View of Slide Mountain and Carson City from Prison Hill trails
The Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department will be hosting an open house to discuss planning for the 2,500-acre Prison Hill Recreation Area and adjacent public properties. The open house will be held in the Bonanza Room in the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., on Thursday, January 9, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Recently, the department gathered public feedback through an online survey to consider appropriate land uses and examine existing trailheads. In particular, the survey focused on land use for a City-owned property on the west side of Prison Hill near Koontz Lane and the water tank. Feedback from the community will guide future improvements, prioritize expenditures, and will be used as a means to seek grants and donations for the implementation of various site improvements. The open house is an opportunity for recreationists and residents to learn more about the Prison Hill Recreation Area, review survey results, and discuss ideas with City staff.
For additional information please contact Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-887-2262, ext. 7219.
Rene “Scrappy” Hernandez Garcia. Photo: U.S. Marshall’s Service
A Central American resident who allegedly belongs to a latino gang has been arrested in Carson City by immigration authorities and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The young man belongs to a gang known as Shadow Park Locos in the country of El Salvador. The gang reportedly is involved in homicide, extortion and carrying out terrorist activities.
Reno authorities caught wind that Rene Hernandez-Mejia was in the U.S.A illegally and ultimately tracked him down in Carson City. Mejia was booked into a jail cell reserved for immigrants who try to bypass normal immigration procedures. Hernandez-Mejia was being held in custody until he can be sent back to where he allegedly committed various crimes – El Salvador in Central America. Immigration agents will ensure Mejia is properly charged for his crimes listed by El Salvadoran authorities.
A man suspected of driving under the influence was driving around Reno Wednesday morning smashing into cars. Around eight vehicles were hit. But he kept driving.
The police caught up with him but he led them on a high speed chase south on 395. The chase continued for over 20 miles.
Officers were able to stop him near the north Carson Street exit because by then two of his tires were going flat. The driver was apprehended and taken to jail. His name has not yet been released.
Jeep about to be hijacked while parked outside a business on Highway 50 East. Video (below) runs 3 minutes.
Wanted for auto theft
Update Tuesday, 11:30pm
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division wants to inform the public that the stolen Jeep Cherokee from December 31st has been located and returned to its owner. The vehicle was located by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Kings Beach, on the California side of Lake Tahoe.
The male suspect has been identified as Mark Susoeff out of California. Mark is still outstanding and if anyone sees him please contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Mark is known to frequent the Reno and Carson City areas as well.
Thank you to the public for your assistance.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch
(775) 887-2677, Investigation Division, Deputy Sam Torres (775) 391-6205, Investigations Captain Brian Humphrey (775)283-7850 or Secret Witness (775)322-4900
Case # 2019-8716
Here’s a clear example of why you SHOULD never, ever, EVER leave your keys in your vehicle. The following video shows how fast your vehicle can be stolen – even right in front of you!
An apparent recent car burglary and theft occurred on the evening of December 30th as the owner of a black Jeep Cherokee parked his vehicle behind a business at 3579 Highway 50 East. When the owner went inside a young male showed up while the business’s automated video camera was activated. The male briefly looked inside the Jeep through a window but then walked off. But less than a minute later he returned, got inside the Jeep, started it up and began to pull out of the parking spot. Just then the owner comes outside and tries to stop him but the male guns the motor and takes off.
Carson City Deputies are looking for the male and likely the car. If you know who this person is, call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775.887.2677 or Secret Witness at 775.322.4900.
203 home subdivision off Mountain and Long on Carson City’s west side.
A group of westside Carson City residents met Monday evening to review a proposed 203 home housing subdivision to be placed on the the sprawling remnants of the Anderson Ranch, west of Mountain Street, south of Long Street, and north of Ormsby Boulevard.
The developer plans include at least 203 homes on various lot sizes, the majority of which will be on the smaller end of the scale. During the mini-town hall meeting Monday night, the neighbors once again complained that the west side is an historical place in time, beautifully frozen in history – but something that out-of-state developers want to transform into a California-style subdivision. Surrounding residents decry the cookie-cutter plans that will cram over 200 homes onto the historic Andersen Ranch that, until recently, was used to raise beef cattle.
Anderson Ranch developers say there will be green space that surrounds pretty much the whole development, with walking paths and lots of shade trees. But as you can see from the above photo, the walking path lies within a thin band of green circling the subdivision that the developer contends is open space. Many disagree with that designation complaining that the circle of green around the housing development is very narrow – not exactly expansive open space.
Residents of nearby neighborhoods who want to see the ranch preserved – not built on – believe 203 homes on just over 40 acres means crowded, tightly packed single family homes, the layout of which will clash with surrounding neighborhoods, bringing traffic congestion in the morning and late afternoons, increased wear-and-tear on streets and more pressure on local schools and medical facilities which are already stretched thin. The developers admitted probable impacts from traffic and indicated that although there will be more traffic, it’s manageable. The neighbors disagree. They claim that over 200 new homes means a lot more cars and utility vehicles coursing through surrounding neighborhoods to access major arterials. Neighbors contend that their tranquil residential streets will become bustling lines of traffic at least two to three times a day during the week – in short, a substantial drop in quality of life for residents who live in the area, not to mention worsening the challenge for already overburdened schools and local medical facilities.
In response the developers cited a traffic study they sponsored to ascertain the traffic impacts from the proposed Andersen Ranch subdivision. Residents complained that the study, which suggested tolerable levels of added traffic, was done during a slack time of the year when schools were transitioning into summer vacation and when nearby arterials were being upgraded using heavy construction machinery which caused many drivers to avoid the area. The developers disagreed with those assessments.
The Anderson Ranch subdivision proposal comes up before the Carson City Board of Supervisors on January 16th at the Community Center. No official time has yet been officially set.
Suspect caught on camera….
Update Tuesday morning:
A report from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning reveals that a sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen white utility truck on Airport north of Highway 50 at around 3pm yesterday. The deputy believed the vehicle was involved in a string of commercial burglaries in Reno and Carson City. When the deputy turned around and sped after the truck, the truck driver sped up, went around backed up traffic and turned left on Sherman. The suspect stopped the truck and took off running with two deputies in foot pursuit. It took a while but deputies say they found the suspect hiding in a backyard. He was subdued, cuffed and transported to the city jail where they questioned him. Earlier reports indicated that the suspect was involved with other suspects in the string of commercial burglaries in Reno and Carson City.
The suspect was identified as Joseph Desjardin, 37 with a criminal record including burglary, possession of stolen property, felony eluding authorities, failure to appear in court and for violating parole and probation. Desjardin is being held at the jail on a no bail hold. The investigation into the string of burglaries allegedly carried by Desjardin continues with authorities trying to track down Desjardin’s suspected co-conspirators.
Update Monday night: One of several suspects in a series of thefts from Home Depots in Reno and likely local home improvement stores in Carson City, is in custody following a pursuit in the Carmine/Airport Road area, north of Highway 50. The suspect ran from Sheriff’s Deputies Monday evening. Deputies found the suspect just before 5pm hiding in a trash receptacle. The suspect was taken to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for interrogation.
Earlier story: Carson City Investigators were contacted by Home Depot Asset Prevention staff, informing CCSO investigators that the thieves may have also been operating in the Carson City area. The same suspect and suspect vehicle was identified following thefts at Reno Home Depots. The thefts occurred during the early morning on January 4th and January 5th at the Damonte Ranch and South Virginia Street Home Depot locations. Snow blowers and large tool boxes were taken. Attached are photographs of the suspect and vehicle from Home Depot.
Suspect #2 caught on camera
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public assistance in identifying suspects in two separate incidents.
On December 26 2019, there were two commercial burglaries during which property was taken in Carson City. Surveillance video showed a suspect vehicle, a white Ford truck with a black lumber rack and a tool box on the left side of the truck bed used in the Reno heists – so the plot thickens
Suspects’ vehicle also caught on camera….
Attached is a photograph of the truck from one of the burglaries. The truck is a white Ford F250 with a black lumber rack and a white tool box along the left side of the truck bed.
Anyone with information or questions 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
Case # 2019-8633, 2020-119
Detective Sam Hatley
Carson City Sheriff’s Office
(775) 887-2677 Dispatch
3:27pm – Reported smell of natural gas inside Carson Tahoe Therapy facility at 1122 South Stewart. The facility has been evacuated.
3:37pm – Situation appears to be under control. Releasing most of the CCFD units. Turned out to be a leaky tank on a fork lift. Everyone evacuated are now back inside.
Nevada State Capitol
When the clock hit midnight Tuesday, one second later a whole slew of new state legislative bills became laws, including upgrades on the availability of health care for citizens in the Silver State. Also taxes levied on vaping products, and a lot more.
Here’s the list of bills that Governor Sisolak signed into law earlier this week as reported in The Nevada Independent. Click here
1:30pm Traffic Crash on Edmonds between Fairview and Brown. One possible minor injury. Minor damage to both vehicles.
12:26pm There is a tan Chevy pickup parked at Snyder and Bigelow with a possible suicidal subject inside. Avoid the area. Law enforcement is enroute.
12:32pm Law Enforcement is following the vehicle southbound on 395 entering Douglas County.
12:45pm Situation handled.