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Help find stolen property from Isles Gift Shop
RENO — On July 22, Reno police officers responded to Isles Gift Shop, 809 S. Center St., on the report of a burglary that occurred overnight. Officers determined that the suspect(s) broke into the business and stole more than $37,000 worth of Celtic jewelry. Reno detectives are now asking the public’s help in solving this crime and recovering this jewelry. Police have provided four pictures of the jewelry that was stolen in the hopes someone w...
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Reward in robbery of Craigslist ad victim
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a person who responded to a Craigslist ad to buy a computer. At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, the victim responded to an ad for a laptop computer for sale on Craigslist. The suspects told the victim to meet them in a parking lot in the area of 4720 N. Virginia St. to complete the transac...
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Sheriff: Burglary suspects casing parks, trails, parking lots
RENO — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a trend of forced-entry vehicle burglaries reported at local parks, trails and various parking lots. These suspects not only are hoping to discover unlocked doors and vehicle windows, they also are making entry by smashing windows. These perpetrators are targeting women who leave their vehicles without a purse. When entry is made, a purse is stolen and the credit cards used. Vi...
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Reward in shooting near South Hills Dr.
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a man in the area of South Virginia Street and South Hills Drive in Reno. At 8:10 a.m. Friday, the 37-year-old male victim was parked on South Virginia Street when the suspect pulled alongside and shot him three times in the abdomen with a low caliber handgun. The victim was transporte...
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Fatal accident US 50 in South Lake Tahoe
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A pedestrian was killed early Saturday morning by a driver who was arrested for driving under the influence. At 1:17 a.m. Saturday, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, an unregistered silver Ford truck driven by David Ray Stephenson, from Discovery Bay, Calif. was traveling east on U.S. 50 when it struck Joan Marie Hamrick, who was crossing U.S. 50 from the Horizon Casino Resort to MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in the c...
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Healthcare worker is sentenced for Medicaid fraud
LAS VEGAS — The Office of the Nevada Attorney General reports that Las Vegan Jianzhu Liang, 51, was sentenced for Medicaid Fraud.  Liang pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor offense:  Intentional Failure to Maintain Adequate Records. Liang was sentenced to 60 days in jail, suspended, 3 years of probation, performance of 40 hours of community service and payment of $9,220 in restitution, penalties and costs. The case was investigated and prose...
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Shooting into occupied house
SPARKS — On Friday, Sparks police received reports of a shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of Woodhaven Lane. When officers arrived, they learned a 36-year-old Sparks resident was shot and suffered an injury to her left foot. She was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers located multiple bullet casings on the scene as well. The Regional Gang Unit assisted with the investigation, but...
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Fatal traffic accident in Reno
RENO — On Thursday at 9:50 p.m., the Reno Police Department responded to the area of Rock and McCarran boulevards on a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a car.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained. The vehicle and driver left the scene of the accident. Detectives of the Reno Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team would like to speak with the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedes...
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Woman goes missing
RENO — On Friday, at 3:55 a.m., the Reno Police Department was contacted regarding a missing person with suspicious circumstances.  Nicole Carrato was last seen in her vehicle in the 10 block of East Grove Street.  She had been left alone for only a few minutes by her companion who returned to find her missing. Nicole’s personal property was all still on scene, which is unusual, and she has not contacted family or friends as she normally does ...
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Vending Machine burglar arrested
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a local business owner who was the victim of several thefts from the company’s vending machines. A case was initiated and assigned to the All Threats All Crimes Task Force (ATAC) to investigate. During the course of the investigation, detectives from ATAC worked closely with detectives from the Reno Police Department who were also investigating similar thefts with a related modus opera...
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Sheriff’s awards given Thursday
RENO — The following people received awards due to their heroism, professionalism and commitment to the local community. Each person has gone “above and beyond” and was recognized by Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley at Bartley Ranch Regional Park on Thursday. Those receiving the Bronze Star — awarded to those who distinguish themselves in a duty of great responsibility where extraordinary efforts were used and personal risk was involved — a...
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Reno, Vegas police work on cold case
RENO — The Reno Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department have been jointly investigating the similarities in the abductions and murders of 7-year-old girls April Marie Rhodes and Monica DaSilva. On Nov. 23, 1986, at about 11 p.m., April was last seen alive in her bunk bed, which she shared with her 10-year-old brother. The bed was directly under the window in their low-income apartment located on Statz Street in North Las Vegas....
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Victim in fatal accident identified
GARDNERVILLE — The victim of Wednesday’s fatal crash on U.S. 395 has been identified by the Washoe County Coroner’s Office. Terry Lyn Elmer, a 46-year-old resident of Gardnerville, was killed at about 11:15 a.m. when the commercial vehicle he was driving northbound crossed the center line and struck a silver Ford truck traveling in the opposite direction. The trailer being hauled by the Ford broke loose and swung around and hit another white F...
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Suspicious device at El Cortez Hotel not dangerous
RENO — Police dismantled a device thought to be a possible explosive but that turned out to be nothing. At 12:44 p.m. Tuesday, the manager of the El Cortez Hotel, located at 239 W. Second St., told police that one of the residents brought a strange-looking device into his room. The entire hotel was evacuated as a precaution. The Consolidated Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit responded and dismantled the device, which was determined to not have...
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Car hits bicycle at Fourth and Keystone
RENO — At 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, the Reno Police Department responded to the intersection of Fourth Street and Keystone Avenue on the report of a bicyclist being hit by a car. The victim had reportedly been transported to the hospital by the motorist who struck him. Evidence on scene indicated that the bicyclist might have sustained serious injuries. Neither the victim nor the driver has contacted the police. The Reno Police Department asks for th...
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Be aware of electrical fires
SPARKS — Within the last three months, Sparks residents have suffered from smoke inhalation and extensive property loss due to electrical fires, according to the Sparks Fire Department. Investigators suspect that one family’s house fire was caused by use of the wrong size light bulb in a lamp. Another fire was caused when the resident ran an extension cord through a doorway and under a carpet to power an exterior cooking appliance. In Sparks, ...
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Fire contained to house’s attic
RENO — At 3:53 p.m. Monday, Reno firefighters responded to a structure fire at a single-family residence located at 5 Sunnyside Drive. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic, keeping it from spreading and causing further damage. “Through a coordinated attack with roof ventilation and interior attack lines crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and keep the property damage to a minimum,” Battalion Chief Sandy Munns said...
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Sheriff funds education for parents about drugs, alcohol
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is donating $20,000 from state forfeiture funds to support efforts by the local nonprofit Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) to increase parent awareness and education about local drug use trends, the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and effective intervention skills. “By partnering with the sheriff’s office, we are essentially able to build a network of support that reaches across the entire communi...
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Fatal rollover on Interstate 80
LOVELOCK — A man from Southern California has been identified as the person killed in an accident 23 miles east of Lovelock early Friday morning. David Banuelos, 41, of Riverside, Calif., was driving a commercial vehicle east on Interstate 80 at about 4:50 a.m. when for unknown reasons he struck the guardrail at the Rye Patch interchange and overturned. Banuelos was pronounced dead at the scene. The commercial vehicle was a flatbed that was lo...
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Smoking materials blamed for fire on Stone Corral
SUN VALLEY — Fire Department investigators say Friday’s fire at 320 Stone Corral Court in Sun Valley was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials that ignited papers and other nearby materials. Reno firefighters responded to the structure fire at the double-wide mobile home at 1:13 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor called 911 to report seeing smoke coming from the home. The fire started on the exterior of the str...
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