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Police arrest man for obstructing investigation
SPARKS — A man has been arrested after police found his truck stuck between a concrete barrier and railroad spur line over Interstate 80 early Tuesday morning. At 6:12 a.m., officers responded to a report about the suspicious vehicle and found three people trying to pull the truck off the side hill between the concrete barrier wall and the spur line. After a lengthy investigation, officers later arrested one of the subjects, David Coyne, 40, o...
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The first step to fighting a fire is reporting a fire
RENO — As emergency calls increase to Reno’s Emergency Communications (Reno ECOMM) regarding wildland fires, dispatchers recommend six easy steps to report the fire. 1. Call 9-1-1 2. Advise where the fire is located. If there is no address, identify a landmark. Name cross streets close to the fire. Explain the type of terrain: for example, side of a hill, in a ravine, open area or in a forest. Be as detailed as possible on the location 3. Give...
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Police seek person who fired gun near restaurant
RENO — At 4:23 a.m. Sunday, Reno police officers responded to La Michoacana restaurant at 4950 S. Virginia St. on a report of shots fired in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers learned that there was a dispute between two women outside the restaurant. Then, a man reportedly fired seven shots into the air from a light green Ford Expedition with Nevada plates. There were no injuries as a result of the shooting. The suspect is still outstandi...
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Fugitive sex offender arrested by feds
SPARKS — The United States Marshals Service (USMS) has arrested James Vincent Banks, a fugitive wanted by Nevada Parole and Probation for sex offender violation of lifetime supervision and failure to register as a sex offender. The investigation to locate Banks led marshals to Sparks, where they believed he was hiding out. Banks was apprehended Thursday by the USMS Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (FIST) task force and officers from the Neva...
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Man arrested for trying to assault woman in a park
RENO — At about 11:25 p.m. Saturday, Reno police officers responded to Whittaker Park, located at 550 University Terrace, regarding a woman in the park screaming that someone was trying to kill her. The woman told investigators she was held down and attacked by a man who threatened her and tried to hit her in the head with a screwdriver while telling her to perform sexual acts on him. The woman started screaming and the suspect fled to his veh...
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Man robs Reno Wireless store
RENO — Officers responded to a reported armed robbery at Reno Wireless, 2875 Northtowne Lane, at 10:10 p.m. Saturday. Officers learned a white man entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerks and demanded money. The suspect fled the store heading south with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officers searched the area but could not find the suspect. The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s. between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inc...
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Suspect sought in shooting
SPARKS — At about 8:07 p.m. on Thursday, Sparks police officers responded to the area of 6th and C street, on a report of shots fired.  Witnesses on scene reported to officers that there had been a fight involving a number of subjects in the area. During the fight one of the subjects reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds before fleeing the area eastbound.  The victim reportedly transported himself to the hospital and had a ...
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Bank robbery suspect still on loose
SPARKS — At 10:58 a.m. on Aug. 8, the Sparks Police Department responded to a report of a bank robbery at Bank of America at 2895 N. McCarran Blvd.  Patrol officers, detectives and the FBI responded to the robbery but were unable to locate the suspect.  The investigation revealed that the suspect approached a teller and passed her a note. The note stated he had a gun and that he demanded money. The teller complied with the suspects’ request an...
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Sheriff crews to clean up illegal dump sites
RENO — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) community service crews will clean up three illegal dumps sites next week thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Truckee River Fund. Through this grant the sheriff’s office was able to rent dumpsters to properly clean dump sites located in Lemmon Valley, Golden Valley and open space area just north of the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Pyramid Way. “Even when ill...
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Man arrested for sexual assault of child
RENO — A Sparks man has been arrested after a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) investigation into the possible sexual assault of two females, both under the age of 14. The victims reported the lewd acts occurred approximately two years ago. The investigation led to the possible suspect, Francisco Sagrero, a 32-year-old Sparks resident. Sagrero was identified, located and interviewed by the Crimes against Children Unit. Detectives conclude...
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Arrest made in sexual assault
Martin Ramsey, 22, has been arrested on one count of sexual assault of a minor.
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Man arrested for slashing, strangling woman
RENO — Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Reno man early Sunday morning for attacking a woman with a knife and trying to strangle her. Karl Early, 48, has been charged with domestic battery, battery with a deadly weapon, domestic battery with strangulation and interruption of an emergency call. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 17000 block of Gingko Court, where deputies found an adult woman w...
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Man, woman arrested for burglary string
SPARKS — Two people have been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in the area. Sparks police and Washoe County sheriff’s detectives were conducting surveillance in parks and parking areas in response to the burglaries, in which the suspects broke windows and stole purses and then used the victims’ credit cards immediately following the thefts. Using surveillance video from a local store, the sheriff’s detectives prelimin...
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Reward in bank robbery case
US Bank was robbed on Thursday morning
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Burglary suspects in custody
SPARKS — In a collaborative effort, the Sparks Police Department Crime Suppression Unit, Washoe County Sheriff’s Detectives and All Threats All Crimes Task Force were conducting surveillance in parks and parking areas in their respective jurisdictions in response to a string of vehicle burglaries occurring throughout the Truckee Meadows. The suspects broke windows and stole purses, and then used the victims’ credit cards at various locations i...
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Man sentenced in mortgage scam case
LAS VEGAS — The Office of the Nevada Attorney General announced today that a local man was sentenced to prison in connection with a mortgage scam involving Nevada homeowners.   Judge Linda Bell sentenced Joseph Lawrence Yorkus, 50, to a maximum of 102 months with a minimum of 24 months in the Nevada State Prison and ordered him to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $346,155.15 for schemes relating to mortgage fraud, mortgage rescu...
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Suspects in CL robbery arrested
RENO — On Thursday, a Carson City man replied to an ad on Craigslist that claimed to be selling an i-Pad. While meeting with two men in Reno, he became suspicious and left. The next day, he discovered that these two men may have been involved in robberies and filed a police report.  On Friday, he saw a similar ad on Craigslist. He called the number listed in the ad, and discovered that it was in fact the same two men from the previous night. H...
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Police search for bank robber
RENO — At about 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 4, a suspect entered the U.S Bank at 13949 S. Virginia St. in Reno armed with a pistol and wearing a painter’s/dust mask. The suspect approached the bank tellers and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank and at this time is still outstanding. Detectives and FBI agents are reviewing video from many surrounding businesses in the area. The suspect is described a...
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Repeat offender arrested
RENO — A man with nine prior felony convictions was arrested after being caught shoplifting on Wednesday. Detectives assigned to the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) were notified by Sparks police officers that ROP target Craig Skursha had been caught shoplifting at a K-Mart located in Sparks. Skursha was issued a routine citation and then released from the store. ROP detectives followed Skursha as he made his way to a nearby Lowe...
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Sexual assault suspect arrested after three years
RENO — A man has been arrested for sexual assault on a minor after being sought by police for three years. Gene Bradley, 45, was employed as the maintenance man at the Flamingo Motel, 520 N. Virginia St., when he befriended the alleged 6-year-old victim and her mother in August 2008. Over the next two months, according to police, Bradley sexually assaulted the victim on several occasions. The victim and her mother moved out of the state in Oct...
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