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Reward in shooting at Center and Stewart streets
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with a Saturday shooting in the area of Center and Stewart streets. At about 3:40 a.m., a woman and man were walking north on Center Street in the crosswalk when an eastbound vehicle on Stewart Street approached them at high speed, nearly striking them. A verbal confrontation ensued between the pedestrian...
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Pedestrian laws enforcement campaign
The Sparks Police Department will be joining other local agencies in an enforcement event over the next week targeting pedestrians who fail to cross the streets properly and for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.
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Reward offered in shooting
Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the shooting in the area of South Center and Stewart streets in Reno.
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Wanted Michigan sex offender located in Reno
On Wednesday, detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit apprehended a Tier III sex offender from Michigan, James Edward Gibson.
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Reno police need help to find missing woman
The Reno Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a Sofia Perez (aka Sofia Martinez), who was last seen at the Sak N Save at 1901 Silverada Blvd. on April 24 at about 2 p.m.
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Sex offender notice for Sparks
SPARKS — The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the public abut a Tier III (high-risk) sex offender. James Darrin Brent, 47, has been assessed as a Tier III offender by the Nevada Sex Offender Registry. He has notified the Sparks Police Department that he will be living in the 1500 block of H Street in Sparks and is not currently employed. Brent is in compliance with all sex offender laws, and is not wanted by law enf...
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Charges added to sex offender for burglary, assault try
RENO — Additional charges have been filed against a convicted sex offender already in custody for an assault against an elderly woman. Richard Sharks, 54, is charged with home invasion, sexual assault, battery to commit sexual assault and crimes against the elderly stemming from an April 13 incident. Sharks is suspected of forcing his way into the home of an elderly woman in the 700 block of Belli Drive. Police responded to the area on reports...
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Reward in robbery at KFC
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with armed robbery of the Kentucky Fried Chicken store 5175 Mae Anne Blvd. in Reno on Friday night. Police are looking for three Hispanic men believed to be responsible for the robbery. At 10:17 p.m., Reno officers responded to the restaurant, where they learned that an employee was taking the garbage out...
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3 rob Kentucky Fried Chicken on Mae Anne
RENO — Police are looking for three Hispanic men believed to be responsible for an armed robbery of the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 5175 Mae Anne Ave. on Friday night. At 10:17 p.m., Reno police officers responded to the restaurant, where they learned that an employee was taking the garbage out in the back when one suspect entered the business through the open door and another two suspects stood outside as lookouts. The suspect went inside the s...
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AG offers training for victim notification service
LAS VEGAS — In observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office of the Nevada Attorney General conducted two trainings for community members with over 70 total attendees who learned about the Nevada Victim Information Notification Service (VINE).  VINE is a free automated service allows crime victims to anonymously obtain information about the custody status of offenders in county jails via phone or email. Attendees, who participated ...
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Officials ID Calif. couple in fatal Lovelock crash
LOVELOCK — Officials have identified a 73-year-old California driver with life-threatening injuries and his 66-year-old wife, who died after a rollover accident outside of rural Lovelock, Nev. The Nevada Highway Patrol says Viktor P. Kovalev of Sacramento had been veering to the side of Interstate 80 when he overcorrected and rolled his Honda Civic at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. His wife, Rita N. Kovalev, died at the scene of the crash in Churc...
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Deadly crash near Lovelock kills passenger
LOVELOCK — An elderly California man was fatally injured and his wife was killed while driving his Honda Civic eastbound on I-80 at 1:45 p.m. near Lovlock Wednesday. Nevada Highway Patrol was called to a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-80, about 15 miles outside of Lovelock, in Churchill County Wednesday afternoon. When troopers arrived on scene, they found the driver, a 73-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., who had been driving a gre...
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Agencies to round up prescription drugs Saturday
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, agencies will give the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
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Suspect arrested in series of robberies
Daniel Marvin Morse, 36, has been charged for a series of armed robberies and attempted robbery on local stores.
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Prolific child sex offender sentenced
RENO — A 49-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole for numerous acts of lewdness with minors. Craig Allen Hoffman, who had been the target of the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program, was sentenced by Judge Jerry Polaha. Hoffman, who was convicted by a jury earlier in the year of committing four counts of lewdness with a minor under 14, was also sentenced as a habitual criminal. Hoffman has 21 arrests and 11 prior felony ...
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CAAW to honor state AG Masto
RENO — The Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW) will honor Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto today during the 30th annual Hannah Humanitarian Award Luncheon honoring individuals committed to ending domestic violence in our community. CAAW supporters, representatives from AT&T, NV Energy, the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association and many more local businesses will come together at 11:30 a.m. at the Atlantis Casino Re...
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Two break in to PJ’s Liquor
SPARKS — Police are investigating a break-in at PJ’s Liquor that occurred early Monday morning. At about 4:30 a.m., the Sparks Police Department received and call of an activated burglar alarm at the liquor store located at 1293 Baring Blvd.  When officers arrived on scene they found several windows to the business had been broken. A further search indicated someone had entered and emptied the cash registers. Video surveillance showed two indi...
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Prescription drug round-up on Saturday
Local and federal agencies will partner to sponsor a prescription drug round-up event for Washoe County on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
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Three arrested after indoor marijuana growing bust
Detectives with the Regional Street Enforcement Team and Northern Nevada Interdiction Task Force found a large marijuana growing operation Wednesday in the basement of a house at 400 Glenmanor Dr.
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Courts go live with new system
Reno — With the introduction of a new case management system, called the “Odyssey System”, the Reno and Sparks Justice Courts now offer a variety of online services for the convenience of Washoe County residents. The system, which underwent a rigorous and detailed process of selection, implementation and data conversion, was rolled out in early March. The system is a robust application that will enable the courts to introduce electronic filing...
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