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NV firefighters warn about phone scam
LAS VEGAS — Rusty McAllister, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, has issued a warning to all Nevada residents about a phone campaign currently targeting the Clark County area requesting monetary donations. Residents are receiving requests for financial donations on behalf of fire fighters. The request states the funds are for training and for taking care of injured fire fighters. McAllister said the firefighters union never...
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Reno Police Department’s opinion survey underway
 RENO — Households throughout the Reno area are being randomly selected to participate in the Reno Police Department’s annual Public Attitude and Opinion Survey that provides a continual measurement of public attitudes and opinions about local law enforcement related matters. The survey will continue by telephone between 5 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28. The survey is a planning tool for the police department and annually targets about 400 house...
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Reno man arrested after robbery, car chase
   RENO — On Feb. 22 at about 9:30 p.m., officers with the Reno Sparks Indian Colony responded to the Wal-Mart at 2425 E. Second St. on the report of an armed robbery.  Officers with the Reno Police Department responded to assist after the suspect fled north into the Truckee River. As officers established a perimeter around the area, a Reno police officer observed a vehicle driving through a gated business lot at the north end of Sunshine Lane...
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Suspect in August murder arrested
 RENO — The Reno Police Department initiated a homicide investigation on August 16, 2011. The victim in this case had been identified as Suzanne Garrity, 55, of Reno. After an extensive investigation, James Edward Lewis, 54, was arrested this week for murder.
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Man arrested for robbery at market, DUI
SPARKS — A 45-year-old man from Sparks was arrested Monday for armed robbery and DUI. Timothy Bowman was taken into custody after he was in a traffic accident at 16th and H streets. At the time of the crash, police were looking for Bowman in connection with an armed robbery that occurred just after 7 p.m. at the Rainbow Market at 1225 Commerce St. The clerk there had given police a description of a man who had entered the store and demanded al...
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Overnight house fire displaces family of six
DAYTON (AP) — An overnight fire in Dayton has left one adult with minor burns and a family of six without a home. Lyon County fire officials say they responded to a call about 11:30 p.m. Monday and found the family outside the burning home on Sutro Springs Road. Crews knocked down the flames, but say the entire 2,000-square-foot house has been damaged or destroyed. The American Red Cross is assisting the family of two adults and four children....
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NHP trooper treated, released after weekend crash
MINDEN (AP) — A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was treated and released after a weekend crash with a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The patrol car of Trooper Dan Lopez was struck in the left front early Saturday when the driver of another vehicle reportedly ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Highway 88 in Minden. A fellow trooper took Lopez to the Carson Valley Medical Center, where he was tr...
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Man charged with weapons, drugs after speeding
RENO — A man from Sparks was arrested Monday on weapons and drug charges after he was stopped for speeding in a construction zone. Ryan Phillip White, 22, was stopped at about 7:45 a.m. by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who clocked him driving 70 mph in a 55 mph construction zone on U.S. 395 near the Mill Street interchange. When the trooper approached the driver, he noticed the windows of the sedan were extremely tinted. White appeared exces...
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Reno man arrested after standoff
RENO — At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Reno police responded to the 3900 block of Clearacre Lane to serve a search warrant at the home of a man accused of threatening children with a gun. Detectives attempted to serve the warrant, however, the man barricaded himself inside the residence. Based upon the nature of the crime, the Reno Police Department SWAT Team responded with negotiators, who successfully talked the suspect outside where he was ta...
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Two wanted for beating teenager
RENO — Arrest warrants have been received for the following suspects regarding the beating of a 15-year-old juvenile on Jan. 29. Ever Vivar, 20, is described as five feet, 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a distinctive tattoo of “NV” on the right side of his neck. He is wanted for attempted murder.   The second suspect is described as a juvenile and no further details have been released.  The Reno Police Depar...
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Woman arrested for multiple fraud related crimes
RENO — A Reno resident has been arrested on charges of check and credit card fraud after being watched by an identity theft task force Jessica Robertson, 30, was taken into custody at her apartment in the 400 block of Capital Hill in Reno, where members of the Northern Nevada Identity Theft Task Force found a “active financial forgery laboratory.” On Tuesday, Reno and Sparks police teamed up with the task force to investigate a series of crime...
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Reno man faces multiple life sentences
Ignacio Valencia, 42, of Reno was found guilty Tuesday of three counts of sexual assault on a child under 14 years old and two counts of lewdness with a child under 14 years old.
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37 crashes, many spin-outs caused by snow
The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 37 crashes from 1 to 10 a.m. Wednesday as a result of the snow that fell in northern Nevada shortly after midnight.
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Nevada AG announces decision on Adam Walsh Act
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Friday that the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion in ACLU v. Masto, granting the state’s request to overturn an injunction against enforcement of Nevada’s Adam Walsh Act. Masto appealed to the Ninth Circuit from a federal district court’s permanent injunction prohibiting the implementation of two Nevada laws: AB 579, expanding the scope of sex offender reg...
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Reno police notify public of sex offender
RENO — Val Ray Robertson, 56, has been assessed as a Tier III offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. He has notified the Reno Police Department that he will be living in the 100 block of Maddux Street in Reno, and is not employed. Robertson is in compliance with all sex offender laws and is not wanted by law enforcement. Robertson is being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Pr...
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Teen arrested for 70 graffiti acts
SPARKS — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon by Washoe County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of one felony count of placing graffiti or defacing property. The arrest was made following an investigation of 70 graffiti vandalism cases that totaled reportedly $12,175 in property damage. According to the sheriff’s office, the teen is charged with targeting street signs, utility boxes, electrical panels, roadways and concrete sidewal...
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Online crime reporting is now easier and error-free
The Reno Police Department recently introduced a custom-made “virtual officer” developed to help citizens use the police department’s website.
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Two suspects sought in Lemmon Valley death case
Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two people regarding the death of 20-year-old resident Jared Hyde.
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AG Masto settles with debt collector
LAS VEGAS — Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that debt collector NCO Financial Systems, Inc. (NCOF) has agreed to change certain collections practices as part of a settlement with Nevada and 18 other states. The settlement resolves concerns about NCOF’s debt collection practices. “NCO Financial Systems engaged in misleading and deceptive debt collection practices harming Nevadans,” Masto said. “This settlement ensures t...
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Man sought in robbery of CVS pharmacy
The CVS Pharmacy at 3360S. McCarran Blvd. was robbed on Tuesday and police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect.
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