On May 10th, 2014 at approximately 2223 hours the Sparks Police Department received information that Cody Lee Rogers was in a residence in the 2000 block of Bradley Square. Rogers had an active Felony Parole Warrant out of Nevada Parole and Probation with a weapons caution. Officer's arrived in the area and observed Rogers in the residence. The residence was surrounded and Rogers refused to exit on his own. Negotiations with Rogers were unsuccessful.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence and the Sparks Police Department SWAT team was called to the scene. The Sparks Police Department SWAT team served the search warrant and Rogers was taken into custody.
Rogers was booked into Washoe County Sheriffs Office on the no bail warrant.
On May 10th, 2014 at approximately 0241 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to a Home Invasion in progress in the 1500 block of G street. Upon arrival officers learned that earlier in the evening there was a large party that became out of control. During the party a male only described as a teenager, possibly a pacific islander or black male, produced a handgun and pointed it at the crowd. An undisclosed victim tried to break up the party and was struck (pistol-whipped) with the pistol in the head. The victim was treated at Renown Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
After the party dispersed it was believed the same suspect(s) returned to the residence, kicked in the door and ransacked the residence. It was at this time that the police were called.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Secret Witness or the Sparks Police Department.
There is nothing further to release at this time. Thank You.
May 9, 2014
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. the Sparks Police Department will be hosting a press conference to release the findings of case 13-9953, the Sparks Middle School shooting incident. The press conference will be held in the Sparks Police Department Training Room located at 1701 E. Prater Way, Sparks NV, 89434. A copy of the case (record) will be available as required by NRS 239. The cost of the record is $67. If you would like to have a copy available on May 13, 2014, please contact Shiela Ill at 353-2479.
Chief of Police
On 5/6/14 at approximately 1955 hours, the Sparks Police Department was contacted by officers of the Modesto Police Department regarding the possible kidnapping of two female juveniles. The Modesto PD advised that their investigation led them to believe that the male suspect and the two juveniles were at the Sparks Nugget. The Sparks Police Department responded to the Nugget and located the suspect and the two juveniles. All three were transported to the Sparks Police Department for interviews.
During the interviews of the suspect and the two juveniles we learned the following:
The two female juveniles ranaway from their homes. One of the juveniles was acquainted with the suspect, Nicholas WESSEL. WESSEL convinced the two juveniles to come with him to Nevada and drove them from the Modesto area to the Sparks Nugget where he rented a room. Once all three were in the room, WESSEL had non consensual sex with the 14 year old female. Soon after that, they were all taken into custody. Upon further investigation, Sparks Police Detectives located a camera that belonged to WESSEL. In the camera we located several illegal images of children. Some of the images were of our 14 year old victim but the others are unknown to us at this time. The two juveniles were uninjured and taken tot the Jan Evans facility. WESSEL was taken to the Washoe County Jail where he was booked on the above charges.
The Sparks Police Department asks, that if there is anyone with further information that might be helpful in this investigation, to contact either the Sparks Police Detective Division or Secret Witness. There is no further information available at this time and the investigation is on going.
On 4/28/14 at approximately 0028 hours, Sparks Police Officers were dispatched to 909 E. Glendale, Colorite Plastics, on an activated burglar alarm. Once on scene, Officers located an open door to the business. Officers set up a perimeter and began searching the building when a Latino male, later identified as Jorge Lopez-Delgado exited the business carrying a bag of tools. Officers identified themselves as Police and ordered Lopez-Delgado to stop. Lopez-Delgado dropped the bag and ran from officers. After a short foot pursuit, Lopez-Delgado was apprehended and subsequently booked on charges of Burglary, and Obstructing.
Please contact Sparks Police Department Detectives should you have additional information regarding this case.
On April 27th, 2014 at approximately 0432 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a female screaming for help in the 300 block of Harbor Cove. A witness observed a male leaving the area with the victim’s child. Officer’s located the victim and learned the suspect, Joel Hernandez-Santos had strangulated his wife and tackled her to the ground. Their 11 year old son ran to get help and Hernandez-Santos chased after his son. Hernandez-Santos caught his son and would not allow him to leave. For close to an hour, Hernandez-Santos was on foot in the area forcing his son to jump fences and hide in an effort to escape from law enforcement. Hernandez-Santos would physically not allow his son to escape. The child sustained minor injuries during this time.
At approximately 0522 hours Hernandez-Santos and his child were located in the 800 block of Nichols Boulevard. Hernandez-Santos left his son and ran from the police, and he was apprehended a short distance away.
During the investigation, Hernandez-Santos was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm. Hernandez-Santos is prohibited from carrying firearms.
Hernandez-Santos, a 32 year old Sparks resident was booked into the Washoe County Jail, on Domestic Strangulation, Child Abuse, Child Endangerment, False Imprisonment to Avoid Arrest, Ex-Felon Possession of Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and Domestic Battery. His total bail was just over $100,000.00.
On April 25, 2014, at 0809 hrs, officers from the Sparks Police Department responded to Sierra Chemical at 2302 Larkin Cir, on a report of an industrial accident that had occured there. The officers arriving on scene determined that a tank containing compressed air had exploded and one employee of the business was killed by the explosion. There were no chemicals or fire involved in the explosion, and no other persons were injured. There is no danger to the public resulting from this accident and there is no foul play suspected. The Sparks Police and OSHA are currently investigating this as an idustrial accident. The name of the deceased employee will not be released at this time and there are no further details.
On 4/14/14 at 0533 hours, Officers of the Sparks Police Department were called to a residence on Eric Av. in regards to a home invasion. Upon arrival officers learned that numerous suspects forced entry into the residence. The suspects demanded specific items from the homeowners and then ransacked the residence looking for these items. At some point during the robbery, the 70 year old male victim (who is a military veteran of the Vietnam War), struggled over a weapon with one of the suspects. During the struggle the victim was shot. The vicitm was treated for nonlife threatening injuries. We do not believe that the case is a random act, and evidence suggests the location was intentially targeted.
Further details of this case are being withheld at this time as we are still investigating the event. If there is anyone with information they might believe is useful in our investigation, please call the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness.
We will not be releasing any further details of this case until the investigation is complete. Thank you.
The juvenile victim from this accident has been identified as Logan James Gorkish, a five year boy who lived in Sparks. Sparks Police continue to investigate this accident, and no charges have been filed. Any potential future developments from this accident will be released, but there are none at this time.
All lanes of travel on WB Baring at Shadow are now open.
On April 7, 2014 at about 7:54 p.m., Sparks Police officers responded to the 1800 block of Baring Blvd. after dispatch received multiple 911 calls about a vehicle versus child automobile accident.
When responding officers arrived the juvenile was lying in the roadway and was not conscious. Both REMSA and Sparks Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and began treating the victim. He was transported to Renown Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time, however, he was 5 years old.
Preliminary investigation shows that the victim and another child may have run northbound across the east and west bound lanes of Baring Blvd. The victim was in the number one, or inside lane of west bound Baring Blvd. when he was struck by a west bound SUV. The driver of the SUV stopped immediately and is cooperating with the investigation, and his name is being withheld as well. At this time, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.
Currently, the Sparks Police Department M.A.I.T (Major Accident Investigation Team) is conducting the investigation. The west bound lanes of Baring Blvd. are currently closed from Shadow Lane to Round Mountain Circle, and will remain so until at least 11 p.m.
If anyone witnessed the accident and has not yet spoken with police, they are encouraged to contact the Sparks Police Dept. Traffic Section at 353-2432.
Please be advised all traffic is shut down at west bound baring at shadow until further notice. Please use alternate routes.