Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Aug 23, 2021 - 1:26PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies catch illegal dumpers, fugitive thanks to tip from resident

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies have arrested an Oregon woman on a $250,000 fugitive warrant. They located her while she was dumping illegally in the hills of Lemmon Valley.

Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, a resident of the Horizon Hills neighborhood reported seeing two people with multiple vehicles near water tanks west of the neighborhood.

Deputies responded and made contact with the duo who deputies determined were in the process of illegally dumping two vehicles and a flatbed trailer.

During the interaction, deputies positively identified Ivory Sylvester, 33. While both suspects claim to live in Lemmon Valley, Sylvester provided deputies a suspended Oregon state driver’s license. Sylvester is currently wanted out of Umatilla County, Oregon on eight felony counts and a misdemeanor. The warrant was issued June 14, 2021.

Sylvester was immediately taken into custody. The man was cited for illegal dumping.

The two vehicles and flatbed trailer were all towed from the scene.

Anyone who comes across illegal dumping in progress is reminded to put safety first. Do not engage with the dumpers. Contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency 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.

Photo 1: Ivory Sylvester
Photo 2: Items illegally dumped by Sylvester and a male counterpart



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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