For Immediate Release
PR #:1900085
Date Issued:Aug 23, 2019 - 1:55pm

Sun Valley man charged with illegal dumping after Sheriff's Deputies investigate abandoned vehicle on the dirt extension of Chimney Road

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517 you ever drive up the dirt extension of Chimney Road in Sun Valley, you’ll understand why the illegal dumping of abandoned vehicles is a serious concern for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and why Sheriff Darin Balaam has made it a priority to catch and arrest illegal dumping suspects.

On Thursday morning, August 22, 2019, a resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office after witnessing the dumping of a vehicle on the dirt extension of Chimney Road. The witness was also able to provide responding deputies with suspect information.

After further investigation, deputies identified the suspect as 37-year-old Nathan Aaron Kelso of Sun Valley. Kelso had been arrested on unrelated charges Thursday afternoon and had already been booked into the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility.

A charge of illegal dumping was added to his existing charges on Friday, August 23, following the Sheriff’s deputy’s investigation.

Illegally dumped vehicles are becoming a growing problem throughout Washoe County and Sheriff Balaam has made it clear that unlawful dumping will not be tolerated. Sheriff Balaam said that if persons are caught illegally dumping vehicles, they will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.  

Sheriff Balaam appreciates that area residents are stepping forward to help with this effort by reporting illegal dumping and assisting deputies with investigations.

“Working together, we are making a difference,” Sheriff Balaam said.

Anyone who comes across illegal dumping in progress is reminded to put safety first. Do not engage 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 1 and 2: A Sun Valley man has been charged with illegal dumping after deputies investigated the unlawful dumping of this vehicle off the dirt extension of Chimney Road in Sun Valley

Photo 3: Nathan Aaron Kelso, age 37, of Sun Valley


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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