weather icon Overcast

County GOP leaders stand behind chairman following arrest

Members of the Nye County Republican Central Committee are standing by their Chairman Bill Carns following his arrest last week.

Carns was taken into custody after Nye County Sheriff’s deputies said he was attempting to impersonate a police officer after a traffic stop in the Walmart parking lot.

Carns noted that the committee was unnecessarily dragged into an executive committee meeting as a result.

“News of my arrest was propagated by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office via a press release issued before I was even processed,” he stated. “This issue became news only because I am chairman of the Nye County Republican Party.”

Nye County Republican Central Committee Vice Chairman Leonardo Blundo said on Tuesday, the committee met, debated and resolved to issue the following statement of support:

“The Nye County Republican Central Committee supports Chairman Bill Carns in his efforts to fight what appear to be false and merit-free allegations by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office,” the statement read. “Chairman Carns has worked hard for the republicans of Nye County and all of Nevada for years and has consistently lead (sic) by example. Chairman Carns has proven himself to be honest, forthright and devoted to the same, and is absolutely dedicated to the principles of individual rights and liberties and the free exercise thereof.”

The statement went on to say Nye County has a history of politically motivated incidents and the group will continue to stand behind its chairman.

“We expect his full vindication based upon the facts as we know them and the character of Chairman Carns.”

Carns, 45, was arrested June 1 just before 3 p.m. after Nye County Sheriff’s detectives received information the black Audi had fictitious license plates attached.

According to the press release, upon contact with detectives, Carns allegedly identified himself as a Las Vegas Metro police officer by providing a Metro personnel number in an effort to avoid a citation for alleged registration violations.

Detectives also said Carns was contacted on two previous occasions by authorities who allege he provided a Metro personnel number to avoid getting a citation, a claim Carns disputes.

Evidence of Carns’ former employment as a Metro police officer was provided by Las Vegas Metro’s Public Information Officer Michael Rodriguez, who said Carns was employed with Metro from February of 1995 to May of 1996.

“He was classified as a police officer and separated from the department in May of 1996, when he resigned,” Rodriguez said.

Carns, who is is scheduled to appear in court in August, said he feels the charges will eventually be dropped.

“I imagine that this charge will never see the light of day,” he said the day after his release. “The way to do it is fighting it in court and that’s exactly what I’ll do. I would be surprised if the DA’s office even got this case but we’ll see.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Poll shows Nevadans support trading caucus for primary

A new poll of Nevada voters released Monday found bipartisan support for getting rid of the caucus system in favor of presidential preference primary elections.

Lake Powell drops to lowest level in reservoir’s history

“This is a benchmark moment,” Kyle Roerink, executive director of the Great Basin Water Network, said Sunday. “And it’s not going to be the last one this summer.”

Buffalo Soldiers Day in Nevada celebrated for 3rd year

Nevada’s third Buffalo Soldiers Day was celebrated Saturday to honor the country’s all-Black military units.

Face mask backers urge Board of Regents to make them mandatory for all

Proponents of face masks on college campuses this fall on Friday urged the Nevada Board of Regents to go beyond a mandate for employees OK’d by the Clark County Commission.

Adam Sullivan confirmed as Nevada State Engineer

After serving as “acting” Nevada state engineer and administrator of the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) for the past seven months, Adam Sullivan has now been confirmed in those positions, with his official appointment reported in a press release issued Tuesday, July 20.

Pahrump Back to School Fair set for July 31

It is once again that time of year when parents and students must turn their thoughts to the coming school term and begin preparing for another nine months of academic endeavors. With the 2021-2022 school year set to begin on Tuesday, August 10 in Nye County, in an effort to help ensure that area families are ready to send their children back to the classroom, be it virtual or in person, the NyE Communities Coalition is now gearing up for its annual Back to School Fair.

Nye County opposing NASA land proposal

In Nevada, mining is a major industry, bringing in millions of dollars in taxes every year and employing thousands of workers in high-paying positions that help support the local economy but much of the mining operations in the Silver State rely on access to federally controlled lands.

Pahrump Lions take audiences on emotional journey with “Love Letters”

It was an emotional roller-coaster ride of a weekend for audiences at Sanders Family Winery, who were treated to two nights of theatrical entertainment from the Pahrump Valley Lions Club with the A.R. Gurney play “Love Letters”.