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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

Northern Nevada Law Enforcement see increase in prescription drug addiction and overdose

4/29/2016

Northern Nevada – Local law enforcement agencies in Northern Nevada are concerned about the rise of prescription drug abuse, heroin use and drug-related overdoses in our region illustrated by recent events and statistics from federal law enforcement agencies.

Drug addiction and overdose deaths are increasing dramatically on a national level according to statistics provided by the federal government. This rise in drug addiction leads to an increase in drug related crime and a growing threat to communities, families and children.

Local law enforcement agencies feel that now is the time to increase community-wide conversations about education, awareness, treatment options and other solutions.

These issues impact all areas of the community. They are not limited to any one age group, economic group or neighborhood. The Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office encourage everyone in or area to educate themselves and their families about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, and where to seek help.

This morning local law enforcement agencies met with area health care professionals, first responders, treatment specialists, hospitals and crisis intervention centers to increase awareness and education for residents.

Some signs of possible drug abuse and withdrawal are:

  • Restlessness, agitation, sudden change in behavior
  • Poor judgement, confusion and memory problems
  • Nausea, vomiting, sweating, dry mouth and seizures

If you feel that you, or someone you know, are in immediate crisis or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

An excellent source for drug abuse symptoms and impact information is the YouTube video: “Chasing the Dragon, the Life of an Opiate Addict.”

Law enforcement agencies also encourage area residents to take advantage of Saturday’s Prescription Drug Round-up, for details visit jtnn.org.

For information about drug abuse symptoms and local resources, contact the Drug Abuse Hotline at (775) 825- HELP (4357). 

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

Prescription Drug Round Up on April 30th

4/27/2016

RENO- On April 30th, 2016, local and federal agencies will once again partner together to sponsor the Prescription Drug Round Up event in Washoe County. Since the area’s first event in the fall of 2009, the Round Ups in Washoe County have collected over 1.6 million prescription pills. More than 230,000 of those pills were in categories that are commonly diverted and abused, such as painkillers, depressants and stimulants.

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the US, having claimed 47,055 lives in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths attributed to prescription pain relievers in 2014[1]. A primary factor in this problem is the fact that prescription medications are so readily available -- the majority of all people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family for free[2]. The Prescription Drug Round Up event seeks to reduce the available supply of excess prescription drugs, while also raising awareness in the community about this epidemic.

Medications – including household prescription and over the counter pills and liquids – can be dropped off at the Round Up event with no questions asked. Citizens are asked to bring medications in their original containers if possible, and may mark out the patient’s name if they wish. Prescription waste or expired/surplus medications from medical offices or pharmaceutical companies or their representatives are not accepted at this event. In addition, volunteers from Northern Nevada HOPES and the Northern Nevada Outreach Team will be collecting residential sharps and providing information to the community about proper syringe disposal.

Round Up Locations    April 30th     10:00am – 2:00pm:

Raleys - 18144 Wedge Parkway, Reno

Walgreens - 10370 N. McCarran Blvd, Reno

Save Mart– 4995 Kietzke Lane, Reno

CVS - 680 N. McCarran Blvd, Sparks

CVS – 5151 Sparks Blvd, Sparks

Walmart – 250 Vista Knoll Parkway, Reno

Incline Village Community Hospital – 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village

A map of the Prescription Drug Round Up locations is available here: Prescription Drug Round Up - Site Map

Citizens are also encouraged to join in the fight against prescription drug abuse and overdose by responsibly handling their medications in the future. Medications should be kept in a secure, locked location so that they cannot be accessed by anyone other than the patient they are prescribed to. Sharing or selling of prescription medications not only extremely dangerous, it is also illegal. By reducing the available supply of prescription drugs for abuse, we can save lives in our community.

For those not able to make it to the Round-Up event, permanent prescription drug drop boxes are available at local police departments. Law enforcement would like to remind the community that these drop boxes only accept pills; they do not accept liquids or needles. For information about how to dispose of needles, please contact Northern Nevada HOPES at 786-4673.

The drug drop boxes are available during regular business hours at the following locations:

 Reno Police Department – 455 E. 2nd Street, Reno

  • Sparks Police Department – 1701 East Prater Way, Sparks
  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office – 911 Parr Blvd., Reno

Additional information on the proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be located at www.jtnn.org. If you have any questions regarding the Round-Up event or the drop boxes, you are encouraged to call Stacy Ward, Prevention & Education Coordinator for the Reno Police Department at 657-4794. 

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

Morning Media Update

4/26/2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

 

1505    Central: Arrest – Poss. of a Stolen Motor Vehicle on East 4th St.

Officers observed an occupied stolen vehicle and conducted a stop.  Kelly Noland, DOB 11/5/1970, was arrested on the above charge.

Case #16-7387

 

1513    North: Residential Burglary on Mt. Charleston.

The victim returned home to find electronics and personal property had been stolen.  There are no suspect descriptions at this time.

Case #16-7468

 

2042    Central: Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm on East 4th St.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress and located the victim unconscious and bleeding from the back of his head.  A witness stated that a subject was attempting to take someone away from the property when the victim intervened and was knocked out.  The suspect is only described as: B/M/A.

Case #16-7487

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 now accepting applications for Police Officer Recruits

4/26/2016

Reno, NV – The City of Reno’s Police Department is happy to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the position of Police Recruit.  Our Police Department is nationally recognized as a model for Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving.  We are committed to our community and as a model of policing excellence. 

We are currently looking for a diverse pool of qualified applicants who have a unique blend of traits and characteristics to include empathy, effective communication, compassion, and the ability to relate to people on a personal level.   

Upon selection, Recruits will attend the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy.  Recruits attending the academy will be paid as City of Reno employees and receive a beginning wage of $50,832.91 per year and full time medical, dental and vision benefits after thirty days of employment.  The department will issue the majority of the equipment needed while in the academy.   

The minimum requirements for interested persons to apply are: 

  • You must be a citizen of the United States by May 27th, 2016
  • You must be at least 21 years of age by May 27th, 2016
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED certificate by May 27th, 2016

The Reno Police Department is accepting applications through May 27th, 2016. The testing will occur June 13th – June 17th, 2016.  All those interested in a career with the Reno Police Department are encouraged to apply at the City of Reno’s website at www.Reno.gov/jobs. This link will also take you to the Reno Police Department’s recruitment website where informational and examination preparation booklets are located.   

Questions concerning the application and testing process? Please join us at one of our Open Houses.  These events will be held at the Regional Public Safety Center at 5190 Spectrum Boulevard on the following dates: April 27th, May 3rd, May 5th, May 11th, and May 25th, 2016.  Each event will run from 5pm – 8pm.   

Please also join us at our “Run with a Recruiter”: All attendees will be put through the physical portion of the test to practice. The next scheduled events are on May 7th and May 21st at the Reno High School track from 10am – Noon.  

For further information, please call the Reno Police Department’s Recruiting Officer Matt Green at (775) 334-2455 or email recruiter@reno.gov

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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

Morning Media Update

4/25/2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

 1746    South: Arrest - O&R on South Wells Ave.

Officers responded to a report of a verbal disturbance.  As Officers were escorting one of the subjects out of the residence, the defendant began yelling, attempted to push past them and became combative.  Justin Riste, DOB 6/4/1997, was arrested on the above charge.

Case #16-7216

 1920    Central: Arrest - Armed Robbery on Island.

See News Release.

Case #16-7221

  

Friday, April 22, 2016

0126    South: Arrest – Domestic Battery with Strangulation / Prevent 911 / Ex Felon Fail to Register on Baker Ln.

Ladale Sanders, DOB 7/30/1974, was arrested on the above charges.

Case #16-7245

 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

1048    Central: Arrest - O&R / Sitting/Lying in Posted Doorway @ 4th & Virginia St.

When Officers made contact with the suspect who was obstructing a sidewalk he became verbally and physically combative with them.  Adrian Jones, DOB 5/21/1996, was arrested on the above charges.

Case #16-7328

 1413    South: Arrest – Burglary / Uttering a Forged Instrument / PCS for Sales on South Virginia St.

The suspect had attempted to cash a fraudulent check. Jesse Trim, DOB 9/19/1979, was arrested on the above charges.

Case #16-7336

1712    South: Commercial Burglary on South Wells Ave.

When an employee arrived to work they discovered the office had been broken into and supplies stolen.  Total loss has not been disclosed.  There are no suspects at this time.

Case #16-7346

2026    Central: Robbery with a Civilian Taser on East 4th St.

The suspect and victim know each other and today the suspect took the victim’s property and then threatened to use a civilian handheld Taser on him if he resisted.  The suspect has been identified but is still outstanding.

Case #16-7356

   

Sunday, April 24, 2016

1516    South: Arrest - Domestic Battery on Purdue.

Donald Virgilio, DOB 9/14/1968, was arrested on the above charge.

Case #16-7362

1508    Central: Arrest - Battery on a Healthcare Worker on West 6th St.

As the victim was entering the room the suspect intentionally kicked the door into him.  He then spat at Security guards.  Anthony Conners, DOB 2/23/1984, was arrested on the above charge.

Case #16-7413

1617    South: Residential Burglary on South Arlington Ave.

A witness heard a crash and saw a subject entering the residence through a broken window and then saw the same subject exit through the front door a short time later carrying what appeared be either a safe or filing cabinet and then get into a vehicle and flee.  There is no suspect description at this time.

Case #16-7415

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

Morning Media Update

4/21/2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 0100    South:  Strong Armed Robbery @ Virginia & La Rue.

The victim was approached by the suspects who demanded his property and then began to beat him.  The suspects are described as: #1 H/M/A, shaved head, LSW an unknown color hoodie.  #2 H/M/A, young looking, LSW an unknown color hoodie.  #3 W/M/A, small build, scruffy looking, LSW a baseball hat and unknown color hoodie.

            Case #16-7099

0650    South:  Arrest – Poss. of Stolen Motor Vehicle / Traffic Violations @ Plumb & Kietzke.

Officers conducted a stop for traffic violations and discovered the vehicle was stolen.  Brandon McGaskey, DOB 12/28/1982, was arrested on the above charges.

Case #16-7106 

0846    South:  Arrest - Armed Robbery, Knife on South Virginia St.

An employee had attempted to stop the suspect from leaving without paying for merchandise when the suspect displayed a knife and fled with the merchandise.  The suspect was located a short time later.  Damien Gardner, DOB 5/25/1989, was arrested on the above charge.

Case #16-7108 

1449    North:  BDW, Shooting on Wedekind Rd.

See News Release.

Case #16-7133

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

Morning Media Update

4/20/2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

 

2250    North:  Shooting into Occupied Dwellings on Grand Summit.

Officers responded to numerous reports of shots fired and discovered several buildings had been struck.  There were no reported injuries and the investigation is ongoing.

            Case #16-7097           

2326    North:  Attempted Armed Robbery, Firearm on Denslowe.

The armed suspects entered the business, threatened the employee and demanded money.   At some point a struggle ensued between the victim and one of the suspects over one of the weapons. Both suspects then fled before obtaining any money.  The suspects are described as: #1 W/M/A or H/M/A, LSW a black jacket over a gray sweatshirt with a hood, dark shorts and black and white converse shoes.  #2 W/M/A or H/M/A, LSW dark jeans and a black jacket with a hood.

Case #16-7098

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

Morning Media Update

4/19/2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

0759 South: Arrest – Poss. of a Stolen Motor Vehicle / Poss. of Forged Instrument @ South Virginia & Hubbard. Officers observed an occupied stolen vehicle and conducted a stop. Adam Subia, DOB 11/25/1980, was arrested on the above charge. Case #16-6514

1110 South: Bank Robbery on South McCarran Blvd. See News Release. Case #16-6991

1142 South: Bank Robbery on South Virginia St. See News Release. Case #16-6995

2040 South: Arrest – Robbery with Elderly Enhancement @ 9th & Montello. See News Release. Case #16-6392

2235 South: Arrest - Domestic Battery / Prevent 911 / O&R on Lost Valley Rd. Anthony Hilburn June, DOB 9/12/1974, was arrested on the above charges. Case #16-7027

2241 South: Arrest - Disturbing the Peace / O&R on Claremont St. Officers responded to a report of a subject knocking on doors and screaming. When they attempted to make contact with the suspect he refused to stop or follow their verbal commands. Wadeeah Ramadan-Nwokedi, DOB 4/18/1972, was arrested on the above charges. Case #16-7028

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

Bank robbery suspect hits second bank in South Reno

4/18/2016

Reno, NV – Shortly after 11 am on Monday April 18, 2016 an unknown male entered the Meadows Bank in the 6500 block of South McCarran Boulevard in Reno, and demanded money from the teller, but no gun was seen.  The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he then left the bank and was last seen headed west of the bank towards Talbot Lane.  Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the male.

At approximately 1240 pm the same suspect from the earlier bank robbery walked into the Wells Fargo located in the 4000 block of South Virginia Street, presented a note demanding money, but the teller did not give the man any money.  The man left the bank in an unknown direction. 

Witnesses at the Wells Fargo described the suspect as a black male in his 20’s, 5’9 to   6’ tall, thin build, and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with red lettering, black button up jacket, black pants and sunglasses. 

Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detectives are currently working with the Northern Nevada Branch of the FBI on this case. 

Anyone with information about this case or the suspect is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324), or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.  Secret Witness is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case.

 RPD Case # 16-6995

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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

Reno Police seeking bank robbery suspect from South Reno

4/18/2016

Reno, NV – Shortly after 11 am on Monday April 18, 2016 an unknown male entered the Meadows Bank in the 6500 block of South McCarran Boulevard in Reno, and demanded money from the teller, but no gun was seen.  The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and he then left the bank and las last seen headed west of the bank towards Talbot Lane.  Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the male. 

Upon reviewing the banks security surveillance, authorities are looking for a black male in his 20’s, 5’9 tall, thin build, and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with red lettering, grey hoodie with NY 1967 writing on the front, red shirt under the hoodie, sunglasses and was clean shaven. 

Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detectives are currently working with the Northern Nevada Branch of the FBI on this case. 

Anyone with information about this case or the suspect is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324), or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

 RPD Case # 16-6991

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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 from home invasion on Foster Drive in South Reno identified. One suspect is in-custody and the other is deceased.

4/6/2016

Reno, NV - At about 5:00 pm on February 24, 2016 Reno Police Officers responded to the report of a possible residential robbery in progress at a residence in the 1400 block of Foster Drive in South Reno. When Officers arrived they located an elderly man who had sustained non-life threatening injuries from the suspects in this case.  

The suspects were described as possibly being two males.  One was approximately 6' thin build and the other was described as 5'8" heavy build with a tattoo on one of his forearms.    

Through the course of the investigation, Reno Police Detectives were able to identify two suspects in this case.  One suspect, identified as 19 year old Reno resident Tristan Conti (DOB 09/23/96), was the man who on February 25, 2016 stole a vehicle in Sparks at around 9:30 pm and was spotted by Lyon County Deputies in Silver Springs, Nevada.  Once contacted by Deputies, Conti shot at Deputies injury one, and was subsequently killed at that scene. 

The second suspect, identified as 18 year old Roberto Ramirez (DOB 10/02/97) was located and arrested shortly before 8 pm on April 5, 2016 by Reno Police Detectives and Detectives with the Regional Crime Suppression Unit.   Ramirez was taken to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked for Burglary with a Firearm, 1st Degree Kidnapping, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Battery with Intent to Commit Robbery, and Battery with a Deadly Weapon causing Substantial Bodily Harm with Elderly enhancements. 

Also arrested with Ramirez was his 18 year old girlfriend Sonia Hurtado.  Hurtado was arrested by Detectives for a previous case from 2015 where she had used the stolen credit cards from a victim in a residential burglary that was believed to have been committed by Conti and Ramirez.   Hurtado was charged with Unlawful Use of a Credit Card and Possession of Stolen Property. 

Anyone having any information about these individuals or this case is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2188, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW 

RPD Case # 15-22747

RPD Case # 16-3348

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

Law Enforcement Agencies host 3rd Symposium on Race and Policing

4/5/2016

Community and Religious leaders from around the Truckee Meadows will come together with local Law Enforcement Officials to discuss building a stronger collaboration between our community and our Law Enforcement on Thursday April 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

The evening begins with a free pre-symposium BBQ on the third floor veranda of the Joe Crowley Building from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. The BBQ is being hosted and funded by the UNR Students Union (ASUN) and is open to everyone in the community who wishes to attend. 

The symposium itself will start at 6:00 p.m. and go until 9:00 p.m.  This is a free event that will be held in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater. Free parking is also available for those members of the community who wish to participate. 

The concept of a Symposium on Race was initially created by Dr. Norris Dupree and members of local law enforcement in 2014.  This is the third such symposium to be held since.  

The three hour event will begin with an initial introduction of the panel members and an overview of changes in local law enforcement from previous symposiums.   This will be followed by two break-out sessions in which the public may ask questions of community leaders and law enforcement executives. 

One session will focus on presentations and discussions about of law enforcement operations and how agencies operate within the Constitution and Nevada State Law.

The second session will focus on local immigration and policing issues. This session will include Spanish speaking interpreters to help clarify common misconceptions related to law enforcement and immigration issues for the Hispanic members of our community.

The symposium has received invaluable support from local businesses, churches and individuals such as Dr. Cesar Minera and Dr. Norris Dupree. 

Other organizations that made this symposium possible are:

  • University of Nevada, Reno          Greater Harvest Church
  • Second Baptist Church               Encounter Church
  • 360 Blueprint                                    Ministerio Palabra de Vida
  • Reno Gazette Journal                     Washoe County School District

Local Law Enforcement and Government agencies who will be participating in the symposium include the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, UNR PD, Sparks PD, Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County School Police, Reno-Tahoe Airport Police, Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and the local offices of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

There will be a pre-symposium news conference at the Joe Crowley Student Union for all media outlets at 2:00 p.m. on April 6, 2016 for more details.

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

Suspect in lewdness with a minor case in Reno found dead in California

4/5/2016

On February 3, 2016 two 10 year old females were going to residence in North Reno collecting donations for a school project.  They went to a residence where they contacted a man who agreed to give them money, and he went inside his house to retrieve the cash for them.   When the man returned he reportedly groped one of the female juveniles.  The girl screamed and the two juveniles ran off, told their parents what had happened and contacted Reno Police.    

Sex Crimes Detectives with the Reno Police Department followed up with the victim and male suspect in this case, and through the course of their investigation determined that the man had inappropriately touched the female.  

The suspect in this case, 36 year old Eric Zika (DOB 12/22/79), was found Friday March 18, 2016 deceased in Willows, California north of Yuba City.   

Reno Police want to remind parents to never allow their children go to stranger’s homes alone or without adult supervision, and to always report suspicious activity immediately to authorities.

The Reno Police Department is asking anyone who may have had contact with Eric Zika or more information about this case to contact the Reno Police Department 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 # 16-2109