On 1/20/14 at approximately 1010 hours, Sparks Police patrol officers responded to the 4000 block of Whispering Wind Ct. on report of a violent fight between a 14 year old female and her brother. Officers arrived on scene and were told by the suspect and victim that the suspect had strangled the victim on two occasions. The vicitm suffered injuries that substantiated being strangled.
The suspect was arrested and originally booked at the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center. Due to the nature of the charges, he was later transferred to 911 Parr Blvd.
There are no further details available at this time.
Both Leroy Coleman and Tamika Solis contacted Sparks Police Department as a result of the news coverage regarding this incident. Both individuals say they were involved in the incident at Scolari's and have agreed to come in and speak with officers regarding what happened. Both contacted us via the phone, and have yet to be interviewed, but both state they are fine. At this time, Sparks Police have no further information, and we will update the media if something significant comes out of the investigation. Thank you for your assistance.
Lt. Chad Hawkins
This is an update to the earlier release about the possible abduction and domestic battery case. Attached to this release are photos of those possibly involved, Leroy Coleman and Tamika Solis.
On January 3, 2014 at shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Spanish Springs Blvd. on a report of a vehicle through a fence.
When officers arrived they found that a silver colored Toyota Corolla 4-door had been struck in the front and rear portions of the vehicle. The driver of that vehicle had been northbound on Spanish Springs Blvd. and had pulled to the side of the road and stopped briefly. A light colored, older model Jeep, possibly a Cherokee, approached travelling southbound. The vehicle drifted across the center lane, through the northbound lane and struck the Toyota causing damage to both the front and rear portions of the Toyota. The Toyota was also pushed slightly sideways into the fence. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.
The Jeep then fled the scene. The Jeep should have front end damage, and is missing its grill and one headlight. Anyone with information on this is asked to call the Sparks Police Department Traffic Section at 353-2432.
The Sparks Police Department would like to report that thus far New Year's Eve 2013 has been a mild evening.
The Sparks Police Department did increase staffing as it usually does for this holiday. Between the hours of 2 p.m. December 31, 2013 and 1 a.m. January 1, 2014 we made one arrest for DUI, three arrests for warrant related issues and two people were taken into custody for civil protective custody. Further, one citation was issued for shoplifting and 32 traffic stops were made resulting in eight citations.
On 12-30-13 at approximately 1556 hours officers responded to the area of O’Callahan and Haywood for a report of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian. When officers arrived on scene they located a male victim sitting on the sidewalk. The victim stated that he was walking on O’Callahan towards Sparks Blvd. and stopped at the corner of Haywood. The victim described that as he stepped off the sidewalk, he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling on Haywood towards O’Callahan. The victim was thrown onto the passenger’s side of the hood of the vehicle and then fell to the ground striking his head. The vehicle then left the scene towards Sparks Blvd. The victim advised that the driver of the vehicle was a white female adult in her 20’s with short blonde hair. He described the vehicle as a black Honda Civic. The victim was transported to Renown with non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
On 12-30-13 at 1608 hrs, the Sparks Police Department responded to a report of an ongoing domestic assault inside a vehicle in the drive through of In and Out Burger located at 280 Pyramid Way Sparks, Nevada.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with multiple witnesses and a female victim inside the restaurant who identified Adam FELTY as the suspect of the domestic assault. FELTY was then located still seated in in his vehicle in the drive through aisle of the restaurant. Officers contacted FELTY and detained him.
During the investigation, Patrol Officers and Detectives learned that FELTY and the victim had a long term relationship which had recently been terminated by the victim. Both FELTY and the victim reside in the Sacramento, California area. The subsequent investigation revealed FELTY had abducted the victim from her residence and drove her against her will to the Sparks area. The victim made multiple attempts to jump from the moving vehicle as it traveled on I-80.
Investigators learned that the California Highway Patrol received multiple calls from witnesses observing the assault and abduction as FELTY’s vehicle traveled westbound. Additionally, the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Office received a missing person’s report in which the victim was reported as missing/ endangered after she made a distressed call to a friend as she was being kidnapped.
Once FELTY entered the drive through lane at IN and OUT, the victim attempted to flee from the vehicle. FELTY prevented her escape by striking her in the face numerous times and restraining her. The victim was able to eventually free herself from the vehicle and flee to safety inside the restaurant.
FELTY was transported to the Washoe County Jail where he was booked for Domestic Battery, False Imprisonment and Kidnapping.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Section at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
On December 26, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. The initial call indicated the accident was at Oddie Blvd. and El Rancho Drive, but was actually found to be at Oddie Blvd. and Sullivan Lane.
When officers arrived, they located the victim unresponsive and laying in the roadway. She was transported by REMSA to Renown Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. The victim is an older white female. The Sparks Police Department is working with the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office to locate and notify the victim's family. The name will not be released until this is accomplished.
Officers were given initial information about a possible suspect vehicle that was described as a black or brown full size Chevrolet pick up. A witness returned to the scene and told officers that he had followed the pick up involved in the accident to an apartment complex in Reno. Detectives went to the Community Apartments located in the 2300 block of Wedekind Road in Reno. Detectives were able to locate the vehicle, and further found damage which appeared to be related to the accident in Sparks.
Detectives also were able to locate the driver of the vehicle. She is identified as Tamara Hanson (aka Tamara Cossey) a 30 year old Reno resident. Cossey was interviewed and admitted to being the driver. Cossey was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving Death and her bail was set at $20,000.
Due to a shortage of supervisors, no one will be available for an on-camera interview for this case. We apologize for any inconvenience. Lt. Krall will be returning phone calls as soon as he can. Thank you for your understanding.
The name of the victim in this case is now being released. Her name is Conception Baggett. The 79 year-old Napa, California resident was in town visiting relatives.
In August of this year, the Sparks Police Department issued a media release regarding attempted fraud related activity at local businesses, specifically restaurants.
In those incidents, an unknown person would call restaurants and tell them that their power was about to be turned off. Typically, these calls were received about two hours beforea high period of activity for the business, such as the lunch rush. The caller would then instruct the representative of the business to wire money or purchase pre-paid credit cards and send them to a location.
The Sparks Police Department would like to notify its citizens that the attempts apprear to be on the rise again. The targets have expanded to include bars, sports bars, liquor stores and mini-marts and at least one group home. We urge citizens that if a call like this is received they should take certain steps to protect themselves.
First, contact NV Energy billing and payments at 834-4444 and verify the status of the account. NV Energy does not conduct business in the manner of these attempted frauds. Also, you may contact your local police department notify them of the incident.
There were bottle rockets set off by juveniles in the area of Mendive Middle School. Everything is clear at the schools, no shots fired. Thank you for you concern.
The Sparks Police Department will be holding its annual Department Awards Ceremony Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM. The event will be held in the Rose Ballroom A at John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave in Sparks.
The Department will honor both sworn and non-sworn personnel, as well as citizens from the Community, for their actions during 2013. Awards include Sworn and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year, Lifesaving Award, Medal of Valor, Medal of Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, Certificate of Commendation and the Certificate of Appreciation.
The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 353-2248.
On 12/17/13 at approximately 0300 hours a hispanic male in his late teens to early twenties robbed the AM PM at 2240 Victorian Avenue. The suspect was described as hispanic, 5'8" to 5'10" with a weight of 175 to 200 pounds, wearing a black jacket, red and black pull over hoodie, red gloves, denim jeans and black shoes. The red hoodie had black down the sleeves. The suspect entered the store minutes prior to the robbery wearing a black jacket over the red hoodie and a piece of red cloth draped over his head. The suspect was armed with a knife and demanded money from the store clerk. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen and the suspect fled in a southerly direction from the store on foot.
Anyone who may have information about this case is encouraged to call Sparks Police Detectives at 775-353-2225 or Secret Witness to remain anonymous at 775-322-4900.
Sergeant R. Laffins
Jessie Hobson stopped her gold Ford mini van on I Street east of Rock Blvd at a stop sign when her vehicle was observed drifting onto Rock Blvd. Her vehicle then suddenly accelerated westbound across all lanes of traffic and struck the house located at 1702 I Street located on the corner of Rock Blvd and I Street. The gas line into the house was broken in the crash and a fire erupted. Ms. Hobson was pulled from the fiery wreckage by her boyfriend who had been following behind her in another vehicle.
The initial investigation revealed that Hobson may have suffered a medical episode during the time she was in control of her vehicle. She sustained a minor burn to her abdomen and suffered from smoke inhalation. She has been hospitalized as a result of her injuries.
A small family resides at 1702 I Street and were not home at the time of the crash. The home suffered significant property, fire and smoke damage.
Nevada Energy arrived on scene and turned off the gas. Nevada Energy is expected to be on scene for a few hours capping off the gas line to the home.
There were Media releases sent earlier regarding these two robberies when they occurred. At the time of those press releases, there were no available photographs of the suspects. Please see the attachments for the suspects photos. The photos that depict two suspects, was the 2nd robbery which occurred on 12/9/13.
The Sparks Police Department will be holding its annual Senior Phone Patrol Christmas Party on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12 noon in the department's training room, at 1701 E. Prater Way. This celebration is for the 40 senior citizens currently enrolled on our Senior Phone Patrol Program. Generous donations from local businesses will ensure that each senior will receive a special Christmas present given to them by Santa Claus of Nevada. A delicious meal prepared by Carolina Kitchen & BBQ will be served along with music and singing by local Christmas carolers.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the following businesses for their donations to this year's event:
Santa Claus of Nevada, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Western Village Inn & Casino, The Squeeze Inn, BJ's Nevada Barbecue Company, Sands Regency Hotel & Casino, Scoopers Drive-In, Outback Steakhouse, Scheels, Lowes, Black Bear Diner, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Whole Foods Market, Costco, Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, John Ascuagas Nugget, Pepsi, Alsco, WalMart, Rail City, Scolari's Food & Drug, Peppermill Hotel Casino, Linda McNaught of See's Candy, and volunteer entertainers from our local community.
The Sparks Police Department Senior Phone Patrol program is a free service provided to seniors and disabled residents of the City of Sparks. The function of the program is to place a phone call each day to check on the welfare of its members. The Sparks Police Department offers this program in an effort to minimize the time members would have to wait for emergency medical help in the event they become sick, or injured, and are unable to get to the phone to call for help.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in this valuable program, please contact the Sparks Police Department Front Desk at (775) 353-2248 for more information or to enroll.
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.
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.