Earlier this morning our agency was made aware of a Facebook post concerning a recent incident of an infant left in a vehicle that our officers investigated. This incident took place yesterday June 22, 2016. Our officers did respond, conduct an investigation and complete a criminal case. Below is a synopsis of the on-going case:
On June 22, 2016 at approx. 4:37pm, officers were called to Michaels at 165 N. Los Altos Pkwy. in Sparks on the report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle. Officers responded and met with the reporting person along with the mother of the infant. Officers interviewed the reporting person and the mother of the infant. Officers reviewed store video surveillance footage to determine the duration of time the infant was left unattended. Child Protective Services was also contacted. Photos were taken, and medics were summoned to evaluate the infant. Medical personnel determined the infant was not in distress, not dehydrated and all vital signs were normal. Child Protective Services will follow-up the mother, and the criminal case will be reviewed by the City Attorney.
We understand the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, and officers consider the facts, details and circumstances of each case, along with any potential evidence before making decisions to cite, arrest or submit a case for review. This is an active case, therefore specific details will not be released.
We do encourage and appreciate people for calling the police any time a child is left unattended in a vehicle.
On June 17, 2016 at 2011 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of El Rancho Drive. It was reported that a sedan and a motorcycle were involved and the operator of the motorcycle was lying on the ground injured. Upon arrival by first responders it was determined that the operator of the motorcycle had sustained minor non-life threatening injuries but was transported by paramedics for treatment of those injuries.
The investigation determined the operator of the sedan attempted to make an abrupt left turn onto a side street from a travel lane even though a marked left turn lane was present at that location. The operator of the moped was following the sedan at a close distance and was unable to stop to avoid the accident and struck the back of the sedan. The operator of the moped was not wearing any safety equipment, specifically a helmet. Alcohol and drug impairment were not a factor in this accident. The identity of the operators will not be released.
The operator of the sedan was cited for improper turn and the operator of the moped was cited for following to close. Mopeds have become increasingly popular in the past couple of years and the public is reminded to utilize safety equipment, specifically helmets. The public is also reminded that traffic congestion is increasing due to the summer months and it is viatal to maintain a safe distance when following other vehicles so there will be ample space to stop.
On June 14, Sparks Police responded to a report of a residential burglary that occured in the 1100 block of Bayshore Drive in Sparks.
It has been determined that the burglary occured on June 11, 2016. Sparks Police have obtained video of a possible suspect leaving the area.
The suspect is the male pushing the bicycle. He is described as white or Hispanic, wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and he had a black backpack.
Sparks Police would also like to speak with the two citizens walking thier dogs in this video.
Please find the video attached to this release. Anyone with informaiton in this case is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225.
On June 14, 2016 at about 5:20 p.m. Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a reported hit and run accident.
When officers arrived, they learned that a motorcycle driven by 21 year old Tyler Cook of Reno had been involved in the accident. Cook was traveling northbound on Rock Blvd. when a vehicle changed lanes in front of him abruptly. Cook's motorcycle struck the right rear portion of a vehicle described as an older model blue or green 4-door sedan with unknown license plates. The sedan should have right rear quarter panel damage, and is also described as missing a passenger side mirror.
The sedan then left the scene of the accident and was believed to have turned eastbound onto Victorian Ave. It is not known why the driver of the sedan left the scene.
Cook had suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Renown Medical Center for treatment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sparks Police Traffic section at 353-2432.
Law Enforcement will be “Joining Forces” Slowing Driver’s Down
Sparks, Nevada – Law enforcement officials statewide will be focusing on people who are speeding from June 14, 2016 through June 30, 2016 throughout Nevada. In an effort to make the streets safer, the Sparks Police Department will be Joining Forces looking for drivers who are speeding throughout Sparks during this time.
Many people think speeding may not be dangerous while driving. However, the chances of being involved in a traffic accident rise as you speed. There is a greater risk of losing control of your vehicle and the amount of time it takes to stop a vehicle increases when you are speeding. People may suffer unexpected economical and psychological effects as a result of being in an accident caused by speeding. These are just a few reasons why you should go the posted speed limit and not speed while driving to your destination(s).
For more resources and safety tips on why you should wear your seatbelt, please visit: http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/always-buckle-up/.
Joining Forces is a statewide program paid through grants issued by the Nevada Department of Public Safety: Office of Traffic Safety. For more information about Joining Forces and other Traffic Safety Programs, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.
On June 12th, 2016 at 0115 hours, Sparks Patrol Officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Rock Blvd and Oddie Blvd. During the investigation, David MONEY was arrested for an active Felony warrant out of California for Poss. of a Stolen Vehicle and Probation Violation and local charges of Felony Possession of narcotics.
Later MONEY was placed in handcuffs and placed in a patrol vehicle. A short time later he was able to escape on foot, in handcuffs.
He was last seen southbound on Rock Blvd and has not been located. MONEY was wearing a white t-shirt and light blue pants. (Recent booking Photo is attached)
MONEY's whereabouts or destinations are unknown at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for asssistance in locating MONEY. If anyone has information about MONEY's whereabouts, please contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
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On 6-6-16 at approximately 1241pm, an adult female attempted to pass a counterfeit bill for payment at 7-Eleven. The attached photo is of the female person of interest. We are attempting to locate and interview the female. If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please contact Sparks Police Dispatch: 353-2231.
On 6-6-16 at approximately 1241pm, an adult female attempted to pass a counterfeit bill for payment at 7-Eleven. The attached photo is of the female person of interest. We are attemptng to locate and interview the female. If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please contact Sparks Police Dispatch: 353-2231.
On 06-06-16, at approximately 1040 hours, SPD officers responded to 1575 E. Lincoln Ave., Fitness for 10, for a report of a vehicle burglary. Officers made contact with two victims. One victim advised that somebody had broken his right front window and stole a black backpack. The black backpack contained numerous items, to include, two loaded pistol magazines. The second victim advised that someone had broken his window but had not taken anything.
There is a short video of the burglary and theft of the backpack attached. The suspect is a male dressed in all black. He is riding a BMX style bike that appears to have a chrome frame and handlebars.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying this suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SPD detective division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900. If this subject is seen around vehicles please contact the dispatch center of the local police department.
On 6/4/16 at approximately 0430 hours, a male adult was the victim of a Strong Arm Robbery. The victim was beaten and robbed in the 200 block of Victorian Ave. The suspects are described as two males, possibly Hispanic, in their late teens or early 20's. Responding officers located video of the suspect's vehicle in the area before and after the attack. The suspects were in a Silver 4-door sedan with tinted windows and black rims. Photos of the vehicle are attached.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying these suspects. Anyone with information related to the suspects or the suspect vehicle is asked to please call SPD Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Please avoid the 1350 block of Baring Bl in Sparks. We are working a crash in front of Reed High School.
On 05/29/16 at approximately 1528 hours Sparks Police and Fire Department responded to the report of a child that went under water while swimming at the Sparks Marina. The child was described as approximately 8 years of age, unknown race male, dark skin, with light brown hair wearing a blue and black pair of shorts with military video game design.
At the time of this release we have not located the child or his parents/guardians. We have a single witness that reported the child went under water. Search and rescue efforts are still underway. The child may live near the Marina. We have attempted to locate the child on the beach and nearby apartments in the event he left the water on his own out of sight of the witness.
If you have any information, please contact the Sparks Police Department, 775-353-2231.
On 05/27/16 at approximately 2120 hours, Officers with the Sparks Police Department were hailed by a citizen in regards to a shooting that had just occurred. Officers located the victim and learned that the shooting occurred in the 2300 block of Prater Way. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects were described as 3 Hispanic males, 18-25 yoa, in a grey unknown make/model passenger car.
There is no further information available.
On May 18, 2016 the Sparks Police Department received a report of a missing/endangered white male adult. The MP's name is David WHITLOCK. David left his group home in Sparks leaving his medication and all other belongings behind. David is on foot and has been located in Fallon, NV in the past. There is a concern that if David does not receive his medications, that there could be severe medical problems. David is entered into NCIC. Please refer to the attached flyer for a picture and more information on David.
Anyone locating David is encouraged to call the Sparks Police Department or any local police agency so that we can check on the welfare of David.
On May 24, 2016 at 10:20 p.m. Sparks Police responded to a reported attempted kidnapping in the 700 block of Sparks Blvd.
Officers met with the victim who reported that she walking home and was in the area of the 700 block of Sparks Blvd. when she saw a pick up truck pull into the parking lot. That block of Sparks Blvd. is an area with several businesses including Starbucks, Panda Express and many others.
The vehicle was driven by a man that the victim is vaguely familiar with. The victim approached the vehicle on the passenger side and the driver slid over to toward the passenger side of the truck. The driver then reached out of the truck and tried to take the victim's purse and another shopping bag. A struggle ensued, and the victim was able to retain her property. The suspect also attempted to order the victim into the truck. The victim was able to get away from the suspect and go into an open shop and ask for help.
The vehicle is described as an unknown year or make pick up truck which is blue or green in color. The driver is described as a white male in his 50s with a beard and unkempt hair. The vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction, and the victim was not injured.
The investigation is ongoing, and officers are trying to determine the exactly how the victim and suspect may know each other, among other things. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
The Sparks Police Department is trying to identify two vehicles involved in the theft of a travel trailer from a local storage facility. Please see the attached ATL Flier for more information. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
The area of Sparks / Los Altos is open for normal traffic. Thank you.
Sparks PD is working a rollover accident at Sparks and Los Altos. Please avoid that area if at all possible.
On May 6th, 2016 at approx. 10:50pm an unknown male suspect was captured on video damaging a vehicle at the Western Village Casino in Sparks. We need your help to identify the suspect depicted in the attached photo. Anyone with information is urged to call Sparks Police Dispatch 353-2231 or Secret Witness 322-4900.
This release is intended to convey additional information from the hit and run crash at Vista and Los Altos.
Sparks Police believe that the suspect in this case, William Thayer, is the same person who was calling 911 reporting that someone was shooting at him. Officers could not locate any evidence that corroborated his story. Also, no one involved in the accident was injured.