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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 Department announces Community Graffiti Clean Up and River Beautification Day

8/27/2015

The Reno Police Department’s Graffiti Enforcement Team (GET) is organizing a Community Graffiti Clean Up and River Beautification Day in downtown Reno this Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America; the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows; The Children’s Cabinet; Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful; and the University of Nevada, Reno.

The public is invited to participate in the clean up, which will target the downtown bike and walking path along the Truckee River. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the First Street staging area near the Greyhound station located at 155 Stevenson Street, and the actual clean up will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m.

“The Reno City Council has made it a top priority to aggressively fight graffiti, and this clean up is one example of that ongoing effort,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve says. “We’d like to thank our community partners and citizens for getting involved.”

Graffiti clean-up kits will be provided by the City of Reno. While the main focus of the clean up is graffiti, attention will be given to beautification of the river path in general, including trash pick-up.

“In the future, we envision the Neighborhood Advisory Boards initiating these clean ups several times a year and involving businesses and citizens in their Wards,” Reno Police Chief Jason Soto says. “Fighting blight is important to the City of Reno and its Police Department, but we also need the community to join in the effort to make it successful.”

Learn more about how to report graffiti in the City of Reno at Reno.gov.
 
CommunityCleanUp-8.29.15
 
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 want to thank the community for their patience during Carson Deputy’s funeral services

8/20/2015

Earlier today the men and women for the Reno Police Department joined government dignitaries, families, friends, members of our community and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the nation to pay their respects to Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Howell who was killed in the line of duty last weekend.  With the countless police and fire vehicles, motorcycles, and civilian cars that were part of the several mile long procession to the Reno Events Center, there were long delays on the freeways and in Downtown Reno.

The Reno Police Department wants to thank the entire community, from those who attended the services, to those who were affected by the traffic and closed streets for your amazing support, patience and understanding following this tragic event.  

“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

Suspect from Reno murder arrested in Southern California

8/19/2015

Last week the Reno Police Department released information to the community on a homicide investigation from a murder that occurred in Reno on April 14, 2015.  Through the course of the investigation the Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Division identified a suspect and person of interest in the case. 

Thanks to the combined efforts of our concerned citizens, local media and Secret Witness, the suspect in this case, Hector Padilla (DOB 08/21/74), was located and arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department this afternoon on Open Murder charges related to this case.  Reno Police Detectives are currently headed to Southern California to extradite Padilla back to Reno where he will be booked into the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Brittany Harkins was listed as a person of interest in this case, and has since been located and interviewed by Reno Police Detectives.

Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-10018

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

Street closures and restrictions for Deputy Carl Howell’s funeral

8/18/2015

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, the funeral procession for Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Howell will begin in Carson City at 9 a.m. and end at the Reno Events Center, located at 400 North Center Street in downtown Reno. Howell was killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning on August 15.

The services are scheduled for 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. There are expected to be several hundred law enforcement and civilian vehicles that will be making the journey in honor of Deputy Howell from Carson City to Reno, and parking will be limited.

The Reno Police Department and the City of Reno Public Works department will be closing several streets in the downtown area beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. Planned street closures are:
  • North Virginia Street from Sixth Street south to Fourth Street. Fourth Street will remain open for citizens to travel west and east on Fourth.
  • Virginia Street will be closed south of the intersection with Fourth Street to Second Street.
  • Other street closures will be Fifth Street, Plaza, and Commercial east of Virginia Street to Center Street. Center Street will be open with the exception of the northbound lane on the east side of the street.
Parking for family, friends, and non-law enforcement personnel will be available at the National Bowling Stadium, but is limited to 290 vehicles. Doors open at the Reno Events Center at 9:30 a.m. The general public is encouraged to use surrounding parking garages in the area.

The Reno Police Department and the City of Reno want to thank the citizens and businesses affected by these travel restrictions for their patience and cooperation while northern Nevada mourns the loss of Deputy Howell.
News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Reno Citizens Institute registration open until September 9

8/17/2015

Residents of Reno, Sparks, and/or Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the fall session of the award-winning Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is September 9, 2015.

RCI participants meet with elected officials and City of Reno staff to gain an understanding of the City’s structure, processes, and services through hands-on exercises and presentations.

“Our spring 2015 graduating class was the largest in the history of our RCI program,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve says. “Our citizens clearly want to be engaged, which is another sign that it’s a new day in Reno.”

Activities include a mock planning commission meeting and a mock trial as participants take on various courtroom roles. Participants also visit the 911 dispatch center to get a taste of the fast-paced environment and inner workings of public safety. A trip to a local fire station includes the opportunity to try on some of the firefighting gear and see the apparatus up close.

The free seven-week RCI program is hosted on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. Light snacks will be served at 5:15 p.m. Classes begin on September 15, 2015 and run through October 27, 2015. The tentative full schedule is below:

*Fall 2015 RCI Class Schedule:
  • September 15 - City Manager’s Office & Finance
  • September 22 - Parks, Recreation, and Community Services
  • September 29 - Reno Fire Department
  • October 6 - Public Works
  • October 13 - Reno Police Department
  • October 20 - City Attorney’s Office & Municipal Court
  • October 27 - Community Development/Code Enforcement/ Business License
  • November 4 - Graduation ceremony at the Reno City Council regular meeting
*Dates/times are subject to change. All dates are Tuesdays, with the exception of November 4, 2015, which is a Wednesday.

RCI offers an opportunity for participants to gain valuable insight into City operations so they can become ambassadors for positive change in their neighborhood and the community. It also offers a learning opportunity for those who want to serve on one of the City's many advisory boards, or are interested in running for office.
 
Members of the media are also encouraged to participate in RCI. Applications for the fall session and more information about the program are available at Reno.gov or by calling Reno Direct at 775-334-4636. Online applications are encouraged, but citizens can also fill out the attached PDF application and mail or fax it in.
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 Officers to receive Nathan Hale Heroism Award from Cal-Neva-HA Kiwanis Foundation for saving woman in a wheelchair from her burning apartment

8/13/2015

At approximately 0530 am on January 5, 2014, Reno Police Officers Ira Coffey and Michael Hicks were dispatched to the report of an apartment fire in the 700 block of Aitken Street in Central Reno.  When they arrived on scene they observed smoke coming from an apartment and several residents who lived in the complex told them there was an elderly female inside the burning apartment.  Without regard for their own safety the Officers low crawled into the smoke filled apartment and located the female alive, but unconscious in her wheel chair.  The two Officers grabbed hold of the wheelchair which had started to melt due to the heat from the fire, and dragged the 77 year old woman outside to waiting medical personnel.  The elderly female was taken to the hospital for severe burns and smoke inhalation. 

After hearing about the heroic efforts of Officer Coffey and Hicks, the Reno Sunset Chapter of the Kiwanis Club submitted the two Reno Police Officers for the Nathan Hale Heroism Award for heroism.  This coveted award is presented annually by the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation and is awarded to those who have demonstrated, by actions and conduct, exceptional courage toward another human being and/or personal involvement and dedication beyond the ordinary call of citizenship responsibility. The criteria for the award are based upon personal involvement and sacrifice above and beyond the normal call of bravery, which these two Reno Police Officers did that morning.

The Cal-Neva-HA Kiwanis Foundation will be presenting the award to Officer Coffey and Officer Hicks at noon this Friday August 14, 2015 at the Hyatt located at 1209 L Street in Sacramento, California.

RPD Case #14-335

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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

Suspect in Monday morning robbery being sought by Reno Police

8/11/2015

At about 630 am on Monday August 10, 2015, a man entered the Dotty’s Casino on North Hills Boulevard in North Reno, presented a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and left the business in an unknown direction. 

Reno Police responded and were able to obtain security surveillance of the male suspect. The suspect is a white or light skinned Hispanic male, 5’4” tall, muscular build brown hair and goatee, and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black jeans, and black work boots.

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

RPD Case #15-18166

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 Detectives looking for man and woman involved in Homicide in Reno

8/10/2015

Shortly before 3 pm, on April 14, 2015, Reno Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a woman who found her boyfriend lying on the floor of their residence in the 200 block of Crampton Street with a gunshot wound to the left side of his body.   Reno Police and medics arrived and began life saving measures but due to the extent of his injury, 41 year old Seth Lucas, who was later pronounced deceased.  Reno Police Robbery Homicide Detectives also responded and began their investigation. 

Over the last several months, Reno Police Homicide Detectives have spoken with several witnesses and have identified a suspect and person of interest related to this case.  Reno Police and the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office have issued a warrant for Open Murder for 40 year old Hector Padilla (DOB 08/21/74).  Reno Police would also like to speak with Padilla’s girlfriend who is a person of interest in this case to determine her involvement in the murder of Lucas.  She has been identified as 20 year old Brittany Harkins (DOB 08/16/94). 

Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 15-10018

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

Final safety statistics for Hot August Nights 2015

8/9/2015

This last week Reno was filled with thousands of people enjoying classic cars, a little nostalgia, and various events for Hot August Nights. The Reno Police Department's final safety statistics for the 2015 Hot August Nights have been collected and are as follows (these numbers do not include warnings):

  • Total Arrests: 5
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 1
  • Civil Protective Custody: 1 

Charges: 

  • Arrests Unlawful Use of a Controlled Substance: 1
  • Obstructing and Resisting: 1
  • Domestic Battery: 1
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol: 1
  • Littering: 1 

Citations: 

  • Urinating in Public: 1

Other:

  • Civil Protective Custodies: 1

The 2014 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):

  • Total Arrests: 14
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 1
  • Civil Protective Custody: 7 

2013 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):

  • Total Arrests: 24
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 4
  • Civil Protective Custody: 7 

2012 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):

  • Total Arrests: 22
  • Misdemeanor Citations: 2
  • Civil Protective Custody: 7 

"Over the last few years, the Reno Police Department has experienced a continual reduction in arrests with this year being significantly lower than just last year’s. Simply put, we had no issues this year. The large crowds we saw in the downtown venue were filled with pleasant, classic car enthusiasts who were here to enjoy the event," says the Reno Police Department’s Traffic and Special Events Lt. Scott Dugan. “RPD’s philosophy is to be highly visible and promote positive crowd interactions received a lot of praise from this year’s attendees and it really complements Hot August Night’s goal to make this a safe and successful event."

The City of Reno strives to enhance the community’s quality of life by promoting a vibrant downtown and safe and healthy neighborhoods. Supporting regional and local special events is just one example. For more information, visit Reno.gov/Events

Background: 

On March 11, 2015, the Reno City Council approved $37,500 in in-kind sponsorship for City services for Hot August Nights, which covers the costs associated with public safety, traffic control, and city personnel. This is the fifth consecutive year the City has partnered with Hot August Nights, reducing City service costs.

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

Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada (VAAN) Kicks Off Next Week

8/6/2015

The State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) received a multi-year grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to design and implement a training academy for Victim Service providers in our state. Dorothy Edwards, Manager of the Grants Management Unit at DCFS is the Project Director and Lori Fralick, Reno Police Departments Victim Services Unit (VSU) Supervisor is the Program Coordinator.

The Steering Committee also includes amazing representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Nevada Department of Corrections, Nevada Victims of Crime Compensation Program, University of Nevada, Reno-School of Social Work, Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Inc., Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Advocates to End Domestic Violence, and the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center and Crisis Call Center.  The 40-hour Academy is being held August 10-14, 2015 at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. 

The Victim Assistance Academy was modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy with the continuing goal to provide, expand and enhance the foundational skills and knowledge for those who interact with victims of crime.  The VAAN also has been designed to reflect Nevada’s changing needs to ensure that Victim Advocates continue to provide the most beneficial services everyday to victims of crimes throughout the state. 

The topics will be presented at the foundation level and will offer opportunities for experiential learning and peer interaction in a dynamic setting.  30 Victim Advocates from around Nevada were selected to attend this valuable training opportunity.  Attendees include advocates from all parts of the state and include tribal, prosecution, domestic violence, sexual assault, and systems-based advocates.  

Throughout the week dignitaries and other special guests will be there each morning to welcome participants and to express their support and value for the work victim advocates do around the state.  Some of the dignitaries are; Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Nevada’s First Lady Kathleen Sandoval.Director of Department of Health and Human Services Richard Whitley, State Health Officer Dr. Tracey Green, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks, and Reno Police Chief Jason Soto.

Anyone wanting more information on VAAN, please contact Lori Fralick at (775) 745-4578 - fralickl@reno.gov or Elynne Greene at (702) 882-1381- E4959G@lvmpd.com

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 Preparing for Another Busy Hot August Nights

8/4/2015

Wednesday August 4, 2015 kicks off the 29th Hot August Nights event in Reno and the Reno Police Department is anticipating another busy, fun-filled event for our community and tourists visiting the area.  In preparation for the event, the Reno Police Department wants to remind everyone planning on going downtown or visiting venues outside of the downtown area of some travel and safety tips to make sure this year’s event is as successful and safe as in years past.

There will be more vehicles and pedestrians sharing the road throughout the region this week.  We’d like to remind drivers of their obligation to remain aware of pedestrians in and around the roadways as well as their obligation to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.  Pedestrians are asked to remain aware of on-coming traffic and make eye-contact with drivers before crossing the street.  Put your cell phones away while driving or crossing the street as being distracted significantly increases your risk of being involved in a crash.  If you drink, have a plan to get home safely.  There will be an increase in traffic officers assigned to this event to promote safety and enforce traffic laws.   Officers will be actively enforcing traffic violations for speeding, drag racing and other exhibitions of speed, drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, and pedestrians breaking right-of-way laws.

The Reno Police Department also wants to remind citizens to avoid leaving valuables, such as purses/wallets and electronic equipment, inside your vehicles.  If items of value are left in a vehicle they should be hidden out of view.  Police also suggest participants and attendees be proactive in trying to prevent their classic car or car trailer from being stolen by utilizing anti-theft devices or strategies to discourage theft.  

It remains unlawful for someone to possess open container of alcohol in public, however people may purchase and consume authorized alcohol within the Hot August Nights venue.  Outside alcohol and all other alcohol in not permitted with the venue.

With the Virginia St. bridge closed, this year’s cruise route will be diverted to adjacent Sierra and Center Streets starting Wednesday through Saturday between 7:00 and 10:00 PM.  A reduction to one travel lane on Sierra and Center will take place between Sixth St. and Liberty St. during the cruise so some delays should be expected.  Businesses downtown will remain open and otherwise completely accessible.