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THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
THE RENO
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your Police, Our Community
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News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

On line report leads to arrest for indoor marijuana grow in Reno home

1/29/2015

On January, 27, 2015, Detectives with the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted follow up investigation to an on an online report alleging marijuana cultivation and sales at a downtown area Reno home.  Detectives contacted and interviewed the defendant who was the sole resident of the property.  As a result of the interview, detectives learned the defendant was indeed growing marijuana in the basement of the home. Detectives completed a search of the home and located an elaborate heating, lighting and watering system in the basement. Further, detectives located in excess of 50 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity and a substantial amount of harvested marijuana, dried and ready for consumption, as well as evidence indicative of sales activity.

Arrested for Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Sales, and Possession of Marijuana was 42 year old Reno resident Sean McAndrew (DOB 08/22/72)

The Reno Police Department and the Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County that we take all complaints of illegal drug activity seriously, and we will continue to be diligent in combating the sales and use of illegal narcotics in our area. 

The Regional Street Enforcement team is comprised of Detectives from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments.  

Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s), or any other suspicious activity should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW

RPD Case # 15-1759

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Police Dispatch/Emergency Communications is accepting applications for fulltime Public Safety Dispatchers

1/28/2015

Reno Emergency Communications is currently accepting applications for fulltime Public Safety Dispatchers for the Regional Emergency Communications Center.  Dispatchers with Reno Emergency Communications work closely with multiple regional public safety agencies, including the Reno Police and Fire Departments, to effectively receive, triage and prioritize emergency and non-emergency calls for service from citizens and then dispatch first responders.

Public Safety Dispatchers often face high stress situations on the phone and over radio communications with first responders.  Some of the minimum requirements to apply for these positions include proof of typing proficiency of 45 words per minute (corrected), high school diploma or GED, and is able to pass a background investigation that includes medical and psychological screening.

Applications will only be accepted until 5:00 pm on February 92015. 

For more information on Public Safety Dispatcher responsibilities and how to apply, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1035418/public-safety-dispatcher, or call (775) 334-2223.

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno man arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

1/28/2015

On January 22, 2015, members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a pro active operation focusing on downtown Reno. The main focus of the operation was designed to target street level drug dealers.   During this operation, a 21 year old male subject offered to sell an undercover officer methamphetamine. The male subject was detained and ultimately taken into custody where he was found to have in his possession 13.9 grams of methamphetamine, and 3.4 grams marijuana.

Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and Trafficking of a Controlled Substance was Reno resident Demariea Doucet (DOB 03/25/93).

The Regional Street Enforcement Team is made up of Detectives from Reno, Sparks, and UNR Police Departments.   SET is responsible for focusing on citizen and community complaints and conducting operations dealing with street-level narcotics, prostitution, and alcohol compliance. The Regional Street Enforcement Team is committed to addressing problems aggressively that are related to illegal drug sales within the Reno / Sparks area. 

Anyone who sees or suspects illegal drug activity occurring in their area is asked to contact Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-1435

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

21 year old victim from fight at Reno nightclub removed from life support

1/27/2015

This afternoon the 21 year old victim from a fight that occurred early Sunday morning January 25, 2014 at the LEX nightclub located inside the Grand Sierra Resort was removed from life support and has succumbed to his injuries.  The victim has been identified as 21 year old Reno resident Jesus Castillo.

Reno Police Department Detectives, Victim Advocates and the Grand Sierra Resort are working closely with the victim’s family to locate the subjects who were involved in the fight that occurred on January 25, 2015. 

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Reno Police at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-1590

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Early morning fight at a Reno nightclub leaves man in critical condition

1/26/2015

At about 230 am on Sunday January 25, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call from the LEX nightclub located inside the Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) at 2500 East 2nd St, Reno, NV in regards to a person who was down and unresponsive.  Reno Police, Reno Fire and REMSA personnel responded and located a 21 year old male who was bleeding and unconscious.  The male was transported to RENOWN Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives where contacted and responded to speak with witnesses and view GSR Security Surveillance.  With the cooperation of GSR Security, and witnesses on scene it was determined that shortly before Reno Police Dispatch received the 911 call, two fights broke out on the dance floor of the LEX nightclub.  While both fights were occurring, an unknown male punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground.  That unknown male then left the nightclub.

Reno Police Detectives continue to work with GSR Management and Security personnel to investigate this incident.   Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Reno Police at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

 

RPD Case # 15-1590

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Early morning stabbing leaves Reno man in serious condition

1/21/2015

Shortly after 0230 am on January, 21, 2015 Reno Police Dispatch received a call in regards to a possible stabbing at a residence in the 5300 block of Mountcrest Lane in North Reno.  When Officers arrived on scene they located a male subject who had suffered multiple stab wounds.  The male subject was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

Further investigation on scene by Reno Police revealed that the victim and his roommate were involved in an argument when the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times.  The roommate who was identified as 37 year old Kenneth Snyder DOB (07/10/77) was taken into custody by Reno Police and was charged with 1 count of Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Battery. 

The investigation is ongoing and the Reno Police Department is asking for anyone with any information about this incident to call the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-1320

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Possible accidental discharge of a firearm leaves 20 year old man in critical condition

1/20/2015

At 1130 am on January 20, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a man who was shot in the face at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Lakeside Drive in South Reno.  Responding Officers, Reno Fire and REMSA personnel located a 20 year old male in one of the apartments with a single gunshot wound to the face.  The man was transported to RENOWN Medical Center where he is still listed in critical condition.

Officers on scene spoke with several witnesses who were inside the apartment when the incident occurred, and it appears that one of the subject’s in the residence was manipulating a handgun.  While handling the firearm it accidentally discharged and struck the victim in the face.  The unknown male then took the gun and left the scene prior to Officers arriving.

Reno Police want to remind citizens of some basic firearms safety tips to hopefully prevent accidents like this from happening.  Treat every firearm, whether you know it is unloaded or not, as if it is loaded.  Always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction, and familiarize yourself with your firearm before handling it.  Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, and are at an authorized area to shoot.  Citizens with children are highly encouraged to educate their children on firearms safety if you keep weapons in your home.  If you do keep weapons inside your home, we encourage parents to secure their firearms in areas not easily accessible to your children.

The investigation is ongoing and the Reno Police Department is asking for anyone with any information about this incident to call the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-1260

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Street racing and not wearing a seat belt have been determined to be leading causes to the death of a 26 year old man in South Reno

1/20/2015

Just after 1:10 am on Sunday, January 18, 2015 two vehicles who were participating in an illegal speed competition southbound on South Virginia Street and were traveling at a high rate of speed.  The 26 year old driver of one of the vehicles was unable to maintain control of his vehicle which struck a curb median causing the vehicle to rotate and exit the right side of the roadway.  The driver, who was identified as Travis Roberson ((DOB 02/16/88), was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  Roberson was later pronounced deceased on scene.  His 16 year old passenger was wearing her seat belt, and received only minor injuries.

The Reno Police Department wants to remind our community of the dangers and fines associated with illegal speed contests (street racing) within the City of Reno and Washoe County.  Participants and observers who partake in illegal street contests face a mandatory court appearance, a fine of up $1,000, and additional penalties assigned by the courts.  We would also like to remind our community that seat belts saves lives as they did with the passenger in this accident.  Fines for seat belt violations in the City of Reno are currently at $78.

The investigation is on-going and the Reno Police Department is asking that anyone with information about this accident to contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division at (775) 334-2141, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900,    www.secretwitness.comor text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-1118

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Two residential burglars caught by Reno Police in Northwest Reno thanks to citizens working closely with Police

1/15/2015

Just before 1 pm on January 15, 2015 a concerned resident who lives in the 2400 block of Sierra Highlands called the Reno Police Dispatch to report that two suspicious black males wearing ski masks had just jumped a fence into the backyard of a residence.  As Reno Police Officers responded, the citizen continued to give Dispatchers physical descriptions of the suspects until Officers arrived in the area. 

When Officers arrived, they established a perimeter and the suspects attempted to flee.  As the suspects fled from Officers, other residents in the area assisted Officers in pointing out the location of the suspects as they ran.  After a short foot pursuit of the two suspects, and thanks to the assistance of the citizens in the area, the two men were taken into custody.  Officers recovered the stolen property, including firearms that the two suspects took from the victim residence.

Arrested for Burglary with Firearm enhancement and Obstructing and Resisting Officers were 21 year old Stephan Adams (DOB 01/10/94) and 19 year old Jalen Dedrick (02/01/95). 

The men and women of the Reno Police Department want to thank the citizens who assisted in the apprehension of these two individuals.  This was another great example of the Reno Police Departments motto, "Your Police, Our Community."  

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect in this case is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144 or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-935

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Nevada Businessman implicated in CalPERS bribery case found dead in South Reno from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

1/15/2015

Shortly before 3:30 pm on Tuesday January 13, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a possible suicide at an indoor shooting range located in the 9000 block of Double R Boulevard in South Reno.  Upon entering the business Reno Police Officers and REMSA medics located an older male adult with a single gunshot wound to the head, and a 9mm semi automatic handgun near him.  Medics attempted life saving efforts on the male, but were unable to save him due to the nature of his injury. 

The deceased male was later identified as 71 year old Alfred Villalobos (DOB (11/27/43) who was a Nevada Businessman facing trial in California in February on Federal charges for bribery related to a case involving CalPERS.

This case has been ruled as an apparent suicide by the Reno Police Department pending further toxicology reports from the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Due to the Villalobos case being part of an FBI investigation, the Reno Police Department is asking anyone with additional information on the Villalobos case to contact the FBI at (800) 225-5324.

RPD Case # 15-800

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Industrial accident in South Reno leaves one man dead

1/14/2015

Shortly before 9 am on January 14, 2014, Reno Police Dispatch received a call from the driver of a construction vehicle that had reportedly run over a construction worker in the 9000 Block of Abigail Way in South Reno.  Reno Police, Reno Fire, and REMSA medics responded to the scene and located an unidentified male in his 20’s with injuries consistent with being run over by a construction vehicle.  Due to the severity of his injuries the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The man’s identity will not be released until notification of next of kin.

It was determined on scene that the accident was categorized as an industrial accident due to it being a controlled construction area with no public access.  Due to these facts, the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were contacted and will be the primary investigating agency in this accident.  Anyone with any information about this accident is asked to contact the Reno Office of OSHA at (775) 688-3700.

RPD Case # 15-846

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Event raises awareness about the impacts of human trafficking

1/8/2015

On Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. the Junior League of Reno (JLR) will host a compelling community event, "Out of the Darkness and Into the Light," to raise awareness about the local impacts of human trafficking. The event will be at the downtown Reno arch where City officials and community partners will join together to turn the arch off as a symbol of the darkness human trafficking brings to our community.

“Our organization has made significant progress to advocate for victims of human trafficking and we anticipate sharing this momentum with our community and engaging them in the conversation,” said Jamii Uboldi, president of Junior League of Reno. “It’s important to bring attention to issues impacting women in our community and we are proud to be part of the solution to end trafficking.”

The first awareness of event of its kind will feature entertainment from local artist and The Voice contestant, Whitney Meyer along with a powerful keynote address from Leah Albright Byrd of Bridget’s Dream. Additionally, several community partners will participate in the event to support the advocacy work of the Junior League and also share their connection to trafficking. Those organizations include Awaken, Reno Police Department, Children’s Cabinet, Christian Motorcycle Association, Whitney Peak Hotel, Mogrit Food Truck and more. Local food truck vendors will heighten the event along with an after event at Whitney Peak Hotel.

Community leaders, advocates, and families are encouraged to attend and engage in conversation about how to end human trafficking. Lastly, the Junior League of Reno will continue its advocacy work by engaging local politicians about the importance of a victim’s hotline in Nevada. During the 2015 legislative session, JLR and other community partners will advocate for the posting of a hotline where victims can access a private resource that will support their journey out of trafficking. To learn more about this initiative or to be part of the advocacy work, contact the JLR directly.

Learn more about the event and the community work of the Junior League by visiting jlreno.org.

News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Police Crime Suppression Team locates and arrests wanted Child Sex Offender out of Springfield, Oregon in South Reno

1/7/2015

Earlier this week the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team (CST) was contacted by Detectives with the Springfield Police Department in Oregon who believed a suspect in multiple sex related crimes involving girls less than 10 years of age may be in Reno.  After providing CST with their information, CST began to follow leads to locate the suspect.

Shortly after 1230 pm on January 7, 2015, while conducting surveillance on a residence in the Grove Street area of South Reno, CST members located and arrested the suspect.  Arrested for 3 counts of Sexual Assault was 27 year old Oregon resident Robert Edwin House (11/14/87) also known as Robert Housebeam. 

The Reno Police Department is asking for anyone who may have had contact with House to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4529, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900,  www.secretwitness.comor text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

The continued efforts of the Reno Police Department CST in working closely with not only local law enforcement agencies is another example of the dedication the men and women of the Reno Police Department have in continuing to keep Reno safe.

RPD Case # 15-425