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POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
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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 gearing up for New Years Eve celebration with safety tips for downtown participants

12/31/2014

With 2014 coming to a close, the City of Reno and the men and women of the Reno Police Department want to ensure that everyone who is going to downtown Reno for New Years Eve has a safe and enjoyable experience.  

After the last winter storm leaving us with snow on the ground, icy roads and sidewalks, combined with alcohol and lots of pedestrian traffic in the downtown area, we want to remind the community of some basic safety DO’s and DONT’S to ensure everyone starts off 2015 safely. 

DO:

Do have a fully charged cell phone in case you have or need to report an emergency

Do have a plan on where you are going and who is going to look out for you if you drink

Do have a ride home or save enough money to take a taxi home.  RTC is also providing free bus services starting at 6 pm tonight until 2 am tomorrow.

Do carry your identification

Do know your alcohol limits and drink plenty of water throughout the evening

Do dress warmly; wear the appropriate shoes for potentially slippery roads and sidewalks.

Do use marked crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers prior to crossing the street

DON’T:

Don’t rely on anyone you do not know to take you home or give you a ride somewhere

Don’t leave your drink unattended where someone can slip narcotics in them

Don’t get into fights as Reno PD will be out on the streets

Don’t leave your friends or family without telling them where you are going

Don’t have an open container (glass or plastic) outside

Please don’t drink and drive

The Reno Police Department also wants to also remind everyone who may be coming into the downtown area to celebrate that Virginia Street will be closed from 1st Street north to 6th Street from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.  Fireworks this year will only be launched from the Silver Legacy so plan accordingly on where you and your family want to watch them.  If you are planning on driving to downtown please drive safely and watch out for pedestrians.

The men and women of the Reno Police Department are committed to being a model of policing excellence, and being completely integrated into our community.  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more information on the Reno Police Department. “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

Reno Police no longer looking for vehicle from Monday’s deadly hit and run accident on North Virginia Street. Victim also identified.

12/24/2014

On the afternoon of December 23, 2014 Reno Police Department MAIT Detectives were contacted by a 53 year old man who claimed to have possibly been involved in the vehicle versus pedestrian accident that left one man dead on December 22, 2014 on North Virginia Street. Detectives spoke with man who stated he was in the area of North Virginia Street at about 4:37 in the morning and believed he had hit a large animal. Due to the man’s statements and his being cooperative with the investigation, the case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office for review and possible criminal charges.

The deceased in this case has been identified as 54 year old Vincent Yowell (DOB 02/22/60).

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division at (775) 334-2141, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900,  www.secretwitness.comor text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Reno PD Case #14-24433

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 respond to victim of a gunshot wound in South Reno

12/23/2014

Shortly after 1:30 pm on December 23, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of a possible victim of a gunshot wound in the area of Neil Road and Gentry Way in South Reno.  Responding Officers located a 26 year old victim of a nonlife threatening gunshot wound to the ankle in the 1200 block of Gentry Way.  REMSA responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he is currently being treated. 

The Reno Police Department is still interviewing the victim and witnesses to determine whether or not this was gang related and who the possible suspect (s) may be. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information about the suspects is asked to call the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900,    www.secretwitness.comor text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Reno PD Case # 14-24541

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

Friday’s major accident at South Virginia and Delucchi Lane leaves two still in the hospital

12/23/2014

On December 19, 2014 at about 230 p.m. a traffic accident occurred on S. Virginia St. at Delucchi Lane, when a Jeep Cherokee struck a Daihatsu SUV.  The crash seriously injured both of the occupants in the Daihatsu, who have been identified as 19 year old Blaze Brucato, and Andrew Cohan.  The driver of the Jeep, identified as 22 year Nicole Cote, was treated and released for minor injuries. 

The Reno Police Department has learned that just minutes before this accident the driver of the Jeep may have been involved in a hit and run accident.  Blaze and Andrew are both still in the hospital, and at this time, neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor. 

The investigation is on-going and the Reno Police Department is asking that anyone with information about this accident to contact the Reno Police Department Traffic Division at (775) 334-2141, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900,    www.secretwitness.comor text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

The Reno Police Department wants to remind drivers that there is a significant increase in traffic around shopping malls for the holidays, and to allow more time whether shopping or commuting home.  Do not talk or text on your cell phone while driving, and if you get frustrated, pull over, calm down and do not drive aggressively.  Speeding, unsafe passing, as well as following too closely while repeatedly honking your horn at other drivers are all examples of aggressive driving.  Also do not drink and drive and buckle up as it is the law. 

Reno PD Case # 14-24288

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

Pedestrian struck and killed on North Virginia Street

12/22/2014

On December 22, 2014 at approximately 0437 hours a male pedestrian was walking westbound across N Virginia St at Bailey Dr in a marked crosswalk.   A vehicle driven by a 62 year old female that was traveling southbound on N Virginia St struck the pedestrian knocking him to the ground.  The female driver pulled to the right side of the road, stopped, and called 911 for help.  The pedestrian was then struck by a second south bound vehicle, which stopped, but then left the scene without providing any information.

Reno Police Officers and REMSA Medics responded but due to the extent of his injuries, the pedestrian died at the scene.  The male pedestrian’s identification is being held pending notification of family.

The Reno Police Departments Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded and is currently investigating the accident.  The driver who stopped and called 911 is cooperating with investigators.  Detectives with MAIT are looking for the second vehicle that did not remain on scene, and is described as being a silver/ light grey in color 4 door, mid-full sized passenger car.

Anyone with information on the vehicle and its driver is asked to 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.

Reno PD Case #14-24433

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

Regional Gang Unit arrests suspect from recent shootings in the Reno area

12/18/2014

Over the last several weeks, Officers from the Regional Gang Unit (RGU) have been working with Detectives from UNR PD following leads related to several shootings that have been reported in Reno and areas surrounding UNR.  Through the course of the investigation, UNR PD Detectives worked closely with RGU to locate and identify the male suspects involved.

On December 13, 2014 Officers with RGU conducted surveillance of possible locations of the suspects.  At about 3 pm one of the suspects was observed exiting a residence in the 6400 block of Sharlands Avenue and get into a vehicle.  RGU Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and two suspects were detained.  The driver of the vehicle gave Officers permission to search the vehicle, and subsequently located a large amount of narcotics, and two concealed handguns in the car.  The residence that the suspects were observed leaving was also searched, with more drugs and an AK-47 assault rifle being located.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 19 year old Tyler Neilson (DOB 05/25/95) and was arrested for Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW).  The primary suspect in the shootings was also arrested and identified as 19 year old Reno resident Bradley Lujan (07/05/95).  He was charged with numerous counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Discharge of a Firearm in a Public Place, Robbery and several drug offenses.

The Regional Gang Unit and UNR PD are asking for anyone with additional information about the case to contact RGU at (775) 334-3852, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

The Regional Gang Unit is comprised of Officers from Reno PD, Sparks PD, Washoe County School Police, and Deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.  The efforts of RGU and UNR PD in this case are another example of how local law enforcement in our community work together to make Reno, Sparks and Washoe County a safe place to live.

Reno PD Case # 14-23521

14-23521 Lujan

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 investigating gang shooting in North Reno that leaves one dead

12/17/2014

Reno Police investigating gang shooting in North Reno that leaves one dead

Shortly before 5 pm on December 16, 2014 several subjects began to argue in the 900 block of Manhattan Street in North Reno.  As the argument escalated parties from both sides produced weapons, one subject fired several rounds that struck an 18 year old Hispanic male who was involved in the fight.  Several unknown males then left the scene of the shooting, with some seen leaving in an older white 4 door passenger car.

The 18 year old was transported to RENOWN where he succumbed to his injuries.  The deceased male has been identified as 18 year old Reno Resident Juan Jose Ramirez (DOB 03/19/96).

Reno Police Robbery Homicide and Regional Gang Unit Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation.  After speaking with several witnesses it was determined that the incident was gang related and several suspects were contacted and interviewed.  The investigation is continuing with a possible arrest(s) being made in the near future.

The Reno Police Department is asking for anyone with information about this incident and the subjects involved to please contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2115, or Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

Reno  Case # 14-24086

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

Reno firefighters host holiday party for children in need

12/15/2014

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m., Reno firefighters will turn the downtown Reno Ballroom into a center of holiday activities for children experiencing homelessness.

The children, ages six to 14 and primarily from Reno’s downtown area, are pre-selected by the Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, Pathfinders Children’s Ministry, and the Family Shelter.

Current and retired Reno firefighters and police officers, their families, and other volunteers will gather to host the annual holiday party. The children will have an opportunity to make Christmas ornaments and gifts, play games, and participate in face painting and other activities along with adult role models to create a special day filled with fun, laughter, and good food.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive and after a visit with Santa, the children will be taken to the “Toy Room,” where they will select a special Christmas present and receive other items. A hot lunch is being donated and catered by the Silver Legacy for the 10th consecutive year through the efforts of Gary Carano.

Last year, an estimated 200 children and volunteers gathered for the special party that is supported by donations from Reno firefighters, police officers, local businesses, artists, and various volunteers. Reno firefighters organized the inaugural children’s holiday party in 2001.

Donations: If you would like to donate new and/or gently used children’s clothing, toys, or money, you can do so by dropping it off at any Reno Fire Station or the Reno Fire Administration office (1 E. First Street, 4th floor of City Hall, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by no later than Friday, December 19, 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 of Reno releases final statistics for Santa Pub Crawl

12/14/2014

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 downtown Reno was filled with Santas, elves, reindeer, and an assortment of other Christmas characters patronizing businesses for the 14th annual Santa Pub Crawl.

“The final statistics from the City of Reno have been collected regarding this year’s Santa Crawl,” Special Events Program Manager Alexis Hill says. “We want to thank the businesses and participants that helped make this year’s Santa Crawl a safe and fun event.”

City of Reno's Community Safety and Services Team (CSAST) Statistics:

CSAST inspected 19 establishments during the Santa Crawl. Nine of the establishments passed, and 10 had minor violations. No citations were issued.

Reno Police Department Statistics (these numbers do not include warnings):

"The large crowd of Santas, elves, and reindeer filled downtown bars and crawled well into the early morning hours during this year's event," says Lt. Scott Dugan of the Reno Police Department Traffic and Special Events operation. "Police interactions with the crowd were predominantly positive. A majority of the arrests were alcohol related."

Arrest/Citation/Detention Statistics:

Gross Misdemeanors Arrests - 1
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (1)
Misdemeanors Arrests - 16
  • Domestic Battery (1)
  • Battery (1)
  • Obstructing and Resisting (1)
  • Minor in Consumption/Possession of Alcohol (2)
  • Intoxicated Pedestrian in Roadway (4)
  • Urinating in Public (1)
  • Littering (1)
  • Warrant (2)
Misdemeanor Citations - 1
  • Registration Required (1)
Civil Protective Custody Detentions - 6

In addition to its personnel assigned to the Santa Crawl activities, the Reno Police Department utilized its Joining Forces grant and added additional officers to look for impaired drivers on Reno roadways. During the course of the night RPD arrested five drivers for driving under the influence. The grant was awarded to the Reno Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety.

On April 16, 2014, Reno City Council approved an in-kind sponsorship with the Silver Legacy for $6,000 of City of Reno services to be provided to the special event, Santas Under the Arch, which is a group photo taken in downtown Reno as part of the Santa Crawl.

The Santa Crawl invites tourists and residents to come to downtown Reno dressed as Santa (or his helpers) to enjoy the services and products of established businesses. The Reno Police Department estimated about 15,000 event participants this year.
News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Severe storms cause delays in Police and Emergency Dispatch response

12/11/2014

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning with rain and snow for Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County area until Friday morning.  Storms with predicted high winds and precipitation frequently cause power outages, downed trees, and areas of flooding.   Please keep in mind that during weather events such as this one, the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center's call volume will be high and dispatchers will try to get to everyone as fast as possible.  When calling 9-1-1 you may be placed on hold several times in order for dispatchers to answer other 9-1-1 calls, so please be patient.

Citizens are reminded to please not call 9-1-1 unless there is a life-threatening emergency, and please do not call 9-1-1 because your power is out.  We anticipate there may be some outages which need to be reported to NV Energy at (775) 834-4100 . 

If there is non-life threatening property damage or potential hazard such as a tree in the road, traffic signals out, or areas of possible flooding,  please call the Reno Police non-emergency line at (775) 334-COPS.  Also, be mindful of your cell phone as "pocket dials" tie up 911 lines and dispatchers have to call the line back to find out if there is really an emergency...time in which they could be handling legitimate calls.

Finally, in order to ease phone congestion, please consider online reporting methods. Many past-tense crimes such as larcenies, burglaries, and frauds can be easily reported at http://reno.gov/online-services.  Auto accidents in which no one is injured and the cars are drivable should also be reported online after the driver's exchange information.

It is the desire of the Reno Police Department, Reno Police Dispatch, and the City of Reno that everyone in our community make it through the pending winter storm safely.

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 teams up with Silver Legacy and local cab companies to boost safety of Santa Crawl event

12/11/2014

This Saturday, December 13, 2014, marks the 14th year of the popular Santa Pub Crawl in downtown Reno. The Reno Police Department (RPD) has documented a significant year-over-year increase in attendees for this event.  

With more than 15,000 revelers expected this year, the RPD, in conjunction with the City of Reno and the Silver Legacy, has teamed up with local cab companies to provide an easy and safe way for event participants to get home after the crawl.  

Whittlesea Taxi, Reno-Sparks Cab, Bell Limo, and Yellow Cab will create a temporary cab stand on ReTRAC East next to the iconic Reno Arch on Virginia Street. The cab stand (see satellite view below) will be available from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Sunday morning to allow adequate time for participants to get a ride.

This partnership is in an effort by RPD to decrease DUIs, prevent intoxicated pedestrians from wandering into roadways, and to help citizens get home safely. It also directly supports one of Reno City Council’s strategic priorities, which is to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods.

The mission of the RPD during this event and other events in Reno is to be a model of policing excellence while providing proactive police presence in order to prevent violence. RPD Officers will be addressing open containers and taking crowd-control measures in order to provide the highest level of public safety for our community.

RPD, along with the City of Reno's Community Safety and Services Team (CSAST), will also be enforcing queue lines outside of participating bars and nightclubs and dump buckets at the doorways for alcohol to ensure adequate security and safety for participants and citizens is met.

TaxiStand-RenoSantaCrawl

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

Fight at Reno Hotel leaves one man dead

12/10/2014

RPD News

A little before 7 am on December 10, 2014, Reno Police and REMSA personnel were dispatched to the area of 4th and Lake Street in downtown Reno, on the report of a subject in a wheelchair who was unresponsive.  When Officers and medics arrived in the area they located the male subject, but he was already deceased.  The 51 year old deceased Reno residents name will be released after notification of his next of kin.

Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Detectives responded and spoke to several witnesses in the area.  They learned that earlier in the evening the deceased male was at a hotel room on Center Street when he got into a physical altercation.  During the altercation the suspect punched the victim who fell to the ground and never regained consciousness.  Detectives went and spoke with the suspect who admitted to them that he had battered the victim.  Arrested for one count of Open Murder was 54 year old Reno resident Randall Dahl (DOB 03/08/60).

Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect is asked to 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 #14-23645

 

14-23645 Dahl

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 answering questions and concerns with citizens during 1st Annual Cup with a Cop event

12/9/2014

On December 10, 2014 from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm, Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts invites members of our community to come sit down for a “Cup with a Cop” at the Haven on Earth Bread and Bakery located at 10855 Double R Boulevard in South Reno.  The Chief will be joined by his Executive Staff, Supervisors, Officers and members of the Senior Auxiliary (SAVE) to sit down for a free cup of coffee or your favorite drink to discuss community issues.

This informal event is meant to provide a neutral space for Reno residents to build stronger relationships between Reno PD and the community, while also helping support locally owned businesses.  The Reno Police Department wants anyone who has questions, comments or concerns about your community or your police to come out and have a free cup of coffee, or your favorite drink with Reno PD. 

The goal of the Reno Police Department is to be completely integrated within our community and to be a model of policing excellence. Follow the efforts of the men and women of the Reno Police Department by liking the department on Facebook or following us on Twitter. 

For more information on this event contact the Reno Police Department Public Information and Community Engagement Officer at (775)334-3850.

 

Cup with a Cop #1

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 helps residents prepare for winter storms

12/5/2014

This week’s storms were a great reminder that winter is fast approaching, and residents should be prepared for snow and ice.

The City of Reno has a number of resources to help Reno area residents stay safe and informed this winter season. New this year from the Public Works Department are interactive maps that citizens can use to learn about the City’s snowplowing priority program. Those maps, plus more information about the City of Reno’s and State of Nevada’s snow and ice plans, are available at Reno.gov/Snow.

Besides knowing when the City will be treating and plowing roadways in your area in the event of a major snowstorm, residents can use the following information and safety tips:
  • The City of Reno's Snow and Ice Plan (also attached) sets guidelines for snow-removal operations. Given the unpredictable nature of weather patterns in the Truckee Meadows, the City has ensured that its snow-removal operations are ready to deploy instantly and effectively. Experienced Public Works snow-removal operators have been refreshed in winter driving safety protocol. See these Snow Operations FAQs (also attached) for more information.
  • Supplies of materials used for ice and snow control such as roadway salt and sand used to aid with added traction on slick roads have been stockpiled. Snow-removal equipment such as plows, sanders, salt brine distributors, and front end loaders have undergone a seasonal inspection and maintenance program.
  • The City also utilizes a salt brine solution on the roadways during the winter season. Residents have expressed concern in the past, but these are not harmful chemicals. The solution consists of clear water mixed with a low concentration of sodium chloride (salt). Before a snow or ice event, City crews will pre-treat high-priority streets, bridges, and inclines with salt brine. This can be done up to two days before a storm. The use of salt brine greatly reduces the bonding or packing of snow and ice to the road surface, which makes it easier for removal and is more cost effective. See these Salt Brine FAQs for more information.
  • Public Works, as well as the Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Department, reminds drivers to reduce their speed on slick or snow-covered roadways, especially when entering intersections and executing sharp turns; keep adequate distance from the vehicle in front of you; and be sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition and equipped with proper tires, snow chains, and perhaps an emergency supply of food and water.
  • Finally, if possible, wait until roadway conditions improve before venturing out.
News Release
City of Reno
Reno Police Department
Officer Travis Warren
Media Relations Officer
(775) 334-3850
warrent@reno.gov
For Immediate Release

Holiday Safety Tips from the men and women of the Reno Police Department

12/4/2014

With the holidays upon us, the Reno Police Department wants the community to have a happy and safe holiday season.   To ensure that you and your family do have a safe holiday season we want to remind you of some basic holiday safety tips.

When shopping, try to shop during daylight hours, but if you do have to shop at night, be aware of your surroundings.   Park your vehicle in well lit areas, and have your keys handy while walking to your car.  Keep your small children close to you in crowded shopping areas, and make sure they know their full name, address and phone number or write the information on the inside of their coat.  Wallets and purses are prime targets for criminals in crowded shopping areas, and consumers should keep their cash, credit cards and identification in your front pocket if possible.

If you order gifts online make sure someone will be at home to receive your deliveries as unattended packages at your door are an easy score for opportunistic criminals.  When leaving your house to shop or visit friends and family, ensure your windows and doors are locked when leaving.  We encourage people to keep night lights on timers or even turn on a radio or leave a TV on to give the appearance that there is someone home. 

Hopefully by following some of these simple safety tips, everyone in our community will have a fun, festive, and most importantly safe holiday season.

Stay up to speed on community events, wanted criminals, and other safety tips by liking the Reno Police Department on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Happy Holidays from the Reno Police Department.  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

Regional Gang Unit Detective cleaning up graffiti in downtown Reno and MidTown District

12/4/2014

Graffiti is a big problem in the City of Reno, and the Reno Police Department takes it very seriously.  Recently the Reno PD reinstated the Graffiti Detective position in the Regional Gang Unit (RGU) with the main priority to minimize graffiti to help cleanup Reno.  The new Detective has already made great progress in minimizing graffiti after he recently arrested several taggers who have been tagging many areas in Reno including the MidTown District.   

In April of 2014, RGU Detective Javier Lopez began investigating more than 18 known taggers who have tagged numerous areas in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe county area.  In one case, Detective Lopez was recently investigating; a suspect who had been tagging since 2012 had over 351 graffiti tags in the area, including Midtown.  Thanks to his dedication to serving the community, Detective Lopez was able to positively identify the suspect, and interview him.  The 19 year old suspect admitted to having tagged 74 different locations in Reno over the past year which inevitably cost the City of Reno over $11,000 to remove the graffiti.  Arrested in November for 1 felony count of Graffiti was Reno resident Rodrigo De La Cruz Campos (07/03/95). 

Detective Lopez position is very important to the City of Reno as it costs the city $122.07 an hour in graffiti abatement for materials, Detective hours, and workers.  By identifying, arresting and prosecuting taggers Detective Lopez has already helped clean up the MidTown District and saved the City of Reno money on graffiti cleanup. 

The Reno Police Department wants to remind our community that they do not have to be a victim of graffiti to report it.  We encourage anyone who sees graffiti anywhere in Reno to call Reno Direct at (775) 334-INFO (4636) and the Graffiti Enforcement Team will respond to remove the graffiti.  Citizens can also report known taggers to Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

For more information about the Reno Police Department and our efforts to make Reno a clean and safe place to live, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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 inspection of the Lake Mill Lodge results in several code violations and 5 arrests

12/3/2014

Reno, Nevada (December 3, 2014) – At 9 a.m. today the City of Reno Community Safety and Services Team (CSAST) conducted an inspection of the Lake Mill Lodge at 200 Mill Street.  Today’s CSAST team comprised of numerous City of Reno agencies from Code Enforcement, Business Licensing, Reno Police, Reno Fire, and the Building Department.  The Washoe County Health Department and the State of Nevada Parole and Probation were also part of the team and helped make this inspection a success.

The overall assessment from Reno Code Enforcement Manager Alex Woodley was that Lake Mill Lodge passed the inspection, but there were numerous issues that need to be addressed and fixed. 

Of the 123 rooms that the CSAST team inspected, only 5 out of the 123 rooms passed inspection throughout.  The discrepancies found in the 118 rooms which did not pass a complete inspection had issues that varied from missing faucets; lose toilets, stopped up plumbing and smoke detector issues.  Some of the rooms also had no heat, cockroaches, bed bugs, and other unsanitary conditions.  The Washoe County Health Department closed 2 rooms temporarily due to unhealthy conditions.

During the inspection 5 individuals who all had active warrants for their arrest were contacted by Reno Police Officers and arrested.

Upon completion of the Lake Mill Lodge compliance check, a small group of the CSAST performed a ‘spot’ check at the Wonder Lodge located at 430 Lake Street.  (This is the same owner as the Lake Mill Lodge.)  The Wonder Lodge property has 63 rooms. Main issue identified was an inoperable elevator. Only 5 rooms inspected and they had minor issues. 

These inspections are in compliance with one of Reno City Council's strategic priorities, which are to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, and the recent expansion of the Police Special Assessment District (SAD).

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About the City of Reno

The City of Reno government's mission is to efficiently provide the highest level of service responsive to our community. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established four key priorities: Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, Provide Efficient and Responsive City Services, Promote a Sustainable and Vibrant Economy, and Enhance Communications and Community Engagement. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 334-INFO.

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 ATM thefts being sought by Reno Police Detectives

12/3/2014

Over the last several months a male subject has been caught on ATM security cameras in both South and North Reno as he is stealing money from ATM’s.  Reno Police Department Burglary Detectives have been working the case and have learned that this same suspect has been hitting ATM’s in Northern California as well. 

The suspect is a white male, in his 30’s or 40’s, thin build, with long brown hair that may be a wig.

The Reno Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying this subject.  Anyone with any information as to the identity of the unknown male is asked to call 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.

RPD Case # 14-106262

RPD Case # 14-106987

 

14-10626214-106987 (2)

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 conduct inspection of Lake Mill Lodge

12/2/2014

Reno, Nevada (December 2, 2014) — The City of Reno's Community Safety and Services Team (CSAST) is conducting an in-depth inspection of the Lake Mill Lodge located at the 200 block of Mill Street in downtown Reno on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9 a.m.

The inspection is in compliance with one of Reno City Council's strategic priorities, which is to Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, and the recent expansion of the Police Special Assessment District (SAD).

The team will be inspecting for — but not limited to — heating issues, water requirements, minimal safety requirements (handrails, lighting in stairwells, etc.), infestations (roaches, bed bugs, etc.), fire egress (emergency exits), smoke detectors, nuisances, and/or any criminal behavior.

The CSAST includes representatives of Reno Code Enforcement, Reno Fire Department, Washoe County Health Department, Reno Business License Compliance, and the Reno Police Department. The CSAST was created to address businesses or issues within the community that appeared to be in need of education and/or enforcement of adopted ordinances that provide for safety and quality of life standards as established by local, state, or federal laws.

This inspection will be similar to those conducted in the past by the former Motel Interdiction Team, which utilized the same agencies in a team format.

“This multi-agency approach is very successful as it allows for all regulating agencies to conduct their inspections together and minimizes any contradicting findings or required actions by the owner,” Code Enforcement Manager Alex Woodley says. “It also assists to ensure property owners are maintaining their rental property in good living conditions while also ensuring they are not allowing or facilitating any type of criminal behavior on their property.”

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About the City of Reno

The City of Reno government's mission is to efficiently provide the highest level of service responsive to our community. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established four key priorities: Provide Safe and Livable Neighborhoods, Provide Efficient and Responsive City Services, Promote a Sustainable and Vibrant Economy, and Enhance Communications and Community Engagement. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 334-INFO.

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

Armed Robbery at Bank in Northwest Reno

12/1/2014

At around 230 pm on December 1, 2014 Reno Police Dispatch received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the First Independent Bank located at 6290 Sharlands Avenue in Northwest Reno.  As Officers responded to the area it was reported the suspect had left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money in a white passenger car.  The vehicle was located unoccupied a short time later, and responding Officers established a perimeter but did not locate the suspects.

After speaking with witnesses, they stated that the one male suspect who entered the bank was between 5’10” to 6 feet tall, and was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt; some sort of dark mask over his face, dark colored pants and was armed with a handgun.  There was possibly another suspect driving the vehicle but that information has not been confirmed at this time.

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 # 14-23105

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

Deputy arrested for inappropriate touching of an inmate

12/1/2014

In April of this year Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives were contacted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible inappropriate contact of a female inmate by a male Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy.  Following an investigation, Detectives determined that there was sufficient evidence of unlawful sexual contact between a female inmate by a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to Detention.

Reno Police Detectives compiled all the details, statements and evidence and submitted the case to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review. The Washoe County DA’s Office issued a warrant for the Washoe County Deputy, who voluntarily turned himself into the Washoe County Detention Facility this afternoon.

Arrested for one count of Voluntary Sexual Contact with a Prisoner was 28 year old Stuart Balch (DOB 01/04/86). 

Anyone with any information about this incident or others is asked to please contact the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Division at (775) 657-4601, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

RPD Case # 14-7312

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

Four men arrested by Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team in connection with multiple residential burglaries in Reno and Sparks

12/1/2014

Over the last several weeks, the Reno Police Crime Suppression Team (CST) and Sparks Police Departments Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) have been working together gathering information on possible suspects in multiple residential burglaries in both cities.  CST has also worked closely with Reno Burglary Detectives and Sparks Detectives sharing information, which enabled them to narrow their investigation on several suspects and vehicles of interest.   The suspect and vehicle information was then shared with Patrol Officers with both agencies.

Shortly before 7 pm on November 26, 2014, an Officer with the Reno Police Department on routine patrol spotted one of the vehicles CST had listed as a possibly being related to the burglaries.  Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and two male suspects were detained.  Reno PD CST Officers responded to assist and to speak with the suspects.

The suspects agreed to speak with Detectives and both suspects were taken to the Reno Police Department and interviewed by CST and Sparks PD CSU.  During the interviews, both suspects confessed to having committed numerous Residential and Vehicle Burglaries in the Damonte Ranch area of Reno, as well as numerous Burglaries in Sparks. One of the suspects also admitted to having committed two arsons, one in Sparks and the other in Reno.

After interviewing the suspects, several search warrants were obtained for multiple residences in both cities.  During the searches a large amount of stolen merchandise, including numerous stolen firearms were recovered. 

Arrested for numerous counts of Burglary, Attempted Burglary, Ex-Felon in Possession of Firearm and Possession of Stolen Property were 21 year old Preston Heller (DOB 08/04/93), 23 year old Robert Donahue(DOB 12/23/90),  26 year old Reno resident Francis Edwards (DOB 07/28/88).  Also arrested for the same charges as well as two counts of arson was 22 year old Jaysen Patterson (DOB 07/07/92). 

Anyone with more information about these crimes or the suspects is asked to contact the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team at (775) 657-4529, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

RPD Case #14-22831

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

Four women arrested on suspicion of passing counterfeit money in Reno

12/1/2014

On November 11, 2014 Reno Police Department Financial Crimes Detectives working with the Northern Nevada Fraud and Identity Theft Task Force in conjunction with the US Secret Service began an extensive investigation into a large influx of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local Reno Casinos.  Through the course of the investigation, Detectives identified 4 females from Venezuela, with one of the females being a dealer at a local casino.  The investigation revealed that the 3 female suspects would meet up with the female dealer at a local casino and pass the counterfeit money on the casino floor. 

Detectives conducted an operation on November 29, 2014 and subsequently arrested the 4 females.  Arrested for numerous counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument, Uttering a Forged Instrument and Burglary were:

34 year old Melissa Gutierrez (DOB 09/17/1980), 36 year old Evelin Gutierrez (DOB 08/11/78), 51 year old Livia Cedeno (DOB 05/19/63) and 41 year old Adriana Jordan (DOB 01/10/73).

The Reno Police Department is asking anyone with more information about these suspects to call the Reno Police Department Burglary Division at (775) 334-2144, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

RPD Case #14-22988