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NHP arrest, crash data for Thanksgiving weekend
RENO - The Nevada Highway Patrol arrested a total of 26 people in the Reno-Sparks area over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Eleven motorists were taken to jail for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while 12 more were arrested for outstanding traffic-related and other misdemeanor warrants. The remaining three were a result of traffic-related offenses, including reckless driving or driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s lice...
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Reward in robbery at Little Caesars pizza
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with armed robbery of the Little Caesars Pizza located at 951 Moana Lane in Reno. On Saturday at 8:50 p.m., two men entered the store armed with a handgun, ordered patrons to the floor and demanded money. One of the suspects fired a shot inside the business. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of...
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Man survives after car flips, lands on him
RENO — A California man is in stable condition after he was ejected from his car and it flipped over on top of him. Saturday at 9:20 p.m., 29-year-old Jesus Salinas of Alhambra, Calif., was driving a silver 1997 Chevy SUV northbound on U.S. 395 north of Parr Boulevard in icy conditions. Salinas lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the east side of the road. The vehicle rolled, ejecting Salinas who was no wearing a seat belt. The SUV ca...
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High risk sex offender notification
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit is advising the public of information related to four high risk (Tier 3) sex offenders.
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Man sought for kidnapping, sexual assault
On Wednesday at about 9:40 p.m., a female victim was sitting in her parked car in the Roof Garden Inn parking lot located on the 1000 block of Victorian Avenue when she was approached by a man who had a handgun and demanded money.
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Armed robbery in south Reno
On Wednesday at 5:41 p.m., officers from the Reno Police Department responded to the area of Sardina’s Restaurant, located at 3314 S. McCarran Boulevard, on the report of an armed robbery in which the suspect had stolen the victim’s purse at gunpoint.
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Rebate scheme reported in area
The Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) has received several complaints alleging that Nicholas “Nick” Jansing is committing fraud by selling solar energy systems and promising customers rebates and government grants once they make a deposit.
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Reno Police closures for Thanksgiving
RENO — In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Reno Police Department main station, located at 455 E. Second St., will be closed for walk-in/phone-in reports today and Friday. The main station will re-open Monday at 8 a.m. The central substation, located at 199 E. Plaza, will be closed through Monday. It will re-open on Tuesday at 10 a.m. for public access. The public is encouraged to use online reporting at www.reno.gov during this tim...
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Reward in mugging 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 the armed robbery of a woman in the area of the 3500 block of S. McCarran Blvd. On Tuesday at 1:33 p.m. the female victim was walking to the bus stop when she was approached by the suspect who pointed a handgun at her face and demanded her purse. The victim complied and the suspect fled eastbound on S...
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Sparks seat belt campaign
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department began a seat belt enforcement campaign Monday and will continue it through Dec. 5. The department will join forces with agencies across the nation for the Click it or Ticket campaign.  The department was awarded a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety that will pay for additional officers to be on the streets looking for traffic violators who are not buckled up and for children unrestrained, or...
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Woman fires gun in fight with neighbors
RENO — Wednesday morning at 8:55 a.m. Reno police received several reports of an argument resulting in shots being fired at the Zephyr Point apartments, located at 10640 N. McCarran Blvd. Upon arrival, officers contacted the people involved in the dispute and learned that resident Crystal R. Mendez, 26, discovered some items missing from her apartment and thought her upstairs neighbors might have been responsible for stealing the items. Mendez...
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Reno teen OK in rollover crash
RENO — A 17-year-old was uninjured in a rollover accident near Robb Drive on Wednesday. At 9:16 am, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 80 near the westbound Robb Drive off-ramp. The preliminary investigation details indicate that a white 2000 Toyota pickup, driven by a 17-year-old female Reno resident, was traveling west on Interstate 80. She hit some black ice in the far right tr...
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Hiker goes missing near Galena Park
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who went hiking Sunday in the Galena Park area and has not been seen since. Rick Gentry is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, 172 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes and last seen wearing a red windbreaker and blue jeans. Gentry was not wearing appropriate clothing for weather conditions when he left to go hiking. Washoe County search and rescue began searching the Galena/Whites Cre...
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Two rob pizza restaurant with shotguns
RENO — Men in ski masks robbed the Round Table Pizza parlor at 3880 S. McCarran Blvd. on Monday night. Two armed suspects entered the business as it was closing at 9:48 p.m. One suspect held the employees at gunpoint while the second suspect entered the office area. The first suspect ordered the employees to place money on the counter. He removed an undetermined amount of cash and both suspects fled on foot. Both suspects are described as men ...
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NHP accident calls from weekend storm
RENO — The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 41 accidents this past weekend, according to a report sent Monday. Of the crashes, 17 were on Saturday and 24 on Sunday. There were seven slide-offs/spin-outs on Saturday and another 17 on Sunday and 34 disabled vehicles on Saturday and 52 on Sunday. Most of the accidents only involved property damage. In addition to the Reno-Sparks-Carson City areas, NHP covers the northern third of the state, inc...
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Vehicle theft: It only takes a few seconds
RENO — The Reno Police Department is cautioning residents not to leave their vehicles running while unattended to warm them up as the morning temperatures drop. The department receives reports of vehicles commonly stolen while left running and unattended at homes, gas stations, convenience stores and ATMs. Police encourage residents to start their vehicle and remain with it while using a scraper to remove frost from windows. Area residents sho...
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Police seek suspects in attempted home invasion robbery
On Wednesday at 11:36 p.m., Sparks police officers responded to 2533 Maxine Circle No. 12 on a report of an attempted home invasion robbery.
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Fleeing driver of hit and run arrested for DUI
A hit-and-run driver was arrested after trying to run from police on Wednesday. At 4:38 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to an automobile collision near the Villanova Drive interchange on U.S. 395 south.
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Sparks police arrest man in officer-involved shooting
SPARKS — On Nov. 5, Chester Hopkins, 57, was released from Renown Hospital and arrested by Sparks police detectives on four counts of attempted murder on a police officer and aiming/discharging a firearm where a person is endangered.  The charges stem from a Sept. 24 incident in which Hopkins was firing a handgun at about 2:04 a.m. at John Champion Park in Reno. A Reno police officer was on patrol in the area and heard what he initially believ...
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Photos released of burglar, faux safety inspector
RENO — Police have released surveillance photos of the man who has reportedly shown up to local businesses seven times in the past week purporting to be an inspector. The suspect has not claimed any affiliation with any specific company or governmental entity, usually stating he is there to inspect a leaky roof or check the fire sprinkler system, police Lt. Mohammad Rafaqat said. The suspect usually carries a clipboard with papers and red-colo...
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