Archive | June, 2015

Ely Wife Beater Escapes!! Benjamin B. Delgrande Charged With Attempted Murder

Posted on 30 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Benjamin B. Delgrande

The White Pine County sheriffs Department is searching for an Ely man who viciously beat his ex-wife almost to death.

Benjamin B. Delgrande age 35 of Ely is wanted for kidnapping in the first degree, kidnapping in the second degree resulting in substantial bodily harm, coercion, attempted murder, domestic battery causing substantial bodily harm and domestic battery strangulation.  Bail has been set at one million dollars.

Fandango2b- 2015According to police reports deputies investigation were called byDelgrande’s ex-wife, Shannan Breitrick also of Ely. Deputies reported that Breitrick had sustained multiple head injuries and requested an ambulance respond for medical treatment. Breitrick was taken to E.R. by ambulance and due to the extensiveness of her injuries was life flighted to another hospital facility.

According to the White Pine County Clerk’s off Delgrande and Breitrick were divorced in April 2014.

She identified Delgrande who had fled the area. An arrest warrant was obtained from Ely Justice Court.  Anyone with information on Delgrande and where he might be located is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 775-289-8808. The Sheriff’s Office also advises anyone who is harboring Delgande or assisting him in evading law enforcement will be prosecuted according to the laws of the State of Nevada.


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$100,000 Ely Cocaine Trafficking Bust

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan



What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas but but on the way to Sin City, rural Nevada is not so forgetful or forgiving.

Thomas Olsen, 27, and Angel Shaquanie, 23, both of Bellingham WA were arrested by White Pine county Deputies on the road to Las Vegas and charged with trafficking cocaine.

wrecIndependenceDay2015The couple was initially stopped for speeding but acted suspiciously. A search of their car revealed a quantity of illegal drugs including four grams of cocaine. Olsen was arrested for basic speed, possession of marijuana, trafficking cocaine, transporting a controlled substance, and possession of cocaine to sell. Shaquanie was arrested for possession of marijuana, trafficking cocaine, transporting a controlled substance, and possession of cocaine to sell.

Both were booked into the White Pine County Jail each on $50,000 bail bond.

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Police Close In On Casino Date Rapist

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan



The West Wendover Police Department has a suspect in the date rape of a woman at casino this week.

“All we are waiting for is the DNA test results for a positive ID,” said WWPD Lt. Donald Lininger Friday.

According to Lininger the woman reported to friends in Salt Lake that she had blacked out during a getaway to Wendover.

goshutehelp“Her friends suspected she had been slipped a date rape drug and urged her to go to a local hospital emergency room.” Lininger said. “The examination confirmed that she was sexually assaulted and the toxicology report also confirmed she had ingested Gamma-Hydroxy butyric Acid.”

Commonly known as GHB, in addition Dextromethorphan, commonly known as Ecstasy combined with sleep-aid drugs.

“centraIt was fortunate that the victem went quickly to the ER,” Lininger said. “GHB quickly dissipates in the body and with no evidence it is very hard to prosecute of sexual assault. With the presence of GHB confirmed we have a solid case.”

wrecIndependenceDay2015Preventing date rape drugs may get easier in the future as a pair of Israeli scientists claim to have developed a chemical sensor that detects whether a drink has been spiked with the most common date-rape drugs.

Professor Fernando Patolsky and Doctor Michael Ioffe of Tel Aviv University, both chemists, say their detection system, which is still under development, works in real-time, and has 100 percent accuracy.

“You just dip it into your drink, it might actually look like a stirrer in the final production, it’s tiny, very tiny,” said Ioffe in an interview with AFP.

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The WWPD released this flyer to prevent date rape


1. Stick with your friends.

2. Make a plan before you go out. Set up checkpoints or code words to make it easy for you and your friends to stay connected.

3. Hold on to your drink—even when you go to the bathroom.

4. If your drink is out of your sight, even for a few seconds, get a new one. Spiking a drink with a date rape drug can happen quickly.

5. Don’t accept a drink from anyone—unless you can watch the bartender pour it.

6. Don’t share drinks.

7. Don’t drink from punch bowls or open containers.

centra8. Don’t drink anything that tastes strange.

9. Avoid clubs or parties that charge men but let women enter and drink for free.

10. Always keep your cell phone charged and on you. You never know when you’ll need it.

11. Make sure you always have a ride home or a plan to walk home with a friend or roommate.

12. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, leave and get to a safe place immediately.

If you feel that you are in danger, or need Police assistance call 911

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Utah Mother and Child Die in I-80 Crash

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

bmfatalA Utah mother and daughter were killed in single car crash on I-80 10 miles west of Battle Mountain. reported the Nevada Highway Patrol Tuesday.

goshutehelpRebekah Youngmeyer, 33, and her eight year old daughter from Roy, Ut were passengers in a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup pulling a UHAUL trailer westbound on I-80. The truck was driven by Cheryl Stiles, age 54, also from Roy, UT. wrecIndependenceDay2015 According to the NHP For unknown reasons, Stiles allowed the pickup to exit the right paved shoulder.  The pickup hit a milepost marker.  Stiles over corrected the pickup back onto the highway where it crossed both westbound travel lanes and entered the median.  The pickup and trailer overturned in the median. Stiles was transported to Renown Medical Center for non life threatening injuries.

  Another 1 year old female infant was seated in the rear seat of the pickup.  She was in a child safety seat, and sustained minor injuries.

Another passenger, Mr. David Stiles, age 56, was transported to Renown Medical Center.  He is in critical condition at this time.

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New Store For Gamers

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Tucker, Ron & Wesley Giovo

Tucker, Ron & Wesley Giovo

The Wizurd Game & Skate Shop is now open in West Wendover.  Located right across from the Nevada side post office in the old city office building, it carries skateboards, skate accessories, card games like Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Magic the Gathering, D&D products and a variety of board games.

helpwantedThe store also stocks RC cars and access to many other RC products as well. There is also a game room where D&D campaigns and card tournaments can be held.  Costumers are always welcome to come by, grab a table and play games with their friends, either by bringing their own games or trying the store’s free demos.

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wrecIndependenceDay2015Check out the store’s website for up to date details at

The store is owned and operated by the Giovo family.  Ron, Michelle, Tucker and Wesley have been in Wendover since 1996 and call this town our home.  As a local family owned store they do their best to offer costumers a great value on the products they love and want to play.  As with everything they do, it’s not only about the business.  The owners love to have fun and could be seen playing on game nights right beside customers.


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Albert Charboneau Passes At 72

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

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One of West Wendover’s founding fathers Albert Charboneau died last week in Las Vegas.

Charboneau came to Wendover in 1985 and opened the towns first super market that sold everything from meat and groceries to clothes and appliances. It was the anchor store for the Plaza Shopping Center.

In 1995 he moved Frontier out of the Plaza and built his own store on what would become Smith’s.

wrecIndependenceDay2015“He was a sharp businessman and smooth talker and loved, I mean loved to hustle. He would scheme up an idea, get it going and then leave my mother to run it. Because he did get bored quick once the thrill of the deal wore off. Together with Eleanor they were the proud owners of Iona Mercantile, Highland Market, Midget Market and Sconey’s in Idaho Falls and Frontier Foods in Wendover, Nevada. Plus taxi companies, gas station/car washes, produce and bar delivery services, and others,” wrote his son Michael. “Dad probably gave away more business ideas than most people dream up in a lifetime. I talked to Dad that Monday, before he died and centrahe was so excited to tell me about the newest idea he had come up with about renting out mobility scooters at the casinos. It’s a million dollar idea Michael, I tell you a million dollars, and you can get it started so cheap! Little known fact…Red Baron Pizza, was started by my father and just literally given away…  I am going to get on my pedestal and say that Wendover would not exist as it is today without my father’s vision. That town could not grow and the casinos could not expand if it weren’t for the services my parents brought when they build that store. And that town owes a great deal of respect to my father because he built West Wendover Nevada.”

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Family Affair Fireworks

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

fireworksHaving lunch with Earl Cassorla is an experience. Soft spoken and erudite, Earl appears to be the average respectable middle aged businessman who has sober and respectable opinions about just about everything.

That is until we get to the subject of his business– fireworks.

helpwantedWhile Earl’s knowledge of the subject is truly remarkable the change in his demeanor is astounding. A twinkle grows in his eyes and his hands literally dance in expression.

This is a man talking with passion about his passion.

No, more than that this is the kid in the candy store.

Better yet this is a guy who owns a fireworks stand.

As the fancy of little and big boys turns to fireworks in the coming weeks many will make pilgrimage to Battle Mountain Nevada, the new Mecca for things that go boom in the night and make beautiful albeit fleeting pictures in the sky.

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There inside Roller Coaster Fireworks they will meet their kindred, brothers Steven and Earl Cassorla who finally yielded to their dream eight years ago to run the greatest fireworks stand in the world.

The brothers dream was born over 40 years ago in Rochester, New York.

“Like all boys we loved fireworks,” said Earl. “And like a lot of little boys we made plans to have the greatest fireworks stand when we grew up.”

If not the greatest, Roller Coaster in Battle Mountain is still pretty good with aisle upon aisle of wonderful explosives guaranteed to satisfy the most ardent aficionado.

But the Cassorla brothers journey from 4th of July Rochester to year round Battle Mountain was neither smooth nor in a straight line. Middle class boys from upstate New York simply did not go into the fireworks business, they became lawyers and engineers.

wrecIndependenceDay2015And that is what the Cassorla brothers did. Steven went to the law and Earl is the electrical engineer. Yet even while they were fulfilling expectations in the classroom the brothers could not get fireworks out of their systems.

“When I was about 14 I went under the fence at the local baseball stadium show,” said Steven. “I wrote the name of the company putting on the show on my jacket and tried to blend in with the crew. Yeah, I was caught by the owner’s son. He took me to the old man and said “Hey dad, we got another one”.  The guy looked down at me and asked me if I liked fireworks. I quickly nodded yes.  Then he asked me if I wanted to dig holes and I nodded yes again.  He gave me a job and that is what I did for the following four summers.”

    Steven eventually got his class B fireworks license meaning he joined that elite fraternity of professionals who put on public displays around the country on July Fourths, boy scout jamborees, weddings, NYE’s, and even shooting for President Reagan’s second presidential victory party.

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In addition to shows Steven and Earl began attending conventions of fireworks enthusiasts.  In 1988 they produced a new premium firecracker called Roller Coaster Brand which is wholesaled around the country, yet still something was missing.

“It was Earl who came up with the idea of opening a retail store” Steven said.

And in 2001 the brothers left their ‘real jobs’ and opened a store in Battle Mountain, Nevada once described as the “Armpit of America” by the New York Times, but adored by nearly all of it’s scantly 5,000 residents who enjoy small town life.

centraAlthough the town in Nevada’s High Desert may not be everyone’s cup of tea on the outside, inside Roller Coaster is paradise.  Anything anyone could want from mild to wild are on the shelves of the store in a remarkable pean to what is quickly becoming a bygone era; the back yard fireworks show.

Often it was a multi generational bonding where father son and grandson bonded regardless of politics or even social standing in that uniquely male obsession with making things go boom.

This 4th of July however will be bitter sweet for the brothers. It will be the first Independence Day without their father  Gabriel “Red” Cassorla who passed away last November 28 at 99 years old.

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Racist & Rude

Posted on 26 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Of all the stupid things we heard this week the assertion that the Confederate Battle Flag is not a symbol of racism is the stupidest.

Of course it is. The flag may not only be a symbol of racism but let say it was flying over a gathering in a park we would not expect to see any black people there unless they were either servants or sacrifices.

We would avoid such gatherings as we would those who are flying the Swastika. Yes we know that the crooked cross can also be a good luck symbol for Hindus and also a sign of the Basque people.

But in the last 80 years or so the Basques have replaced the right angles with paisleys and while Hindus still use it in India they don’t in the West.

Kind of like our friend from New Orleans who proudly flies the Stars and Bars above his house in Israel.

His neighbors don’t think much of it. Just a quirky thing that the Yankee does every once in a while. But as he gave up correcting them from calling him a Yankee he would not dream of flying the flag in the States.

Here it is racist and rude.

Yes brave men died fighting under it and venal men fought for the Union. But there is a reward for fighting for a just cause as one’s sins are mostly forgiven. And there is a price one pays for fighting for evil. One’s bravery is forever sullied by the despicable cause.

It may not be fair but it is true.

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$50,000 Great Basin Star Gazing Grant

Posted on 25 June 2015 by Howard Copelan


One of Nevada’s most treasured parks for hiking, camping and star gazing is Great Basin National Park in Baker, Nevada. The home of Lehman Caves and aged Bristlecone pines, the area is renowned for some of the darkest and clearest night skies in the United States.

centraNV Energy recently awarded the Great Basin National Park Foundation a $50,000 gift to support the Great Basin Observatory, a state of the art astronomical observatory to be launched in 2016.  The project is a collaboration among the University of Nevada Reno, Western Nevada College, Great Basin National Park and the Great Basin National Park Foundation. Southern Utah University and Concordia University will soon join this group as partners. Use of the Observatory’s telescope will be available through the internet to astrophysicists and students alike, and data generated at the Observatory will be used for worldwide research and education.

wrecIndependenceDay2015“Great Basin National Park is a very special asset to Nevadans, and NV Energy is proud to be a part of this important initiative,” said Mary Simmons, NV Energy Vice President of Business Development and Community Strategy. “The Observatory will provide unique educational opportunities for students, tourists and astronomy enthusiasts of all ages across the state.”

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Completion of the observatory will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and 30th Anniversary of Great Basin National Park.  “NV Energy has given generously to Park projects in the past”, said Rebecca Mills, Chair of the Great Basin National Park Foundation. “This significant gift, combined with Board member contributions and pledges, serves as a match of $100,000 pledged by the Great Basin National Heritage Partnership, and speeds us on our way to raising the remaining funds.”

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New Online Charter High School For Rural Nevada

Posted on 25 June 2015 by Howard Copelan

lanvAfter a successful first year, Leadership Academy of Nevada (“LANV”) is expanding and has added a limited number of seats for the 2015-16 school year. LANV focuses on developing principled leaders through delivery of a Liberal- Arts education via cutting-edge technology. This classical education is available to all students in grades 6-12 throughout the state of Nevada. Regularly-scheduled Enrollment Information Meetings are held online and in Las Vegas so that parents and students can learn more about this high-quality educational option. A list of Enrollment Information Meeting dates, times, and places can be found on their website at

What Makes LANV Different?

LANV focuses on three distinct elements, which, when combined, provide an exceptional education found nowhere else in Nevada. First, they teach the Liberal Arts, a study of classics and original-source documents that are necessary to become and stay free. This study is provided by mentors who use the Socratic dialogue to engage students to think deeply and independently. Second, they emphasize developing leadership skills which include making and keeping commitments and managing one’s time and energy. Third, they deliver this high-quality education through cutting-edge technology which allows the

students and mentors to collaborate in real-time interactive online classrooms.

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About Leadership Academy of Nevada

LANV is an online/virtual public charter school with a mission to provide highly motivated and self-directed students with a classical education so they can become principled leaders. Founded in 2013 by a group of Nevada educators, professionals, and parents, LANV’s curriculum combines rigorous liberal arts courses, abundant training in technology, and a persistent emphasis on leadership. For more information on Leadership Academy of Nevada, visit their website at


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