POLICE DEPARTMENTYour Police, Our Community
POLICE DEPARTMENTYour Police, Our Community
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.
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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
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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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
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) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.
RPD Case # 15-10018
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):
The 2014 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):
2013 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):
2012 Reno Police Department statistics were (these numbers do not include warnings):
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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