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Wife Beater Fugitive Was Person Of Interest In 2003 Killing of McGill Man

Posted on 03 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Benjamin B. Delgrande

The Ely man now wanted on attempted murder and kidnapping of his ex-wife was once suspected of but never charged with the death of childhood friend a dozen years ago in Elko.

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.
According to police reports deputies investigation were called by Delgrande’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. She identified Delgrande who had fled the area. An arrest warrant was obtained from Ely Justice Court.

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In 2003 Delgrande was considered a person of interest by the Elko police department in the death of James David Assuras, 28 of McGill.

Assuras died after he landed on the edge of the pool at the Stockman’s Casino in late June 2003 during  Assuras’ upper torso struck the outer edge of the pool and his head went into the water, according to police. He fell about 20 feet, according to an Elko Fire Department report.

Assuras and Delgrande were friends and both had been living in Elko while doing construction work, said then Elko Police Chief and now Elko under Sheriff Clare Morris.

Fandango2c-gold- 2015“They had been horsing around the better part of the day,” Morris said at the time. “We don’t know whether he (Delgrande) attempted to throw him (Assuras) into the pool, or if he picked him up by the back of the legs and he fell over the ledge.”

“He (Delgrande) said they had been drinking beer most of the day,” Morris said. “We can’t show any intent. They weren’t mad at each other. They were just horsing around. Whether he attempted to do it or not we don’t know.”

Morris said police have spoken with three or four witnesses to the incident. Delgrande has not admitted to killing Assuras, but he did tell police he grabbed Assuras’ legs and after that he didn’t know what happened, Morris said. Assuras had been staying at the hotel for about three weeks.

Assuras was survived by his daughter, Kolby Allysa Assuras, then 7; parents, Jim and Toni Assuras of McGill.; sisters, Shawndee McKenna Carnell of Truckee and Nicole Assuras Traub of Boston, Mass.

fishing (1)Gary Woodbury then Elko District Attorney eventually declined to prosecute Delgrande but the story did not end there.

Six years later, on July 3, 2009, Delgrande attempted to visit Assuras father to perhaps express remorse over his friend’s death. No one was home at the Assuras family ranch and Delgrande got his car stuck in the mud. According to court reports Delgrande took a back hoe belonging to Assuras to extract his vehicle but the back hoe became stuck as well. When the elder Assuras returned home he called the White Pine Sheriff’s Department and Delgrande was charge with vehicle theft a gross misdemeanor.

Delgrande plead guilty to the charge.

Now a fugitive Delgrande faces a possible life sentence once he is captured.

We thought we had pretty good leads on Delgrande’s location but they fizzled out,” said White Pine under Sheriff Scott Henroid explaining the two week delay between the beating and the press release calling for the public’s help.

The press release not only asked for help but also warned “anyone who is harboring Delgrande or assisting him in evading law enforcement will be prosecuted according to the laws of the State of Nevada.”

Judging by the response the story received when it was published on line Tuesday that help will soon be forth coming.

centra“The story is being intensely followed not only from Ely but all parts of White Pine, Elko and Eureka counties, as well as the rest of Nevada and rural Utah,” said High Desert Advocate publisher Howard Copelan.

The major reason for the interest may be due to Shannan Breitrick position in the community. The long time UPS driver Breitrick is known and well liked to virtually everyone in the community.

“She drove and delivered in Ely and all the rural routes,” said one resident. “She is just a wonderful person.”

Breitrick is expected to be release from hospital sometime this week, said Henroid.

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

Anyone with information on Delgrande and where he might be located is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 775-289-8808.

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Ely Wife Beater Escapes!! Delgrande Charged With Attempted Murder Of Beloved Local UPS Driver

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

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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.

According to police reports deputies investigation were called by Delgrande’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.

Fandango2c-gold- 2015She identified Delgrande who had fled the area. An arrest warrant was obtained from Ely Justice Court.

The incident occurred on June 14th.

“We thought we had pretty good leads on Delgrande’s location but they fizzled out,” said White Pine under Sheriff Scott Henroid explaining the two week delay between the beating and the press release calling for the public’s help.

The press release not only asked for help but also warned “anyone who is harboring Delgrande or assisting him in evading law enforcement will be prosecuted according to the laws of the State of Nevada.”

Judging by the response the story received when it was published on line Tuesday that help will soon be forth coming.

fishing (1)“The story is being intensely followed not only from Ely but all parts of White Pine, Elko and Eureka counties, as well as the rest of Nevada and rural Utah,” said High Desert Advocate publisher Howard Copelan.

The major reason for the interest may be due to Shannan Breitrick position in the community. The long time UPS driver Breitrick is known and well liked to virtually everyone in the community.

“She drove and delivered in Ely and all the rural routes,” said one resident. “She is just a wonderful person.”

Breitrick is expected to be release from hospital sometime this week, said Henroid.

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

Anyone with information on Delgrande and where he might be located is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 775-289-8808.

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WWHS Reamer Conquers Idaho Ironman Triathlon

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

WWHS Teacher Kim Reamer crosses the finish line in Coure d’Alene.

WWHS Teacher Kim Reamer crosses the finish line in Coure d’Alene.

West Wendover High School teacher and Cross country Coach Kim Reamer achieved Iron Man status Saturday in Couer d’Alene Idaho.

An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events.

Reamer completed the race in 16 hours 49 minutes and 59 seconds during the third honest Ironman in History. Temperatures peaked at 107 degrees and well over a third of contestants dropped out before the finish line.

fishing (1)“This race is now in the top three of the hottest Ironmans in North America. Mike Reilly said out of the 140 races he’s announced, this was the hottest he’s ever done (yes, including Kona). There was almost a 25% DNF (Did not finish)  rate.” Reamer wrote in her blog. “31% of participants ended up in the Medical Tent during or after the race. To say I became an Ironman at Coeur D’Alene in 2015 gives me bragging rights for life! Ha! I am truly humbled and grateful that I survived and triumphed on a day like Sunday, June 28!”

Fandango2c-gold- 2015A self described nerd during her own high school and college years the only relationship Reamer had with organized school sports was as the girl friend and then wife of high school and college athlete Jerome Reamer.

Coming to West Wendover with the opening of the High School in 1996 for almost a decade Kim Reamer was the coach’s Mrs. as Jerome did stints on the school’s football, basketball and softball teams.

It was only in 2005 that Kim Reamer became Mrs. Coach.

“I began getting serious about running when we moved out here,” Reamer said in a 2009 interview with the High Desert Advocate. “But I had no inclination to coach cross country back then.”

The fact that the Reamer got the job reflects on the regard the sport was given in West Wendover.

centraWith the Cross Country season falling at the same time as the marquee team sports of football and volleyball, Cross Country with its stress on individual performance and dearth of spectator opportunities teenage long distance runners not only have to deal with the physical rigors of training but also loneliness.

At a time in their lives where running with a pack is the be all and end all for most teenagers, Cross Country athletes seek to run away from it.

“The mental toughness is probably is the hardest part about Cross Country,” Reamer said. “Running for a lot of kids is easy but keeping your head, running with discipline is really tough.”

Over the last ten years Reamer’s teams have dominated Cross Country and last weekend she proved that she is as mentally tough as they come. More than that she is an Iron Man.

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As Economy Improves New Businesses Coming To West Wendover

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

Pedi-cab crew set to start Wendover service

Pedi-cab crew set to start Wendover service

With a new liquor store and pedicab service ready for approval next week West Wendover may be coming out of a more than decade long decline in the number of small businesses.

With less than a month before the official business license count is released there are signals that West Wendover will report a significant gain in the number of local business for the first time since 2003.

Last year city offices report a net gain of one business to 174. Local businesses are 103, non-local 71, according to city figures/

Fandango2c-gold- 2015The same time the year before the number of West Wendover businesses fell to one of the lowest levels ever according to Bartlome. From 190 business licenses recorded in 2012 there were 172 at the start of the last fiscal year. Most of the then decline came from ‘non-local’ businesses which do not have a physical presence in the city. According to Bartlome there were 80 such companies at the start of the last fiscal year. As of July 30th 2013 there were just 67.

The number of local businesses also fell albeit not as steeply.

However with the resurgence of the gaming industry (see story this page) and with the prospects of the Long Canyon Mine things might be looking up for the Nevada/Utah border town.

fishing (1)The new liquor store will be located between the Red Garter and the Desert Discount Liquor Store on Wendover Boulevard. The pedicab service is expected to also begin operations just in time for Speed Week this August.

There could also be a new casino/hotel on the horizon with the purchase of the defunct Rusty Palms by local entrepreneur Steve Perry.

In the past five years West Wendover has seen a number of relatively large retailers also leave town such as Park Furniture, Bargain Barn, Serendipity and Blanchard’s Furniture. Two years ago it saw the closure of one of its two full service banks, Nevada Bank and Trust.

While generally depressing there are some signs of green shoots. A clothing store and a discount general goods store open where the video store once operated.

A dozen years ago that West Wendover earned the title of Nevada’s fastest growing city by more than doubling its population from over 2,000 when the city incorporated in 1991 to well over 4,000 in 2001.

The economy on both sides of town should also begin to look up with the construction of the Long Canyon Gold Mine still scheduled to begin in early 2015.

centraLiterally a mountain of gold ore lies in the once long over looked Pequop Range now in advanced exploration.

The mine has the potential to radically alter the economy and the lives of eastern Nevada, residents of Wendover and Wells. Estimated to need 500 workers during construction and 250 miners once operations are ready, the Long Canyon mine could add at least 1,000 people to the area and that may be just the tip of a gold boom in eastern Elko County.

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Midway Gold Gamble Lost

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Goundbreaking last year, today bankrupt

The bankruptcy of Midway gold and the perhaps temporary closure of the Pan Mine in White Pine County illustrates that the business of mining gold is not a sure thing and definitely not for the faint of heart.

Midway Gold declared bankruptcy last Monday and by Friday the company announced that mining activity at it Pan site 50 miles south of Ely would be suspended and up to half of its work force would be laid off.

Fandango2c-gold- 2015It was less than two years ago that the Pan project broke ground and just this year when the mine celebrated its first pour of gold.

But even as the celebration was going on rumors began circulating that despite the initial science Pan was not producing as much gold as was expected.

centracom1501The bottom line is that no one know how much gold is in a mine until it is mined, said one gold industry executive. Every other forecast or number is just a guess.

The quality of those guesses often vary by the size of the mine and which company is behind it. According to industry watchers Midway was run on a comparative shoe string and there was little margin in the company reserves to allow a slower than expected start up.

Industry analyst stated that Midway had no where near the deep pockets that Newmont or Barrick has to develop a property. Yet even for the big boys gold mining yields far more misses than hits and it is still a gamble.

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May Casino Win Soars, 6th Straight Month of Increases

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Wendover Casinos roared in May with one of best months since the 2008 crash, according to this weeks report from the state gaming board.

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According to the report, Wendover Clubs reported a 10.81 percent increase in total gaming win to $15.81 million for May 2015.

“Win” is a gross figure, with no operating costs or other expenses deducted. And it’s casino revenue only _ separate from hotel, restaurant or bar revenues generated by the resorts.

fishing (1)While win indicates a casino market’s profitability another statistic “play” is an indicator of how casino workers are fairing. With some casino workers dependent on tips for up to half of their total income, play, the amount of money wagered by gamblers is a good indicator of how much casino workers received in tips.

Slot win was up 6.6 percent to $12.3 million. Slot play was up 6.0  percent to $223.2 million. Slot hold increased from 5.50 percent in April 2014 to 5.53 percent this May.

On the tables win was up 28.9 percent to $3.5 million. Play was up 9.8 percent to $16 million while hold was up from 18.52 percent to 21.74 percent.

Total gaming win for the balance of the county increased by 7.79 percent to $8.36 million.

Fandango2c-gold- 2015Slot win was up 8.1 percent to $7.3 million. Slot play was down 0.5 percent to $107.8 million. Slot hold increased from 6.32 percent to 6.77 percent

Table win was up 5.3 percent to $1 million. Table play at $4.4 million was up 12.6 percent. Hold dropped from 24.55 percent to 22.9.

For the whole state gaming win in topped the billion dollar mark  for the first time since December 2013.

According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) have showed a total of $1.003 billion, which is a 3% year-on-year increase

centraOverall slot win amounted to $601.4m, up 8 percent, while win from 1 cent slot machines increased 12 percent to $242.6 million.

The gains came despite a drop in Baccarat win went by 36percent  to $109.8illion, while blackjack win went up 27 percent to $122.7million.

Sports pool win was $19.8m, up 74 percent, for a month where Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted the unification world welterweight title boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, while race book win went down 10 percent to $5.97 million.

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Pilot Man Nabbed For Stalking, Vandalism

Posted on 02 July 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Wesley Dunster

A Pilot Valley man was arrested last week after being caught on video vandalizing his ex-girlfriend’s car.

According to West Wendover police reports Wesley Dunster,, 23, of Pilot Valley was arrested for slashing the tires on his girl friend’s car. According to the report officers responded to the Red Garter casino parking lot to take a report on a vehicle vandalism. Upon arrival they met with the victim who had found the tires flattened on her vehicle.

Fandango2c-gold- 2015The victim had the same acts happen several times over the past month and suspected that an ex boyfriend (Wesley Dunster) was the person causing the damage to her vehicle. Dunster had sent text messages to the victim suggesting that he would cause damage to her vehicle. On this occasion several other vehicles including hers were damaged, having all the tires slashed.

centracom1501After interviewing witnesses and watching surveillance footage of the incident, the officers went to Dunster’s residence to conduct an interview. While at the residence they located evidence and clothing that matched what was found on scene, as well as what was described by witnesses and depicted on surveillance.

Dunster was taken into custody for the injury to property and well as stalking.

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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

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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

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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

TIPS FOR PARTYING SMART

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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