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Your Police, Our Community

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

Reno Police and Community Assistance Center (CAC) working together to help the homeless camping along the Truckee River

6/29/2015

In a continued effort to assist the homeless community living in the downtown area, Community Action Officers with the Reno Police Department have been working closely with the homeless shelter known as the Community Assistance Center (CAC) to open an over flow shelter for those camping along the Truckee River.   Prior to any enforcement action, CAO Officers have been conducting an educational campaign to educate illegal campers and advise them of the opening of the homeless overflow shelter located at 790 Sutro Street.

Once Officers contact a homeless camp, they refer the person to the CAC where they can check in with the shelter to be put on a list for the overflow shelter which opens at 8 pm.  Once checked in the homeless person will be provided transportation to the shelter for the evening.  The shelter is available to both men and women and can accommodate up to 100 people.

The area affected by this municipal code is referred to as the “Truckee River Corridor”.  The corridor extends from Stephenson Street along the river east to Wells Avenue and covers any area within 350 feet of the river. 

After the educational campaign is completed, Officers may begin to issue misdemeanor citations for those who had been previously warned about illegal camping and continue to camp along the river.

The Reno Police Department continues to work with the City of Reno and the Reno City Council in making Reno a safe and clean community. 

For more information on this program and the efforts of the Reno Police Department to be integrated into our community like the department on Facebook or follow on Twitter. 

“Your Police, Our Community”

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

Man charged with Open Murder from August 2014 homicide in Reno

6/25/2015

On August 29, 2014 at approximately 130 am Reno Police Officers responded to the Ponderosa Motel located at 515 S Virginia Street in South Reno on the report of a stabbing that had just occurred.  When Officers arrived they located a male victim with a stab wound to the chest near the front entrance of the hotel.  Officers and paramedics attempted life saving measures, and the victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The victim was identified as 48 year old Richard LeBarron.

Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives responded and began their investigation.

Over the last several months Detectives have reviewed security surveillance and interviewed several witnesses.  Detectives positively identified the suspect and it was discovered he was already in custody at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges.  Reno Police Detectives interviewed the Defendant who admitted to the crime.  27 year old Reno resident Johnathan Mingo (DOB 09/17/87) was then charged with 1 count of Open Murder.

Reno Police Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this case or the men arrested in connection with this case to please 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 # 14-16570

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

Driver from fatal crash on Princess Avenue has been identified

6/23/2015

On Monday June 22, 2015 Reno Police, Reno Fire and REMSA Medics responded to the 1400 block of Princess Avenue on the report of a SUV that had crashed into a residence that was occupied at the time by a mother, her two year old son, 4 year old daughter and teenage niece.  As a result of the crash, the 2 and 4 year old children were pronounced deceased on scene. 

The driver of the SUV, identified as 66 year old Reno resident Berg, Sheldon (DOB 04/09/49) was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and released.  Alcohol or drugs still do not initially appear to be a factor in this crash, but investigators are looking into the possibility the driver experienced a medical event.  It has been discovered through the course of the ongoing investigation that the driver was involved in an accident in Reno in 2013 after he suffered an unknown medical episode. 

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 # 15-14746

RPD Case # 13-1358

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

Vehicle crash into South Reno home leaves two juveniles deceased

6/22/2015

At about noon on Monday 22 June, 2015 an SUV driven by a 66 year old male was traveling westbound on Brentwood Drive in South Reno when it failed to stop at the intersection of Princess Avenue.  The SUV continued through the intersection and struck a residence in the 1400 block Princess Avenue.  The residence was occupied at the time by a mother and her two year old son, 4 year old daughter and teenage niece.  

It has been confirmed that the 2 and 4 year were old killed as a result of the crash. 

The driver of the SUV is being cooperative with the investigation and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.  Alcohol or drugs do not initially appear to be a factor in this crash.

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 # 15-14746

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

Regional Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo comes to downtown Reno

6/22/2015

The public is invited to attend the free Regional Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno.

This fun and informative event, hosted by the City of Reno and PREPARE-Washoe, will be geared toward adults and children and will include more than 40 exhibitors and several food trucks. Attendees can celebrate National Safety Month while learning about health and wellness and disaster preparedness measures in the home, workplace, and community.

“We are dedicated to providing safe and healthy neighborhoods at the City of Reno, and this is another great opportunity to learn about how we can be more prepared citizens and employees,” Ward 4 Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie says.

Attendees will be able to:
  • Watch Reno Fire Department crew members rappel from the Mills B. Lane Justice Center and extricate simulated accident victims from wrecked cars.
  • Watch K-9 Team and Bomb Squad demonstrations.
  • Receive a no-cost Child ID Kit and drug awareness information.
  • Participate in bicycle and pedestrian safety activities.
  • Learn how to prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and other weather-related disasters, including fire extinguisher and sandbag training.
In addition to the Reno Fire Department, City of Reno exhibitors will include the Reno Police Department, Emergency Communications (dispatch), Public Works, and an acting pedestrian safety group made up of multiple departments.

View the attached flier for a complete list of exhibitors.
News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Subject armed with handgun shot by Reno Police

6/20/2015

Shortly before 2 am on Sunday 21 June, 2015 Reno Police Officers responded to the area of the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno on the report from citizens of a man who had a gun.  When Officers approached the man he presented a firearm and was shot by Officers.  The man was transported to a local hospital and his medical condition is unknown at this time. No Officers were injured in the encounter.

Due to the circumstances of the incident, the Washoe County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol was initiated, and Detectives with the Sparks Department will lead the investigation.  Further inquiries about this case should be directed to the Sparks Police Department. 

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Sparks Police Departments at (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or by text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-14666

SPD Case # 15-5906

WCSO 15-6445

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 work together to locate and arrest 7-11 Robbery Suspects

6/18/2015

Since 5 June, 2015 five 7-11 convenience stores in both Reno and Washoe County have been robbed and Robbery Homicide Detectives from both agencies have been investigating the crimes.  Early Wednesday morning 17 June, 2015 Washoe County Deputies responded to an unrelated fight in Lemmon Valley where they observed evidence from the robberies which ultimately lead investigators to one of the suspects.

After identifying one of the suspects, Reno Police and Washoe County Robbery Homicide Detectives combined efforts with the Regional Crime Suppression Unit, and over the last two days identified two more suspects who were involved in the store robberies.  Two 17 year old males and a 21 year old male were contacted by Law Enforcement and all three have admitted to investigators their involvement in the crimes. 

Arrested on 4 counts of Armed Robbery was 21 year old Reno resident Ralph Rivas (DOB 02/03/94).  Due to the other males being juveniles their identities will not be released, but they have both been charged with 5 counts of Armed Robbery.

The Regional Crime Suppression Unit is made up of Supervisors and Officers from Reno and Sparks Police Departments.

Anyone with any information about these cases is asked to contact the Reno Police at (775) 334-2115, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 328-3320, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #: 15-14052/15-14339

WCSO Case #: 15-6062/15-6354/15-6430

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 Wal-Mart burglary being sought by Reno Police Detectives

6/17/2015

On Sunday 14 June, 2015 at approximately 3 pm, three African American males entered the Wal-Mart at 4855 Kietzke Lane in South Reno and were able to steal an undisclosed amount of money from several registers.  The suspects can be seen on Wal-Mart security surveillance as one suspect in a red striped shirt breaks into the registers while the other two suspects act as lookouts.  It was later discovered that these same three suspects had committed the same crime in Winnemucca prior to coming to Reno. 

The three suspects are described as African American, ranging in height from between 5’6” and 6’, and all in their 30’s. 

Anyone having any information as to the identity of this person is are asked to please contact the Reno  Police Department Burglary Division at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case #15-14356

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

Crash in North Reno leaves female passenger dead

6/17/2015

Shortly after 7 pm on Tuesday 16 June, 2015, an SUV exited northbound 395 onto Red Rock Road in North Reno, failed to stop at a stop sign, and was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Red Rock Road.  After being struck the SUV flipped over, ejecting the female passenger, and trapping the male driver. Reno Police, Reno Fire, REMSA and Deputies with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Officer all responded to the scene.  The male driver of the SUV was extricated by Reno Fire, and he and the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were both transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The female passenger who was ejected from the SUV was pronounced dead on scene.  She has been identified as 50 year old Washoe County resident Clara Williams (DOB 06/10/65).

The Reno Police Department Traffic Division Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Detectives and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are working together on this investigation.  A preliminary investigation has revealed that vehicle speed and alcohol are likely contributing factors in this crash, and that charges may be filed against the driver of the SUV.

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.com,  or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Reno PD Case # 15-14378

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

Pedestrian from Friday’s accident in North Reno identified

6/15/2015

Shortly after 3 pm Friday 12 June, 2015 Reno Police responded to the area of 9thStreet and Dolomite in North Reno on the report of a pedestrian who was pinned under an RTC bus.  When Officers arrived on scene they located a 59 year old male whose leg was trapped under the rear wheels of the bus.  Reno Fire and REMSA personnel also responded and extricated the pedestrian out from under the bus and transported him to a local hospital where he later passed away due to several medical conditions. 

Reno Police Department Traffic Division Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) Detectives responded and began their investigation.  The preliminary investigation into this incident has revealed that the pedestrian exited the RTC bus and began walking east along the sidewalk to the north edge of 9th Street.  As the driver of the RTC bus began to pull away from the curb, the pedestrian stepped off the edge of the curb and fell into the side of the bus where his leg became trapped under the right rear wheel.  The pedestrian’s alcohol level may have been a contributing factor to this accident.  The pedestrian has been identified as Sun Valley resident Andrew Matschke (DOB 12/29/55)

RTC and the driver have cooperated fully with the investigation.

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.

Reno PD Case # 15-14086