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Motel resident trashes room high on bath salts
A man who was under the influence of bath salts trashed his motel room and flooded three other rooms on Friday.
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Man stabbed in chest during domestic disturbance
A fight between a man and woman Friday afternoon ended with the man being stabbed in the chest, according to police.
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Fourth of July stabbing suspect arrested
SPARKS — Sparks Police Department detectives arrested and charged Elmo Montoya for Battery with a Deadly Weapon on Tuesday after continued investigation of his altercation with Brando Flores on July 4 in the 400 block of 12th Street. Montoya, 39, stabbed Flores multiple times at about 11:35 p.m. following the Star Spangled Sparks event in downtown Sparks. Detectives concluded that Montoya stabbed Flores once before pursuing him and stabbing hi...
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Missing person found safe with children
Vanessa Head, 24, and her two children, Michael Scanlon, 2, and Lilly Scanlon, 10 months, were found safe Tuesday in Sacramento, Calif., after a missing persons report was filed Saturday.
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Reward in thefts of motorcycles, mopeds, scooters
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with thefts of Honda cars, motorcycles, mopeds and scooters in Reno. Since May 18, 2012, there have been more than 20 stolen Honda cars throughout the city. The suspects are targeting 1990s and early 2000s Hondas due to the ease of making a filed down key to gain access and start the vehicles. The suspects are...
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AG seeks members for domestic violence council
CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Tuesday that the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is seeking five new members. “Members of the council work together to eliminate and break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Masto, chair of the council. “I encourage those concerned with the issue to submit an application by Aug. 3 to be considered for this opportunity.” The missi...
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Teens get detention, probation in kitten drownings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two 16-year-old boys have admitted drowning kittens last month in a plea deal that gets them 10 more days in juvenile detention and court supervision until they turn 21. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Clark County Family Court Judge William Voy accepted the pleas Tuesday to one felony animal cruelty charge each. Other charges were dropped. The boys’ names are being withheld. The boys have been in custody for 20 days...
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Motorcycle/scooter/moped thefts are a part of summer
RENO — Since the weather is now warmer, the Reno Police Department has seen an increase in the thefts of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. The Reno Police Department has seen average of four or five mopeds stolen each week in the city. The thefts have been occurring all over the city, with the majority being close to the downtown area. This is common for this time of year, and police are looking to heighten awareness, and possibly prevent futu...
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AG launches website for children at risk from drugs
CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the Nevada Drug Endangered Children (DEC) initiative has launched its website at www.decnevada.org. The DEC initiative is a statewide effort to identify and protect children at risk because of their caregivers’ involvement in drug trafficking or substance abuse. “The Nevada DEC website will strengthen this effort by making tools and resources available to practi...
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Info sought in Tappan Drive arson fire
RENO — Reno Fire Department investigators are seeking information in a first degree arson case. On Saturday at 3:55 a.m., the Reno Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire reported at 5435 Tappan Drive in northwest Reno. The first engine to arrive reported heavy fire involving about 60 percent of the front of the home. Extensive fire damage occurred to the living area, front porch and attic. The home was unoccupied and no inju...
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Sheriff honors its own, citizens
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office held its bi-annual awards ceremony Friday afternoon at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Sheriff Mike Haley honored both commissioned and professional personnel, as well as citizens and representatives from other law enforcement agencies for their heroism, professionalism and commitment to the community. Awards included Letters of Commendation, Lifesaving Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Serv...
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Driver’s Edge returns to Reno on Thursday
RENO — Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of America’s teens according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driver’s Edge, with its innovative and potentially life-saving instructional program, will make its ninth visit to Northern Nevada to help tackle this problem. On Thursday young drivers can benefit from this non-profit organization’s free program as Driver’s Edge returns to the Regional Public Safety Traini...
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Joining Forces, Impaired Driving results announced
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has successfully completed their share of the “Joining Forces” “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign. The Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol during this campaign, which ran from June 29 through July 8. Sheriff’s Office patrol staff assigned to this enforcement campaign initiated 162 traffic stops and arrested seven ...
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Two cases now offering larger rewards for info
Police seek info on shooting death of 17-year-old and hit-and-run death
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New toxicology supervisor brings experience, passion
RENO — A 13-year veteran of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division has been promoted to supervising criminalist of toxicology. Karyl Brown, who worked on the county Crime Lab’s first toxicology case in May 1999, will now oversee the lab’s toxicology services.   “Karyl brings experience, vision and passionate dedication to her new role,” Forensic Science Division Director Renee Romero said. “She has already shown a keen ab...
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Police ID moped driver, give details on suspect vehicle
RENO — Police said Tuesday that the vehicle responsible for the death of a moped driver Saturday is most likely a Toyota 4-Runner or Tacoma with a camper shell, made between 2003 and 2009. The vehicle is “galactic grey mica” and will have damage around its passenger side headlight assembly and the top of the hood. The accident happened Saturday when the vehicle hit a moped in the bike lane from behind on N. McCarran Boulevard at Northtowne Lan...
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Deer poached on Peavine west of Stead
RENO — Game wardens are seeking information about a mule deer buck that was killed by a shotgun blast to the face in the evening hours of July 1 on Peavine Mountain. Operation Game Thief (OGT) is offering a $500 reward to help catch the shooter. Game wardens discovered the completely intact animal 10 yards off Peavine Road about half-way up the mountain in the afternoon of July 2. The entire carcass was left to rot, which is another crime in i...
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Man, 60, arrested for sexual assault on girl, 13
RENO — Police say a local 60-year-old man admitted Sunday to having an illegal sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. Perfecto Ybarra has been charged with five counts of sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age and two counts of lewdness with a minor under 14 years of age. He was arrested just after 11:30 p.m. by Reno police officers who received a call about an elderly man inappropriately touching a young girl in the 500 block o...
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Woman shot, killed in freeway incident
RENO — A 31-year-old woman from Reno is dead after an incident early Monday morning on U.S. 395 between Lemmon Valley and Stead, according to police. At 2:35 a.m., Reno police officers and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to a reported vehicle accident and subsequent shooting. Witnesses who had stopped for the accident told officers that a man had shot at them and hit a woman who was outside her vehicle. While performing CPR on the wom...
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Man arrested for hitting a pedestrian
RENO — A 28-year-old Reno man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk and striking a pedestrian with his car as he crossed Wells Avenue on Saturday night, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Nickalaus Ray Campbell is charged with hitting the pedestrian at 10:41 p.m. near the intersection of Wells Avenue and Thoma Street. The pedestrian reportedly jumped from a vehicle after an argument and crossed a median with heavy brush into the pa...
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