The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the State of Nevada Office of Traffic Safety during the last Click it or Ticket it Joining Forces campaign. Sparks Police Officers worked a total of 129.5 hours enforcing traffic laws with an emphasis on the seat belt and child restraint laws in Nevada. During the campaign Sparks Officers made 188 stops. They wrote 55 tickets for seat belt infractions and 28 citations for child safety seat violations. Other common violations cited for were: drivers license violations, no insurance, and registration violations. Officers also issued 44 warnings during the campaign.
The Sparks Police Department wants to remind all drivers that wearing a seat belt is not a recommendation, but a state law and has been proven to reduce the amount and severity of injuries during auto collisions. BUCKLE UP!
BE ADVISED TO USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING DUE TO FOGGY CONDITIONS.
On December 9, 2013 at 1:54 a.m., Sparks Police responded to a robbery call at the Jackson’s Food Mart located at 1365 Baring Boulevard.
According to the clerk, two men entered the store and demanded all of the cash from the drawer. One of the males displayed a silver handgun. The clerk provided an undetermined amount of cash to the suspects who then left the area.
Suspect #1 is described as a white male in his mid-20’s, approximately 5’8” tall, thin build. He was wearing black pants, a black hooded jacket and a black ski mask with a white skull on the mask.
Suspect #2 is described as a white male in his mid-20’s, approximately 5’6” tall, thin build wearing a black hooded jacket and a black ski mask.
The suspects left the store on foot eastbound on Baring Boulevard. The loss has yet to be determined.
Suspect #1 appears to be the same suspect from the robbery at the same location on November 30, 2013. In that robbery only one suspect entered the store and was in possession of the same handgun described in this incident. Suspect #2 was in possession of the handgun during this incident.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
BARING BLVD IS NOW OPEN, THE STREET HAS BEEN SANDED. USED CAUTION AS THE ROAD MAY STILL BE ICY.
WESTBOUND LANES ON BARING FROM SPARKS BLVD TO SORENSON HAVE BEEN CLOSED DUE TO BROKEN WATER MAIN.
On December 5, 2013 at about 7:30 pm Sparks Police officers responded to the Scoopers restaurant at 1356 Prater Way on an attempted robbery.
The suspect approached the counter and presented a note to the clerk which demanded money. As the manager stepped outside the business, the suspect ran and was last seen running southbound on 14th St. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'11" tall weighing about 200 pounds. He was further described as having white hair and a white beard, which is believed to be fake. Initial reports described him a being dressed like Santa Claus, however the suspect wore only the fake hair and beard. He was wearing a grey shirt.
It is not known if the suspect was armed but no weapon was seen. No money was taken from the business.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
NORTHBOUND SPARKS BLVD BETWEEN WHITNEY AND DISC IS OPEN. HOWEVER, BE ADVISED FOR WINTER CONDITIONS ON ROADWAY.
On 11-30-13 at 2317 hrs. the Sparks Police Department responded to 1100 block of Russell Way in attempt to locate Fiatau “Herbie” Lutu, wanted for parole violation and domestic battery charges. Upon contact at a residence, Lutu was observed fleeing on foot out the back door and over a fence at the edge of the property.
A perimeter was established and Lutu was located in the back of a neighbor’s pickup truck in the adjacent area.
Lutu was placed into custody and transported to the Washoe County Jail where he was booked on one count of Parole Violation, Domestic Battery and Obstructing.
The Sparks Police Department greatly appreciates the support and patience of the residents who live in the 1100 block of Russell Way during the course of this investigation.
On November 28, 2013 shortly before 4 p.m.., Sparks Police officers responded to a reported roll-over accident at Rock Blvd. and G St. The initial reports indicated the vehicle was on fire and persons were trapped inside.
Officers arrived on-scene in less than one minute, and found that there was a small fire associated with the vehicle but all persons inside had made it out. Witnesses reported that there were three persons in the vehicle and that they all ran in different directions. As more officers arrived on scene, one subject who had run from the vehicle was stopped. He would not follow the officer's verbal commands and was taken into custody. He was later determined to be the driver and is identified as 18 year old Sparks resident Daquane Morris.
The investigation shows that the vehicle Morris was driving was eastbound on G St at a high rate of speed. It crossed the intersection at 18th and G St. where there is a concrete drainage culvert. The driver lost control of the car, and the car veered into the westbound lane of travel, eventually striking a parked car. The vehicle continued eastbound and began to roll over, eventually causing damage to the landscaping of a home and striking a business before coming to rest.
The Sparks Police Department is seeking the identities of the two passengers, but so far we do not know who they are. Morris had minor bumps and bruises which did not require medical attention. He was transported to 911 Parr Blvd where he was booked on charges of DUI, driving without a license, minor in possession of alcohol, obstructing and leaving the scene of an accident.
Anyone with information on the passengers in the vehicle is asked to contact the Sparks Police Traffic section at 353-2432.
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 Bernard 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 1400 block of North Wells Avenue, and that he is currently unemployed.
Mr. Herbert is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
Mr. Herbert is currently not 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, 7a-5p.
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 11-15-13, The Sparks Police Department conducted compliance checks on local businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the City of Sparks. 11 different businesses were entered by an underage decoy. The decoy attempted to buy alcohol at those businesses and presented her real identification if asked by the employee. Bartender Belinda Petty of Sneaker Bar located at 1380 Disc sold to the underage decoy and was cited for Sale of Alcohol to an Underage Person. A clerk at the Scolari's at 1300 Disc was given a verbal warning after a procedural error was discovered that would have prevented prosecution.
The following businesses were in compliance:
Spiros at 1475 E. Prater, Star Liquor at 1495 E. Prater, Sparky's at 1450 E. Prater, 7-11 at 1490 E. Prater, The Rainbow Market at 1390 Disc, S Mart at 5245 Vista, CVS at 5151 Sparks Blvd, The Blind Onion at 295 Los Altos, The Horseshoe Bar at the Nugget, and the Cabaret Bar at the Nugget.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the businesses who followed their procedures and did not sell to the underage person. We encourage any business that is licensed to sell alcohol have scanners or printed material available for their employees to make it simple for them to determine if the person is old enough to purchase alcohol.
This operation was funded by a grant provided by Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). The Sparks Police Department would like to thank JTNN for their continued support of our efforts to check the compliance of liquor license holders.
On November 16th, 2013 at approximately 1550 hours a white male adult 30-40 years of age walked into the CVS pharmacy at 680 N. McCarran Blvd. The male approached a clerk in the gaming section of the store and produced a Robbery note demanding money. The male fled the store with an undetermined amount of money. Further description of the suspect was 5-08 to 5-09, heavy set with a beard.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Division 353-2225 or Secret Witness 322-4900 with any information regarding this case. Thank You.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2013
The Sparks Police Department and Statewide Law Enforcement Tell Motorists: Click It or Ticket
Joining Forces Seat Belt Use Enforcement Runs Through Dec. 10
Sparks, Nevada — Area residents will notice an increased law enforcement presence between now and Dec. 10 as The Sparks Police Department joins with law enforcement statewide to educate motorists on the life-saving importance of wearing seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to remind motorists that seat belts save lives and that failing to buckle up can result in costly tickets fees.
It’s important to buckle up, every trip, every time, no matter the distance of the drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of car crashes occur within a five-mile radius of a motorist’s home and nearly 70 percent happen within 10 miles from home. Wearing a seat belt doubles motorists’ and passengers’ chances of surviving a crash.
During this Joining Forces enforcement campaign, which runs through Dec. 10, officers are looking for drivers who “fake it” by rushing to click their belt into place when pulled over for another offense. Faking it won’t protect lives. Drivers are not only accountable for themselves, but they also will be penalized for occupants in the vehicle who are not restrained.
While Nevada’s seat belt use rate of 91 percent is higher than the national average of 86 percent, law enforcement officials are zeroing in on that nine percent who do not wear their seat belts. The intent of the Joining Forces campaign is to educate that minority— which accounts for 43 percent of fatalities on the state’s roadways—about the importance of buckling up.
Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of seat belt use, DUI, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety. During this campaign last year, Nevada’s Joining Forces partners made 4,801 stops statewide, citing 3,986 adults and 95 teens. In addition, 328 adults were issued citations for improperly restraining children.
The Click It or Ticket campaign is the nation’s most successful seat belt compliance effort, significantly raising awareness and seat belt usage since its inception. More information about seat belt use and Nevada’s Zero Fatalities program is available at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/buckle.
The extra patrols are funded through grants from the Department of Public Safety.
On 11-10-13 at 9:46 p.m. The Sparks Police Department responded to Paul’s Market located at 1550 Vance Way in Sparks on the report of a female being beaten by a male in the parking lot and forced into a car.
Upon officer’s arrival, they were unable to locate the victim or suspect and received information the male took the female from the area against her will in a gold Ford Taurus. Officers were unable to identify the vehicle or parties involved in the incident that evening and had no further information.
On 11-11-13 at approximately 3:00 p.m. officers were called the Northern Nevada Medical center for a female who reported to have been battered, falsely imprisoned and abducted by her boyfriend. Further investigation revealed the female reporting the incident was in fact the victim from the assault that occurred on the previous day at Paul’s Market. The victim was found to have multiple injuries on her head, face and body consistent with the assault described by her and witnesses. The victim reported that the suspect drove her to Reno where he continued to hold her captive against her will and beat her. The suspect then held the victim captive until the morning hours of 11-11-13, when she was able to leave the suspect with the assistance of a family member. The victim also described that the assault at Paul’s Market was temporarily interrupted by several male subject s in a white vehicle that observed the occurrence and verbally ordered the suspect to leave the victim “alone”.
The suspect, identified as Justin Lauderdale, was located in the gold Ford Taurus and was placed into custody. Evidence located in Lauderdale’s vehicle further corroborated the victim and witness accounts of the assault.
Lauderdale was booked on the charges of Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and Domestic Battery.
The Sparks Police Department is asking the witnesses in white vehicle or anyone with information in this case to please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with information regarding this case.
On 10/19/13 at 2220 hours, an Officer Involved Shooting (hereinafter "OIS") occurred at 235 W. 6th St., Reno, NV at St. Mary’s Hospital.
At approximately 2220 hours, a Deputy of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a shooting inside St. Mary’s Hospital. The Regional OIS Protocol was initiated. Detectives from the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office were contacted to conduct an investigation. SPD was assigned as the lead agency.
The initial investigation indicates the Deputy was assigned as a hospital guard for a Washoe County Jail inmate that had been hospitalized. The inmate was in custody for felony charges. The inmate attempted to escape the hospital and custody by running from the hospital room to a stairway leading down to the ground floor. The Deputy pursued the inmate ordering him to stop several times. A physical struggle ensued inside the stairwell which continued down two flights of stairs. The inmate was able to break free and continued his attempt to escape.
The Deputy continued to pursue the inmate to a bank of elevators on the second floor. The inmate tried to escape by entering the elevator. The Deputy fired one round at the inmate striking him in the leg. The inmate was then taken into custody and treated medically at Renown Hospital. The inmate was booked on several additional charges related to the attempted escape and altercation with the Deputy.
The Deputy was treated for minor injuries suffered in the physical altercation. The Deputy has been placed on routine paid administrative leave.
Upon completion, the investigation will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review. No further media comment will be made by police personnel.
The Run for Education is scheduled for Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, at 8:00am. Street closures will be in effect starting at 7:30am and ending around 10:15am. The Run will start at Legends and utilize the south bound lanes of Sparks Boulevard from Baring Boulevard to East Lincoln. South bound Sparks Boulevard will be closed to motorists, and alternative route will be Vista Boulevard.
Lt. Chad Hawkins
Each Halloween, The Sparks Police Department participates in the "Don't Trick, We'll Treat" program throughout the city. This will occur tonight during the early evening hours. Trick or Treaters are encouraged to make contact with our patrol officers who will be supplied with candy donated by local businesses.
This event offers an opportunity for the children in our community to approach officers and build trust through positive contacts. Children are encouraged to look for a lighted pumpkin on patrol cars to receive a treat.
The Sparks Police Department would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and donations from the following companies which helped make this year's event possible. Those companies and locations are:
Walmart at 5065 Pyramid Highway; Target at 1500 E. Lincoln Way; Raley's at 2389 Wingfield Hills Parkway; K-Mart at 2125 Oddie Blvd; Walgreen's at 2900 Vista Blvd.; Safeway at 2858 Vista Blvd.
The aforementioned extra patrols are possible due to the Joining Forces grant. The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for their continued support of our efforts to curtail Driving Under the Influence offenses within the City of Sparks.
The Sparks Police Department would like to remind everyone to designate a sober driver for their Halloween festivities. We will have additional Police Officers out on the streets looking for impaired drivers. Please take the extra effort to make sure you and your loved ones are safe by assuring they have a sober driver or another acceptable way home. Please do not allow your loved ones to walk home or anywhere else while they grossly intoxicated. Our most recent major accidents have involved very intoxicated pedestrians walking in the roadway.
Also, please be extra careful this evening as there will be many little ghosts and goblins walking around. Please drive slowly in any areas where you see trick or treaters.
Thank you for your cooperation and have a safe and happy Halloween.
The roadway has been cleared and is now open.