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
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.
THE SB LANES OF PYRAMID ARE NOW OPEN
On 2-2-14 at approximately 4:25pm, Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to the area near 15th and Prater Way for report of a child luring call. Officers received information on the suspect vehicle description which was a black 1997 Honda Civic with tinted windows.
Officers were able to locate the vehicle, which was parked on the north side of Deer Park on F Street. Officers made contact with the driver who was identified as 18 year old Carlos Campo.
The three female victims in this case were ages 12, 12 and 14. All three females stated they were walking in the area of 15th and Prater near the Dairy Queen when they were approached by Carlos and asked them to get in his car. The females told him no and ran to the 7-11 on 15th and Prater.
The females stated that they waited for him to leave and when he did they left the store. The females stated that he again drove up on them when they left the store and asked them again to get in the car and at one point started to step out of his vehicle.
The females then ran away and called the police. The females positively identified Carlos as the individual who was attempting to lure them into his vehicle. All three females stated they were afraid of Carlos.
Carlos was arrested at the scene and transported to the Washoe County Jail.
The Sparks Police Department is asking anyone with any more information about this incident to please call the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
***UPDATE***Attempt to Locate***
The Sparks Police Department is looking for the public's help in identifying the possible suspects involved in the listed Robbery with Use of a Deadly Weapon/ Battery with a Deadly Weapon case. Please see the attached sketch of the male suspect who is believed to have the been in possession of the handgun. Both of the suspects left the park on foot toward the intersection of Pyramid and Greenbrae and possibly live in the area of Burgess Park. Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call Sparks Police Detectives at (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
Type of Incident: Robbery, Battery causing substantial bodily harm
Date and Time of Incident: 10/28/13 2330 hours
Location: 1605 Pyramid Way
Suspect: Two Hispanic male teens wearing dark clothes one described as heavy set and the other as thin
On 10/28/13 at approximately 2330 hours two male victims were at Burgess Park at 1605 Pyramid Way when they were approached by two young Hispanic male teens wearing dark clothing. The suspects asked the victims for their wallets and where they were from. One of the suspects was in possession of a handgun and struck one of the victims in the head. The other victim tried protecting his friend and was also struck in the head. Both of the victims sustained significant head trauma and later went to the hospital. According to the victims, the suspects left on foot southbound toward Greenbrae Drive. If anyone witnessed this event or has information about what occurred they are encouraged to call Sparks Police at 353-2225 or Secret Witness to remain anonymous at 322-4900.
Sergeant R. Laffins
Tracy, Scott D
Police Dept Detectives
(775) 353-2241 x528
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.