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Man arrested and charged with murder
   Reno — Dustin Barnett was arrested Thursday and charged with the murder of a man at the 500 Block of Roberts Street in Reno. Reno Police Department officers responded to a shooting call at about 9:00 p.m. Upon arriving, officers discovered an injured male inside and emergency service personnel attempted to stabilize him but were unsuccessful. Reno PD detectives discovered that the resident, Barnett, was involved in an altercation during whi...
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Man arrested for lewdness with a minor under 14
RENO — A resident under the eye of the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) has been arrested for lewdness with a minor under the age of 14 years. On Monday, Reno police detectives received information that Craig Hoffman, 48, had possibly been having inappropriate sexual contact with a local 13-year-old female. After an investigation, police gathered evidence that Hoffman had numerous inappropriate sexual encounters with the girl duri...
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Nevada settles with drug makers in lawsuit
LAS VEGAS — The state attorney general is joining 36 other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia to reach a $40.75 million settlement with GlaxoSmithkline (GSK) and SB Pharmco Puerto Rico, inc. (SB Pharmco) arising from alleged substandard manufacturing processes. In a complaint filed Thurday along with the settlement agreement, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto alleged that GSK and SB Pharmco engaged in unfair and decepti...
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Suspicious activity at ATM
SPARKS — A local banking facility contacted police to report that a device was found attached to an ATM machine after the bank received complaints that receipts were not produced after transactions were completed. On Sunday, ATM maintenance employees inspected the machine and found a device that contained a camera. The device was not immediately detectable. Sparks police officers collected an item that is commonly known as a skimming device. T...
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Man killed in accident at Virginia Ranch Road, US 395
MINDEN — Matthew Autre, 30, a resident of Minden, was killed Monday in an accident on Virginia Ranch Road at U.S. Highway 395. At 1:55 p.m., Autre was driving a 2003 black Chevrolet Cavalier when he failed to yield the right of way to on-coming traffic, making a left turn to go south on U.S. 395. He turned into the path of a northbound Beige Ford F350 driven by 59-year-old Natale Lommori of Wellington. The Ford pickup was unable to avoid the C...
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Woman arrested for attacking boyfriend after pet dies
SPARKS — Police have arrested a woman for allegedly strangling and stabbing her boyfriend after the death of her pet. At 10:24 p.m. Monday, Sparks police officers responded to Jo Pa’s Trailer Park at 2006 Prater Way for a reported stabbing that occurred at space 83. The victim, Stephen Caldarulo, called police from the pay phone in the trailer park and reported that his girlfriend, Carrie Lee, 42, had strangled and stabbed him because of a pet...
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Dead body found near Marlette Lake
INCLINE VILLAGE — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body of a white female adult at about 6:15 p.m. Monday near Marlette Lake. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation but no foul play is suspected at this time. The body was released to the Medical Examiner’s Office pending a medical examination and formal identification. The identity of the person will not be released until notification of next of kin. S...
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Multi-agency DUI campaign ongoing
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Nevada Highway Patrol, and the Reno and Sparks police departments began placing additional personnel on patrol Friday and will continue through July 11. The emphasis is to contact drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The goal of this campaign is to help make the upcoming Fourth of July holiday as safe as possible for all motorists on Nevada’s roadways. The additional...
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Man arrested for stabbing
SPARKS — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a stabbing that occurred Friday evening. Jaime Herrera, 32, a resident of Sparks, was arrested Saturday and charged with battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm. The arrest came after police investigated a fight that took place at about 8:40 p.m. Friday at 1400 E. Fourth St., #7, in Reno. In the incident, a man was stabbed in the rear of the neck during a fight, causi...
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Home burglary turns out to be drunk neighbor
RENO — A man has been arrested for failure to appear on a warrant after police originally were told he had held a neighbor at gunpoint. At about 3:15 p.m. Sunday, the Reno police patrol officers responded to what was reported as a residential burglary in progress. It was further reported the resident of the victim apartment was holding the suspect at gunpoint. During the investigation, officers learned the suspect was intoxicated, confused and...
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Reward in Moana Market robbery case
RENO — 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 the Moana Market, located at 1295 E. Moana Lane. At 9:58 p.m. Saturday, the suspect entered the store simulating a weapon and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect fled on a blue and silver bicycle having older style handlebars with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is d...
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Reward offered in shooting case
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old male victim in the area of Brinkby Avenue and Lakeside Drive. At 4:33 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the above area and found a victim of a single gunshot wound to the head. The victim, who sustained serious life-threatening injuries, was transported to Renown Re...
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Woman arrested for allegedly attacking officer
SPARKS — A woman has been arrested for allegedly dragging a police officer behind a car. At about 2:15 p.m., Sparks police officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the area of Deer Park. The initial call indicated a man was holding a female against a fence at the park. Upon arriving, officers found several people and two cars near the intersection. As the first arriving officer began speaking with people at the scene, a woman walked ...
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Battery with a deadly weapon
RENO — On Friday at 8:40 p.m., Reno Police Department officers were summoned to 1400 E. Fourth St. #7 for a report of a stabbing. Police discovered the victim had sustained a stab wound to the rear of the neck, which resulted in a partial paralysis of the victim’s left arm. The victim was transported to the emergency room by REMSA. The suspect is possibly known by the victim. Suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, 5 feet 8 inches ...
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Extra patrols through July 11
SPARKS — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Nevada Highway Patrol, and the Reno and Sparks Police departments will be placing additional personnel on patrol from now until Monday, July 11. The emphasis is to contact drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The goal of this campaign is to help make the upcoming Fourth of July holiday as safe as possible for all motorists on Nevada’s roadways. The additional enfo...
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Habitual criminal arrested near Susanville
RENO — On Friday detectives of the Regional Repeat Offender Program located a known parole absconder in the area of Sun Valley. Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect in the area of Dandini and Clear Acre Lane at 5:16 p.m. The suspect refused to stop and sped to the Highway 395 on ramp. The suspect continued to drive north on U.S. 395 at a high rate of speed while being monitored by the Sheriff’s Of...
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Reward offered in armed robbery case
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a reward in the amount of $1,500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of the Dollar Tree Store at 10550 N. McCarran Blvd. Reno.  On Thursday at about 10:30 p.m. the suspect appears to have hidden in the store until the store closed. The suspect then approached the employees while simulating a weapon in his pants pocket. The suspect fle...
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$1,000 reward for info in robberies
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a reward in the amount of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects wanted in connection with robberies of two taxi cab drivers in Reno. On Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. the suspects entered a cab in the Kings Row area and were driven to several locations before returning to the area where they were picked up. Once there they robbed the cab driver. On Wednesday, at 12:55 a.m. the same tw...
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RPD contacts 350 motorists during ‘Click It’ campaign
RENO — The Reno Police Department issued 178 seatbelt and child seat citations during the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign May 23 through June 5. The campaign targets unbelted drivers as well as drivers with unbelted passengers under the age of 18. In addition to the 178 seat belt and child seat citations, the Reno police contacted more than 350 motorists, issued 114 warnings, 36 citations for speeding, 16 for not having a valid driver’s license,...
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Construction worker rescued from manhole
RENO — At 9:55 a.m., firefighters from the Sierra Fire Protection District and the Reno Fire Department responded to a report of a construction worker who had fallen 15 feet into a manhole at the new Interstate 580 construction site in Washoe Valley. Medical personnel immediately determined that the worker suffered serious traumatic injuries. The nature of the incident was a confined space rescue, which required the activation of the Reno Fire...
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