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Man, daughter hit while riding motorcycle
SPARKS — A 57-year-old woman from Sparks has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, causing a crash with a man and his daughter who were on a motorcycle. Barbara Gayton has been charged with DUI causing substantial bodily harm and illegal method of turning. Police say Gayton was driving her SUV through the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Nichols Boulevard at about 4:45 p.m. when she hit a motorcycle being driven by 45-ye...
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Reno police, sheriff’s K9 find, arrest burglary suspect
RENO — A K9 officer from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office sniffed out a suspected burglar Saturday afternoon. Donald Luna, 46, was arrested and charged with residential burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription after the police dog tracked him through a drainage ditch and found him hiding in heavy vegetation. At 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Reno police officers responded to the 3200 block of Ev...
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Campaign to focus on distracted driving
Beginning this week, the Nevada Highway Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies will begin a targeted campaign to enforce two specific traffic laws.
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Ex-felon found in possession of firearm, drugs
A man was arrested Saturday for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and narcotics.
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Man hurt in single-vehicle rollover in Douglas Co.
A man was badly hurt and had to be pried from his vehicle Friday morning after crashing his car north of Minden.
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Man arrested in Reno for stabbing friend
RENO — One man is in custody after allegedly robbing and stabbing his friend at a downtown motel. KOLO-TV reports an officer was alerted around 6:30 a.m. Thursday by the victim, who was suffering from five stab wounds. The man says he was robbed and attacked by his friend, who was living with him at the Keno Motel. Police arrested 34-year-old Tyrone Brand, who also goes by Nashawn Robinson. Brand was charged with robbery and battery with a dea...
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Court halts ex-prosecutor’s jail time
LAS VEGAS — A former top Las Vegas drug prosecutor who handled cocaine possession plea deals with celebrities Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars won a delay Friday of an order to begin serving a nine-month jail term for his guilty plea to felony crack possession. A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices issued a terse four-sentence order postponing David Schubert’s surrender scheduled for Monday until they have a chance to rule on an appeal from Schub...
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Work-zone crash investigated
RENO — A single-vehicle crash on U.S. 395 in Reno, just north of the Neil Road off ramp in the active construction zone occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday, blocking two of the three lanes during prime commenting time. For reasons still being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol, driver Benjo A. Laud, 32, of Reno allowed his blue and white 1998 Acura two-door sedan to leave the right travel lane, where it hit a temporary road barrier b...
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Suspect found in burglary ring, six guns found
INCLINE VILLAGE — Jason Greene, 30, of Reno was arrested near Corvallis Drive and Edmonton drive in Reno at 2 p.m. Wednesday in connection with a recent rash of burglaries on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe by Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives. The additional suspect was in possession of stolen property. Sheriff’s detectives identified items reportedly pawned by Greene at a local pawn shop as being stolen from a residence in Incline Village dur...
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Police locate unregistered violent sex offender
RENO — An unregistered violent sex offender surrendered himself to detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Reno. Detectives sought Dennis D. Morehead, 35, from Muskegon, Mich. after it was discovered he had been in the area and unregistered with local enforcement. Morehead is required to register in an area if he is present in that location for more than 48 hours, per Nevada Revised Statute. During an...
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Reward in attempted kidnapping
Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a female victim in the area of Marvin Moss Elementary School.
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Police to educate pedestrians
Today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Reno Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a pedestrian education operation at Brown Elementary School located at 13815 Spelling Court in Reno.
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Police bust marijuana grow operation
Police busted a marijuana growing operation Tuesday, finding about 800 pounds of pot worth an estimated $2 million.
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NHP to raise funds in annual Tip-A-Cop event
RENO — Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) will be waiting tables and serving patrons when they volunteer at the ninth annual Claim Jumper Tip-A-Cop fundraiser Thursday.  Each volunteer from the Department of Public Safety will be paired up with a restaurant employee for the event, which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Claim Jumper restaurant at 4905 S. Virginia St. in Reno.  As patrons are seated, each table will be greeted by t...
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Officer arrests intoxicated man hiding a gun
RENO — On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Reno police Officer Ben Wright was hailed by a citizen about a man who had just driven up to the Jackson’s Market at 9530 S. McCarran Blvd. and appeared to be grossly intoxicated as he could barely stand up unassisted. Officer Wright stopped the man, later identified as 21-year-old Sachin Mehta, as he was about to enter the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officer Wright noticed Mehta had an item concealed in the wa...
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Trial delayed for Reno man charged in killing
RENO (AP) — The trial has been delayed for one remaining suspect in the sidewalk shooting death of a Reno man who tried to prevent his friend’s purse from being stolen. A new trial date will be scheduled Friday for 21-year-old Jacob Sanchez, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. Sanchez is charged with fatally shooting 25-year-old Steven Gale on Mother’s Day in May 2011. His brother, 19-year-old Luis Sanchez, has pleaded guilty to second-degree mu...
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Man arrested for burglary, check fraud
SPARKS — After an investigation that lasted several months, Sparks detectives on Tuesday arrested Will Hybarger, 32, for passing numerous fraudulent checks throughout the Truckee Meadows. Sparks detectives say they have made numerous attempts to get Hybarger to surrender peacefully, but he has refused to comply with those efforts. On Tuesday, Sparks detectives found Hybarger at the Grand Sierra Resort. Hybarger sped away in his vehicle, which ...
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Sparks PD notifies public of high-risk sex offender
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department is notifying the public that Cameron Scott Catanio, 29, a high-risk sex offender registered with the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry, will be living in the 400 block of Niles Way in Lemmon Valley. Catanio notified the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office that he is employed in the 2200 block of Pioneer Drive in Reno and is in compliance with all sex offender laws. He is not wanted by law enforcement. Catan...
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Reno Iraq War vet arrested in friend’s killing
RENO (AP) — A 24-year-old Iraq War veteran has been arrested on suspicion of murder for the shooting of a friend he was picking up from a night of drinking in Reno. Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that Matthew Mahaffey will likely be arraigned Tuesday. Mahaffey is accused in the death of 24-year-old Michael Boyle, who was shot in the chest July 3 as he opened the back door to Mahaffey’s truck. Mahaffey ...
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Registered tier III sex offender fails to change address
RENO — A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday evening for failing to change his home address with authorities. Cameron Scott Catanio, 29, was taken into custody by detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit who received a tip alleging high-risk sex offender was living in Lemmon Valley in violation of his offender registration requirements. Officials learned that Catanio was living in the 400 block of Niles Way, where...
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