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Reward offered in stabbing
RENO — Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old male victim in the area of 3125 S. Virginia St. in Reno. On May 13 at about 7:30 p.m., the victim was attacked by several suspects at an apartment complex on South Virginia Street. The victim received several wounds but was able to go home and contact relatives who assist...
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Witnesses sought in fatal motorcycle crash
Troopers from the Major Accident Investigation Team are still investigating the fatality crash that killed a Sun Valley resident last Friday.
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Arrests made in murder case
Four defendants have been charged in the murder of Steven Gale on the morning of May 9 on California Avenue.
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Battery with a deadly weapon
On Wednesday, May 11, at about 5:20 p.m., a Reno resident was in the 1600 block of Wedekind Road was violently attacked.
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High-risk sex offender notifications
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit is advising the general public of information related to three high risk (tier 3) sex offenders.
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DUIs, speeders cited in traffic campaigns
SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department, in conjunction with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Reno Police Department, assigned additional officers to the street between April 18 and May 9 looking for pedestrian violations, vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians and speeding vehicles. A total of 284 citations were issued and six arrests made, broken down as follows: • 6 DUI arrests • 150 speeding citations • 22 suspended driver’s lice...
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Teen volunteers sweep state emergency response competition
RENO — A group of local high school volunteers from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team earned the top three medals awarded during a statewide emergency response competition held at this year’s Health Occupation Students of America State Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. The students are all part of a Teen CERT pilot program at the Washoe County School District’s Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology (AACT)...
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Alcohol sales compliance check
On May 6, detectives of the regional Street Enforcement Team conducted an undercover alcohol compliance check in the Reno area.
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Two from WCSO graduate from Jail Leadership Academy
Program helps prepare officers for senior leadership positions
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Woman hit during home invasion
Robbery occurred Tuesday morning on Cortez Way
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Child safety seat inspection on Saturday
SPARKS — The Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority’s (REMSA) Point of Impact program will hold a child safety seat inspection checkpoint Saturday. Each seat will be checked by a nationally certified child passenger safety technician to ensure that it is properly installed in the vehicle, is the appropriate seat for the age and weight of the child riding in it and that the seat has not been recalled. Parents also will receive education ...
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Motorcycle crash victim identified
Accident occurred Friday afternoon
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Burglar stopped by neighbor
RENO — A burglar who had broken into an apartment being renovated was stopped by a neighbor who complained about the noise. At 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Reno police officers responded to 250 W. Arroyo St. on a report of a burglary in progress. The residents heard a noise coming from an adjacent apartment that was undergoing renovations. The person who called about the noise went to check the apartment and was attacked by the suspect, Gerald “Chucky” M...
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Man arrested for attempted murder
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a physical family disturbance in the 1800 block of Standing Rock Court in the Virginia Foothills area at 7:06 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a 67-year-old female who was in need of medical care. The female told deputies that she had been battered and choked by a family member. She said Charles Welchert, 31, began arguing with her and beca...
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Resident of Sun Valley killed in motorcycle crash
RENO — Friday at 1:01 p.m., troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to an accident involving a motorcycle that took place on southbound U.S. 395 in Reno near the Glendale Avenue interchange. The preliminary crash investigation details indicate that a black 2010 Nissan Versa 4-door sedan was traveling south in the second lane from the left of the four southbound lanes. Traveling in the third lane, or to the immediate right of th...
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Body at Truckee River identified
On May 3, officers responded to Truckee River on report of an unresponsive person within the river. The deceased has been identified as Gary Byrd, 45.
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High-risk sex offender notifications
RENO — The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit is advising the general public of information related to three high-risk (Tier 3) sex offenders. • Doni Hodge (born in 1981) is residing in the 2300 block of Wedekind Road in Reno. Hodge is employed at Supreme Technology on Glendale in Sparks and is being supervised by Department of Public Safety Parole and Probation department. • Timmy Gray (born in 1969) is residing in the 0-100 block of Tan...
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Man hurt in crash on SR 207
RENO — At 9:14 p.m. Thursday, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to an injury crash on State Route 207 about three miles west of Foothill Road. The investigation found that a white Jeep Wrangler driven by Vargas Mejia, 61, of Incline, was traveling east on SR 207 when it drifted off the roadway striking a boulder and overturning. Mejia was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. There was a m...
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Keep an eye on fire sprinkler system caps
SPARKS — Fire sprinkler systems and standpipes are important fire-protection features that are built into many buildings. In order for these systems to function as designed, the fire department must be able to pump water into the systems through what is called the fire department connection (FDC). Unfortunately, these FDCs often are the target of vandals who remove the protective caps. Once the caps are removed, the systems are often rendered ...
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Body found in Truckee River
RENO — At 6:36 p.m. Tuesday, Reno police officers responded to the Truckee River on report of an unresponsive person in the water. Officers found the man partially submerged in the river. Medical personnel attempted resuscitation efforts, but the male subject was pronounced dead a short time later. The death is still under investigation by the Reno Police Department’s Detective Division. Identity of the decedent is being withheld at this time ...
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