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Department takes charge of electricty problems

I’d like to take a minute to discuss the delicate topic of electricity. We need it, want it, depend on it, and what happens when we don’t have it? During regular hours, the electrical department takes your calls but who do I call when it’s midnight on a holiday? If you guessed the police department, then you’d be correct! (not 911, however).

We are happy to contact the on-call person to correct the problem. The electrical crew is notified and their world becomes occupied with solving the issue and getting the lights back on in the most efficient and expeditious manner.

They aren’t much for conversation as they dangle from a pole avoiding harm to life and limb.

Please understand, we don’t have any secret information to keep from our residents. Our sole mission is to get things back to normal as soon as possible. Take a minute to look around and check if your neighbors have already called in the outage. We try to record a telephone notification of the general facts and location so everyone can get a brief idea of where and what so they can start their new plans for the night.

We aren’t going to have the information you crave: how long will it be out, why did it come on and off again, why is across the street on and I am not? Just understand we’re concentrating on getting your TVs buzzing and your blenders blending.

Take a minute and go out to chat with the neighbors and rest assured that the men and women of the city are working their hardest to get things repaired.

Now, let’s roll.

March 19. Suspicious: There is a report of two men in a white truck parked in the neighborhood. A flat tire was repaired and they were on their way at 1:26 a.m. in the 1500 block of Foothill Drive.

Suspicious: A man reports hearing his car alarm going off and finds the door is wide open. The caller wanted us tell others to lock their cars at 3:01 a.m. in the 700 block of San Remo Way.

Welfare check: Two small kids are seen walking alone in the street. A parent arrives and is counseled at 12:32 p.m. in the area of Avenue G and Wyoming Street.

Thought for the day: Keep an eye on those little ones. They’re quick!

March 20. Drunk: An intoxicated person is knocking on doors looking for lost property. The item is found on the sidewalk where it was left at 1:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of Wyoming Street.

Solicitors: A caller reports a subject is holding signs asking for money. The person is given directions to possible support services at 1:10 p.m. in the 800 block of Buchanan Boulevard.

Suspended registration: A man is given a ride home with a friend after his vehicle goes into safekeeping until registration issues are settled at 5:12 p.m. in the 800 block of Nevada Way.

Thought for the day: Letting your insurance lapse can result in a chain of events including a few favors by friends.

March 21. Suspicious: The caller reports a broken window and believes a known subject is trying to gain entrance. The caller reconsiders and decides to forget the whole thing at 12:59 a.m. in the 500 block of Marti Place.

Civil: A woman reports a custody dispute involving a child from a prior relationship. Officers provide information to both parties in an effort to end the standoff, causing the kids anxiety at 11:02 p.m. in the 800 block of Utah Street.

Animal: A resident calls for help dislodging a bunny from a windowsill at 3:51 p.m. in the 300 block of Utah Street.

Thought for the day: Custody issues cause everyone to have a bad day. How about we try putting the needs of the kids first for a change?

March 22. Suspicious: A responsible party finds utilities being stolen from a home. Workers are notified to cease and obtain what they need from their employer at 12:14 p.m. in the 700 block of Park Street.

Disturbance: Parties at nearby locations provide enough libations to cause a bit of too much honesty about others at 8:36 p.m. in the 600 block of Avenue H.

Thought for the day: Plan ahead before you drink!

March 23, Disturbance: A man arrives to pick up his property after being evicted. He is advised to come back at a more respectable time at 12:32 a.m. in the 1500 block of Nevada Highway.

Disorderly: An elderly woman flies into a rage over the smell of a gasoline delivery at 1:12 p.m. in the 800 block of Nevada Way.

Civil: A man in town for a visit wants to take his child to dinner. Acting disrespectful toward the mother only gains you a trip to the police department for the child exchange at 5:55 p.m. in the 600 block of Christina Drive.

Thought for the day: Sometimes the word juvenile shouldn’t be used to describe the kids.

March 24. Accident: Our rescue unit is sideswiped by a motorhome on the way into town from a hospital run. Evidently motorhomes aren’t built as sturdy as rescue units at 1:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of Nevada Highway.

Theft: A person is in the lobby to report a stolen cellphone. Officers reviewed the surveillance tapes to determine the guilty party at 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of Nevada Highway.

Disturbance: Officers respond to a recurring problem with two subjects being rude to each other at 1:02 a.m. in the 1500 block of Foothill Drive.

Thought for the day: I wouldn’t want to be around when the karma bus comes around for some folks.

March 25. Medical: Falls appear to be the call of the week for paramedics. Take a little extra time to make sure your feet are secure; we hate to see you hurt at 9:08 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ironwood Street.

Drugs: A caller believes marijuana is the potpourri of the day at 10:24 a.m. in the 700 block of Capri Drive.

Bite: A dog bite causes fairly severe damage to a juvenile at 6:16 p.m. in the 600 block of Del Prado Drive.

Thought for the day: Let’s keep a short leash on our pets and our kids. Those scars go deeper than the stitches.

Call(s) of the week: I would love to be able to add another statistic to those at the end: How many “naked” calls have we been to this week? You would so be surprised.

Have a great week.

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

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