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Search for missing boy concludes
INCLINE VILLAGE – The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office found a missing 11-year-old boy here Monday morning after being reported missing Sept. 3. The Sheriff’s Office mobilized resources over the weekend attempting to locate Sam Singer. The Sheriff’s Office resources included hasty teams, search and rescue personnel, patrol units, detective investigators and the RAVEN helicopter. Sam Singer’s mother approached a deputy at the Sheriff’s Office Inc...
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Fatal motorcycle crash victim identified
SUN VALLEY — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that all next of kin notifications have been made regarding the fatal motorcycle accident that occurred on Sept. 3 at about 7:56 p.m. Sparks resident Michael Salsby, 21, died in the fiery crash Saturday night on Sun Valley Boulevard after hitting a pick-up truck. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T...
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Senior Fest arrives today
RENO — AARP is a sponsor of Senior Fest, the largest annual event dedicated to serving older adults in Reno and surrounding communities. The free event will held at Reno Town Mall, located at South Virginia Street and East Peckham Lane today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the general public. For more information, call 348-0717.
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Two arrested for thefts
SPARKS — Sparks police received a call on Sept. 3 of a residential burglary. The resident had arrived home shortly before 7 p.m. and found a vehicle parked in her driveway, with a female near it. The female suspect, identified as Katrina Smith, a 38-year-old, told the homeowner that she was interested in the home because it was for sale. Smith was told the house was sold and she drove away from the area in a tan-colored Dodge Durango. The home...
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Cyclist struck by vehicle
RENO — On Sept. 3, at about 10:20 p.m., officers responded to Peckham Lane and Shinners Place on a report of a vehicle vs. bicycle accident.  During the investigation, officers learned that the victim was riding his bicycle westbound on Peckham in a marked bike lane when he was struck by a mini-van.  At this time alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.  The driver of the mini-van was cited for failure to maintain a lane of trav...
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Arrest of sexual assault suspect
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives announced that sexual assault suspect Joel Ross Sempier was arrested in Lodi, Calif. Sempier, a white male adult, 25, is accused of sexually assaulting a known acquaintance in her residence during the early morning hours of Aug. 26. Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives have an arrest warrant charging Sempier with sexual assault and burglary. Anyone with information about this incident is asked...
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DUI saturation patrols
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department will be joining local agencies, as well as law enforcement agencies across the nation, in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI enforcement campaign over the Labor Day weekend. The Sparks Police Department will have several additional officers on the streets looking for impaired drivers on what are referred to as DUI saturation patrols. On average, a drunk driver kills someone every 40 minutes in the Un...
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Home invasion suspect arrested
LEMMON VALLEY — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the 400 block of Compton Street in Lemmon Valley on a report of shots fired into a residence. Upon arrival, deputies located 22-year-old Sean Kent May. May admitted to shooting into a residence to gain the occupants’ attention. It was also determined that May fired several shots into a family member’s residence in the same area. May was arrested for aiming a firearm at...
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Kitchens: No. 1 cause of home fires
SPARKS — Where does your family typically hang out at home? For many of us, the kitchen is the busiest and most popular place. Unfortunately, more than half of all Nevada house fires start in the kitchen. Sparks Fire Fighters respond to numerous kitchen fires caused by cooking left unattended, things that will burn placed too close to stoves, people who forget to turn off a stove or accidentally turn on a burner, and abandoned or discarded coo...
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Arrest in attempted armed robbery series
RENO — A man has been arrested for two robbery attempts that occurred back to back. On Tuesday, officers responded to the 1300 block of Butler Street on a report of an attempted armed robbery in which the suspect was armed with a handgun. About two minutes later, officers responded to a call of an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred at Pat Baker Park. Both investigations led to the identity of four suspects and the suspect vehicle. ...
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DUI saturation patrols
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department will be joining local agencies, as well as law enforcement agencies across the nation, in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI enforcement campaign over the Labor Day weekend. The Sparks Police Department will have several additional officers on the streets looking for impaired drivers on what are referred to as DUI saturation patrols. On average, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes in...
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Former elderly care facility owner gets jail time, fine
LAS VEGAS — The Office of the Attorney General announced this week that Nellie Magtaas was sentenced for neglect of duty in willful or wanton disregard of safety of person or property, a gross misdemeanor offense. Magtaas was formerly the owner of Garden of Eden Home Care, a residential facility for elderly people. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended, one year probation and payment of a $250 fine. The Bureau of Health Care Quality ...
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AG seeks to add to claim against BofA, Countrywide
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has requested permission to amend her complaint against Bank of America (and its subsidiaries, including Countrywide) adding claims relating to mortgage origination and servicing. The amended complaint continues to assert violations of the judgment entered into between the state and Countrywide to resolve the company’s liability for fraudulent mortgage lending, marketing and serv...
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Pedestrian hit by car at night
RENO — A 65-year-old Sparks resident was seriously hurt Sunday night when he was hit by a car while crossing McCarran Boulevard near Northtowne Lane. At 11:48 p.m, Reno police officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. The vehicle, driven by an 81-year-old Reno resident, was traveling east on McCarran from U.S 395 when it struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk at ...
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Man arrested for killing sister’s boyfriend
RENO — A man was arrested Saturday after a brief standoff for allegedly shooting his girlfriend’s brother to death. At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Reno police officers were dispatched to 1675 Beech St. on the report of a battery with a deadly weapon case. Upon arrival, officers found 32-year-old Salvador Gustavo Gonzalez-Casillas on the porch of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Officers learned that Gonzalez-Casillas was dating...
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Man jumps to death off parking garage
RENO — A man apparently threw himself off the parking garage of the Silver Legacy Resort late Saturday. A man’s body was discovered on the sidewalk along Fifth Street at 10:54 p.m. Responding police officers located several witnesses who confirmed the man had jumped off the top story of the parking garage. The man was pronounced deceased on scene. Identification is being withheld pending notification of family. The investigation is ongoing. An...
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Car accident damages condo
On Friday, a Washoe County Sherrif’s Office deputy attempted to stop a 1995 Pontiac Firebird for traffic violations on East Ninth Street in Reno.
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Party results in 18 arrests
On Saturday at about 1 a.m., Washoe County deputies were summoned to the area of East Sixth Avenue in Sun Valley on the report of a fight involving about 40 subjects.
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Robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault arrest
 RENO — On Thursday at about 5:48 a.m., Reno police officers were summoned to the Bonanza Casino on the report of a robbery. Upon arrival and throughout the investigation, it was learned that the two victims met the two suspects in a downtown casino. The four of them later left and picked up a female. Together, they drove to several locations around town throughout the early morning hours. During their travels, the suspects began to pressure t...
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