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Teens to stay in jail in Vegas kitten drownings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two 16-year-old boys accused of drowning a pair of kittens in a cup of water will be staying in a Las Vegas jail until a hearing July 17. The order came Monday during a hearing in Clark County Family Court. The teens also must undergo a psychological evaluation. Police say the boys are the first people in Nevada to face a felony cruelty charge since a stricter law was enacted last year. Authorities are also seeking a misdemean...
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Las Vegas high roller faces Ponzi scheme charge
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A high-rolling businessman who sells luxury gifts to casinos has been charged with running a Ponzi scheme. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Ramon DeSage was arrested in Las Vegas amid accusations he used Cadeau Express and some of his other companies to defraud investors. A complaint filed last week by the Internal Revenue Service claims he owes investors more than $75 million. The complaint paints DeSage as a “prodigious ...
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Clerk charged with fondling underage girls
RENO — Police used an undercover officer to bust a a convenience store clerk who had reportedly been selling alcohol to underage girls and touching or grabbing them. Iqbal Sidhu, a 32-year-old Reno resident, was arrested Wednesday after he sold alcohol to and grabbed the breasts of a plainclothes female Reno officer who told Sidhu she was 18 years old. Sidhu works as a clerk at the Grab and Go Market at 1801 W. Fourth St. Over the course of la...
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Man arrested for eluding police with child in car
A man from Sparks was arrested late Friday night for speeding down Victorian Avenue with a 5-year-old boy in the car.
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Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman
A man was arrested Saturday for allegedly forcing his way into a woman’s house and sexually assaulting her.
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Local couple arrested for high-dollar embezzlement
A two-month embezzlement investigation into two employees of a local company led to two arrests Thursday.
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Sparks police hold Ice Cream Social today
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department will hold its fifth-annual Senior Phone Patrol Ice Cream Social at 1:30 p.m. today. The event will be held in the department’s training room, located at 1701 E. Prater Way. Ice cream sundaes will be served courtesy of Pamela Culbertson of the Sparks Baskin Robbins. A raffle will be held, with the winners receiving prizes generously donated by local businesses. This year’s entertainment will be a selection ...
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Sheriff’s Detectives Investigate a Suspicious Death
RENO (AP) — Sheriff’s investigators have quarantined a dog while they determine how a man died after his body was found in a home in a home near Reno. The Washoe County sheriff’s office said Thursday the man’s body was found a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the 17000 block of Bear Lake Drive, in the Cold Springs community. A sheriff’s statement calls the death suspicious and says placing the dog in a shelter was done as part of a criminal in...
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July 4 sobriety check point planned
INCLNE VILLAGE — The Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks Police Department and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office are planning a sobriety check point for the Fourth of July holiday. The check point will be held in Incline Village and is being funded by a Joining Forces grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. Due to the fireworks display and other special events planned at Lake Tahoe, a large increase in vehicula...
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Sparks police warn of fireworks dangers
SPARKS — With the advent of Fourth of July, the Sparks Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling or use of fireworks is strictly prohibited per Sparks Municipal code 14.05.3301.1.3. Violators are subject to citation or arrest, and if convicted could face up to 6 months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. We all saw the destruction caused by the Caughlin a...
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Reno jury convicts man in brother’s killing
RENO (AP) — A Mogul man faces up to life in prison after being convicted of killing his younger brother in September during an argument over a cellphone. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a jury deliberated about five hours Monday before finding 48-year-old Robert Davis guilty of murder with a deadly weapon. Sentencing before Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman was set for Aug. 8. Forty-three year old Matthew Davis was shot to death at the brot...
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Sheriff’s Office ‘Joining Forces’ for impaired driving aware...
RENO — Motorists who refuse to designate a sober driver or fail to get sober transportation — beware. The 2012 start-of-summer “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign kicks off today to help save lives by cracking down on those who choose to drive impaired. This enforcement mobilization runs through July 8. The “Joining Forces” “Impaired Driving” awareness and enforcement campaign is made possible by grant funding received from t...
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Bullrun Rally racers cited in Oregon
Four drivers participating in an organized road rally that originated in Las Vegas were cited Tuesday morning in eastern Oregon by Oregon State Police troopers and Grant County Sheriff’s Office for traveling at speeds up 117 mph.
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Repeat offender, burglar Simpson sentenced
On Tuesday, Gordon Wayne Simpson, a 51 year-old target of the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program, was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in the Nevada State Prison by Judge Steven Elliot.
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Pinto Fire covers 2,000 acres
EUREKA — The Pinto Fire burning 20 miles east of Eureka, Nev., has covered about 2,000 acres is zero percent contained as of Tuesday. The fire was ignited at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday by arcing power lines due to high winds. The fire is burning in critical sage grouse habitat about five miles north of U.S. Highway 50 and just west of State Route 892. Private ranches are threatened. Firefighters this morning safely evacuated six residents from t...
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Petition for DNA testing in Nev. murder
LAS VEGAS — More than 125,000 people have joined a new campaign on www.change.org calling on Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson to allow evidence from a 2001 murder to undergo DNA testing.
The petition was started by Michelle Ravell, a longtime friend of convicted murderer Kirstin Blaise Lobato, who says DNA testing will further prove Lobato’s innocence in the murder of homeless man Duran Bailey. District Attorney Wolfson has report...
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Struggling city may not match $1.75M COPS grant
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in a financially struggling southern Nevada city have some math to do before accepting a federal grant that Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says could preserve up to 14 police jobs. The $1.75 million grant announced Monday for North Las Vegas comes from the Community Oriented Policing Services office of the Justice Department. While police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says the department is excited about the money, accepting COP...
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Former correctional officer pleads guilty to corruption
CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced last week that Michael Ford, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct of public officer, a felony, for attempting to smuggle and sell tobacco to prisoners. Ford was previously employed as a correctional officer at Southern Desert Correctional Center (SDCC). In January, Department of Corrections investigators apprehended Ford at the SDCC with a large duffel bag of tobac...
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Game wardens investigate illegal killing of bighorn sheep
HENDERSON — Nevada game wardens are seeking information on a female desert bighorn sheep (commonly referred to as a ewe) that was illegally shot and killed in the McCullough mountain range, above the Anthem residential community in Henderson on June 6. The Operation Game Thief (OGT) Citizens’ Board is offering a $500 reward on information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The ewe was a lactating female and just...
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Two repeat offenders sentenced
Habitual criminals appear before Reno judges
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