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Your Police, Our Community
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POLICE DEPARTMENT
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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

Suspects still outstanding after Northwest Reno Bank Robbery

11/25/2014

Shortly before 1230 pm on November 25, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of an armed robbery that was occurring at a bank located in the 5100 block of Mae Anne Avenue in Northwest Reno.  As Officers responded to the area it was reported the suspects had left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money in a green passenger car.  The suspect’s vehicle was located unoccupied a short time later, and responding Officers established a perimeter with the assistance of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department and Nevada Highway Patrol, but did not locate the suspects.

After speaking with witnesses, the one male suspect who entered the bank was described as being taller than 6 feet tall, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, ski mask, dark colored pants and armed with a handgun.  The second also unknown race male stayed in the suspect vehicle and was also seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. 

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 Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Division at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

RPD Case # 14-22716

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

Honoring Officer Chris Johnson with the Life Saving Award

11/20/2014

On August 23, Officer Chris Johnson was the first of many Reno Police Officers to arrive at a local casino on the report of a stabbing. Officer Johnson found a victim in distress, assessed the situation, and realized that if he did not take immediate action, the person would likely bleed out prior to getting medical attention.

Officer Johnson gave the victim direction to lie down on the floor where he was able to locate several serious stab wounds on his upper torso and back. Officer Johnson called for REMSA and directed casino security to get him napkins and cloth rags which he used to pack the three largest wounds in the victim's back to slow the bleeding. Officer Johnson then applied pressure to the wound in the victim's chest which was later determined to have pierced his heart.

It was confirmed with REMSA medics who were on scene, that If not for Officer Johnson's selfless act, the person would have likely died.

Officer Johnson's quick and dedicated action to stop the bleeding while waiting for medical personnel to arrive on scene gained the victim the valuable time needed to be treated and transported to Renown where the hole in his heart and diaphragm were ultimately repaired.

The City of Reno honors Officer Chris Johnson with the Reno Police Department Life Saving Award for his heroics on August 23, 2014.

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

City Council Prelights for November 24, 2014

11/20/2014

City Council Prelights for November 24, 2014

In our ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed, we’ve spotlighted a few key Agenda items for the November 24, 2014 Reno City Council Meeting starting at noon on the first floor of City Hall. Note that the meeting is on a Monday, which is not typical for the City of Reno. For in-depth review of all City Council Agenda items, visit our Meeting Portal for the full agenda (click on the “Agenda Packet” link to view detailed staff reports).

For questions regarding the upcoming City Council Meeting, please call 334-INFO (4636) or initiate a conversation by clicking the gold chat button in the bottom left corner of your screen.


C Proclamations

C.1 Honoring Reno native Adam Cates for his contribution to the arts in northern Nevada and nationally.

C.2 Declaring November 2014 as National Caregivers Month. Carlos D. Romo of AARP Nevada will accept the proclamation.


D Presentations

D.2 Presentation of Lifesaving Medal to Reno Police Officer Chris Johnson for his recent efforts to assist a stabbing victim.

E Consent Agenda

E.15 Council will consider approval of certification of the West Meadows Estates Master Plan Amendment pursuant to NRS 278.210. **Matt asked CD for update**


F Public Hearings - 12:15 PM

F.1 Council will consider staff’s recommendation to rezone five parcels totaling 200 acres (West Meadows Estates) located east of the intersection of Summerset Drive and US Highway 40 to Planned Unit Development (PUD). The zoning change would allow for a single-family development with up to 336 residential units.


H Resolutions

H.1 Council will consider approval of a $2,000 grant to the Sierra Arts Foundation for the design and installation of interpretative signage in the landscape gardens located in the West Street Median between First and Second Streets, across from the downtown Reno West Street Market. The grant would come out of the Room Tax Fund.


J Standard Department Items   

J.1 A staff report will be given about the Citiy’s Bill Draft Requests for the Nevada Legislature. The City submitted recommendations of the City of Reno Charter Committee and the Anti-Graffiti Task Force.

J.3 Update, discussion and possible direction to staff regarding the process to fill a vacancy on City Council.

 

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

Women killed during domestic incident in Reno

11/19/2014

Just before 7:30 pm on November 18, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a male juvenile who told dispatchers his mother and father were having a domestic incident.  Officers arrived at the residence less than 3 minutes after the initial call and located a male subject standing in the front yard and covered in blood.  When Officers checked the residence they located a female victim who had been stabbed several times.  REMSA medics arrived and were unable to revive the female.  She was pronounced deceased on scene.

Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detectives responded to investigate and speak with the husband, and based on the circumstances the husband was placed into custody. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for superficial injuries and then taken to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked.  Arrested for Open Murder with a Deadly Weapon was 78 year old Daniel Pancake (DOB 06/21/36). 

The male juvenile was taken into Washoe County Child Protective Service Custody, and the identity of deceased female is pending notification of next of kin by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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

RPD Case # 14-22257

 

Daniel Pancake 14-22257

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

Numerous Green Dot Money card scams being reported in Reno

11/18/2014

The Reno Police Department has been receiving many walk-in, telephonic and on line crime reports from the citizens of Reno in reference to being scammed out of money after being called and told they have warrants for their arrest. 

The most recent scam is from a fake 911 caller ID, or a local 775 area code phone number where a subject calls the victim claiming to be a Law Enforcement Officer or Deputy.  The subject on the phone then tells the victim that there is a warrant for their arrest for not appearing for jury duty.  Victims are then told to purchase a “green dot” money card and load money onto it.  After the victim has put money on the card, the subjects will call the victim for the card number to transfer the money into the subjects account.

Phone and internet scams such as this are becoming more of a problem for local and Federal Law Enforcement agencies.  The Reno Police Department wants to remind the community that local and Federal agencies will not contact you by phone if you have a warrant.  Most agencies will send you either a certified letter from the agency or Officers will make contact with you directly. 

Citizens also need to know that neither law enforcement nor fire department agencies will call them for donations over the phone.  If you receive a call for donations from anyone claiming to represent any law enforcement or fire agency, ask for a contact number for the agency and call them.   Before agreeing to send any money or credit card information ask the person on the phone for a web site or contact information that may be used to verify the organization asking for money is legitimate.

If you have been the victim of this scam, and have not already filed a report, you can file a report on line at reno.gov/police.  

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 seeking information on numerous residential burglaries in Damonte Ranch area

11/18/2014

On November 4, 2014, six residents in the Damonte Ranch area of South Reno were victims of residential burglaries.   In all six cases, the unknown suspects entered the residents either through unsecured gates into the backyards or through side garage doors.  The items stolen from each victim were miscellaneous cash items, credit cards, garage door openers, firearms, and in one case, a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Uniform and badge.

The Reno Police Department wants to remind the community of some easy and inexpensive ways to minimize the risk of becoming the victim of a residential burglary.  Secure gates and doors into or onto your property, install motion sensor lights on all side and rear access doors to your home, do not leave valuables in your vehicle even inside your garage, make your house look occupied when not home by using timers for televisions and lights.  These are just a few easy options to better secure your home to make you and your family safe.

Burglary Detectives with the Reno Police Department are asking anyone with information on who the suspects are in these cases to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

For more information on how to better secure your residence and minimize the risk of becoming a victim, like the Reno Police Department on Facebook or contact the Department at (775) 334-3850.

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 July murder in the 900 block of Nutmeg Place in Reno identified

11/18/2014

Shortly after 630 pm on July 20, 2014, Officers from the Reno Police Department responded to the 900 block of Nutmeg Place in South Reno on the report of a subject who had been shot.  Responding Officers located a 16 year old male who had suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Regional Gang Unit (RGU) and Reno Police Department Homicide Detectives responded and began their investigation.  Through numerous interviews and leads, they were able to identify a suspect in the murder who had fled Reno and was suspected to be in San Jose, California. 

In August, 2014 RGU Detectives contacted the San Jose Office of the US Marshalls and through a joint effort with the Marshalls, the suspect was located and arrested.  Due to the defendant in this case not being adjudicated as an adult at the time of his arrest, his name was not released.  The suspect who was arrested for one count of 1st Degree Murder has since been adjudicated and has been identified as 18 year old Cristian Guerrero-Mena (DOB 11/04/96).

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

RPD Case # 14-13757

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

Deceased man found behind business on E Plumb Lane has been identified

11/12/2014

On Sunday October 26, 2014 shortly before 730 am, Reno Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E Plumb Lane in South Reno on the report of a male subject who was laying on the ground and was unconscious and bleeding.  Arriving Officers located the man who had shot and was later pronounced dead on scene. 

The deceased male was transported to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office where he has been positively identified as 49 year old California resident Benjamin Ford (DOB 10/13/65) with an alias of Vinni Gallo.

The investigation is continuing and the Reno Police Department is asking that anyone having information about this crime or the suspect(s) should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW

RPD Case # 14-20623

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

Shooting in Northwest Reno leaves two juveniles and one adult male deceased

11/8/2014

Shortly before 430 pm on November 8, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a 911 call of possible shots fired at a residence in the 6300 block Stone Valley Drive in Northwest Reno.   Reno Police Officers arrived at the residence within 5 minutes and once inside, located 3 deceased persons with gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were juveniles and the other subject was an adult male.

Reno Police Department Homicide Detectives and Washoe County FIS personnel responded to the scene to conduct their investigation which is ongoing.

The names and ages of the victims will not be released until after the Washoe County Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies and notified their next of kin.  

The Reno Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with anyone who may have information about this incident to contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2188, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW

RPD Case# 14-21534

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

Subject shot during Multi-Agency Task Force investigation near UNR

11/5/2014

Around 4 pm this afternoon Officers with the Reno Police Department and the University of Nevada Reno Police responded to the area of College and Terrace Drive on the report of gun shots being fired.  When Officers arrived, it was discovered that Law Enforcement Officers from a Multi-Agency Task Force were in the area conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle.  At one point during the stop an incident occurred and shots were fired.  A single occupant of the vehicle was struck by bullets and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased subject’s identity is unknown at this time pending further investigation.

Due to the circumstances of the incident, the Washoe County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol was initiated, and the Reno Police Department will be the lead agency in the criminal investigation. 

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Reno Police Departments Robbery Homicide Unit at (775) 334-2188 or Secret Witness at (775) 332-4900 or by text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

RPD Case # 14-21335

WCSO Case # - 14-6401

SPD Case # 14-10377

UNR Case # 14-801

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

California man who drowned dog in Sacramento arrested by Reno Police Crime Suppression Team (CST) and Sacramento Detectives in South Reno

11/5/2014

The CST team was told by Sacramento Detectives that a white male from Sacramento had taken a dog from a shelter, attached a 12 pound bowling ball around the dog’s neck, and threw it into the Sacramento River where the dog drowned.  A micro chip that the shelter had placed on the dog led Sacramento Investigators to Meek.  Meek was also described by the Sacramento Detectives as being very violent and that two felony extraditable warrants had been issued for his arrest.

Sacramento Major Crime Bureau Detectives along with Reno PD CST Officers located the suspect at a hotel in the 800 block of South Virginia Street shortly before 430 pm, and placed him into custody for his warrants.  William Meek (DOB 09/15/67) was arrested for two Fugitive from Justice Warrants from the Sacramento and Yolo County Sheriff's Office.  The first warrant was related to charges stemming from one count of Felony Malicious Maiming of Animals $50,000.00, and the second was for Possession of Controlled Substance, No Bail.  

The Reno PD Crime Suppression Team is an extension of the Patrol Division of the Department that has a Sergeant and 4 Patrol Officers who assists Patrol and Detectives with crime trends and tracking suspects.  CST has been instrumental in solving many residential and commercial burglary cases, and in arresting numerous subjects related to those crimes.

The professional efforts of CST and the men and women of the Reno Police Department in assisting other Law Enforcement agencies throughout the US is another example of our commitment to the safety and protection of our community. 

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Please contact the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team Sgt Eric Stroshine at (775)745-5285 for more details.

RPD Case #14-21252

Meek 14-21252