On 03/10/2016 an unknown black female adult used two stolen credit cards to make several purchases using credit cards stolen in a vehicle burglary at Safeway, 2858 Vista Blvd.The suspect is described as a black female adult 30 to 40 years to age with dark hair, wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black and red baseball cap.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying this female. Please contact Detective Harris at 353-2225 Ex. 5518. or contact Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Vista and Wingfield are back open for normal traffic in all directions.
Update - we currently have NB Vista at N. Wingfield closed for the accident investigation. Please avoid the area until further notice.
On March 24th 2016 Sparks police responded to the Raley's Grocery Store located at 2895 N. McCarran Blvd, for a theft report. The suspects used several baskets to steal multiple items from the store, and fled the scene. A picture of the suspects is attached.
Sparks Police is requesting the public's assistance with helping to identify the suspects.
If anyone has information or believes they know the suspects are urged to contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On March 25th 2016, Sparks Police responded to a report of a possibly White male adult shooting a rifle into a residence in the 1600 Block of A street. When officers arrived on scene, they located evidence that a firearm had been fired; however no victim could be located. Several witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing a possible White or Hispanic male running from the scene with a firearm. This subject was not located.
A few hours later, officers located an injured male in a nearby residence, who had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to a local hospital, and treated for his injuries.
This investigation is on-going and no further details with be released at this time, to include the victim's name. If more information becomes available, it will be disseminated at a later time.
On 03/18/16 at approximately 1656 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle that had been driven into the Sparks Marina. Initial reports were that no one was inside the vehicle when it went into the water. A Hispanic male 20-30 years of age, tall, with a black jacket and jeans, was seen running from the vehicle. The vehicle was a 2010 Lexus LX460.
The vehicle was submerged under the water and the Sparks Fire Department confirmed that no one was inside the vehicle. Once the vehicle was pulled from the water, it was towed to the Sparks Police Department as we tried to identify the owner. The Sparks Police Department case number is, 16-2324.
On 03/19/16 the Reno Police Department was notified by the owners of the vehicle, that their vehicle was stolen while they were at a local hotel. The Reno Police Department handled the Grand Theft case under case number 16-4935.
Please contact either Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
On 03/19/16 at 2042 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the 1400 block of South Rock Blvd on a report of a shooting and stabbing. Officers arrived and found a male victim of a stab wound and a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. The person with the gunshot wound was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition. The person with the stab wound was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening injury and has been interviewed.
Sparks Police Department detectives are handling the investigation. As more information is learned, a secondary press release will be completed. If anyone has information on the incident, they can call Secret Witness 322-4900 or Sparks Police Detectives, 353-2225.
There is no further information to be released at this time.
On March 17, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to the report of a robbery at 1145 N. McCarran #115, the Baskin Robbins store.
Officers learned that a male had entered the business, displayed a firearm and told the clerk to empty the cash drawer. He then fled the business on foot in a west bound direction on Gleeson Way. It is possible that a small unknown type of passenger car was waiting for the suspect nearby.
The suspect is described as an unknown race male, last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and the laces pulled tight covering his face. He was also wearing sunglasses and dark colored pants. The firearm is described as a black semi-automatic hand gun.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On March 17, 2016 Sparks Police responded to the report of a stabbing at an apartment in the 1600 block of I St.
When officers arrived they located a male with an injury to one of his arms. He told officers that the injury was self-inflicted, however later said that it was an accidental injury. Officers transported him to the hospital for treatment of his injury, which is not life-threatening. His name is being withheld at this time.
As officers continued to investigate, witnesses were located who told offices that a some sort of disturbance had occurred, and that the male could be heard yelling that someone had stabbed him. Further, information was gained that indicated a white female left the scene just prior to police arrival. Witnesses indicated that the female was driving a white passenger car, possibly a Volvo.
The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225.
THE ROADWAY IS NOW OPEN FOR NORMAL TRAFFIC. THE OIL SPILL HAS BEEN CLEANED UP.
The Sparks Police Department Joins Forces to Concentrate on Impaired Drivers
Starting St. Patrick’s Day
Impaired Driving Enforcement Effort March 17 – 31, 2016
Over the next two weeks, Sparks residents can expect to see additional law enforcement presence. The Sparks Police Department has joined forces with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to concentrate on impaired driving, and has an important message for the public: don’t rely on the luck of the Irish, if you drive impaired, you will be arrested.
In efforts to achieve “Zero Fatalities” this St. Patrick’s Day, drivers and riders are encouraged to abide by the following guidelines:
· designate a sober driver before drinking;
· use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired;
· take advantage of local sober ride programs;
· call 911 if an impaired driver is spotted on the road;
· take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired
For resources and laws pertaining to impaired driving and riding, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/dont-drive-impaired.
On 3/10/16 at approximately 8:13 p.m., a male subject called 911 claiming that his child died, he was armed with gun and wanted to shoot someone. Members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Reno Police Department learned the subject was in the area of the Amazon Warehouse at 8000 N. Virginia. Contact was made with employees at the Amazon Warehouse who secured their facility.
Numerous deputies and officers responded to the area and began looking for the subject. The WCSO Raven helicopter responded to assist with the search. Watch Commanders from both the Sheriff’s office and RPD responded and coordinated the search efforts and limited access to the area.
At approximately 8:59 p.m., as law enforcement personnel were searching, the subject was talking with emergency communications personnel and said he was armed with a shotgun and was going to shoot the next car he saw. At approximately 9:21 p.m., the subject approached officers and deputies at Lemmon Dr. and Virginia Street. The officers and deputies began talking to the subject, who was armed with a long gun. The deputies and officers consistently talked with the subject trying to defuse the situation. An armored SWAT vehicle was at this location as were numerous marked patrol vehicles. The officers and deputies in the area stationed themselves at the vehicles to negotiate with the subject and control his movement.
As negotiations continued, the subject moved his weapon from hand to hand on multiple occasions. The weapon was visible to the officers in the immediate area. At approximately 9:37 p.m., after 15 minutes of negotiations, the subject pointed his weapon at officers. Multiple officers fired at the subject and he was incapacitated. Officers and deputies approached the subject immediately and provided medical treatment. Fire and medics responded and took over treatment of the subject. He was transported to Renown Medical Center where he was determined to be deceased.
The Regional OIS Protocol was initiated. The Sparks Police Department is the lead agency and coordinating the investigation with members of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Reno Police Department. The initial information gathered determined that a total of 7 law enforcement personnel; 1 officer from SPD, 3 deputies from WCSO and 3 officers from RPD, fired their weapons during the incident.
The identity of the male has not been confirmed at this time.
We will hold a press meeting at 1 p.m. today at SPD.
Sergeant Charlie Alt
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. Harry Dodd Jim, age 72, 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 300 block of Record Street, and that he is unemployed.
Mr. Jim is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Jim is currently being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation. You may contact them at 775-684-2300 for more information.
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 March 8, 2016 at about 3:30 a.m. Sparks Police officers responded to the report of a suspicious male going through vehicles in the area of Glen Meadows Drive, which is near the intersection of Baring Blvd. and Goldy Way.
Officers located a male suspect who was eventually arrested for outstanding warrants. The suspect admitted to going through cars in the area, though officers could not develop enough information to charge him with vehicle burglary. Officers did recover some property for which they could not locate owners.
We have received several reports of vehcile burglaries in the area of Glen Meadows Drive, Laser Court and Satellite Drive.However, we are attempting to determine if there are more victims we do not know about. We are asking citizens to contact us and report these cases so that we may eventually return property to its rightful owners, and potentially charge the suspect in these crimes.
Reports may be filed on-line at WWW.Sparks PD.com, go to Quick Links and look for the "File an Online Report" link.
On 2/24/16, Sparks Police received information that Kebede Yenew left treatment at the Northern Nevada Mental Health facility on 2/10/16 and is missing. Mr. Yenew is reprotedly in need of medications and assistance to take care of himself. He does not have any known associates or family in the area. A photo is attached. Anyone with information about Mr. Yenew is asked to please call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or a local law enforcement agency.
The Sparks Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the person depicted in the attached photographs.
On 2/27/2016, officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to the Western Village Casino, located at 815 Nichols Blvd., on a report of a possible indecent exposure. Upon arrival, officers met with the female victim, who described getting into the vehicle of a patron of the property. The victim advised that after becoming uncomfortable within the vehicle, she attempted to exit, but was detained inside by the suspect. The victim was eventually able to get out of the vehicle, and alerted casino security. The suspect left the area prior to officer’s arrival in a silver 4 door sedan, possibly a mid-2000's Mitsubishi.
If you have any information concerning the identity of the person depicted in the attached photographs, please contact the Sparks Police Department.
On February 24, 2016 a citizen came to the front desk of the Sparks Police Department to report the theft of her car, which had occurred at the intersection of Greg St. and Spice Islands Drive.
The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m.The victim was driving her vehicle, a grey 2000 GMC Yukon, northbound on Spice Island drive approaching Greg St. when her vehicle was struck from behind by another Yukon. The victim got out to check the damage to her car, and there was none. The driver of the striking vehicle did not exit her vehicle. When the victim turned around there was a male suspect in her car who was demanding her money and going through her wallet, which was in her vehicle. The suspect gave the victim her wallet back and fled the scene in the victim's vehicle. No money was taken.
The suspect Yukon then fled the scene as well. The victim's vehicle did not have license plates on it, but does have a University of Nevada sticker in the rear window. The suspect Yukon is described as an early 1990s Chevy or GMC and is dark green in color. The driver of that vehicle is described as a white female in her 30s with blond hair.
The male suspect who fled the scene in the victim's vehicle is described as a white male in his 30s with a bald or shaved head. He is further described as having an unknown tattoo on the left side of his head near his ear, and full sleeves of tattoos on his arms.
There was another vehicle which was stopped behind the suspect Yukon. That vehicle is described as a late 1990s GMC or Chevy Jimmy or Blazer, black in color. The driver of that vehicle is described as a white male in his 20s with blond hair. It is unknown if that vehicle is involved in any way.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On February 23, 2016 at 10 p.m. Sparks Police Department, Sparks Fire Department and REMSA personnel responded to the report of a traffic crash at the intersection of Sparks Blvd and the I-80 eastbound off ramp.
When personnel arrived, they found two vehicles involved in the collision. The initial investigation shows that a mini-van was southbound on Sparks Blvd. According to witnesses, the mini-van had the green light. As the mini-van approached the intersection, a small white car was eastbound on the I-80 off ramp. The white car failed to stop at the red light and was struck by the mini-van. The two vehicles came to rest near the median on the south side of the intersection.
Sparks Fire personnel had to extricate the driver of the white car from her vehicle so she could be treated for her injuries. REMSA transported the driver to Renown for assessment and treatment of her injuries. The extent of those injuries is not known at this time.
It is not known if alcohol was a factor in the accident, but that is being investigated. At this time, the names of the drivers involved in the crash are being withheld.
The accident is being investigated by the Sparks Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). The eastbound off ramp of I-80 and portions of southbound Sparks Blvd are closed so that the investigation can be conducted. It is not known when the roadway will open for normal traffic.
On 2-16-16 at approximately 2:46am, Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Keogh Drive for a report of shots fired inside of a residence. Officers were advised that the suspect in the shooting was identified as Gordon Mellinger, who has had a history of mental illness. Responding officers were further advised that there was still one female adult and two female teenagers inside the residence. The female identities are not being released at this time.
Officers quickly arrived on scene and were able to make contact via telephone with one of the adult females and convinced her to escape into the back yard, however she was not able to get out of the yard without assistance. Officers then formulated a plan to retrieve her from the yard and escort her to safety.
Once the female was secured from the yard, she was able to confirm that Mellinger had discharged what she believes two rounds from a gun inside of the house and that there were still three other occupants along with Mellinger inside of the house that were not able to get out safely. Officers could also hear Mellinger yelling and acting erratically
Officers formed a perimeter around the house and developed a rescue plan and requested that SWAT be dispatched to their location. Officers then attempted negotiations, which Mellinger immediately exited from the house and was detained without incident and the SWAT page was cancelled. Once Mellinger was detained, officers did a protective sweep to locate the other females inside and to ensure they were not injured. All four females involved were not injured. Probable cause was established to arrest Mellinger for 2 counts of child neglect and one count of discharging a firearm into a structure.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
On 2/12/16 at approximately 2316 hours, Sparks Police Officers along with REMSA paramedics were dispatched to an original report of a subject down at 250 Pyramid Way with an unknown medical condition. The paramedics immediately transported the victim to St. Mary's ER were the victim died. Further investigation indicated that the victim had been shot and died as a result of the gunshot wound. The Sparks Police Detective Division is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. The victim's identity will not be released at this time. No police personnel are available for an on camera interview at this time.