Time on ranch influenced mounted officer’s life


This week will be part two of my series on the Boulder City Mounted Police and Posse.

Mounted officer Scott Pastore grew up with frequent visits to his grandfather’s ranch in upstate New York and was mentored by professional rodeo greats like Hub Hubbell. He worked as a wrangler and was a partner in a horse boarding facility, as well as a liaison with the entertainment industry supplying horses for film work. His current mentor is former bronco riding champion and horse trainer Roland “Butch” Tirelli.

As in most professions, officers often identify an area of interest such as SWAT, K-9, narcotics or traffic. Pastore is a third-generation police officer and always gravitated to the mounted police officer program. After nine long years of planning and presenting the idea to various leaders, the vision has started taking shape.

Chief Tim Shea and Commander Brent Speyer are enthusiastic supporters of the program.

The original mission of the division is to maintain a presence at special events held in the city, assist with search and rescue efforts in the valley, patrol the parks and offer assistance to other mounted units (i.e., the Metropolitan Police Department) with their operations. They hope to have two to four mounted Boulder City police officers (full-time or reserve) to conduct routine patrols in the downtown area sometime in the near future.

Next week I will give you more information on ways you can become involved with helping this valuable program.

Oct. 12. Assist: Officers are dispatched to a report of a person yelling for help at 7:21 a.m. in the area of 700 Capri Drive.

Civil: A woman has decided that she has the right to destroy her property if she wants to and is doing a good job of it at 11:43 a.m. in the 700 block of Elm Street.

Thought for the day: Breaking windows and knocking out walls may be your right but not exactly the best idea for resale value.

Oct. 13. Burglary: The caller is reporting a garage was entered by unknown persons during the nighttime hours at 7:09 a.m. in the 600 block of Del Prado Drive.

Missing person: The good news is a missing person is located, and the bad news is the subject has been trespassed from the location they have entered at 1:13 p.m. in the 1200 block of Black Mountain Court.

Thought for the day: There are times that being a parent is hard work, and allowing the consequences of bad behavior is easier said than done.

Oct. 14. Accident with injuries: Officers assist Nevada Highway Patrol on a two-vehicle accident with a rollover at 8:10 p.m. in the area of U.S. Highway 93 and Industrial Road.

Family disturbance: A family is in turmoil when the couple erupts in a loud confrontation at 10:07 p.m. in the 500 block of Sixth Street.

Thought for the day: Alcohol and impending parenthood can sometime cause two parties to see things very differently.

Oct. 15. Shots: The caller reports hearing gunshots and believes a defect in the home may have been caused by a projectile at 9:42 a.m. in the 1200 block of Industrial Road.

Suspicious: The caller reports three intoxicated pedestrians lying in the street at 8:35 p.m. in the 500 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Intoxication sometimes leads to odd behavior like, perhaps, forgetting you have a warrant.

Oct. 16. Domestic: The man and woman are involved in a loud argument, and the woman is bleeding from a recent injury at 7:29 a.m. in the 800 block of Utah Street.

Civil: One subject is the property owner and has a broken foot, but the other party wants them to leave anyway at 12:40 p.m. in the 600 block of Avenue C.

Thought for the day: Can’t we all just get along?

Oct. 17. Abandoned vehicle: The caller reports an abandoned vehicle that has been on private property for an extended time at 1:51 p.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Suspicious: The bike on scene was taken from a residence Saturday, and the subject in possession of it is soliciting for money to leave town at 8:02 p.m. in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Private property impounds are handled by the property owner.

Oct. 18. Assist: The juvenile is lost, and the resident stands by while officers are en route at 8:01 a.m. in the area of Seventh and Utah streets.

Reckless driving: The officer has trouble deciding the most annoying part: the over 100 mph speed, the unlicensed driver or no insurance at 4:04 p.m. in the area of mile marker 53 on U.S. Highway 95.

Thought for the day: The unlicensed, uninsured and speeding driver gets to spend a few hours in jail, and the vehicle is towed to a local holding cell.

Call(s) of the week: The caller reports a white man in a bra and skirt is in the parking lot welding a hammer and making threats; the very angry (and manly looking?) woman ends up with a trespass at 8:40 p.m. Oct. 16 in the 1000 block of Nevada Way.

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