Metro Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo said this week’s generally positive U.S. Department of Justice progress report shows the department has made substantial strides in an effort to improve its use-of-force policies. But the report’s findings didn’t surprise him.
Lombardo, Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s chosen successor, said Wednesday that he didn’t expect the report’s details to generate much reaction inside the department. The use-of-force policy changes have been ongoing for months.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say it has a huge impact on the department because this is just a culmination of what we’ve been living the past two years,” Lombardo said. “I think it has a bigger impact on the community. The community spoke a year and a half ago. We listened, and we did something about it.”
Whether the report generates debate in the awfully quiet sheriff’s race heading into the June 10 primary election is another thing.
To view a copy of the report, go to reviewjournal.com/police_reform.
FAISS FETE: It figures. Even when Linda and Bob Faiss receive an honor, they find a way to give back to the community.
Linda is a well-known advertising executive. Attorney Bob helped write much of Nevada’s gaming law. Their contributions to the community were celebrated May 16, and the evening’s “Heart of the Community” event raised more than $100,000 for the Boulder City Hospital.
The dinner and auction at the Boulder City Country Club filled the room to bursting. From where I sat, there appeared to be more prominent Republican elected officials on hand than were in attendance at the GOP’s state convention. Chief among them: Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller.
MESSAGE DELIVERED: At U.S. District Court, Judge Kent Dawson on Wednesday slammed aspiring Bay Area pimp Seagram Joshua Miller with an eight-year sentence for transporting two minor girls to Las Vegas for the purposes of prostitution. The 21-year-old Miller’s co-defendant, Ray Darnell Webb, caught a similar sentence last month.
The tough sentences are a sign the justice system at the local and federal levels is making sex trafficking cases a priority.
TYLER’S LIFE: The community lost a brave young man recently with the death of 16-year-old Tyler Stephensen, who never let spina bifida prevent him from meeting life head-on. What a great kid.
Stephensen died May 15 after suffering a stroke during surgery. His funeral service was Wednesday at the Mormon church at 1801 Monte Cristo Way, and the outpouring of affection there is a reminder of the positive impact he had on everyone who met him. He was an avid sportsman, wheelchair athlete, and successful student.
He was also kind and compassionate to other kids forced by medical circumstance to use a wheelchair.
BIG MONEY: “The Moneymaker Effect: The Inside Story of the Tournament that Forever Changed Poker” is Eric Raskin’s just-published behind-the-scenes story of the 2003 rise to superstardom of Chris Moneymaker at the World Series of Poker. Moneymaker’s victory helped sell poker to a new generation of players.
ON THE BOULEVARD: Limousine drivers are still wondering what’s happening with the federal criminal case facing CLS Transportation boss Charlie Horky.
BOULEVARD II: There’s still time to get tickets to the remarkable and inspiring Evening of Hope to benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada on June 6 at the World Market Center. Go to candlelightersnv.org for details. ... It was great spending time this week with members of the Los Vaqueros Las Vegas group, which for the past decade has contributed to Candlelighters, Three Square Food Bank and other worthy local charities.
BOULEVARD III: Road-tested comic Jeff “Big Daddy” Wayne, one of the hardest working guys on the laugh circuit, is set for a return to the Riviera Comedy Club Monday. He’s shopping a one-man show. ... Wednesday was Giada Day at the county. Commissioners bestowed key-to-the-Strip honors on Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. It’s only a rumor commissioners are going to ask her to cater their upcoming three-day marathon hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries. Her signature restaurant will headline at The Cromwell on the Boulevard.
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