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Deadline extended for library trustee applicants
RENO — Washoe County Library System announced that the deadline to apply for a position on the Library Board of Trustees has been extended to Monday. The library board of trustees appoints the library director and evaluates his or her performance, helps set library goals and objectives, approves policies, monitors the library’s finances, evaluates the library’s overall effectiveness and advocates for the library in the community. Trustees are ...
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River rescue is a success
RENO — On Wednesday at about 1 p.m., Reno police officers were dispatched to the area of First and Sierra streets for two subjects floating down the river screaming for help. Reno Police Officer Schimmel was the first officer on scene and observed the subjects floating in the area of First and Lake streets. Both subjects grabbed onto a large tree limb. As they began slipping back into the river, Schimmel used the tree limb and climbed into the...
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Detectives investigate death of child
SPARKS — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division is currently investigating a homicide of a 2-year-old female, which occurred in the 6600 block of Dorchester Drive in Spanish Springs on Sunday. Washoe County Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dorchester Drive on a report of an unresponsive child. Upon arrival, deputies observed paramedics treating the child. The child was subsequently transported by REMSA to the R...
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Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping, car theft
SPARKS — On Thursday at about 9 p.m., Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a female that had entered an apartment, taken a minor child and tried to leave. The parents and family of the child chased the suspect, Michelle Martin, 23, and retrieved the child. Martin fled prior to police arrival. A short time later, Martin returned to the same apartment complex and again tried to abduct another child from a different apartment. Th...
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Bicyclist in accident last week has died
RENO — The Nevada Highway Patrol was notified Thursday morning that 16-year-old Kody L. Wilson died at Renown Regional Medical Center at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday from the injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident last week. Troopers from Major Accident Investigation Team are still investigating the accident that occurred at 1:30 p.m. on June 28 on U.S. 395 near Industrial Way in Douglas County. Witnesses that day said Kody was riding his blue bicyc...
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Three juveniles hoisted from Pyramid Lake
SUTCLIFFE — Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel and the RAVEN helicopter responded to the area near the Sutcliffe Marina at Pyramid Lake for a water rescue of three juveniles who had been pushed toward the center of the lake. While battling high winds and four-foot swells, RAVEN operators located the three juveniles inside a partially inflated raft about a quarter mile off the western shore. ...
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Several hurt in single-vehicle rollover
FALLON — Several people were ejected and one person critically hurt when their vehicle flipped over about 33 miles east of Fallon on U.S Highway 50 at 2:19 a.m. Thursday. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a silver 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was traveling west on the two-lane highway where the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour. For reasons still being investigated, the driver, 42-year-old Lynn V. Haas of Hurricane, Utah, allowed his...
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Man turns self in for attempted murder charge
RENO — A suspect wanted in connection with a domestic disturbance has turned himself in to police. On Monday at 8:47 p.m., Reno police officers responded to a violent domestic disturbance in the area of the 400 block of Linden Street. Upon arrival, a 46-year-old woman was found suffering from numerous stab wounds and the suspect was gone. The investigation revealed that the victim was estranged from her husband and the two had recently moved t...
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Reno police investigate possible serial robberies
RENO — The Reno Police Department is investigating a series of robberies that appear to involve the same suspect. They are as follows: • Moana Market, 1295 E. Moana Lane #A, at 9:55 p.m. on June 18 • 7-Eleven, 1401 E. Peckham Lane, at 1:34 a.m. on July 1 • 7-Eleven, 211 E. Grove St. in Reno, on Sunday at 2:29 a.m. • Jack in the Box, 5095 S. McCarran Blvd., at 1:27 a.m. Monday • Shop-n-Go, 641 E. Moana Lane, at 2:32 a.m. on Tuesday Although the...
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Missing hiker in Hunter Creek area found OK
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office RAVEN Helicopter on Wednesday located a hiker who was reported missing after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Search and rescue personnel responded to the area of the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead early Wednesday morning and began searching the surrounding areas. At about 8:20 a.m., the RAVEN crew located the missing person and transported him to the sheriff’s office command post without incident. The success of this ...
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Structure fire on Verano Drive
SPARKS — At 11:52 p.m. Monday, Sparks firefighters responded to a reported structure fire on the 1800 block of Verano Drive. The first fire companies on scene found a bedroom in the one-story home fully involved in fire. All occupants were outside the home but two pet dogs were missing. An adult female occupant suffered minor smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital. One pet died in the fire, and one was located and removed by fire crews...
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Targeted enforcement planned
RENO — In response to recent incidents of violence in the downtown area, the Reno Police Department will increase its uniform, specialty and undercover enforcement for the next few weeks. During this operational time, the multi-faceted approach will focus on targeted and aggressive enforcement of behaviors that contribute to violence. Officers in uniform will provide high visibility patrols while motor and traffic officers will focus on traffi...
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Cell phone law goes into effect in Oct.
RENO — Senate Bill 140, which was passed this year during the 2011 legislative session and signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 17, goes into effect Oct. 1. This new law prohibits the use of a cellular phone or other handheld wireless communications device while operating a motor vehicle in certain circumstances.  This is a primary law, which means officers do not need to observe a separate violation before initiating a traffic enforcement st...
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Head-on car collision at Sparks Blvd.
SPARKS — On July 2 at about 3 a.m., Sparks Police responded to a head-on collision in the area of Sparks Blvd. and O’Callaghan.  Upon arrival, officers noticed that the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo driven by William Meyerhoff, a Calif. resident, had been traveling the wrong way (south bound in the north bound lanes) of Sparks Blvd.  The victim vehicle, a 1994 Jeep Wrangler driven by George Benda of Sparks, was struck head-on by the Rode...
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Man arrested for involuntary manslaughter
SPARKS — On Thursday morning, Sparks Police located a subject that was being sought for questioning in relation to a homicide. Reno Police Department detectives were contacted and the subject, Larry Luckett, 34, agreed to meet with investigators.  Upon completion of the interview, Luckett was arrested for one count of involuntary manslaughter in relation to an incident that occurred on May 19.  On May 19, at about 11:30 p.m., RPD officers were...
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Reward in murder, attempted murder on Caballo Street
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the homicide and attempted homicide of two men in the area of 2772 Caballo St. At 12:40 a.m. Sunday, police officers responded to the area on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Officers located two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to Renown Medical Center where one was...
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$1,000 reward offered in convenience store robbery
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with robbery of the 7-Eleven store located at 1401 E. Peckham Lane. At 1:34 a.m. Friday, the suspect entered the store, told the clerk he had a firearm and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male adult, approximately 5 feet, 9 in...
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Reward offered in attempted armed robbery/carjacking
SPARKS — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted armed robbery and carjacking in the area of West Calle de la Plata and Kinglet Drive. At about 10 a.m. on June 21, a 19-year-old man was driving in the above area when the suspect came off the sidewalk and walked in front of his vehicle. The victim slowed to avoid hitting the suspect when...
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Arrest made in shooting at Wurk Bar, one suspect sought
RENO — On Wednesday at about 3:30 a.m., a fight erupted after employees of the Wurk Bar, located at 214 W. Commercial Row, Reno, asked two customers to leave the bar. The fight ended with only minor injuries and the two customers left. However, the customers returned about 45 minutes later, with a third individual to re-engage and challenge the victims.  A second fight erupted resulting in one suspect stabbing two bar patrons.  One of the firs...
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Man missing in Truckee River
RENO — On Wednesday at about 5 p.m., authorities responded to the 700 block of Kuenzli Street, along the Truckee River, on a report of a man in the water. Authorities have been unable to find the man, believed to be Stewart Demarce, also known as “Bear,” born in 1979, and described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 270 to 290 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing black shirt, tan pants. Anyone who sees Demarce is asked to contact the...
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