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Estates opposes Desert Utilities rate increase Sheriff's clearance rate is best in state of only 24.1 percent. "The combination of good equipment, good training, excellent personnel.., combined with a constant awareness of the department's mission toward the community, results in constant striving to be the best," Lieseke said. "According to the FBI we are the best in the state in solving crimes and arresting perpetrators." The NHP report used FBI statistics. The study factored in rates for the crimes of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. "In certain areas our solve rate is much higher than indicated, such.as 100 percent for murder, rape, robbery and felonious assault," Lieseke said. "What brings our solve rate down is burglaries, larceny and arson." he said. The depart- ment has to rely on other agencies' evidence, such as the fire marshall's office for arsons. "I have the best personnel in the state. Best detective's division in the state. Statistics speak for themselves," he said. by Mary Ann lcNeill Gazette Staff PAHRUMP--Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke re- sponded to a Nevada Highway Patrol report that lists Nye County law enforcement as having the highest crime clear- ance rate in the state. "I'm extremely proud of the people who work in this agency," he said. "Our mission is to make the people feel secure in their homes ..... their community. When you achieve that, they get a feeling of well-being." Lieseke recited figures from an Associated Press report that showed Nye County having 47 percent crime clearances. Clearances are defined as the identification of a criminal, getting enough evidence to file a charge, and actual arrests. In some cases, a criminal could still be free for such things as a etim refusing to cooperate with authorities, or the criminal imprisoned in another state. The 47 percent rate is almost double the statewide average by Patti Babcock Allen Estates residents opposed to a 37.97 percent rate increase for Desert Utilities asked for and received support for their position from the Pahrump Town Board at the Tuesday evening meeting. Resident Vic Johnson said the increase would apply to all the one-half acre lots in the subdivision. He said Hollis Harris agreed to make improvements when he took over the utility, and owners are currently paying a monthly surcharge for those improvements. Johnson said he had concluded the Allen Estates residents were being asked to pay for Harris' nearby Desert Trails development. Johnson also said approximately 90 percent of the Allen Estates residents are on fixed incomes. Bob Bellemore said he spoke for the people in Allen Estates who signed a protest to the rate increase. (A name count later showed 191 signatures,) Bellemore will file the protest at a meeting of the Public Utility Commission in Las Vegas scheduled for October 29, 1997. Bellemore said the increase would charge according to the number of lots owned rather than the amount of water used. For example, his neighbor has four lots but lives on only one. He would be billed four times as much for his water as the owner who has only one lot. The spokesman agreed with Johnson that many people think the rate increase is to make improvements needed to provide water to Harris' Desert Trails development. Allen currentl2 paya $14.75  month surcharge $400,219 improvements to the )1o located behind the Elks ge on north Highway 160. The five year surcharge began February 1995. Board Chairman Charlotte LeVar said she supixrts the citizens and thought the town should send a letter of support. Board Members Charlie Gronda and Gary Hollis also spoke in favor of supporting the people. Hollis made a resolution to have the Board send a leuer of support , It passed unani- mously, 4-0. Board Member Bob Little was on vacation.