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Sparks Police asks for our help to identify this criminal suspect

Know this guy? Call Sparks police or Secret Witness.

Closer photo

Sparks Police are asking citizens to look closely at these two pictures of what looks like a transient walking in to The Thunderbird Resort at 200 Nichols Boulevard in Sparks. Once inside the lobby the male grabbed a Data card printer from the desk and quickly left the property with it.

Sparks Police are asking for the publics’ assistance in identifying the man depicted in the photos.

Anybody who knows the male subject or knows where he can be found is asked to contact Sparks Police Detective Nate Coats at (775)353-2225 X5534 or Secret Witness at (775)322-4900.

Bad Accident at Disc and Vista in the north valley

White SUV headed north on Vista crossed over and struck the blue Mustang head on.

A young lady driver in a blue Mustang was stopped in the southbound Vista left turn lane at Disc Drive Monday night.  Suddenly a large white SUV headed north on Vista entered the intersection, but for some reason the driver lost control.  His SUV veered over to the left, jumped the center divide and rammed the Mustang, punching it back a good 30′ from the left turn lane it was sitting in.  The SUV driver lost control and his vehicle rolled up on its side, still in the north bound lane.

Blue Mustang waiting to turn left was hit hard.

Police say neither driver was injured.  The driver of the SUV is expected to be cited for causing the accident.  His insurance company is going to be writing some big checks and his insurance rates will likely rise substantially.  Again, nobody hurt.  

Traffic was being re-routed all over the place as other commuters strugged to get home.

The vehicles were towed and Vista Blvd was reopened shortly after 7pm.

SUV coming through intersection drifted over the divider and rammed the Mustang.

Traffic on Vista was blocked for well over an hour.


Major Traffic Crash Vista at Disc

5:40pm:  Major traffic crash at Vista and Disc Drive.  Traffic’s backed up all over.   Use Sparks Blvd and Pyramid to get home and cut across Los Altos.

Apartment fills with smoke from food on the stove too long

Smoking coming out of an upstairs apartment.
1215 Sullivan, Sparks

Sparks Firefighters set up smoke evac fan to clear the smoke out…

Sparks Firefighters say, never leave food unattended especially when you’re about to eat and then leave.

Sparks Firefighters raced to the scene this morning of a report of smoke coming out of the windows of an upstairs apartment at 1215 Sullivan.

Firefighters pulled up to apartment 53A and immediately ran up the stairs and into the smoke filled unit. There, in the kitchen, they found that the tenant had left some food on the stove unattended and by then it was throwing up a lot of smoke.

Firefighters dealt with the pot of burned food and proceeded to ensure that no area around the stove had been affected by the extreme heat. Firemen then set up one of their powerful smoke exhaust fans at the front door which cleared the air inside the apartment very quickly.

Leaving food unsupervised on a stove is one of the more common causes of home and apartment fires. Obviously they’re quite preventable. Just remember when you put something on the stove make sure you don’t forget about it. One way to remember is to put a large rubber band around your wrist and double wrap it. That way you’re not about to forget what is going on in the kitchen.

Have you seen this young man?

Michael Fulkerson, 15

The Sparks Police Department is seeking help from the public in locating a runaway juvenile – Michael Fulkerson. He is 15 years old and was last seen wearing red basketball shorts, a white tee shirt and black shoes.

Michael left his home in Sparks after an altercation with his family and has not been seen since. He may possibly be en route to Washington State via unknown means. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231.

Traffic merging Subaru gets hammered on Sparks Blvd just north of E. Lincoln Way

Subaru pulls into traffic, is hit and the vehicle roll numerous times southbound on Sparks Blvd.

Subaru rolls four or five times until coming to rest on its wheels.

Young lady driver’s right leg is trapped. Can’t get out.Eventually freed.

Body language of the Cadillac driver says it all.

Failing to merge properly with traffic is said to be the cause of a very loud accident just north of Sparks Boulevard and Lincoln Way Saturday afternoon.

A young lady driver in an orange Subaru left the east end of the shopping center using a short merging lane onto Sparks Boulevard. As she accelerated, her car collided with a Cadillac sedan in the right hand travel lane. The impact was enough to send the Subaru rolling furiously southbound on Sparks, until finally coming to rest on its wheels. Fortunately the young lady driver was wearing her seat belt and her vehicle’s large air bags kept her bundled up as the car rolled over and over down Sparks Boulevard. For a time, her right leg was trapped but she eventually freed herself.

Driver of the other car, whose vehicle was also badly damaged, was not injured.

Police say that short acceleration lanes should be treated much like a stop sign – enter them and accelerate only when there is enough space between your car and the one coming down the road.

Governor Steve Sisolak
A day in the life of….

On weekdays Governor Sisolak is up at 4 a.m. This particular Thursday, the 102nd day of his first term as Nevada’s first Democratic governor in 20 years, Steve Sisolak started his day with 90 minutes on a treadmill, then coffee and cereal for breakfast. Raisin Bran Crunch. No milk.

“It’s great. It’s crunchy. I like the crunch,” he said. “I’m not a big milk-eater.”

His security detail takes him from the Classical Revival governor’s mansion five minutes from the Capitol to the governor’s office about 7:30 a.m. for a day full of meetings. He’s usually back between 6 and 8 p.m. depending on evening social or constituent events. He brings home reading from work and is often asleep by 8:30. And then he’s up the next morning, back on the treadmill. And that’s what I do.”

There’s a lot that happens in between morning treadmill and evening wind down, the governor tells two reporters in a 15-minute interview to review his first months in office. Earlier in the week he spelled out his early achievements in a newspaper column and a press release, acceding to the traditional if arbitrary measurement of a new officeholder’s effectiveness right out of the gate.

Here’s the rest of the story from the Las Vegas Review Journal.  Click here.

Missing 13 year old Sparks boy

Sparks Police are looking for a missing young teen who went missing today.  Police say he’s Genesis Reynoso, 13, of Sparks.  Genesis is described as 5 foot even, 120 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes and last seen wearing a school shirt.  

If you’ve seen Genesis, immediately call Sparks Police at 775-334-2121.  Information can be given anonymously.  Police don’t need your name, just your information.

Governor Sisolak is donating his governor’s salary to Nevada public schools

State Capitol Building
Carson City

Gov. Sisolak announces plan to donate salary to Nevada’s schools

Carson City, NV –  Governor Steve Sisolak has donated his first check to Nevada’s K-12 public schools, fulfilling a promise he made on the campaign trail to donate his governor’s salary to improving education in Nevada. In a letter to the Nevada State Board of Education accompanying the donation, Gov. Sisolak outlined his plan to donate his net state salary on a quarterly basis to the Nevada Department of Education’s Education Gift Fund, to be distributed to Title I schools in the state.

“I asked the people of Nevada for the chance to lead this state for many reasons, chief among them being the opportunity to improve educational outcomes for every child in every classroom in the state,” Gov. Sisolak said. “To show my commitment to this goal, the First Lady and I are donating my net state salary back to public education. It is my sincere hope that with these donations, I can begin to fulfill my promise to our educators, families, and children and make a positive impact on our public schools.”

For each fiscal quarter for his current four-year term as governor, Gov. Sisolak will donate his full net salary earned in that quarter to the Dept. of Education’s Education Gift Fund. Earlier this year, Gov. Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak set up a separate bank account for the governor’s paychecks. Governor and First Lady Sisolak have instructed the Dept. of Education to distribute their donation evenly to Title I schools across the state each quarter so that each Title I school receives a one-time donation of $1,000, with any remaining funds in the account distributed evenly to all Title I schools. Currently, there are 416 Title I schools in the state.

Teachers’ Warehouse Donation and Shopping Days Announced

380 Edison Way

Teachers’ Warehouse Donation and Shopping Days Announced   

What: Teachers’ Warehouse Donation Day
     Friday, May 3
     9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
     380 Edison Way

Teachers’ “Shop ‘Til You Drop” Day

     Thursday, May 9
     3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
     380 Edison Way

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is encouraging the community to support the teacher heroes of the Washoe County School District (WCSD) by donating supplies to the Teachers’ Warehouse on Friday, May 3 in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to make donations of arts/crafts, holiday decorations, children’s books, board games, and office and school supplies to the Teachers’ Warehouse, a free resource for teachers to pick up essential supplies for their classrooms. In addition to supplies, financial donations will help with the purchase of the most highly requested items.

Teachers rely on the supplies donated to the Teachers’ Warehouse to provide their students with the necessary items to enhance classroom learning. Many teachers use their own funds to purchase supplies for classroom activities.

Open year-round, the warehouse is an invaluable service where teachers can shop for free.

On Thursday, May 9, teachers from across WCSD will come to the warehouse to shop for supplies they need. The Education Alliance Outstanding Educator Awards will also be announced — $1,000 each to 12 deserving teachers — funded by a private family foundation.

Getting the U.S. Census right in Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak
State of Nevada

Governor Steve Sisolak announced the 10 members of Nevada’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. On April 1st, Gov. Sisolak signed Executive Order 2019-06 to establish the committee, which will oversee all outreach and coordination among public and private sector organizations in the state to encourage Nevadans to participate in the 2020 census, especially Nevadans from traditionally undercounted communities.

“I’d like to thank these 10 Nevadans who have made the commitment to ensuring that every resident of our state is counted in the 2020 Census,” Gov. Sisolak said. “At stake this census are hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and fair and equitable representation in Congress and the state legislature for the next decade. I’m confident that this committee is prepared to undertake the important work of making sure every Nevadan is counted.”

The 10 committee members are as follows, pursuant to Executive Order 2019-06:

  • Lt. Governor Kate Marshall (Chair)
  • Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske
  • Senate Minority Leader James Settelmeyer (SD-17)
  • Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (AD-41), Chair of Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections
  • Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir, Ward 5
  • Emily Zamora, executive director, Silver State Voices
  • Nicole Lamboley, former chief deputy secretary of state who led the 2010 Census outreach effort for the Office of the Secretary of State
  • Chairman Davis Gonzalez, Elko Band Council
  • Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Williamson, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas
  • Dagny Stapleton, executive director, Nevada Association of Counties

Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

The committee will work to develop a Complete Count Plan to include proposed education, outreach, and promotional activities for Nevada’s census, as well as funding needs to ensure as complete a count as possible of all Nevadans, including strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and areas.

The committee is funded through a $5 million allocation in Gov. Sisolak’s executive budget.

Gov. Sisolak statement on 2019 Economic Forum

Governor Steve Sisolak
“Nevada is growing!”

Gov. Sisolak statement on 2019 Economic Forum

Carson City, NV – Today, Governor Steve Sisolak issued the following statement on the 2019 Economic Forum, which determines revenue projections that the Nevada Legislature uses to craft budgets for the next biennium.

“Today’s Economic Forum report shows that Nevada has the fastest growing economy in the country and continues to outpace the rest of the nation in terms of job growth. We’ve also made significant progress in diversifying our economy over the last decade, and I am committed to ensuring economic development is a priority for Nevada in the years ahead so our economy can keep pace with our robust population growth.

“In addition to the Economic Forum reporting increased stability in our state’s employment and economy, it also showed we will receive an additional $42.8 million in projected revenue for Fiscal Years 19-21. While the first Economic Forum report of my administration is positive overall, we must do more to ensure our economic success reaches every Nevadan across the state – and that starts with our educators and working families.

“For the remainder of this session, the legislature and I will work together to build a structure upon which we can transform the way we fund our schools in the years ahead. Over the next biennium, my focus will be on determining how best to strengthen our public education system, which is the foundation of any long-term economic development and diversification.”

T-Bone Accident at Pyramid and York – Luckily nobody hurt

Fairly slow speed t-bone accident at Pyramid and York. No injuries.

Both drivers walked away from the crash. Caused quite a traffic back up on Pyramid.

A van and a smaller compact car came together in the middle of the intersection of Pyramid and York in Sparks Tuesday afternoon.  The van had a green light on York.  As the driver got to the middle of the intersection a small car coming from the south on Pyramid hit the van but before he did he managed to slow down a little, ensuring the impact would cause more damage than injuries.  Driver of the van wasn’t hurt – nor was the driver of the small car. The lesson learned no doubt for the young male was to always make sure the color you’re looking at is green – not red.  Damage to both vehicles was considerable.

Traffic crash in Sparks – And then one of the drivers pulls a knife…

Rush hour crash at El Rancho and Wedekind. Then a stabbing…

Sparks Police late Monday afternoon responded to a traffic crash at El Rancho and Wedekind.  Two vehicles collided in the intersection when one of the drivers decided to turn left – unfortunately one right in front of the other.  There was major damage to both vehicles.

Police say there was another collision…a collision of tempers.  One occupant and another from the other car got into a very loud argument, whereupon one of them pulled a knife and started stabbing.  Long about then Sparks Police started arriving on scene.  They assisted the REMSA crew loading the victim into the ambulance and headed down the road to the hospital.  The one with the knife likely got a trip to the Washoe County Jail.

The other vehicle – serious side damage.

Police say rush hour traffic can be frustrating and dangerous enough without checking out an intersection before you commit yourself to driving through it. And if you get in to a crash,  just remember that arguing is not going to get your car fixed.  In fact arguing can get deadly.  So stay with your car and let professional law enforcement figure things out.






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