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NHP get grant to purchase collision reconstruction gear
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Highway Patrol has partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety to purchase collision reconstruction equipment and host of advanced collision reconstruction training for law enforcement officers in Nevada.   Funding for the equipment and class was provided through a $26,500 traffic safety grant from NHTSA through the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. The class to...
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Sparks liquor store robbed
SPARKS — A robber reportedly held a clerk at gunpoint at the Sparks Food and Discount Liquor store at 2004 Victorian Avenue at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, taking food from the store before fleeing in a vehicle. A Sparks police officer was flagged down by a clerk from the store who advised him that the store had just been robbed. The clerk pointed the officer in a northbound direction. About a block away, the suspect was located getting into the pa...
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Men sentenced for poaching, to pay hefty fines
Two Reno men pleaded guilty Monday at the Fourth Judicial District Court for Elko County to killing two bull elk without a valid tag stemming from an incident that occurred in November 2010.
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13 DUI arrests in Sparks for St. Patty’s
Over the St. Patrick’s weekend, the Sparks Police Department’s DUI enforcement campaign resulted in 13 drunk driving arrests.
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Five people rescued from the Mt. Rose ski area
RENO — Two women and three men were plucked from the Mt. Rose ski area Monday after getting lost while skiing and snowboarding. On Monday at 3:24 p.m., the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Hasty Team, Search and Rescue volunteers and RAVEN Huey helicopter flight crew responded to a report of two separate lost parties: one party of three skiers and one party of two snowboarders. Ground teams searched Davis Creek Park, Tahoe Meadows, the Slide Mou...
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Two men rob 7-Eleven on Second St.
RENO — A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of two men who threatened to beat a convenience store clerk if he did not give them money. According to police, two black men entered the 7-Eleven store at 690 E. Second St. at 10:45 p.m. Monday and threatened the clerk, demanding money from the cash register and his wallet. The suspects were given an undisclosed amount of cash and they then fled the ...
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Reward in robberies at Chevron, 7-Eleven
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with robbery of the Chevron store at 350 S. Arlington Ave. At 11:17 p.m. Saturday, a light-skinned Latino man entered the store, approached the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect told the clerk he was armed with a firearm while holding his hand close to his waistband. The suspect ...
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Victim in Mineral County crash identified
RENO — A man killed Thursday night in a head-on collision on U.S. 95 in Mineral County has been identified. David W. Hermansen, an 81-year-old resident of Luning, was traveling south near mile marker 26 in a red 1976 Chevrolet Nova two-door sedan. Traveling northbound on the two-lane highway was an 18-wheeled commercial motor vehicle towing an enclosed semi-trailer driven by 41-year-old Mario H. Collazo of La Puente, Calif. Hermansen allowed h...
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Police respond to homemade explosive devices
RENO — Officers responded to the 1300 Block of Silverada Boulevard around 7 p.m. Sunday regarding numerous small explosions. Three juveniles were seen running from the area. Officers located the remnants of seven broken plastic bottles and large pieces of tin foil in the area. These improvised devices are constructed easily from simple, readily available household items and are very dangerous, police said. Citizens are reminded that these devi...
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Man, woman arrested in prostitution operation
SPARKS — A 26-year-old man from Reno was arrested last week on charges of pandering and living from the earnings of prostitution. On Friday, Jose Figueroa was arrested by the Sparks Police Department after an undercover vice operation aimed at prostitutes operating in the area. In a separate case, detectives arrested Sierra Jones, a 19-year-old Reno woman, for prostitution. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact the Spar...
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Suspect in Maryland abduction case found in Reno
RENO — A 36-year-old woman from Maryland was found here Thursday with her 9-year-old son and arrested for parental abduction. Investigators from the Prince George County Police Department and FBI initiated a nationwide Amber Alert in the search for a child believed to have been taken across state lines.  Information was also developed that the suspect, Silvia Guadalupe Garcia, the child’s mother, had a sister who lives in Reno.  The Reno offic...
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Gang unit arrests identity theft suspect
RENO — A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening and charged with identity theft. Michael Cepeda was taken into custody near his apartment in the area of Patton Drive and Wedekind Road after being found with debit cards and other personal information from his victims. On March 13, the owners of a Spanish Springs business reported the theft of a bag containing documents of both a personal and business nature. The theft had occurred on Mar...
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BLM, sheriff’s office combat public dumping
RENO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, along with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) combined efforts in combating public dumping last week when an abandoned boat full of household trash was discovered in north Reno, in the Golden Valley area. Using evidence found in the trash, the BLM and WCSO identified a suspect in the case and the incident is under investigation. WCSO and BLM officers have often worked joi...
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Sparks police establish DUI saturation
The Sparks Police Department is joining with other local agencies in an aggressive DUI enforcement campaign over the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday.
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Major accident investigation team managing fatality crash
MINERAL COUNTY — An elderly Mineral County man driving south on U.S. 95 at 11:05 p.m. Thursday was killed as a result of a near head-on collision about one mile north of community of Luning. Nevada Highway Patrol investigation details indicate that the elderly man, who was driving a red 1976 Chevrolet Nova sedan was struck by Mario H. Collazo, 41, of La Puente, Calif., who was operating a white 1999 Freightliner tractor towing an enclosed semi...
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Sparks Police locate sex offender
SPARKS — Sparks Police detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit found and arrested William Robert Jenkins, 67, at 11:35 a.m. Thursday at the 300 block of Record Street in Reno. Jenkins was released from a Georgia prison in July 210 following a conviction for child molestation in 1990. He indicated he had been in the Reno area since August of 2011, staying in various motels and had not registered with local law enforcement as...
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Off-duty NV sheriff’s deputy charged with DUI
YERINGTON — An off-duty Mineral County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with driving under the influence after he lost control of a pickup and rolled it on a dirt road about 7 miles west of Hawthorne. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen says 34-year-old Brian Munden of Hawthorne was arrested about 4 a.m. Thursday after he refused sobriety tests at the crash on Lucky Boy Pass Road. Munden and a passenger, 21-year-old Trevor Powell of Haw...
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High-risk sex offenders move to Sparks
SPARKS — Pablo Esquibel III, 47, has been assessed as a Tier III high-risk sex offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. He has notified the Sparks Police Department that he will live in the 2700 block of Waterfield Drive, Sparks, and is not employed. Esquibel is in compliance with all sex offender laws and is not wanted by law enforcement.  Esquibel is being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division...
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Suspect impersonating Reno officer caught on video
RENO — A new video is available that shows a suspect or person of interest in a case involving lewdness — reportedly fondling three girls after impersonating an officer Monday —at Rain Shadow Charter School, 121 Vesta St. in Reno. Reno police described the man as a white male, 35 to 40 years old and about 5-foot-8, 180 pounds with short black hair. He wore sunglasses, a long dark jacket with a hanging attached belt, blue jeans and white shoes....
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Police find car of battery suspect
SPARKS — A man wanted for battery is still at large but police reported Monday that they have found his car. Darren Lachance, 28, is suspected of severely strangling a woman on Sunday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m., Sparks Police responded to 6717 Rolling Meadows Dr. #1917 on a domestic battery report. The victim reported she had been falsely imprisoned in the bedroom of the apartment but was finally able to escape and run into the parking lot ...
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