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Convicted felon sentenced for killing drug dealer
RENO (AP) — A convicted felon was sentenced Friday to 3.5 to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his drug dealer on a Reno street. Washoe County District Judge Steven Kosach imposed the sentence on Ryan Cox, who earlier pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the March 2010 death of 57-year-old Jeffrey Middelsteadt. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Cox had two prior felony drug convictions, and was an admitted user of heroin, metha...
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1 person injured in knife scuffle at UNR dorm
RENO (AP) — Authorities are investigating a knife incident that left a person with a hand wound in a high-rise dorm at the University of Nevada, Reno. University police didn’t immediately report Friday whether any arrests resulted from the 10 p.m. Thursday incident at Argenta Hall. KTVN-TV reports that one person was taken to a hospital for treatment of a hand injury that wasn’t believed to be life-threatening. Argenta Hall is seven stories ta...
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Gun-sniffing dog, blood splotch nab elk poachers
CARSON CITY (AP) — Guilty pleas from a father and son for poaching two bull elk near the Nevada-Idaho line closed a yearlong investigation involving wildlife agencies from three states and high-tech forensics on frozen meat and blood splotches. Larry and Marty Hall pleaded guilty March 19 to killing a bull elk without a tag. Each paid thousands of dollars in fines. The case began Nov. 6, 2010, when game wardens say both men shot trophy-sized e...
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AG expands auto info system to Mesquite
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner announced Thursday that Mesquite has joined the state’s free and anonymous automated victim information and notification system.   “Protecting our citizens does not end with prosecuting offenders,” said Masto. “We must continue to protect victims of crime and their families by keeping them informed of the custody status of their offenders. This is ...
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Sparks PD launches speed, cell phone campaign
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department, with the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and the Reno Police Department will add additional officers to the streets April 2 through April 16, to target speeding violations, motorcycle violations, and distracted driving with an emphasis on cell phone usage. The additional officers are funded by a grant that provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic ...
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Public notified of Reno sex offender status
RENO — John Gregory Good, 50, assessed as a high-risk sex offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry, has notified the Reno Police Department that he will be residing in the 7000 block of Cobb Circle, Reno. Good is employed in the 10 block of Julius Lane, Carson City. Good is in compliance with all sex offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.  Good is not being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safe...
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Sex offender notice for Reno
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit is informing the public about a Tier III (high-risk) sex offender.
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DUI campaign ends with 237 citations, 5 arrests
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has completed its share of the Joining Forces DUI saturation and speed enforcement campaign.
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Animal Services heroes to be honored
he Washoe County Sheriff’s volunteer Animal Rescue Team and Washoe County Regional Animal Services are among local responders being honored by Gov. Brian Sandoval and the American Red Cross during today’s Real Heroes breakfast at Harrah’s Reno.
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Handmade tote bags to help crime victims
RENO — Jackie Russow describes herself simply as “someone who cares.” She is also a person with a passion for making beautiful cloth tote bags. Russow recently donated 15 of her handmade totes to Washoe County Sheriff’s Victim Advocate Kasey La Foon to use as emergency toiletry kits for victims of crimes such as domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Russow said she has been making totes for victims through the Crisis...
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Reward for info about sheriff’s vehicle vandalism
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with the vandalism of Lyon County Sheriff’s Office vehicles or deputy’s personal vehicle on three separate occasions in the Dayton area. On three separate dates from January to last week, vehicles belonging to the sheriff‘s office or their deputies received damage from unknown individual(s). On Jan. 12, a...
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Local high-risk sex offender notifications
RENO — The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the public about two high-risk sex offenders. James Lee Carter, 51, has been assessed as a Tier III offender by the Nevada Sex Offender Registry. He has notified the Reno Police Department that he will be living in the 1800 block of Citron Drive, Reno, and is employed in the 2300 block of Oddie Blvd., Reno. Carter is in compliance with all sex offender laws, and is not wan...
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Secret Witness launches new website
RENO — The Secret Witness program on Monday announced the launch of its newly re-designed website, www.secretwitness.com. Historically, Secret Witness has relied on its 322-4900 telephone tip line for the public to relate information about criminal activities, but also has incorporated text messaging and the Internet to enable local citizens to have all of the tools necessary to provide crime information, receive rewards and assist law enforce...
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Unregistered CA sex offender captured in Reno
RENO — A convicted sex offender from California who has been in northern Nevada for three and a half years was caught by law enforcement Thursday. Michael Anthony Miller, 67, was taken into custody in the area of Fourth and Record streets by the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU), with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. Miller has not registered with any local law enforcement agency as required by state law, and...
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Sheriff’s office now offers traffic accident reports online
RENO — As a convenience for the public, a new service offered by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has streamlined the process of obtaining traffic accident reports. The sheriff’s office, in partnership with the Carfax Police Crash Assistance Program, is now offering accident reports online. Residents are now able to quickly and conveniently obtain a copy of their traffic accident reports from any Internet-accessible computer. The repo...
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6 prostitution customers arrested during operation
A sting operation Friday targeted male customers of prostitutes.
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Sheriff to close front desk on weekends
Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced Friday that staff will no longer be available to take reports at the sheriff’s office front desk on weekends as a result of budget cuts made by the Washoe Board of County Commissioners.
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Man arrested in 7-Eleven robbery
A man has been arrested for the March 19 robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 690 E. Second St.
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Man arrested in Sparks, linked to several Reno robberies
RENO — Reno Police Detectives have linked five robberies to 33-year-old Robert Davies of Reno who was arrested Wednesday by Sparks Police officers after committing a robbery similar to a string of robberies committed in the Reno area during the past month. The Reno Police Department began an investigation into a robbery that occurred at the AM/PM at 1390 S. Virginia St. on Feb. 25. During the days that followed, several more robberies occurred...
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Unregistered sex offender found
RENO — Detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit located Anthony Lopez, 40, in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility.  Detectives had been looking for Lopez since January when it was reported he was living in the area and had not registered with local law enforcement as required by law. Lopez, a convicted sex offender out of Santa Rosa, Calif. had been arrested by Reno Police Department on March 12, 2012 on unrelate...
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