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Man fires gun at wall during fight with his wife
RENO — On Tuesday morning, police arrested a man for shooting a gun during a fight with his wife. At about 7:15 a.m., Reno police officers responded to a report of an assault with a firearm at 1135 Locust St. Officers learned that a husband and wife inside the residence had been involved in a domestic dispute. The investigation revealed that the husband, Athan Robinson Jr., had fired one shot, which had lodged into a wall. No one was injured d...
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Driver arrested for hit and run, DUI in collision
SUN VALLEY — On Saturday at about 3:56 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to a crash on Sun Valley Boulevard near Skaggs Circle. Troopers discovered that a blue 2005 Ford F-350 pickup, driven by Ryan B. Gilmore, 31, of Sun Valley, had struck an Isuzu Rodeo being driven by 40-year-old Kimberly D. Piccinini of Sun Valley. Gilmore rear-ended Piccinini's vehicle, which was stopped for a pedestrian, 51-year-old Dwain A. Carson of ...
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Suspect sought in two robberies
SPARKS — Police are seeking help in finding a suspect wanted for two armed robberies Sunday. A $1,500 reward also is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the armed robberies of Gold Midget Market, 128 Victorian Ave., and Paul’s Market, 1550 Vance. On Sunday at 2:20 p.m. the suspect entered Paul’s Market, approached the clerk with a dark-colored handgun and demanded money. ...
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11 cited as unlicensed contractors
In statewide undercover sting operations, criminal investigators from the Nevada State Contractors Board recently cited nine alleged unlicensed contractors in southern Nevada and two in northern Nevada. Stephen R. Quinn, dba Steve the Painter, provided a $1,400 painting bid to an NSCB investigator. He bragged, in a Craigslist advertisement, that he had 25 years experience and was an expert at painting rounded corners in homes. But when it came...
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Suspicious man pretending to be a building inspector
RENO — On Friday at 3:24 p.m., Reno police officers responded to 5150 Mae Anne Drive on a report of a suspicious person attempting to gain entry to business posing as a building inspector. The suspect was turned away by the businesses and had left the area prior to officers' arrival. Police believe this incident is related to earlier incidents of a person gaining entry to local businesses posing as a building inspector. The suspect is describe...
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Reward offered in Reno armed robbery case
Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with armed robbery of a female victim in the area of 7350 Silverlake Blvd. in Reno.
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Reward offered in Supercuts burglaries
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the burglaries of two Supercuts stores in Reno. On Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. a man entered the Supercuts store at 59 Damonte Ranch Pkwy posing as an inspector there to check the building’s wiring. The employees allowed the suspect access to the business and he later fled out the back door with an employee’...
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Driver arrested for felony DUI causing death
The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) has arrested a man in connection with a head-on collision that killed a 19-year-old on Monday. Justin Speed, 21, was booked into the Churchill County jail for driving under the influence in a crash that killed Samantha Sibis of Fallon around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 50 near McLean Road. Sibis was driving her 1983 Volvo station wagon when she was hit by Speed’s 2007 Chevrolet pickup that was traveling westbound. Spee...
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Rewards in armed robbery, shooting cases
RENO — Secret Witness is offering rewards in two crimes that occurred on Tuesday. The first is a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with armed robbery of the Rancho Food Market at 2710 Wrondel Way in Reno. On Tuesday, at 7:06 p.m. a man entered the store, pointed a handgun at an employee and customer and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect fled with an undisclo...
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Speed, DUI enforcement sting results
SPARKS — A special campaign by the Sparks Police Department that ended Sunday netted more than 200 violations. From Oct. 25 to Sunday, additional Sparks officers were on the street looking for drivers who were speeding or impaired. These officers were funded by a grant that was awarded to the department by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Officers working the enforcement campaign wrote 152 speeding citations, eight seat belt citations, ...
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Names released in fatal collision near Fallon
FALLON — The two motorists involved in the head-on collision on U.S. Highway 50 near Fallon Monday morning have been identified. Samantha Sibis, 19, a resident of Fallon, was driving a silver 1983 Volvo station wagon eastbound on the four-lane highway just east of McLean Road at about 5:30 a.m. when it was struck by a blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by 21-year-old Justin Speed, also from Fallon. Speed was driving westbound on Highw...
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Traffic stop leads to felony drug arrest
RENO — On Friday afternoon, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper patrolling U.S. 395 near the Mill Street interchange observed a registration violation on a green 2000 Toyota four-door sedan.  He attempted to stop the vehicle on the freeway off-ramp to Mill Street.  The male driver, identified as 31-year-old Jason Pope of Reno, motioned to the trooper that he was going to pull over.  Pope continued driving despite the activated emergency lights and...
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Residents pummel burglar
RENO — On Monday at 8:46 p.m., Reno police officers responded to the 2900 block of Scottsdale Road on a report of a residential burglary. The suspect had forcibly entered the residence through the rear sliding glass door when he was confronted by one of the occupants. The suspect and victim immediately began to fight when the suspect struck the victim several times with a crowbar. Another occupant at the residence tried to break up the fight a...
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Update: Drivers in fatal accident identified
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that all next of kin notifications have been made regarding Saturday’s fatal crash in Sun Valley. Reno resident Misti Franco, 37, was killed at 3:44 p.m. when her vehicle drifted from the westbound travel lane on Highland Ranch Parkway east of Midnight Drive. Franco’s vehicle struck a vehicle being driven by Pauline Harris, 47, a Sparks resident. Both vehicles had extensive damage and bot...
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Alcohol sales to minors lead to license suspensions
RENO — The liquor licenses of two Reno businesses have been suspended as a result of the Reno Police Department compliance sting operation. Nahar Food and Discount Liquor at 600 S. Virginia St. will have their packaged alcohol license suspended for one week. The suspension runs from Dec. 1 through 8. An additional three week suspension is held in abeyance for one year provided no other sales to minors occur. Previous offenses of selling to min...
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Three-car accident ties up traffic
RENO — A drunk driver rammed another car and set off a chain reaction that tied up traffic for about an hour Sunday. Police officers responded to the area of Clearacre Lane and McCarran Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m. on report of a multiple-car accident. Steven Cormier, 61 and a Reno resident, was driving northbound on Clearacre and struck a vehicle in front of him near the McCarran intersection. This caused that vehicle to collide with the car ...
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One arrested, one wanted in residential burglary
RENO — Police have caught one person and are looking for another in connection with a residential burglary early Saturday evening. At 6:44 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Thoma Street on a report that two suspects had entered a residence where they battered several victims and took various items of personal property. While responding to the area officers located the suspects driving away in a vehicle. When officers stopped the veh...
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Fatal accident in Sun Valley
SUN VALLEY — One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a car crash Saturday afternoon. Washoe County sheriff’s deputies responded at 3:44 p.m. to what appeared to be a head-on collision involving two vehicles traveling in the area of Highland Ranch Parkway and Pyramid Way. Both vehicles involved had extensive damage and each had a single occupant. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. One driver was flown and the o...
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Attorney, two others indicted in foreclosure rescue scam
LAS VEGAS — Three people have been indicted for allegedly operating a foreclosure rescue scam in Las Vegas during 2008 and 2009.  The indictment alleges that Nevada attorney Ramon Dy-Ragos, along with his partners Jesus Baca (also known as Jesse Baca) and Luis O. Baca operated a foreclosure rescue scam under the business name of Save Your House. Save Your House is alleged to have lured customers to pay up-front fees ranging from $1,000 to $3,9...
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3 arrested for commercial burglaries in Reno, Bay Area
In the beginning of 2009, detectives from the Reno Police Department Burglary Unit initiated an investigation into a series of retail store thefts in the Reno area. The loss totaled about $100,000 in merchandise.
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