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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

City of Reno administrative offices closed for Nevada Day

10/29/2014

The City of Reno administrative offices at Reno City Hall will be closed in observance of Nevada Day, Friday, October 31, 2014. The date marks Nevada’s 150th birthday, and there are a number of ways citizens can join in the celebration.

Nevada Day Events & News
  • Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki has invited Nevadans to join him and Governor Brian Sandoval for “Nevada Sings,” a statewide sing-along of “Home Means Nevada.” On Thursday, October 30 at 10 a.m., Nevadans can join together in an attempt to set a record for the most people in an American state to sing their state song at the same time. Pre-register here. To participate on social media, use the hashtag #nevadasings.
  • For four days only, October 30 through November 2, history buffs can view the original Emancipation Proclamation at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the historic proclamation is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day.
  • The Nevada Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 1 in Carson City beginning with a military flyover at 10 a.m. Outgoing Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and fellow Reno City Council Members are scheduled to participate in the parade.
  • Residents can “Celebrate Nevada” on November 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. in and around the 1864 Tavern in Reno. The event will feature live music, street vendors, and more.
  • Recently, the Reno City Council shared why “Home Means Nevada” to them. The City of Reno has put together a short video that illustrates Council’s Nevada pride.
  • For more Nevada 150 information and events, visit Nevada150.org.
Halloween Events & Safety Tips

Friday, October 31 is also Halloween. In advance of the holiday, the City of Reno’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services department will host two events on Thursday, October 30:
  • From noon to 4 p.m. at Teglia’s Paradise Park Activity Center, seniors are invited to the third annual Halloween Adventure Potluck & Costume Contest. There will be beanbag baseball, pin the stem on the pumpkin, fortune telling, a candy walk, and more. For more information, call 356-3176.
  • From 4 to 6 p.m. at Pat Baker Park, children are invited to “Trunk or Treat” for an afternoon of fun including face painting and games. The Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Department will participate, along with more than 20 community organizations, to pass out candy and goodies to children from the trunks of their cars surrounding the park. For more information, call 334-2262.
The City of Reno asks residents to please take extra caution as children will be out trick-or-treating once night falls on Friday evening. The Reno Police Department would like to remind children to stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks, carry a flashlight, travel in groups, wear reflective clothing, and have parents inspect your treats.
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 the Reno Zombie Crawl

10/27/2014

This past Saturday, thousands of people enjoyed dressing up in zombie costumes and frequenting various events associated with the Reno Zombie Crawl, held October 25, 2014.

The City of Reno’s final safety statistics for the Reno Zombie Crawl events have been compiled and are as follows.

Community Safety & Service Team (CSAST) statistics:

Thirty-three (33) City of Reno bars and clubs were visited. No citations were written onsite, but violations for non-permitted bars and alcohol awareness cards will require compliance follow-up on the businesses visited. The operations occurred Saturday night through Sunday morning from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Reno Police Department statistics (does not include warnings):

Misdemeanor:
  • 1 arrest for trespassing
  • 3 arrests for intoxicated subject in roadway / 3 cited for intoxicated subject in roadway
  • 1 obstructing and resisting
  • 1 exhibition of speed and drug paraphernalia
  • 1 arrest for outstanding warrant and a red light violation
  • 1 disturbing the peace
  • 1 arrest for open container / 1 citation for open container
  • 1 cited for minor in possession of alcohol
Felony:
  • 1 arrest for parole violation
Other:
  • 4 detained for civil protective custody
  • 9 citations for traffic violations
The Reno Police Department increased police presence this year compared to last to help promote a safe and successful event that has grown substantially over the past few years. Police believe a proactive presence combined with a problem-solving relationship with the promoter and participating businesses are keys to ensuring safety.

For example, this year the Zombie Crawl promoter provided each official crawl establishment an alcohol deposit barrel to ensure that patrons deposited their alcohol in the barrel before leaving. This new strategy was effective in addressing open alcoholic containers on the street, which were a problem in 2013.

In addition, members of the Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an underage alcohol compliance operation during the Zombie Crawl. Sixty-two (62) percent of establishments passed the operation, as two volunteer minors were served alcohol at five of the 13 participating locations and two of the four liquor stores.

Overall, police reported relatively few problems from the festive crowd, adding that their interactions with crawlers were overwhelmingly positive.

Background:

On April 16, 2014, Reno City Council approved an $2,700 in-kind sponsorship for the Thriller Under the Arch Dance, which kicks off the Zombie Crawl special event. This covers costs associated with public safety, traffic control, and city personnel.

CSAST was created to ensure departments within the City work collectively with business and property owners. The team consists of representatives from the Reno Police Department, Code Enforcement, Business License, and Reno Fire Department, and involve other agencies when necessary.
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 awarded Joining Forces grant

10/23/2014

On October 1, 2014 the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Reno Police Department a $52,000 federal grant to continue the National Campaign known as “Joining Forces.”  This money will be used by the Reno Police Department Traffic Division to conduct safety enforcement during the numerous events throughout the year in the City of Reno.

The Joining Forces events that are scheduled throughout the federal fiscal year for 2014-2015 will focus on Officers continued efforts to educate and enforce seat belt usage, pedestrian safety, distracted driving, speeding and the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.   The Reno Police Department has the same goal for “Zero Fatalities” on Nevada roads just like the other 28 law enforcement agencies who participate in this nationwide campaign.

Joining Forces aims to reduce serious injuries, death and property damage associated with traffic accidents.  Local Law Enforcement agencies from around the area “Join Forces” during these events to educate drivers and pedestrians on traffic safety issues, and also the enforcement of traffic violations. 

For more information please contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division at 334-2141 or like the Reno Police Department on Facebook and follow on Twitter for more information about Reno PD.

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

Toys for Tots Trailer stolen from South Reno

10/23/2014

On October 21, 2014 Reno Police Officers responded to the Marine Corps League 672 office at 3652 South Virginia Street on the report of a stolen trailer.  Officers met with the Leagues employees who last saw the trailer on October 20, 2014.  They reported to Officers the trailer hitch had been locked up but whoever stole the trailer had to snap off the lock.

The victims told Officers that the trailer contained numerous historical military uniform and uniform items that are very hard to replace, including an Order of the Purple Heart display.  Also disturbing in this case is that trailer also contained toys meant for local needy children that the organization collects throughout the year. 

The trailer is described as being a white 4’ X 6’ Carry-On Trailer that had approximately 30” diameter Marine Corps decals on the sides and rear door.  When it was stolen it had Nevada Trailer Plates BB672 attached to it, but they may not be on the trailer any longer. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the trailer and the suspects who stole it is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2140 or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Toys for Tots also asks that anyone wishing to help make donations to help replace the stolen toys to visit www.toysfortots.org or call (775) 622-7996 Monday through Saturday.

Reno PD Case # 14-2020914-20209

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

Stateline man arrested for Unlawful Contact with a Minor

10/22/2014

On 22 October, 2014 Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives conducted a follow up investigation to several cases that were reported to the Reno Police Department.  The cases involved a suspicious male who was riding a bicycle in South Reno near Damonte Ranch, and would approach young girls.  Through victim descriptions, Reno Police Detectives were able to generate two forensic composite sketches from two separate cases that were reported since January of this year.  Both composite sketches had similar characteristics as described by the 8 and 15 year old victims.  The sketches were then distributed to local Law Enforcement agencies, schools in South Reno, and postal carriers who deliver mail in the area.

On 10 September, 2014 another report was filed with the Reno Police Department that had similar circumstances as the previous cases, and with the suspect matching the composite sketches.  On 16 September, Detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Unit were checking the area’s where the incidents occurred and contacted a Hispanic male who looked like the subject depicted in the composite sketches. The subject was photographed and identified as 58 year old Stateline, NV resident Jose Manuel Rosas-Rojas (DOB 05/31/56).

Since contacting Rosas-Rojas, Reno Police Detectives have re-interviewed all 4 victims from the 3 reported cases involving female juveniles.  Through their interviews, Rosas-Rojas was positively identified as the suspect in the 10 September case, and as a possible suspect in the first 2 cases. 

On 22 October, 2014 Reno Police Detectives met with Rosas-Rojas and due to the descriptions and statements made by the victims, he was arrested for 1 gross misdemeanor count of Unlawful Contact with a Minor. 

Reno Police are asking that parents in South Reno speak with their children about any suspicious encounters with anyone matching Rosas-Rojas photograph and report it to the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Unit 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 14-105505

RPD Case 14-2038

RPD Case 14-971

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 has new phone number for citizens to complete telephonic police reports

10/21/2014

The Reno Police Department has a new phone number for citizens to call and file reports telephonically.  If citizens need to report a crime that is not an emergency, there is no evidence on scene and no firearms have been stolen, they now need to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2226.  Reno residents are also reminded that they can continue to file on-line reports through the Reno Police Departments on line reporting system at reno.gov. 

The Reno Police Department also wants to advise the community that due to limited staffing of our Community Service Officers (CSO’s) the South Reno PD Sub-Station on Neil Road will be closed until November 3rd.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our community. 

The Department is currently working on implementing new schedules for our CSO’s and support staff to make the Sub Station and Main Station more accessible for the community. 

Please stay tuned and like the Reno Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for up to date Reno PD events and news.

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

City of Reno to host Public Safety Forum

10/20/2014

The City of Reno will host a Public Safety Forum on Thursday, October 23, 2014 starting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

The purpose of the Public Safety Forum is to define what “public safety” means to the community, focusing specifically on the areas of dispatch, fire, police, and REMSA. The forum will also be televised on Charter Channel 194 and live streamed at Reno.gov/Meetings.

The public meeting will feature public comment, presentations from local emergency response officials, and a question-and-answer session. There will be four presentations during the forum:
  • Daniel Johnson, Manager of Communications and Technology for the City of Reno (oversees emergency dispatch center)
  • Steve Pitts, Reno Police Chief
  • Michael Hernandez, Reno Fire Chief
  • Jim Gubbels, President and CEO of REMSA
“In our continued effort to engage the public, the public safety forum is designed to answer questions and provide a clear understanding of our public safety services,” Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger says. “We want to hear from our community, and we encourage interested citizens to attend the forum and share their thoughts.”

Watch the video below to learn more:
 

 

The forum will be moderated by KNPB’s Brent Boynton. Citizens are encouraged to use the hashtags #askrpd (police), #askrfd (fire), and #askremsa (REMSA) to join the conversation on social media. For more information, call 334-INFO.
 
In advance of the event, the City conducted a #ThinkReno survey, which gave Reno area residents the opportunity to pinpoint what the important public safety issues are and guide the discussion at the forum.

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

Pedestrian killed crossing N McCarran Boulevard

10/14/2014

 

Shortly after 9 pm on October 12, 2014, Reno Police Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of North McCarran and Socrates Drive in North Reno.  The responding Officers located a male pedestrian lying in the westbound side of the roadway suffering from serious injuries.  The 28 year old Reno resident was transported to RENOWN medical center where he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident. 

Reno Police Department Traffic Accident Investigators responded to the crash to process the scene and speak with witnesses.   Several witnesses on scene stated that the pedestrian was crossing in the crosswalk and appeared to be looking at a cell phone when the traffic light turned green for vehicles traveling on N McCarran.  A passenger car driving northbound on McCarran did not see the pedestrian due to darkness, and struck the pedestrian with her vehicle.  

Speed, Alcohol and Drugs do not appear to be a factor in this case, and the driver of the passenger car is cooperating with the investigation.  The case is still under investigation but it appears at this time that the pedestrian was at fault for the accident and it is unlikely charges will be sought against the driver.

The identity of the male victim is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The Reno Police Department wants to remind pedestrians and drivers to be extra careful at night when crossing roads and approaching pedestrian crosswalks.  Pedestrians need to remember to look left, and right and left again before crossing roadways, and wear light colored or reflective clothing when walking at night.   Drivers of motor vehicles need to slow down when approaching pedestrian crosswalks and be prepared for potential distracted pedestrians. 

Anyone who witnessed this accident or who has more information is asked to contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division Detectives at (775) 657-4759 or Secret Witness at Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW

RPD Case # 14- 19619

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

Homicide suspect from North Reno stabbing arrested by Reno Police

10/9/2014

Shortly after 8:30 pm on October 7, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a victim of a stabbing in the area of Mayors Park located at 14101 Stead Blvd, Reno, NV.  Arriving Officers located a male victim who had several stab wounds to his back.  The victim, later identified as 30 year old Reno resident Carl Goode, was transported to RENOWN for his injuries but succumbed to them at the hospital.

UPDATE:

On October 8, 2014 after interviewing several witnesses and investigating the scene of the altercation, Reno Police Detectives were able to identify the involved persons in this incident.  Upon the conclusion of the investigation, a single subject was arrested for one count of open murder in the death of Carl Goode and no other suspects are being sought at this time.

Arrested was 18 year old Reno Resident Jesus Lamas (DOB 10-10-95).

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

RPD Case # 14-19346

 

 

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

Altercation in North Reno leaves one man dead

10/8/2014

Shortly after 8:30 pm on October 7, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a victim of a stabbing in the area of Mayors Park located at 14101 Stead Blvd, Reno, NV.  Arriving Officers located a male victim who had several stab wounds to his back.  The victim was transported to RENOWN for his injuries but succumbed to them at the hospital.

Reno Police Homicide Detectives responded and spoke with several witnesses who were in the area prior to locating the victim.  Witnesses stated that they had seen a scuffle from a distance between the victim and several other unknown subjects.  When the fight was over they could see the victim lying on the ground and went to assist him.  They saw that he was injured, and called for help.

The victim has been identified as 30 year old Reno resident Carl Goode.

The investigation is continuing and the Reno Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects in this homicide or anyone who has information on this case. 

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

RPD Case # 14-19346
News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Pedestrian who was jaywalking dies after being hit by vehicle on Peckam Lane in South Reno

10/7/2014

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 7:14 pm, Reno Police Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident in the 700 block of Peckam Lane in South Reno.   Responding Officers located an elderly female pedestrian with multiple blunt force trauma injuries lying in the middle of the road and was transported to RENOWN for treatment.

Due to the injuries sustained by the pedestrian, Reno Police Department Traffic Division MAIT Investigators responded to the scene.  During the course of the investigation it was determined that the female pedestrian was crossing Peckham Ln, (north to south), east of Kietzke Ln, mid-block, (not in a crosswalk) in a dark area of roadway not well illuminated.  A passenger car driving east bound on Peckham Ln then struck the pedestrian. 

At approximately 9:23 pm the female pedestrian succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The identity of the pedestrian is not being released pending notification of next of kin by the Washoe Co. Coroner's Office. 

Speed, Alcohol and Drugs do not appear to be a factor in this case, and the driver of the passenger car is cooperating with the investigation. 

Anyone who witnessed this accident or who has more information is asked to contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division Detectives at (775) 657-4759 or Secret Witness at Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW

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

Local Photographer Arrested for Production of Child Pornography

10/2/2014

On July 19, 2014 the Reno Police Department received a report of a 16 year old female who believed that she had involved in the production of Child Pornography. She relayed that she contacted a local photographer via the Internet and was interested in modeling. 

Arrangements were made for her to be photographed and on the evening of July 17, 2014 she went with him to an apartment located on Summit Ridge where erotic type photos were taken. The following day, she again met with the photographer who provided her with alcohol and marijuana and went to an additional unknown Reno residence where she was again photographed in various states of undress and was told to perform sexual acts, while photos were being taken.

Upon continuation of this investigation, Detectives located images in the Defendant’s possession that corroborate the victim’s original account.

After review and analysis of the images, Detectives arrested the defendant on October 1, 2014 where he was booked into the Washoe County Jail for the following charges without bail:

-NRS 200.710.1 Production of Child Pornography (1 count)

-NRS 200.720 Promotion of Sexual Performance of a Child (1 count) 

The defendant is identified as: Marc Anthony Smith 03/11/1966 of Bakersfield California 

The Reno Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance, anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW

 RPD Case # 14-13663