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AMBER ALERT!!

11:10am

AMBER ALERT!!

White BMW, Nevada plate “Marimar”….suspects armed and dangerous.  Call 9-1-1 if seen.

One man crime spree stopped by Sparks Police

On April 14th, 2019 Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle burglary in the 1100 Block of Union. As officers were investigating the call another vehicle burglary was reported in the same area. During that investigation more burglaries were reported in the area and a vehicle was being reported stolen from the 500 Block of Sparks Blvd which is in close proximity. Throughout the investigation it was discovered that there were in excess of five vehicle burglaries and two stolen vehicles from that area, one of which was recovered. Patrol Officer’s were able to locate a large amount of the stolen property from the reported burglaries and return that property to the owners.

At approximately 1:40 PM officers were dispatched to a retail store in the 5000 Block of Pyramid Hwy. Loss prevention reported that a male subject had attempted to steal several items from the store. When he was contacted he fled on foot. As he was running from the store he knocked a six year old child to the ground as he pushed his way past her causing minor injuries to the child. Once outside, a Good Samaritan attempted to tackle the male when a fight ensued. An off duty Sparks Police Officer interviened and was able to detain the male until uniformed officers arrived.

The male was arrested and identified as 36 year old Sixto Guzman of Sparks. Car keys were found in Guzman’s possession but he denied having a vehicle. The vehicle that the keys belonged to was located in the parking lot and determined to be one of the two vehicles reported stolen earlier. The investigation showed that Guzman had driven the stolen vehicle to the store.

Through investigative work done by patrol officers, It was determined that Guzman was responsible for stealing two vehicles and committing several vehicle burglaries. Guzman was booked into the Washoe County Jail for two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, one count of Grand Theft Auto, twou counts of Burglary, one count of Child Endangerment and one county of Petit Larceny.

The vehicle burglaries occurred in the 1100 Block of Union, the 1400 Block of Coupler, the 1200 Block of Junction and the 1100 Block of Union. Some of the property recovered was not claimed and it is believed that there may have been other unreported burglaries in that area. If you live in that area and are the victim of a Burglary, please call the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231.

Citizen and Sparks Police stop a crime spree…

Sixto Guzman

On April 14th, 2019 Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle burglary in the 1100 Block of Union. As officers were investigating the call another vehicle burglary was reported in the same area. During that investigation more burglaries were reported in the area and a vehicle was being reported stolen from the 500 Block of Sparks Blvd which is in close proximity. Throughout the investigation it was discovered that there were in excess of five vehicle burglaries and two stolen vehicles from that area, one of which was recovered. Patrol Officer’s were able to locate a large amount of the stolen property from the reported burglaries and return that property to the owners.

From the top:

At approximately 1:40 PM officers were dispatched to a retail store in the 5000 Block of Pyramid Hwy. Loss prevention reported that a male subject had attempted to steal several items from the store. When he was contacted he fled on foot. As he was running from the store he knocked a six year old child to the ground as he pushed his way past her causing minor injuries to the child. Once outside, a Good Samaritan attempted to tackle the male when a fight ensued. An off duty Sparks Police Officer intervened and was able to detain the male until uniformed officers arrived.

The male was arrested and identified as 36 year old Sixto Guzman of Sparks. Car keys were found in Guzman’s possession but he denied having a vehicle. The vehicle that the keys belonged to was located in the parking lot and determined to be one of the two vehicles reported stolen earlier. The investigation showed that Guzman had driven the stolen vehicle to the store. 

Sparks patrol officers determined that Guzman was responsible for stealing two vehicles and committing several vehicle burglaries. Guzman was booked into the Washoe County Jail for two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, one count of Grand Theft Auto, two counts of Burglary, one count of Child Endangerment and one county of Petit Larceny.

The vehicle burglaries occurred in the 1100 Block of Union, the 1400 Block of Coupler, the 1200 Block of Junction and the 1100 Block of Union. Some of the property recovered was not claimed and it is believed that there may have been other unreported burglaries in that area. If you live in that area and are the victim of a Burglary, please call the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231.

Man with gun holds up a male in front of downtown casino

8:40pm

A black male outside a downtown Reno casino held up a casino customer at 2nd and Virginia.  The male pulled out a gun and aimed it at the customer.  The gunman was described as black, 6 foot, thin build, white T-shirt and white shorts.  Reports say he may have fled into the Cal Neva.  A number of law enforcement officers are combing the area.

SUV straightens out the curve on Sparks Blvd, just south of Baring

Rollover accident on northbound Sparks Blvd. Saturday morning.


Point of impact. Driver lost control on a curve.


A male driver headed north on Sparks Boulevard Saturday morning lost control of his SUV. The vehicle straightened out a long curve in the road and slammed into the concrete barrier that separates Sparks Boulevard’s north and southbound lanes.

The SUV rode up onto the barrier and came down on the same side, rolling over onto its top. The driver was checked out at the scene by paramedics.

Northbound Sparks Boulevard traffic was diverted until a tow truck removed the wreck. Police say driving is a full time job, commanding 100% attention to the road ahead.

Sparks Police: Distracted driving – especially with cellphones – Big EXPENSIVE “No-No”

Sparks Police HQ
Google Maps


April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Sparks Police Department would like to remind everyone that it illegal to use any electronic, handheld device while driving. Texting, in particular, has become one of the most common, pervasive and dangerous forms of distracted driving.

Between 2012 and 2017, nearly 20,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver. These distracted driving related fatalities comprised 9.5% of all fatal crashes for the same period (2012-2017). In an effort to curb this trend, between April 12, 2019 and April 22, 2019, the Sparks Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Nevada will be Joining Forces and enforcing Nevada’s Distracted Driving law.

If you’re driving, please follow these safe driving tips:

If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.

Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

Funding for the extra patrols is made possible by Joining Forces. Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program funded by the Office of Traffic Safety, aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement of traffic safety laws. The goal is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.

A credit/debit card bandit is ripping off card users when they use outside ATM’s.

ATM thief caught stealing money from account holders whose bank card numbers were secretly copied.

A bank customer recently reported to Sparks Police that fraudulent charges were made on his debit card. On February 8th an unidentified male suspect made two fraudulent ATM withdrawals using the victim’s debit card number gleaned from an ATM machine at a bank located in the 5200 block of Vista Boulevard in Sparks.

A second victim reported to Sparks Police Department that on February 19th an unidentified suspect made two fraudulent withdrawals from her debit card from an ATM machine at a bank located in the 5200 block of Vista Blvd.

Both victims were still in possession of their debit cards.

All of the fraudulent withdrawals were made by the same suspect. Detectives believe the suspect may have obtained the debit card numbers by inserting a skimming-card device into the card slot which reads the card number and the PIN code entered by the owner. Later, the criminal who placed the skimming device in the ATM retrieves it and downloads the data and begins withdrawing money from the victim’s account.

The Sparks Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying the male suspect depicted in the photo. If you can identify the suspect please contact Detective Harris at (775) 353-2225 X5518 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900

Gas leak forced home evacuations on Red Leaf Court – just off Vista

Sparks Firefighters evacuated Red Leaf Court after a gas line to a house was accidentally damaged .


Backing up trailer smashed the gas meter – began leaking gas at a high rate.


Gas meter was badly damaged when a trailer hit it. Nearby neighbors were evacuated.


7pm
Report of a natural gas leak under a house at 2151 Red Leaf Court. It’s west of Vista and south of Whitewood. That house plus three or four others nearby are also being evacuated. Sounds like it’s an accident with a gas line sheared off under the meter – damaged by the homeowner trying to back a trailer into the narrow driveway. So NV Energy is being told to expedite.

7:10pm
Sparks fire fighters arrived on scene on Red Leaf Court and went right to work assessing the gas leak and evacuating neighbors. The gas line had been ruptured BELOW the meter which required NV Energy to shut off the gas to the entire street. That allowed crews to quickly cap off the damaged meter. After that natural gas began to flow again to the rest of the houses on the street.

Firefighters and NV Energy says natural gas meters should be placed in low activity areas of a home – certainly not alongside busy carports, garages or driveways. If they can’t be moved, home and business owners should surround their gas meters with lots of steel pipe protection and strong concrete barrier walls.

Man missing in the Truckee River. Fell in at Galetti Bridge.

3:32pm
Search and Rescue is trying to spot what is believed to be a transient male who fell in to the fast flowing Truckee River at around 3:15pm from the vicinity of the Galetti Street Bridge. Rescuers are setting up a catch net at the McCarran Bridge well east of there.

Front-Bone accident at Sparks Blvd and Baring

A two vehicle “front” bone accident at Sparks and Baring Blvds Wednesday afternoon caused lots of damage and injuries to one of the drivers.

A westbound station wagon was “front boned” by a northbound pickup which ran a red light, according to Sparks Police.

The impact probably totaled the station wagon. It’s driver was injured and was being examined by paramedics.

Police say driving is a full time job without much room for error. 100% attention to the driving please.

Sparks teen asks the city council to do something about pedestrian dangers along Wedekind road

Wedekind at El Rancho
Not much room for pedestrians….


Not much better on the south side of Wedekind. No room for error.

The Sparks City Council was asked Monday to install sidewalks along both sides of Wedekind Road, between Sullivan and El Rancho Roads.

A boy and his father appeared before the Sparks City Council Monday afternoon to ask the council to enhance pedestrian safety along Wedekind…a very heavily traveled road. In some areas tree limbs stick out far enough to force pedestrians out into the travel lane. 16-year Jacob Newman of Sparks told the council that recently he was walking home and was struck a glancing blow by a car, sending the him sprawling but suffering no major injuries.

The council said they would look in to the issue but a snag was detected by a Sparks public works official who informed the councilk that this particular stretch of Wedekind, from Sullivan to El Rancho is under the jurisdiction of Washoe County, even though it’s within the city limits of Sparks.

The council ordered city staff to look in to the matter, by suggesting to the boy and his father that they contact Washoe County with their request for sidewalks.

A Washoe County media relations person said they’ll bring attention to the issue ASAP.

Moving an iconic piece of Reno history to its new home

Gilbert-Humphrey House
Enroute to its new home at Arlington and St. Lawrence, Reno

The Gilbert/Humphrey House, originally located at 127 E. Eighth Street, is being moved Sunday morning to its new homestead at the corner of St. Lawrence and Arlington Avenues in the southwest Reno.

The house is an example of the Asian-influenced Craftsman construction style. The home’s new owners, Tim and Nancy Gilbert, are related to Frances Humphrey, who lived in the house from her childhood through her death in 2001.

Here is the relocation route everyone should avoid:

Southbound Center St. to 7th St.
Westbound 7th St. to Sierra St.
Southbound Sierra St. to 6th St.
Westbound 6th St. to West St.
Southbound West St. to 2nd St.
Eastbound 2nd St. to N. Virginia St.
Southbound Virginia St. to Liberty St.
Westbound Liberty St. to Arlington St.
Southbound Arlington Ave. to 501 St. Lawrence Ave.

Nevada signs up to work to stop, maybe even reverse climate change

Gov. Steve Sisolak
Getting Nevada on board to fight Climate Change.
NRDC photo


Governor Steve Sisolak and his administration have jumped on the anti-Climate Change international bandwagon to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nevada is now among 23 U.S. states that are committing themselves to see what they see, know what they know and act accordingly.

Here’s the story from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Click here.

Reno Catholic Diocese – Priests (mostly deceased) accused of sexually abusing children

April 5th
From Reno Diocese

Most Reverend Randolph R. Calvo
Bishop of Reno

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

For the past sixteen years, in compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, we have had in place protocols for reporting abuse to law enforcement, background checks for anyone working with youth, ongoing training in awareness and prevention of abuse, and policies to ensure appropriate interaction between youth and adults in all our programs. In the wake of recent national reports of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, on August 18, 2018, I informed Catholics in northern Nevada that I wanted a review of our commitment as a diocese to safeguard all minors. I asked the Diocesan Review Board, comprised of lay women and men, to conduct this review. Since then the members of the board have diligently undertaken this task. In addition to an examination of current policies and procedures, I also asked them to review the clergy files because I decided, as a measure of transparency and accountability, to make public the names of clergy and religious who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

As a result of this review, the Diocesan Review Board recommended the following list of names of priests and religious who have been credibly accused.

The determination of a “credible” accusation was based on such factors as corroborating evidence or criminal prosecution or admission of guilt by the accused. The process of determining credibility was not a formal legal process. In publishing this list, it is our hope that it may bring some healing to those who have been abused. We can read the names of the perpetrators, but what is not seen in print are those men and women who have suffered the harm inflicted and the pain they have carried through their lives. That clergy inflicted such grave injury on minors fills me with shame and sorrow. In the name of the Diocese of Reno I offer my profound apology to them and to their families.

The clergy files examined extend back over eighty years from the inception of the Diocese of Reno. The following list includes names of clergy and religious who served in the twelve counties that currently comprise the diocese: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe. In the first three categories, the priests and religious were accused of committing sexual abuse of minors in the state of Nevada. Those listed are:

1. diocesan priests who formally belonged to the Diocese of Reno, i.e., permanently dedicated to its service (the technical term is “incardinated”):

Robert Anderson (deceased)
Edmund Boyle (deceased)
Eugene Braun (removed from ministry)
Robert Despars (deceased)
William Duff (deceased)
Florence Flahive (deceased)
Harold Vieages (deceased);

2. diocesan priests incardinated in another diocese who worked on a temporary basis in the Diocese of Reno:

Carmelo Baltazar (deceased)
Timothy Ryan (deceased);

3. religious order priests who worked in the Diocese of Reno:

David Brusky SDS (deceased)
Stuart Campbell OP (deceased);

4.a diocesan priest who was ordained for service in another diocese and then transferred to and was incardinated in the Diocese of Reno. Many years after his incardination in Nevada, his diocese of origin (the Archdiocese of Louisville) found credible allegations of sexual abuse committed by him when he was part of the Archdiocese of Louisville and has posted his name on its list of credibly accused:

Robert Bowling (deceased).

Most of the priests on the list are deceased and for some of them, an accusation of sexual abuse was made after their deaths. Nevertheless, the Diocesan Review Board found evidence to conclude the accusation was credible.

Recently, allegations have been investigated regarding Philip Napolitano FSR, a member of the Brothers of the Holy Rosary here in Reno. These allegations concerned incidents that took place at St. Christopher’s School in Las Vegas between the years 1964-1974. In accordance with the Essential Norms promulgated pursuant to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a canonical process will be initiated to determine Brother Philip’s guilt; at its conclusion, the results will be made public.

The Diocesan Review Board will continue to evaluate all information as it is received and thus the list of names may be updated or expanded in the future.

Anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy, a church employee or volunteer is encouraged to contact civil authorities and/or the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator (Eastern Nevada): Marilyn Janka at 775-753-9542, or (Western Nevada): David Caloiaro at 775-450-3618 or the Diocesan Victim’s Assistance Hotline at 1-844-669-8911).

Attached to this letter is the list of the assignments of each of the priests named above.

May God strengthen our resolve as a church to protect children from abuse and to uphold the dignity of every human being.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Randolph R. Calvo
Bishop of Reno

Members of the Diocesan Review Board:
Ms. Rota Rosaschi, MPA, LSW (Chair)
Mrs. JoAnn Baird, MFT
Mr. Frank Flaherty, Esq., Attorney & Counselor at Law< Mrs. Margaret Graham, Coordinator of Marriage, Annulments and Funerals, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Member of the Diocesan Seminary Board Mr. Stacey Hill, Retired Law Enforcement Mrs. Annabelle Kozel Hon. Joanne C. Parrilli (Retired) Ms. Linda Remington Mrs. Marna Zachry Rev. Joseph Abraham, JCL Mrs. Karen Barreras, M.Ed., Superintendent Diocesan Schools Rev. Robert Chorey, Chancellor, Diocese of Reno

Competition for Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina

Newsey
2006-2018
My Best Friend Forever
Dave Morgan

Competition for Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina

Sparks, NV – The public is invited to present original unpublished poems written for installation of a public art project at the Sparks Marina Park.

About the Project:

Memorial: The Pet Memorial is designed to allow pet owners, that have lost a pet, attach old dog tags to the grid to honor their lost friendship. The piece includes a large steel structure to be engraved with a poem about the loss of a pet and the significance of the relationship.

Poem: As the key part of the community engagement portion of this project, the City of Sparks will commission an original poem for the design. All poems will be reviewed by a panel of literary experts. The top three poems will proceed to a community wide vote. The poem receiving the most votes will be engraved or etched into the block of steel next to the grid.

How to Submit: The public is asked to present an original unpublished poem to be judged by a panel consisting of poets, authors, educators and other community members. Panelists will score poems based on criteria (see guidelines.) The top three poems will be presented to the public for a final vote via the City’s website and social media pages. The top three highest scoring entries will determine first, second and third place.

Commission: First Place – $1500 cash award
Second Place – $200 cash award
Third Place – $100 cash award

Timeline:
• Competition opens on April 1, 2019.
• Submission Deadline is May 31, 2019
• Top three will be announced on June 10.
• Voting will be from June 10 – August 9
• Winner will be announced September 9 at Sparks City Council Meeting

Eligibility:
• Any person residing in the State of Nevada and/or within 150 miles of the City of Sparks.

For more information email eventinfo@cityofsparks.us.

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