On 3-8-14 at 8:18 p.m. the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a Hit and Run Accident in the intersection Sullivan Lane and G Street.
The victim vehicle was traveling northbound on Sullivan Lane when it was struck on the driver’s side of the vehicle by a black 1989 Honda coupe bearing Nevada license plates 892YKL. Upon impact, the bumper and license plate of the suspect vehicle were dislodged and left at the scene of the accident. The victim, Caceras-Umana, suffered a neck injury as a result of the crash.
Witnesses report the vehicle was driven by a Hispanic female adult accompanied by two additional unknown passengers.
The suspect vehicle was last seen by witnesses fleeing eastbound on G Street and then southbound on 19th Street, eluding a following witness.
The suspect vehicle and driver have yet to be located.
If you or anyone you know has information about this accident, you are encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
No Further Information at this time.
On 3-9-14 at approximately 4:42 p.m. the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of an Armed Robbery at the Safe Mini-Mart located at 1140 Rock Blvd. Sparks, Nevada.
The victim clerk reported that at approximately 4:20 pm a Black or Hispanic male adult entered the store and pointed a large caliber firearm at him demanding money. The victim stated that he opened the register of the business at the suspect’s demand and the suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash and change. The suspect then exited the store and fled Northbound on Rock Blvd on foot.
The subsequent investigation by patrol officers located video surveillance footage of the suspect entering and exiting the store. Please see attached photographs of the suspect.
The suspect is described as a Black or Hispanic male adult approximately 30 years old, 5’8” to 5’11” and 150lbs to 175lbs. The suspect was seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants, sunglasses and white and black tennis shoes. The suspect is believed to be armed with a large caliber handgun or possibly a “sawed-off shotgun”.
If you or anyone you know has information regarding this incident, you are asked to please contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
There is no additional information to report at this time.
Andrew Dovichi turned himself into the Sparks Police Department this morning. Dovichi was booked into the Washoe County Jail on Domestic Battery Strangulation, False Imprisonment, Child Endangerment. HIs total bail is $37,500.00.
There is no further information.
On March 8, 2014 at 4:21 a.m. Sparks Police responded to a local business to meet with the victim of a domestic battery. Officers met with the female victim who was very distraught over the incident and had visible injuries to include a swollen lip and marks around her neck that indicated she had possibly been strangled during the incident. The female informed officers that she was attacked by her boyfriend, identified as Andrew Dovichi, after confronting him about infidelity.
The female fled the residence after the incident to seek assistance from law enforcement. Officers were informed that the 10 month old child of the couple was present during the altercation and was still present in the residence.
Officers responded to the residence and forced entry after hearing the child crying. Dovichi fled the residence prior to police arrival, leaving his 10 month old child without supervision.
Dovichi is currently wanted for questioning in this incident as attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful. The Sparks Police Department is requesting the assistance of the community and the media in locating Dovichi. Dovichi is considered dangerous and has been known to be in possession of firearms.
Dovichi's photograph is attached.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
INTERSECTION IS CONGESTED DUE TO AN ACCIDENT - PLEASE ADVISE PUBLIC TO AVOID THE AREA FOR NOW. THANK YOU
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. Curtis Herbert, age 49, has been assessed as a Tier III Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing in the 500 block of West 4th Street and that he is not currently.
Mr. Herbert is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Herbert is not currently being supervised by the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Division of Parole and Probation.
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-5pm.
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.
In late February detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit, (RSONU), received information from an agency in Shasta County California that a subject wanted by their agency for sex crimes against a child was possibly in the the Reno Sparks area. Detectives began coordinating with local jurisdictions in an attempt to locate the suspect, identified as 69 year old Robert Thomas Smith. On March 4th at approximately 1:30 pm an RSONU detective, accompanied by an agent with the U.S. Marshals Service, observed the suspect driving in the area of Pyramid Lake. With the assistance of the Pyramid Lake Tribal Police, the suspect was stopped and taken into custody without incident. A no bail warrant was confirmed with the California agency and the suspect was booked into the Washoe County Jail pending extradition to California. At this time there is no indication that he has committed any crimes in our area. Suspect Smith was observed operating a 1993 Voyager Van, green in color. If anyone has any further information on suspect Smith's activities while in the Reno Sparks area please contact the RSONU office at 353-2244 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
The Sparks Police Department, working with the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Washoe County Sheriff's Department in a Joining Forces event, put extra patrol units on the streets to combat distracted driving. During the campaign, Officers made 157 stops and wrote 198 violations and gave 42 verbal warnings for other violations. 62 Cell Phone tickets were given, with only 2 of them given to drivers 16 to 20 years of age. 28 Speeding tickets were issued and none of them were given to drivers under 21.
The Sparks Police Department would like to remind all drivers that distracted driving causes or contributes to thousands of accidents every year. Many accidents are avoided when people are paying attention to other driver's mistakes and take evasive measures. Please drive safely and aware.
We would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
On March 2nd, 2014 Scheels received calls from victims' in California who had noticed Fraudulent charges on their credit cards from purchases at Scheels. Scheels loss prevention investigated the activity and noticed a similar group of individuals enter their store purchase specific products with credit cards and leave in similar vehicles. This activity had occurred over the prior two days. Officers with the Sparks Police Department took the initial Fraud case assigned the above case number.
Later in the day, on March 2nd, 2014 the same group of males entered Scheels and the Sparks Police Department were called. After the males exited the store they were stopped by police. Four of the males were detained and found to be in possession of approximately 30 altered/fraudulent credit cards. The credit cards appeared to be made from unsuspecting victim's credit card numbers.
The following suspects were arrested:
John Nguyen, 25 year old Sacramento, CA resident.
Thomas Vath, 32 year old Lathrop, CA resident.
Bin Pham, 27 year old Elk Grove, CA resident.
Hoang Nguyen, 30 year old Stockton, CA resident.
All four were charged with Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Uttering a Forged Instrument, and Possession of a Forged Instrument. The total bail for each was $60,000.00.
The investigation is ongoing as further charges and additional suspects identified are possible.
There is no further information to be released at this time. Thank You.
On March 2nd, 2013 at approximately 1304 hours Officers with the Sparks Police Department were called to the 2000 block of Figoni Ranch Road on a report of a suicidal subject with a firearm. Officers arrived on scene and learned that Xanthea Elsbree, a sixty four year old Sparks resident, had pointed a firearm at one of her family members, who fled the residence to safety.
Communication was established with Elsbree who confirmed she was armed and would not exit her residence. After trying to negotiate with Elsbree for approximately 90 minutes, Elsbree exited her residence and was taken into custody. Officers obtained a Search Warrant for Elsbree's residence and recovered the firearm.
Elsbree was booked on Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Obstructing with the use of a Firearm. She is being held on $30,000.00 bail.
There is no further information to be released. Thank You.
On March 1, 2014 at 3:15 a.m., Sparks Police responded to the report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Hubble Drive and Allegrini Drive.
The vehicle was traveling southbound on Hubble Drive when it left the roadway due to speed and wet roadways. The vehicle struck a utility box and street light. Power, cable and phone service was disrupted in a several block radius of this intersection due to the accident. NV Energy personnel are currently on scene and it is not known at this time when services will be restored. Street lighting is also out in the area and residents are asked to drive with caution until sunlight hours.
The vehicle involved in the incident was occupied by four male subjects that were not injured during the incident. Alcohol is not a factor in the incident. The driver of the vehicle was cited for charges related to the incident.
Sparks residents that are affected by the outages are asked to contact the local utility companies for an update on the return of services.
On March 1, 2014 at 12:58 a.m., Sparks Police responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of northbound Rock Boulevard and Tyler Way.
According to witnesses, a male subject was lying in the roadway. As the witnesses stopped their vehicle to check on the welfare of the subject another vehicle ran over the top of the subject. The driver of the vehicle stopped on scene for a short time then left the area. The witnesses obtained a valid license plate from the vehicle.
The pedestrian was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The pedestrian is only identified as a 35 year old Reno resident at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Alcohol does appear to be a factor as related to the victim. The preliminary investigation indicates the pedestrian was at fault in the incident.
The driver of the vehicle was located at his residence one block from the scene and admitted to the incident, stating he was watching the stopped vehicle and observed the subject lying in the roadway at the last minute and did not have time to stop. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation and at this time is only identified as a 19 year old Sparks resident. Alcohol is not a factor in regards to the driver of the vehicle.
The Sparks Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) was called to the scene to investigate the accident. No charges have been filed towards either party at this time. The roadway was closed for a short time but has now reopened.
I have had requests asking to confirm the marital status of the victims. Kenneth and Sheryl Kelleher were married.
On February 26, 2014 at about 9:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to the report of a rollover accident in the area of 5800 Homerun Drive, which is the entrance road to Golden Eagle Regional Park.
When officers and fire department personnel arrived, they located a vehicle which had left the roadway and veered into the ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over. One person had managed to get out of the vehicle and one person was still inside.
Laura Davis was identified as the driver of the vehicle, and Patrick Mor was the passenger. Both are Reno residents.
Davis was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
At this time, officers believe that Davis may have become distracted while driving, but the accident remains under investigation.
On 1/24/14, Sparks Police officers responded to meet with the mother of a 6 month old infant reporting possible child abuse. Officers met with the mother and victim and determined the infant had been in the care of a daycare provider and suffered injuries consistent with child abuse. The case was referred to detectives who continued the investigation. On 2/25/14, the daycare provider Jennifer Beach was arrested for Child Abuse.
There are no further details available or being released on this incident.
On February 24, 2014 at approximately 1254 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to an injury accident on Vista Blvd near Wingfield Hills Drive. The vehicles involved were a silver Toyota and a gold Pontiac. The accident required the driver of the gold Pontiac to be stuck inside, requiring extrication. The investigation revealed that the driver of the gold Pontiac was experiencing mechanical difficulties and slowed while traveling south on Vista. The driver of the silver Toyota struck the rear of the Pontiac, spinning the vehicle around and trapping the driver. The driver of the silver Toyota was cited for Duty to Decrease Speed. The driver of the Pontiac sustained minor injuries.
There is no further information to be released.
On February 23, 2014 at approximately 1326 hours, the Sparks Police Department met with a victim of Domestic Violence. The victim had been in a verbal argument with her live in boyfriend, Nicholas Polisso, a 51 year old Sparks resident. Polisso struck the victim with a solid wooden cane in her head and leg. The victim was able to leave the residence and seek medical attention. During the attack, the victim suffered an abrasion to her forehead and her leg was broken.
Officers with the Sparks Police Department attempted to arrest Polisso in the 300 block of View Street. Polisso ran a short distance and was later apprehended at his residence in the 300 block of View Street.
Polisso was charged with Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm and Domestic Battery second offense. He is being held at the Washoe County Jail on $25,000.00 bail.
There is no further information to release.
The Sparks Police Department, in cooperation with the Washoe County Sheriffs Office and the Nevada Highway Patrol, conducted directed patrols to help combat impaired driving. During the two week campaign, a total of 168 people were stopped and either cited or warned for various traffic offenses. Five people were stopped and found to be Driving Under the Influence and arrested.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the grant that makes Joining Forces a possibility.
On 02/15/14 at approximately 0830 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the 400 block of M street regarding a Luring case. Officers met with two juvenile boys who were approached by a white male driving a white van. The white male offered the boys food and was verbally aggressive with them. The boys declined and the van drove out of the area.
Further suspect description: white male adult, 55-60 years old, bald with a white mustache. White newer style full size delivery type van.
There are no further details to release.
If you have any information please call the Sparks Police Department, 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness, 775-322-4900.
The victims involved in the incident from 2/13/14 have been identified.
The female victim is identifed as Janai Wilson. Ms. Wilson suffered non-fatal gun shot wounds.
The male victim was identified as Cody Deviine. Mr. Devine was located inside the residence deceased from gunshot wounds.
The investigation is continuing. There are no new details to release at this time.