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Elks honor law enforcement

by Amy Roby

Special to The R-C

Among the honorees at the May 3 Law and Order dinner were Mark Holder and Heather Ann Paterson, who were instrumental in apprehending Bank of America robber Jarell Williams back in January.

The Tahoe Douglas Elks honored members of the law enforcement community at their annual Law and Order Night held at their lodge. This is the 29th year for the event, which the Elks host as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the exemplary service of these dedicated public servants.

The guest speaker was Karen Coyne, Chief of Public Safety for the City of Las Vegas.



Award recipients are selected by different departments throughout local law enforcement. Awarded were 14 plaques to employees of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and eight Citations of Service for affiliated organizations.

Sheriff Ron Pierini presented awards for the Officers of the Year. Todd McEwen was named Officer of the Year for the jail and John Meyer, SRO, was named Officer of the Year for patrol.



Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Awards were given to Mary Ellen Conway, AVID Member of the Year; Scott Doyle, Advisory Council; Patti Graf, Volunteer of the Year; Holder and Paterson, Citizen Bank Robbery; Travis Lee, Triad Member; Claudia Lowe, Citizens Patrol; Douglas Midkiff, CNT; Merrilyn Noble, Search and Rescue; Chelsea Osborn, Explorer of the Year; Brian Parks, Reserve Officer; and Henry Westcott, Posse.

Citations of Service went to Chief Mike Beam, Alternative Sentencing; John Enos, Juvenile Probation; Tim Johnson, Constable of the Year; Ron Larson, Nevada Highway Patrol; Chrissy Pratt, Juvenile Detention; Kenny Nicoll, China Springs employee; Lieutenant Travis Roberts, Nevada Department of Corrections; Maria Bowling, Trudy Preston, Amy Skibinski and Cirro Woods, 911 Dispatch.

A steak dinner was enjoyed by 180 attendees. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer Scouts provided the Color Guard and assisted with the meal service.

Congratulations to all of the award winners; your hard work and commitment to public service is appreciated.

Library book sale

The Douglas County Public Library invites everyone to its annual book sale the weekend of May 18 and 19 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Saturday hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the sale will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hundreds of used books and audio books will be for sale; DVDs, VHS tapes, and music CDs will also be available.

Friends of the Douglas County Public Library are also invited to a special preview on Friday, May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Anyone can attend the preview by joining the Friends at the door on Friday night; memberships are annual, tax-deductible, and available for as little as $5. Friends of the Library get first choice of book sale items and a savings of ten percent.

Show your support the Douglas County Public Library by attending the sale and joining the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit douglas.lib.nv.us, or call the library at 775-782-9841.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.