Holiday season can be stressful

Good Morning, Boulder City. I’ll be your tour guide on this ride-along with the Boulder City Police Department. My name is Tina Ransom and I’m a veteran dispatcher here in this fine city.

I was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and have lived in some of the most beautiful areas of the world. I’ve called Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, California and Nevada home. I’m a country girl at heart and enjoy a big game hunt and a night under the stars beside a campfire. I’ve been the coordinator of the Boulder City Citizen’s Academy for several years and look forward to reigniting that worthwhile project in the next several months.

Please remember that the holiday season is notorious for being a stressful time. Expectations are over-the-top, schedules get triple booked, and our blended families and friends get more than a little overwhelmed from all the togetherness. The season often brings stress and depression along with the demands of celebrating and ordinary tasks that never seem to end.

Remember there are folks who are coping with the first holiday without a loved one, the pressures of unemployment or underemployment, geographical separations of family, and many of the other curves that life throws our way.

Take time each day to just stop and regroup. Accept that you aren’t able to be all things to all people, reach out to others if you feel lonely or isolated, set aside differences with friends or family until a more appropriate time for discussion, stick to a budget, plan ahead, learn to say no. Don’t abandon healthy habits, and seek professional help if you need it.

There’s no shame in asking for help and a whole lot of heartache (and gathering of bail money) can be avoided by simply staying aware of the situation.

Now, let’s see what’s been going on …

Nov. 27. Drunk: Reports of a male denied further alcohol, attempting to walk home and falling over in the street at midnight in the area of Elm Street and Nevada Way.

Suspicious: Report of a male rooting through the garbage and talking to himself at 10:39 a.m. in the 800 block of Avenue A.

Noise: Report of loud noise coming from a downtown establishment at 10:06 p.m. in the 1200 block of Arizona Street.

Theme of the day: If you drink too much, the street isn’t a good place to fall over.

Arrests 1; medical 2.

Nov. 28. Assist: Report of a subject in a wheelchair stuck in the gravel at 11:12 a.m. in the area of Buchanan Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Drive.

Domestic disturbance: Report of a possible argument at 12:49 p.m. in the 1400 block of Bronco Road.

Suspicious vehicle: Report of a subject dumping dirt at 4:51 p.m. in the area of Canyon and Industrial road.

Theme for the day: If you’re known to be loud and aggressive while watching football, it’s best to let your neighbor’s know. They might think there’s a fight going on.

Arrests 2; medical 3.

Nov. 29. Juvenile disturbance: Reports of unruly juveniles at 1:59 p.m. in the 1200 block of Sixth Street.

Suspicious: Report of an open door and the possible smell of narcotics at 7:38 p.m. in the 1400 block of Rawhide Road.

Drunk: Report of a male who appears to be intoxicated near a vehicle at 11:32 p.m. in the 900 block of Utah Street.

Theme for the day: If you are going to drink alcohol, it’s best to leave the car at home.

Arrests 4; medical 3.

Nov. 30. Suspicious: A report of a female in the area partially disrobed at 3:26 p.m. in the 700 block of Nevada Way.

Accident: Report of moving vs. parked vehicle at 4:01 p.m. in the 600 block of Del Prado Drive.

Family disturbance: Subject wanted to report their spouse vowed to make their life miserable after an argument at 6:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Arizona Street.

Theme for the day: Keep your pants on if you’re going to go on a walk down our main street (or any street).

Arrests 1; medical 4.

Dec. 1. Suspicious: Report of a male relieving himself in public at 12:38 p.m. in the 1600 block of Nevada Highway.

Suspicious: Report of an individual walking around in a hospital gown at 5:19 p.m. in the area of Fifth Street and Nevada Way.

Petty larceny: Report of an extremely intoxicated female taking several bottles of alcohol at 10:41 p.m. in the 800 block of Buchanan Boulevard.

Theme for the day: If you are going to shoplift, don’t do it here and don’t do it intoxicated.

Arrests 1; medical 6.

Dec. 2. Disturbance: Report of intoxicated individual arguing with his/her mother over possession of a bank card at 1:54 a.m. in the 800 block of Jeri Lane.

Assist: Wanted to report strange people who came to look at his couches at 4:39 p.m. in the 700 block of Elm Street.

Theme for the day: Don’t invite strange people to look at your couch.

Arrests 0; medical 3.

Dec. 3. Suspicious: Report of someone knocking on the door at 1:22 a.m. in the 800 block of Judi Place.

Reckless: Report of a red car that came too close to a person crossing the street at 9:19 a.m. in the 700 block of Adams Boulevard.

Assist: Report of a senior citizen locked out of the home at 4:08 p.m. in the 1400 block of Sorrel Road.

Theme for the day: If you are going to knock on your neighbor’s door, 1 a.m. isn’t the best time.

Arrests 0; medical 3.

Call of the week: While it’s unfortunate, most marriages contain a secret clause that states making the other partner miserable for short periods of time is mandatory. But this is not generally a police matter.

This is by no means a complete accounting of all police and fire activities. Many of the everyday activities have been eliminated from this report. We have foot patrols, vehicle identification number checks, alarm calls, 911 hang ups, service of protective orders, warrant services, etc., that are not media material. We hope this gives you a good idea of the tasks that our department provides along with regular patrols.

We appreciate your assistance in helping us make Boulder City a safe place to live and work. See you next 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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