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Your Police, Our Community
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POLICE DEPARTMENT
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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 Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) is hosting bicycle registration rodeo for community members to register their bicycles with Reno PD

5/28/2015

Every year local Law Enforcement agencies in the Truckee Meadows recover numerous stolen bicycles and bicycle parts.  Unfortunately Officers are unable to return the bikes to their owners due to them not being registered with the police. 

On Saturday May 30, 2015 from 10 am until 4 pm, members of the Reno Police Departments Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) will be at Double Diamond Elementary School located at 1200 South Meadows Parkway in South Reno for citizens to register their bicycles with the Reno Police in the unfortunate event they do get stolen.

This free event will allow citizens, and parents to register their bikes as well as their children’s, meet Officers with the Reno Police Departments Bike Team and participate in a bicycle safety classes. 

With the assistance of local groups and businesses like Reno Bike Tribe, St Mary’s Fitness Center, the Kiwanis Bike Program and Peloton Bicycles Inc there will be several bicycles that will be raffled for free and a bicycle obstacle course for both adults and kids to test their biking skills.

For more information on this event please contact Reno PD DET Officer Greenlee at (775) 997-5359 or email him at greenlees@reno.gov.

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

RPDMedia Update Friday, May 22, 2015

5/22/2015

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

Local news reporters will see if they have what it takes to become a Reno Police Officers this weekend

5/21/2015

This Saturday May 23th, 2015 news reporters with News Channel 2, News 4 and KOLO 8 will join prospective police recruits and other members of our community at North Valleys High School to see if they have what it takes to pass the physical fitness test to become a Reno Police Officer.  As part of the Run with a Reno PD Recruiter that is offered to all members of our community to stay fit, and run with Reno Police Officers, this weekend’s event will put some of our best news reporters to the test to see if they could pass the initial test to get into Law Enforcement. 

Recruiters will be at North Valleys High School track located at 1470 E Golden Valley Road in North Reno from 10 am until 12 pm for anyone who applied to be a Reno Police Officer or is ever interested in becoming a Police Officer.  

The Run with a Reno PD Recruiter program is an opportunity to workout alongside a Reno Police Officer, ask questions, and meet other people who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  It also gives applicants and community members a chance to gauge their physical fitness readiness.  Attendees will be able to test their physical fitness with the Jamar grip test, bend – twist – touch, push ups, sit ups, 100 yard dash, and a 1.5 mile run which are all tests they will have to successfully pass to become a Reno Police Officer.

For more information please like the Reno Police Department on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  You can also contact the Reno Police Department Recruiting Office at (775) 334-2455.

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 Traffic Division joins forces with local Law Enforcement: Click it or Ticket

5/21/2015

Over the next week Officers with the Reno Police Departments Traffic Division will join other local Law Enforcement agencies statewide to educate drivers in the Truckee Meadows on the importance of wearing seat belts.  The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to remind motorists that seat belts save lives and that failing to buckle up can result in costly tickets and fees.  Law enforcement officers working Joining Forces will issue citations to those not wearing seat belts, but the main goal will be to remind all vehicle occupants to buckle up. 

With the summer holidays and travel season quickly approaching, we encourage drivers to fasten their seat belts before they start their car, and to enforce this rule with passengers to ensure everyone is buckled before taking off.  Buckling up—something that takes literally two seconds—can be the difference between life and serious injury, or even death, in a crash.

Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of seat belt use, DUI, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety. During this campaign last year, Nevada’s Joining Forces partners made 4,801 stops statewide, citing 3,986 adults and 95 teens. In addition, 328 adults were issued citations for improperly restraining children.

The Click It or Ticket campaign is the nation’s most successful seat belt compliance effort, significantly raising awareness and seat belt usage since its inception. More information about seat belt use and Nevada’s Zero Fatalities program is available at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/buckle.

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

Elderly mans vehicle stolen from South Reno over the weekend with family pet inside

5/18/2015

On Saturday, May 16, 2015 Reno Police Officers responded to a residence in South Reno off of Virginia Lake Way on the report of a pickup truck that had just been stolen as the new resident was moving in.  When Officers arrived the elderly victim also told Reno Police that his 2 ½ year old, black and white female Border Collie “Jewel” was inside the vehicle when the suspects took the truck. 

Just prior to the victim’s vehicle and dog being stolen, he saw a white male and female in their late 20’s or early 30’s in the area who may have taken his vehicle.  The male was described as being about 5’8” tall with sandy colored hair, and the female was approximately 5’5” with light colored hair.

The elderly mans truck is a black extended cab 2014 Ford F-150 with Nevada license plates of 104AXW. 

Anyone having any information as to the location of the victims truck or family pet is asked to please contact the Reno  Police Department Auto Theft Division at (775) 334-2140, or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-12085

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

Local Law Enforcement Agencies compete in basketball game to support North Valleys Boys Basketball

5/14/2015

On Friday, May 15, 2015 Officers with the Reno Police Department and Deputies with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will trade in their police uniforms and put on basketball jerseys for a charity basketball game designed to raise funds for the North Valleys Boys Basketball.  The fundraiser will start at 7 pm at the North Valleys High School gym located at 1470 East Golden Valley Road in North Reno. 

Cost for admission will only be $1 with all the funds going to the students, but anyone wishing to give a little more is always welcome to do so.

This is the first time Officers and Deputies with both agencies have played basketball against each other to support North Valleys Boys Basketball. 

For more information about this event, please contact Reno Police Detective Tyler Clarke at (775) 745-0558.

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

Interim Police Chief presents three Commendation Medals

5/13/2015

At the May 13, 2015 Reno City Council meeting, Interim Police Chief Jason Soto presented Chief’s Commendation Medals to Detective Allan Fox, WCSO Detective Kathleen Bishop, and Dr. Brittany Baguley from the Washoe County Crime Lab. The three were instrumental in solving two major Reno cold cases. 

The Chief’s Medal of Commendation may be awarded by the Chief of Police to an officer who has demonstrated “…exceptional meritorious performance while conducting an administrative or operational assignment."

April Rhodes case – Detective Fox:

In November, 2008, Detective Fox was following up on leads from an unsolved 1990 murder in  Reno, when similarities between his case and an unsolved 1990 murder case from North Las Vegas, became apparent. Detective Fox began comparing evidence between the two cases and re-interviewed many people from each case in an effort to draw out more similarities.

In 2012, 22 years after the crime, Detective Fox found evidence that linked a suspect to the 1990 North Las Vegas Murder of April Rhodes. Jasper Goddard, a resident of Springfield, Missouri was subsequently arrested and charged with her Murder.  His trial is currently scheduled for this month.

Michele Mitchell Case – Detectives Fox/Bishop:

On February 24th, 1976, 19 year old Reno resident Michelle Mitchell, a nursing student at the University of Nevada, was murdered in a residential garage in the 300 block of 9th Street. Exactly three years later, in 1979, Cathy Woods, confessed to the murder of Michelle Mitchell.  

Cathy Woods was brought back to Nevada, tried and convicted of the murder. In 2013, Cathy Woods’ was granted a re-test of evidence and evidence from the original crime scene was tested for DNA. Male profile DNA evidence was recovered from a cigarette butt found at the original crime scene. That DNA profile was entered into the national database and was discovered to match DNA from several unsolved homicide cases in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Based on the links with the Bay Area murders, Detectives Fox and Bishop requested to follow-up on this case as they feared it was part of a serial homicide series known as the “Gypsy Hill Murders.”  Additionally, Detectives Fox and Bishop were concerned that perhaps Cathy Woods was either wrongfully convicted of the murder of Michelle Mitchell, or, at the very least, there was another party involved in Michelle’s murder.

From September, 2013, and continuing today, Detectives Fox and Bishop have worked tirelessly on this case. These detectives combed through boxes of original case reports, media reports, and negotiated the assembly of a multi-agency task force.  

In the summer of 2014, the Washoe County Crime Lab informed Detectives Fox and Bishop that there was a match to the DNA evidence samples from the homicides, and that the suspect was currently in custody in the Oregon State Prison System. The drive and tenacity of Detectives Fox and Bishop did not diminish with this discovery, rather, their pursuit of justice intensified.

It was discovered that Rodney Halbower had been convicted in multiple states of sexual assault related crimes, kidnapping and attempted homicide. Further, Detectives Fox and Bishop were able to conclusively determine that Halbower was in Reno at the time Michelle Mitchell was murdered.

On September 8, 2014, based on the new evidence and investigation done by Fox and Bishop, Cathy Woods was released from custody after serving nearly 35 years in a Nevada State Prison.

On January 21, 2015, Rodney Halbower was extradited from Oregon to the San Mateo, California jail where he is awaiting trial for two of the Gypsy Hill Murders. Vic Lee, a veteran Bay Area reporter said in a recent newscast that “it was the brilliant work and tenacity of cold case detectives, along with modern science that led to these cases being solved.”

I would also like to recognize members of the Washoe County Crime Lab, particularly Brittany Baguley, for their incredible forensic work in this investigation.

It is with great pleasure that I present the Reno Police Department’s Chief’s Commendation Medal to Detectives Allan Fox and Kathleen Bishop.

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

Man arrested by Reno Police for Sexual Assault and Lewdness with a Child under 14 years of age

5/11/2015

On Friday, May 8, 2015 Reno Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in South Reno on the report of a possible sexual assault to a female who was younger than 14 years of age.  Detectives with the Reno Police Departments Sex Crimes Division were also called out to investigate the allegations.  During the investigation it was discovered that over the course of several years the defendant had sexually assaulted the female family member.

Arrested for several counts of Sexual Assault and Lewdness with a Child under 14 years of age was 39 year old Reno resident  Marcos Montoya (DOB 10/15/79).

The Reno Police Department is asking for anyone who may have also been a victim of Montoya 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 # 15-11577

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

First Run with a Reno PD Recruiter event will be held at North Valleys High School

5/7/2015

On Saturday May 9th, 2015 Reno Police Officers and Recruiters will be at the North Valleys High School track located at 1470 E Golden Valley Road in North Reno from 10 am until 12 pm for anyone who applied to be a Reno Police Officer or is ever interested in becoming a Police Officer.   The program is designed to give current or potential Police Recruit applicants and community members an opportunity to work out and also gain insight into what to expect during the actual Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) test set for early June. 

Run with a Reno PD Recruiter is an opportunity to workout alongside a Reno Police Officer, ask questions, and meet other people who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement.  It also gives applicants and community members a chance to gauge their physical fitness readiness.  Attendees will be able to test their physical fitness with the Jamar grip test, bend – twist – touch, push up, sit ups, 100 yard dash, and a 1.5 mile run which are all tests they will have to successfully pass to become a Reno Police Officer.

Saturday’s event will be one of many that the Reno Police Department will be holding in the future for the community and anyone interested in a career in Law Enforcement to attend or simply stay fit and workout with the men and women of the Reno Police Department.  Water will be provided for the participants.

For more information please like the Reno Police Department on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  You can also contact the Reno Police Department Recruiting Office at (775) 334-2455.

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 two men after physical altercation on Saturday night leaves one man dead

5/6/2015

At about 10:30 pm on Saturday May 2, 2015, Reno Police Officers responded to the report of a subject down and covered in blood in the 700 block of Ryland Street in Reno. Once on scene Officers located a male victim of a battery who was semi-conscious and who had sustained injuries to his head.  The male victim was transported to a local hospital where his condition worsened and he died of his injuries several days later.

Reno Police Patrol Officers located security surveillance from a local business in the area which showed the victim being beaten by two suspects.  An Officer recognized one of the suspects from the video and located him in downtown Reno.  The suspect admitted to Officers that he and an acquaintance had been in a physical altercation with the victim.  Officers then contacted the suspect’s acquaintance who also admitted to battering the victim.

Arrested for Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm were 33 year old Rodney Yahola (DOB 08/07/81) and 32 year old George Hesse (DOB 08/14/82). The case is continuing with possible additional charges being filed at a later date against the two suspects.

The deceased has been identified as 56 year old Reno resident Evan Traub (DOB 08/05/58)

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at 322-4900,  www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case# 15-11213

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

Man found dead next to the Truckee River over the weekend has been identified

5/6/2015

On Saturday May 2, 2015 a citizen walking on the river path near Lake Street in downtown Reno located a man lying face down with blood around his face.  Reno Police and Fire personnel responded but the male victim was already deceased.  Reno Police Homicide Detectives responded and began to conduct an investigation into the incident.  

The victim has been identified as 50 year old Percy Candelaria (DOB 02/09/65).

Detectives with the Reno Police Department are actively following leads, but are requesting that anyone who has any information about this homicide to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-11174

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

Homeless man found murdered near the Truckee River

5/4/2015

Shortly before 7 am on Saturday May 2, 2015 a citizen walking on the river path near Lake Street in downtown Reno located a man lying face down with blood around his face.  Reno Police and Fire personnel responded but the male victim was already deceased.  Reno Police Homicide Detectives responded and began to conduct an investigation into the incident.  

The identity of the 50 year old male victim will not be released until the Washoe County Medical Examiner has notified his next of kin.

Detectives with the Reno Police Department are actively following leads, but are requesting that anyone who has any information about this homicide to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-11174

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 and the Washoe County School District celebrate another successful year of helping local children with 360 Blueprint program

5/4/2015

Reno Police Department and the Washoe County School District celebrate another successful year of helping local children with 360 Blueprint program

On Tuesday May 5, 2015 from 6 pm until 8 pm, Officers from Reno and Sparks PD, members from the Washoe County School District along with local community and religious leaders will gather for a banquet at the California Building located at 75 Cowan Drive in Reno to be celebrating another successful year of 360 Blueprint.  360 Blueprint is a collaboration effort that began in January of 2014 on behalf of the Reno Police Department and the Washoe County School District with the assistance of local community Universities, Community Colleges, businesses, and churches.  

360 Blueprint originally started with only 2 Washoe County Schools and no staff; but has since grown to 6 elementary schools, with over 60 reading and relationship mentors which include 7 Officers from the Reno Police Department and 2 from the Sparks Police Department. 

The goal of the program is to create a community of trust in at-risk communities by having Officers with Reno and Sparks PD who provide reading assistance to urban youth and families and emphasize the importance of school success. 

Since the beginning of the program students who have participated have seen reading levels increase 5 points, and word vocabularies increase as well.  Currently there are 60 children enrolled in the program and 46 community members from local churches, college students and high school students who assist the Officers and have donated over 700 hours of time to work with the kids.

For more information on 360 Blueprint please visit their website at 360blueprint.org.