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Public advisory: Strong-armed robbery series
 RENO — In the last five weeks the Reno Police Department has responded to an increased number of strong-armed robberies, primarily in the northeast part of town.  There have been nine reported robberies during this period with similar suspect descriptions. In each of the cases the male victim was walking alone, usually at night, when the suspects confronted him. The suspects knock the victim to the ground and continue to beat him while removi...
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Man arrested for fatal DUI accident in May
SPARKS — A man has been arrested for DUI in connection with a fatal rollover accident that occurred May 2. Thomas Burns Branom lll was booked on Sept. 20 for DUI causing death, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license in connection with an accident that occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. in the area of Baring Boulevard and Round Mountain Drive. The driver of the 2001 Toyota SUV, Branom, was not wearing a seat bel...
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Structure fire on Rock Blvd. stops traffic
SPARKS — At 6:27 a.m. Tuesday, Sparks firefighters responded to a report of a possible structure fire in the area of the 1100 block of Rock Boulevard. This first fire company found heavy smoke in the area, and a single-story residential structure on fire. The home was vacant and the windows and doors had been boarded over. The fire was on the inside in the back of the structure and had vented to the outside. The fire was brought under control ...
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NHP: Watch for horses on State Route 341
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Highway Patrol is cautioning motorists who travel on State Route 341, or Geiger Grade, about the increased presence of wild horses that have been gathering near or crossing the section of highway between the roundabout at Veterans Parkway and Virginia City. Additionally, two horses, to include a young colt and an adult horse, have been struck and killed in two separate accidents over the past week. Our Department of Pu...
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Sheriff’s office to provide daily cyber safety tips on Twitt...
RENO — Keeping people safe online is the goal of National Cybersecurity Month in October and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office wants to help by providing daily cyber safety tips on Twitter. The series of 31 tips covers topics ranging from identification theft to cyberbullying. Residents can have the information sent directly to their Twitter feed by following “WashoeSheriff” on Twitter. Daily tips will also be distributed directly to members ...
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84 crashes, 23 arrests for NHP during Street Vibrations
RENO — Between Wednesday morning and Sunday evening, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers investigated 84 crashes in the greater northern Nevada area. Of those, 49 involved property damage only while the other 35 had some type of injuries reported. There were no fatalities reported to NHP. Additionally, 23 motorists were arrested during the five-day event. Sixteen motorists were arrested for DUI and the other seven were related to warrants, misdemea...
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Father, son hunters found
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has found father and son hunters who had been missing since Sunday. The two reportedly had car problems and were unable to come home, so they were stranded. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Air Squadron, Special Vehicle Unit, HASTY Team, and Search and Rescue volunteers coordinated a multi-county search operation. The operation was deemed successful when the father and son were safely located in the area of...
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Driver killed in motorcycle crash identified
RENO — The person killed in a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning has been identified at 48-year-old Reno resident Frederick Dulay. Just before 1 a.m., police and REMSA responded to the area of North Hills Boulevard and Buck Drive on a report of a motorcycle down with injuries. Upon arrival emergency personnel found a motorcycle and single male rider off the road lying in some bushes. Attempts at reviving the rider were unsuccessful and he...
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Reward offered in Food Mart robbery case
SPARKS — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of the Food Mart convenience store at 1600 Victorian Ave. At about 10 p.m. Sunday, the suspect, armed with a knife, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect is described as a white male in his ear...
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Reward offered in strong-arm robbery
Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the suspects wanted in connection with the strong-arm robbery of a male victim in the area of the 300 block of West Street in Reno.
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Mother arrested for child abuse
RENO — On Sept. 22, at about 10 a.m., Reno police officers were sent to a local school on a report of a domestic violence/child abuse situation occurring at home. Officers learned that a 14-year-old victim reported to school counselors that her mother had beaten her with an extension cord two days prior for returning home late. The victim sustained visible injuries. When officers attempted to meet with the suspect, the suspect misdirected them...
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Prostitution operation targets Johns
 RENO — On Sept. 21, the Regional Street Enforcement Team along with the Reno Police Department’s Crime Suppression Team conducted a prostitution operation in the downtown Reno area. This particular operation focused on prostitution customers (Johns). The following men were issued misdemeanor citations for solicitation for the purpose of prostitution: Huynh, Cordell; Clark, Tyrone; Garibay, Enrique; Mora, Javier;  and Vasquez-Estrada, Robin. D...
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Two arrested for robbery, assault, shooting
 RENO — Officers of the Regional Gang Unit concluded an investigation related to an armed robbery case that took place Sept. 17 in the 4500 block of Mira Loma Drive. Three suspects, all armed with handguns, confronted what they believed were rival gang members and robbed the victim of some of his clothing.  The shooting case occurred on Sept. 18 in the 4600 block of Mira Loma Drive. Four to five suspects were involved in this case and again mi...
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Arrest in violent domestic violence situation
 RENO — On Sept. 22, at about 9 a.m., Reno police officers responded to an apartment in the 3400 block of Kindred Avenue on a report of a male subject chasing a female with a fork and the female yelling for help. From the investigation, officers learned that the male suspect, an adult son of the female victim, was involved in two separate domestic altercations. The first incident occurred the night before, where the male battered his mother by...
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Man attacked on West Street
RENO — On Sept. 22, at about 6 p.m., a victim was walking in the 300 block of West Street when he was attacked and battered by two suspects. The suspects took several items from the victim and fled on foot eastbound through an alleyway. The victim was treated at Renown Regional Medical Center for his injuries. The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 25 years of age, with a heavy build, 5 feet 7 inches tall, short/shaved hair, ...
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Man stabbed on Silverada Blvd.
RENO — At about 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, officers of the Reno Police Department responded to 1810 Silverada Blvd. on the report of a stabbing. The investigation revealed that the victim was walking through the parking lot when an unknown male approached him. The victim was then stabbed in the upper stomach. he victim walked to the nearby McDonalds, where employees noticed that the victim was bleeding. They immediately called 911. The victim had...
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Man arrested for lewdness with child
SPARKS — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Crimes against Children’s Unit Detectives Division recently arrested a Sparks man for the alleged sexual assault of a female under the age of 14. The female victim reported that the lewd acts occurred prior to and on Sept. 13 at an undisclosed location in Spanish Springs. An investigation led to the possible suspect, Phelan Monge, 33, of Sparks. Monge was subsequently identified, located and intervie...
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Prescription drug round-ups planned for Oct.
SPARKS — On Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, officers of the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a prescription drug round-up at various locations throughout Washoe County. During this event, citizens can drop off expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, which will be safely destroyed. This will be the area’s fifth such event. To date, the round-ups have collected more than 2...
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Tip leads to marijuana bust
SUN VALLEY — On Sept. 17, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous Secret Witness tip reporting people in the 5400 block of Slope Drive in Sun Valley were growing large amounts of marijuana plants on their property. Deputies responded to the residence and in their initial approach acknowledged a strong, distinct odor of marijuana coming from the property. In plain view, deputies also observed a large marijuana plant growing nea...
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Multiple vehicle burglaries and gas siphoning incidents
 RENO — At about 8 a.m. on Sept. 19, the Reno Police Department responded to multiple residences on Kona Court, Greensboro Drive, Castlewood Court and Augusta Drive in southwest Reno on the report of several vehicle burglaries. The investigation revealed numerous vehicles were entered and items stolen. The suspect(s) also siphoned gasoline from several vehicles’ gas tanks. At this time, at least eight separate victims have been identified.  Ve...
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