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POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
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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

Suspects in early morning break in of local business being sought by Reno Police

3/26/2015

At about 4 am Wednesday morning March 26, 2015, two suspects were caught on security surveillance breaking into the Super Burrito located at 500 E Plumb Lane in South Reno.  Once inside the business the two suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of food and cooking items. 

The suspects arrived at the business in an older white cargo type van with tinted windows and chrome rims.  Due to the angle of the security cameras, the details of one of the suspects could not be determined, but the other is described as a dark complexioned Hispanic or Black male, thin build, wearing a tan jacket, blue jeans, white hat and white tennis shoes. 

Anyone with any information as to the suspects in this case are asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-5562

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 Department investigating suspicious subject at Meadowood Mall

3/26/2015

Shortly before 2 pm on Wednesday March 25, 2015, a woman was approached by a male subject in the parking lot of Meadowood Mall.  The unknown man claimed to have lost his briefcase and needed the woman’s assistance in getting to a bank to get money wired to him.  The woman told the man she could not help him and the man walked away.  The woman watched the man as he left but and began to approach only women and speak with them.  Feeling that this was very suspicious, the woman called Reno Police Dispatch to report the man’s activities.  Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the subject.

The male subject is in his late 50’s or 60’s, grey hair, 5’10 to 6’0” and was last seen wearing a black suit with a light blue shirt.

Due to the circumstances in this case, the Reno Police Department would like to speak with the male subject to verify his identity.  Anyone who has information about him is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case 15-5560

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

Two day old infant’s ashes stolen from mother. Reno Police are looking for the suspect.

3/18/2015

On March 17th, 2015, Ashleigh Schneider contacted the Reno Police Department to file a Burglary report on property that was stolen from her storage unit in Reno.  Ashleigh reported to Reno Police that she recently moved from Reno to Lovelock, NV and she was very limited on items she could take with her at the time.

Some of the items Ashleigh did not want broken in her move included small items including an urn which contained the ashes of her two day baby Tristyn Michael Bayne Schneider who suddenly passed away while in the hospital in 2012.

Through Ashleigh’s interview with Reno Police a suspect in the theft of the urn as well as Ashleigh’s property has been identified as 26 year old Holly Miller (DOB 03/03/88) who is a former acquaintance of Ashleigh’s.  A criminal history of Holly revealed she does have history with law enforcement in Northern Nevada, and that she also has an unrelated warrant for her arrest out of Douglas County.

The Reno Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in locating Holly Miller in regards to the theft from the storage unit.  Holly is known to frequent downtown Reno and anyone who knows where she is staying is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-4958

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

City Council approves City of Reno’s new domestic violence initiatives

3/17/2015

On March 11, 2015, Reno City Council unanimously approved the Reno City Attorney’s Office presentation regarding the City of Reno's role in addressing domestic violence.

“We’ve made several improvements and modifications in our domestic violence division that will help us better combat this important issue in our community, and continue to provide safe and livable neighborhoods for our residents,” Reno City Attorney Karl Hall says.

Highlights of changes to the domestic violence program are as follows:

City Attorney’s Office
  • Created a new full-time prosecutor position.
  • Obtained a six-month grant from the State of Nevada to fund a second victim advocate position.
  • Seeking to obtain a two-year grant to maintain the additional advocate position, along with a program change request from the City to fund this position for future years with or without the grant.
  • Changed the procedure to have the City Attorney’s Office contact victims and begin working on domestic violence cases within hours of arrest.
  • Created a special phone line directly to the criminal division that is given to victims on scene by the Reno Police Department.
  • For the first time in several years, the City Attorney’s Office is sending prosecutors and advocates to domestic violence training.  
  • Requiring prosecutors and advocates to participate in statewide committees to address domestic violence.

Municipal Court

The Municipal Court is changing the way it handles domestic violence cases, allowing the City Attorney’s Office to charge its own cases. Prosecutors now draft all criminal complaints on domestic violence cases. The goal is to review and charge on Domestic Battery arrests within 72 hours.

Reno Police Department

RPD has incorporated Family Crime Detectives to involve them in cases set for trial, since the City Attorney’s Office does not have investigators. Detectives, advocates, and prosecutors meet on a weekly basis. Detectives are actively working on follow-up on cases, gathering more evidence and locating victims and witnesses for trial.

“With the assistance of the police department, our goal is to take more cases to trial that are evidence-based, without the victim testimony,” Hall adds.

For more information, visit Reno.gov or call 775-334-2050.

RenoCityCouncil-domesticviolence

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

St Patrick’s Day Safety Tips from the Reno Police Department

3/16/2015

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations centered on drinking, the Reno Police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers and intoxicated pedestrians to make sure our community is being safe.  The men and women of the Reno Police Department encourages anyone driving  to be extra cautious on the roads and slow down when in the downtown area or areas where there is pedestrian traffic. Realize that just because you are a safe and sober driver does not mean other people are.  Unfortunately a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents on St. Patrick’s Day are caused by people driving under the influence.  

Some of the top safety tips for St Patrick’s Day and everyday from the Reno Police Department and City of Reno are:

  1. Have a designated driver
  2. Ride RTC or call a taxi
  3. Don’t take your car if you do not have to
  4. Use marked crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing
  5. Pace your drinking while drinking lots of water
  6. Eat something before and while you are drinking
  7. Slow your vehicle speeds in the downtown area and midtown
  8. Never leave you drink unattended
  9. Have a friend keep an eye out for you and have them watch out for you
  10. Watch out for pedestrians when traveling downtown

So whether you are driving a car or crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high and return home safely to your family and friends.

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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

City of Reno statement regarding Reno Police Chief’s retirement

3/13/2015

ChiefPittsReno Police Chief Steve Pitts has officially announced his retirement from the City of Reno, effective Friday, April 10, 2015.

In light of the announcement, the City of Reno is issuing the following statement:

The City of Reno appreciates the many years of exceptional service that Chief Pitts gave to the organization and Reno residents.

“Chief Pitts has been an incredible asset to our community and all City employees and elected officials who have had the honor of working with him,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve says. “We thank him for his years of service and leadership, and he has made our City very proud.”


Earlier today, Pitts stated the following in an email to the Reno Police Department:

I have been blessed, with you, to serve our community, our Council, and all of local law enforcement. Thank you for allowing me to be your Chief of Police; it has been a priceless experience. Always serve with a full heart, and move our organization forward toward what is best for our community.

Background:

Pitts was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Reno Police Department in January 2008. He served as Interim Police Chief from March 2010 to March 2011, at which time he accepted the permanent position as Police Chief.

Pitts has more than 35 years of police service, spending numerous years in Major Case and Homicide Investigations, Emergency Management, and Crisis Intervention. He has more than 25 years of experience in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and other special operations units, and more than 15 years of command level experience.

Visit Reno.gov for more information about Pitts’ career experience.
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 arrest man on numerous Sexual Assault and Lewdness with a Child charges

3/12/2015

Over the last several weeks, Detectives with the Reno Police Departments Sex Crimes Division have been investigating allegations of numerous Sexual Assaults and Lewdness with a Child.  During the investigation it was discovered that over the course of several years the defendant had sexually assaulted numerous female family members.

It was also discovered that the suspect in this case had been convicted in 1990 for Rape and Lewdness with a Child under 14 years of age.  After being released from prison on those charges, the defendant illegally failed to register as a Sex Offender in Reno.

Arrested for numerous charges of Sexual Assault, Lewdness with a Child under 14 years of age, and Sex Offender Fail to Register was 45 year old Reno Resident Valentin Corrales, also known as Anthony Corrales (DOB 09/28/69).

The Reno Police Department is asking for anyone who may have also been a victim of Corrales to please contact the Reno Police Departments Sex Crimes Division at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-3785

RPD Case # 15-4130

RPD Case # 15-4131

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

Female wanted for Battery on an elderly man and then stealing his vehicle arrested by Reno Police Officers

3/11/2015

Just before 9 am Monday, March 09, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a possible Robbery and Carjacking in the 2800 block of Northtowne Lane in North Reno.  When Reno Police arrived they located a 79 year male victim of a battery.  REMSA and Reno Fire medics arrived and treated the victim who had received a non-life threatening injury.  Officers on scene arrested the male suspect involved but were unable to locate the female victim who had stolen the elderly victims late 90’s Kia Sportage. 

As the investigation continued, Reno Police were able to identify the female suspect, and shortly after midnight on March 11, 2015 she was located and arrested in downtown Reno.  The victim’s vehicle was also located and returned to the elderly man.  Arrested for Robbery with a Deadly Weapon with Elderly Enhancement and Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle was 31 year old Lauren Brown (DOB 06/27/83).

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

RPD Case # 15-4430

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

Life-saving programs to be discussed at Traffic Safety Summit

3/11/2015

With 285 lives lost in Nevada traffic crashes last year, the Nevada Departments of Transportation and Public Safety are hosting the Nevada Traffic Safety Summit. To be held March 24-25, 2015 in Reno, the summit will bring transportation agencies, law enforcement, and other safety partners together to discuss the latest traffic safety trends and further develop strategies and programs to save lives on Nevada roads.

After Nevada traffic fatalities reached an all-time high of 432 in 2006, NDOT and partners developed the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan with life-saving strategies in key traffic safety areas such as pedestrian safety and impaired driving. Since that time, Nevada traffic and safety advocates have worked together to implement those strategies with the goal of cutting the yearly traffic fatality average in half by 2030, and an ultimate goal of zero traffic deaths on Nevada roads.

The safety summit will be an opportunity for transportation, safety and law enforcement experts to prioritize and enhance strategies in the state’s six traffic safety emphasis areas: pedestrian safety, intersection safety, impaired driving, distracted driving, seatbelt use and motorcycle safety. The summit will serve as the kicking off point to establish an updated Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan valid through 2020.

“Throughout each and every year, agencies and groups across the state are developing and putting in place important engineering, law enforcement, emergency medical response and public education improvements,” NDOT Chief Traffic Safety Engineer Ken Mammen said. “NDOT and the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety host this safety summit every two years to give a jumping off point for the next round of traffic safety.

The summit will be held at the Peppermill Casino Reno. Further event details and registration info are available at safetysummitnv.com.

Event Contact:

Nevada Department of Transportation
Meg Ragonese, Public Information
775-888-7172
mragonese@dot.state.nv.us

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

Residents rally with Reno Police to apprehend man caught breaking into a South Reno Home

3/9/2015

Residents rally with Reno Police to apprehend man caught breaking into a South Reno Home

At about 1130 Monday March 9, 2015 a female resident in the 9000 block of Oakley Lane in South Reno heard a disturbance in her garage.  When she went to investigate she discovered an older white male suspect had broken into her residence.   The man ran out of the residence where he was met by the female’s husband.  The suspect fled the area with the husband following him, but was lost in the area of Glen Cove Court.  Reno Police Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter to search for the suspect.

A concerned resident observed the disturbance and contacted Reno Police Dispatch to advise he had seen where the suspect was possibly hiding.  After a brief search of a backyard by Reno Police K-9 and Patrol Officers, the suspect was located and arrested.  The suspect was identified as for Home Invasion and Burglary 51 year old David Clemens (DOB 11/02/63) who has an extensive criminal history.

Anyone with any information related to this case or suspect is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #4447

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

Elderly man injured in North Reno carjacking

3/9/2015

Just before 9 am Monday, March 09, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a possible Robbery and Carjacking in the 2800 block of Northtowne Lane in North Reno.  When Reno Police arrived they located a 79 year male victim of a battery.  REMSA and Reno Fire medics arrived and treated the victim who had received a non-life threatening injury.

As Officers investigated the incident, it was determined that a male and female had recently met the elderly male, and befriended him.  The group went to the Northtowne Lane address where the male suspect battered the elderly victim and the unknown white female drove off in the victim’s vehicle.  The vehicle is described as a late 90’s Kia Sportage white in color with possible California plates being driven by a white female in her late 20’s or 30’s with unknown color dyed hair. 

The male suspect was located in the area by Officers and arrested.  Arrest for Battery with Elderly Enhancement was 25 year old California resident Jeremiah Smith (DOB 11/24/89).

Anyone with information on the female and the location of the victim’s vehicle is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2115, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-4430

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

Shooting at North Reno Park sends two people to the hospital

3/7/2015

Shooting at North Reno Park sends two people to the hospital

Shortly after 430 am on Saturday, March 7, 2015 Reno Police Dispatch received several calls from citizens in the area of University Ridge Park in North Reno of shots being fired.  Shortly after the reports of shots being fired, two victims of gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital.  One victim was treated and released, but the other is still in the hospital. 

Early investigation has revealed that the victims were involved in an altercation at the park which resulted in several shots being fired.  This is also believed to possibly be gang related.

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

RPD Case # 15-4298

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 catch Monday Morning Robbery Suspect

3/2/2015

Just after 830 am Monday, March 2, 2015, a black male adult entered a convenience store in the 100 block of West Moana Lane in South Reno, simulated he had a gun to the store clerk, and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.  A short time later the same suspect then went to a convenience store in the 3000 block of South Virginia Street and attempted to rob that store but was not able to get any money from the clerk.  The suspect then attempted to kidnap a female resident who lived in a nearby apartment complex. 

As the suspect fled the area, Reno Police Officers spotted his vehicle, and stopped him.  The suspect was positively identified at the traffic stop by witnesses and was arrested for 1 count of Robbery, 1 count of Attempted Robbery, Attempted Kidnapping and Open Gross Lewdness.  Arrested was 28 year old Reno Resident Brandon Martin (05/12/86).

Anyone having information relating to this case is asked to contact 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 # 15-3930

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RPD Case # 15-3932