The Sparks Police Department will hold its 7th Annual Senior Phone Patrol Ice Cream Social Saturday, August 1, 2014 at 1:00PM in the Department Training room, located at 1701 E. Prater Way.
This event is being held for the 48 Sparks senior citizens currently enrolled in the Sparks Police Department’s Senior Phone Patrol program. This year’s theme will be a “Fiesta”, trimmed with chips and salsa, ice cream sundaes, hanging piñatas, raffles, and for entertainment, we will have Carlos Campos, a strolling musician.
The Sparks Senior Phone Patrol is a free program for senior citizens residing in Sparks who prefer independent living, or may not have family in the immediate area . Every day, the system automatically calls every senior citizen in the program to check their welfare. If the citizen does not personally answer the call, the system alerts police staff who then take necessary steps to locate and ensure the citizen’s well-being. Lives have been saved because of this valuable program.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to this year’s event:
Atlantis Casino Ijji Sushi
Swire Coca Cola Coconut Bowl
Baldini’s Sports Casino Alsco Inc
Black Rock Pizza JA Nugget Casino
Sparks Florist Trader’s Joe
Costco Los Compadres
Sparks Police Association Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen
The Herb Lady El Rosal Tortilla Factory
Pepsi Bottling Group of Reno Floral Supply Center – Sparks
Rail City Casino Scheel’s All Sports
Western Village Casino
If you or someone you know might be interested in this valuable program, go to www.sparkspd.com or contact the Sparks Police Department Front Desk at 353-2248 for more information or to enroll.
On July 24, 2014 just before 6 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a call of an unwanted subject in the 100 block of East Devere Way.
As officers were approaching the involved residence, the unwanted subject got into a vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The initial call indicated that the unwanted subject was identified as Michael James Dragos, a 35 year old Reno resident. A records check revealed that Dragos had a $50,000 cash only warrant issued out of Reno Justice Court.
Officers did pursue the suspect for a short distance, but due to heavy traffic the pursuit was terminated. Phone contact was eventually established with Dragos later in the evening. Officers attempted to pursuade Dragos to turn himself in, but he would not.
Informaiton was received around 8 p.m. that the suspect may be in the area of Winco on Northtowne Lane in Reno. Both Sparks Police and Reno Police officers responded to check the area. A man was seen in front of the Winco store who appeared similar in description to Dragos. When officers tried to contact him, he ran. After a short foot pursuit, Dragos was taken into custody.
Dragos was booked into the Washoe County Jail on a charge of felony eluding on the Sparks case, as well as the Reno warrant. His bail is in excess of $70,000.
Sparks Police have located the missing female, Aimie Akitekit, from early this morning. A citizen recognized her walking on the Pyramid Highway at Disc Drive, and Officers did locate her in that area. Akitekit checked out to be fine, and was reunited with her family. Nothing is suspicious about this incident, and we appreciate your help in getting her picture out to the public.
On 7/18/14, Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on a report of a residential burglary in progress. The female victim reported that a white male adult had entered her home through a rear slider window. The male then ran out of the residence jumping over a fence to the rear of the house and fled westbound through the area.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, 25-33 years of age. 6'0" and 160-180 lbs. with a lean average build. The suspect had dark brown hair and a well groomed beard with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dirty white t-shirt and black cargo style shorts. The suspect also had at least one visible tattoo on the left arm in black ink from the elbow up under the sleeve of the shirt, possibly some type of tribal design.
A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this release. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2231, Sparks Police Department Detectives at (775) 353-2225, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
On 7/17/14 at approximately 0343 hours, officers were dispatched to 2808 Vista, the Safeway Gas Station, on a report of a female with a head injury. When officers arrived on scene, the victim, whose name is being withheld, told officers she had been kidnapped and taken north bound on Vista from I-80. She escaped in the area of the 1400 block of Satellite Dr. by jumping out of the moving vehicle.
The suspect is described as a black male adult named Damon who goes by the nickname “DG.” Damon is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. Damon is known to frequent local casinos. He was accompanied by a second black male adult with unknown description.
Damon was driving a rental car with California license plates described as being a red Chevy Impala. There is no further information and the investigation is ongoing.
The Sparks Police Department would like anyone with information regarding this incident as well as any information on Damon to contact the Sparks Police Department Detectives or Secret Witness.
On July 14 at about 5 p.m.., Sparks Police officers responded to a report of a robbery at 2389 Wingfield Hills Road. That location is a US Bank branch inside the Raley's store there.
The suspect is described as a white male wearing a sport coat, a dark colored hat, glasses or sunglasses, and shaved or close-cut hair. He is also believed to be at least 45 years of age, and had one arm in what appeared to be a sling. He presented a note that said he had a weapon, and demanded cash. He was given an undetermined amount of money and he fled the store.
Officers, including a K-9 unit, attempted to locate the suspect but were not immediately successful. No photo of the suspect is available as of yet.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On July 8, 2014 at about 12:15 am, Sparks Police officers, Sparks Fire personnel and REMSA responded to a report of a train versus pedestrian collision. The incident happened on the railroad overpass located near Kietzke Lane and E. 4th St. The area was determined to be within Sparks jurisdiction.
When officers arrived, they located a man laying in the gravel rail bed near the tracks. He was declared deceased at the scene.
The investigation to this point indicates that the man was sitting on the tracks when he was struck by the train. It is not known why the man was there or what his intention was. The deceased is a white male approximately 50-60 years of age. His name is being withheld until family can be located and notified.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225.
Please be advised that there is a large power outage affecting the majority of South Sparks. NV Energy is aware of the issue and are working on it.
Please remember that 911 should be used for emergencies only. If you have questions about the outage, please contact NV Energy.
On July 1, 2014 at about 6 p.m. officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to a call of a possible robbery in progress.
As officers were en route, information was given that indicated that there was a male inside the store acting in a bizarre fashion. He had asked for a cab then said he was "losing it:" and asked staff in the store to call 911. He then grabbed a bottle of alcohol out of a store cabinet and began to drink it. During this time, the male pulled a large kitchen or butcher knife and began to wield it toward the staff and patrons inside, eventually corralling them behind a counter.
Through Sparks dispatch, staff was asked to evacuate the store if possible. While this was being done, officers entered the store and detained the man. He was identified as Johnnie Ironcloud, a 38 year-old male.
No one was injured in the incident. Ironcloud was arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $40,000.
On June 29, 2014 the Sparks Police and Fire Departments responded to two separate calls for service regarding possible drowning’s. The information below is being released due to several calls from local media for information related to these incidents.
The first incident, SPD Case # 14-5798, occurred at 3430 Gwynelle Court at 12:36 hours. The homeowner located an unresponsive female, who rents the property, in the swimming pool at the residence. The 31 year old female was determined to be deceased on scene. The female spoke with family and friends the previous evening, the actual time of death is unknown. The incident is considered an accident; foul play and suicide are NOT considered a factor in this incident. The case is currently active pending an autopsy by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s office and therefore the identity of the female will not be released. Alcohol is possibly a factor in the incident.
The second incident, SPD Case # 14-5800, occurred at Fisherman’s Park, across from 480 Galletti Way in Sparks. Officers and Firefighters responded to a report of a single subject face down in the Truckee River. Sparks Fire Department Water Rescue retrieved the body from the river and it was determined that male subject was deceased. The subject had been deceased for several hours and due to injuries on his body consistent with debris and rocks in the river, it is believed that he entered the river some distance upstream from the location where he was located. The 38 year old male subject is a Reno Resident and his information is not being released pending notification of family and completion of an autopsy by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. The incident is considered an accident at this time however suicide may be a factor, foul play is NOT considered a factor in this incident.
The Sparks Police and Fire Departments would like to remind the public to take all safety precautions in around water and keep a close eye on children. With the high temperatures expected over the next week many people will turn to local pools, rivers and lakes; Please remember that although water levels are low, many hidden dangers still exist.
On June 27th, 2014 at approximately 0227 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to an Armed Robbery at 1365 Baring Blvd. The clerk was approached by a white male, wearing a wolf pack hat, black bandana, and grey sweatshirt. The suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money. There is no further information to report at this time.
Please contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department with any information.
On 6/23/14 Suspect Walker was reported to have robbed and battered a male victim at the Motel 6 located on Victorian Ave, in Sparks. Walker used a handgun to rob the victim and also struck the victim with the handgun, on the head and in the face area, while the robbery was taking place. Walker took a vehicle from the victim that was described as a 2004 Jeep, silver in color, with Nevada license 319RMN.
On 6/24/14 The Reno/Sparks Indian Colony Police, located the victim's vehicle within the Indian Colony off of 2nd St. in Reno. The Reno / Sparks Indian Colony Police developed information that Suspect Robert Walker had been in possession of the vehicle. They also developed information that Walker was staying at a location on the Indian Reservation in Hungry Valley. The Reno / Sparks Indian Colony Police went to Hungry Valley, located Walker and placed him under arrest. Walker was then transported to the Washoe County Jail Where he was booked without incident. The Sparks Police then added the above charges.
We want to thank the Reno / Sparks Indian Colony Police for their professionalism, dedication and cooperation in this investigation.
If there is anyone with any information that may help with this investigation please contact the Sparks Police or Secret Witness.
On 6/25/14 at approx 0914 hrs, Suspect Douglas Jones was arrested on the above charges. The Sparks Police Department had received several cases that reported Jones driving his vehicle in the area of Shadow Lane, approaching females and asking them for directions.
On one occassion (4/17/14) while Jones was driving his vehicle, he stopped next to a 47 year old female who was in front of her residence. Jones asked for directions and while the female was looking in the vehicle talking to Jones, she saw that Jones had his penis in his hand and was masterbating. A friend of the female's came toward them and he drove away. The female victim was able to get the license plate and a description of the suspect vehicle.
On another occassion (4/12/14) Jones was driving his vehicle and stopped next to a 12 year old girl while she was in the area of Round Mountain. Jones asked the girl for directions to someplace and then asked her to get into the vehicle so that she could show him. The girl refused to get into Jones' car and he drove away.
The Sparks Police Department also has other information that Jones had asked a third female for directions while driving in the same area but there is no probable cause to believe a crime was committed during this incident.
No one was hurt during these incidents.
On 6/25/14 at approximately 0700 hours, Jones was placed under surveillence by Detectives of the Sparks Police Deaprtment after he left work. Detectives followed Jones as he drove through the parking lot of Reed High School twice. It should be noted that there was a lot of activity at Reed due to Summertime activities. Jones was also observed to drive through the parking lot of Smith's twice. Jones made no contact with anyone during the surveillence and was subsequently stopped and arrested after about 40 minutes of Jones driving in the Reed High School area and the srrounding neighborhood.
The suspect's vehicle is discribed as a 1996 Ford Explorer Nevada Licence # MA5ON, green over tan in color. Please see the attached photos. Also attached is a photo of Suspect Jones.
If there is anyone that hs information that they think might be helpful in this investigation, we ask that you contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness.
There is no further information to be released at this time as the investigation is continuing.
At approximately 1057 hours, Sparks PD responded to the Motel 6 at 2405 Victorian on report of a subject that had been beaten and robbed. Officers arrived and met with the vicitm, Scott Corwin. Mr. Corwin had injuries to his face and head and was transported to Renown for treatment. Officers and detectives learned that Mr. Corwin was beaten by a subject armed with a handgun, his perosnal property was taken as was a vehicle he had borrowed from a friend.
The suspect was described as a black male adult approximately 6'3 and very large build. The vehicle that was taken is 2004 Jeep with NV plates 319 RMN. The suspect and vehcile are outstanding at this time. SPD is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Secret Witness at 322-4900, the Sparks Police Department detective division at 353-2225 or Sparks Police dispatch at 353-2231.
On 2/25/14, Kenneth and Sheryl Kelleher were found deceased in their home by a family member. Sparks Police initiated an investigation. At the time the couple was found, there was no evidence of criminal activity at the residence. The home was secured when the family member arrived and used a key to enter. Neither victim had any obvious signs of injury or trauma on scene and this was confirmed during autopsies. Family members assisted detectives and determined no property was missing from the residence. Detectives and Sparks Fire personnel checked the residence for any source of unusual carbon monoxide, which was negative. No evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning was found during the autopsies. Detectives requested the assistance of the Health Department to check the residence for any unusual sources of exposure to dangerous or lethal elements. These tests were negative.
As part of the normal autopsy protocol a toxicology test was conducted for both victims. These tests did not identify any abnormal levels of chemicals for either victim. Detectives staffed the case with members of the Medical Examiner's Office. As a result of the staffing, Expert and Expanded toxicology tests were performed, which included testing for heavy metals and common poisons. These tests have been completed and the results are negative.
The Medical Examiner's office has ruled that both Kenneth and Sheryl died of natural causes.
On June 19, 2014 at about 8:20 p.m. Sparks Police and Sparks Fire personnel responded to a report of a possible structure fire at 3324 Shari Way.
When fire personnel arrived, they found two occupants in the house. They were brought outside while the fire was dealt with.
The occupants of the house were an elderly male and an elderly female. The male was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, the extent of which has not been determined. Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel attempted to revive the female, but were not successful.
At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation by Sparks Fire Department investigators. The names of the victims are being withheld.
On June 17, 2014 at 8:38 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the Rail City Casino, 2121 Victorian Ave.
While en route, information indicated that the suspect had left the casino and walked northbound. A Rail City security officer had followed the suspect. Officers found her in the area of Amigo's Auto Sales, 2105 Prater Way. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.
She is identified as Bonny May Miller, a 38-year old Sparks resident. No booking photo is available at this time.
According to Rail City staff, Miller approached the Player's Club desk with a note indicating that she had a knife and wanted money. Miller was turned away as there is no money kept at that desk. Miller then left the casino. There was no loss.
Upon being taken into custody, Miller was found to be in possession of several prescription pills for which she had no prescription. She was transported and booked at 911 Parr Blvd.
On 5/30/14, Sparks Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle, a dark colored Chrysler 200, fled from officers at a high rate of speed. After a short period of time, the pursuit was terminated due to the risk posed to the public and the driver's erratic behavior. The driver of the vehicle was tentatively identified at that time as Robert Kimmell. On 5/31/14, the vehicle was located and confirmed to be stolen out of an RPD case number. SPD Detectives had been looking for Kimmell for charges of Eluding and Possession of Stolen Property-Motor Vehicle. On 6/11/14, Kimmell was located at a local Wal-Mart and was taken into custody. Kimmell was booked in the WCSO jail for the above listed charges. More charges are expected to be field against Kimmell in the near future. No further information will be released at this time.
Nevada Energy has completed the repair work and Greg Street is now open from Kleppe Ln to Spice Island Dr.
Nevada Engergy will be doing repair work due to a hit power pole - the following area Eastbound Greg St between Kleppe and Spice Island will be closed until further notice.