Archive | September, 2012

Drug Kingpins? Under Arrest, Over Charged?

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

Attorneys for the West Wendover couple arrested in a SWAT raid last week will be petitioning for a reduction of the combined $ 1 million original bail amount, sources informed the High Desert Advocate Tuesday.

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“I think a case could be made that this was a case of over charging,” said one source close to the case. “Over half a million for a pound of drugs and a stolen gun? People arrested for murder get less than that.”

A SWAT team of Elko County Narcotics agents raided a West Wendover home last Friday, describing it as a ‘illegal drug super market’ and and arrested Juan Luis Davila, 29, and Angelica Ruby Numez-Alcala, 24.

According to the Elko County Narcotics Unit press release agents spent three months investigating the couple.

Both are now being held in the Elko County jail on a combined bail of over $1 million on nine felony counts each.

While the raid was dramatic and the bails were huge, the actual amount of drugs seized were quite small.

After serving the no knock warrant and arresting the pair, agents spent several hour searching the residence and found according to the release: 2.25 ounces of meth, over four ounces of cocaine, more than 12 ounces of marijuana and a small amount of psychedelic mushrooms. Agents also seized over $10,000 in cash and two handguns, one of which was reported stolen recently in Battle Mountain.

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If the couple were truly the Wendover equivalent of ‘Scar face’, they certainly kept a low profile. According to family member the two did not even own the mobil home they  were living in and their newest vehicle was seven years old. both also had full time legitimate jobs in addition to running the ‘illegal drug supermarket’.

The amounts of illicit drugs seized did not however include any amounts agents may have purchased from the couple during the three month investigation.

The affidavit that led to the warrant permitting the raid indicates that police gained. probable cause by an earlier search of the couple’s trash cans published on page two of this edition.

The couple’s young child was also present during the first moments of the raid and was placed in the care of relatives.

The Elko County Narcotics Unit is composed of agents from the Sheriff’s Office, the Elko Police Department and the Nevada Department of Public Safety with some support coming from the Carlin and West Wendover Police Departments.

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Romney Bus Wendover Stop

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign bus stopped in Wendover Tuesday as part of its rural Nevada swing. While trailing slightly in some state polls, Nevada is still in play for the presidential hopeful.

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Student Number Drop W. Wendover, Stable In Wendover, Utah

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

West Wendover schools saw a small but statistically significant drop in student body populations from last year according to report from the Elko and School Districts.

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But while West Wendover, Nevada schools reported fewer students, there were much the same across the border in Wendover, Utah according to the Tooele County School District.

The largest drop was at the West Wendover Elementary which reported 634 students last Friday down 20 children from the same time last year. At the combined West Wendover Junior/Senior High School the student population dropped from 2011’s 504 to 493 this year.

But while Nevada schools lost roughly the number of one class, schools in Wendover, Utah stayed about even from 2011. According to the Tooele county School Districts while there were 10 fewer students at the Anna Smith elementary at 258, there were six more at Wendover High School at 200. Combined the student population is off just four students from the same time in 2011.

Last year West Wendover schools also saw a slight drop while Wendover, Utah school experienced a significant enrollment.

According to the Elko County School district there were a total of 1158 students registered in September 2011. That total was down 2.0 percent from 2010’s total of 1181.

Across the state line in Wendover, Utah schools reported a total enrollment of 454 students up 8.6 percent over 2010’s 418.

It was the first time since the division of the joint school system in 1996 that the Utah schools saw such a healthy increase with a decline on the Nevada side.

Until recently both sides of town mirrored each other more or less in school enrollment. While the Nevada side’s school population has always been much larger than the Utah side both sides gained or lost students at relatively the same rates as the other.

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The StateLine bankruptcy and the Great Recession both had a devastating impact on the population of both sides of town and both sides school enrollments. The West Wendover Elementary school for example lost about 30 students the equivalent of a class every year for five years from 2003 to 2009.

According to the 2010 census there were 4,410 people in Wendover a drop of 6.6 percent from the 4,721 counted in 2000 and more importantly a drop of more than 10 percent from its estimated population of a bout 5,000 from the state demographers office.

West Wendover’s population decline has also spilled across the border into Wendover, Utah. The much smaller sister city also reported a decline of about 10 percent.

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In the past five years Wendover, Utah however has shown signs of great resiliency than its larger sister to the west. While no where near a complete recovery Wendover, Utah has logged some notable new development such as the new Nugget RV Park, the expanded Shell Service Center and the Dollar Store. West Wendover, Nevada on the other hand has met with little success apart from the addition of the Smith’s Gas Station the only large project West Wendover has seen in almost a decade was the City Hall and a city paid for industrial park that so far has one tenant.

This greater resiliency may be reflected in this years school population numbers as well.

Another cause for Utah’s increase could be in the easier access to local, state and federal government financial assistance.

While West Wendover, Nevada’s poor must travel to either Elko or Ely to even apply for financial aid Tooele County administers many of the same programs from its offices in Wendover, Utah City Hall.

The full breakdown of Wendover’s student population is

2012: WWES– 634; WWHS– 493; Anna Smith– 258; WHS– 200.

2011: WWES– 654; WWHS– 504; Anna Smith– 268; WHS– 194.

2010: WWES– 685; WWHS– 496; Anna Smith– 241; WHS– 177.

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USDA Awards West Wendover For Using Federal Loans, Grants

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

USDA Rural Development Nevada today announced an additional $747,000 in funding to the City of West Wendover to fund replacement of water pipelines in the city. The funds are being matched with $746,435 from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and its State Revolving Loan Fund.

The funding was announced during a “From the Ground Up” celebration event at West Wendover City Hall that focused on the infrastructure improvements the city has made over the past 17 years to its water and wastewater systems, landfill operations, and new city hall. During that time, USDA RD has invested over $20 million in infrastructure improvements, and over $10 million in affordable housing.

The celebration kicked off with educational activities for 5th and 6th grade students at Anna Smith Elementary in Wendover, and a tour and ribbon cutting at the City of West Wendover’s new Water Reclamation Facility. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representative Scott Stoddard said the agency was pleased to play such a significant role, contributing $7.6 million to the Water Reclamation Project, which treats and manages wastewater so that it can be reused for irrigation on city properties.

Mayor Donald “Donnie” Andersen welcomed the public to the West Wendover City Hall where displays of the many completed projects were presented.

USDA Rural Development State Director Sarah Adler presented a “From the Ground Up” Award to the city and commended the city manager and its staff for its commitment to infrastructure improvements.

“This is a dynamic city that gets the job done,” she said. “You have remained steadily on track with water system improvements, a new landfill, a state of the art wastewater reclamation facility, and now the new water pipelines,” Adler said. “Your city hall consolidates most services under one roof, and the funding partnership that made it possible included city, state, and federal agencies. It took forethought and a committed staff to follow through and bring that variety of funding to fruition,” Adler added.

Adler also noted the city’s willingness to invest in itself; it has contributed $3 million of its own funds, borrowed $17.2 million over 13 projects since 1995, and received $1.7 million in grants.  Of the $10.2 million of USDA RD dollars in affordable housing, $2.8 million has been grants or rental assistance, and $7. 4 million has been home loans or loan guarantees.

Over the past 17 years, USDA RD Infrastructure investments have included the following:

Water Systems: Undersized pipelines were a problem for the City of West Wendover. Three separate phases for water system improvements occurred from 1996-2012, with USDA Rural Development investing a total of $5.5 million.

 Waste Water Treatment Reclamation Facility: The City of West Wendover’s waste water treatment facility was undersized and did not have the capacity necessary to serve the community and comply with state standards. USDA Rural Development invested $2.8 million to help bring the wastewater treatment and reclamation facility up to state standards that will serve the community for years to come.

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Solid Waste Management and Composting: Before 1997, the City of West Wendover hauled its garbage to an Elko landfill which was ineffective and costly. Nearly $4 million in USDA RD’s Water and Environmental Program funds were used to build a local landfill in 2000, complete with a composting facility. The new landfill meets the needs of the community and supplies compost for both residential and city use.

City Hall: In 2009, a number of partners, together with USDA Rural Development and the City of West Wendover, jointly funded the new city hall which consolidates most city services into one building.

USDA invested $5.2 million in the project.

Affordable Housing Investments: Over the past 17 years, USDA’s affordable housing program has assisted 59 families with home loans, including 15 families who built their own homes using the self-help program. USDA’s loan portfolio in West Wendover totaled $7.4 million between 1995 and 2012 with another a $2.8 in rental assistance for low-income families to stay in their homes. That’s a whopping $10.2 million investment in affordable housing between1995-2012.

City and its Partners:  The city and its other funding partners who contributed significantly to the infrastructure improvements. The City of West Wendover provided over $3 million, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed $7.6 million to the Water Reclamation Project, and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and its State Revolving Loan Fund provided $746,435.

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Slandering a Prophet

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. 

Barack Obama 9/25/12

Taken at face value what the president said could be construed as Prez Barry just being polite and/or trying to cool the passions of the mobs in Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan (notice how these are all US allies?).

Still even at face value the sentiment is obscene.

The future should belong to those who insult Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and every other religion as well as atheism.

Apart from Islam the rest of mankind’s various faiths or non-faiths have adopted the ancient philosophy of “Sticks and stones may break our bones but names will never hurt us.”

If the right of free speech is confined only to nice speech our world and our country would be incredibly boring, silly and stupid.

It is not a coincidence that where freedom to insult is protected one can find the highest standard of living for everyone, the lowest illiteracy, the best health care, and the most technological innovation.

Life in the polite countries of the Muslim world, the president wishes to emulate, sucks for the vast majority of their populations. The prophet of Islam may be safe from insults and his followers are on the whole safe from literacy, vaccinations, and free market capitalism or any award for merit.

They aren’t safe from murder, rape (its the woman’s fault), mayhem, revolution.

And so far they are also pretty safe from peace.

Apart from the disgusting face value there is an equally disgusting hidden meaning in the president’s sentiment.

We are sure at least we hope there are people in his staff that understand insulting the prophet means one thing to the infidels and quite another to the faithful.

While it would be truly awful to live in a world where saying “Mohammed’s mother wore army boots” would be a crime, it would be heaven compared to one under the Muslim definition of insulting the prophet.

For a Muslim the insult is not confined to a blatant insult done with motive but also by denying the divinity of his massage found in the Koran (oops, we just insulted Islam, didn’t call it the Holy Koran).

Under that definition and believe us, most Muslims read it exactly that way, going to church or synagogue or not going at all is an insult, punishable by a fine or lashing.

Going to a Hindu temple is punishable by death as is being an atheist.

Insulting the prophet also extends to eating pork and not eating cow.

Insulting the prophet means being an infidel in charge of believers, owning more than believers, living better than believers, being smarter than believers, beating a believer in any kind of physical or mental contest.

Insulting the prophet means not ascribing to the quaint notion that Islam is the perfect faith and all others are in error.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are insults to the prophet as are our courts, our democracy and our way of life.

Now our president should know this, being partly raised in Indonesia and spending a year in Pakistan as a young adult.

Heck we picked it up just by reading the Koran and having some Muslim friends.

He may just be none to bright but on the other hand he may think he governs morons, just like that Prince of Peace Yassir Arafat would say one thing in English and quite another in Arabic.

Kudos to Barry, he did it at the same time.

While we still have the chance

Hey Mohammed, your mother wears army boots!!!.

 

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Frontier Telephone

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

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Elko District Court September 24, 2012 Judge Nancy Porter

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT 

 DEPARTMENT 1

COURT SCHEDULE

LAW & MOTION CALENDAR

September 24, 2012

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   CR-FP-10-1303 Long, Jess Jay (DA/Becker) Sentencing (DUI with Substantial Bodily Harm)

   CR-FO-11-1485 Bowers, Amber Jo (DA/Green) Sentencing (Attempted Concealing or Destroying the Evidence of the Commission of a Felony)

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   CR-FO-11-1485 Snyder, Eric Charles (DA/Shurtz) Sentencing (Unlawful Taking of a

Motor Vehicle)

   CR-FO-11-1573 Chaplin, Jennifer Lynn (DA/Cavanaugh-Bill) Sentencing (Conspiracy

to Commit Uttering of a Forged Instrument)

   CR-FP-11-1517 Foos, Samuel Edward (DA/Whiteside) Arraignment (Conspiracy to

Commit Possession of a Controlled Substance)

   CR-FO-11-1577 Mowery, Jessica Lee (DA/Whiteside) Arraignment (Conspiracy to

Commit Burglary)

   CR-FP-12-613 Cyr, John Edward (DA/Whiteside) Arraignment (Carrying a Concealed

Weapon)

   CR-FP-11-257 Gomez, Eugene Benjamin (DA/Stewart) Sentencing (Possession of a

Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Sale)

   CR-FP-10-1707 Crabtree, Olend Dee (DA/Stewart) Change of Plea (Driving Under the

Influence With One or More Prior Felony DUI Convictions)

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Return Of The Kings

Posted on 25 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

Players and coaches of the 2002 West Wendover Wolverines will re-unite Friday during half time of the 2012 team’s homecoming game to honor West Wendover’s first and so far only State Championship Football team on its tenth anniversary.

As part of the celebration of the decade old state championship the High Desert Advocate produced a video slide show featuring photos of the final game below:

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White Pine District Court September 5 & 10 Judge Dan Papez and Judge Steve Dobrescu

Posted on 24 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

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Matthew Williams

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Anthony Terry

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Dale Cummings

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Al Fisher

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Christian Scoop

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Dylan Birmingham

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Kelsey Corkum

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Mitchell Seeley

 

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West Wendover Justice Court September 21, Judge Reese Melville

Posted on 24 September 2012 by Howard Copelan

EASTLINE JUSTICE COURT

Trials and Hearings

 

Friday, September 21, 2012

9:00 a.m.

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CASE NO. DEFENDANT TYPE OF CASE INT CHARGE(S) PA PD DA
CR-M-12-5341 Larry C. Delacerna Entry of Plea Domestic Violence, or in the alternative, Battery X
CR-M-12-5342 Matthew Thomas Stratton Entry of Plea Harassment, or in the alternative, Disturbing the Peace X
CR-M-12-5329 Matthew Thomas Stratton Entry of Plea Violation of TPO x2  X
CR-M-12-5376 Trung Quang Dam Change of Plea Obstructing an Officer X X
CR-M-12-5406 Daniel Douglas Marriott Change of Plea Domestic Violence, or in the alternative, Battery X X

 

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1:30 p.m.

CASE NO. DEFENDANT TYPE OF CASE INT CHARGE(S) PA PD DA
IN-TR-12-5079  Ashley Brielle Cunningham Change of Plea Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Possession of Marijuana X X
CR-M-12-5635 Cheryl Lynn Murphy Entry of Plea Theft Pursuant to a Course of Conduct by Misappropriation of Property X
CR-M-12-5275 Ana Louise Stout Status Hearing DUI (Drugs) – First Offense X X
IN-TR-12-5555  Miguel Alfredo Lee Citation Trial Basic Speed Rule; Prohibited Phone Use X
IN-TR-11-4270 Allan Richard Jacobson Citation Trial Basic Speed Rule; Log Book Required X
CR-M-12-4978  Jared James Etherington Misdemeanor Trial Domestic Violence, or in the alternative, Battery X X

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