At approximately 1057 hours, Sparks PD responded to the Motel 6 at 2405 Victorian on report of a subject that had been beaten and robbed. Officers arrived and met with the vicitm, Scott Corwin. Mr. Corwin had injuries to his face and head and was transported to Renown for treatment. Officers and detectives learned that Mr. Corwin was beaten by a subject armed with a handgun, his perosnal property was taken as was a vehicle he had borrowed from a friend.
The suspect was described as a black male adult approximately 6'3 and very large build. The vehicle that was taken is 2004 Jeep with NV plates 319 RMN. The suspect and vehcile are outstanding at this time. SPD is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Secret Witness at 322-4900, the Sparks Police Department detective division at 353-2225 or Sparks Police dispatch at 353-2231.
On 2/25/14, Kenneth and Sheryl Kelleher were found deceased in their home by a family member. Sparks Police initiated an investigation. At the time the couple was found, there was no evidence of criminal activity at the residence. The home was secured when the family member arrived and used a key to enter. Neither victim had any obvious signs of injury or trauma on scene and this was confirmed during autopsies. Family members assisted detectives and determined no property was missing from the residence. Detectives and Sparks Fire personnel checked the residence for any source of unusual carbon monoxide, which was negative. No evidence of carbon monoxide poisoning was found during the autopsies. Detectives requested the assistance of the Health Department to check the residence for any unusual sources of exposure to dangerous or lethal elements. These tests were negative.
As part of the normal autopsy protocol a toxicology test was conducted for both victims. These tests did not identify any abnormal levels of chemicals for either victim. Detectives staffed the case with members of the Medical Examiner's Office. As a result of the staffing, Expert and Expanded toxicology tests were performed, which included testing for heavy metals and common poisons. These tests have been completed and the results are negative.
The Medical Examiner's office has ruled that both Kenneth and Sheryl died of natural causes.
On June 19, 2014 at about 8:20 p.m. Sparks Police and Sparks Fire personnel responded to a report of a possible structure fire at 3324 Shari Way.
When fire personnel arrived, they found two occupants in the house. They were brought outside while the fire was dealt with.
The occupants of the house were an elderly male and an elderly female. The male was transported to Renown Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, the extent of which has not been determined. Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel attempted to revive the female, but were not successful.
At this time, the cause of the fire is under investigation by Sparks Fire Department investigators. The names of the victims are being withheld.
On June 17, 2014 at 8:38 p.m. Sparks Police officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at the Rail City Casino, 2121 Victorian Ave.
While en route, information indicated that the suspect had left the casino and walked northbound. A Rail City security officer had followed the suspect. Officers found her in the area of Amigo's Auto Sales, 2105 Prater Way. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.
She is identified as Bonny May Miller, a 38-year old Sparks resident. No booking photo is available at this time.
According to Rail City staff, Miller approached the Player's Club desk with a note indicating that she had a knife and wanted money. Miller was turned away as there is no money kept at that desk. Miller then left the casino. There was no loss.
Upon being taken into custody, Miller was found to be in possession of several prescription pills for which she had no prescription. She was transported and booked at 911 Parr Blvd.
On 5/30/14, Sparks Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle, a dark colored Chrysler 200, fled from officers at a high rate of speed. After a short period of time, the pursuit was terminated due to the risk posed to the public and the driver's erratic behavior. The driver of the vehicle was tentatively identified at that time as Robert Kimmell. On 5/31/14, the vehicle was located and confirmed to be stolen out of an RPD case number. SPD Detectives had been looking for Kimmell for charges of Eluding and Possession of Stolen Property-Motor Vehicle. On 6/11/14, Kimmell was located at a local Wal-Mart and was taken into custody. Kimmell was booked in the WCSO jail for the above listed charges. More charges are expected to be field against Kimmell in the near future. No further information will be released at this time.
Nevada Energy has completed the repair work and Greg Street is now open from Kleppe Ln to Spice Island Dr.
Nevada Engergy will be doing repair work due to a hit power pole - the following area Eastbound Greg St between Kleppe and Spice Island will be closed until further notice.
On June 6th, 2014 at approximately 2309 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Greenbrae on a report of an Armed Robbery with a shot fired. Officers met with witnesses and the victim and learned the following. A Hispanic male named Ryan, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. A brief struggle ensued and the suspect fired one round into the ceiling of the residence. The suspect fled in a black BMW passenger car. The suspect has not been located. The investigation is ongoing and there are no further details to be released.
Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information.
SPD Case #14-5031
On June 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm Sparks Police Officers responded to a call for service regarding a verbal altercation between a male and female, who are in a dating relationship, at a residence in the 1000 block of “F” Street. The male locked the female out of the residence. The female was picked up by her family and taken to their residence located in the 1000 block of Greenbrae Drive. The male was identified as Jonathon Sartor.
SPD Case #14-5034
On the same date at 3:23 pm Officers responded to the intersection of Merchant Drive and Sullivan Lane for a possible “drive-by” shooting. Officers located several witnesses who identified a white two-door passenger car described as a Pontiac fired three shots at a male in shorts and a red shirt that was exiting a convenience store in the area. Officers confirmed gunshots were fired due to one projectile and a 9mm handgun casing located in the roadway at that location. Officers also confirmed the description of the vehicle through video surveillance from local businesses. No further description of the vehicle or occupants was identified through the video. Officers also located Jonathon Sartor walking southbound on Sullivan Lane. Sartor confirmed that he was shot at but was uncooperative with officers and stated he wanted nothing done.
SPD Case #14-5038
On the same date at 4:28 pm Officers responded to a residence located at the 1000 block of Greenbrae. This is the family residence of the female from the early domestic call. The original call indicated that gunshots were being fired into the residence. It was confirmed by independent witnesses that the suspect was throwing rocks through windows of the residence and a vehicle in the driveway and no gun was utilized. Officers responding to the call located Jonathon Sartor standing in front of the residence. Sartor was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Sparks Police Station for an interview where he admitted to causing the damage at this address. Four children, an elderly male and the female from the earlier incident were present in the residence during the incident. The rocks thrown through the windows of the residence also went through a wall on the opposite side of the residence.
Sartor refused to implicate any person from the shooting but it was apparent during the interview with detectives that the suspect in the shooting was known to him. As stated previously, it is believed that the shooting is an isolated incident and is related to the earlier domestic call. Detectives are currently investigating the shooting and a media release will be completed if any new information is obtained.
Sartor was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Child Endangerment and Property Damage related to Case #12-5034.
Sparks Police Detectives and Officers were attempting to locate a wanted subject. Detectives began following a green 2001 Chevy Blazer 4 door with paper plates. Detectives were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle was a wanted subject, Nicole Ford. Marked police vehicles were called to make a stop on the vehicle. The suspect continued to try an elude officers. After a short period of time, Officers were able to stop the vehicle at Capitol Hill and Wells Ave. Ford was taken into custody and arrested. Ford was charged with her felony warrant and probation violation as well as eluding. No further information is available at this time.
TRAFFIC IS BLOCKED FOR AN ACCIDENT NB PYRAMID AT QUEEN FOR A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THAT NHP IS WORKING
On 3/12/14, a report was filed with the Sparks Police Department alleging that Richard Sorter was initiating inapproprate contact with two juvenile children of his ex-wife. An investigation revealed Mr. Sorter was invovled in lewd contact with both children. On 6/3/14, detectives from SPD made contat with Mr. Sorter and he was taken into custody for 2 counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14.
There are no further details being released at this time.
On 1/29/14, the Sparks Police Department took a report alledging that Kurt Winkelmann had numerous lewd contacts with a child under 14 during a time frame that spanned four or five years. The crimes reportedly occurred in several locations in the City of Sparks. The activity reportedly ceased in 2008 or 2009. An investigation was conducted which included interviews with the victim and other parties. On 6/2/14, Sparks Police detectives were able to collect information and evidence that corroborated the allegations of the victim. Mr. Winkelmann was contacted and taken into custody for the listed crimes.
To protect the identity of the victim the details regarding the relationship of Mr. Winkelmann to the victim are not being released.
There are no other details being released.
On May 28, 2014 officers of the Sparks Police Department were contacted by deputies of the Carson City Sheriff's Office in regard to the possibility of a wanted subject being in the area of eastern Sparks.
The wanted subject was identified as 27 year old Robert Martinez. Martinez had been identified as an outstanding suspect in a home invasion robbery which occurred in Carson City recently. Carson City deputies provided information that Martinez was considered armed and dangerous, and had extensive violent criminal history. A warrant had also been issued for Martinez.
Martinez was believed to be in a 1997 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was located in the area of Howard Drive and Prater Way. Initially, it was believed that only a female was in the vehicle, however as the vehicle was driving away a male subject was seen driving the vehicle. Sparks police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, however the male driver accelerated and attempted to flee from officers.
Martinez drove through residential neighborhoods in the area of Howard and Prater, eventually driving west bound across McCarran Blvd. toward Probasco Way. Martinez then drove southbound on Probasco toward Prater Way, eventually turning west bound again. Martinez attempted to turn south onto 7th Street, but failed to negotiate the turn. The driver collided with three parked cars on 7th St, causing extensive damage to them. The driver continued to try to accelerate and push one vehicle out of the way. Martinez and an unidentified female both ran from the suspect vehicle.
Martinez ran south through an alley, jumping fences. He eventually ran back into the alley, where he was confronted by an officer who ordered him several times to stop. Martinez disregarded the orders and jumped one more fence. He was finally taken into custody in the 600 block of 7th St.
Martinez was transported to Northern Nevada Medical Center for treatment of medical conditions, not injuries from the incident. He will be booked on a $250,000 warrant from Carson City, and multiple local charges including felony eluding. No booking photo is provided at this time as he has not yet been booked.
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In the earlier media release, the suspect was inadvertently identified as Robert Martinez. The correct name is Robert Hernandez. I apologize for the error and any confusion that may have been caused.
Follow up release:
There has already been requests for an on camera sound byte. I will be available at 2:00 p.m. in the training room of the Sparks Police Department. There will be no other details released.
On May 27, 2014, the Sparks Police Department arrested Wayne BURGARELLO for Murder and Attempted Murder. The investigation began on February 13, 2014, after BURGARELLO was notified of some trespassers on his vacant property. BURGARELLO armed himself and reponded to his property. BURGARELLO located Cody DEVINE and Janai WILSON sleeping inside the residence. BURGARELLO shot both, killing DEVINE and seriously wounding WILSON. WILSON was able to flee the scene and summon help. WILSON was treated and is currently recovering from her injuries.
The Sparks Police Department has conducted numerous interviews and has carefully examined the evidence in this case. The Sparks Police Department has collaborated with the District Attorneys Office and subsequenlty obtained an arrest warrant for BURGARELLO earlier this morning.
BURGARELLO was arrested without incident and is currently being held on no bail at the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Rocky Triplett is out of town and unavailable. Please DO NOT call his cell phone. There are no other supervisors familiar with this case. I will be available for media inquires until 2:30 p.m. I can be reached at 775 353-2225 ext. 552.
On May 20th at 0043 hours, Sparks Dispatch received a call of a vehicle that had struck a tree in the median on Baring east of Springland. From witness statements and evidence at the scene, the vehicle, a silver 2004 Honda sedan, was eastbound on Baring from Sparks Blvd at a high rate of speed. The driver, a 22 year old male and Sparks resident, lost control of the vehicle and drove up on the median striking a smaller tree knocking it over then hit a larger tree on the passenger side. The driver was declared deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver is being held pending notification of next of kin.
The Sparks Police Department would like to talk to anyone who witnessed the accident or saw the vehicle prior to the accident. Please contact Sgt. Walsh at 353-2241 ext 503 if you have any information.
Any on camera interview requests can be made at the number above.
UPDATE *** UPDATE
The Sparks Police Department Detectives located and arrested 3 suspects for the Robbery w/ Deadly Weapon and GTA case from earlier this week at 2405 Victorian Ave. Suspects Carina Beltran d.o.b. 2/8/78, Miguel Mejia d.o.b. 10/10/90, and his brother Manuel Mejia d.o.b. 8/12/94 were arrested for Robbery w/ Deadly Weapon, GTA, and Conspiracy to commit Robbery. All three suspects are in custody at the Washoe County Jail and are possibly facing additional charges. The stolen vehicle has been recovered. The white female adult that was listed as a person of interest earlier in this case has been located and interviewed. More arrests are expected in regard to this case. Detectives are still looking for other potential suspects however their identities will not be released at this time. No further information is available at this time. Thanks to the public for all of their assistance in this case.
The traffic signal at this location has been replaced. Thank you for your assistance.
The Sparks Police Department is investigating a Robbery w/ a Deadly Weapon and GTA case from 2405 Victorian Ave. The victim was approached by three Hispanic male adults and one Hispanic female adult. The victim was assaulted and tied up. The victim's vehicle, a 2000 Ford F150 4 door crew cab bearing NV 806 YJH, with a dented tailgate was stolen along with their personal belongings and undisclosed amount of cash was also taken.
The Sparks Police Department is looking for a person of interest associated to the victim described as a white female adult with blond hair. A surveillance picture of this female is attached. We would like to speak to this female in regard to this case. Anyone with information about this case or this unknown female adult is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at (775) 353-2225 or SPD Dispatch at (775) 353-2231. You can also call Secret Witness (775) 322-4900.