Questionable incident at TMCC

TMCC Police Department is seeking your help in our efforts to identify a person of interest in a reported battery case, which occurred at TMCC on the Dandini Campus.

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, between 7:50pm and 8:20pm, an unidentified male subject approached a female student in the Student Center. After talking for a short time, the subject suggested they move to a more isolated area in the Student Center. Once there, the subject attempted to kiss and inappropriately touch the female student. When the female student attempted to leave, the subject held her by the arm and attempted to persuade her to stay. The female student left the area after a short time and was not injured.

The subject is described as follows:

Black male adult: 19 to 20 years of age
Height: 5’-03” to 5’-04”
Weight: 180 pounds
Hair: Black – very short
Facial hair: None
Speech: Accent – possibly Jamaican/African
Last seen wearing: Long-sleeve white shirt, light blue sweater vest, tan khaki pants, and tennis shoes. The subject also had a black backpack.

If you have seen this subject and/or know his identify please contact the TMCC Police Department at 674-7900. You may report the information anonymously.

Students, faculty, and staff should follow personal safety procedures. If you need an escort, witness suspicious behavior, or need police assistance do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 in an emergency or call 674-7900 for general assistance.

Randy Flocchini

Chief of Police
Note: This is an official message from TMCC’s emergency e-mail communication system. Your privacy is important to TMCC. Your name and contact information is not viewable by other students, faculty or staff.

Carson City Shooting

This morning, a man with a rifle went on a shooting spree in an IHOP restuarant in Carson City. I don’t know who the man is or what his reasoning was. But I know that the people of Carson City are very shook up right now. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as well as the rest of the small town.

A lot of my Nevada neighbors believe that this sort of thing doesn’t happen in our community. It does. We have car jackings, robberies, muggings, rapes, gang violence, shooting incidents. Reno had a Walmart shooter. UNR has been experiencing its own crime wave with several shootings a week for a couple of weeks this fall. Now Carson has had its own tragic incident.

A lady at church once asked me if I carried to church and if so, why. At the time, I taught her two boys in my Sunday school classes. I looked her in the eye and told her that I do carry at church because if there were a shooter at church, I’d want to protect her kids from him. The LDS Church had a shooter situation at a chapel in Utah. But it hasn’t happened in Nevada, yet. She accepted my responses with respect for my decisions, but I could almost hear her thinking that “things like that don’t happen here.”

For the Nevadans who realize that these things do happen here… buy a gun. Learn how to use it. Get your CCW permit. Carry everyday, everywhere you can. Help keep our town safe by being ready to act responsibly when it isn’t.

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  • A feisty 90-year-old German woman chased away three would-be burglars from her rural farmhouse with her cane, police said on Monday.

    The retired farmer was moving around her house with the help of a walking frame and spotted the intruders — two men and one woman.

    She grabbed her cane and started beating the burglars with it. The trio fled the house in a town outside Muenster.

    "It was quite courageous of her," a police spokeswoman said. "But on the other hand it was also quite dangerous. She was quite fortunate that nothing serious happened."

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  • Two female bears were killed during the opening weekend of the first bear hunting season in state history, state wildlife officials said Sunday.

    One was shot in the Carson Range near Verdi west of Reno, while the other was taken in the Pine Nut Mountains near Minden south of Reno, said Chris Healy, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The hunter who bagged the bear in the Carson Range near Verdi used a pack of dogs to track the animal, Healy said.

  • It was around sundown Friday, police say, when Johnson stopped his truck near the reservoir about 8 miles into the hills off Sedge Road. Johnson told investigators he got out to urinate and handed the loaded rifle to Kelich on the passenger side. Scott was standing by the driver's door.

    Kelich told authorities his finger was on the trigger when he went to put the rifle down on the seat.

    At that point, the gun fired. A single shot went through the open door and struck Scott in the left side of his face, mortally wounding him.

    Johnson, who had his back to his friends at the time, said he spun around just in time to see Scott fall, the sheriff's report states.

    In a panic, Johnson jumped into his pickup and — with both his friends' cell phones still in the vehicle — raced alone out of the canyon, said Sheriff Ken Furlong.

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  • When I started to carry a self-defense pistol, I tried many different holster styles: shoulder, IWB (in the waistband), ankle. None of them were comfortable, and none of them set my mind at ease that if I were ever in a situation where I had to defend myself, that I could draw quickly enough to do so. In my state, open carry isn't an option.
  • University of Richmond professor Laura Browder, author of "Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America" says that the visibility of female hunters such as Sarah Palin in popular culture has lifted some of the stigma of gun ownership for most women ­- whether they use those guns for personal defense or for hunting. "Palin has brought women's gun ownership back into the public sphere in a way that it hasn't been," Browder said.
  • The claim
    Blaming recent wildfires on target shooters is unjustified because standard ammunition can't start fires.

    The background

    A number of recent wildfires have been blamed on target shooters, and readers called to say they didn't believe it.

    Clark Hesterlee of Sparks said he started shooting in the desert in 1946.

    He even tried to start a fire by shooting with his brother into a gulley filled with dried tumbleweeds that fed into a lake. They shot about 10 rounds into it, and nothing happened.

    "I've always wondered how they determine that it was by target shooting," Hesterlee said. "I don't think it's possible to do it with standard ammunition."

Update: UNR Shootings

I received the following email in my inbox today explaining how the shootings on/near UNR campus are anomalies, not associated with any UNR faculty/staff/students and that I should feel safe on campus. The first shooting involved a wanted, wounded, home-invader running through campus. With nothing to lose, he surely could have posed a danger to the campus. And telling me the second shooting was accidental… well I’m not comforted by the fact that someone nearby me cannot maintain muzzle and trigger control. My range master always says that if we point our guns at him, he will point his right back. But if he were on campus and if that man had pointed that gun “accidentally” at someone other than himself, no one would have (legally) had anything to point right back. I am happy to have additional information about the shootings, but I still believe the problem of campus safety is being ignored. We need concealed carry on campus! Anyhoo… Here’s the text of the email:

This is to update you about investigations into recent, concerning incidents which prompted alerts being sent to faculty, staff and students through the University’s Emergency Messaging System on Friday and Saturday. Evidence points to the conclusion that the Friday incident involved two shootings at one off-campus location while the Saturday incident occurred on campus and neither of these events involved any students, faculty or staff. Other than the location, these incidents have no connection to the University.

As a faculty member, staff member or student, it is important that you be apprised of these matters and what the investigations point to as having allegedly taken place.

Last Friday morning, two suspects who had burglarized a home in a residential neighborhood located east of campus, but not adjacent to campus, were shot by the homeowner. The first shooting occurred at that home in the early morning, and the individual who had been shot came through campus on foot and collapsed in the street near the intersection of North Virginia and Artemesia Streets. The second shooting occurred mid-day at that same home and, although streets including Evans Avenue were closed for a period of time, there was no connection to campus.

An incident Saturday night also did not involve anyone from the University community, although the individual shot was discovered on the campus near Ninth Street and the Orr Ditch, which runs parallel to the street. The individual shot has recanted his initial story and has admitted to having accidentally shot himself.

These incidents are isolated and, as noted, have no connection to the University other than the location. At this point, suspects have been identified. The incidents do, however, provide the opportunity for the University to reaffirm its commitment to continually work to enhance campus safety measures. Out of an abundance of caution, University Police Services has increased the number of patrol officers on campus. With the opening of residence halls on Thursday, the Campus Escort Service will resume its service on Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m.

An complete overview of our campus safety program can be found on the UNR Police Services webpage ( , however I would like to highlight just a few key aspects of this program here:

  • Our Emergency Messaging System informs subscribers of emergency situations or campus closures by text and/or email messages. All faculty, staff and students should sign up for the Emergency Messaging System at
  • University Police Services is a fully functional law enforcement agency and operates 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Our security presence is further expanded with the support of student cadets and reserve officers.
  • The Campus Escort Service is available during the fall and spring semesters and provides free transportation via van for faculty, staff and students to locations on or within a two-mile radius of the main Reno campus. Walking escorts are available during high-volume hours to individuals wishing to be accompanied. Hours of operation are included in the attached, and students, faculty and staff should program the Campus Escort Service phone number – 775-742-6808 – into their phones.
  • Residence halls are locked and access is controlled. Round-the-clock information and security desk operations are established at each residence hall.
  • The University’s network of emergency “blue light” phones has been significantly expanded in the last two years, with a total of 107 phones in the University’s parking garages, across the main campus in Reno and in the Redfield Campus parking lot. Each phone allows quick access to “911” emergency assistance with the push of a button.
  • A number of free training opportunities are available, including self-defense and personal-safety training. For more information visit

A significant incident often raises the question of crime overall. The experience of the last few days is unusual. Typically, campus crimes are non-violent crimes, such as thefts or alcohol-related crime. The University is subject to the Cleary Act, the federal law that requires that any major or violent crime on University property be widely communicated to the campus community. We fully comply with this act.

University Police Services will host upcoming informational sessions to allow those who wish to discuss these matters to have that opportunity:

  • Tuesday August 23, Wednesday August 24 and Friday August 26 at the entrance to the ASUN Bookstore at the Joe Crowley Student Union from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 25 at the “Dorm Storm” event in front of Nye and Canada Hall from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday August 25 at new student orientation, room 422 of the Joe Crowley Student Union at 2:00 p.m.

In many ways the University is a city within a city, and no one corner of any city is entirely without crime. It is important to remember that safety – whether at home, class, and work or elsewhere – starts with personal choices and practices. Our Safety Tips are noted below.

As always, if you need to report a crime on campus or you observe a suspicious person or situation; contact University Police Services by dialing 334-COPS (2677) or the duty phone at 745-6195. In an emergency situation, call 911.


University Police Services Safety Tips:

  1. Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, avoidance and risk reduction are the best ways to avoid being a victim.
  2. Travel in groups of two or more in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
  3. Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  4. Carry a whistle or noisemaker. This can remind you to exercise caution and can be used to alert someone if you need help.
  5. Be alert! Look around you; observe who is in the area and make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise.
  6. If listening to an iPod, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you.
  7. If you exercise at night, do so with a friend and wear bright reflective clothing.
  8. Follow your intuition… trust your feelings.
  9. If you will be studying or working late, plan ahead and make arrangements to get home safely.
  10. ALWAYS lock your doors and windows each time you leave your residence and keep them locked while at home.


Adam Garcia
University of Nevada, Reno
Police Services
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV  89557-0250
(775) 784-4013 PH
(775) 784-1695 FX


Another Shooting at Gun-Free UNR!

University Police Officers were dispatched at 8:14 P.M. Saturday August 20, 2011 to a reported shooting in the area South of the Sarah Fleishman Building. The victim reported that he was confronted and shot . The suspect is described as a light skinned/light haired Hispanic or Indian male, with sandy blond hair. If you have any information on this crime, please contact the University Police at 775-745-6195.

This message is being sent in compliance with the timely warning provision of Title II of Public Law 101-542 34, CFR 668.46 (e), the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.


Adam Garcia
University of Nevada, Reno
Police Services
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV  89557-0250
(775) 784-4013 PH
(775) 784-1695 FX