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Burglary suspect caught on video
RENO — On Thursday at about 4:30 a.m., a man was captured on surveillance video breaking into a local business and stealing undisclosed items. The suspect depicted in the surveillance photos broke the front glass door of Peerless Cleaners, 1075 North Hills Blvd., and was then seen walking through the business picking up items. The suspect fled the store prior to police arrival. It is unknown at this time what exactly was taken, as the investig...
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Man arrested for firing gun in the air at park
RENO — A man was arrested for allegedly firing a gun into the air at a park early Monday morning. Melvin Sandoval, 20, was arrested after police were dispatched to Yori Park in Reno at about 6:15 a.m. Officers responded to a call in which they found Sandoval drunk and in possession of a firearm. No one appears to have been hit by the shots.
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Conflicting reports on battery
A fight broke out Saturday between two men in the area of Hubbard Way and South Virginia Street in Reno, leaving one man is in critical condition.
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Fernley man dies in motorcycle accident on I-80
FERNLEY — Russell Morton, 55, of Fernley was traveling west in the left travel lane on Interstate 80 Thursday evening when, for unknown reasons, his red 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle left the lane and struck a section of guardrail next to the edge of the roadway near the Orchard Interchange. Morton was ejected from the bike, and he sustained fatal injuries. Morton was pronounced dead at the scene when Nevada Highway Patrol troopers arrived a...
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14 more plead guilty in Vegas-area HOA fraud case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prosecutor told a federal judge in Las Vegas that more indictments may come after 14 defendants pleaded guilty in a sweeping federal investigation of southern Nevada homeowner associations steering business to favored attorneys and businesses. The assembly line-style proceedings Thursday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas brought to 25 the number of people who have pleaded guilty since last year in an ongoing HOA fraud and ...
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Sheriff kicks off ‘Knock and Lock’ campaign
RENO —Washoe County Sheriff’s Office volunteers will walk the Virginia Foothills area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  today as part of a community-wide “Knock and Lock” campaign to encourage citizens to keep their homes and vehicles locked.  Volunteers will also provide seasonal safety information to residents and their families.   “Information is power” Sheriff Mike Haley said. “Empowering the public is what public safety is all about.” About 40 Sheri...
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Sparks High reopened following temporary police lockdown
SPARKS — Sparks HIgh School was locked down from 9:30 to 11:06 a.m. Friday as Sparks police searched a nearby apartment building for a wanted suspect thought to be armed and dangerous, according to dispatchers. Police officers locked the school and would not allow anyone to leave the campus as they searched the building. The suspect had a warrant out for his arrest and police were tipped off that he was nearby the high school, but after checki...
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Sparks house fire deemed accidental
SPARKS — Sparks fire crews quickly snuffed out a fire at the 2000 block of La Hacienda Drive at about 1 p.m. Wednesday after residents told them that soldering work being done in the garage started the flames. The first arriving firefighters found smoke pouring out of the eaves of the two-story house. The crews found a hole in the garage sheetrock with exposed plumbing. Sparks Fire Department reported the soldering ignited the insulation and p...
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Reno woman gets up to 12 years in prison for fraud
RENO (AP) — A Reno woman authorities say operated a financial forgery lab has been ordered to serve from three years up to 12 years in prison. Thirty-year-old Jessica Robertson was sentenced Thursday by Washoe District Judge Jerry Polaha. Polaha also sentenced her to up to six years for burglary and five years for identity theft. The sentences are to run concurrently. Robertson pleaded guilty to the crimes. She was arrested in February during ...
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Vegas woman killed by car while helping dog ID’d
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 57-year-old woman who was helping a dog struck in a Las Vegas roadway is dead after being hit by a vehicle. Authorities say Valerie Marie Roberts had stopped her PT Cruiser and put on the hazard lights about 10 p.m. Wednesday while helping another person aid a dog on Boulder Highway north of Sun Valley Drive. Las Vegas police say the driver of an approaching car swerved to avoid hitting the stopped car but instead hit the wo...
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Vegas softball coach accused of sex with student
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County District police have arrested a 43-year-old varsity high school softball coach amid accusations he had a sexual relationship with one of the students on his team. Albert S. Hernandez was arrested off-campus on Thursday. He’s being held in the Clark County jail on suspicion of two counts of sexual misconduct with a student, three counts of producing child pornography, and one count of distributing child pornography...
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Boxer Mayweather due to begin Vegas jail sentence
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is about begin a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas in a domestic violence case. The undefeated boxer’s legal and ring advisers weren’t immediately commenting Thursday about Mayweather’s scheduled Friday morning surrender in court. The case stems from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on the mother of three of his children in September 2010. Mayweather pleaded guilty last December to reduced ch...
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Mistrial declared in Sparks toddler death case
A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors deliberating charges against a man charged in the death of a Sparks toddler said they are deadlocked on a verdict.
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Two businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors
Two businesses were cited for selling alcohol to a minor during a police sting operation Monday.
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Nevada AG urges change to for-profit school funding
CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and 21 of her colleagues from other states sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Tuesday urging them to close a loophole in the Higher Education Act that they say is harming American veterans and their families. The attorneys general are asking Congress to require that GI Bill and Veteran’s Assistance educational benefits be subject to the 90/10 rule, which prohibits for-profit c...
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One arrested in commercial burglary string
RENO — A 24-year-old man from Reno has been charged with three counts of commercial burglary and three counts of grand larceny in connection with a recent rash of commercial burglaries in Reno and Sparks. Prince Monaco was taken into custody on May 22 by law enforcement who were called to a business alarm at the AT&T store at 10190 N. McCarran Blvd. Officers responded and found Monaco walking from the area, and eventually getting into a vehicl...
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Reward offered in robbery of pizza restaurant
Hispanic man takes money from Little Caesar's on Friday
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Man hurt in motorcycle accident on I-580 north of Glendale
Rider suffered non-life-threatening injuries when Harley drifts into center divider
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Federal judge sentences robber to 237 years
A federal judge in Las Vegas sentenced a 28-year-old man to 237 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty last November of heading a three-day spree of nine armed robberies in August 2010.
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Fate of killer dog discussed with Nevada judge
The fate of a 120-pound dog that killed a toddler at home in Henderson was being discussed Friday at a meeting involving a Nevada judge, city attorneys and lawyers for a New York-based animal rescue group that wants to send the animal to a sanctuary outside Denver.
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