Posts tagged ‘Clark County Sheriff’

October 28, 2014

Shane Train Gets Desperate

by lewwaters

Shane Gardner, Madore Endorses AtkinsIs the Shane Train really so desperate that one of Gardner’s supporters ordered up a bunch of these signs then sets them up around town at Atkins signs and sets up a phony David Madore’s Friends page??

Do you want a Sheriff that is silent over such dirty, underhanded tactics from his supporters?

If he allows such dirty behavior now, how much dirty behavior will he ignore as Sheriff?

Atkins is also endorsed by Mayor Tim Leavitt, former Mayor Royce Pollard, and Tony Golik. It is said that the signs were purchased by a young Democrat named Pond that also set up the phony facebook page, David Madore’s Friends.

UPDATE: I am now informed that Pond has been placing these signs at other Republican candidates signs as well as Vote No on the Charter signs.

October 27, 2014

Side by Side, Atkins & Gardner

by lewwaters

Atkins - Gardner

There really is just one choice, Chuck Atkins

September 11, 2014

When Did Law Enforcement Get “Customers?”

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeWe have two candidates to choose from to replace outgoing County Sheriff, Garry Lucas. Shane Gardner and Chuck Atkins are those two candidates, Atkins clearly holding more actual experience in our Sheriff’s Department.

Although late in the primary, I did endorse and put my support behind Atkins, seeing that he was who held, in my estimation, the best all around experience to occupy that office and serve the citizens of Clark County.

I have no problems with Shane Gardner and think he is an excellent Deputy, but he continues showing he is just not ready to be the County Sheriff.

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July 25, 2014

Chuck Atkins for Sheriff

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeAfter careful consideration, I have decided I should make known my choice in this primary election for Sheriff and not to take anything away from any of the other three candidates vying for the office, have determined Chuck Atkins should be elected in November.

This was not an easy decision as I feel all four meet the qualifications, but come November, only one will win the office, two first in the Primary Election facing us.

I was the first to post reviews of the candidates in a three part series based upon questions I presented to all four, here, here and here. The questions were compiled by me on issues I felt would be of importance. All candidates were forthright with their answers and on most issues, not that far apart.

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May 15, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Three

by lewwaters


Video of first forum here


School shootings continue to be a problem none of us to ever experience. Ideas vary on how to deal with it including the controversial idea of arming properly qualified, trained and licensed school teachers and staff.

Alluding to the matter being up to individual school districts, Shane Gardner brought out that “we have school teachers who are Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. I believe a reserve deputy is a perfect example of a qualified, properly trained volunteer. We have called reserve deputies to augment patrol staffing at schools on days after reports of threats, etc. I believe our reserve program is an excellent example of building rapport with our community. The more that know and understand Law Enforcement the better and safer community we will be.”

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May 14, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Two

by lewwaters


Video of first forum here


Gangs have been a problem for a long time and while they might not be as big a problem in Clark County as elsewhere, they still pose a problem for law enforcement here that must be dealt with.

“Gangs should be an ongoing concern for law enforcement. If we do not work with the community to provide education and training to high risk kids, we will be dealing with them as young adults in our criminal justice system” says Shane Gardner. He intends to deal with gangs “in partnership with the Safe Streets Task Force, multi-agency task forces, and community mentor programs.”

Gardner also admits that law enforcement cannot deal with the issue alone saying, “We need to engage our community in addressing the underlying reasons that children seek out gangs, and/or gangs grow and recruit in our communities.”

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May 13, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part One

by lewwaters

Video of first forum here

Sheriff BadgeFour candidates have stepped up to the plate to replace retiring Clark County Sheriff, Garry Lucas, all with prior law enforcement experience in Clark County. Of course, only one will win the office in the November general election after two will prevail in the August primary election to face each other.

A Sheriff is a lot more important than many people realize. Far from just being responsible for overseeing the writing of traffic tickets, the Sheriff is responsible for managing the entire Department, maintaining the “oldest law enforcement agency in our state as well leading the Department Deputies in varied activities related to crime, enforcement of laws, corrections facilities, general safety of County Government and Citizens,” maintaining a rapport with the community and other elected officials, budgeting the Department, overseeing proper training of personnel and much more.

It is therefore incumbent upon us, the citizens and voters to elect the one candidate we feel is best suited for the position, based upon their values, experience and abilities.

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May 5, 2014

Who Should Replace Garry Lucas as Sheriff?

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeAs we know, Sheriff Garry Lucas is retiring after this term ends. What we may think of his time in office is now irrelevant as we seek to wade through four candidates, so far, that have filed to replace him.

This blog cannot make an endorsement at this time and likely will not endorse in the primary, but all four, John Graser, Ed Owens, Chuck Atkins and Shane Gardner have been sent a questionnaire with identical questions that I hope to use to provide a fair comparison of each. Chuck Atkins has earned this blogs endorsement due to his being the most experienced candidate running.

So far, Chuck Atkins has acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire and John Graser as returned it filled out. I await Ed Owens and Shane Gardner.

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May 29, 2009

Another Child Hit On 88th Street

by lewwaters

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12 year-old Kyler Walters is in Legacy Emanuel Hospital in serious condition after being struck by a car crossing 88th Street Thursday shortly after 5 PM. He was crossing Northeast 88th Street in the 1800 block and wasn’t wearing a helmet on his skateboard.

Injuries are unknown at this time and I wish him a speedy recovery.

There is no indication that the driver of the 1994 Nissan Maxima that struck him was speeding or the driver impaired. The driver of the Maxima, 49 year-old Collin Normansen stopped and fully cooperated with the investigation. An investigation is underway by traffic specialists. No citations were issued.

My prayers for both Mr. Normansen and young Kyler.

However, it should also be noted this isn’t the first such accident along this stretch of Northeast 88th Street, especially since so many discovered the ease of getting from Hwy 99 to Andressen Road while 78th Street was being widened a few years ago.

A six-year old was struck and killed by a pickup truck just a few years before at nearly the exact spot Kyler was hit. Before that, the Columbian’s paper boy was hit on his bicycle and ended up laying in my front yard one evening.

I have also been rear-ended at this spot while stopping, with turn signal on waiting for westbound traffic to clear so that I could turn into my driveway off of 88th street. That driver said his brakes didn’t work, but he drove off in the truck with no problem afterwards.

To say 88th street can be a hazardous strip to drive on is an understatement as it has hills and dips and restricted view of homes lining both sides of the street nearly the entire distance between Hwy 99 and Andressen.

The discovery a few years ago of it being such an easy straight drive to Andressen makes it a “de facto arterial” to some. To others, it seems to be a “de facto drag strip” because it is straight.

Those drivers seem oblivious to all the homes recently built and that young families have children who walk up and down both sides of the street. Some sidewalks have been added, but the spot Kyler was struck at has none on the south side.

Many long time residents of the neighborhood try to warn new residents of the dangers of 88th Street and to teach their children to stay of the edge of the street as speeding cars are known to drift towards the side of the road.

What does disturb me the most is some comments left on the Columbian’s article about this accident, that seem to place more blame on homeowners and children than drivers who use 88th as a shortcut and a convenience.

Again, let me reiterate that I am not accusing the driver of the Maxima of bad driving or speeding, but am addressing all those others who feel 50 mph and above is better for their convenience than the posted 35 mph. A traffic investigation will determine where any fault, if any, lies.

Those of us who live here realize that 88th has become a “de facto arterial” and can accept that, even with the 18-wheelers, ambulances, police and fire engines all hours with sirens blaring and increased traffic. We may not always like it, but have to accept that people have discovered our street.

What we do not accept are motorcycles, low riders and just general public deciding they may exceed the posted speed limit in hopes of getting a better parking spot at Walmart or Costco.

I do see Sheriff’s Deputies stopping cars and writing tickets, but they can only be on hand part of the time and cannot devote their entire shift to one neighborhood.

That again places more responsibility on drivers who utilize 88th Street for their convenience. While we train our children to be careful, what child has the wherewithal of supposed adults, who should know and obey the “rules of the road?”

When my grandchildren come over they are not permitted to play on the 88th street side of my home. But, youngsters and teens often walk to and from Walmart and must wait for School buses in the early morning.

De fact arterial or not, it is still a residential neighborhood.

So please, all we ask is to be careful. Watch out for children who haven’t learned to watch out all the time. Please, obey speed limits.

We don’t wish any harm to your families and hope traffic laws are obeyed in your neighborhood. But please, obey the traffic laws in our neighborhood.