For Immediate Release
PR #:1900069
Date Issued:Jul 26, 2019 - 8:42am

Citizen's report leads to another citation for illegal dumping

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Another illegal dumper has been caught and cited thanks to an alert resident who witnessed the dumping and reported it to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the fourth illegal dumper caught in the last two weeks thanks to the help of concerned citizens.           

The latest incident began at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019. An area resident contacted Washoe County Sheriff's dispatch to report illegal dumping in progress in the area of Estates Road and East Patrician Drive in Golden Valley.

Deputies responded and made contact with a vehicle matching the description provided by the resident. The deputy also identified a pile of rock and dirt that the driver had just dumped in the area. Nevada state law prohibits the dumping of any solid waste, this includes rocks, dirt, and “green” waste.

Because this misdemeanor crime was not committed in front of the deputy, she was not able to cite the driver at this time, however she did interview him and gathered information to continue with the investigation.

The initial reporting party was re-contacted. The resident confirmed she had witnessed the driver dumping debris at the Golden Valley location on two occasions. The resident also agreed to sign a citizen’s citation against the dumper.  

On July 24, deputies issued a citation to the illegal dumper on behalf of the reporting citizen. The dumper also removed all the debris he had dumped.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has made the fight against illegal dumping a priority for his Office.

“The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will do everything possible to stop illegal dumping in our region,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “If persons are caught illegally dumping, they will be cited or arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

“And I want to personally thank the residents who have been coming forward in recent weeks with information that has assisted us with catching a number of illegal dumpers in the act.”

Anyone who comes across illegal dumping in progress is reminded to put safety first by not engaging with the dumpers. Contact Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (775) 785-WCSO with information, such as the location, suspect description, vehicle description, license plate number, and a description of the material being dumped.

Persons who come across an existing illegal dump site are encouraged not to touch anything and to report the site through the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office app.

For information about alternatives to illegal dumping, visit the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful website at

Photo: An illegal dumper cited on July 24 for dumping rocks and dirt in the area of Estates Road and East Patrician Drive in Golden Valley is the fourth illegal dumper caught and either arrested or cited in the past two weeks. Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has stated that his Office has no tolerance for illegal dumping and “will do everything possible to stop illegal dumping in our region.”


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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