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Nation’s jailers to meet in Reno
RENO — A training conference and expo sponsored by the American Jail Association, in cooperation with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, will welcome some 1,200 jail practitioners and service providers from across the country April 22-26 at the Reno-sparks Convention Center in Reno. The 31st Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo will present programs for the professionals to train, network and discuss many issues facing the country’s some 3,...
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Sparks police seek man in stabbing
SPARKS — Sparks police are seeking a white man in connection with the stabbing of an adult Hispanic man in the area of 16th Street and Gault Way that occurred at about 8:07 p.m. Wednesday. Officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area when they discovered the Hispanic man on the ground, bleeding from a wound to his leg. The victim said he was returning from the store when he was confronted by a white male, about 5-feet, 8-inches t...
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Attorney general warns about DUNS updaters
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is warning all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements to beware of individuals who ask for a fee to update their Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) report.  Nevada agencies have received a telephone call from a person offering them, as a non-profit, the opportunity to pay $549 to have their DUNS report updated with them. “Nonprofits have enough to worry about,” Ma...
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Sparks FD to hold awards ceremony Thursday
SPARKS – At 4 p.m. Thursday, the Sparks Fire Department will hold its 17th Annual Commendation Awards Ceremony at the department’s headquarters at 1605 Victorian Ave. The ceremony is held to recognize outstanding actions and performances by fire department employees, local citizens and businesses during the past year. Friends and family members, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend. Captain Joe Warner is the department’s Firefighter...
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Sex offender notice for Reno
RENO — The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the public about a Tier III (high-risk) sex offender. Myron O. Jerry, 47, 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 500 block of S. Virginia Street. Jerry is not currently employed. Police say he is in compliance with all sex offender laws and is not wanted by law ...
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Repeat sex offender arrested for sexual assault
RENO — A sex offender with multiple convictions was arrested Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting an elderly woman. Richard Sharks, 64, was taken into custody at about 3:40 a.m. by Reno police who saw him coming out of a house in the 700 block of Belli Drive. Officers had received a call about a suspicious person knocking on doors telling the occupants he had their wallet. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Kevin Collins reported seeing S...
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Washoe Sheriff Dispatcher Receives National Honor
RENO — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Karen Stout was honored April 12 by Smart Telecommunications for her role in assisting with the evacuation of Vice President Joe Biden during the recent Washoe Drive wildfire. Last month, 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from across the U.S. were nominated by peers to receive recognition for leadership, performance and overall contributions to their agencies. The public reviewed 20 finalists on...
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Robber flees with cash from Sparks 7-Eleven
SPARKS — A man wearing a grey baseball cap and black sunglasses fled with an undisclosed amount of cash at the 7-Eleven Store 250 Pyramid Way location at 5:50 a.m. Friday, after dramatically breaking an empty wine bottle on the store floor and threatening to kill the clerk if he didn’t keep quite. After taking cash from the store, the suspect asked the clerk for his car keys, but the clerk couldn’t comply as he had no vehicle, according to pol...
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‘Missing’ elderly man found inside own home
An 80-year-old Sparks man was reportedly endangered and missing at about 2 p.m. Wednesday by Sparks Police after his caregiver reported him missing from the Veterans Administration Hospital. August Prechel, a 5-foot, 6-inch-tall man in a wheelchair, was thought to have been possibly endangered after his caregiver failed to locate him in the lobby of the downtown facility, according to sparks Police Lt. Erick Thomas. “There was no reason to sus...
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Man seen breaking into inside house
RENO — A mindful citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a man who was seen crawling through a window at 345 West Pueblo Ave. in Reno at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.  Reno police set up a perimeter around the home before conducting a search. Officers found the suspect, Carlos Olicarria, 26, hiding inside one of the downstairs bedroom closets and arrested him without incident  Officers reportedly found evidence of the burglary inside Olicarria’s backpack...
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Bones found last year identified
Experts have identified human remains discovered last June in the area of Mayberry Drive and Plateau Road.
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Sex offender caught after allegedly running
Police chased a wanted sex offender for about half a mile Tuesday before he was apprehended while trying to hide.
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Body found in dumpster identified
The body of a man found Monday in a dumpster has been identified by police.
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Sheriff: Cuts affect jail intake and public safety
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that deputies and other regional law enforcement personnel are now required to spend more time off the streets when processing arrests at the Washoe County jail.
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Body found on conveyor belt at recycling center
RENO — Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday on a conveyor belt at the Waste Management recycling center on Commercial Row. Reno police said Monday it appears the deceased white male had been in a refuse dumpster when it was picked up by a recycling truck that morning. It is unknown which dumpster or how long he had been in there but detectives are currently tracing all the stops the truck made Monday. The cau...
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Reward offered in purse theft
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with robbery of a woman at a retail store at 4855 Kietzke Lane in Reno. At 9:22 p.m. Sunday, three suspects approached the victim inside the store. The male suspect distracted the victim while the two female suspects stole the victim’s purse. The victim followed the suspects to the parking lot and was hit...
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Woman sentenced for fraud of senior group home
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Tuesday that Janice Burch, 42, the owner and administrator of Skyview II, a Las Vegas residential facility group home, has been sentenced for three gross misdemeanor offenses for neglect of duty in willful disregard of safety of persons. “The health and security of our older citizens obliges us to prosecute those who willfully mismanage their welfare,” Masto said.  “Pursuit o...
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This week honors public safety dispatch
SPARKS — This week through Saturday is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Since its establishment by Congress in 1992, the second full week of April has been dedicated to honoring the many telecommunications professionals who help provide 911 emergency assistance to citizens everywhere. Every day, citizens depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of public safety telecommunications professionals who answer emergency calls, di...
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Man shot in arm near restaurant
SPARKS — Police have arrested a man from Reno for allegedly shooting another man in the arm outside a Mexican restaurant. Rogelio Rea, 25, was charged with battery with a deadly weapon after a witness said he shot another man after an argument at Castillo’s restaurant at 1131 Rock Blvd. After receiving a call just before 11 p.m. officers made contact with the victim of a gunshot wound who said he had a verbal argument with another patron of th...
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Elderly man in wheelchair hit by car
RENO — An elderly man in a wheelchair sustained life-threatening injuries Sunday when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Fifth and Center streets. A woman has been arrested in the incident. Sharlene Depolo, 41, has been charged with felony hit and run. Her 2011 silver Volkswagen Jetta has been recovered by police as evidence. At 9:58 p.m., officers from the Reno Police Department were called to the intersection where they found an elde...
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