Drug court helps residents get new start


Here’s just a little information to introduce you to a Boulder City program that you may not be familiar with: Breaking the Cycle Drug Court. This program was created to give subjects with a history of legal charges and a substance dependence diagnosis an opportunity to seriously address their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The program not only treats the addiction of the participant, but provides an opportunity to get back the losses of the addiction.

Defendants must sign a contract agreeing to be a part of this program since there are certain requirements placed by the court. Participants are required to attend substance-abuse counseling to address their addictions and behavioral patterns. They must attend daily sobriety meetings, life skills groups and continue in an aftercare program for the duration of the program.

The defendants may also be required to complete community service projects to help develop a sense of giving back to their community. By choosing to enter the Breaking the Cycle Court program, they are choosing an opportunity to reclaim and rebuild their lives. The program is incentive and therapeutic intervention based.

The participant will receive rewards for excellent behavior, as well as therapeutic interventions for failing to comply with the rules of the court.

Participants must secure employment, be enrolled in school or be disabled and receiving aid, otherwise weekly community service may also be required while not employed. The lifting of house arrest or early curfew is an earned incentive, which is determined on an individual basis.

This is just one way Boulder City is helping to make the city a great place to live and visit.

July 27. Vehicle theft: Officers attempt contact with a woman suspected of taking a vehicle without permission. However, she finds it easier to climb out a back window and jet to a nearby business at 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Del Rey Drive.

Hit and run: The driver of the small vehicle gets a date with the airbags after pulling out from an intersection and making contact with a tractor-trailer’s rear wheels at 5:09 p.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 93 and Ville Drive.

Thought for the day: The female “sprinter” is eventually located and has no explanation for the unusual exit other than she doesn’t like talking to officers.

July 28. Family disturbance: The roommates can’t agree on air conditioning so decide to have a boxing match at 1:26 a.m. in the 1300 block of Capri Drive.

Assist: The caller states he thinks there are armed aliens nearby and not from another country — if you know what I mean at 8:07 a.m. in the 600 block of Christina Drive.

Thought for the day: Today started off with a bang and didn’t disappoint for the remainder of the interesting day.

July 29. Drugs: The other driver suspects impairment and is able to give a good description and direction of travel on the suspect vehicle at 7:27 a.m. in the 1500 block of Darlene Way.

Information: The caller suspects she allowed a person to borrow her vehicle who may have had drugs inside at 12:23 p.m. in the 600 block of Mount Antero Way.

Thought for the day: Perhaps if you intend on starting a counterfeiting ring you shouldn’t indulge in alcohol or narcotics and then drive. It results in all kinds of felony issues.

July 30. Animal: The neighbors have heard a dog barking for several days from inside a garage and now hear only whimpering at 9:06 a.m. in the 500 block of Woodcrest Court.

Vagrant: Callers state there is a subject going door to door with a shoe box at 2:52 a.m. in the area of Endora Lane and Del Prado Drive.

Thought for the day: Family friends come and remove the animal after officers make contact with the homeowner.

July 31. 911: The juvenile playing on the phone has several calls to answer for at 5:27 a.m. in the 700 block of Capri Drive.

Family disturbance: One party is intoxicated and isn’t clear on how exactly his nose got broken at 7:20 p.m. in the 1400 block of Nevada Highway.

Thought for the day: 911 is for emergency use only and misuse is a gross misdemeanor.

Aug. 1. Solicit: The teens aren’t being subtle when asking patrons entering the store to buy alcohol for them at 10:57 a.m. in the 800 block of Nevada Way.

Recovered stolen: The observant subject overhears a conversation about a “found” vehicle and alerts officers at 2:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Does the old “please buy us beer” ever work?

Aug. 2. Burglary: The caller wants to report the theft of power tools at 11:18 a.m. in the 800 block of Avenue A.

Found property: The caller reports personal items left in the dugout at the baseball field that appear to belong to a residentially challenged person at 2:53 p.m. in the 800 block of Avenue B.

Thought for the day: Keep your valuables locked up; it’s an unfortunate fact of today’s world we live in.

Call of the week: See person: The caller is concerned that this is not the first time the neighbor has thrown a TV into their pool during a party. The hope is that eventually the neighbor runs out of TVs at 11:15 p.m. July 29 in the 1500 block of Mancha Drive.

Honorable mention: Animal: The distraught caller needs assistance removing the snake from the house and when the officer arrives the “prank” snake is relocated and the prankster will surely be punished at 4:26 p.m. July 30 in the 500 block of Genni Place.

Tina Ransom is a dispatcher with Boulder City Police Department. She is coordinator of the Boulder City Citizen’s Academy.