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Registered tier III sex offender arrested
Friday detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit and marshals with the United States Marshal Service located and arrested a registered tier III sex offender who failed to notify local law enforcement of his whereabouts.
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Washoe County rolls out new response vehicle
Reno — U.S. Senator Harry Reid will join Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley for the rollout of the communities new Critical Incident Response Vehicle, the first of its kind in Nevada, at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Reno.  The Critical Incident Response Vehicle is designed to transport vital communications equipment along with intelligence gathering staff from the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center to ...
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Sparks plans ‘Take 25’ event at Legends today
SPARKS — Sparks Police Department will hold a “Take 25” event today at the Outlets at Legends at Sparks Marina between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in observance of May 25th’s National Missing Children’s Day, proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The event, held at the outdoor shopping center off Sparks Boulevard and Interstate 80, is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The purpose is to heighten the public’s aw...
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‘Click it’ or get ticket in Humboldt County
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit will be “Joining Forces” in Humboldt County with the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Northern Command, Winnemucca Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office beginning today through Sunday.  The enforcement is part of an ongoing nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt awareness and enforcement campaign, which runs from May 21 - June 3, 2012. During the three-day event, state troopers, sh...
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Nevada AG, Washoe Co. sheriff launch VINE campaign
RENO — The Nevada Attorney General’s Office in collaboration with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is launching a media campaign this week promoting Nevada VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday), a nationwide service that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. VINE was created in 1994 following the murder of Mary Byron in Louisville, Ky....
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Sparks police seek vehicle that hit pedestrian
SPARKS — Police are asking the public for help identifying and locating the driver of a vehicle that hit a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk at Prater Way and McCarran Boulevard at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The pedestrian, who had to be hospitalized for non-serious injuries, was walking on the south side of the street. Any witnesses to the accident are asked to call Sgt. Walsh at 353-2241 ext. 503.
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2 airlifted after high-speed rollover near Fernley
FERNLEY (AP) — Nevada Highway Patrol officials say a Silver Springs man was driving a van at a very high speed before rolling it on a two-lane highway south of Fernley. Trooper Chuck Allen says 43-year-old driver David B. Spencer and his 44-year-old passenger Samantha K. Ton of Silver Springs were airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with serious injuries after the crash about 11 a.m. Monday. Troopers say Spencer failed to negot...
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SWAT team responds to suicidal man
RENO — A SWAT team was called out Friday afternoon to rescue a suicidal man who was threatening to cut his own throat. At 2:15 p.m., officers of the Reno Police Department were dispatched to 4180 Rewana Way on a report of a suicidal man armed with a knife. Officers met with the man’s wife outside the house.  She told authorities her husband was alone in the residence and had access to multiple firearms.  Police negotiators called the man and h...
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Decommissioning ceremony for Nevada State Prison
CARSON CITY (AP) — The last inmates left months ago, and now the 150-year-old Nevada State Prison is being officially taken out of service. A decommissioning ceremony will be held Friday on the prison grounds in Carson City. Parts of NSP predate Nevada’s statehood. It was established in 1862 and was in continuous operation for 150 years until the last inmates were moved out in January. The prison also houses Nevada’s execution chamber, though ...
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Woman gets prison in birthday boyfriend killing
RENO — A 52-year-old northern Nevada woman has been sentenced to four to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her boyfriend hours after the couple celebrated her birthday. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/JWPXx) Cynthia Ann Bucher of Sun Valley was sentenced Thursday in the death of 46-year-old Danny Ray Grossen. She’d pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the case. Authorities say the couple had gone out to a birth...
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Crews responding to Boulder City small plane crash
BOULDER CITY (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to a single-engine aircraft that went down in a desert area near the Boulder City Municipal Airport. Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn says rescuers are using four-wheel drive vehicles to get to the wreckage after the small jet crashed after 12:30 p.m. Friday. Finn says the crash site is in the middle of the desert and says nobody on the ground has been injured. Police dispatchers say it’s no...
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Sparks Police seek woman suspect following car jacking
Sparks Police detectives, in an ongoing investigation of a felony case of eluding police and possession of a stolen vehicle that happened May 9, are attempting to locate a female suspected of being a passenger in the vehicle pursuit. The case involved suspects Jeramie Carlsson and Michael Mulkey, who were arrested shortly after the incident. The two suspects remain in custody at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges stemming from ...
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Reward offered in Citi Mart burglary
Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in a rash of recent commercial burglaries in Sparks. Anyone with information about the suspect caught on surveillance tape following the burglary of Citi Mart Convenience Story at 91 Prater Way May 14 at 2 a.m. is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231, or Secret Witness at 775-353-2450.
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Reno man dies 5 months after being beaten
RENO — Reno police say a man who was found beaten in the street five months ago has died of his injuries. Police say 47-year-old Felix Balderas died Wednesday. Balderas was found on East Grove Street on Dec. 17. Police say his injuries were initially thought to be minor, but his condition deteriorated over the following weeks and he was placed on life support Jan. 13. Two suspects, 45-year-old Nancy Leeann Williams and 25-year-old Joshua Willi...
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California men charged with prostitution in Reno
RENO — Two brothers from Fresno, Calif., are charged with pandering women for prostitution in Reno. Reno police say 23-year-old Joe Goldsmith and 22-year-old Maurice Goldsmith were arrested Wednesday after the Regional Street Enforcement Team received information that two young women had been brought to Reno for prostitution. Authorities say the women, ages 21 and 23, had met the brothers in Fresno. The Goldsmiths allegedly took the women to s...
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Woman killed in single-vehicle accident
A 31-year-old woman from Reno died Tuesday evening in a rollover crash on Sky Vista Parkway.
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Police seek violent fugitive
A man wanted on a felony warrant is still being sought by police after the SWAT team was called out Monday to look for him.
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State settles for $45M with Skechers for deceptive ads
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Wednesday a coordinated filing with the Federal Trade Commission, 44 states and the District of Columbia as part of a national settlement with shoe manufacturer Skechers.
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17 cited for selling alcohol to minors
RENO — On May 11 and May 14, the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted underage alcohol sales compliance checks throughout the Reno area. Underage decoys were sent in to businesses in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. A total of 59 businesses were checked. Out of these 59, 17 failed. The following businesses failed the compliance check: • The Whiskey Bar - 100 North Arlington Ave. • The West St. Wine Bar - 148 West St. • T...
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Cops & Burgers to benefit Special Olympics
RENO — The fifth annual Cops & Burgers event benefiting Special Olympics Nevada is taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort parking lot. Law enforcement personnel from many northern Nevada agencies and officers from the California Highway Patrol will be volunteering their time cooking burgers and serving each with a bag of chips and a soda for $5. All of the proceeds go directly to support the athletes in the vario...
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