Serious Crashes Increase Around 4th of July Holiday
The Sparks Police Department along with other Nevada Law Enforcement Agencies Proactive in Battling Statistics
Sparks, NV – Every year, the Independence Holiday brings an increase of alcohol consumption resulting in increased serious injuries and fatalities. In order to combat this, Sparks Police Department is working with various law enforcement agency partners through the Joining Forces Program to boost enforcement efforts to address impaired driving and riding offenses. Throughout the month of July, officers will be looking for impaired motorists and motorcyclists in hopes to discourage the behavior and to send a strong message about the consequences that accompany drinking and driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that Nevada has seen an increase in fatalities of 4% compared to the same time last year. If the State mirrors the 2014 trend, approximately one-third of fatalities this year will involve alcohol.
To help achieve the State’s Zero Fatalities goal, Nevada drivers and riders are encouraged to use the following guidelines:
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
· If impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact 911.
· If someone is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.
Statistics and other related information are available online at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/sober.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
FLOODING IN EAST SPARKS ON SPARKS / VISTA/ BARING / SPRINGLAND /PRATER STAY OUT OT THE AREAS
On June 29, 2015 at about 3 p.m., Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a report of a traffic accident at the Jackson's Food Mart, 2095 Brierly Way in Sparks.
When personnel arrived they learned that a small grey Hyundai sedan had entered the parking lot of the business, driven around the back of the business and struck at least two cars, continued around toward the front of the business and struck on of the support posts for the large awning that covers the area of the gas pumps at the business.The gas pumps were not struck. The Hyundai was driven by 55 year old Sparks resident Lisa Fortin.
Two patients including Fortin, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Some witnesses did report that the Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed. That possibility, along with the possibility that a medical condition or alcohol may have been a contributing factor were all being initially investigated. As the investigation progressed Fortin was believed to be under the influence of alcohol. She was issued a citation for DUI with a court date to appear at Sparks Municipal Court. Fortin was issued a citation in lieu of being booked because she was receiving continuing medical treatment for injuries suffered in the accident.
On June 3, 2015, an unidentified black male adult made three separate transactions using stolen credit card information. The suspect made purchases at the Kmart located at 2125 Oddie Blvd, Walgreen’s located at 2299 Oddie Blvd, and at an unidentified 7-11. All transactions occurred within hours of each other.
The victim resides in another state and had her personal credit card in her possession at the time the suspect presumably used a counterfeit credit card containing her credit card number.
The total loss amounted to over $600.00. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect depicted in the surveillance photos provided by Walgreens is asked to contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
On 6/21/15 @ approximately 0215 hours officers of the Reno Police Department responded to the 400 Block of North Sierra for a call for service. A citizen had reported that a subject had placed a handgun to another subjects head and threatened to kill him. A description was given and three Reno Police Officers located the suspect on the 4th floor of the Silver Legacy's parking garage. The police officers ordered the suspect to lay on the floor. Instead of complying with the officers orders, the suspect pulled a concealed handgun from under his shirt and waistband area. The suspect then pointed the handgun at the officers. The three officers saw that there was an immediate threat to themselves and other citizens that were in the area and fired upon the suspect striking him several times stopping the threat.
The suspect was given immediate medical attention and was transported to the Renown Medical Center. The suspect was taken into surgery and has survived his wounds. The suspect is now in the Intensive Care Unit at Renown and is in stable condition. The suspect is under arrest and under police guard. Upon his release form Renown, Richardson will be booked on the listed charges at the Washoe County Jail. The suspect has been identified as Arthur Dell Richardson Jr. The officers involved received no injuries.
Per the Officer Involved Protocol, the Sparks Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office will be investigating the incident with SPD being the lead agency.
The following is the list of Richardson's charges:
Aiming a Firearm at a Human Being
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on Police Officer
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Obstructing and Resisting a Police Officer with a Firearm
Richardson is a convicted felon which by law prohibits him from owning or possessing a firearm. There is clear video evidence of the entire incident. The video is not being released at this time. I will be holding a press conference tomorrow Tuesday 6/23/15 at 11am on the front steps of the Sparks Police Department.
Right now all officers involved in the case are busy with the investigation. This is all of the information available at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is currently working a Kidnapping, False Imprisonment. Priscilla Leyva and her estranged boyfriend and father of her 7mo. child were involved in a domestic disturbance earlier this evening in the 1600 block of Merchant. The couple were seen leaving in Leyva's faded black Mitsubishi Galant, with NV license plate 876-AWA.
A short time later, Leyva's family received a phone call from Leyva. Leyva indicated Torres would not let her go and that he had a gun. No contact has been made with Leyva since that phone call and her whereabouts are unknown. It is believed that Leyva's child is also in the vehicle.
A photograph of Leyva and her child are attached to this release. Leyva was last seen wearing a grey sweater and jeans, with her hair in a ponytail. The child was last seen in an orange outfit.
Torres' photo is also attached.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Please contact the graveyard supervisor on the Sparks Police Department media phone for further media inquires.
The Sparks Police Department continues to investigate robberies that have occurred at several local convenience stores. In the first robbery, a white or Hispanic male entered the 7-11 at 600 15th St. on 4/25/15 and brandished a weapon.
On 5/12/15 at 2330 hours a white male adult entered the Kwik Mart at 2191 Pyramid Way and brandished a weapon at the clerk.
On 5/21/15 at approx 2330 hours, a black male adult entered the Kwik Mart and brandished a weapon at the clerk. A possible suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored mid-size SUV.
Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to contact Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225.
Please see the attached photos and descriptions.
VISTA BLVD AT MT MCKINLEY IS DOWN TO ONE LANE OF TRAFFIC NORTHBOUND FOR A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying two men involved in a theft from a vehicle at the Western Village this morning.
The victim left a large orange backpack in the bed of a pick-up truck parked in the handicap parking area on north side of the Western Village. Surveillance cameras captured two men exit the north doors and walk through the parking lot. One man entered a white or light colored older model SUV consistent with a Nissan Pathfinder parked in the lot. The second man walked to the victim’s vehicle, removed the backpack and then entered the SUV with the property.
The value of the loss is estimated to be $950 worth of camping equipment.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the men depicted in the surveillance video is asked to call the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness.
Sparks Police Officers Remind Residents to “Slow Down”
In an effort to save lives, Sparks Police Department, in cooperation with several other local law enforcement agencies, is reminding motorists to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada will be working overtime through June 21, 2015, enforcing speed limit laws.
“Leave with plenty of time and arrive safely”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speed was a factor in almost a third of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013. In addition, most of these crashes occurred during night-time hours, specifically between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Most motorists, however, do not believe speeding is as risky as other behaviors, but according to NHTSA, the consequences of driving too fast include:
· Greater potential for loss of vehicle control
· Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment
· Increased stopping distance when the driver perceives a danger
· Increased degree of crash severity leading to more debilitating injuries
· Unexpected economic and psychological implications of a speed-related crash
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the woman depicted in the attached photo. On May 13, 2015, a black female adult entered the Safeway store located at 2858 Vista Blvd. and made two transactions with the use of a stolen debit card number. The amount of loss is valued at more than $400.
The suspect is described as about 20-30 years of age, five foot four to five foot seven with long black hair in dreadlocks. The suspect was wearing black pants and a zebra-striped shirt. An unidentified tattoo appears across her chest above the neckline of her shirt.
Anyone who may have information as to the identity of the suspect is asked to Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or to call Secret Witness.
On May 25, 2015 at 0245 hours Sparks Police Officers responded to a call for service at the 7-11 convenience store located at 425 Greenbrae Drive reference a suspicious older model blue passenger car that had driven by the store several times in a short time period. The clerk was concerned of a possible robbery due to recent convenience store robberies throughout the Truckee Meadows. Officers responding to the location observed an older blue passenger car one block from the store that had fictitious vehicle registration.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and it immediately fled from patrol cars at a high rate of speed westbound on Prater Way. The suspect vehicle made a right turn onto 15th Street and struck a curb in the process causing a flat tire. The vehicle was parked in a nearby alley and the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. The driver was not located during a search of the general area; however, officers were able to positively identify the driver of the vehicle as 26 year old Sparks resident Stephen Christie.
On May 26, 2015 officers identified a possible address in the 300 block of M Street where Christie was staying. Surveillance was conducted and Christie was observed leaving the area and was taken into custody without incident. Christie was booked into Washoe County jail on a felony charge of eluding a peace officer and miscellaneous misdemeanor charges.
Christie was also booked on a previous Sparks Police case (15-3746) for his involvement in an incident in the same neighborhood described above that involved the theft of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by a teenage female who was waiting for her father to drive her to school. The female and the vehicle were recovered approximately one minute later without injury. Christie was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Grand Theft Auto for his involvement in that incident.
A recent booking photo of Christie is attached. No other suspects are outstanding in either case.
On 4-16-15, SPD Detectives initiated an investigation into the report of multiple allegations of sexual abuse allegedly committed by Christopher Lowry. The investigation lead to the arrest of Mr. Lowry for mutiple counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under the Age of 14, multiple counts of Sexual Assault on a Child Under 16 and Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child Under 14. The crimes occurred over the last ten years at several locations in Washoe County. Mr. Lowry was arrested without incident and booked at 911 Parr Blvd.
On May 21st, 2015 at approximately 2327 hours officers with the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of an Armed Robbery at 2191 Pyramid Way. Once on scene officers learned that a black male adult, 5-08, 160-180 lbs, wearing a green camouflage jacket, black beanie, blue jeans, and a blue T-shirt over his face, held a gun to the clerk and demanded money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of money and went out the front doors of the business. As the suspect fled he fired a round from the handgun into the air.
See attached pictures of the suspect.
There is no further information to be released.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
On May 18, 2015 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to 1800 Sullivan Lane in the area of apartment 96 on a reported stabbing.
In the initial calls to 911, people reported a fight outside the apartment. When officers arrived they found the victim, Mario Nava-Carrillo, suffering from an apparent stab wound to one of his hands.
As officers investigated the incident, they learned that the argument appeared to be between a brother and sister. According to preliminary information the suspect, identified as Cindy Nava-Carrillo, and her brother were in an argument which escalated into a stabbing. Following the stabbing, Cindy Nava-Carrillo fled the area. Mario Carrillo-Nava was taken to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers have not been able to locate the suspect as of the time of this release.
Alcohol is a possible factor in the argument, and the investigation is ongoing. Unfortunately, no personnel are available for on-camera interviews at this time.
On May 18, 2015 at about 3:10 p.m.. Sparks Police officers responded to what was originally broadcast as an attempted kidnapping in the area of Los Altos Parkway and Canyon Run Drive.
The victim in this case was walking home from school after being dropped off by a school bus when she noticed a vehicle driving in her area. She noticed the vehicle because it made several passes through the area the victim was in. The vehicle is described as a 1990s model Chevy or GMC truck, dark gold in color.
The driver of the vehicle eventually parked some distance away and got out of his truck, but in between the victim and her path home. The victim ran past the area where the suspect was standing, got home and called police. We do not have an indication at this time that the suspect said anything to the victim or attempted to force the victim to get into his truck. However, the investigation is ongoing.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his 20s, about 5'5" tall with a thin build, with spiked hair and a mustache.
Anyone who may have witnessed this event, or who has more information, may contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On May 16, 2015 at approximately 0031 hours, officers with the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of shots fired in the parking lot of 1825 Prater Way, Aguitas Night Club. Upon arrival officers learned that two male victims’ were standing in the parking lot of 1825 Prater way. They were approached by two Hispanic or Black males suspects. Both were wearing black hoodies, black hats with red and white lettering, black bandanas with white lettering. One suspect had a shotgun style weapon and the other had a handgun. They demanded the victims’ belongings and began shooting at them striking one in the thigh. Once the victim was on the ground, one of the suspects took his belongings. The suspects fled on foot and got into a grey Dodge Stratus or Neon style vehicle. They were last seen heading north on Rock Boulevard.
Evidence was collected from the scene corroborating the victims’ account of the shooting. The victim was transported to Renown Medical Center, underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
Please contact secret witness or the Sparks Police Department with any information.
On January 22, 2015 at about 5:15 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a home in the 900 block of 20th St. on a a possible home invasion.
When officers arrived, they found two males in the home with extensive injuries. One of the subjects in the home said that someone broke in and beat the two victims up. Both of the victims were transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, and their names are being withheld at this time.
We regret at this time that no one is available for on camera interviews as we devote our resources to working this case. Thank you for your understanding.
It is with sadness that on 1/27/15 at 1430 hours, Victim McDonald was taken off of life support and pronounced dead. The Sparks Police Police Department and our members wish our condolences to Mr McDonald's family and friends.
The investigation into the above described incident has continued. During the crime, 68 year old Robert McDonald and his 51 year old roommate Keith Moore, were attacked and severely beaten in their home. Mr. McDonald died from his injuries approximately 5 days later. Mr. Moore suffered numerous serious injuries and continues to recover. The information collected during the investigation lead to the identification of Cody Cains, Jared Wagner and Conor Samuels. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for these 3 subjects for numerous crimes to include: Murder with a Deadly Weapon, Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary and Attempted Robbery. The investigation will continue with the anticipation of a future arrest(s).
Throughout the investigation members of the community have continued to inquire about this case and to offer assistance. We sincerely appreciate the concern for the victims and the offers of help.
We believe there are members of the community who are familiar with these suspects that may have information related to the suspects' actions before, during and/or after the crime. We are asking that anyone with information they believe is related to these suspects and this crime to contact The Sparks Police Department Detective Divisoin at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
****I am re-sending this, the program did not send out the details with the previous media release:
An elderly female left her purse unintentionally unattended on a chair at a table near a resturant after obtaining a meal. A group of people including two children, a Hispanic female and two Hispanic males sat at the table minutes later. The first male observed the purse and appeared to notify the female of its presence. A second male arrived and took the purse as the group prepared to leave. The second male then handed the purse to the female who concealed it under her jacket.
Attached are the photographs of the three adults leaving the casino and waiting for their vehicles at the valet. Also attached are the vehicles the suspects left the area driving. The suspects are described as:
#1 - HMA, light colored shirt, dark pants
#2 - HMA, light colored t-shirt and light colored shorts
#3 - HFA, Dark colored zip up sweat shirt, light colored shirt and dark pants, pony-tail
The vehicles are described as:
#1 - White late model Chevy Tahoe, Suburban or GMC Yukon with Nevada plates that possibly begin with 028, a UNR "Nevada" decal on the back window with "Stay True Wolf" placed at the center top of the back window and a stick figure family decal on the lower left side of the back window.
#2 - Black late Model GMC Sierra, bed cover looks like canvas or leather roll up and the vehicle has Nevada plates possibly begin with 105.
***BE ADVISED WE LOCATED OUR MISSING JUVENILES CAMERYN FOGAL AND JESSIE BROWN THANKS TO OUR CITIZENS TIPS.
THE JUVENILES ARE SAFE AND IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RETURNED TO THEIR FAMILIES.