95 mask is strongly recommended.  Not one of those thin, flimsy blue things.

The weather service says it’ll be rather cloudy and hazy for the next couple of days, then it should clear if the firefighters get a handle on the fire.


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