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Be prepared for heat for you and your best friend

In this line of work we have a couple of favorite letters, OT — overtime. However, when you add the letter H to the front of that, we melt, literally. Boy, the blast-furnace weather is really here. This week the HOT calls came in.

We all love our animals. Please remember, if you leave your furry friends outside, they need plenty of shade and a whole bunch of water. Can you imagine being tied up with a leash, with no shade or water?

Please be conscious of our best friends.

With the heat wave, everything, I mean everything, uses or needs more power. The body needs more water, cars need to be at optimal operation and a home’s air conditioner should be at peak performance. Make sure your cooling equipment is operational.

Make sure you have plenty of water with you at all times, and especially if you’re traveling toward the beautiful California beaches. That spot called Baker can get awful hot. Also, double-check your vehicle’s tires and coolant levels. One more thing, don’t let the heat make you crazy; be patient and give yourself a couple of extra minutes if you’re heading somewhere.

May summer 2013 be filled with fun times and great memories. Most important , be safe and make responsible choices. The first responsible choice is NO water balloons for the July 4th parade.

All right, what are we waiting for, let’s get moving! “Control, 269, we’re ready to roll.”

June 2, a known familiar subject with an extensive criminal record is spotted lurking near a motel. Officers confront the rather illustrious fellow. Unknown to the subject, he was wanted by Las Vegas police on a no-bail warrant. Thankfully, the subject was compliant and was taken to the jailhouse.

On June 3, officers are dispatched to an unresponsive subject at a home across from B-Hill. Officers locate the subject on the bathroom floor with a faint pulse and shallow breathing. Officers learn the subject ingested about 12 medications. The fire department arrived and took the subject to Boulder City Hospital. I know times can get tough but there’s always plenty of help out there.

On June 4, dispatch receives a call from a female screaming for help near Lakeview Drive. An officer arrives and finds a male holding the female. The officer calmed the situation down. After investigating, it was determined the male hit his wife, held her against her will and violated a protection order. He was arrested and charged with eight serious crimes. By the way, substance abuse is never a good thing .

June 5, a officer responded to a single-vehicle accident on Georgia Avenue. Apparently the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control. The car struck two light poles in the median, taking them out. The driver was taken to the hospital with injuries. A passenger declined medical attention. DUI, reckless driving, and numerous other charges are being filed against the driver.

On June 6, officers are dispatched to a vehicle rollover at Veterans Park. Officers arrive and find a vehicle with extensive driver-side damage. The juvenile driver is inside, wearing a seat belt. His buddy attached a chain to the vehicle’s bumper, attempting to tow it home with another car.

The driver tells the officers the car never rolled over, the scratches and dents are old. The kid was shaking! After officers had a heart to heart, the juvenile admits he lost control of the SUV. Thank goodness no one was hurt. It turned out to be an expensive driving lesson. The $1,132 reckless driving ticket is the inexpensive part. The vehicle repair — priceless.

June 7, officers make contact with a subject who found some property. Not just some run of the mill stuff. The subject, off Avenue I advised officers he found “Detagel.” What the heck is that? He shows the officers a 10-inch plastic soft wrapped tube. The words “ slurry explosive” catch the officers’ attention. The police department’s explosive s expert provided the needed information to disarm/deactivate the substance. You never know what you’ll find walking in the desert.

On June 8, what a way to start the morning. Officers are sent to a two-vehicle accident with a rollover on U.S. 95/U.S. 93 interchange. Apparently a subject made a left turn, not seeing the other vehicle. It was a T-bone and not the steak. The not-at-fault driver was taken to a St. Rose Hospital in Henderson. The at-fault driver was cited and released.

Once again the week flew by. I hope you all had as much fun as we did. Keeping BC safe and great is the best job! See ya next week.

Officer Jeffrey Grasso is a 10-year veteran of the Boulder City Police Department. He previously served as a police officer in south Florida for four years.

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