Sheriff’s Message, Week May 15th
What a fast paced week for the LCSO as one deputy clearly stated, “Sheriff, I think summer is upon us.” It was with great sadness that we were able to bring Toni Davis home to her family and friends. Our detectives worked in excess of 200 overtime hours processing the home and body recovery site crime scenes, packaging and processing evidence, conducting interviews, preparing reports, and arresting the person responsible for this horrendous act. We want to thank the Nevada Division of Investigation, the Washoe County Crime Laboratory, and our own Search & Rescue who helped in bringing closure.
Friday night’s search for missing 8-year old Camron, that went into Saturday, ended with a sigh of joy for his mother. Our Search & Rescue, along with patrol deputies and assistance from the Lyon County School District, worked hard throughout the night trying to find him. By Saturday morning our public information officer, along with detectives and a FBI’s missing child team were on the ground as resources began coming into Fernley. We set a noon timeline to move our Incident Command to the Fernley Intermediate School and begin a methodical house by house, street by street search using citizen-formed search teams. In the end, it was social media that was the key tool in finding him.
The FBI’s child forensic interview put the timeline together for us. While we cannot go into case details, there are some important general lessons to share. When any individual accepts responsibility to care for a child, even for a few hours, they assume the same responsibilities as a parent. They have the duty to properly provide adequate care for the child. Failure to do such is a criminal act as outlined in NRS 200.508 abuse, neglect or endangerment of children. The bottom line is this, if you don’t want the responsibility, don’t agree to watch someone’s children.
We also arrested two of the three individuals that were involved in Fernley’s drive-by shooting. The last one is on the run, somewhere not in Lyon County, possibly out of state. It is just a matter of time before another law enforcement agency arrests him and we bring him back to be held accountable for his actions. In the meantime, he will continue looking in the rear view mirror and over his shoulder.
And finally, when a deputy informed me who he had arrested for felony charges, I instructed him to plead with the DA’s office to file the NRS 207 habitual criminal statute due to the number of times he has already been sentenced to the Nevada State Prison for non-sex related felony crimes. I was informed they filed the “B!!@%” as prisoners call it, on Eugene Gardner. A twice convicted sex offender (1981 and 2003), hopefully Lyon County will not have to deal with him again.
As always, keep the faith