Carson City officials will again be reaching out to the citizens and non-profit groups to get their opinions on the kinds of public improvements that might be possible with $450,000 in federal funds. They’re called Community Development Block Grants. The first of three public meetings has been conducted with another public meeting coming up on September 12th, downtown at 108 E. Proctor, Room A.
During this week’s first encounter with the CDBG program several ideas were brought up including improving city parks, ADA additions, and renovations to the FISH (Friends In Service Helping) facility.
The next go-round of discussions is scheduled for 9am, September 12th at 108 E. Proctor, Room A. There will also be a follow-up discussion at a meeting in October for the city to weigh the benefits of what has been presented. Once the projects have been whittled down to the most popular, the winning candidates will be submitted to the federal government for review.
9:49pm – Report of a tree on fire very close to a home at 149 Empire Lane. Caller said the flames were close to a home. Arriving firefighters found that the fire was fairly small. The first engines in were able to douse the flames and soak the tree so there’s no re-eruption of the blaze. No cause yet mentioned.
8:15pm Report of a man with a gun firing off one shot outside 50 Tiger Drive. The gunman was driving a blue Chevy pickup and sped away up Hot Springs. Preliminary reports indicate that the driver and another subject were arguing over something. The man with the gun jumped in his Chevy pickup and left the area.
5:02pm Report of a vehicle hitting a bicyclist at College Parkway and Market Street. The bicyclist is responsive and alert. The bicyclist is up and walking around.
5:04pm Ambulance was told to return to base. No serious injuries.
4:33pm Traffic crash on southbound I-580 very close to East College Parkway. There are injuries. Drive cautiously in the area. Southbound i-580 may be closed depending on the debris field and extent of injuries.
Both vehicles are into the highway wall. Two people injured. Both declined trips to the hospital to be checked out.
Scams and Fraudulent Schemes
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has continued to see an increased amount of phone scams. We 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. When in reality 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.
Fire crept from outside the home and up and inside the attic.
Neighbors reported Saturday evening to Carson City Firefighters that a house at 1006 Cascade was on fire on the backside of the structure.
Firefighters monitored the flame activity and tackled the blaze which stopped it before it took the whole house down. But damage was still pretty heavy in the northwest end of the home. Firefighters learned that the fire had started on the northwest corner outside the house and that the fire spread quickly into the attic.
Firefighters monitored the flame activity during the drenching.
Firefighters began chopping holes in the roof so they could spray water directly onto the flames. After a thorough drenching the fire was halted. But damage to the home was still rather extensive.
Residents of the home were said to be out of the area. The Red Cross usually steps in and for a time provides accommodations for the victims until they can figure out what their next steps might be.
As for what started the fire, investigators will be inspecting its point of origin and possible manner of ignition.
A CC Sheriff’s Deputy surveys the damage to the home.
5:45pm – Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched on a report that a two year old male toddler was seen wandering alone near the intersection of Fairview and Stanton. A deputy already in the area made a B-line to the intersection…saw the boy and scooped him up and put him in the back of his air-conditioned patrol vehicle.
Effective July 13th, the Carson City Fire Department is implementing fire restrictions on city and privately owned lands within Carson City.
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 lands every summer.
Off-highway motor vehicle enthusiasts are advised that hot exhaust systems can ignite dry grasses. The potential for another devastating fire during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Carson City Dispatch Center by calling 911.
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. No Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets while recreational shooting.
8. No 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.