On November 25, 2015 at about 4 p.m. Sparks Police were notified of a possible man down in Burgess Park, 1605 Pyramid Way.
The initial call indicated that there was a man down in the concrete skateboarding area of the park and he appeared to not be moving. Officers arrived and found the man down and summoned Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel. However, the man was deceased.
Officers are still investigating at this time, but currently there is no suspicion of criminal activity associated with the death.
Earlier in the day, Sparks Police officers took a report of a missing person who had several medical issues. It is not known at this time if the deceased is that person. This investigation, as with any death investigation, will take time to complete. When more information becomes available, we will make every effort to pass it on.
On 11/24/15 at approximately 2133 hours, the Sparks Police Department took a report of an endangered missing person. Joan Arleen Scolari, a 73 year old female, flew into the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on 11/22/15. On 11/24/15 at approximately 0830 hours Scolari spoke to her daughter. Scolari had rented a vehicle and was to drive to Lake Havasu. That was the last time anyone has heard from her.
Scolari rented a 2015 Kia white in color with Nevada plates 11B 590.
It is very unusual that no one has heard from Scolari for three days. We are asking that the local news agencies to forward this press release to their affiliates in the Las Vegas and Havasu areas. If located please contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Sparks Police Department.
The Sparks Police Department and Statewide Law Enforcement Tell Motorists: Click It or Ticket
Joining Forces Seat Belt Use Enforcement Runs Through Dec. 7, 2015
Area residents will notice an increased law enforcement presence between Nov. 20 – Dec. 7, 2015 as the Sparks Police Department joins with law enforcement statewide to educate motorists on the life-saving importance of wearing seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to remind motorists that seat belts save lives and that failing to buckle up can result in costly ticket fees.
It’s important to buckle up, every trip, every time, no matter the distance of the drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of car crashes occur within a five-mile radius of a motorist’s home and nearly 70 percent happen within 10 miles from home. Wearing a seat belt doubles motorists’ and passengers’ chances of surviving a crash.
During this Joining Forces enforcement campaign, which runs through Dec. 7, 2015, officers are looking for drivers who “fake it” by rushing to click their belt into place when pulled over for another offense. Faking it won’t protect lives. Drivers are not only accountable for themselves, but they also will be penalized for occupants in the vehicle who are not restrained.
The intent of the Joining Forces campaign is to educate about the importance of buckling up.
Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of seat belt use, DUI, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety. During this campaign last year, Nevada’s Joining Forces partners citied 2,170 adults and 75 teens for not wearing their seatbelts. In addition, 316 adults were issued citations for improperly restraining children.
The Click It or Ticket campaign is the nation’s most successful seat belt compliance effort, significantly raising awareness and seat belt usage since its inception. More information about seat belt use and Nevada’s Zero Fatalities program is available at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/buckle.
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the general public of informational matters related to a Tier III (High Risk) Sex Offender.
Mr. Dwight Lee Edwards, age 70, has been assessed as a Tier III Sex Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing in the 90 block of Gentry Way in Reno, and that he is currently unemployed.
Mr. Edwards is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Edwards is not currently being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation.
Additional information on this offender, in addition to other moderate and high risk offenders in the State of Nevada, is available at:
Anyone with questions about this offender can call the RSONU at 775-353-2244, Monday through Friday, 7am-4pm.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will NOT be tolerated. Any threats, intimidation or harassment against the offender is unlawful, and could subject the individual engaging in such an act to criminal prosecution, in addition to possible civil liability.
The RSONU is a collaborative effort between law enforcement in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County, to monitor and enforce the requirements set forth in the Nevada Revised Statutes for Registered Sex Offenders.
On 11-17-2015, at 12:50PM, a resident in the 7500 block of Avila Dr., in Sparks returned home and found her home had been burglarized and ransacked. The resident noticed an unfamiliar car in the area, took a picture of it and the license plate, and called us. The first officer in the area found the vehicle parked in a driveway one street over, and began surveilling the vehicle. Two male juveniles came out of the back yard of the house where the suspect vehicle was parked and began walking from the area. Additional units coming into the area tried to stop the two juveniles and they fled on foot. One suspect was apprehended immediately, and the other started hopping yards, and we lost sight of him. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office was called to help Sparks Officers, including the Raven helicopter, and a search was conducted, but the second suspect was not located. Officers found stolen property in the suspect vehicle from the original victim, and we are not sure if there are other residences burglarized today that have not been discovered yet by homeowners. We have identified the second suspect, and are working on taking him into custody. Both suspects are juveniles, and their names will not be released. The original victim did a great job of noticing the suspect vehicle looking out of place and getting photos of it with her phone. Anyone who may find there home broken into in the area of this burglary, or anyone with more information is urged to call us at 353-2231.
On 3/30/15, a 15 year old runaway female juvenile was taken into custody by police. On 6/17/15, the Sparks Police department was contacted to take a report as it was determined the juvenile was pregnant. The victim reported she lived with the suspect, 54 year old Curtis Gardner, in Sparks from November of 2014 until she was located by police in March of 2015. Per the victim, during this time, she had sexual relations with the suspect. An investigation was initiated by Sparks Police and Washoe County Social Services.
On 11/11/15 SPD detectives received evidence that corroborated the victim’s allegations. On 11/13/15, Sparks Police detectives contacted Mr. Gardner and he was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Gardner was charged with 4 counts of Statutory Sexual Seduction.
On 11/16/15 at approximately 0157 hours a male victim was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot of 865 S. Rock Blvd. The victim was approached by a blue passenger car occupied by two males. One of the occupants demanded money from the victim while pointing a firearm at the victim. The victim refused and one of the occupants fired one round that struck the victim vehicle. The suspects fled in the vehicle. The victim was not harmed. The suspect who fired the firearm was wearing a black mask and an unknown race. The suspect vehicle is described as a four door blue passenger car mid to late 90's.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
On 11/12/15 at approximately 2320 hours, Officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to 1798 Woodhaven Ln regarding a call of multiple shots being fired in the area. Officers arrived on scene and found a silver Chevrolet pickup in the driveway of the listed residence. The vehicle had severe body damage that looked fresh and appeared to have been caused by another vehicle colliding with it. During the course of the investigation, the striking vehicle was located a short distance away. This vehicle was found to have numerous defects in it that appeared to have been caused by bullets. A female was located a short distance away who the vehicle belonged to. A short interview was conducted and the following was learned: The female was inside the vehicle, parked outside of 1798 Woodhaven Ln and was in an argument with her boyfriend who lived at the residence with Rodriguez. During the argument Rodriguez retrieved a rifle from inside the residence and fired numerous rounds into the females car. The female then lost control of her vehicle and struck the pickup in the driveway.
There were no reported injuries. Rodriguez was placed under arrest for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle and Discharging a Firearm in Public. This is still under investigation and there is no other information available at this time.
The Sparks Police Department has received a $118,000 grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to support the Sparks Police Department’s participation in the sixteen Joining Forces traffic safety campaigns during the coming year.
Joining Forces is a high visibility, multi-jurisdictional statewide effort to increase safety on Nevada’s roads by increasing enforcement and awareness of traffic laws. The goal is to reduce crashes and save lives by focusing on DUI, distracted driving, seat belts, speed, and pedestrian safety.
Thanks to this grant award, the Sparks Police Department will be able to team up with other area jurisdictions for a number of Joining Forces events between October of 2015 and September of 2016.
Law enforcement personnel will continue to enforce traffic safety laws year-round as part of their commitment to reduce accidents and save lives. Whether you're the driver, a passenger, or pedestrian, the Sparks Police Department reminds everyone to make safety a top priority.
****THIS IS AN UPDATE****
Note the change in spelling of the suspect's last name.
I will be available for an on camera on the front steps at the Sparks Police Department at 1400 hours.
On October 27, 2015 Sparks Officers located the vehicle and suspects related to this case. As a result, Howard GLOYD d.o.b. 5/21/90 and Victor GLOYD d.o.b 6/3/92 were booked for Battery Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and several other more minor offenses.
The Sparks Police Department is still interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed or has information regarding the incident.
On October 26, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim, a 44 yr old Sparks resident, was walking near the intersection of Pyramid and Greenbrae. An early 2000's four door sedan, possibly a Silver Saturn parked near the Big O Tire store and four subjects exited. Several of the subject walked to the intersection and approached the victim. After a few minutes the victim was attacked and knocked unconcious. The suspects initially fled the area on foot, but returned to their vehicle a short time later leaving in the vehicle they arrived in.
The victim suffered substantial injury, but is recovering at this time.
Sparks PD Officers obtained video footage from a neighboring business. A screen shot of that footage is attached to this release. There are two white trucks captured in the image. The truck furthest from view is stopped at the stop light at Pyramid and Greenbrae at the exact moment of the attack. Officers believe this motorist may have seen the attack and are requesting they come forward. The vehicle is a white 2000's four door pick up with a white camper shell, possibly a Ford.
The suspect vehicle can be seen parked next to the closest white truck captured in the image. It is believed to be a light colored Saturn Sedan.
Suspect one is an African American male, 5'8-5'10, short dread lock hair, with a medium build. He was wearing a Grey sweatshirt or jacket, dark pants and Black and White shoes.
Suspect two is an unknown race male, 6'0, short hair with a medium build. He was wearing a long sleeved shirt with Black and White horizontal stripes and light colored jeans.
Suspect three is a white female adult, 5'4-5'6, with wavy light Brown hair which goes to the middle of her back. She was wearing a thin head band, light colored hooded sweatshirt, light colored jeans, and had a light colored backpack.
Suspect four is an unknown race male, 5'6-5'8, wearing a Black sweatshirt and Black pants.
All of the suspects appear to be in their late teens to early 20's.
Secret Witness is offering a $1000.00 reward for any information leading to the arrest of these individuals. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231.
On October 15th 2016 at 8:56 p.m., Sparks Police responded to the apartment complex at 350 Harbor Cove, for an initial report of shot fired in the area. When officers arrived on scene they located two victims with gunshot wounds. Both victims and multiple witnesses described an unknown race male wearing all dark clothing; as the shooter. Both victims recieved medical treatment for their non-life threatening injuries.
The Regional Gang Unit responded, and has taken over the investigation at this time.
Suspect: Unknown race male in his 20's, wearing all dark clothing.
No other information will be released at this time and ask that anyone that witnessed this incident or with any information, to please call Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, the Regional Gang Unit 334-3852, or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
The Holidays are coming!! This is a great time to get in the habit of planning a safe ride home after drinking.
The Sparks Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be enforcing impaired driving laws over the next few weeks.Officers and Troopers will be focusing on impaired driving on the highways and streets running through the city in a joint initiative to encourage safe and sober driving. Collaboration was made possible through the State of Nevada Office of Traffic Safety Joining Forces grant.
Please see the attached formal media release for more information on this special enforcement event.
On 10-12-2015, at 3:09am, Sparks Police received a call of a man down in the road on Victorian Avenue, just east of Kietzke Lane. Officers arrived on scene, and found the male in the bike lane of eastbound Victorian, and he had major trauma to the upper body and head, and was declared dead at the scene. The victim appeared to be walking in the bike lane, close to the sidewalk, and was struck from behind by a vehicle. At this time we are asking for any witnesses or anyone with any suspect information, to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, or Secret Witness. The male victim was a 55 year old Sparks resident, and his name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved as a causation factor, and we are still in the initial part of the investigation.
On 9/31/15, Sparks Police Department detectives arrested Jimmy Lopez-Valadez for the shooting that occurred on 9/20/15 which resulted in a 13 year old boy being shot in the head. All evidence indicates this was a random incident and is unrelated to any other similar crimes in the region. The victim’s residence was not specifically targeted and no other subjects were involved. Mr. Lopez-Valadez was the only subject firing a weapon and he was not firing at any other people.
The arrest was the result of information that was developed after SPD detectives received a Secret Witness tip on 9/24/15. The victim’s family and the members of the Sparks Police Department want to express our sincere gratitude to this citizen who had the courage and the commitment to our community to come forward with the information that ultimately lead to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for this crime. Without this information, this crime would have been extremely difficult to solve.
Mr. Lopez-Valadez was charged with several crimes related to this incident to include; Discharging a Firearm From/Within a Motor Vehicle, Discharging a Firearm Into an Occupied Structure and Battery With a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm.
There will be an opportunity for on-camera interviews at 1100 at SPD in the training room.
On 9/20/15, Officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to a call of a subject shot inside an apartment at 4005 Moor Park Ct. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the originating call was originally taken as a medically related call for a seizure.REMSA paramedics arrived on scene and advised that the 13 year old male had been shot suffering a single gunshot wound to the head.An investigation determined that the 13 year old male was inside his apartment when unknown suspect(s) fired a single round through the wall and striking the victim. Sparks Police Detectives are investigating the case. It does not appear that the victim or their family was intentionally targeted and the shooting was random in nature and most probably the result of a drive by shooting. The victim is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. No one is available for any on camera interviews at this time. Thank you.
SPARKS BL IS OPEN FOR NORMAL TRAFFIC.
There are currently media reports that have been put out indicating that the 13 year old victim in our drive by shooting case has died. The Sparks Police Department HAS NOT RELEASED THIS INFORMATION AND THIS INFORMATION IS UNCONFIRMED - THE VICTIM HAS NOT DIED. This information is jeopardizing our criminal investigation. This inaccurate information has caused the family a great deal of pain. Please DO NOT release any information about this case unless it comes from an official Sparks Police Department media release. The Sparks Police Department is actively investigating this case and rumors about the condition of the victim that are being posted in local media outlets are not accurate. Currently there is no available update to this case. When there is information available, it will be sent out by Sparks Police Detectives.
On 09/25/15 at 6:15am The Sparks Police Department responded to 350 N McCarran Blvd. on the report of an armed robbery. Officers arrived quickly in the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
The clerk described the suspect as a black male adult, 20 to 25 years of age, 6 feet tall wearing a dark shirt and jeans with a darker complexion. Upon reviewing the video surveillance it was determined that the suspect entered the store and immediately produced what appears to be a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money.
After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the suspect fled the store. He was last seen running eastbound on Lincoln Way.
The clerk was not injured during the robbery.
The Sparks Police Department urges anyone with knowledge of this incident to contact the detective section at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness.
On 09/25/15 at 6:51am the Sparks Police Department respomded to a report of a vehicle vs pedestrian accident at El Rancho and Victorian. Callers stated that the male victim was trapped underneath the vehicle. When officers arrived, another motorist that was at the same intersection had used his personal jack to lift the car off the pedestrian.
it appears that the elderly female driver was southbound on El Rancho making a left turn to eastbound Victorian. The elderly female told officers she did not see the male pedestrian, who was reported by witnesses to have been in the east crosswalk walking southbound. It was not quite daylight at the time of the accident and the male pedestrian was wearing a camoflauge jacket which may have contributed to the driver's inability to see him.
The male pedestrian was treated on scene by REMSA and transported to Renown for what appears to be non-life threatening injuries. The Sparks Police Major Accident Investigation Team is handling the investigation due to the nature of the accident. No charges have been filed and no citations issued at the time of this press release.
EB Victorian from the "Y" at El Rancho and Kietzke will be closed due to a vehicle accident. The block east of the Y will be closed until further notice. Please avoid the area if possible.