10. VIPI Asked To Investigate Former DA
The Las Vegas Tribune has often stated that former Clark County
District Attorney David Roger should be investigated for violations of
his office on several counts.
Veterans in Politics International agrees and are taking that stand.
While many aspects of his professional conduct must be investigated
first before they can be stated as fact, it is already known that
Roger was negotiating for a job with the Police Protective Association
while a candidate for reelection for his position as district
attorney, and while he was still involved in investigating any
wrongdoing — questionable shootings, unnecessary force, discriminatory
charges and the like — by police officers.
Although the former district attorney served barely 25 percent of his
4-year term of office once reelected, he still had a substantial
amount of the campaign money he raised from donors ($300,000), plus
the interest accrued, when he walked away from his duly-elected post.
We find it strange that this former district attorney, who once
investigated police officers as part of his job description, now gives
those same police officers advice in his present position with the
Police Protective Association. Doesn’t anyone see a conflict of
Veterans in Politics International has previously brought their
concerns to the attention of the Nevada Commission on Ethics and the
Nevada State Bar by filing a formal complaint; apparently nothing was
done to look into the allegations of corruption. They further
attempted to show exactly how Roger had violated the Nevada Revised
Statues, but it was still to no avail. As Steve Sanson, president of
VIPI, asks, “Why do we elect legislators and send them to Carson City
if the laws they pass are not upheld?”
9. Study Says Police Morale Low And Cops Are Biased
An article recently published by the Daily Bonanza Road Newspaper and
supported by a UCLA Research Director, Philip Goff, and our very own
$42-million-sheriff (Doug Gillespie), all agree that the morale is low
amongst the street cops and some officers may be taking it out on our
citizens, especially Blacks.
These geniuses figured this out all by themselves; we sure hope this
study — which, by the way, was not compared to other police
departments — did not cost the taxpayer any more money than what we
have already wasted on this bunch.
Ask any real street cop what the problem is with the morale and he or
she will tell you: It is the lack of honorable uncorrupted leadership
and a lack of fair and unbiased treatment and discipline by the police
So this newspaper did ask several police sources and every one without
exception (anonymously of course) and without hesitation, offered the
same basic answer. When asked how we can fix the problem, again we got
virtually the same answer: that the present leadership and
administration needs to be replaced because you can’t fix “stupid”;
and when you add corruption and greed into the mix, you have yourself
one hell of a mess, as indeed we do have here.
One of our police sources, an over 25-year veteran, said he equates
Sheriff Gillespie’s administration with our current president’s
administration in that both failed to support the troops in the field
when they needed and deserved that support, leaving them to fend for
themselves. The faith, trust, and honor bestowed upon leaders that
betray those qualities and honor, once lost can never be regained, no
matter how hard they try.
There is no question about the “targeting or hit list” of disfavored
employees. Lies, false police reports, evidence tampering, threats,
intimidation and discrimination are common practices within the LVMPD
by the present leadership and administration. A rather large number of
long-term upper level police administrators have already been indicted
and convicted of criminal acts involving bribery, drugs, theft, and
conspiracy, and there are many more to come from within the police
department and the DA’s Office, in the near future — especially
involving the HOA Scandal.
8. Brokering of Minority Children
Once again another case of injustice in Family Court involving Judge
Frank Sullivan and the same co-conspirators that the Las Vegas Tribune
has previously exposed in several other cases — Child Protective
Service (CPS), Department of Family Services (DFS), CASA, Clark County
Deputy District Attorney Juvenile Division, Court Appointed Attorneys,
Child Advocacy Project (CAP) — where the above-mentioned entities and
individuals conspired together to steal a minor child from the
legitimate parent, rears its head.
During a recent Face The Tribune segment, this newspaper learned of
the 17-month odyssey of a local family that has been held hostage in
Family Court without due process of law, in violation of the Special
Interest Statute, and with the added insult of introducing attorneys
into this case who have proprietary interests in adopting out children
and have no standing in this case at this time.
On May 3, 2011, a male child was born to Tonia Jones at UMC.
She had no Medicaid card and was without insurance. She was admitted,
and her male child was born.
UMC ran a drug screen on child and mother. The mother was told that
both she and her child had tested positive for cocaine.
The following day, Tonia’s sisters came to the hospital to take the
infant home. CPS caseworkers refused to allow the aunts to remove the
newborn infant from the hospital.
It then took 18 days before CPS sent foster parents into the hospital
to take custody of the baby boy. No family member was even alerted or
contacted. The foster parent just walked out of the hospital, baby in
arms, and proceeded to take little Baby Jones to her home.
For 17 agonizing months Tonia and her family have been in and out of
Family Court. They have attorneys acting as supposed advocates, yet
this child still remains in adoptive foster care. Why?
The policy of the hospital is that lab specimens obtained do not
follow a legal chain of custody. Therefore, they are not accepted in
The exception to the rule is when the police come in, usually in car
accidents, and ask for a chain of custody, and then those specimens
are admissible. Now that we understand this, how can CPS hold a child
back from going home with his mom or his biological aunts?
We are aware that Tonia phoned Healthy Families, as instructed,
immediately when she returned home and was told there was a 6-month
waiting period. This is not news to anyone seeking help; we all know
how services have been cut back.
But Tonia is now a victim of the very system that claims to defend
families. She didn’t know the “who, where, when, what, why and how” of
the programs available to her for recovery, nor was she given any
written information to help her when she sought help.
The Court’s enforcement, in this case, should have been to secure the
best interests of the infant and to ensure that he reside in a stable
At no time were the rights of Tonia or her son taken into consideration.
7. 1996 Murder Case Covered Up By Metro Resurfaces With A Vengeance
A 1996 Alamo Murder case, which allegedly involved the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department Narcotics Section, has resurfaced and
is rearing its ugly head.
Detective Gordon Martines, the most senior working police officer in
the entire police force, who started his investigation into this case
ten years ago, is preparing to obtain legal depositions from his
numerous direct court law enforcement officer witnesses, including
current and retired police officers, and current and retired special
agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Martines is a three-time candidate for Sheriff of Clark County,
founder and former president of STOP DUI, and Plaintiff in an
unprecedented Federal Lawsuit against Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and fifteen other defendants.
During this preparation, our police sources confirmed that evidence,
statements, photos, composites and a whole list of associated
individuals connected to Detective Martines’ stolen ten-year-old
homicide investigation case has resurfaced and will be presented to
the Attorney General’s Office — and possibly the Federal Justice
Department, but definitely not back to Metro — for prosecution.
Prior to the present “resurfacing” of this Alamo Murder Case, all
evidence and notes relating to this murder investigation were “stolen”
or “illegally removed” from Detective Martines’ desk, and possibly
destroyed, on or before November 7, 2010.
Detective Martines’ murder investigation eventually revealed the
complicity of the LVMPD Narcotics Section, whereby a copy of a
registered narcotics informant worksheet was given to identified
illegal drug dealers, who in turn located the narcotics informant,
forcibly drove him to a summer cabin in Alamo, Nevada, tied the
informant to a chair with an orange electrical extension cord, and
then shot the informant in the head, killing him.
The informant’s body was then taken to a specific spot with a predug
hole in the desert, and buried just outside of Alamo.
Police sources indicate that every imaginable police administrative
obstacle was put in place over a ten-year period, including stealing
the entire case from Det. Martines’ working desk, in order to prevent
Detective Martines from pursuing and bringing to justice those
involved in this murder, which also included law enforcement officers
that were complicit in this murder.
The November 7, 2010 incident in which Det. Martines’ life was
threatened by his immediate supervisor, and he was degraded by
ethnic/racial slurs and was immediately transferred, relieved of duty,
and had his working desk completely ransacked — as we reported, along
with photo, in a Las Vegas Tribune front page article — and all of his
criminal files, evidence, confessions, tapes and data encompassing at
least 30 active criminal cases having been stolen, removed, and/or
destroyed, directly contributed to Detective Martines’ current medical
What makes the “resurfacing” of this murder case so relevant and
important is that the police department’s attorneys have alluded that
Detective Martines is not credible when speaking about the stolen
murder case from his ransacked desk.
Granted, it would be very difficult to prove that the case even
existed now without any evidence or reports to back it up.
6. RJC Marshals Intimidate Attorneys
For years, the Marshals at the Regional Justice Center have served the
public who for one reason or another have had to visit the building,
to attend court or conduct whatever business they may have had there.
The Las Vegas Tribune has dedicated, on several occasions, much space
to recognizing their professionalism and dedication while protecting
the building, and the judges as well as the employees and visitors,
realizing that not all individuals attending court are necessarily
Lately, the number of incidents of incivility and disrespect by some
of the Marshals in the Courthouse has been increasing to the point
that some attorneys are skeptical about having to be there, and
concerned when they have no way to avoid a trip to the Regional
Many long-time well respected attorneys talking to the Las Vegas
Tribune have experienced unprofessional and disrespectful treatment
when entering the building.
One attorney stated that on November 1st of last year, while on line
at the attorney’s scanner, one Marshal committed battery upon him.
“I placed my cell phone and my keys on the scanner and waited for the
person in front of me to be scanned when I was [poked by the wand of] a red-headed Marshal,” an attorney explained.
“The Marshal used his wand to poke the right side of my suit coat and
me. He asked what was [it] I had in my pocket, and when I pulled the
book out, he made me put it through the scanner again.”
One attorney explained that he has been coming to court all the time
with a notebook in his pocket (only paper, no metal) and never had a
Another well-known attorney that heard the complaint added that he has
had two encounters with the same rude Marshal.
A third attorney, one of the most high profile attorneys in the
community, told the Las Vegas Tribune that a Marshal blocked him from
going through the scanner by opening his arms in front of him.
In an unrelated case, an attorney was confronted by a Marshal and a
second Marshal standing to his right committed battery by “shoving”
the officer of the court.
Another Marshal had a confrontation with a judge’s judicial executive
assistant and grabbed her badge denying her access to the building.
5. Carpenter One Now Covers More Than 15,000 Acres
The Carpenter One fire burning on Mt. Charleston now covers 15,286
acres, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
Firefighters say they are making progress on battling the wildfire,
which is now 15 percent contained.
However, the hotter, drier weather expected over the next few days
could cause increased fire activity, officials said.
The BLM estimates crews will have the fire contained by Friday, July 19.
Crews are struggling to get a fire line around the blaze in Kyle
Canyon, where the terrain is making it difficult to fight.
Firefighters are working to stop the fire from dropping into the
More than 700 firefighters have been battling these flames all weekend.
While they say they have seen some improvement, the position of the
fire is making it difficult to fight.
The BLM is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the
Centennial High School auditorium to update the public on firefighting
So far, the cost in damages has exceeded $1 million. Federal funds are
being promised to help battle the wildfire. Federal Emergency
Agency official Veronica Verde said Monday the fire management
assistance declaration means Nevada can be reimbursed for up to 75
percent of eligible firefighting costs.
The thunderstorms that rolled through the area Sunday set back the
firefighting effort. Strong wind gusts hindered efforts to fight the
fast moving flames. The storm did, however, bring much-needed rain.
4. School Board Chief “Lawyered Up” Before Ethics Commission
During the 2012 election there was a school tax increase item on the
ballot. An allegation was made that school board member Carolyn
Edwards used the school district email system to broadcast an email
request for people receiving the emails to vote for the tax increase.
State law is “NRS281A.520 … Except as otherwise provided in
subsections 4 and 5, a public officer or employee shall not request or
otherwise cause a governmental entity to incur an expense or make an
expenditure to support or oppose: (a) A ballot question…” Michael
Silbergleid, a member of the committee who wrote the ballot opposition
against the ballot item, filed a complaint against (CCSD) Clark County
School District Board Member Carolyn Edwards with the Nevada Ethics
The school district sent their attorney, who arrived prior to the
hearing and apparently alone.
Edwards arrived, flanked by her personal attorneys with Hutchison &
Steffen. Edward’s attorneys prepared a masterful 157-page submission
including numerous depositions and exhibits. In the dismissal request
the ability of good attorneys to breathe massive confusion into a
relatively simple matter was heavily in evidence. The dismissal
request did not deny that Edwards did do what (complainant)
This ethics commission meeting was conducted with no public input
during the individual agenda items. Hearings are conducted using a
video conference system including northern Nevada commissioners and
the Las Vegas members who attended at the Grant Sawyer building along
with members of the public and the press. During the actual item
hearing there was no opposition called to appear. However, public
speaking is allowed at the start and finish of the meetings.
The public speaker before the hearing was Michael Silbergleid, who
filed the ethics (complaint) request.
As is typical of school board hearings, Silbergleid was interrupted
during his 3-minute presentation.
The ethics commission chairperson then commented that this was
regarding an item appearing on the agenda, as though that was a
problem, and explained the rules. Silbergleid’s comments essentially
addressed the confusion and erroneous inferences in the papers that
Edwards had filed. After the interruption, Silbergleid was allowed to
finish his allotted three minutes of remarks.
After allowing three minutes for Silbergleid, Ms. Edwards was allowed
unlimited time for her attorneys to present their argument for
dismissal of the complaint. Senator Mark Hutchison (R) spoke
extensively as individual council representing Edwards.
3. David Van Buskirk Will live On
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Police Department and the city as a whole has lost one of its best
officers and one of its best citizens by the preponderance of
emotional outburst during Monday’s funeral services and the following
procession to the final destination for Search and Rescue Officer
David Van Buskirk.
Emotions, displays of deep sentiments, tears in almost everyone’s
eyes, and a certain disbelief of the moment they all were living
through, showed on everyone’s face.
There is no doubt that Officer David Van Buskirk, someone who was not
in the spotlight and was not looking for personal recognition, touched
many, many lives.
Officer David Van Buskirk was always quick to help out not only a
friend, but also those he didn’t know, knowing only that they needed
help badly when they called upon the local police for that help.
That is exactly what took place on the night of July 22, when Van
Buskirk set out to save the life of a complete stranger, a person in
distress for having ignored the rules posted on Mount Charleston
—rules intended to save lives, and the disregard of those same rules
that could cost the life of a good man— and it did. It cost the life
of a good officer and a good all-around human being.
Those who were fortunate enough to know Officer David Van Buskirk
could not expect any less of him than what he did, and always with his
good sense of humor, helping people with a smile on his face.
Once again a good deed is returned, from the generosity of the
heart-broken residents of Las Vegas who — in a twelve-hour stretch of
time — raised more than $10,000 to help with the funeral expenses for
the man who lived his whole life to help others. That, even despite
the fact that the cost of the funeral services were donated by Palm
Mortuary, the oldest funeral home in Southern Nevada.
Palm Mortuary has been burying police officers for years at no cost to
the family and any efforts to generate money is for the survivors of
the lost beloved one only.
The Injured Police Officer Fund usually gives $20,000 to the surviving
family members if they have the money in their bank.
2. Sparks School Shooting: Teacher Killed Trying To Protect Students
A teacher was killed and two students were critically wounded when a
student opened fire at a Nevada middle school Monday morning before
the shooter fatally turned the gun on himself, police said. Law
enforcement officials secured the area around Sparks Middle School
where the shooting took place without firing any shots.
The two injured in the shooting were taken to Renown Regional Medical
Center in nearby Reno, Nev. One of the individuals is already out of
surgery, and the other is doing well, according to media reports.
The teacher — eighth-grade math teacher Michael Landsberry, according
to media reports — was shot and killed while trying to protect
Students and staff at Sparks Middle School and nearby Risley
Elementary School — which are both in Sparks, Nev. — were evacuated to
Sparks High School. Both the middle and elementary schools will be
closed Monday, said Charles Rahn, Washoe County School District
“We came flying down here to get our kids,” said Mike Fiorica, feeling
that, “You don’t know if your kid’s OK.”
Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said 150 to 200 personnel
secured the school and the surrounding area after the shooting was
reported at 7:15 a.m. Pacific time, according to the Reno
Kyle Nucum, a student at Sparks Middle School, thought the shooting
was a firecracker when he first heard a loud popping noise.
“Then the student fired a shot at the teacher, and the teacher fell
and everybody ran away, and we ran across the field to get somewhere
safe,” Kyle said during an interview published on the Gazette-Journal
website. “While we were running, we heard about four or five more
shots,” Kyle said. He escaped the chaos inside a nearby home. Michelle
Hernandez, another student at the middle school, said she saw the
shooter on Monday morning, the Gazette-Journal reported.
1. YOU’RE FIRED!
The family court hearing master that allowed two court marshals to
abuse, degrade and sexually assault a woman that was in court for a
divorce matter was quietly fired last week.
Patricia Doninger is no longer employed by Clark County Courts after
an alleged investigation into the August 11 incident in her court,
during which she turned her back on a disgusting situation to play
with the victim’s underage daughter.
Doninger heartlessly ignored the young mother’s plea for help while
two Clark County Court Marshalls tortured, groped and viciously
attacked the Hispanic woman that was in court for a routine divorce
A court video of the incident was obtained by Las Vegas Tribune, and
after reviewing it for several days, the newspaper was ready to begin
a campaign to demand Hearing Master Patricia Doninger’s termination —
but that is no longer necessary.
Doninger was clearly seen on the video playing with the woman’s
daughter and ignoring the woman’s cries that the marshal was
assaulting her right under her nose, under the guise of searching for
In last Thursday’s telephone communication with a Clark County Public
Information officer, Mary Ann Price told the Las Vegas Tribune that
any inquiry in relation to Patricia Doninger has to be done via email
and it may take a few days for an answer due to an internal
investigation conducted by the administration and executives of the
Clark County District court.
Either Price was not informed at that time of her boss’s decision to
terminate Patricia Doninger, or the termination was decided on Friday
morning. Or possibly Ms. Price hid the decision from the Las Vegas
In any event, as we spoke on Thursday afternoon, the Clark County
Public Information officer did not tell the newspaper that Doninger
On Friday afternoon while the court was informing several city news
media organizations — other than the Las Vegas Tribune — of its
decision to terminate Hearing Master Patricia Doninger’s employment,
the weekly newspaper posted on its website a response to a comment
made by a woman calling herself Kelly and attacking the newspaper’s
integrity for allowing such comments about Doninger.
“NO MATTER how vile this woman is, allowing commenters to post about
how they will shoot, rape, or kill & behead her on your page reflects
very poorly on your establishment, Rolando Larraz.
“Get your act together. You lose all credibility as a paper when you
don’t have a comment policy. The violence against women that occurred
in that courtroom is being paled by what you’re allowing on your
site,” the woman calling herself Kelly wrote.
And on Friday night, the newspaper responded to the woman with our
side of the story that we did not write; it was just a comment posted
by one reader –among others — that Kelly found disgusting and blamed