On March 12, 2015 shortly after midnight, Sparks Police officers were given information about a possible drunk driver in the 1500 block of Chester Square.
A cab driver had dropped off a female in the area, and she had gotten into a car. Allegedly she was heading to a fast food restaurant, possibly a McDonald's. Officers checked all Sparks area McDonald's and other fast food locations but were not able to locate the driver.
The driver was arrested by Reno Police for DUI in the area of Offenhauser Drive and Portman in Reno. The driver was Samantha Smith, a 23 year old Sparks resident. She was booked into the Washoe County Jail at approximately 1:40 a.m.
At approximately 7:15 a.m., Sparks officers were notified by Washoe County Deputies that Smith had notified them that her 4-year old son was unattended at her home in Sparks. Smith gave deputies permission to retrieve a house key from her property and have Sparks officers check the welfare of her son. When officers arrived at the home and entered it, they found the 4-year old locked in an upstairs bedroom. The door was constructed in such a way that it was locked from the outside and could not be opened from the inside. The 4-year old had been in the room for a minimum of seven hours without water or the ability to leave the room. There was no one else at the home.
Smith was charged with Child Endangerment. Her bail for this offense was set at $20,000 cash only.
Unfortunately, we will have no one available for an on camera interview regarding this incident.
Type of Incident: Homicide
Date and Time of Incident: 3/9/15 @ 0302 hours
Location: 11 Vista De Lago
Victim: Pending Identification
Suspect: Cordova, Harold
On March 9, 2015 at approximately 0302 hours, the Sparks Police Department received a 911 call from 11 Vista De Lago. Upon arrival officers learned that an adult male victim had a single stab wound to the chest area. The victim was transported immediately by REMSA to the Renown Medical Center. At approximately 0830 hours the victim was pronounced dead. During the investigation it was found that the roommate of the victim, Harold Cordova, was responsible for the victim's death. Cordova was transported to the Washoe County Jail where was booked on the charge of Open Murder. It is unknown what occurred between the two that lead to the victim's death. The incident is still being investigated and there is no further information to report at this time. As soon as the Medical Examiner's Office confirms the identification of the victim, the Sparks Police Department will send another media release with that name. Please see the attachment for the photo of Cordova.
The Medical Examiner's Office has released the identity of the victim. He has been positively identified as Mark Allen Smith of Sparks, NV.
Alt, Charles A
Police Dept Detectives
(775) 353-2241 x5519
On March 9, 2015 at approximately 0302 hours, the Sparks Police Department received a 911 call from 11 Vista De Lago. Upon arrival officers learned that an adult male victim had a single stab wound to the chest area. The victim was transported immediately by REMSA to the Renown Medical Center. At approximately 0830 hours the victim was pronounced dead. During the investigation it was found that the roommate of the victim, Harold Cordova, was responsible for the victim's death. Cordova was transported to the Washoe County Jail where was booked on the charge of Open Murder. It is unknown what occurred between the two that lead to the victim's death. The incident is still being investigated and there is no further information to report at this time. As soon as the Medical Examiner's Office confirms the indentification of the victim, the Sparks Police Departement will send another media release with that name. Please see the attachment for the photo of Cordova.
On today's date at around 10:25 AM the Sparks Police Department responded to a report of a barricaded/suicidal subject in the 2400 Block of Anqua Drive. Negotiators on scene were able to convince the subject to come outside, at which time he was detained. There were no injuries to anyone involved.
For a brief period of time Marvin Moss Elementary School was placed on a Code Yellow lockdown as a precautionary measure, Marvin Moss Elementary School IS NO LONGER ON CODE YELLOW LOCKDOWN. At no time were any students/faculty of the school in any danger.
The subject has been taken to a local facility for further medical evaluation. There are no criminal charges at this time.
On 3/5/15 at approximately 1900 hours, Detectives with the Sparks Police Department Crime Suppression Unit and the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team working in a joint operation located and arrested Scott Hermens and Beth Deckard. Hermens was wanted on a warrant out of Sparks Justice Court for Burglary, and another warrant out of Sparks Municipal Court for FTA on a traffic citation. Hermens was involved in a high speed pursuit with Deputies from Carson City Sheriffs Office and Nevada Highway Patrol on 2/25/15 from the Carson City area into the Reno area. In an effort to prevent any further risk to the public, Hermens was followed to the Damonte Ranch Pkwy Wal-Mart. Once he exited the store he was taken into custody. A co-defendant, Beth Deckard was located in the vehicle and was taken into custody for a variety of charges.
NHP is handling a roll over accident at the intersection of McCarran & Nugget. NB McCarran is closed at Nugget, please avoid the area. Should you have any questions, please call NHP on their media line.
Type of Incident: Missing Person
Date and Time of Incident: 2/25/15
Victim: Luz Reyes-Galvan
Luz Reyes-Galvan was last seen by her family in early October 2014. She is known to frequent local casinos. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Reyes-Galvan was located today in a Reno motel after Sparks Police received a secret witness tip. She had been in hiding due to outstanding warrants. She was booked at the Washoe County Jail.
On March 2, 2015 at 4:14 a.m. the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery with a knife at the 7-11 convenience store located at 2295 G Street. The clerk of the store reported that three males, approximately 15-21 years of age, entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks. The subjects circled the clerk in a back corner of the store where he was stocking shelves. One of the subjects presented a knife and told the clerk he would be harmed if he reported the incident to police. The other two subjects then took two cases of beer and all three left the store on foot in an unknown direction. The incident was witnessed by two customers that were in the store but were not approached or threatened by the subjects.
After reviewing the video surveillance, the store owner believed he could identify one of the subjects as a previous customer. Contact was made with the identified subject at his residence. All three subjects involved in the incident were located at the same residence and were taken into custody.
Two of the subjects are minors who were transported to Jan Evans for charges related to this case and their identities will not be released. The last subject was identified as 18 years old Angel Ibarra, he was transported to Washoe County Jail for charges related to this case. All subjects were charged with Robbery with a Deadly Weapon and Minors in Possession of Alcohol. All items utilized in the incident by the subjects were recovered at the home, including the stolen alcohol.
On 02-18-2015, at 2:35pm, Sparks Police started receiving phone calls regarding a male chasing a female with a handgun in the area of the AM/PM Market, located at 1701 Victorian Avenue. The male was reported to be in a faded red Toyota sedan, and the female was on foot in the area. Our dispatch received more calls regarding the incident as it made it's way east on Victorian, and a patrol officer located the vehicle stopped at Pyramid and C Street. The officer placed the driver at gunpoint, but the suspect fled in the car east on C Street. We found the car abandoned at 5th and D Street, and citizens pointed us in the direction of where the suspect was last seen running. Officers found him laying in some brush on the side of a detached garage in the 300 block of 6th Street. No gun was found after an extensive search, and the female was located and was intoxicated and uncooperative in the investigation. The male suspect was identified as Jerry Frances Bartes, and his date of birth is 01-07-1971. He will initially be booked for Felony DUI (his 4th arrest for DUI), Obstructing, Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No insurance, and Driving on a Suspended License. We were unable to locate the witnesses to the initial call, and ask if anyone witnessed the event to call us at 353-2231.
On February 16, 2015, Sparks Police officers were hailed by a citizen who reported an attempted robbery.
The incident occurred at the Nevada State Bank located at 500 E. Prater Way. The victim was doing a night deposit related to her work and as she did so a subject approached her vehicle, brandished a handgun and demanded the deposit bag. The victim then threw the bag in her car and began to drive away. As this was occurring, the suspect began to bang on the vehicle with the firearm. There were marks on the car that supported this information. The victim continued to drive away and caused damage to her car in an attempt to flee. The victim was not injured and there was no loss in this case.
The suspect is described as an unknown race male wearing dark colored clothing including a hooded sweatshirt, knit hat and jeans. It is possible that there was a second suspect involved but no description of that person is available at this time. The subject was last seen northbound on East I Street.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Sparks Police SWAT officers will be doing training in the 500 Block of Gault Way. This is near the intersection of Pyramid and McCarran. Please do not be alarmed if you see them in the area.
On February 9, 2015 at about 7:10 p.m. Sparks Police and Fire personnel responded to the 500 block of Howard Drive for the report of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree.
When officers arrived, they found a 2007 Subaru with heavy front end damage that had struck a tree on the west side of the street. There was a lone male passenger in the vehicle who was in and out of consciousness. His name is being withheld at this time, and he was transported to Renown with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The driver had fled the scene. The driver was described as a female who was last seen running from the area northbound on Howard Drive. There is a possibility that there was a second female in the car who also fled.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sparks Police Traffic Section at 353-2432.