The Carson City DA Rombardo and Kruger caught removing Judge Tatro’s court files in the Ty Robben cases!

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Ty Robben produces the “missing” documents! This is straight out of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia…

Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?

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More scandals at the notoriously corrupt Carson City Courthouse – This time corrupt Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”

The local newspaper Nevada Appeal and CarsonNOW.org are not following-up now that Ty Robben is “wining” and exposing the massive rampant corruption that has occurred in the retaliation scheme  orchestrated by corrupt DA Rombardo, Krueger and Judge Tatro. I am sure glad I started a blog a few years ago so my side of the story gets out.

The corruption never stops!  This time corrupt Carson City DA and Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”. This is on top of Tatro earlier intentionally not filing other papers in this case!

Last week Ty Robben protests his former defense lawyer William Routsis after it was discovered that Robben’s lawyer sold him out, conspired against him, and engaged in removing files on the record, not turning in papers on time,  back room deals with the Carson City DA and corrupt Judge Tatro – and of all other things, being too drunk and high to write the court motions for Robben’s cases!

Ty Robben had to type up and research the law because his attorney was inebriated most of the time on alcohol and meth. Robben was a witness to the troubling behavior and demanded his $4,000.00 dollars back. See that story here: Protests target corrupt Reno lawyer William Routsis for “ripping off” & “selling out clients”, back room deals, fraud, ineffective legal counsel, threats of extortion, meth use, binders on booze being to drunk to return calls, and more!

This week  Ty Robben successfully appealed a trumped-up false charge of “disturbing-the-peace” orchestrated by the corrupt “cho-mo” judge John Tatro know for his breathier-before-the-bench by the folks in Carson City.

Also, this week, Ty Robben also beat back the Carson City assistant DA Mark Krugers fruitless attempt to reinstate bogus felony criminal charges that were dismissed earlier this year by “special prosecutor” Douglas County DA Mark Jackson

In doing so, Robben discovered various “missing” filings and JAVs audio/video of court hearings that were supposed to be on the court files on appeal that includes a disputed “contempt-of-court” charge that Robben asserts was an illegal order.”

“Judge Tatro issues a clear verbal and written order that never included a daily check in with DAS or house arrest” said Robben. 

“There are numerous missing items that were in fact in the damn file” said Robben.

judge tatroIn particular now is a missing “stipulation” by the Carson City district Attorney, former Deputy DA Travis Lucia and Robben’s previous lawyer Richard Davies, that shows Robben was never ordered on “house arrest” or “DAS daily check-in”. missing papers

Judge Tatro, know for being drunk in the courtroom, “never ordered house arrest and a daily check-in, the record is clear and even the DA agrees” said Robben.

Now in order to overturn another false claim of “contempt-of-court” Robben seeks the paperwork from the court files that mysteriously is now missing after it was there.

“I had a copy of it and I find it very suspicious that the Carson City Sheriff “searched my house” for 5 days and removed various paperwork related to this case.” said Robben.

This is straight out of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia… this is just the “new world order police state” mentality being carried out in Carson City by a very, very corrupt law enforcement and shitty scandalous judicial system.


The missing stipulation has been found – Robben not on house arrest!


Here is the 09/21/12 (note Tatro calls it 09/20/12 in the order below) entry of the “stip” on the Carson City court docket report:


Here’s the first page of the  “ORDER” where is the “Stipulation”:

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Robben gained local attention to a Carson City court “backdating scandal” in 2012 that was covered in the local news.

KRNV investigates Nevada Attorney General & Carson City District Court BACKDATING SCANDAL

Carson City 911 NV NDOT Dir. Susan Martinovich HIT and RUN and Sheriff COVER-UP

See more on the Hit and Run scandal involving formed NDOT Director Susan Martinovich here:


Stay tuned,this story is developing…

See More Here: Carson City’s history of courthouse corruption and retaliation


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Ty Robben protested the FBI in Reno demanding an investigation into the corruption in the Carson City courthouse

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CarsonNOW assures us the story will come next week! Good Job.

Is the Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?
It appears so.

UPDATE: CarsonNOW assures us the story will come next week! Good Job.

The Carson City newspaper and the on-line Carson City news site both appear to be censoring the news regarding Ty Robben’s latest round of victories against the corrupt Carson City and State of Nevada officials.

downloadSee the story the news is not reporting here: 

More scandals at the notoriously corrupt Carson City Courthouse – This time corrupt Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”



Call the Appeal and Carson NOW and tell them to print the real news about Ty Robben’s cases. 


Adam Trumble

Phone Number: 775-881-1224
E-Mail: atrumble@nevadaappeal.com
email jeff@carsonnow.org or call (775) 339-1165 and leave a message.

cencityfol2-570Both the Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW reported on Ty Robben’s arrests on false trumped-up charges that were all dismissed/reversed leaving Robben an innocent man.

Along the way, Robben has exposed numerous meritorious corruption scandals in both Carson City and the State of Nevada, especially the Carson City Sheriff, corrupt Judge John Tatro and the corrupt Carson City DA office under Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger.

The Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW are not reporting the following:


CarsonNOW.com coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval

CarsonNOW.com coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Governor Brian Sandoval

Carson City DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

… office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the …

Story – editor – 04/25/2014 – 19:20 – 0 attachments

Hearing for Ty Robben in hit man case set for April 23

… an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hitman to kill Carson …

RSS Story – Karel – 04/03/2014 – 10:51 – 0 attachments

Man accused of libeling judge denied lower bail

… Geoff Dornan, Nevada Appeal Ty Robben, who is facing charges he libeled and tried to intimidate Justice of the …

Story – editor – 11/26/2013 – 11:48 – 0 attachments

Prosecutor drops charges against man accused of murder-for-hire plot

… inmate to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Ty Robben, a former Nevada Taxation Department employee, was being held on the … and his family, saying there wasn’t enough evidence that Robben was stalking him and his family, and that Nevada’s libel law was vague. …

Story – admin – 04/11/2014 – 08:22 – 0 attachments

Fired state employee faces charge of soliciting murder of Carson City Judge Tatro

… sometime between Jan. 18 and Jan. 27 of this year Robben, “did counsel, hire command or otherwise solicit another to commit murder.” The criminal complaint states Robbenasked a fellow Carson City jail inmate to kill Tatro either directly or …

Story – Jeff Munson – 01/27/2014 – 22:49 – 0 attachments

South Lake Tahoe man faces felony stalking, three gross misdemeanor charges

… of intimidating a public officer. Todd Christian Robben was transported Nov. 9, 11 a.m. from El Dorado County Jail to Carson City Jail on a Carson Township warrant. Robben had signed a waiver of extradition in Superior Court in the state of …

Story – Jeff Munson – 11/11/2013 – 12:58 – 0 attachments


  • Below are the Appeal stories:
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Ty Robben makes front page story, where is the follow-up ROBBEN WINS Carson City DA Rombardo and Krueger LOSE AGAIN – Score: ROBBEN 9 Carson City DA 0

Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from
Published: April 25, 2014
All charges against Ty Robben have now been dropped. Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson, the special prosecutor named to handle the cases, previosly dismissed libel and harassment charges. He served notice Thursday that he was dropping the charge Robben tried to hire a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Jackson was brought in after the
Published: April 11, 2014
Reno Justice of the Peace Harold Albright has ordered an April 23 preliminary hearing to determine whether Ty Robben will face trial on charges he tried to hire a hit man to kill Carson Justice of the Peace John Tatro. Robben remains in jail. He has been there since the original charges were filed last year that accuse him of
Published: April 3, 2014
The special prosecutor handling charges against fired ex-Taxation employee Ty Robben has ordered one of the two cases dismissed. But Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson said he and his staff still are investigating the second and much more serious case accusing Robben of trying to hire a hit-man to kill Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro. The
Published: March 27, 2014
Ty Robben, the fired state taxation employee charged with two counts of intimidating Justice of the Peace John Tatro, now is charged with attempting to solicit someone to kill Tatro. Robben, who is in jail awaiting trial on the original charges, reportedly tried to “solicit another to commit the murder of Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro either
Published: January 27, 2014
Nevada Appeal August 17, 2012 Ty makes bail

Nevada Appeal August 17, 2012 Ty makes bail

Jailed ex-Taxation worker convicted

Ty Robben, the fired state Taxation employee who has been waging a campaign against the state and Carson City’s criminal justice system for more than a year, was convicted Friday of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The conviction results from what the judge ruled was his failure to meet conditions of his plea agreement in a case involving his alleged assault on
Published: December 16, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying “we’ve
Published: December 5, 2013
Ty Robben, who is facing charges he libeled and tried to intimidate Justice of the Peace John Tatro, on Monday lost his bid to disqualify the district attorney from prosecuting him. But he won a partial victory when Senior JP Harold Albright of Reno granted him a stay so he could appeal that ruling to district court. Robben was charged
Published: November 25, 2013
NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

NV Appeal coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Appeal Susan Martinovich lies to get TPO NV appeal

Nevada Appeal Susan Martinovich lies to get TPO NV appeal


“If it was a baseball game, Robben 9, Carson DA 0″

Tordery Robben has prevailed again against the corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo and his corrupt assistant Mark Krueger.

On Friday July 18, 2014 Ret. Reno Judge Charles McGee (who was assigned the cases since every Carson City judge was recused) issued an order that officially dismissed the previously dismissed false charges filed against Robben for allegedly libeling Corrupt Carson City Judge John Tatro and then solicitation the murder for the corrupt judge Tatro.

Robben also has prevailed in his appeal of the original breach-of-peace conviction that corrupt judge Tatro presided over untill he was eventually disqualified for accusing Robben of “shooting up Tatro’s front door with a .45″.

After Tatro was kicked off the case, corrupt Las Vegas judge Nancy C. Oesterle was assigned the case and completely disregard the law and facts of the case to cover-up for her corrupt pal, judge Tatro and convicting Robben to a record setting 60-days in jail for the breach-of-peace charge.

Judge McGee overturned that conviction and did reassign that appeal to the Carson City DA. However, McGee warned the DA that he has issued an “interlocutory” order reversing the conviction against Robben and if the DA pursues the matter, the DA risks malicious prosecution clams by Robben.

judge tatroRobben has filed a federal civil complaint in the matter and is in the process of amending the complaint and/or filing a new complaint to include all the false charges filed by Tatro and the Carson City Sheriff and DA including the recently dismissed libel, solicitation, stalking and intimidation charges.
John Tatro filed these changes as an individual not a judge, he has no immunity” says Robben.

Robben has also filed FBI complaints and also recently discovered his former lawyer William Routsis was working against him in the case.

“I protested William Routsis last week and he wigged out and tried to fight me” said Robben who plans on keeping up the protests against Routsis, Tatro, Krueger and others involved in this scandal. “I want them in prison” says Robben who has kept up the pressure as his website is close to a quarter million views this month.

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“These scumbags are as bad or worse that child molesters” said Robben. In fact, Robben even has evidence to back up a claim that Judge Tatro was involved in child molestation.

“They tried to put me in prison to keep my voice silenced” said Robben who has exposed numerous facts related to scandals with corrupt judge Tatro, Sheriff Furlong, DA Rombardo and others.

The range of corruption includes Tatro having to breathalyze before taking the bench, sex with court workers and underage men, the shooter of Tatro’s home did in fact confess and the CCSO cover-up that to protect Tatro’s family. Robben also made DA Rombardo un-electable by exposing  Rombardo sexual affairs with employees and deputy DA’s in the Carson City offices.

“If it was a baseball game, Robben 9, Carson DA 0″ Says Robben.

“These scumbags need to be removed from office and charged with the crimes they committed. They also need to pay me back for the damage they created.” says Robben who said “They will pay one way or another”.

The Nevada Appeal ran the original story here:

nevada appeal storyCarson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.


But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

In the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level. He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

He got into legal trouble after an incident in which he said he was trying to serve papers on then-NDOT Director Susan Martinovich on behalf of another fired state worker. He became angered with Tatro after the judge convicted him in that case. His anger escalated, and his conduct resulted in the first batch of charges. He was in jail when he allegedly tried to get another prisoner to connect him with a hit man to murder the judge.

Robben was released from jail after the charges were dropped this month.


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Lawyer Mr. William Routsis, ESQ. of Reno, NV claimed on the court records he was “ineffective counsel”

Reno criminal defense attorney William J. Routsis, got a taste of revenge after a former client, Ty Robben protested outside Mr. Routsis’ office at 1070 Monroe St. in Reno which happens to also be Mr. Routsis’ home.

Mr. Robben paid Mr. Routsis $4,000.00 dollars to represent him in court – He now wants his money back.

williamroutsisbadlawyer.wordpress.com is dedicated to this asshole.

Mr. Routsis claimed on the court records he was “ineffective counsel” to Mr. Robben by failing to turn in documents on time, making “back room” deals with the corrupt Carson City judge John Tatro and the DA Travis Lucia, Neil Rombardo and even working against Robben by conspiring with the Carson City Sheriff Detective Dan Gomes.

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At the protest July 15, 2014, Robben and a group of his “peaceful” protest posse expressed their 1st amendment rights in front of Routsis’ home/office on Monroe Street in Reno, Nevada. Neighbors looked upon the signs and people driving by honk their horns in support of Robben’s protest.

Mr. Robben linked the information together and connected the dots by listening to various audio CDs containing the hearings and other transcripts from the Sheriff. Mr. Routsis worked to make sure Robben got the maximum sentence in a disturbing the peace charge for serving a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinivich, who actually evaded service and ran over Mr. Robben’s foot when she took off in her SUV.

Robben prevailed on his appeal of the breach-of-peace in July 2014 based on his own legal arguments of withdrawing his plea. Robben had to write his own briefs and perform his own legal research because ‘Routsis does not know how to use a computer”.

Robben had to even file the pleading in proper person because Routsis was too drunk and high on dope.

Robben let the militia aside, and just made a few signs. “I want my money back for services not performed”.

At the protest July 15, 2014, Robben and a group of his “peaceful” protest posse expressed their 1st amendment rights in front of Routsis’ home/office on Monroe Street in Reno, Nevada. Neighbors looked upon the signs and people driving by honk their horns in support of Robben’s protest.

Routsis was not home at the time the protest started, but drove up on the protest near the end of day.

William Routsis

Disbar William Routsis

Routsis became enraged and hostile when he read the signs and allegedly called the Reno Police Department to file “criminal charges” against Robben for “extortion” and called Robben a “terrorist”  and Routsis then yelled “I have been working with CCSO Detective Gomes to tell them you are extorting money from me and you [Robben] are on the FBI terror watch list.”

Routsis then challenged Ty Robben to a fight right there on the public sidewalk. People from the neighborhood gathered around and watch William Routsis, a former boxer, tell Robben to “Man UP” and attempted to lure Robben onto his property for a fight!

Robben remained calm, and told Routsis that “You, William Routsis even admit on the court records that you failed to perform you legal duties and were ‘ineffective legal counsel’ for me [Ty Robben]“.photo(3)

Ty Robben’s cousin Jimmy Robben, a cowboy from the Mother Lode witnessed the mayhem and prevented Routsis from striking Ty Robben with his fists. “Ty was here to express his U.S. Constitutional rights and protest a bad business dispute, and William Routsis wanted to start a fist fight. Let’s be clear, Routsis challenged Robben who just held up his ‘Crime Scene’ sign to Routsis’ face while Jimmy Robben restrained Routsis from physically assaulting/battering  Robben.

Robben told Routsis to “get help and look into a 12-step program… and don’t talk to me until you get to step 9 Mr. Routsis”.

Robben said he will be filing a criminal complaint against Wiillim Routsis after this all settles down for terriost threats, assault and Routsis’ challenging him [Robben] to a fight. Robben will file a BAR complaint and even a civil legal malpractice suit against this clown named William Routsis.









ty robben charges dismissedReno Judge Charles McGee reversed trumped-up “breach-of-peace” conviction for Ty Robben who attempted to serve a subpoena to former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich who clearly evaded service when she left the NDOT building through the back door and took a decoy car driven by NDOT employees to the Smith’s grocery store in Carson City, NV.

The order issued Wednesday July 09, 2014 also appears to render the Carson City District Attorney’s attempt to reinstate other dismissed charges including Libel, Intimidation and Stalking as well as Solicitation of MURDER against corrupt Carson City Judge John Tatro as moot.

The “contempt of court” conviction should also be rendered moot and reversed too since corrupt Judge Tatro’s order was illegal and void of any law or due process when Judge Tatro added conditions to Robben’s bail conditions with no hearing after a request by the Carson City Department of Alternative Sentencing (“DAS”) ordered Robben to wear a GPS device and then ordered Robben to be placed on “house arrest” with a “daily check-in” to the DAS office in Carson City from his home in South Lake Tahoe. The original order never included a “daily check-in” or “house arrest” according to Robben who has proof of the actual transcripts of the hearing conducted by corrupt Judge Tatro. Even the District Attorney Travis Lucia agreed in a written stipulation that Robben was not on house arrest or daily check-in.

susan martinovich hit and run coverup

susan martinovich hit and run coverup

Furthermore, the DAS never had jurisdiction over Robben who was a pre-trial defendant t the time. DAS only had jurisdiction over convicted “probationers” not “pre-trial defendants” according to the law under NRS 211A that governs DAS. The law was modified in July 2013 by Senate Bill 101 (“SB101″) to give DAS jurisdiction over pre-trial defendants, however Robben’s issues occurred in 2012.

This shows a clear pattern of abuse of power and acting under the color of law to carry out a personal vendetta against Robben and a cover-up of the hit-and-run by former NDOT Director Susan Martinovich.

Robben has a pending lawsuit in the Reno Federal Court related to this case and now he can show the “malicious prosecution” claim is valid since the conviction was reversed in Robben’s favor.

Robben has been very vocal about the rampant corruption in Nevada and especially Carson City where a corrupt Sheriff department, DA and Court system conspired and acted outside the law to harass Robben using the criminal justice system. Robben has performed numerious high profile protests in front of the State capitol and the Carson City court related to an array of issues including backdated court filings, withheld evidence, NHP corruption (editied dashcam video) the CCSO cover-up for Susan Martinovich’s hit-and-run and Judge Tatro, DA Neil Rombardoand ADA Mark Krueger’s corruption and abuse of office.

See the order here: Robben order.mcgee. appeal


Las Vegas Review Journal - Tonja Brown "The Nolan Klein Story"

Nevada ranks number one in the Country for the most corrupt attorneys… We need to clean up the corruption within our judicial system and it starts with arresting and prosecuting the corrupt attorneys and judges!

Massive CRIME SCENE at Nevada attorney General Office in Carson City because of the rampant corruption in the CORRUPT Nevada Courts 
LVRJ News source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/nevada-us-attorney-sees-rise-number-lawyers-prosecuted

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Prosecutors have noticed an “alarming” number of lawyers convicted of serious crimes in federal court in the past several years.tatro corrupt

A total of 23 lawyers, mostly from Las Vegas, have been convicted since 2008, according to the Nevada U.S. attorney’s office.

Since 2011, the number of convictions have increased nearly five times over the previous three years, records show.

There were four convictions between 2008 and 2010, but 19 between 2011 and this year. Eight attorneys either pleaded guilty or were convicted by a jury in 2013 alone.

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Dan Bogdenusdoj“In the last several years, the number of lawyers charged with federal crimes has increased dramatically,” U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says.

“Although we cannot speculate as to the reason for the rise in numbers, we can say that it is embarrassing and sad when lawyers violate the very laws they have taken an oath to uphold.”

Bogden calls the growing rate of attorney prosecutions “alarming” in his 2013 annual report on the accomplishments of his office.

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He isn’t alone in noticing the increase.crime

“There’s been a significant uptick,” says David Clark, the chief counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, which regulates lawyers. “It’s a combination of economic realities and the increased vigilance on the part of federal prosecutors to go after lawyers.”

Clark says attorneys have struggled in the failing economy just like everyone else and have been forced to look for other ways to make money, sometimes landing in legal and professional trouble.

Of the 23 convictions since 2008, a total of 19 involved financial crimes such as tax evasion, bank fraud and mortgage fraud, records show.

Bankruptcy attorney Randolph Goldberg pleaded guilty to tax evasion last year and is now serving a 1½-year sentence in federal prison. Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Paul Wommer, who was convicted by a jury of tax evasion last year, is serving a nearly 3½-year prison sentence. Both are temporarily suspended and can expect more disciplinary action from the State Bar when they get out of prison.

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disbarredBusiness Woman Series 24Four Las Vegas attorneys — the late David Amesbury, Jeanne Winkler, Barry Levinson and Brian Jones — pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the federal investigation into the massive takeover of Las Vegas-area homeowners associations.

Amesbury killed himself weeks after he pleaded guilty, and the other three lawyers are cooperating with prosecutors and waiting to be sentenced.

Another attorney, Keith Gregory, is to stand trial in October in the HOA case, and one key target, attorney Nancy Quon, committed suicide before federal authorities could charge her.

Winkler was disbarred in 2011 for stealing money from her clients, and Levinson agreed to disbarment as part of the plea deal he struck with federal prosecutors earlier this year. He is currently suspended from practicing law.

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Other well-known lawyers have run afoul of the law:

■ Harvey Whittemore, a onetime political power broker, was convicted last year of unlawfully funneling more than $133,000 to the campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. He was sentenced to two years in prison and must surrender in August. Whittemore is temporarily suspended from practicing law while the State Bar considers further action.

■ Noel Gage, who specialized in personal injury cases, pleaded guilty in 2010 to obstruction of justice in a federal investigation into an alleged fraud scheme involving a network of lawyers and physicians. He was sentenced to three years probation. Gage is off probation and his law license is temporarily suspended until the end of July. He must apply for reinstatement.

■ Lawrence Davidson, caught up in a political corruption probe a dozen years ago, pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering and several other charges, including those related to his unlawful flight to Israel in 2006 to avoid standing trial. Davidson agreed to disbarment in 2005 after he was originally charged. He eventually returned to Las Vegas and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison.

■ Gerry Zobrist, once a part-time Las Vegas justice of the peace, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud in a multimillion-dollar scheme to use straw buyers to unlawfully purchase homes in the valley. He was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. His law license has been suspended pending further disciplinary action.

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drunk lawyerThomas Pitaro, a respected criminal defense lawyer who has been practicing in Las Vegas for 40 years, says the stress of the legal profession likely has contributed to the rise in criminal prosecutions of attorneys.coke

“I think there are very few attorneys who steal for the hell of it,” Pitaro says. “It’s systematic of other problems — drugs, alcohol, gambling and living above their means.”

Pitaro also believes federal authorities are spending more time investigating white collar and financial crimes that have a higher probability of involving lawyers and other professionals.

Clark says his organization has stepped up its own vigilance of lawyers in recent years and has been working closely with law enforcement authorities.

“We’ve been sharing more information and developing more contacts with law enforcement,” he explains.

Clark points to the Levinson case as a prime example of the State Bar’s strong working relationship with police and federal authorities.

At one point, Las Vegas police, federal authorities and the State Bar all were working cases against Levinson at the same time, Clark says.


In his federal deal, Levinson not only pleaded guilty in the HOA fraud case, but he also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and embezzling more than $243,000 from his clients. His deal calls for him to receive no less than two years in prison. Any time behind bars he gets in state court on theft charges will run concurrently with his federal sentence.

Levinson’s willingness to agree to disbarment in his federal plea was a first for prosecutors and the State Bar. Goldberg last year agreed to a two-year suspension in his federal plea agreement.

“It shows the evolution of our cooperation with law enforcement authorities,” Clark says.

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Something else that is evolving is the State Bar’s approach to disciplining lawyers.

bad lawyers nevadaA Nevada Supreme Court rule says the State Bar can move to temporarily suspend a lawyer upon a “final judgment of conviction,” and the bar has waited over the years until a lawyer is sentenced. That’s when the federal courts, which see most of the criminal cases, recognize a final judgment of conviction.

But two criminal cases against lawyers, one in Clark County District Court and another in federal court, has Clark looking for temporary suspensions before sentencing.

The District Court case is against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in December to felony charges stemming from a fraud investigation into a sweeping courthouse counseling scheme. Bloomfield has continued to represent clients in court the past six months while waiting to be sentenced.

The federal case involves Brian Jones, who pleaded guilty in the HOA case more than two years ago and is also waiting to be sentenced. Jones has since moved to Utah and is not practicing law in Las Vegas, but his license remains active.how-our-courts-are-used-by-criminals

Last month Clark filed a petition with the state Supreme Court seeking a temporary suspension for Bloomfield while the State Bar prepares to file a complaint against him that could lead to his disbarment.

The State Bar counsel filed a similar petition last week to get Jones temporarily suspended.

Clark is hoping the Supreme Court will more clearly define the broad rule, which also allows the State Bar to seek a suspension after a guilty plea or jury conviction.

“In the past this hasn’t been so much of a problem because there hasn’t been a long disconnect between a guilty plea and a sentencing,” Clark recently said. “But lately, we’ve been seeing a greater delay.”


ImageI comes hard to hear Guy passed away. Guy help me and my friends with the first round of protests and videos about the Carson City and Nevada corruption. We will miss you Guy.

May 21, 1937 – May 24, 2014

Guy Page Felton III passed on May 24, 2014, in Carson City, Nevada. Guy’s happiest years were spent as a school teacher in New York State and Nevada. While teaching in Lander County, Nevada, Guy organized a school bond drive that won funding for a badly-needed, new high school in Battle Mountain.

Guy also served a year as president of the Lander County Teachers’ Association and founded a quarterly news tabloid for teachers in all of Nevada’s “cow counties”. In his later years, Guy published a number of websites includinghttp://www.GreatAmericanInns.com which promoted bed and breakfast inns across the U.S.


Where’s FELTON’s 21 gun salute? (See the end of this blog) A World-class Patriot and Person Passed Away

Views 76,988 – Published on May 28, 2014 

Guy Felton.. a World Class American Patriot, Warrior, Mentor, former Marine, Genius, Good Person, and Great Friend to all.. died. 5/21/37 – 5/24/14 

FELTON, was a renowned writer and orator and a political legend in Reno, Nevada, who was admired and respected by all. Even FELTON’S adversaries respected his courage, compassion, and gusto. 

He could be humorous and friendly, but he always held his ground.

If there was a Reno Watchdog Hall of Fame (and there should be), FELTON would be a Charter member.
“FELTON was a humble empathetic outspoken defender of the underdog and the downtrodden. FELTON deserves a 21 gun salute as much as any person I ever knew. He will be missed.” ~ Sam Dehne

Accused Stalker, Guy Felton Challenges Governor To Gun Fight

By: Auburn Hutton Email Updated: Wed 9:32 AM, Apr 08, 2009
The 71-year-old Sun Valley man accused of stalking and harassing Washoe County Commission Chairman David Humke, also made alleged threats to Governor Jim Gibbons.
The man accused of harassing and stalking Washoe County Commission chairman David Humke says he feels no remorse.

71-year-old Guy Felton of Sun Valley was arrested last week, after allegedly sending Chairman Humke a series of seven threatening emails.

The letters included discussion of killing Humke, as well as holding County Commission members hostage.

Felton tells me he’s been suffering on and off from what could be some type of stomach cancer for several years. He says he won’t live much longer, and plans to spend the rest of his days fighting for the American people, even if he’s behind bars.

Guy Felton looked relaxed in his orange jumpsuit. You may recognize his name as the man who’s been attending County Commission and City Council meetings regularly for more than two decades, often protesting and speaking out candidly against local government.

“I would like to see politicians in Nevada do something about our corruption,” said Felton.

Court documents allege that on March 24th, Felton was kicked out of a commission meeting for flipping county commissioners, ‘the bird.’


Felton was kicked out of a commission meeting for flipping commissioners, ‘the bird.’

“The birdie, as far as I am concerned is protected by the first amendment,” Felton  added.

The complaint says that Felton then began writing threatening emails to Chairman David Humke, calling Humke an imposter and saying he should be executed by firing squad. “I hate him, with good reason.”

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One email sent to the capitol actually challenged the corrupt nevada governor Jim Gibbons to pistol duel !!!

Another letter talked about a movie script in which the chairman is shot between his eyes.

Felton’s file included six other temporary protection orders filed against him, including ones filed by the Washoe County Manager, the Secretary of State, and even Governor Jim Gibbons.


felton vs gibbons“If I wanted to take out any politician in the state of Nevada, I would have no difficulty doing that. I do not intend to do that because that would put me in jail,” said Felton.

Felton says while he has no access to weapons, and has no intention of physically harming any public officials, he does wish to hurt them in other ways.

“Psychological harm? Yes. I want to say to them, start delivering decent American government. Stop violating the constitution,” said Felton.

Felton says he did write the emails, and meant every word in them. He says he disagrees with our state and local leaders because he feels none of them was legally elected. Felton argues that our corrupt voting system allows people into public office who he feels don’t deserve to be there. He says if given the opportunity, he’d make the same threats all over again.

“Look, I am 72. I can’t have much longer to live. The focus is not on my quality of life, or where I spend that life. My focus is trying to improve government in the state of Nevada.”

Governor Gibbons’ office, as well as the County Commission chose not to comment on the case. In a written statement from David Humke, the chairman says that Felton quote: “pushed the limits of free speech.”

Humke and other members say Felton’s behavior has become increasingly more aggressive over the past year, and that they feared for their lives.

Felton is charged with one count of harassment and one count of stalking. He pleaded not guilty and is being held with bail set at $5,000. Felton is expected to be arraigned in District Court on April 16th.

The full interview with Guy Felton is available on our home page.


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Guy Felton did the voice in the famous SANDOVAL DECEPTION video

The Scum that you are Brian Sandoval.

See more of Guy’s YouTube videos here:

Guy Felton IS the Re-Incarnation of Walter Cronkite. (Washoe county – Marine Veteran )

Watch Marine Corps Veteran and Venerable Patriot “FELTON” Expose (more) corruption.

Reno’s Own Guy FELTON – Watchdog Extraordinaire. Ballardini Ranch, Gammick Humke

(65,987 views) Guy Felton is running for U. S. Congress. Hooray!

Felton talks about UNR president Milton Glick MURDER Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Who is Guy Felton?

Guy Felton

Guy Felton

Guy’s background includes: Marine Corps Reservist, Intelligence Operative, Police Officer, Classroom Teacher, Head of Negotiations for Nevada State Education Association (now having 27,000 members), Newspaper Columnist, Newspaper Photographer, Executive Jobsearch Consultant (Listed in “Who’s Who in America”), Volunteer Ombudsman for the People of Nevada (the latter resulting in being wrongfully arrested and jailed three times for legally challenging corrupt public officials in Washoe County including Commissioners Humke, Weber, and Larkin ~ as well as Washoe Manager Katy Simon, and Deputy D.A. Melanie Foster.)

Felton has got one heck of a platform.


You can read a lot more about “FELTON” and his decades-long courageous challenging of perfidious govt at:

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American flag for Guy felton God bless you brother keep up the watchdoging on the other side so we can beatthis basterds

 God Bless Guy Felton

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Guy Felton was a member of the Sheriff Mack constitutional posse

Guy Felton was a member of the Sheriff Mack constitutional posse

Sheriffs Authority

We are members of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and support Sheriff Richard Mack in his mission. We train to help in all types of emergencies that might arise in our communities and states. We are all patriotic law abiding peace loving American Citizens that believe in our Government and the Constitution which makes America the great country that it is. We encourage all states to join us in our mission. Our mission is to unite all Sheriffs, Chief of Police, State Patrol, and all public servants in the importance of keeping their sworn oaths to defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. Sheriff Mack provides a resolution for all to sign. It states in short that you will keep your oath.


Here’s Guy’s 21 gun salute

KOLO coverage of ANTI-CURRPTION protest against Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto

Keep up the fight from the “other side” Guy! Semper fidelis

Originally posted on Judge Tatro SCANDALS:

Judge John Tatro Carson City

“Judge” Tatro fucken’ off in Elko

ELKO — Judges descended on Elko this week for business, but took the time to visit a few of northeastern Nevada’s unique landmarks.

About 50 judges from across the state gathered for the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction biannual seminar, which ran Tuesday through Friday at the Stockmen’s Hotel & Casino.

“For quite a few judges, this was their first exposure to this part of the state,” said Elko Justice of the Peace Mason Simons, who served as “host judge.”

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Participants had the opportunity, however, to go on a tour of Newmont Mining Corp.’s Gold Quarry open pit mine near Carlin.

Simons said the tour offered insight into Elko County’s economy.

Judges also…

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 Yep. And you know what they say in prison about “cho mo’s” Right?

Father Beats Child Molester To Death — Good For Him

Child molesters should be killed.

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CarsonCity judge tatro This fucker is dead

Please like and share this on facebook and demand Judge Tatro is removed from the bench!

The hits on this post are going viral on facebook, keep up the good work and tell everyone!!!

judge tatro is gonna get whats coming very soon

Also See: Carson City Corruption – Sheriff Furlong sleeping with a Tranny? Is it TRUE?

judge tatro cho moMost people around Carson City know Judge John Tatro has no law degree and has to breathalyze before taking the bench.

This so called “Judge” Tatro is a train-wreck also involved in other sex sandals that caused the shooting of his front door Like his butt buddy DA Neil Rombard who screwed his deputy DA and caused his divorce both these creeps need to go ASAP.


See the latest news on the corrupt court here – More scandals at the notoriously corrupt Carson City Courthouse – This time corrupt Judge Tatro “removing files from the record”

This piece of shit “judge” Tatro is nothing more than a liar,an alcoholic and recent statements from “confidential informants” claim Tatro is a “child molester”and had homosexual sexual relations with a young man he paid for sex.

We stand by the claim and even have the name of the victim. judge tarto sex offender

The CCSO knows who the informant is and the victim, they do nothing so we protested the FBI to investigate the mandatory complaint of “child molestation by John Tatro.

The CCSO (Carson City Sheriff) has the recording from the jail cell where the information and names were given to Ty Robben who has reported this crime but the CCSO just ignores Robben.

the local newspaper also has been failing to report the corruption: Nevada Appeal and Carson NOW censoring the news again?

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One thing “Judge” Tatro does is retaliate against people who criticize him. I was thrown in jail for alleged “libel”  by this corrupt mentally deranged son of a bitch.

The charges were dismissed because what I said was true including that fact Tatro needs to breathalyze before he takes the bench and he had an affair with a court clerk which led to the shooting of his front door.

The piece of shit Tatro filed a false criminal complaint as retaliation because according to his complaint, his wife is upset.

Good she should divorce you because you are a scumbag. Maybe Tatro should consider suicide? 

Ty Robben can assure the readers that this information is legit and he can back it up.

We stand by the claim and even have the name of the victim. 

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New website to expose Judge Tatro: JudgeTatroSCANDAL.wordpresscom
Also see: Carson City Sheriff WATCH website
and the New website to expose corrupt Carson City DA Mark Krueger markkruegerforda.wordpress.com
and the brand new williamroutsisbadlawyer.wordpress.com
Child sexual abuse
“Child sex offender” redirects here. For sex crimes committed by children, see Juvenile sex crimes.

kill cho mosChild sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation.[1][2] Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure (of the genitals, female nipples, etc.) to a child with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.[1][3][4]

Child sexual abuse can occur in a variety of settings, including home, school, or work (in places where child labor is common). Child marriage is one of the main forms of child sexual abuse;UNICEF has stated that child marriage “represents perhaps the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls”.[5] The effects of child sexual abuse can include depression,[6]post-traumatic stress disorder,[7] anxiety,[8] complex post-traumatic stress disorder,[9] propensity to further victimization in adulthood,[10] and physical injury to the child, among other problems.[11] Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest, and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma, especially in the case of parental incest.[12]

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William Routsis

Reno lawyer William Routsis cheats his clients and works for the “other side” to fuck over his clients

Update: The CCSO admits William Routsis worked with them to undermine his client behind the seems to score points with the court . William Routsis threatened me with “criminal libel” for this post and told me to take down this post by midnight and not protest his corrupt ass as I intend on doing – So I created a website williamroutsisbadlawyer.wordpress.com dedicated to this asshole.

Be aware of Reno criminal defense lawyer William Routsis. This piece of lazy crap lies, and works bogus deals with the prosecutors and against his clients. I hire Mr. Routsis and needless to say, it was a complete waste of money. Mr. Routsis can’t even use a computer to  write simple motions. I had to do all the work because Routsis who claims to be Buddhist is actually a drunk and was strung out on meth. He even had the face picking syndrome going on when I witnessed him on on of his binders. He yells at his clients and tells lie after lie to cover up his incompetence.He tore into a yelling rampage against his secretary for allowing me to enter his “office”  (den indie of his home) when he was doing lines of meth and drinking beer with some street person.

William Routsis

William Routsis sucks

He runs his office from his home, but he uses his brothers (John Routsis) mailing address to appear legit.  Mr. Routsis sabotaged my case and worked with the DA to arrange a bogus “plea deal” to which fell apart and Routsis later acknowledged he was ineffective counsel.

We need to let every potential client in the Reno and Carson City areas that William Routsis is no good, he will steal your money and yell at you. He even threatened me and I had to call the Reno police about his behavior. We will protest this corrupt lawyer soon and file complaints with the State Bar and sue him for malpractice. A lawyer like William who fucks his clients is as bad as the worst judge and DA… At least we can have a profound affect of this fella by exposing the truth about his poor representation, lies and rip offs.

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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest



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Have a problem with the Carson City Courts, Sheriff or DA?reno fed court

Call the FBI and the local news sources and demand an investigation, and charges filed against the corrupt licensed criminals like “Judge” Tatro, Sheriff Ken furlong and DA Neail Rombard and his corrupt sidekick Mark Krueger.

We’re also calling all Nevada Senators and Representatives to demand that FBI do their damn job and investigate that rampant corruption and criminal activity including “Acting under the color of Law” and RICO.



  • Backdated court filings.
  • Judge Tatro filing false criminal complaints against Ty Robben.
  • Carson City Sheriff and DA fabricating evidence.
  • Cover ups including MURDER and the Judge Tatro shooting because Tatro had an affair with the shooters mom!
  • NHP editing audio video dash camera footage.
  • DAS operating outside jurisdiction.
  • CCSO poisoning food in the jail, not giving inmates required meds, tainted jail water, etc.
  • And much more.


FBI Color of Law Abuses


U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to enforce the law and ensure justice in our country. These powers include the authority to detain and arrest suspects, to search and seize property, to bring criminal charges, to make rulings in court, and to use deadly force in certain situations.

Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency.

The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating color of law abuses, which include acts carried out by government officials operating both within and beyond the limits of their lawful authority. Off-duty conduct may be covered if the perpetrator asserted his or her official status in some way.

During 2012, 42 percent of the FBI’s total civil rights caseload involved color of law issues—there were 380 color of law cases opened during the year. Most of the cases involved crimes that fell into into five broad areas:

  • Excessive force;
  • Sexual assaults;
  • False arrest and fabrication of evidence;
  • Deprivation of property; and
  • Failure to keep from harm.

Excessive force: In making arrests, maintaining order, and defending life, law enforcement officers are allowed to use whatever force is “reasonably” necessary. The breadth and scope of the use of force is vast—from just the physical presence of the officer…to the use of deadly force. Violations of federal law occur when it can be shown that the force used was willfully “unreasonable” or “excessive.”

Sexual assaults by officials acting under color of law can happen in jails, during traffic stops, or in other settings where officials might use their position of authority to coerce an individual into sexual compliance. The compliance is generally gained because of a threat of an official action against the person if he or she doesn’t comply.

False arrest and fabrication of evidence: The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches or seizures. A law enforcement official using authority provided under the color of law is allowed to stop individuals and, under certain circumstances, to search them and retain their property. It is in the abuse of that discretionary power—such as an unlawful detention or illegal confiscation of property—that a violation of a person’s civil rights may occur.

Fabricating evidence against or falsely arresting an individual also violates the color of law statute, taking away the person’s rights of due process and unreasonable seizure. In the case of deprivation of property, the color of law statute would be violated by unlawfully obtaining or maintaining a person’s property, which oversteps or misapplies the official’s authority.

The Fourteenth Amendment secures the right to due process; the Eighth Amendment prohibits the use of cruel and unusual punishment. During an arrest or detention, these rights can be violated by the use of force amounting to punishment (summary judgment). The person accused of a crime must be allowed the opportunity to have a trial and should not be subjected to punishment without having been afforded the opportunity of the legal process.

Failure to keep from harm: The public counts on its law enforcement officials to protect local communities. If it’s shown that an official willfully failed to keep an individual from harm, that official could be in violation of the color of law statute.

Filing a Complaint

To file a color of law complaint, contact your local FBI office by telephone, in writing, or in person. The following information should be provided:

  • All identifying information for the victim(s);
  • As much identifying information as possible for the subject(s), including position, rank, and agency employed;
  • Date and time of incident;
  • Location of incident;
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witness(es);
  • A complete chronology of events; and
  • Any report numbers and charges with respect to the incident.

You may also contact the United States Attorney’s Office in your district or send a written complaint to:

Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Criminal Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20530

FBI investigations vary in length. Once our investigation is complete, we forward the findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office within the local jurisdiction and to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which decide whether or not to proceed toward prosecution and handle any prosecutions that follow.

Civil Applications

Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141 makes it unlawful for state or local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or U.S. laws. This law, commonly referred to as the Police Misconduct Statute, gives the Department of Justice authority to seek civil remedies in cases where law enforcement agencies have policies or practices that foster a pattern of misconduct by employees. This action is directed against an agency, not against individual officers. The types of issues which may initiate a pattern and practice investigation include:

  • Lack of supervision/monitoring of officers’ actions;
  • Lack of justification or reporting by officers on incidents involving the use of force;
  • Lack of, or improper training of, officers; and
  • Citizen complaint processes that treat complainants as adversaries.

Under Title 42, U.S.C., Section 1997, the Department of Justice has the ability to initiate civil actions against mental hospitals, retardation facilities, jails, prisons, nursing homes, and juvenile detention facilities when there are allegations of systemic derivations of the constitutional rights of institutionalized persons.

Report Civil Rights Violations


The various Judges(Judge Harold “Hal” G. Albright, Judge Charles McGee and Federal Judge Miranda Du)  involved in the various legal proceedings involving Ty Robben and the Carson City DA Neil Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Judge Tatro have a mandatory duty by law under the Nevada Judaical Code of Conduct and canons to report John Tatro, Neil Rombardo and Mark Krueger to the appropriate authorities. In this case that would be the FBI, the State Bar and the Commission on Judicial Discipline.

Nevada Judaical Code of Conduct:

Rule 2.14.  Disability and Impairment.  A judge having a reasonable belief that the performance of a lawyer or another judge is impaired by drugs or alcohol, or by a mental, emotional, or physical condition, shall take appropriate action, which may include a confidential referral to a lawyer or judicial assistance program.


      [1] “Appropriate action” means action intended and reasonably likely to help the judge or lawyer in question address the problem and prevent harm to the justice system. Depending upon the circumstances, appropriate action may include but is not limited to speaking directly to the impaired person, notifying an individual with supervisory responsibility over the impaired person, or making a referral to an assistance program.

      [2] Taking or initiating corrective action by way of referral to an assistance program may satisfy a judge’s responsibility under this Rule. Assistance programs have many approaches for offering help to impaired judges and lawyers, such as intervention, counseling, or referral to appropriate health care professionals. Depending upon the gravity of the conduct that has come to the judge’s attention, however, the judge may be required to take other action, such as reporting the impaired judge or lawyer to the appropriate authority, agency, or body. See Rule 2.15.

      Rule 2.15.  Responding to Judicial and Lawyer Misconduct.

      (A) A judge having knowledge that another judge has committed a violation of this Code that raises a substantial question regarding the judge’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a judge in other respects shall inform the appropriate authority.

      (B) A judge having knowledge that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question regarding the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects shall inform the appropriate authority.

      (C) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that another judge has committed a violation of this Code shall take appropriate action.

      (D) A judge who receives information indicating a substantial likelihood that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct shall take appropriate action.


      [1] Taking action to address known misconduct is a judge’s obligation. Paragraphs (A) and (B) impose an obligation on the judge to report to the appropriate disciplinary authority the known misconduct of another judge or a lawyer that raises a substantial question regarding the honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness of that judge or lawyer. Ignoring or denying known misconduct among one’s judicial colleagues or members of the legal profession undermines a judge’s responsibility to participate in efforts to ensure public respect for the justice system. This Rule limits the reporting obligation to those offenses that an independent judiciary must vigorously endeavor to prevent.

      [2] A judge who does not have actual knowledge that another judge or a lawyer may have committed misconduct but receives information indicating a substantial likelihood of such misconduct, is required to take appropriate action under paragraphs (C) and (D). Appropriate action may include, but is not limited to, communicating directly with the judge who may have violated this Code, communicating with a supervising judge, or reporting the suspected violation to the appropriate authority or other agency or body. Similarly, actions to be taken in response to information indicating that a lawyer has committed a violation of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct may include but are not limited to communicating directly with the lawyer who may have committed the violation or reporting the suspected violation to the appropriate authority or other agency or body.

      Rule 2.16.  Cooperation With Disciplinary Authorities.

      (A) A judge shall cooperate and be candid and honest with judicial and lawyer disciplinary agencies.

      (B) A judge shall not retaliate, directly or indirectly, against a person known or suspected to have assisted or cooperated with an investigation of a judge or a lawyer.


      [1] Cooperation with investigations and proceedings of judicial and lawyer discipline agencies, as required in paragraph (A), instills confidence in judges’ commitment to the integrity of the judicial system and the protection of the public.

      [Added; effective January 19, 2010.]




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judge tatro scandals

This corrupt “judge” gets exposed here: http://judgetatroscandals.wordpress.com

  • Judge John Tatro, like former Judge Robey Willis, is an alcoholic who must take a breathalyzer before he gets on the bench.
  • Judge Tatro had a breathalyzer installed in has car to prevent him from driving drunk.
  • Many people report seeing the “judge” on the bench appearing to be drunk and under the influence of drugs.
  • :Judge: Tatro has no legal training or law degree – see his bio below.
  • Judge Tatro is mentally unstable according to numerous lawyers who deal with his outbursts every day
  • Judge Tatro had an affair with a court clerk who’s son shot his door in December 2012.
  • Judge Tatro lies and tried to send Ty Robben to prison by filing false charges against him. Tatro must, by law, be charged for filing a false criminal report that led to the arrest and incarceration of Ty Robben. Tatro committed a felony and MUST pay the price for his action and MUST be removed from the bench “permanently”. all charges were dismissed against Robben because what he reported was in fact true!
  • Witnesses have reported Tatro has also paid for sex with a young man under age 18. This constitute “child molestation” – Tatro is a child molester.
  • The CCSO even has the secretly recorded jail cell recording to backup Robben’s claims of Tatro’s “ChoMo” story from source.
  • Witnesses have reported Tatro buys and uses cocaine. This is believable since the person reporting the coke use is very close to Tatro’s former wife\girlfriend.

Robben can back up his claims that Tatro is in fact the scumbag that he is.


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Carson city sheriff WATCHWelcome to the Carson City Sheriff WATCH website.  We were inspired to create this website to help transform the Carson City Sheriff Department from a corrupt police force under Sheriff Kenny Furlong into a modern Sheriff department with Transparency, Trust and Accountability.

We will post the Good, the Bad and the Ugly information about the CCSO.

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Keep checking back as we develop this website and be sure to see out main website for Nevada based stories here: http://NevadaStatePersonnelWATCH.wordpress.com

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CARSON NOW: Carson City sheriff’s candidates square off on Disagreements came at other areas of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, which has a budget of nearly $16 MILLION DOLLARS!!!

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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New blog sites to focus  on Carson City Corruption involving Judge Tatro, DA candidate Mark Krueger and Sheriff Kenny Furlong

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Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.




mark krueger scandal

Google and Bing search for Carson City DA “Mark Krueger” now suggesting “SCANDAL” and “PROTEST”

mark-krueger-is-corruptMark J. (Jackass) Kruger is a corrupt ASShole – Fuck You Jackass Kruger

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Google and Bing search for Carson City DA “Mark Krueger” now suggesting “SCANDAL” and “PROTEST”

Corrupt DA Mark Krueger – Carson City ANTI Corruption protest

Jason Woodbury announces 2014 run for Carson City District Attorney against Corrupt Assistant DA Mark Krueger

Former Deputy DA Jason Woodbury says he’s running for Carson City District Attorney against corrupt assistant DA Mark Krueger.

Mark Kruger is currently employed by the corrupt Carson City DA Neil Rombardo: 2,053 MORE WORDS

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CCSO blotterWe will report the Carson City crime blotter here with links to related news stories.

For other Carson City Crime Blotters go here: http://www.carsonnow.org/search/node/crime

Osvaldo Ruiz

Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested early Sunday morning after hitting a convenience store clerk with a banana

CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) –

Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested early Sunday morning after hitting a convenience store clerk with a banana and later crashing his vehicle into a nearby casino.

According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Osvaldo Ruiz was arrested after a vehicle and foot chase at 1:41 a.m. in the area of East Long Street. Ruiz crashed his vehicle into a natural gas line at Dotty’s Casino and caused the temporary evacuation of the casino. bannana

Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Carson City Fire Department both responded to the incident, but no injuries were reported.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said Ruiz has a long criminal history in the Carson City area. Ruiz was booked into the Carson City jail and his bail is set at $68,300.

Stephanie Mariskanish a Teachers’ aide from Eagle Valley Middle School  accused of sex with 14-year-old

Stephanie Mariskanish SEX OFENDERA teachers’ aide at Eagle Valley Middle School has been charged with four counts of having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Stephanie Mariskanish was charged in a criminal complaint filed Friday in Carson Justice Court.

Sexual conduct between a school employee aged 21 or older and any student is a Category B felony under Nevada law.

If convicted, each count carries a possible six years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the complaint filed by Assistant District Attorney Mark Krueger, Mariskanish had sex with the boy at her apartment on Roop Street several times beginning in February of this year.mark-krueger-is-corrupt

The sexual contact allegedly happened Feb. 1-28. Mariskanish was described as a Para-Pro or teacher’s aide for special needs students.

She was arrested on the charges Friday after the complaint was filed.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team arrested a 27-year-old Dayton man Thursday after a needle filled with heroin was found after a traffic stop. David Scott Illig was arrested at 7:52 p.m. in the 3300 block of Highway 50 East.

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Are you aware of the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court case Times v. Sullivan (1964) which states this, in part:

As Americans we have a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on Public Issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide open. And that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.

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Join the Newseum Institute and the American Bar Association for a special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. A new book, “The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan,” tells the story of the late justice’s struggle to persuade a unanimous court to embrace the First Amendment doctrine established in this landmark case on freedom of the press.

Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, will talk with co-authors Lee Levine and Stephen Wermiel about the book, which draws from Brennan’s previously unreported papers and interviews with Wermiel. The book explores the collegial and sometimes contentious exchanges between justices of the Supreme Court as well as the line of 31 cases that deal with defamation and privacy aspects of First Amendment law decided since Sullivan was announced on March 9, 1964.
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Criminal libel law declared unconstitutional


libelNEVADA–A federal judge in Las Vegas declared Nevada’s criminal libel law unconstitutional in late September after the Nevada Press Association challenged the law and the Nevada Attorney General agreed that the law was unconstitutional. uncon

The statute defined criminal libel as “malicious defamation” that tended “to blacken the memory of the dead,” or “impeach” the honesty or integrity of living persons, “thereby exposing them to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.”

we the pepUnder the statute, the truth of a published statement was no defense against a criminal conviction, unless the statement was published “for good motive and for justifiable ends.”

In accordance with an agreement between the Nevada Press Association and the Attorney General, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson issued a final judgment stating that the law was unconstitutionally broad and violated the First Amendment by providing punishment for the publication of truthful statements. (Nevada Press Association v. Del Papa; Media Counsel: Kevin Doty, Las Vegas)

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Breaking News


Carson DA moves to reinstate charges against Ty Robben

Taxpayer money spent on RETALATION

Taxpayer money spent on RETALIATION

By Geoff Dornan

The Carson City District Attorney’s office is moving to reinstate criminal charges against Ty Robben — including that he tried to solicit a hit man to kill Justice of the Peace John Tatro.

Two cases involving Robben were turned over to the Douglas County DA’s office after Senior District Judge Charles McGee in Reno disqualified the Carson DA’s office from handling them.

Ty Robben "gangsta blogger"

Ty Robben “gangsta blogger”

But two months after that ruling, McGee, of his own volition, entered an order saying he would reconsider that decision in light of an April opinion by the Nevada Supreme Court effectively reversing the precedent he relied on in disqualifying the DA. While McGee said he still has concerns, he would like to see the issue briefed and would consider reinstating the Carson DA’s office.

judge tatroSee the Carson City DA filing here: MOTION – Request to re-appoint (1)

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

Mark Krueger Carson City, Nevada

But in between his first order and the second one, issued April 15, Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed the solicitation-to-commit-murder charge as well as the libel, stalking and harassment charges filed in the first case. He said in the dismissal notices that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Putting Carson City back in charge would allow the office to refile the charges against Robben, including solicitation to commit murder, a Category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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Front page story: DA Moves to retaliate against Ty Robben

In the request for reappointment, Assistant DA Mark Krueger emphasized that the Carson DA’s office “reviews the evidence provided by law enforcement and charges only those crimes in which the Carson City District Attorney’s office believes occurred and can be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

Douglas Co. Nevada DA Mark Jackson

However the Douglas DA Mark Jackson dismissed all 6 charges and counts due to lack of probable cause, the lower standard and the highest standard beyond a reasonable doubt.

Those charges included 3 felonies, gross misdemeanors and the most serious class B felony of solicitation of murder on a judge.

Levi Minor

Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

The libel charged was dismissed because what Robben said was in fact, true.

Robben reported on his website that Carson City resident Levi Minor admitted to shooting Judge Tatro’s frond door in December 2012.

Robben reported the motive was that Minor’s mother, who also worked at the courthouse,  had an affair with Judge Tatro.

Robben confirmed that Minor told him this in person when he was in custody in the Carson City jail.

judge tatro shooting video

judge tatro shooting

judge tatro shooting

Robben also reported on the alleged breathalyzer test requirements for Judge Tatro before he takes the bench and related DUIs.

judge tatro scandal

judge tatro scandal

Judge Tatro also was offended when Roben made him look like the joker.

JUDGE TATRO JOKERjudge john tatro team

The bottom line and the facts are Robben did  not solicited murder on Judge Tatro, instead it was the other way around when Robben’s cell-mate (cellie) named Keith Furr attempted to solicit Robben. Robben informed his lawyers and the FBI about the situation prior to being charged. Robben could not report the incident to the Carson City Sheriff (CCSO) since they were the one setting him up. The CCSO would not respond to Robben’s inmate request forms and stole his legal papers. The CCSO still has Robben’s computers after the Douglas County DA has released the property.

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

Mark Krueger Carson City district attorney scandal

The CCSO alleges Furr wore a “wire” to secretly record Robben in his cell conspiring with Furr to hire a hit man for a “roofing job”. The recording show Furr solicited Robben and Robben declined. Robben has recording to his lawyers on the phone telling them to contact the FBI immediately because the CCSO is covering up the Tatro shooting incident and they are setting me up with a guy selling me a hit man to kill Judge Tatro. Why would Robben be calling the FBI if he was going to have a hit man kill the judge?

hit man contract out for Judge TatroHowever, Furr later admitted to other inmates in jail he did not were a wire and instead the CCSO secretly surreptitiously listened to the conversations in the cell via the intercom system normally used for emergencies. The CCSO coerced Furr into saying he wore a wire and fabricated a header on the digital audio to make it appear Furr wore a wire. The audio was illegally edited which is tampering of evidence. jp tatro ruthless and toothless

The CCSO and DA needed Furr to allege he wore a wire in order for the evidence to be admissible in court. However, by fabricating the evidence and witness testimony, the CCSO and DA have actually committed crimes against Robben. Robben also said the CCSO listened to all his phone calls which is legal, however the CCSO also listened in on all his attorney conversations in the visiting area via the intercom system just like they did in his cell 24 hours a day. Everything was digitally recorded and mined for anything that could be used against Robben. Inmates are not entitled to privacy in jail, however the secretly surreptitiously recorded data would test the law and show how far the CCSO and Carson City DA went to set up Robben.

Kenny FurlongThe CCSO, DA and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright  (presiding over the cases due to conflict of interests with all Carson Judges and Justice of Peace including JP Tatro and JP Armstrong) dismissed all pending charges against Furr in order to coerce Furr to testify against Robben, however the audio shows Furr doing the solicitation.  Keith Furr has a long criminal record and is currently in jail in Lyon County for serious charges including arson.

Judge Harold G. Albright Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

Judge Harold G. Albright
Profile: Judge Harold G. Albright was born in Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1945, admitted to the bar in 1971, Nevada; 1973

The CCSO, DA Rombardo, Mark Krueger and Sr. Judge Harold “Hal” Albright let off Keith Furr for very serious crimes that can be found by a google search of Keith Wayne Furr in Carson City:

April 21, 2014:

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court:


9:45 p.m.: Keith Wayne Furr, 51, was arrested on a felony possession-of-stolen-property warrant. Also arrested was Melanie Sandomierski, on suspicion of harboring a fugitive and possession of a controlled substance.

Source: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/11126816-113/carson-arrested-warrant-alcohol

carson city courthouse

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Lyon Deputies Arrest Dayton Man Wanted on Several Charges

Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM PDTUpdated: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

Keith Furr

Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton

Lyon County deputies have arrested a man they say was wanted on drug and stolen property property charges.

Deputies had been searching for 51-year-old Keith Wayne Furr of Dayton all weekend after receiving a felon warrant for possessing stolen property.

Around 9:45pm Sunday, they received a tip Furr was spotted at his trailer located in the 1000 block of Highway 50. When deputies arrived, they found Furr packing personal belongings into a vehicle. They say when he saw them, he ran away, and after losing him for a brief time, they found running east along Highway 50.

Furr was eventually arrested after a brief struggle.

During the investigation, deputies say an associate of Furr — 43-year-old Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton — was also arrested for harboring a fugitive for possession of a controlled substance.

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Melanie Sandomierski of Dayton

Furr is charged with principle to possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, criminal contempt (Carson City Justice Court Warrant), possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of extended protection order.

Furr’s bail is set at $15,920 while Sandomierski’s bail is set at $12,500.

Carson City sheriff’s officers make numerous drug, misdemeanor arrests over weekend

Two men were arrested Sept. 27 and face felony drug charges after Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers found methamphetamine in a console of a van. Both men denied the meth was theirs.

Keith Wayne Furr, 51, and William Dale French, 42, of Dayton were arrested in the 4900 block of Highway 50 East at 5:28 p.m.

According to the arrest report, an officer was patrolling eastbound Highway 50 near Sunrise Road when he noticed a Chevy van with an expired California plate traveling westbound. The officer followed the van to a mobile home park where it drove into a space. The men got out of the vehicle and went around to the back of a mobile home. The men were given instructions to stop what they were doing and put up their hands, which they didn’t do, each rummaging through their pockets, according to the arrest report.

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French told officers that he was a passenger in the van and was just getting a ride. He stated that Furr saw the officer on Highway 50 and stated he knew it was a cop. French told officers that Furr was nervous and drove quickly into the mobile home park. He said they didn’t know anyone who lived in the mobile home park.

A K9 did a drug sniff of the yard of the mobile home park where the dog located a small amount of marijuana along with some cash near a grill. French was asked about the marijuana and he stated it was Furr’s and he is the one who hid it. Officers spoke with Furr who stated that French was the one with the marijuana and was hid it. Furr also stated he knew the officers who stopped him were part of the SET team from the sheriff’s office when he was driving on Highway 50, according to the arrest report.

Department of Alternative Sentencing assisted with the investigation as it was learned that Furr was on a list that allowed for searches. The K9 conducted the search of the van. In the van a hypodermic device was found along with a small amount of methamphetamine and another open bottle of alcohol in the middle console of the van, within reach of both men, the arrest report states.

Officers again asked both about the meth and hypodermic device. Furr said it belonged to French and French said it belonged to Furr, the arrest report states.

Officers then learned that the rear plate of the van had a valid 2014 registration sticker however the registration was expired as of 2010, according to California DMV. The plate was taken for evidence and later booked at the sheriff’s office for fictitious registration. Dispatched advised Furr did not have a valid license in Nevada or California.

Both men were booked. Furr faces the following charges: felony possession of methamphetamine, gross misdemeanor destruction of evidence. Misdemeanors include possession of marijuana, no valid driver’s license, expired registration, no proof of insurance, possession of a hypodermic device, violation of conditions, open container and fictitious registration. Bail: $11,179. French faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence. He also faces the following misdemeanor charges: Possession of marijuana, possession of a hypodermic device and open container. Bail: $6,874.

Carson City Sheriff’s Office report details initial arrest that led to recovery of 60 stolen weapons

More details have emerged following the arrest Friday of a Dayton man that led to Carson City and Lyon County authorities to recover approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen vehicle and narcotics. Three others were also arrested.

Keith Furr, 52, was arrested on charges of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, contempt of court and criminal contempt and is being held in Carson City with a bail of $23,500.

According to the arrest report, deputies were dispatched Friday at around 3 p.m. to the area of Clearview Drive and South Edmonds after a person called dispatch to advise there was a vehicle stuck on top of the next to Prison Hill.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

When they were approximately 100 meters from the vehicle they observed Furr carrying a short-barrel AR-15 and a white metal carrying case.

The man immediately attempted to walk past the officers and appeared nervous, making movements like he was about to run from the officers, the arrest report states.

The officers asked the man who the gun belonged to and Furr said a man that he did not know handed the weapon and a case to him and told him to carry it to the top of the hill. Furr stated the man would meet him shortly thereafter, the arrest report states.

Deputy Kepler walked to the vehicle and checked the license plate through dispatch and advised the plate came back to a subject in Lyon County and then walked back to speak with Furr. As the officer returned, Sgt. Humphrey informed the deputies that Furr was a felon. Furr also admitted to this, the arrest report states. Deputy Kepler and Trotter took the man into custody at 5:12 p.m. for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

Dispatch advised Furr was on alternative sentencing, which then placed a hold on Furr for violation of conditions of probation and violation of a court monitored sentence.

Through the combined efforts Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, four people were arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges and parole violations. During the investigation approximately 60 stolen weapons, a stolen Chevy pickup with a camper shell and illegal narcotics were recovered, authorities from both agencies said.

Both Carson City Sheriff’s Office SET and Lyon County Gang Unit are still following up on leads to other crimes and suspects as a result of the arrests. Because of the investigation and leads into the case, the names of the three other suspects have not been released.

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger

Carson City District Attorney Mark Krueger


Krueger declined to comment on the filing, but the court document states that his office maintains “there has never been a conflict of interest” in the cases against Robben.

neil rombardo is corrupt

Carson City DA Neil Rombardo is corrupt

Robben, meanwhile, is taking his claims the office is unconstitutionally harassing him, violating his rights and covering up corruption in the Carson judicial system to the federal level.

He said he will sue the DA’s office and Krueger in federal court and that he has already been interviewed by the FBI.

See Robben’s website here:


Robben’s troubles began when he was terminated from the Department of Taxation. His appeals of the termination were rejected at every level.

Robben claims the termination was retaliation for exposing corruption in the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper did a story on Robben’s claims that the new $50 million dollar computer IT system had serious problems costing the State money. Robben also complained about other issues including the mine audits and personnel issues with other employees engaging in inappropriate behavior. Robben’s co-worker Morgan Canfield send numerous pornographic emails to other employees over the State email system and IT director Vince Cherpeski used inappropriate language and discriminated against employees. A Taxation employee other than Robben was so upset with Cherpeski they defecated on his desk!


Taxation Department losing tens of millions of dollars a year, ex-employees say

CARSON CITY — The state is losing tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue because of an inefficient computer system that prevents department auditors from reviewing the tax records of companies in a timely manner, according to two former Nevada Taxation Department employees.

Dino DiCianno explains everything

They place the blame primarily on a computer system that, while not antiquated, is slower and not user friendly, saying that a new system is needed.

The department’s annual report, released Jan. 15, shows 1.24 percent of businesses in the state were audited during the past fiscal year, almost half the total in the 2006-07 year, just before a new $40 million tax accounting system went online.

They also said that mismanagement by former Taxation Director Dino DiCianno has contributed to the department’s inability to perform more audits and that he deliberately stopped audits of the mining industry. DiCianno closed the agency’s Elko office in June 2010 as part of a cost-cutting plan by former Gov. Jim Gibbons, though the mining industry was booming and the auditor there could have recovered millions in unpaid mining taxes, they said.

DiCianno, who did not return a phone call seeking comments Tuesday, abruptly retired from state government in March, a day after telling legislators that mining companies had not been audited for two years because he lacked qualified auditors to check their records.

Taxation Department executives told legislators that the mining industry operated on a “self-reporting” tax system.

After DiCianno’s departure, new Gov. Brian Sandoval required the department to undertake mining industry audits.

That work produced $1.2 million in additional revenue from audits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, although the employees said much more could have been secured except for a three-year statute of limitations on unpaid taxes.

Still the employees and their union representative said far more revenue could be secured if the number of audits returned to the total of past years.

“It is our members’ assertion the total number of audits is down because of the computer and software system,” said Vishnu Subramaniam, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 4041. “Individuals have to pay their fair share of taxes. We should expect the same from Nevada businesses.”

Although no one was critical of his performance, new Taxation Director William Chisel did not return three messages left by the Review-Journal on his office phone over the past week and a half.

Sandoval, however, expressed support Tuesday for Chisel, adding it is the director’s plan to concentrate audits on companies where the returns can be greater.

“I will have a conversation with the director,” Sandoval said. “Mr. Chisel’s background is as an auditor. They are developing systems to go after the higher returning entities.”

Subramaniam arranged for the two former Taxation Department employees to speak with a Review-Journal reporter. They both requested anonymity.

One is still employed in state government. He said he told legislators before the meeting in March that DiCianno was not having the department audit mining companies.

He said he previously worked for a mining company and is proficient in auditing their records. Instead, he was assigned to audit businesses where the return for the state was far less.

This employee said no net proceeds of minerals audits were performed for 10 years.

“We did sales tax audits. We did business tax audits. We did everything but net proceeds of minerals,” he said. “I was stifled by Dino (DiCianno).”

The other source, who said he is familiar with the computer system, said, “It wasn’t right from the beginning. It has been completely dysfunctional.”

The system will not even properly add up numbers, he said.

As an example, he said the system software would show a 990 answer for adding up a group of numbers with an actual sum of 1,000. Replacing it with a new system would cost $100 million, he added.

Auditors for the Taxation Department do not need accounting degrees but can take a couple of night courses to qualify for the job, according to the former taxation auditor. He said pay is too low to attract highly qualified people.

According to the state Personnel Division, tax auditors are paid $39,108 to $69,029 a year, depending on their experience.

A person with a high school degree with previous auditing experience who has completed six credit hours of college accounting classes can be an auditor.

“I would always collect or recover five times or more what I earn,” he said. “The jobs pay for themselves.”

The annual report shows salary expenditures by the Taxation Department increased by about $450,000 to slightly more than $20 million a year in the past fiscal year.

Subramaniam said Sandoval needs to take the leadership to ensure the Taxation Department does more audits and businesses know they are being watched so they will pay their taxes, but with a 1.24 percent audit rate, businesses realize they can fudge their taxes with impunity.

“The least we could be doing is to ensure that Nevada businesses are paying their fair share in taxes — that they are paying what they’re supposed to be paying,” Subramaniam said.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

Nevada Department of Taxation Audits

Year Audits Revenue
Pct. of businesses
2010-11 1,066 $16.2 million 1.24%
2009-10 1,254 15.0 1.35
2008-09 1,397 16.2 1.51
2007-08 1,346 13.4 1.45
2006-07 1,994 19.3 2.08
2005-06 1,668 12.45 2.32
SOURCE: Nevada Department of Taxation
annual report, 2010-11

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Nevada crime scene

Nevada crime scene

In 2012, Ty Robben, a Nevada citizen, led lawful and peaceful protests against corruption in Nevada’s Attorney General’s Office and judiciary. After several high profile demonstrations – with the “World’s Largest Crime Scene Banner” at 4 ft tall x 150 ft long on display – in front of the AG’s Office and the courthouse spurred significant media coverage, he was arrested on a trumped up misdemeanor assault charge. He spent a total of 22 days in jail – eight in solitary confinement – and nearly another month under house arrest with an ankle monitor. The judge who signed the arrest warrant was Judge John Tatro, the same judge who Ty had attempted to disqualify from his civil case due to judicial bias.  The assault charge was eventually dropped.
In December 2012, Judge Tatro woke up to the sound of gunfire at his home around 4:30 am. Two shots entered the front door, passed through the living room, and exited through a sliding glass door. Ty Robben was questioned and immediately cleared. There has been no reported arrest to date but the police reviewed the judge’s court calendar in search of suspects. This incident followed the highly publicized June 2006 shooting of Judge Chuck Weller. Judge Weller was shot in the chest through the window of his third-floor courthouse office in Reno, Nevada, by a sniper in the parking garage across the street. The sniper, Darren Mack, had appeared before Judge Weller in Mack’s divorce case. Both Judge Tatro and Judge Weller had less than stellar reputations for rendering honest decisions in cases that came before them.
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In previous chapters I’ve cited some examples of the questionable actions of judicial officers I encountered and hinted at the impropriety of other judges and of the entire judicial system in which they function. It would be beneficial for you, the reader, to have an in-depth overview of the State of Nevada judicial system – aside from my specific case. It will provide the proper backdrop for what I was up against in my encounter with Nevada justice and will bring the blatant incompetence and corruption of the judges and courts in Nevada into proper perspective. The Ty Robben’s story is stunning, disturbing, and incomprehensible. It is also demonstrative of the lawlessness that exists in the state of Nevada, where the most fundamental constitutional rights are not recognized. In preparing for this and the next chapter, I have referenced the reports of reputable news reporters and the reports of legal experts and opinion makers all of which have been made public through the print and online media. The documented behavior of several Nevada judges during the course of their careers is relevant when assessing the Nevada judicial system as a whole. I was unfortunate enough to have my own personal experience with one of the judges highlighted in these reports.
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In an extensive three-part series published in the Los Angeles Times in June 2006, entitled “JUICE VS. JUSTICE | A Times Investigation: In Las Vegas, They’re Playing with a Stacked Judicial Deck,” Los Angeles Times reporters Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel wrote in great detail about the questionable, even illegal, behavior of a number of Nevada judges. If the title wasn’t enough to draw a picture for their readers, the reporters included this provocative statement as a subtitle:

Some judges routinely rule in cases involving friends, former clients and business associates – and in favor of lawyers who fill their campaign coffers.

One Thousand Showers: A University Immersed in a Culture of Retaliation and an Avalanche of Lies
by Terri Patraw (Author) , Kathleen Keithley (Contributor)
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About the Author

TERRI PATRAW established herself as one of the top Division I coaches and recruiters in the NCAA. She built two highly successful Division I soccer programs at Arizona State University and the University of Nevada. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration. KATHLEEN KEITHLEY is a professional author and screenwriter. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

This book was easy to read and laid out nicely.


Amazingly, the media also fails in doing its job in ferreting out and reporting the truth.

A Thinking Man

I was blown away by this story and what this woman had to endure.

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We are looking or stories of Government, Judicial and law enforcement corruption in all of Nevada and especially Carson City.


We want to make Sheriff Ken Furlong unelectable in the 2014 elections. We want Judge Tatro off the bench.


Do you have a Nevada corruption story? Send it to us at nevadawatchdog@rocketmail.com

We made DA Neil Rombardo, DA Dick Gammick and Catherine Cortez Masto unelectable and we will continue to expose their rampant, wholesale corruption.

furlong and rombardo

Ken Furlong, his pink tie and his boyfrined…

We wanted to bring this controversial story back to the front page of the blog because the issue has comer up again.

furlong sleeping with a trannyWhen I was in the Carson City jail and people found out who I was, the gangsta blogger from NevadaStatePersonnelWATCH  they told me about this alleged transvestite named Adrian who had a fling withCarson City  Sheriff Kenny Furlong…

There are to many people talking about this.

Did the CCSO try and set me up with bogus info or is this true?

Kenny Furlong, please issue a press release and let us all know your side of the story…

is it trueWe present the questions in search for the answers. Presenting our new promotional tool called “Carson City Corruption – Is it TRUE?”…

We want to keep this site provocative and up-to-date with the rampant rumor mill in the “Dirtiest Little Town in America” named Carson City. Local’s call the place “Cartoon City” or even “Carson Shitty” and the people are called Carsonites.

Carson City- It’s a sunny place for shady people.  Really, the town has some good things to offer for Nevada like golfing, it’s near Tahoe, Virgina City and Reno, a new hospital and all the staple American big box stores… It also has whore-houses, and not just the world famous, Dennis Hof’s Moonlight “Bunny Ranch” made internationally know by HBO’s “Cat house” series on Nevada prostitution.

Speaking of Nevada prostitution, Carson City and Nevada politics… We have a strange list of names of who screwed who and which high-profile Carson City Sheriff and/or prior Sheriff candidate(s) is screwing a transvestite named “Adrian” !

and Carson City Sheriff  ____________ was caught screwing behind the old K-Mark building in Carson City, Nevada… Is this true?

Is it…

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Photo from 2014 Nevada Geology Calendar taken by Matthew Richardson.

Coming soon! You can look forward to another great Nevada Geology Calendar this year. This calendar is designed by Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Chris Henry, and Nick Hinz and will be available this Fall 2014. More details will be coming soon.

This 12-month calendar for 2015 will feature a different geologic topic each month. It is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and also includes interesting facts about Nevada geology.

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Racing Across the Desert

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Load Film in Subdued Light:

Camera: Bolsey Jubilee Film: Ferrania Solaris 100

Camera: Bolsey Jubilee
Film: Ferrania Solaris 100

Shooting through a car window is usually a dumb idea. In this case, however, I think it paid off. There are a million photos of wide open roads fading off into the distance. They always make me feel like there’s so much more to see and, since they’re still, no way of seeing it.

But the one above shows that we’re getting there, that we’ll see everything soon enough.

Especially when compared to this one:

Camera: Bolsey Jubilee Film: Ferrania Solaris 100

Camera: Bolsey Jubilee
Film: Ferrania Solaris 100

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Dayton’s Rock Point Mill

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Dennis Cassinelli:

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Once the amazing discovery of silver bearing ore had been made on the Comstock Lode, the miners were faced with the problem of how to get the many tons of rich ore processed to recover the valuable silver and gold. Several arrastras were built to crush the material in a circular pit using a heavy revolving stone wheel. This primitive method proved too inefficient for the large volume of material being taken from the Virginia City and Gold Hill mines. Several small scale stamp mills sprang up but there was not enough water in the intermittent springs to operate them on a continuous basis.

The earliest prospectors and miners on the Comstock knew that there were mills in California, so they sent horse or mule drawn wagon loads of ore across the Sierras to be processed. This was at great expense but the ores were so rich, the investment paid…

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Early this week Good Jobs First joined its voice with those of progressive organizations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas to express concerns about the pending subsidy bidding war over Tesla’s proposed Gigafactory.  In case you missed it, an open letter signed by Arizona PIRG, the California Budget Project, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), New Mexico’s SouthWest Organizing Project, Texans for Public Justice  and Good Jobs First regarding the multi-state competition has been generating growing media attention.  The letter calls for state leaders to seize the opportunity presented by Tesla’s subsidy demands, communicate with each other, and reject the harmful Race to the Bottom.

Much of our daily work at Good Jobs First consists of monitoring massive subsidy packages that often don’t receive much attention in the media.  But events like the Gigafactory bidding war provide an opportunity to break down these complicated…

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Money is frowned on at Burning Man, the annual desert bacchanal that runs through Monday in Nevada. Participants are instead supposed to adhere to the festival’s feel-good philosophy of giving gifts like glow bracelets, sparklers, and vodka shots.

The group that puts on Burning Man, meanwhile, rakes in millions of dollars from selling tickets and parking passes to more than 60,000 attendees. It’s a complex operation with a full-time staff and a huge budget that dwarfs many big businesses.

Burning Man has long been led by its co-founder, Larry Harvey, who helped build it up from an informal gathering on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 to an international happening. Ostensibly, it’s an art event and free-zone for “radical self-expression.” In reality, the event’s vibe has morphed into a mix of flower power, around-the-clock rave, and Silicon Valley wheeling and dealing.

Earlier this year, Burning Man’s owners fulfilled a promise…

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(this story started here…) Long before the joy of Reno 911 came into my life, I got to experience “The Biggest Little City” sitting in the passenger seat of a big gold Buick. This Buick was driven by a highschool friend who was living there with her mom during one of those “break from life” moments young people have every-once-in-a-while. We were both 19. I had graduated high school a year prior, she had just taken a break from college after two years. She was one of those amazingly smart kids that got the principal’s permission to graduate early and start college. I was awed by her ambition, drive, and fortitude. She picked me up in that big gold Buick, complete with a boombox on the bench seat because the radio didn’t work, and I regaled her with my horror stories of Phoenix.

We were a-flutter with teenage energy, nearly…

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Silent Sunday

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Photos by Emilio:

Car Barn

Thank  you,Cosmic Girlie, for hosting this every Sunday.

And for your black & white dessert, please go visit Monochromia.

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2014 Burning Man celebration ~ Nevada USA

2014 Burning Man celebration ~ Nevada USA

Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.

One of the roots of the annual event now known as Burning Man began as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986 when Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco[7] and burned a 9-foot (2.7-meter) wooden man as well as a smaller wooden dog. Harvey has described his inspiration for…

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As we’ve witnessed recently in Ferguson, Missouri, the difference between police and military is already nearly indistinguishable. In other words, the Army is already taking on peaceful citizens in domestic cities. Tank-supported SWAT teams

already grenade and raid homes to serve warrants for victimless, non-violent offenses. What more can they possibly train for?

The U.S. Army is now officially getting into the crime-fighting business. According to the Army Times, the Army is training to fight battles in megacities, not against other armies, but to help local authorities root out shadowy criminals, extremists and, wait for it, wait for it, influential political dissidents.

The Army Times reports on this year’s Unified Quest war games drill:

When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities. Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the…

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Steven Brooks Pleads Not Guilty

Posted: August 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on CBS Las Vegas:

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Nevada state lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to a gun charge dating to allegations that he threatened to harm an Assembly leader days before the 2013 legislative session began.

Prosecutor Thom Gover said a judge on Tuesday scheduled a jury trial for Steven Brooks to begin Oct. 6.

But Clark County District Court Judge Abbi Silver also set an Aug. 28 pretrial status check.

The case is one of two pending against the 42-year-old Brooks.

He spent 16 months in a California jail for a March 2013 freeway chase and fight with police that happened the day he was expelled from the state Legislature.

He’s jailed awaiting a Thursday preliminary hearing on felony and misdemeanor charges dating to a February 2013 scuffle with police investigating a domestic dispute.

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Originally posted on Pass Bills. Create Jobs.:

There are now seven northern Nevada land actions included in The Northern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act in U.S. House, H.R. 5205. Thanks to the efforts of Congressmen Amodei and Horsford, controversial provisions in this bill were resolved at the end of July and bipartisan support has been obtained in the House.  All are included in companion Senate bills that have passed out of Committee.

Each of our seven Nevada communities, Elko, Carlin, Winnemucca & Humboldt County, Fallon, Storey County, Fernley, Yerington and Lyon County, will benefit by acquiring land for community development and resolve year’s long debates on wilderness designation.  Both the Pine Forest (Humboldt County) and Wovoka Wilderness (Lyon County) were developed with substantial local input, and incorporate protections for existing grazing and other public land uses.  They both have broad-based, local support.

The bill(s) will also jumpstart Nevada Copper’s Pumpkin Hollow Project, a 1 billion dollar…

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Originally posted on Pass Bills. Create Jobs.:

Speaking earlier this week before the Fernley Republican Women’s Committee, Congressman Mark Amodei focused on the Northern Nevada Lands Bill, HR 5205.

He was very optimistic of House Passage on September 8, 2014. He also urged members in attendance to make their voices heard at the Senate level.

Thank you Congressman Mark Amodei for all of your hard work!

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The majority of Las Vegas’s 63 license applications for medical marijuana came in the final hour, say city officialsVegas Sees 63 License Applications for Medical Marijuana . Clark County saw its last minute line form shortly before 3 P.M. on July 23rd, a line filled with possible cultivators and processors. City staff stuck around to process these applications, staying late, even into evening hours. Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that there are prominent people in the city who have ties to applicants, including Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s son Ross Goodman, former assembly speaker and retired police chief Richard Perkin, restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton and State Senator Mark James.

The Las Vegas Planning Commission will see those entrepreneurs who reach the next stage. Land use approval has to be granted by the commission. The commission plans to make its final licensing decisions in October. 28 organizations were recently selected by Clark County to open dispensaries, and another…

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Route 93 between Twin Falls, ID and Ely, NV

Route 93 between Twin Falls, ID and Ely, NV

Twin Falls, ID to Great Basin National Park, NV – The drive back into Nevada was long and boring, just the way I sometimes like it.  I spent time imagining what I would do when I finally saw the bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on the planet.  It was amazing that they were in Nevada, of all places.  “That’s probably why they survived,” said my friend Kelly.  “Because they’re in Nevada.”

Who goes to Nevada?  This woman.  What would it be like to be near these old ones?  It would be serene. The pines had needles that were older than I was.  I was building up for an enlightening experience.  It would be grounding. Some of them were over 5,000 years old.  It would be an epic experience, one I would tell about with awe. It would be…

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) landed in a bit of hot water this morning as racially-insensitive jokes made at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.  The remarks were made public by the Republican opposition research group American Rising.

Senator Reid released this statement,  “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”  This isn’t the first time the Nevada Democrat had to apologize for remarks of this ilk.  In 2010, remarks the senator made in 2008 about then Senator Barack Obama came to light in the book Game Change.  The Reid said Obama was “light-skinned” and had ” no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”  `

Reid isn’t the only high-ranking Democrat to have a history of racially charged remarks.  Former President of The United States Bill Clinton is alleged to have said to the late Massachusetts Senator…

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TRUCKEE, California (AP) – Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company’s electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says.

Tesla officials previously announced plans to build a station near Truckee, California, about 30 miles southwest of Reno but hasn’t confirmed an exact location or opening date.

The Sierra Sun reported Thursday that six charging bays with “Tesla” labels have been delivered to a cordoned off site in Truckee and construction equipment has been assembled behind a supermarket.

Assistant Truckee town manager Alex Terrazas confirmed Tesla had pulled required permits and paid appropriate fees for the station.

Tesla will pay the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to supply electricity to the station as part of a development agreement, said Steven Poncelet, conservation manager for the district.

However, he told the newspaper a confidentiality clause prevented…

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Originally posted on WeHoliday Blog:

Situated in Clark County, Nevada, Las Vegas is a bustling American city characterised by grandiose hotels, glitzy casinos and hoards of excited tourists. Home to the Las Vegas strip, the world’s most popular tourist attraction, it provides visitors with a holiday like no other.

However, behind the façade of bright lights, casinos, cabaret shows and all you can eat buffets, there’s plenty more to see and do to make for a memorable trip.

Explore alternative Vegas with our selection of less than conventional tourist hotspots – the perfect addition to any itinerary.

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Camping on ‘Extraterrestrial’, one of the ‘streets’ at Burning Man 2013
Camping on ‘Extraterrestrial’, one of the ‘streets’ at Burning Man 2013

The desert festival in Nevada is inspiring new ideas about temporary homes and contemporary living

The question of building instant, post-trauma communities for the 21st century is one that has racked brains from Syria to New Orleans and Dhaka, but some of the answers could be provided by an experimental festival held every year in a North American desert. 

Burning Man is set in the inhospitable Black Rock desert of Nevada where, this week, 70,000 hippies, techies and adventurers will get down to some serious circus stunts, dancing and nightlong pyrotechnics. Costumes range from a human eyeball to camouflage-style queens in full regalia.

Yet, among these curious desert blooms, it is possible to find some radical, sustainable architecture.

Vinay Gupta, inventor of the Hexayurt, first tested his prototype cardboard living structure at Burning Man in 2003. He believes…

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Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY WASHINGTON —The Justice Department is leading a broad review of police tactics, including the kind of deadly force that prompted recent protests in Missouri and New York, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday.

The review is being conducted as the department weighs creating a national commission to provide new direction on such controversial issues.

In addition to deadly force, the review is expected to examine law enforcement’s increasing encounters with the mentally ill, the application of emerging technologies such as body cameras, and police agencies’ expanding role in homeland security efforts since 9/11, said the official, who is not authorized to comment publicly and requested anonymity.

The review is slated to be completed early next year while authorities consider establishing a special law enforcement commission similar to a panel created by President Johnson to deal with problems then associated with rising crime.

Rather than violent crime, which has been in decline in much of the country, police are now grappling with persistent incidents involving use of force and their responses to an array of public safety issues, from drug overdoses to their dealings with the mentally ill and the emotionally disturbed.

The call for a broader federal policy review, while not directly tied to any specific incident, grew out of a meeting involving law enforcement advocacy groups and Justice officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, the official said.

“Nobody has looked at the profession in any holistic way in more than 50 years,” the official said.

Earlier this week, Holder announced that federal authorities were opening an inquiry into last week’s shooting death of a Missouri teenager by local police. Separately, Justice has been monitoring a local investigation in New York into a 43-year-old man’s death after being subdued by local police last month.

Both incidents have sparked volatile local reactions. The most tense are playing out in the suburbs of St. Louis, where for two nights police have clashed with demonstrators protesting the death of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot Saturday in an altercation with police.

“Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” Holder said this week, announcing the FBI’s deployment to the Brown shooting death.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the nation’s largest group of local law enforcement officials, has long advocated for the revival of the Johnson administration commission to provide needed direction to an institution whose responsibilities have expanded markedly in the past half-century.

In 2010, then-IACP president Michael Carroll, while supporting a congressional push for such a panel, said police were “confronting a vast array of new challenges and demands that would have seemed unimaginable just a short time ago.” Among those demands, he cited increasing police involvement in immigration matters, overburdened court systems and a “continuing need to ensure the protection of (citizens’) civil rights and civil liberties.”

University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, who has written extensively on law enforcement matters, said a new commission could offer law enforcement “empirical evidence for a better way to do business.”

“There is no reason why we can’t and shouldn’t be able to learn from those who are doing things better to create the best practices for everybody,” Harris said.

source: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/08/22/northern-nevada-police-get-plenty-war-equipment/14468727/

Behind a large garage in a maintenance yard surrounded by 6-foot fencing, under video surveillance, sits a 47,000-pound armored truck designed for U.S. war operations.

The truck, known as a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, was obtained by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office through a U.S. military surplus program that transfers warfighting equipment — including rifles, armored vehicles and protective gear — to local police agencies.

The Reno Police Department and Carson City Sheriff’s Office also say they’ve received military vehicles this year through the program, and Sparks Police Department says it is exploring the acquisition of one. All three of those agencies have armored trucks, but say most vehicles are old, nearly inoperable with limited ballistic capabilities. They described the military surplus program as a boon to local policing efforts following recession cuts.


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LOCAL REACTION: About 40 gather in Reno to remember Missouri teen

But national and state lawmakers — along with protesters following the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo. — are beginning to question whether police need such high-powered war equipment, arguing it blurs the line between military and police.

“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement, and we don’t want those lines blurred,” President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House last week. “That would be contrary to our traditions.”


From high-powered assault rifles to camouflage-clad police officers perched on top of heavily armored vehicles: The violence gripping the Missouri town of Ferguson has highlighted a growing militarization of US law enforcement.

Lyon County’s armored vehicle officially entered its fleet last week and will only be used for SWAT operations, the sheriff’s office says, primarily serving as a high-powered, bullet-proof shield for law enforcement.

Such a vehicle came in handy during events like the Thursday shooting at a Motel 6 in Sparks when Luis Alberto Machado, 34, allegedly fired more than 100 rounds from three weapons; one was an assault rifle, police said.

Machado suffered minor lacerations from broken glass and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center. No other injuries were reported.


A half-billion dollar business

The armored vehicle Sparks police used in Thursday’s shooting was obtained through a grant, Sparks Deputy Police Chief Brian Miller said, but the department is interested in getting at least one more through the military’s surplus program, also known as the 1033 program under the National Defense Authorization Act. The program dates to the 1990s as a way to help law enforcement in counter-drug activities.

Lyon County’s new armored vehicle became available last year when manufacturer BAE Systems closed its shop in Sealy, Texas after the Department of Defense started looking for different warfighting vehicles, leading to the distribution of nearly 13,000 of the mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, already paid for by taxpayers.

Last week, it become operable for SWAT missions in Lyon County — the rural Nevada area southeast of Reno with about 50,000 residents.

Lyon County sheriff’s Lt. Abel Ortiz, of the SWAT team, lists the acquisition of the MRAP as one of the highest achievements of his policing career — and why not?

Lyon County paid $8,000 in shipping with no cost for the $700,000 vehicle.

“A lot has to do with finances,” Ortiz said. “We have an obligation to the taxpayers to get the best equipment we can get at the best price.”

After four months of modification, radio installation and adding a passenger-side door handle that had been removed before delivery, Lyon County’s MRAP became operable last week, Ortiz said.

“We tried to go through grants to get a BearCat (armored vehicle), specifically for SWAT,” Ortiz said. “The MRAP came up and basically it is everything we need, but for free.”

Spare tires were not part of the deal because that exceeded minimum weight for delivery and increased the price, Ortiz said. For Lyon County, the six-wheeled armored vehicle replaces a 20-year-old hand-me-down armored truck from a Los Angeles security company.

“We get requests on a monthly basis,” said Michael Lambrecht, the state representative for the 1033 Program. “Some agencies are reasonably active; others aren’t.” Agencies usually have a designated point person watching the program’s database as items become available on a first-come, first-serve basis, Lambrecht said.

He said the most active agencies are the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

The Department of Defense monitors the equipment through biannual inventory and reserves the option to have the equipment returned to the federal government, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a press briefing in Washington, D.C., last week.

Overall, the program has transferred more than $5 billion in military property to more 8,000 law enforcement agencies “to increase its capabilities, expand its patrol coverage, reduce response times and save American taxpayers’ investment,”according to the program’s website.

Nearly $500 million in military equipment transferred to law enforcement agencies nationwide in 2013, the website says. Since 2012, about $1 million dollars in equipment went to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, including rotor hubs for the RAVEN helicopter program, two SWAT robots and search and rescue sleds.

“The program doesn’t just save money — it saves lives,” Washoe sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon said. According to the sheriff’s office, the two OH-58 Kiowa and one HH-1H Huey helicopters performed nearly 3,000 calls for service since 2011, fighting 46 fires.

But lawmakers and state advisory committees are beginning to question the program, saying more oversight is needed.

“The issue is this: Whether we should allow surplus equipment the military has to go to police departments. I say, ‘Yes,'” U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said during a TV interview Tuesday with Sam Shad on “Nevada Newsmakers.” “We have police departments all over the country, including those in Nevada, who are desperate for more resources and the mere fact that you have the equipment doesn’t mean you need to use it.”

He added: “It’s not a question of equipment, it’s what they do with it. It’s obvious that there needs to be more oversight once equipment is given to somebody.”



That billion-dollar transfer business moved two high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, smaller trucks referred to by the acronym HMMWV, and one MRAP to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office in the last year.

“It’s interesting because, while your eyes see what you can construe as militarization, that is not necessarily the case,” Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said. “You must equip agencies to address issues we must address these days. Law enforcement is facing issues such as heavy-weapon fires and mass shootings.”

Furlong said his office’s anti-mine vehicle hasn’t been operated, yet, and only would for SWAT operations. Meanwhile, Carson City’s two high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles are used for search and rescue efforts, driving through mountainous terrain and large enough to act as a gurney for the injured.

While the turret remains on the MRAP, mechanisms for machine gun fire have been removed and similar modifications are performed on surplus equipment before entering law enforcement operations, Furlong said.

“It is very intimidating so local law enforcement, combined with programs every day, have to take that into consideration,” he said. “If your intention is to intimidate public, agency not doing well to begin with.”

But for some, it’s a slippery slope, and the violence in Ferguson, Mo., serves as anecdotal evidence.

“It seems the program started out to supplement police departments in equipment needs,” said Tod Story, the executive director of the ACLU in Nevada. “What it has turned into is making police departments look like a military force. When you have community policing efforts occurring that resemble U.S. military, this is the wrong way for police departments to interact with the community and the people. It gives the impression that the police department is at war with community rather than working with them to keep them safe.”

Coincidentally, a Nevada advisory committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rightsscheduled a meeting months ago to discuss the militarization of police in Las Vegas. That meeting, held Thursday, was attended by Las Vegas and Reno law enforcement, as well as advocates statewide.

Lonnie Feemster, the former president of Reno’s NAACP chapter, attended the meeting.

“This militarization of police has happened under the radar, but because of this civil unrest in Ferguson, now we have this at the front of the news, and they are saying, ‘Wait a minute.’ Is this America or Iraq of Afghanistan? Where in the heck is this happening?” Feemster said.

Bob Fulkerson, state director of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, have scheduled a gathering noon Monday in front of the federal court building in downtown Reno to “continue the conversation” and “state their demands.”

“Ferguson can happen anywhere in this country, including Reno,” Fulkerson said.

Law enforcement echoed Fulkerson’s concerns Ferguson could happen here.


Furlong said he wouldn’t ask deputies to drive a military-styled vehicle past a group of protesters, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want his department getting their hands on some of the equipment.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said it’s a tough line to walk, and the best way to do it is through dialogue with the community.

“Community involvement and decision-making is very important to us,” Robinson said. “But on the other hand, you get all this military equipment, it creates separation. We’re aware of that. But we have found some need for some of the equipment.”

Special events often bring the need for more force, but Robinson said deploying military-styled vehicles during Hot August Nights or Street Vibrations is something they want to avoid.

The closest Reno ever got to a major crowd-control effort in the modern era was in 1998, when about 130 people were arrested during Hot August Nights. When an “estimated 200 hard-core gang members started overturning cars, pulling people out of vehicles, molesting women and starting fights, the police moved in,” the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote in an editorial.

Reno’s police chief at the time, Jerry Hoover, was quoted as saying, “I’m pretty pleased with the tactics used, and I think we were prepared. But there’s more we can do in terms of more equipment and more training.”

Force on force

While the 1998 Hot August Nights riot sparked discussion on crowd control, the shooting death of a Reno police officer in 2001 exposed police vulnerability during residential standoffs.

The Reno Police Department acquired its first armored vehicles following the death of Reno police Officer John Bohach.

Following a traffic stop and officer chase, 50-year-old Larry Peck barricaded himself in his home on Vassar Street and fired at police officers.

One round from a high-powered rifle hit the hood of a parked delivery truck Bohach used as cover while approaching the house from the backyard seconds before SWAT arrived. While officers are told to hide behind the engine block of the vehicle for protection — which Bohach did — the round hit the hood and passed just above the engine block before entering Bohach’s chest, police said.

Bohach was not wearing a protective vest, police said.

Peck, described as a survivalist, continued his standoff with police for five hours.

Reno police used a bank’s armored vehicle, along with one from the Sparks Police Department, to get close to Peck’s home. Those vehicles were rated to stop pistol, not high-powered rifle fire, police said.

Reno police Sgt. Ron Chalmers dragged Bohach to paramedics after the shooting and was awarded the department’s Police Medal of Honor. He said an armored vehicle wouldn’t have saved Bohach’s life that day because his fatal wound happened during the initial moments of the response.

But he said it would have protected police during the hours-long standoff.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson, who worked the scene of the Bohach shooting, said police threw body vests on top of the armored vehicles as added protection in order to move close to the home.

“That’s literally how we got Larry Peck out,” Robinson said. “We had a team in the back of the truck and threw smoke in the house — and even that was risky.

“That really became a necessity for us when Bohach died,” Robinson said. “We couldn’t get into (Peck’s) house. We couldn’t get close enough to insert gas because he shot and killed a cop and was going to continue shooting. We were faced with very few options.”

Additionally, Chalmers said the department started looking at tactics on returning fire and evacuating a casualty — both integral to military combat operations and, as Chalmers noted, to police operations in the modern era.

He referred to the Bohach shooting as Reno’s “North Hollywood” shooting, referring to the 1997 incident in Southern California when two men wearing body armor robbed a bank and fired on Los Angeles police with superior rifles.

“It was a significant wake-up call,” Chalmers said of Bohach’s death.

RPD’s military surplus

Reno recently obtained a ballistic and blast-protected carrier designed in 2004 for desert warfare. It is Reno’s first armored vehicle acquired through the military surplus program, Shaw said.

Vehicles given through the program are often “beat up” following military activation, Shaw said. It is currently getting repairs at a local shop that offerered its services to the police department at no charge, he said.

Additionally, Reno has nine assault rifles and 17 night vision binoculars, four currently issued to special units such as SWAT and the gang unit, Shaw said.

But some of the equipment, such as three Kevlar helmets and 24 sets of inoperable night-vision scopes, sit in storage “like an old computer upstairs,” Shaw said.

At least 24 large, mounted night-vision scopes take up an old jail cell at the downtown Reno police station. He wasn’t sure when the department received them, but he did say it was more than a decade ago.

Shaw said they’ve tried to return the scopes, but the Defense Department says it can’t accept them and Reno can’t dispose of them.

Lambrecht said he’s heard of this issue with other agencies concerning the scopes.

“There are small pieces of nuclear parts in them,” he said. “As a result, the Defense Department says it can’t accept them.”

The Department of Defense couldn’t be reached for comment on the scopes.

By the numbers

$700,000 is the cost of a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office got this year. Reno police and Carson City sheriff also received armored vehicles this year.

$8,000 is the price Lyon County paid for the shipping cost — nothing more.

$5 billion is the amount of money in excess military gear the federal government gave to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States since the program was created in the 1990s.

13 years ago this week, Reno police was exposed during a shooting that forever changed the way the department conducts residential SWAT operations, police said.

$1 million is close the cost of the military gear the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office received through the program since 2012.

3 are the helicopters the sheriff’s office has in its Regional Aviation Enforcement (RAVEN) program; each acquired as military excess items from the federal government.

Source: RGJ research

Sheriff Arming Civilians to Fight Feds! “No Hope Short of Bloodshed”. There is a sheriff in Michigan arming and swearing in civilians in order to fight the Feds. This is where America is heading.

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Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Nevada’s best-kept secrets endure at Area 51

Editor’s Note: Nevada 150 is a yearlong series highlighting the people, places and things that make up the history of the state.


A Ford Expedition descends into the desert. The only sign of civilization is the nameless dirt road stretching a few miles back to state Route 375. Then the vehicle stops short of something unusual: pavement.

“This is the closest you guys are going to get,” says Dean Baumgartner, turning off the car and ushering a man from the Netherlands and a couple from England to get out.

They look at the paved road ahead and the hills flanking them. They study the white Ford Raptor truck perched atop a hill to the right, facing them from a hundred yards away. Silhouettes of two men can be made out, watching everything they do, there in case they step across the line.

“They knew we were coming and drove out to meet us,” said Baumgartner, pointing to the opposite hill at their left, where camera and audio-sensing equipment stand on tripods. “They’re keeping an eye on everything you do and say.”

The tour guide has brought hundreds of people here from all over the world, just for a glimpse. A few of them have threatened to test the Air Force’s no trespassing signs, most memorably a group of women who asked what the men in the truck might do.

“I said they can shoot you. Right guys?” replied Baumgartner, knowing he would be heard.

The truck’s headlights flashed, making it clear that this isn’t just any government property. It’s the one that helped put Nevada on the map, even as the federal government struggled for decades to keep it off any map. Welcome to Area 51.


A year ago this past week, the federal government at long last acknowledged the secret facility inside the Nevada Test Site, freeing those like 77-year-old Las Vegas resident Thornton “TD” Barnes to finally tell his wife what he did for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1968 to 1975.

“Back then, aliens weren’t a thing,” Barnes said in an interview last week, recalling his work in high-speed radar tracking. It brought him to the top secret Area 51 to help in the CIA’s test program for U-2 spy planes and other Mach 3 aircraft, as revealed in the CIA reports declassified in August 2013. “If people only knew. We were out there just flying planes.”

When it comes to Area 51, there’s the unofficial, official story of a top-secret proving ground for new military technology and clandestine missions still in operation today. And then there’s the version preferred by the conspiracy crowd, the one involving shadowy projects and alien technology. Both draw tourists from all over, eager to see what they can’t see — inside.

Baumgartner’s tour, offered through Adventure Photo Tours, starts at McCarran International Airport, of all places.

An airline operates there but doesn’t sell tickets. Instead, it flies unregistered, unmarked Boeing 737s, nicknamed Janet jets, that can be identified by the red stripe running down their white fuselages. The flights transport personnel from Las Vegas to the Nevada Test Site and Area 51.

Barnes flew in the red-striped planes during his seven-year stint at Area 51, catching a ride to work every Monday and coming back Friday evening. He chuckles at all the wonderers, searching for exciting explanations, such as why the service came to be called Janet airline. That was the name of the CIA base commander’s wife back in the day, he said.

“It’s just the guy’s wife,” says Barnes with a laugh, remembering all the times he’s been asked about aliens. “I tell them we didn’t have any aliens out there. Just the best flying club in the world.”

But Barnes knows there’s no convincing some people, no matter how much he describes what did occur, like the MiG-21 fighter jet they received from a Soviet defector and later used in training to save countless lives.

As Baumgartner tells 26-year-old Floris Otten, visiting the United States for a karate tournament in Long Beach, Calif.: “When the government claims there’s nothing going on, make the lie believable. If nothing’s there, why would they guard it?”


Otten came to Las Vegas for what lies outside it. He first heard about the secret military installation from a video game, Perfect Dark, he played as a teen. He has learned what he could about the secret base ever since.

Baumgartner feeds him more tales during the drive on Interstate 15 north out of Las Vegas, splitting off onto U.S. Highway 93 a few minutes later and into the depths of the Nevada outback. For the 100 miles to Alamo, hardly a building or other paved road can be seen in the expansive valleys leading in all directions.

“No one to see what they’re doing,” says Baumgartner. “I’m going to tell you the theories. You can decide yourself.”

He talks of the rumored Area 51 tunnels — large enough for planes — connecting to California and of crystal skulls, like the ones made famous by the fourth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, and more.

“I like all the stories, but I remain skeptical,” says Otten.

Shane and Becky Cooper, the other passengers, feel similarly but have been intrigued since they saw a Janet jet taking off their last time in Las Vegas. Like many people in England, they hadn’t heard of Area 51, they said.

“My personal opinion, it’s a military base,” says 33-year-old Shane Cooper as Baumgartner turns the sport-utility vehicle onto Alamo Canyon Road, just short of Alamo the town, heading for Delamar Dry Lake. The Air Force reported using the flat and hard lake bed as an emergency landing site for the X-15. The rocket-powered aircraft set speed and altitude records in the 1960s.

Baumgartner acknowledges that most UFO sightings in the 1970s were probably the radical-looking Mach 3 planes tested at Area 51, like the SR-71 Blackbird.

“Almost every day, we were flying something,” says Barnes, at Area 51 for 2,850 training missions and 29 real-world surveillance missions, 26 over Vietnam and three over Korea. He remembers some odd planes, like the Have Blue, Lockheed’s prototype for the F-117 Nighthawk. “Weirdest thing I ever saw. You would think it an alien aircraft.”

But what is the Air Force up to now? asks Baumgartner, taking the group past Alamo to State Route 375, renamed the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996, as marked by a sticker-covered sign.

“I want to believe,” says Otten, reading one of the stickers.

Baumgartner has shuttled all kinds of people looking for reason to believe, from an Australian bachelorette party to Europeans, Asians and Americans.

“The whole way there, they’re listening. They soak it up,” the tour-guide says. “Sometimes, they don’t speak English, which is interesting.”

While some are fanatics, knowing more conspiracy theories than Baumgartner, others are “just curious or maybe a little off, just like me,” he says.


Less than 40 miles down the Extraterrestrial Highway, Baumgartner makes a pit stop at the mandatory lunch spot for alien enthusiasts, Little A’Le’Inn in the small town of Rachel.

The restaurant and motel are featured in the movie “Paul” and sit across the street from a dry lake bed used in the blockbuster film, “Independence Day.”

An old tow truck is parked out front with a flying saucer dangling from the back. Near it stands a weather station also monitoring radiation. It belongs to a network of 28 other stations in “communities and ranches surrounding and downwind of the National Test Site,” according to a U.S. Department of Energy and Desert Research Institute program that monitors “man-made radioactivity.”

Nearby Area 51 lies within the Test Site, where 1,021 nuclear detonations occurred between 1951 and 1992, 100 of them above ground.

Inside the Rachel restaurant, about 5,000 pieces of paper money hang above the bar representing currencies from around the world.

Pat Travis, 71, has owned the restaurant for 26 years and embraces the Area 51 tourists, selling alien cookie jars, mugs, T-shirts, stuffed animals, shot glasses and much more. No one has found aliens, as far as she knows, but they find something else out here in the Mojave Desert, she says.

“People talk to each other here. When’s the last time you talked to someone at the table next to you?” says Travis, recalling two New York City neighbors who hadn’t a clue they lived across the street from each other. “They met here.”

After all these years, she can’t speak to the mysteries shrouding Area 51.

“There are so many unanswered questions out there because no one knows what happens in Area 51,” she says.


After lunch, Baumgartner heads his group back toward Las Vegas, stopping at a dirt road for the “black mailbox,” which is now white, planted in concrete and made of quarter-inch steel because of thieves and vandals. The mailbox is an alleged hot spot for UFO sightings.

Down the dirt road, Baumgartner goes for miles, taking his group to what they came to see — the spot where the warning signs stand and the pavement begins.

When they arrive, Otten watches the white truck on the hill, hesitant to approach the boundary as Baumgartner warned.

“I’m following you,” he tells his tour guide.

“You want someone to be a sucker for you, huh?” Baumgartner replies, walking up to the Air Force Installation sign a few inches from the pavement, but never over it. “See? No problem.”

The Coopers ask if it’s just dummies in the truck. Baumgartner’s tour company discovered that wasn’t the case May 28. Another tour guide, distracted by a person in the back seat, accidentally drove past the warning signs and was chased down by the white truck. Men in military garb got out, and Lincoln County police arrived to arrest them.

That should provide more fuel for the conspiracy theorists, says Barnes. But it doesn’t bother him.

“That’s part of the legacy of it. They really think that happened out there,” said the Cold War veteran who has done dozens of radio and TV interviews, including with the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, since being cleared to talk.

Callers always ask the same questions, wanting to know what they fed the aliens and how they looked. “They just flat out believe without a doubt that we had aliens out there. That’s their only concern.”

Contact Trevon Milliard at tmilliard@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0279. Follow @TrevonMilliard on Twitter.

source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/nevada-150/nevada-s-best-kept-secrets-endure-area-51

big moneyReno is no stranger to large influxes of tourists and annual events.

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Northern Nevada to grease up their fingers during the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, rev engines while cruising during Hot August Nights and compete downtown in bowling tournaments.

Starting the third week of August and ending the first week of September, caravans of RVs, trucks, trailers and art cars also descend on city streets and Nevada highways for the annual counterculture and art event, Burning Man.

There’s something else these events bring to the region: money.

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Last year, nearly 70,000 people traveled into Nevada for Burning Man. Throughout Reno and Fernley, burners could be found shopping in grocery and retail stores, frequenting restaurants and buying supplies before their weeklong stay in the Black Rock Desert.

According to the Burning Man organization, the annual event brings in tens of thousands of people and millions of dollars to Northern Nevada, with 52,000 people and an estimated $44 million in economic impact in 2012, and more than 68,000 people and an estimated $55 million in 2013.


The organization says it spends more than $5 million annually in Nevada on production and planning, law enforcement, emergency services, construction materials, toilets, labor and supplies, and on business trips throughout the year.

Burning Man also reports the organization donated more than $585,000 from ice sales to charities and organizations in Northern Nevada, including nearly $66,000 in 2012 to Pershing County charities, including Pershing General Hospital, Marzen House Museum, Lovelock Food Bank, Safe Haven Rescue Zoo and the Chamber of Commerce.

After more than two decades of hosting the event in Nevada’s desert, it would be easy to assume that Burning Man’s economic impact would have been thoroughly analyzed, mapped and reported by independent groups.

However, that is not true, and according to the Center for Regional Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, it will take quite a bit of work and data collection to obtain that information.

Data assumptions

The Center for Regional Studies specializes in economic and fiscal research and analyses for businesses, governments and entrepreneurs. It also analyzes local economic trends and economic impacts for special events.

Brian Bonnenfant, project manager at the center, said he has been questioned throughout the years about Burning Man’s local impact and has attempted to calculate a dollar amount.

In order to calculate that, Bonnenfant said, surveys that collect visitor demographics, trip characteristics and expenditures are required.


Without the primary data from surveys, some of the ways the center has evaluated the event’s impact is through creating low, middle and high scenarios and guesstimations, he said.

“It’s complicated and difficult, and we need to do a survey to ask the right questions: what is being spent per day; how did you get here, airplane or vehicle; how many people per vehicle,” Bonnenfant said. “It would be a unique survey to take place — and it needs to be done, otherwise we continue to loosely estimate by applying assumptions.

“Without a survey, the estimates are not defendable.”

Bonnenfant said the center has taken the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor Authority figures on visitors and their spending and estimated what Burning Man participants’ spending would average.

If the RSCVA estimates a visitor spends $85 per day in food and drink, he said he would estimate Burning Man participants are spending $50 a day based on the remote desert location of the event.

He said it is unknown how many Burning Man attendees stay at commercial lodging, or for how long, after the event.

It’s these gaps in the data that make it hard to calculate what that total impact is on the region, he said.

Bonnenfant reports that one slice of usable data within the 2011 Burning Man survey is that 21 percent of attendees arrived by airplane.

He said 21 percent of 2011’s population of 53,963 would equal 11,332 visitors to the area. Multiply that by an estimated $400 spent in food and drink, and that would equal $4.5 million in impact just for that slice of burners.

There are caveats to the estimated spending because not all participants stop in Nevada to buy food or lodging. And while many are buying gas within the state, most of the return to Nevada is via gas taxes which are applied to state roads and road construction and the rest of the profits would go to corporate owners.

For those spending money at stores such as Safeway, Raley’s and Walmart, what remains locally are the wages to the employees because the profits would also go to corporate entities, he said.

Bonnenfant said that, without specific Nevada Burning Man survey results, the center can’t accurately calculate the economic impact.

“Burning Man conducts a survey every year, but the reported attributes are very limited. You can’t calculate the impact,” Bonnenfant said. “We would like to generate a survey out at the event, but until we do, we don’t have any idea on what participants are spending.”

Long-term economic impact

Mike Kazmierski, president of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, has only been in Reno for three years, but said with certainty that Burning Man’s economic impact on the community goes beyond the money it brings into the region each year.

It’s all about exposure, he said.

“It gives us exposure to an incredibly successful part of the business community — nationally and internationally — as they come through the Reno-Sparks community on the way to the desert,” he said. “It shows them what we have in our region, and we have found that many people coming through here for Burning Man mention us as a place for business.”

Kazmierski said the annual event also helps change the image the region has to a more culturally progressive and viable business destination.


“Our community went from, ‘What is that going on in the desert?’ to embracing the concept of being the base camp of Burning Man — where people stop, shop, eat and play — and incorporating it as part of what we are,” Kazmierski said. “It’s a fundamental change as Burning Man has more and more of an influence on our community.”

Kazmierski said people are noticing a change in Reno when they visit. He has had executives tell him they are amazed at the differences in Reno’s culture and growth. The traffic that migrates through Reno during Burning Man gives business leaders a chance to see where Reno is heading and what the city has to offer.

“The mass majority of people that come through are getting supplies, but they see what we have to offer as a region either before the event or after. These include senior executives and decision-makers,” Kazmierski said.

“As they spend time here, they understand more what we offer, such as a quality of life and businesses. The more we can help people understand that this is a business destination, the more we can impress on visitors that they can do business here and not just enjoy their visit.”

“Whenever someone in the community gives me a less than positive perspective on Burning Man, I ask them, ‘Have you been there?’ Until you’ve gone to the playa and have seen the unbelievable display of art, and how that creative class is engaged and connected and the energy and potential, you don’t realize what it really is.

“That kind of energy and creativity is what we need if we are going to go to the next level.”

It’s not just Reno that sees burner shoppers and visitors.

Fernley Mayor LeRoy Goodman said that throughout the years, Fernley has watched Burning Man grow from a few thousand to 60,000 people and with it a major economic spike in the community’s restaurants and stores two weeks before and after.

“It’s about a month that our community is benefiting economically,” he said. “My view is positive. They spend money here — Indian taco and water stands — I think people in the community look forward to it. The week after Labor Day, they look forward to seeing people. They stop in the same places, eat here and get cleaned up, and I think that’s neat.”

He said the influx of tens of thousands of burners through Reno and Fernley is not only good for the economy, it’s good exposure to what the region’s business and communities have to offer.

“When you’re coming from all over the world to Reno, you can take advantage of the eclectic businesses. Burner week is becoming like the Kentucky Derby and party for a few days in Reno — even if people aren’t going to Burning Man,” he said. “We are getting more and more traffic through here — spending the night in our hotels and shopping and participating in things — and it’s good for Fernley and all of Western Nevada.”

High demand, high cost: Desert RVs

Earlier this year, Classic Adventures RV Sales and Rentals begin to book its RVs for Burning Man.

The entire fleet of more than 40 RVs sold out in March, and manager Dane Johnson said it’s been the same story for the 10 years he’s been in business.

“I wouldn’t be in business today if it wasn’t for Burning Man,” Johnson said. “We don’t get much business outside of the event, and throughout the past seven years, business has doubled.”

He said he has about 20 percent repeat customers and offers some additional services to the rental, including daily filling and emptying of the RVs tanks and offering one flat charge that includes cleaning and maintenance after the burn.

“Burning Man has significant economic impacts for Reno businesses — from the small sector to large corporations,” he said. “It helps small businesses stay in business.”

While Johnson wouldn’t disclose his RVs rental charges, he said he estimates RV rentals bring in $20 million in profits throughout the Western region.

He said if there are 68,000 people at Burning Man and about a third of those need or want an RV, or about 15,000 people, there wouldn’t be enough RVs in the Western region to accommodate the renters. This creates a high demand for the rentals and the rental companies can charge exorbitant fees.

“I need to keep my doors open and I have to pay fees like everyone else; 3 percent goes to the BLM,” Johnson said. “I also pay employees to clean and get them ready, and there’s a lot of overtime; I can’t just hire people for a week.”

Accommodating the masses

In the week leading up to Burning Man, and the week after the event ends, tens of thousands of burners stop in Reno and frequent shops, restaurants, hotels and casinos.

Throughout the past several years, the Grand Sierra Resort has become one of the more popular burner stopovers. So much so, the resort offerspre- and post-burn packages and parties for burners.

“After they have been out in the desert for a week, they come here for a party at the pool or go to the all-night concerts,” said David Holman, executive chef of Charlie Palmer Steak. “We get a lot of fresh food, like seafood and oysters, and people come back year after year for it.”

After Burning Man concludes, Holman said both the restaurant and hotel are booked to maximum capacity and the RV center on the property is nearly full.

“We have Europeans here on their monthlong vacations and a lot of people here at the GSR who want to continue the party,” Holman said. “There are groups of 30 to 40 people in the lounge and everyone wants to link up with friends they met on playa.”

“Burning Man brings Reno to an international level. It exposes more people every year to the Reno-Tahoe area,” Holman said.

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Join our Burning Man online scavenger hunt by snapping photos of 13 total items and publicly posting them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag#BurnersInReno. You could win a prize. Here are the items:

1. First burners you see at a grocery store

2. First burner vehicle

3. Fur-covered bike

4. Burner at the airport

5. Line at the ice store on Fourth Street

6. Collection of burner vehicles in a parking lot

7. Burner car from a state not connected to Nevada (the farther away, the better)

8. Selfie with a burner

9. Parking lot party

10. Burners shopping for


11. Burners wearing


12. Car with a burner sticker

13. Truck stacked with beer

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Prepare for the Playa Police

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man:

Burner Mark has shared this advice on what to do if you have an encounter with the police on the Playa. Seems pretty helpful.

We also published this guide last year, and shared these Gate Safety tips last week. 40% of Burners have never been to the event before; only 30% have been more than twice.

How to deal with cops at Burning Man

Do not consent to a search.

Black Rock Rangers

Black Rock Rangers

Never consent to a search. Say the phrase “I do not consent to a search.” Even if you have nothing for them to find, ALWAYS say “I do not consent to a search.” Never consent to a search of your person, a search of your car, your truck, your trailer, your RV, your camp, or of your tent. You especially never consent to the search of anyone else’s property. The cops are trained to make you flustered and…

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War Machine’s flight from charges he beat down his on-again, off-again girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, ended in a California hotel where he was found alone with some cash and pizza.porn star Christy Mack

Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is also known as War Machine, was arrested by the Nevada Fugitive Investigative Strike Team, or FIST, led by U.S. marshals, with Simi Valley police, Friday afternoon after a weeklong, two state manhunt for the mixed martial artist.

Koppenhaver fled Las Vegas after the assault Aug. 8 and was found at the Extended Stay America Hotel in Simi Valley, a city northwest of Los Angeles where he used to live, authorities said.

The arrest immediately drew praise from one of Mack’s friends, prominent adult film star and native Las Vegan Jenna Jameson, who was also in a violent relationship with a mixed martial artist in the past.

“Thank god the coward “warmachine” has been caught and detained by US Marshall’s in Simi Valley! #justiceforchristy,” Jameson posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.

Officers found Koppenhaver about 1:45 p.m. He had a small amount of cash and pizza in the room with him.

“This is yet another example of how our joint agency efforts are apprehending fugitives who think they can hide,” Nevada U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye said in a statement.

Las Vegas police said Koppenhaver attacked Mack, 23, and her friend Corey Thomas in her home near the Las Vegas National golf course about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 8. Koppenhaver burst into the home and accused Mack of cheating on her and began assaulting Thomas, according to a police report.

Koppenhaver choked and punched Thomas for nearly 10 minutes before telling him to leave and instructing Thomas not to call police, according to the report. Koppenhaver told Thomas his friends would kill him if he ended up in jail, according to the report.

Mack dialed 911 while Thomas was being attacked and then hid the phone.

After Thomas left, Koppenhaver turned his anger towards Mack, the report said.

He began punching her as they went into a bathroom before he forced her to take a shower, according to the report.

Mack ended up on the floor, where Koppenhaver groped her and threatened to rape her, she told police.

Koppenhaver began searching through her social media accounts on her phone and punched or kicked her when he came across a post that angered him, according to the report.

He then threatened Mack with a dull knife, holding it to her head before he went into the kitchen, alluding he was getting a sharper knife “to finish the job,” the report said. She used that chance to escape out the back door and alert neighbors.

Mack suffered myriad injuries from the assault. Both of her eyes were swollen shut. She suffered a “blow out fracture” of her left eye and several other broken bones in her face, two missing teeth, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and serious bruising in several places.

“I believed I was going to die,” Mack said on social media earlier this week. “He has beaten me many times before but never this badly.”

She also tweeted out photos of her injuries.

Koppenhaver posted a series of messages Aug. 9 on Mack’s Twitter account saying he was shocked at what happened.

“I love you and hope you’re okay. I cam him (sic) early to surprise you and help you set up for your convention. I can’t believe what I found and can’t believe what happened. All I wanted was to surprise you and help and do something nice now this. I’m so heart broke in all ways. I will always love you,” he said.

Late Sunday night, Koppenhaver took to Twitter for his last social media post before police arrested him.

“I’m not a bad guy, I went to surprise my gf, help her set up her show and to give her an engagement ring and ended up fighting for my life. The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it’s all just heart breaking. I only wish that man hadn’t been there and that Christy &I would behappily(sic) engaged. I don’t know y I’m so cursed. (One) day truth will come out.”

Koppenhaver was booked into the Ventura County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Nevada.

Mack has been discharged from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, a hospital employee said.

source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/war-machine-arrested-california

The Loneliest Road – Photos

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Lori Schafer's Short Subjects I Feel Like Writing About:

Got a late start my first day out - very late. Wound up spending the night in Reno. Ah, good ol' Reno - The Biggest Little City in the World!

Got a late start my first day out – very late. Wound up spending the night in Reno. Ah, good ol’ Reno – The Biggest Little City in the World!

The El Dorado Casino. Strange, I've never struck gold there!

The El Dorado Casino. Strange, but I’ve never struck gold there!

The quiet streets of Reno on a Monday night.

The quiet streets of Reno on a Monday night.

Reno sidewalk awash in the glow of a casino. Amazing how blinking lights can beautify a city!

Reno sidewalk awash in the glow of a casino. Amazing how blinking lights can beautify a city!

An all-too-common sight in gambling towns - the pawn shop.

An all-too-common sight in gambling towns – the pawn shop.


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A deceased and decaying wild horse.

A deceased and decaying wild horse.

I have delved into the world of aerial photography via the purchase of a DJI quadcopter. Here’s the story: I went to the area where there are a lot of wild horses east of Reno Nevada. I did not know there was a dead or decaying wild horse at this location until I uploaded the content to my computer. If I would have seen the horse I would have tried to figure how it died(whether by vehicle etc.) This is the first time my cameras have been able to look out to places I haven’t been to on foot.

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Nevada Landscapes

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Lori Schafer's Short Subjects I Feel Like Writing About:

Nevada, being largely desert, is one of the emptier states. Many of the cities and towns actually lie on the borders with other states – taking advantage of the built-in markets for gambling, which is legal and widespread in Nevada.

But once you leave the gambling meccas of Reno, Las Vegas, and the like, most of the rest of the state looks like this:

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Bare brown hills…

Nevada Landscape 3

Bare brown mountains…

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And bare beige hills and mountains. The color – or lack thereof – really stands out here, as becomes very apparent when you move on to redder areas like Arizona or Utah. Earth tones seem to permeate the atmosphere itself.

Nevada Landscape 6

And even the greens of the sagebrush and other plants appear muted, almost blending into the desert floor.

Nevada Landscape 2


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Posted: August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Originally posted on The Neophyte Photographer:

Wingfield Park. Reno, NV

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Danielle Wolf (Source: North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety)

I am no advocate for being a dick to your kids but this is bullshit.  This mother of the year candidate was arrested for using fuck in public.  Some libtard, not minding her own business, decide to call police after she heard the fuck parade in a grocery store.  Why?  Because she was verbally abused as a child and didn’t think the mom would be arrested.  You stupid bitch, what did you think would happen?  This is for the libtard dogooder.

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They have their panties in a wad because those damned unruly Americans are fed up with the bullshit.

From Breitbart.
A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” The document says the inspiration for violence is Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville standoff with the Bureau of Land Management from earlier in the year.
DHS’s seven-page report entitled Domestic Violent Extremists Pose a Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement points to the recent murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a “growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years and inspired by perceived government overreach and oppression” and the “perceived victory at Bunkervile” will “likely prompt more violence.”

Perceived?  Oh, it’s all too real.  Obama’ former DHS chief Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano, compiled an Enemies List

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#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 16 – Technology and civil liberties groups are pushing back on a California “kill switch” bill that they warn could be used to silence protests like the ones seen this week in Ferguson, Missouri.

Critics say a California bill passed on Monday contains a dangerous carve-out that could give law enforcement the power to shut down cellphones during emergency situations, possibly including public demonstrations.

The California bill is aimed at curbing cellphone theft by requiring all smartphones sold in the state — home to 37 million people — to come equipped with a feature that allows users to remotely wipe their personal data and make the devices inoperable.

By Kate Tummarello @ The Hill


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“During the war, Israeli bombardment leveled whole urban neighbourhoods, leaving more than 10,000 houses destroyed and 30,000 damaged and killing 1,300 civilians, according to U.N. data. Israeli forces also struck six schools providing shelter to refugees under U.N. protection, killing at least 47 refugees and wounding more than 340.”

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Mayhem.  Obama’s Free Sh*t Army loots.  Outside agitators arrive to encourage ‘revolution’. Militarized Gestapo Arrives in force.  Reporters arrested.   Cops sight in heavy weapons from MRAPs on crowd of unarmed protesters.

This is America? 

Is this the spark that sets the nation off to civil war?

We are on the verge of the kinds of horrors we have seen and are seeing in the third world.  Obama has divided the nation to the brink.   His regime and his ideological sycophants in his party and Praetorian Media have polarized the nation.  American Conservatives and Christians have been demonized while debauchery and wickedness have been celebrated.

The entitlement mentality has been indoctrinated into millions of the dependent class, and they are told that to demand more, making everything an issue over race and suggesting that Whites and other Americans need to pay reparations and have their wealth and property redistributed.


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As Carson City struggles, former drunk judge Robey Willis spends taxpayer money on a fair that lost money!

Mayor, you ask for the people to write to you and the board of supervisors about our concerns, questions, suggestions, etc. Then you and the BOS never respond and now we have to come to you BOS meetings with big signs and protest and then take over the public comment sections of the open meetings only to be harassed by the corrupt Sheriff. WTF?

Without Board of Supervisors knowledge, Carson City DA pays Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger to defend against lawsuits filed by Ty Robben

Stockton, California Went Bankrupt. Is Your Carson City Next?

Does China own my city? US Cities Going Bankrupt

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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A true story of a young athlete Louie Zamperini who faced death and struggle, but with God’s help and miracles he survived his long lasting struggles. Watch this incredible and unforgettable story of Louie Zamperini.

LOS ANGELES — Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97.

Zamperini’s death was confirmed by Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. A family statement released early Thursday said Zamperini had been suffering from pneumonia.

Louis Zamperini

“After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives,” the family statement said. “His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”

Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” which is being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie and is scheduled for a December release by Universal.

“It is a loss impossible to describe,” Jolie said in a statement. “We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly.”

A high school and University of Southern California track star, Zamperini — known as the “Torrance Tornado” — competed in the 5,000-meter run at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He finished eighth but gained notoriety by running the final lap in 56 seconds.

Zamperini enlisted in the Army before Pearl Harbor and was a bombardier on a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber in World War II. He and his crew were searching for a downed B-24 when their plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean, killing eight of the 11 men.

He and one of the other surviving crew members drifted for 47 days on a raft in shark-infested waters before being captured by Japanese forces. He spent more than two years as a prisoner of war, surviving torture.

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Random HouseThe best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” is based on Louis Zamperini’s life and will be released as a movie in December.

At age 81, Zamperini — a five-time Olympic torch-bearer — ran a leg in the torch relay for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Nagano. During his visit, he attempted to meet with his most brutal wartime tormentor, Mutsuhiro Watanabe. But Watanabe, who escaped prosecution as a war criminal, refused to see him.

In speeches all over the world, Zamperini never failed to mention his alma mater, said former USC track and field coach Ron Alice.

“He was the greatest ambassador the university ever had. At every appearance, at every speech, he always wore his USC hat,” Alice said. “He was the most gracious, humble, inspiring person you’d ever hope to meet. Just very, very special. And that’s why there’s going to be a movie of his life.”

In May, Zamperini was named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, which next New Year’s Day will feature the theme “Inspiring Stories.”

In accepting the honor, Zamperini — wearing the ever-present USC cap — recalled that Hillenbrand, while researching the book, asked to interview his friends from college and the Army.

“And now after the book was finished all of my college buddies are dead, all of my war buddies are dead. It’s sad to realize that you’ve lost all your friends,” he said. “But I think I made up for it. I made a new friend — Angelina Jolie. And the gal really loves me, she hugs me and kisses me, so I can’t complain.”

He was a guest of Jolie last year when she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hillenbrand called him “the grandest, most buoyant, most generous soul I ever knew.”

“In a life of almost unimaginable drama, he experienced supreme triumphs, but also brutal hardship, incomprehensible suffering, and the cruelty of his fellow man,” she said in a statement. “But Louie greeted every challenge of his long journey with singular resilience, determination and ingenuity, with a ferocious will to survive and prevail, and with hope that knew no master.”

Zamperini was born Jan. 26, 1917, in the western New York city of Olean. A group in Olean is raising funds to place a granite marker in Zamperini’s honor in War Veterans Park in August.

He was just 2 years old when his parents moved the family to Southern California, where he lived for the rest of his life. Zamperini Field, a city-owned public airport in Torrance, is named in his honor. A stadium at Torrance High School and the entrance plaza at USC’s track and field stadium both bear his name.

His wife, Cynthia Applewhite, whom he married in 1946, died in 2001. His survivors include daughter Cynthia, son Luke and grandchildren.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nevada Supreme Court

Nevada Supreme Court

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Nevada Supreme Court protest

Nevada Supreme Court protest

FRAUD UPON THE COURT Reno, NV Judge Patrick Flanagan and 5 Nevada Supreme Court Justices completely fabricated an entire caseNevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty is the main spokesman for Question One on the November general-election ballot.

If passed by voters, it would establish an appeals court in Nevada. It would ease the overwhelming pressure on the state Supreme Court, which now is the only appeals court in the state.

Nevada is just one of 10 states that doesn’t have an intermediate appeals court. Because of that, the Nevada Supreme Court’s backlog on undecided cases has mushroomed from 1,515 five years ago to more than 2,200 today.

It can take up to four years, in some cases, to get an appeal decided in Nevada. No wonder the theme of the campaign for Question One is: Justice delayed is justice denied.

Not only does the current system take its toll on justice, it also takes its toll on the justices who decide the cases.

“There is a considerable personal toll,” Hardesty said. “You’re exhausted.

“As you may know, I read until midnight, 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning four nights a week,” Hardesty said. “When you do that, day in and day out, it takes quite a toll. And yet, quite frankly, you see these cases languishing in the system and you’re doing everything you possibly can to get them decided as soon as you can.

“Personally, it is very frustrating not to be able to resolve more cases more quickly because you know people’s lives are put on hold and it directly impacts them and their emotional state,” Hardesty said


Sounds like Nevada’s justices are overworked. And that is a terrible situation for anyone who is seeking a fair ruling from the state’s Supreme Court.

Child custody cases can take up to four years to resolve, Hardesty said. Lengthy time frames also apply to death-row appeals and criminal cases. Kids could be almost grown – and their childhoods ruined — by the time the Supreme Court renders its decision.

Perhaps the justices have made decisions on very important matters while they are mentally fatigued, which is good for no one.

Despite the potential for mental fatigue, the current overwhelming case load can also cause sleepless nights for the justices.

Journalist Jon Ralston, on his Ralston Reports TV show, asked Hardesty if he ever woke up worrying if the court didn’t spend enough time on any particular case.

Hardesty softly replied “yes,” then elaborated:

“It leaves you with sleepless nights,” Hardesty said. “And everyone of us probably has some real misgivings about whether we have given adequate time to some of the serious questions that are in front of us.”

justice denied

THIS ISSUE WITH THE NEVADA Supreme Court is nothing new. Voters have rejected the establishment of an intermediate or appeals court four times since the late 1970s. The latest rejection came in 2010.

Then, the issue was tied to an initiative where judges would first be appointed by the governor instead of being elected. They would retain their jobs if they could then garner 55 percent of the vote in an election.

The initiative passed in Clark County but ultimately was defeated, since it lost in Nevada’s 16 other counties. Hardesty noted that the 2014 campaign for an appeals court doesn’t have to carry that “appointment” baggage into the election.

But really, it kinda does.

First, the court of appeals would consist of three judges. The governor would appoint them after nominations from the Commission on Judicial Selection. The three initial judges would be appointed to two-year terms. Then they would face election for a six-year term.

Could the governor stack the appeals court with his cronies?

Then, once appointed, they would have the power of incumbency heading into their elections. And a six-year term? That’s a long as a U.S. senator.

STATE SEN. GREG BROWER, R-Reno, is heading a political action committee (along with Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas) to raise money for an “educational campaign” to inform the voters about the need for an appeals court.

Some expected Brower to run for attorney general this year. But he didn’t. Instead, the GOP candidate for that office is Adam Laxalt, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt.

Brower has yet to endorse Laxalt, even though they belong to the same party.

“I just really have not been focused on that or involved in that,” Brower said of the AG’s race. “I’m working very hard on getting our (state) senate candidates elected. As you know, we are one seat shy of a majority (in the state senate). We have three very tough races in Southern Nevada that will determine the balance of power in the senate, so we are working very hard on that. And that is where my focus is.”

Brower noted that his name was tied to the AG’s race as the presumed Republican candidate long before Laxalt came into the picture.

“I just really was not interested in running,” he said. “I know there was scuttlebutt, but there’s scuttlebutt about a lot of things. But I am committed to the work I am doing in the (state) senate and I have a very busy law practice and I was just not interested in doing that (running for AG).”


Nevada justice reflects on serving as juror

CARSON CITY — For Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Gibbons, the waiting was the hardest part of serving as a juror in a capital city criminal case.

His many years of serving as a Clark County district judge and then as a member of the Supreme Court gave him a pretty good idea of what was going on in the courtroom while jurors cooled their heels in a waiting room, but that didn’t make it any easier.

But Gibbons, who along with his other jurors reached verdicts quickly in the case involving a man who brandished a gun at an Olive Garden restaurant on July 21, 2013, said he will never forget his opportunity to see the process from a completely different perspective.

“It’s a great experience,” he said. “It’s very different.”

Gibbons might be the first ever Supreme Court justice to serve on a jury. A court search found no evidence of a member of the court ever serving on a jury, although some justices have received notices to appear.

Gibbons had to wait like all the other jurors when they were told to report at 9 a.m. Thursday. Jurors did not actually enter the courtroom for another two hours.

“Everybody was wondering what’s taking so long,” he said.

Judge James E. Wilson Jr. Carson City corruption

Judge James E. Wilson Jr. Carson City corruption

Gibbons said he figured the delay was due to either the defendant, Douglas County resident David Paul Lane, entering a guilty plea or the defense opting against presenting a defense, which then required the attorneys and corrupt  District Judge James Wilson (known for back dating court filings) to settle on the jury instructions. The second option turned out to be the right one.

Lane’s public defenders did not present a defense. Lane did not testify.

“But I couldn’t share my thoughts with the jurors at all,” Gibbons said. “I kept that to myself when they were concerned about the delay.”

In his court questionnaire, Gibbons said his only comment was to work on managing court time to minimize delays for jurors.

“I did tell Judge Wilson that I agreed with every single one of his rulings on objections during the trial,” he said.

Gibbons said he would have pre-empted anyone with formal legal training from serving on the jury if he was defending Lane.

“They are totally qualified, but I think it is better to have 12 people who don’t have any previous bias in those areas,” he said.

It was tough at times remembering that he was a juror, Gibbons said.

“At one point in the trial, the judge sustained an objection and the witness kept speaking and I started to (reach out) and say ‘stop’ and I said ‘Wait, I’m on the jury, I can’t do that’ and I pulled my hand back. It was just a natural reaction.”

Not surprisingly, Gibbons was made foreman of the jury, but he told his fellow jurors that he would not comment until everyone else had a chance to offer their thoughts on the case.

Ultimately the jury found Lane guilty of one charge of assault with a deadly weapon along with the single count of carrying a concealed weapon. He was found not guilty on two other assault charges, and the jury deadlocked on the fourth assault count.

Gibbons showed up for the jury selection on Monday, doing his civic duty like everyone else. But he was shocked when, later that day, he was seated as a juror.

Gibbons said he will donate his meager jury duty pay back to the state.

Contact Capital Bureau reporter Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3900. Find him on Twitter: @seanw801.


A lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of a juvenile inmate alleges he suffered permanent injuries from the combination of a physical attack and use of force by correctional officers while housed at the Nevada Youth Training Center in Elko.

The complaint was filed in Clark County District Court by Al Lasso, a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas. The plaintiff, Daniel Vargas, who was transferred to the Northern Nevada facility in October, lost eyesight after he alleges officers attacked him and hogtied him in November, securing his limbs together behind his back.

“We don’t want any other child to go through what Daniel and other children up there have had to go through,” Lasso said, who added his client was not doing interviews.

Last month, Family Court Judge William Voy ordered 12 Clark County youth to be returned to his jurisdiction after reports that youth were being “hobbled” at the Elko facility. The lawsuit claims Vargas was one of those inmates.

Hobbling is defined as using a 2-foot-chain to connect the wrist restraint to the ankle restraint, preventing the person from standing upright, according to state officials.

The complaint alleges that at the end of November, Vargas woke up in accordance with facility policy and went to the bathroom to wash his hands and brush his teeth.

But because Vargas desperately needed to use the restroom and proceeded to the stall before brushing his teeth, officers attacked him and “proceeded to hogtie” him, the lawsuit alleges.

“(Vargas) was bleeding profusely at this point and these defendants continued to punch him, elbow him, and finger jab him in the ribs,” the lawsuit reads. “(Vargas) was without any means for protecting himself or shielding himself from the blows as he was completely restrained.”

Vargas, who was restrained, was left in the same location unattended by staff for about 2.5 hours, according to the lawsuit. At that point, a nurse examined him, but neither the nurse nor other staff treated the juvenile.

At some point in the attack, Vargas tried to push officers back, according to the lawsuit. Three hours after the attack, he was transported to the Elko County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with battery.

“At this time, (Vargas’) eyeballs were bloody and his face was black and blue from visible contusions,” the lawsuit reads. He still didn’t receive medical care.

Vargas was transferred to Red Rock Academy in Clark County in December. It wasn’t until then that he was sent to an emergency department to be treated for his injuries from the November attack, according to the lawsuit.

Vargas has 10 percent vision in his left eye, a condition his physician has determined is permanent and irreversible, according to the complaint.

The complaint names a long list of defendants, including Romaine Gilliland, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Mike Willden, former director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, and Amber Howell, administrator for the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, which oversees the state’s juvenile correctional facilities, among other state officials, officers and a nurse.

The Washoe County Department of Social Services and the state’s Division of Child and Family Services conducted investigations into reports of abuse and neglect at the Elko facility, but determined that each use of mechanical restraint was necessary.

The restraint method hasn’t been used at the Elko facility since December.

The lawsuit, which alleges violation of civil rights, failure to train and supervise staff and negligence of defendants, seeks general damages in excess of $10,000, special damages in excess of $10,000 and compensation for loss of earnings and earnings capacity in excess of $10,000.

jeffrey blanck attorney reno and NAACP lawyer at the Reno protest

jeffrey blanck attorney reno and NAACP lawyer at the Reno protest

— About 40 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Reno to peacefully protest the death of a black Missouri teenager shot by a white police officer.

Many of the Reno protesters carried signs in support of the NAACP, and several passing motorists honked in support late Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and similar rallies were held across the country.

The Missouri Highway Patrol took over security in the St. Louis suburb earlier Thursday amid criticisms of the police response in the wake of Saturday’s shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said in a statement the public deserves full disclosure of the facts surrounding the shooting and events that followed. He said, “every community in America deserves equal justice and equal protection under the law.”


California has hit its third year of record-breaking drought conditions, and as a result they are beefing up their law enforcement to crack down on so-called water “abusers” who use “too much water”. Los Angeles has hired four full-time “water-cops” that patrol the streets looking for violators which are a clear indication of the escalating problems in the West.


According to the most recent study, California is sinking at an alarming rate of one foot per year(USGS). This is the direct result of the drought that is creating empty pockets of earth causing the ground to drop.


What does it all mean and is the drought really as bad as some say it is? Are food and water wars really ahead? The video below address all this and more!! I HIGHLY recommend watching it…. 




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Brian KakowskCARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — According The Nevada Department of Corrections just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, an inmate by the name of Brian Kakowski was observed outside the perimeter fence at the Warm Springs Correctional Center.

NDOC reports that immediate efforts to apprehend the inmate were enacted. The tower officer kept the inmate in sight at all times and radioed to the chase officers the inmate’s location. Inmate Kakowski was captured by NDOC officers and in custody by 6:07 p.m. without incident less than a mile and west of the institution. While he was outside the perimiter of the facility, Kakowski did not come into contact with anyone of the public.

Inmate Kakowski has been transferred to Northern Nevada Correctional Center.

Kakowski was admitted to the Nevada Department of Corrections on June 2, 2014 and was serving 13 to 60 months for failure to stop upon signal of peace officer.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — According to Carson City Dispatch, traffic is being rerouted at 5th Street and Saliman Road in Carson City after shots were reportedly fired from an unknown source during a prison break from a facility on 5th Street.

The incident began at around 6 p.m. when the Warm Springs Corrections Facility reported a prisoner broke free in the Lompa Ranch area. The prisoner escaped on foot and was possibly met by a white van picking him up. The van was then intercepted.

State prison officials report they detained the prisoner with the help of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, there were no reports of injuries.


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