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Letters to the Editor Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 9, 1997 11 J II Illl Animal control officer speaks out This letter is to introduce myself to those that have not met me, but wonder who that Frank is that is always being mentioned in the newspapers and at the commissioner meetings. Also, to those who question my ability and knowledge of the job I was hired to do. My name is Frank Johnson, a deputy for Nye County Animal Control. As of this date, I have worked as a law officer for almost 20 years. I was with the Chicago Police Department for 16 1/2 years, and the remaining years, here with the Nye County Sheriffs Office. I can reasonably say that my experience, knowledge and interpretation of the law is pretty good. I was trained by the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during the end of the Vietnam War, utilizing these skills for four years. I then spent 12 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a MedicaI Technician with the 63rd AES in Illinois and served in Desert Storm. I was stationed three miles away from the Iraq and Kuwait border, where I, with other crew members, flew casualties out of the combat area. I feel my past medical experience qualifies me to look at an animal and tell if it is in need of medical attention or if it is being fed and cared for properly. The sheriff's office also provides its employees with continuing job related education. To those people with the mentality that believe all I do is drive around looking for animals to take away, you have no idea how far you are from the truth. There are people that can't act like adults when someone confronts therewith a wrong, whether the wrong was done on purpose of through neglect. They can't comprehend that someone actually called the sheriff's office with a complaint about their animals. Whether it be that their animals are running loose or they are not being taken care of, even when they are told this by a veterinarian who accompanies me on the more serious calls. Animal Control Officers try to work with all the people and try to get them help and advice with whatever is wrong, but there are always those that just won't accept the help offered. When I applied to the sheriff's office, I was asked that if I accepted the Animal Control Officer position, I would remain in that position. In the past, the Animal Control Officers wanted out of animal control and sought positions as street deputies. I took the job, I'm happy I did, even with all the accusations and innuend3es about how I do my job. The "Thank you's" far outweigh the complaints by 100 to one. As long as I'm a deputy in Nye County, I will continue to do my job to the best of my ability, even though there will always he someone who will complain or disagree with my actions. Frank Johnson Pahrump Let the chips fall where they may It was interesting to finally see a commentary by Com- missioner Cameron McRae in the local papers explaining how he is going to "help" the taxpayers of Nye County. Perhaps in furore issues he could justify, through full and complete disclosure, the historical facts of how it was determined that the Nye County manager's extravagant salary was set on $117,000 per year; the assistant manager's salary at $100,Q00, for a county with an approximate popu- lation of 30,000 people and the governor is paid $77,000! Many decent taxpayers are very suspicious that there has been, and continues to be, wholesale corruption and massive cover-ups in our midst. Mr. McRae could really serve his constituents by revealing the truth in this matter. Another revelation he could provide us taxpayers with is the $14 million "Taj Mahal," the luxurious Nye County "Justice Center" in Tonopah, at a $4 million "cost over run." Pahrumpians are forced to drive 170 miles for jury duty, or "justice." Was due diligence ased to determine its jnstifica- tion, while Pahrump is stuck with a tiny justice court? Now that the state legislators passed a bill that empowers the Fifth Circuit District Judge to travel to Pahrump and hold court, would Mr. McRae assure us that this indeed will be a reality? And, would he demand of Judge Davis to abide by the law? The majority of us taxpayers believe in less government and lower taxes. We are vehemently against corruption, fraud and waste, perpetuated by entrenched sinecure bu- reaucrats. We are fed up with phony, two-faced, lying, big spending politicians who are too busy buying votes, instead of serving the public! Mr. McRae, you have a wonderful opportunity to inform us with the truth which sadly has been the best kept secret in Nye County. Will you please let the chips fall where they may and bring the truth out? Thank you. For Sincerity, Vlnce Bogdan Pahrump I II I Dialysis Survey results Dear fellow board members, our money was well spent. We received a total of 22 surveys, nine of which came with names and addresses. Of the 22, only one listed an out of town address and that was Amargosa Valley, four surveys indi- cated that friends or relatives would he staying with the responder that would require dialysis, one person responded that while not a dialysis patient now, her doctor informs her that she soon would be. Therefore we have a base of 17 possible dialysis patients that would like to get dialysis in Pahrump. Considering that there are probably going to he an addi- tional three people a year in this valley requiring dialysis, plus once word gets around that you can move back here or live here if you are a dialysis patient, we could see and additional influx of patients to an established dialysis unit here. My thanks to all the fellow board members who helped with this project, as well as Shirley Mitchell, and a special thanks to Mr. Byron Foster, owner of PostNet, who gave us use of a postal box for free for this project. Johnny Walker Pahrump Hospital Board Member. Private property search I want to say first of all, that I have liked Sheriff Wade Lieseke, Jr. from the first meeting we had in Goldfield when he ran for sheriff the first time. If I were his father, I would be very proudofhim. Even ifI were, I would still be obligated to comment on his remark at the Commission Meeting as written in the PV Gazette, September 18. In response to the Sheriffs statement, 'Whe SheriWs Department has always had the right to enter property. That's what we do as sheriffs .... to investigate probable cause. It all has to do with probable cause." Amendment 4 of the United States Constitution, the su- preme law of the land reads: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation" and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to he seized." If I understand this amendment, if the law officer has probable cause, as the sheriff points out, to enter private property to search or seize property, he must follow the law and swear out a warrant before he or she can proceed. I know it hinders instant gratification for the officer, but laws were made to guarantee liberty for the individual as much as it is to protect and maintain order. If any state, federal, county, city or town enacts a law that is repugnant to the United States Constitution, it is no la w and cannot he enforced. A criminal is one who repeatedly violates the law, whether or not he or she has knowledge of the law, which includes our law officers. It would seem to me that the people who have the responsibility of upholding the law, should obey the law. James Lee Pahrump Fourth Amendment misconceptions I would like to take this opportunity to clear up some misconceptions that appear to have been created during a recent County Commissioners' meeting in Beatty during a public hearing concerning Fourth Amendment rights, which have to do with search and seizure. In response to my good friend Jim Lee's "Lever to the Editor" in the local paper, I believe Jim is under the mistaken impression that peace officers require a search warrant any time they enter someone's property. The U.S. Supreme Court, recognizing that peace officers must be allowed to answer calls in order to preserve the peace, has made clear rulings concerning the Fourth Amendment which states that officers may enter onto property without a warrant to investigate calls for service where said officers have a clear legal right to be there. I think Jim and others are confusing entering onto property with entering homes to search without a warrant. The fact that an animal control officer or a deputy sheriff arrives at a residence and makes inquiries of the persons there concerning the investigation of a complaint does not consti- tute an unlawful search or seizure. The question is "How could we be expected to do our jobs at all if this kind of restriction were imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court concern- ing searches and seizures?" The U.S. Supreme Court, which is the highest law of the land, has ruled by interpretation of the Fourth Amendment that there are several exons to war- rantless searches and seizures. In other words, in certain situatious an officer is not required to olain a search warrant and may make lawful entries to residences when exigent circumstances exist where an officer using "the Reasonable Person Doctrine" would not have time to get a warrant if he has reasonable cause to believe that a person's life was in danger; the public safety, in general, were in danger (such as a methamphetamine lab or a bomb that is set to explode); "The Plain View Doctrine", which allows a warrandess entry if I II I llll evidence of a crime is in plain view; warrantless searches incident to arrest; and warrantless vehicle searches, with probable cause to search established, which is allowed under U.S. Supreme Court rulings, because vehicles are highly mobile. As you can see, Fourth Amendment issues are very com- plicated and diverse, and my officers are well trained in what the laws and the Supreme Court allow us to do or not to do concerning constitutional fights, in general, and the Fourth Amendment rights, in particular, and I make it a high priority that we follow these guidelines. Wade A. Lieseke, Jr. Sheriff Many thanks, from stop DUI On behalf of STOP DUI, I Larry Beckner, (coordinator of Pahrump STOP DUD want to say our first year would not have been possible, here in Pahrump, without the support and involvement of certain individuals. First I would like to thank my officers, Pahrump Justice of the Peace Margaret Tsafos (and her staff), Stacy Smith with Westcare (counselor) and Sgt. Mark Clark, Nevada Highway Patrol (and all his staff, and other officers), for all their involvement, dedication, and belief in the progran A very big thanks goes to District Attorney Beckett and his office and staff, for all their support and involvement. To SheriffWade Lieseke for implementing our STOP DUI pin to the Nye County Sheriffs uniforms and his involvement with the Victim's Impact Panel, as well as to all the Nye County officers and other personnel, the ambulance, and fire depart- ment and the town board and its entire staff. I would also like to thank the community for letting STOP DUI use the com, munity center to hold our Victim Impact Panel meetings. To all the businesses that carry the ribbons and bumper stickers, so they may he passed on to the rest of the commu- nity. A special thanks for a contribution to STOP DUI by Cellular One, and their continued support. I would like to say a very special thanks to the local speakers like Scott Riley, and Jack Whitcotten and others, for their support. I also would like to say thank you Mr. Hill (principal at Pahrump Valley High School) for letting STOP DUI do a Victim's Impact Panel at the high school last year and hopefully each year to come and for letting us put a sign up on the football field, to carry on the reminding message, Please don't drink and drive, and please try and make better choices when you do go out, so you do not harm yourself as well as anyone else. Finally, I would like to thank Mary Ann McNeill and her entire staff at the Pahrump Valley Gazette, for running our public announcements and organization name in all their issues. We know this senseless crime will not be going away anytime soon. However, we also know we cannot tackle this major problem alone. That's why we ask everyone's partici- pation by just maybe altering their choices and maybe look at your family member, or friend, and go ou t of your way if you see they have been drinking, rather than do nothing and let them get 'behind the wheel. We are always looking for victims to speak at the panels as well as letting victims know that we are also here to help them in the event they are involved in crash,by a drunk driver. We have a local 24-hour hotline here in Pahrump which is : 751-3173. Last, I would like to thank my family for being supportive and being there for me, since I too am a victim, Especially to my middle daughter Melissa Beckner, for spea_king regularly at the panels, in Henderson, Pahrump, and Las Vegas, and hope she will continue to do so in the future. Thank you once again, to anyone who has given STOP DUI or myself and others any support. Larry Beckner Stop DUI Pahrump coordinator Response to public administrator Ramsey This letter is in response to Nye County Public Adminis- trator Claire Ramsey's letter published in local papers dated September 26, 1997. Dear Ms. Ramsey: First of all, I am the so called land lady in the letter. I am Continued on page 14 IIIII I II NI The Pahrump Valley Gazette corrects mistakes. Errors shoeld he brought to the attention of the newspaper by ealfing 727-$$83. OOO AU opinlem expressed on page are of the or anthor The rwervm the right to eda d hStm for ud Furthermore, letters with names  will rely be puidished if a legitimate fear of retribution existL Illlll I I II I II Illl I II I I II I I I Illll J