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Carson City Sheriff Says Violent Crimes Tied to Marijuana

KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video – Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C.  But the Sheriff of Carson City says he does not want to see that in Nevada. During his 12 years as Sheriff, Furlong says he has not had any violent crimes involving meth and heroin, like you might expect. But he says it’s a different story with pot. “Second to domestic violence, marijuana is at the top of our list of violent acts, here in Carson City,” Furlong said. Furlong says if you exclude the deadly IHOP shooting in 2011, Carson City has about one homicide per year. One of those happened just two years ago on Super Bowl Sunday. “One pulls out a gun, shoots the other right straight through the heart,” Furlong said. “Marijuana found at the residence.” Meth and heroin users are often involved in burglaries and robberies. While those drugs are viewed as much more destructive, Furlong says users may harm themselves but don’t normally hurt others. “A meth user, we call them tweekers,” Furlong said. “They just spin in circles. They don’t get anything done. He may threaten you but he just can’t get out of that circle of the effect of the drugs. Same with the heroin. But the marijuana user is a clear-headed person.” Furlong says he doesn’t think marijuana causes people to commit violent crimes, but says it plays a role. “We have had several that are either directly or indirectly related to marijuana,” Furlong said. “It’s not the drug that we’re talking about. It’s the culture that surrounds...

DNA Clears Nevada Woman Imprisoned 35 Years For Murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) — After the case was dropped against a Nevada woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 murder she did not commit, both sides agreed on one point: justice was finally served thanks to new technology in DNA testing. Cathy Woods became the latest innocent person in the country to be cleared by DNA evidence after prosecutors announced Friday there will be no retrial of her in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell on the edge of the University of Nevada, Reno, campus. A judge tossed Woods’ conviction in September after new DNA tests linked the Reno crime to an Oregon inmate who now faces charges near San Francisco in a string of killings about the same time. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said he didn’t fault earlier police, prosecutors and juries for sending Woods to prison because they didn’t have “the incredible tool of DNA.” “Whenever we hear about these rare cases where convicted individuals are later exonerated by DNA, it is a circumstance that upsets our society, rightly so,” Hicks said at a news conference. “It is also depicted as a strike against our modern day criminal justice system. I would suggest otherwise. “These exonerations, 30 and 40 years later, show how improved our criminal justice system has become. So as tragic and difficult as this case continues to be, the one shining light is that it shows our modern day system is working,” he added. Woods’ public defender, Maizie Pusich, agreed, saying earlier authorities and juries simply lacked DNA evidence. “I wish it (Woods’ exoneration) happened a long time...

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo arrested on suspicion of DUI

Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said. According to Carrillo’s arrest report he was arrested around 3 a.m. Friday after deputies were called to a parking lot on Proctor Street near North Carson Street. The officer reported the strong odor of alcohol on Carrillo’s breath, and wrote Carrillo had a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his front pocket. Carrillo posted $6,000 bail at the Carson City jail on Friday morning. Carrillo didn’t immediately return a phone message or email seeking comment. The arresting officer wrote he found Carrillo asleep in the unreclined driver’s seat with his hand on the gear shift and his foot apparently on the pedal, with the heater running. While the vehicle wasn’t moving, Furlong said, he faces a DUI because he was in control of the vehicle and could have driven away. Carrillo reportedly told the officer he had a few drinks, but declined to take a breath test on the scene. He took a blood test at the jail, according to the report. The results were still pending. A first-time DUI conviction likely means a fine and a suspended license, Furlong said. It could also lead to the revocation of a concealed weapons permit. Furlong said Carrillo bailed out of jail Friday morning. His legislative office was locked and dark. Democratic Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said the issue was a “personal matter” and didn’t say whether she would ask him to resign, the Associated Press reported. The Legislature can discipline its members, according to Legislative Counsel...
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