A child’s death is one of the most challenging times any family can face. In May of 2015, the Navarro family lost their 2 year old son, Ruben. Although we have mentioned Ruben during the past 2 ½ years, we have not forgotten him. This week, his murderer, who had previously plead guilty to 2nddegree murder, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after ten years.
Child death cases are extremely complicated to investigate and prosecute because no one can tell us the full story. These cases generally rely on forensic evidence, which takes time. In Ruben’s case, an impatient local news outlet didn’t help calm the community, especially when the killer’s family posted a $200,000 bail. Nonetheless, our detectives diligently worked this case in conjunction with other assignments. In the end, the LCSO never forget about Ruben.
Our major crimes Detective Division, consisting of one sergeant and three detectives has been doing an exceptional job. Their primary focus is to investigate murders, rapes, violent assaults, robberies, arson, and egregious burglaries and property crimes for all of Lyon County. In 2015 we stopped the practice of rotating detectives every two years and increased their staffing by one additional detective through realignments. This has enabled us to retain expert knowledge for successful prosecution on high profile crimes.
As the graph above indicates, our detectives have been instrumental for the LCSO to achieve a 2016 crime clearance rate of 35.3-percent. To gain perspective of this measurement, of similar sized Nevada counties, only Carson City had a better clearance rate at 42.1-percent while the national clearance rate was 31.03-percent. Burglaries and property crimes are an area where we need to do better, but that is also why we need additional detectives. However, that is also a national trend and not just limited to Lyon County.
This week we sought closure in the sudden loss of our dispatch supervisor Richard Wainsccott. We are grateful to the Douglas County Communication Center staff who came into our center to process calls for service so our entire dispatching staff could attend the services. We also want to thank the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for their funeral procession motors’ support, the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Coalition for cemetery services, and to North Lyon County Fire Protection District for opening their fire station. Richard was an extremely dedicated public servant who gave over 40 years of his life serving. He will be missed.
It seems our response time wasn’t fast enough for someone wanting to talk to a deputy over a civil dispute in Stagecoach this week. After 14 minutes passed from the initial 911 call, the caller called back on 911 and stated she had just shot her finance three times outside the Stagecoach Market, he was “not breathing,” and then hung up. The caller got an immediate response from every available deputy throughout the county. She now has our undivided attention in the county jail for misuse of 911 and falsely reporting a crime.
And finally, there will not be a message next week as it is Christmas Eve and I will be spending as much time as I can with grandchildren. Remember the reason, love one another, and have a blessed Holy day.
As always, keep the faith.