Lyon County Sheriff Report – Week of September 10, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of September 10th

Community Friends,

Society believes if it can understand offender reasoning behind crimes, it can then legislate future crime out of existence. Unfortunately, this is flawed reasoning. Rather, our aiming point must be community centered and not offender focused. Toni Davis’ murderer was convicted of 1st degree murder by a jury this week and he will be soon placed in a prison where he can no longer harm another innocent person. The murderer’s name will not be mentioned in an effort to remember Toni. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff report – Week of September 3, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of September 3, 2017

Community Friends,

After Virginia ratified the US Constitution in 1788, those in opposition looked towards Patrick Henry to lead the fight of civil disobedience. The Lion of Liberty calmed the situation by stating “If I shall be in the minority……… [shall] remove the defects of that system – in a constitutional way.” Many of us opposed the marijuana ballot initiative; however, we are the minority. Nonetheless, we must remain vigilant in balancing public safety, humanistic needs, and corporate greed. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s Report – Week of August 27, 2017

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Community Friends,

Sherriff’s message, week of August 27th

Whether we like it or not, we are living in a changing world. Population growth and technologies are forcing change. It is quite ironic listening to individuals wanting to go back to the good ole days. This summer’s heat wave is a constant reminder of those good ole days without air-conditioned vehicles or central air conditioning in our homes. We choose to either embrace and manage those changes through long-term planning; or we can put our heads in the sand and live with unintended consequences. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s Report – Week of August 20, 2017

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Community Friends,

The success we achieved in lowering Lyon County’s crime rate involved placing the right resources with established priorities. Violent acts with weapons, gangs, sex crimes, and drug sales were the priorities given to staff. We took the former Narcotics Unit of two deputies, renamed it Special Investigations Unit (SIU), and increased its staffing to four deputies through realignments. We added a non-sworn crime analyst, built stronger regional relationships with other agencies, and gave them a different aiming point. Instead of focusing on drugs, they focus on felony street crimes since drugs are usually connected. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s report – Week of August 13, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of August 13th 

Community Friends,

Highway traffic safety in Lyon County is challenging. The Nevada Highway Patrol is the primary law enforcement agency on state highways for traffic enforcement while the LCSO assists when we can. Like us, NHP has limited resources. In reviewing this month’s Motor Vehicle Fatality Report, Lyon County continues with a 400-percent fatality increase from the previous year-to-date. Douglas and Churchill Counties have experienced similar fatality death increases with 500 and 200-percent increases, respectively. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s message – Week of July 30, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of July 30th

Community Friends,

People driving too fast, not stopping at posted stop signs, and recklessly driving are some of our biggest citizen complaints. When they don’t see immediate action, they believe were are lazy. Conversely, drivers who are caught in complaint areas become angry and make allegations about quota systems. The good news is that our deputies do not have daily quotas and are allowed to write as many traffic tickets as they want. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriffweekly message – Week of July 23, 2017

 

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of July 23rd

Community Friends,

In 2015 we seized three pounds of methamphetamine from a home safe pursuant to a search warrant in connection to a major drug trafficking investigation. The house, located in Moundhouse, was seized under state asset forfeiture laws. The main suspect has been convicted of drug trafficking and is currently serving a long prison sentence. This week the defendants paid Lyon County $33,000 in a negotiated settlement to suspend its civil court forfeiture request. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s report – Week of July 9, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of July 9th

Community Friends,

Three and half years ago, an open discussion about Lyon County’s crime rate began in an effort to highlight public safety concerns. Crime rates are an indicator of relative safety. As such, these numbers are also used in business plans to evaluate risk associated with community capital investments. Last month, the Nevada Department of Public Safety released its 2016 annual report and there is some great Lyon County news. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s report – Week of July 2, 2017

 

 

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Community Friends,

A question routinely asked is “How many people in jail have mental health issues?” To us, the answer is quite simple, “All of them.” The drugged or drunk driver has substance abuse issues; the domestic batter has anger management; and the thief has uncontrollable impulses. Nationally, there has been a push to divert accountability for people with behavioral health issues. When we pick “winners and losers” in determining who qualifies for diversion, equality becomes blurred. Read more ›

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Lyon County Sheriff’s message – Week of June 18, 2017

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Sheriff’s Message, Week of June 18th

Community Friends,

We live in an absolutely blessed county. Each week, its beauty and wondrous landscape is revealed to those who take the time to just bask in all of its glory. While all agricultural fields in production at this time of the year never cease to amaze me, the planted corn along the highway each year is one of my favorite. It serves as a constant reminder to the time of year. It definitely looks like it will be “knee high by the 4th of July.” Read more ›

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