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Shortly before 1 am on July 29, 2015 Reno Police Dispatch received a call from concerned friends of a man who lives at 228 Mill Street in Downtown Reno who stated the man was making odd statements about possibly possessing a hazardous substance. Due to the possible hazard to citizens and first responders, members of the Reno Police Department CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) Team, Reno Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team and REMSA responded to the complex.
After making contact with the man who had made the statements to his friends, Reno Police and Fire checked his room and did not locate any hazardous substances. The man is being cooperative with Reno Police Investigators and was taken to RENOWN for evaluation.
Though there was no hazardous substance found, this incident was a text book example of how Reno’s first responders come together with the appropriate manpower and equipment to ensure the safety of our community.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2175, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP411) keyword – SW.
RPD Case # 15-17332
Over the last several weeks Reno Police Dispatchers have received a large volume of calls from citizens who have been receiving fake calls from IRS agents.
In the most recent version of this scam, the "IRS agent" informs citizens that they are being sued for unpaid taxes. The fake IRS representative may give the citizen a fake badge number and name, and then they will try to pressure you into paying a fee by using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. If you don't pay up immediately, the "IRS agent" will say they will sign a warrant for your arrest, and have authorities come to your house.
The Reno Police Department encourages anyone receiving these types of calls to not ever provide any credit card, debit card, or bank information no matter how much the caller threatens you.
How to Spot an IRS Scam:
Here are some ways to spot a fake IRS agent.
1. Be wary if you are being asked to act immediately. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have had time to think. The IRS will give you the chance to question or appeal what you owe.
2. The IRS doesn't call, text or email. The IRS won't call about payment or overdue taxes without first contacting you by mail.
3. Don't wire money or use a prepaid debit card. Scammers often pressure people into wiring money or using a prepaid debit card. It's like sending cash: once it's gone, you can't trace it. The IRS says it will never demand immediate payment, require a specific form of payment, or ask for credit card or debt card numbers over the phone.
4. If you owe taxes or you think you might, contact the IRS at 800.829.1040 or irs.gov. IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there is an issue.
5. If you know you don't owe taxes. Report the incident to the Department of the Treasury at 800-366-4484 or on line at ortigta.gov.
The Reno Police Department encourages concerned citizens to go to the IRS website at irs.gov to learn more about scams and report suspicious activity.
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. The deceased has been identified as 56 year old Reno resident Evan Traub (DOB 08/05/58)
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.
Today Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives received the preliminary post mortem autopsy results from Evan Traub’s injuries which indicated he died as a result of being battered by the two suspects in this case.
The two suspects who were arrested in May 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) who were still in custody at the Washoe County Jail and have been charged with Open Murder.
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
On Saturday July 25, 2015 from 11am until 3 pm Officers with the Reno Police will be at the 5th Annual Northeast Reno Community block party. This free community event will again feature live music, food and fun activities for your entire family.
As part of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church and the City of Reno’s efforts to provide community services and education to the residence in Northeast Reno, this event is also a great opportunity to meet your community’s first responders. There will be Reno Police Motor Officers, Patrol Officers, a Reno PD Recruiter and the Consolidated Bomb Squad. This year’s event will also have a dunk tank available for members of the community to “dunk a cop” to raise funds for the church.
The free event is open to the entire community and will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church located at 1810 Helena Avenue in Northeast Reno.
For more information about this event contact Reno Police Officer Jerry Bowden at (775) 745-3642, or Reverend Lyons at (775) 329-6260.
Through a joint investigation with Fraud Detectives from Reno and Sparks Police Departments, Detectives with both agencies began to investigate reports from mostly elderly victims who were befriended by an African American female while shopping at local grocery stores. After meeting the female, they discovered that their wallets were stolen from their purses. Investigators were able to identify a suspect in this case and on July 17, 2015 33 year old California resident Danielle Benefield was arrested by Sparks Police on numerous fraud charges in their area.
It was discovered by Reno Fraud Detectives that Benefield also victimized several other residents in the Reno area and are asking any other possible victims to please contact authorities.
Citizens who may have been victimized in Sparks are asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225. If you have possibly been victimized by Benefield in the Reno area, citizens can contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4756, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.
RPD Case # 15-16461
SPD Case # 15-6786
Being well into summer and the temperatures being ideal for riding motorcycles, the Reno Police Department has seen an increase in complaints from citizens of speeding motorcycle riders in every area of our city. Speeding on a motorcycle is not only against the law, but it is most importantly dangerous for the rider and other citizens if a crash occurs.
Statistics show that 24% of motorcyclists in fatal crashes did not have a motorcycle endorsement, and that they have a 300% chance of being involved in a fatal accident over licensed motorcycle riders. Other contributing factors too many motorcycle crashes in our area is speed, lack of visibility due to riders not wearing reflective gear, and motorists who do not clear their blind spots and share the road safely with riders.
Starting on Friday July 24, 2015 through Monday August 10, 2015 in an effort to educate motorcycle riders in Reno of the safe operation of the motorcycles, the Reno Police Department Traffic Division will be out actively looking for and enforcing speeding violations. This is a continued effort of the Reno Police to make the streets in our community safe for everyone through a Nevada Joining Forces grant.
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.
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On July 18, 2015 at approximately 10:21 AM officers from the Reno Police Department were called to the 2000 block of Centennial Way on a report of a female victim of a domestic related incident. Reno Police Officers, Reno Firefighters, and REMSA paramedics arrived on scene, rendered aid, and ultimately transported the victim to the hospital where she has succumbed to her injuries. The victim has been identified as 23 year old Reno resident Angelica Hood.
The suspect in this case, Dempsey Hood (DOB 10/10/82), was located by Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday in Sun Valley after he attempted to flee from them after crashing a vehicle he was driving.
Dempsey Hood was initially arrested for Battery Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Domestic Battery for the Reno offenses, and will now be charged with Open Murder. He was also arrested for assault on a protected person (deputies), duty to stop at an accident, reckless driving, and resist public officer by Washoe County Sheriff's deputies.
Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2115, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.
RPD Case # 15-16611
WCSO Case # 15-7221
At 8 am on July 20, 2015 RENOWN Security discovered a suspicious package near a vehicle which was parked in the north parking lot of RENOWN South Meadows located at 10101 Double R Boulevard in South Reno. The package was making an odd beeping noise, and Security personnel immediately contacted Reno Police Dispatch. Reno Police responded and secured the area with RENOWN personnel for the community’s safety until the Consolidated Bomb Squad could respond and investigate.
Once on scene, the Bomb Squad deployed their equipment and determined the package was not a bomb, and that it only contained rolls of security webbing which was making the beeping sounds. Security webbing is normally attached to expensive electronic equipment to prevent items from being shoplifted.
Even though this package ended up not being an actual threat to the community, this incident was a perfect example of how our areas first responders quickly respond to potential threats and work closely with agencies such as RENOWN to insure the community is safe and informed. Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity or packages around hospitals, government buildings or any areas frequented by the public is asked to contact authorities immediately.
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RPD Case # 15-16727
Shortly after 2 am on Wednesday July 15, 2015 a resident in North Reno near Stead and Golden Valley was awakened by someone ringing on his door bell. Not expecting anyone at such an early hour, the citizen contacted Reno Police Dispatch to report the suspicious activity. Officers responded to the area and were able to locate 2 adult males, and a 17 year old male juvenile in the area who were all detained. During the course of the initial investigation Reno Police Officers located a stolen firearm from a residential burglary that had occurred in area and the 3 were taken to the Reno Police Department for interviews.
Reno Police Burglary Detectives spoke with the suspects who admitted to being involved in several residential burglaries in North Reno to include the areas of Stead and Golden Valley. 18 year old Christian Trigilio (DOB 07/08/97) and 20 year old Joe Alfaro (DOB 08/15/94) were arrested on numerous charges including Attempted Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Burglary.
The juvenile was also arrested for the same charges, but his name will not be released.
The investigation is ongoing and Detectives are asking that anyone with any information about these subjects or these cases to contact the Burglary Division of the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW
RPD Case # 15-16350
Over the last several weeks Law Enforcement Officers with both Reno and Sparks Police Departments have had incidents involving 23 year old Sparks resident Jonathan Hanes, who most recently eluded Officers in a vehicle while endangering the public’s safety. Hanes has avoided arrest from authorities since March of this year when he fled from Nevada Parole and Probation Officers.
Jonathan Hanes is not only a person of interest in an Attempted Murder case from Reno, but he is also wanted for Felony Eluding, Parole Violations pertaining to a Battery with a Knife case, and he also has two misdemeanor warrants. He is 5’9” tall, 150 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.
Reno Police Detectives are asking anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Hanes is asked 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 # 15-14466
SPD Case 15-6108
Shortly after 1 pm on Tuesday July 14, 2015 an unknown male entered the Umpqua Bank in the 3400 block of South Virginia Street 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 north on Virginia Street. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the male.
Upon reviewing the banks security surveillance, authorities are looking for a white or Hispanic male in his 40’s, 5’6 to 5’9 tall, medium to heavy build, who was last seen wearing a multi colored baseball cap, dark colored long sleeve shirt, and dark pants.
Reno Police Departments Robbery/Homicide Detectives are currently working with Northern Nevada Branch of the FBI on this case.
Anyone with information about this case or the suspects 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 # 15-16309
The Reno Police Department is currently recruiting for new civilian staff to better assist our community at the main Police Station front desk. 8 full time Police Program Assistant positions have been approved by the City of Reno for qualified applicants who wish to work for the Reno Police Department and serve the community.
The Reno Police Department is proud to be creating a new front desk model of excellence in an effort to provide the best response to crime victims and citizens overall. These are great public service positions for those wanting to engage with the community at the front desk taking police reports, collecting evidence, answering phones, greeting visitors, working with other agencies, and working in a great team environment.
Those applicants who successfully complete the hiring process will be provided a great training program that will provide all the tools and knowledge necessary for success. Please see the link below if you are interested and feel free to share with friends, family, and anyone you think would be a great fit for the Reno Police Department.
Applications will be accepted until 5 pm on July 17, 2015. For more information please contact Kym Suh at firstname.lastname@example.org of at (775) 334-2223.
To apply please go to: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/1166463
With the daytime temperatures remaining between 90 and 100 degrees, the Reno Police Department wants to remind our community of some easy ways to remain safe during the hot summer months.
It is extremely important to keep yourself, your children and your pets hydrated during the summer months even when you are driving in an air conditioned vehicle. With temperatures at 80 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can reach 99 to 104 degrees in only 10 minutes which is dangerous for children and pets. As temperatures increase to even 90 or 95 degrees, the inside of a vehicle can get to 109 or even 114 degrees.
Local Law Enforcement agencies frequently get calls on 911 of vehicles with unattended children and pets during the summer months which is against the law. Even with your vehicles air conditioning running, it cannot keep your vehicle sufficiently cool enough for children and pets when the vehicle is parked and idling.
If you have to travel in these hot temperatures with you children or pets, always keep extra water available for you and them. Most importantly do not ever leave them in your vehicle unattended for any amount of time.
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In a continued effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Reno whether you are going to be traveling this weekend or having a BBQ with friends and family, the men and women of the Reno Police Department will be out actively enforcing DUI’s through a federal grant known as Jointing Forces.
Joining Forces aims to reduce serious injuries, death and property damage associated with traffic accidents related to DUI’s. Local Law Enforcement agencies from around the area will “Join Forces” over the 4th of July weekend to educate drivers on traffic safety issues, and also the enforcement of those who drink and drive.
The Reno Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the citizens of Reno that all fireworks are considered illegal within the city limits. Reno Municipal Code 16.02.030 covers the possession and use of fireworks and pyrotechnics within the City. If cited, a penalty of up to $500.00 can be imposed. The Reno Police Department encourages anyone who finds or wishes to have smaller amounts of consumer grade fireworks collected and destroyed to contact the non emergency line of Reno Police Dispatch.
Appropriate measures will be taken by the Consolidated Bomb Squad Unit to make sure the items are removed safely. The City’s Fireworks Amnesty Program protects those who voluntarily surrender their illegal fireworks from prosecution.
For more information about the Reno Police Department Traffic Division and Joining Forces please contact the Traffic Division at (775) 334-2141.
For more information about fireworks please contact Reno Police Officer Jason Morgan with the Consolidated Bomb Squad Unit, at (775) 745-2301
At about 4 pm on July 1, 2015 a motorcycle was traveling southbound in the 9500 block of South Virginia Street when it struck a SUV that was turning northbound onto Virginia Street from Sierra Manor Drive. The man riding the motorcycle was seriously injured and was transported to RENOWN where he has since succumbed to his injuries as a result of the accident. The rider has been identified as 26 year old Alberto Gonzalez.
The investigation is on-going. Reno Police MAIT Detectives are asking for anyone who may have witnessed this accident to please 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.
RPD Case # 15-15424
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