Sparks Police and Fire department are currently assisting NHP with a injury accident. Vehicles are being diverted in the area from WB and EB Disc onto Pyramid and we request for motorists to use alternate routes until we have the scene cleared.
On May 9th 2015, Eric Lennox was arrested by the Reno Police Department Patrol Division for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Credit Cards and Obtaining Debit/Credit Card without Cardholders Consent. On May 11th, 2015 Lennox was subsequently booked for Robbery, two counts of Burglary, two counts of Obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person and three counts of Credit Card Fraud by Reno Police Department Robbery Homicide Detectives for a previous case.
In June 2015, Detectives assigned to the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (R.O.P.) began investigating Lennox. R.O.P. Detectives identified Lennox as a Suspect in multiple fraud, theft and financial crimes with multiple Victims. Subsequent investigation by R.O.P. Detectives resulted in Lennox being charged with an additional 29 fraud, theft, identity theft, financial and elder exploitation crimes.
Pursuant to Plea Negotiations Lennox plead guilty to one count of NRS 205.463 Obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person to harm or impersonate person, to obtain certain nonpublic records or for other unlawful purpose.
On April 20th 2016, Lennox was sentenced in the 2nd Judicial District Court of Nevada, Dept. 6, with the Honorable Lynne Simons presiding.
Deputy District Attorney Erica Jones argued that in light of Lennox’s lengthy criminal history that Lennox be sentenced to 4-10 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections. Deputy District Attorney Jones supported this argument with the fact that Lennox has 10 prior felony convictions dating back to 1985.
Judge Simons sentenced Lennox to 48-132 months, (4-11 years), in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections. Restitution in the amount of $180.00 was also ordered.
On 4-19-16, officers with the Sparks Police Department arrested Edward Allison (1-16-97) of Sun Valley on charges of Arson First Degree and Burglary after a Grand Jury indictment stemming from the investigation of the D’Andrea Golf Club fire that occurred October 28, 2015. Sparks Fire Investigators along with Sparks Police Detectives conducted the investigation that included interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence and analyzing electronic data. The case was turned over to the Washoe County District Attorney’s office upon the conclusion of the investigation, and Edward Allison was indicted by Grand Jury on the aforementioned charges. Allison was arrested and transported to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office where he is being held on $30,000 bail.
Sparks Police Department assigns Community Resource Officers and Public Information Officer
In June of 2015, the Sparks Police Department submitted a grant application to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to provide two officers to serve as Community Resource Officers. The Sparks Police Department was awarded the grant and the Sparks City Council formally accepted the grant in October of 2015. In February of 2016, the Sparks Police Department hired two new officers to backfill the position reassigned as the new Community Resource Officers.
On March 21, 2016, Officers Ken Gallop and Damon O’Connell were officially assigned as Community Resource Officers. Officers Gallop and O’Connell will join Crime Prevention Officer Dennis Rodrigue and Sgt. Tony Marconato in the Support Services Section and will responsible for coordinating the implementation of the COPS grant.
The Sparks Police Department is committed to enhancing our community presence and fulfilling the COPS grant requirements to include, but not limited to:
· Coordinating with Information Technology to develop a new website to enhance the culture of transparency within our organization.
· Enhancing our department’s approach to providing information through Social Media.
· Creating a Public Information Officer to coordinate with Patrol and Investigations to provide information through traditional media sources.
· Enhancing our relationship with all cultures within our diverse community.
· Enhancing our Community Oriented Policing Philosophy and Problem Solving to address neighborhood quality of life and crime issues.
· Re-implementing our Citizens Police Academy to provide insight to policing to business, community and faith-based leaders.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Sparks Police Department will be hosting a “Meet and Greet” with your Community Resource Officers for the media. During this “Meet and Greet,” we will formally introduce Officer Ken Gallop as the Department’s Public Information Officer and outline his duties and responsibilities working with the Patrol Section’s Media Phone.
“Your Sparks Police Department is committed to being a leader in building a strong, safe community through innovative services, sound management practices and a commitment to our employees.” -- Sparks Police Department Mission Statement.
On April 11, 2016 at about 5 p.m.. Sparks Police officers and Public Works personnel responded to the area of Vista Blvd and East Prater Way on a report of flooding in the roadway.
A downpour of rain and some hail had come through the area beginning at about 4 p.m.. As the rainwater came down from the hills east of Sparks, it flooded the intersection of Vista Blvd and East Prater Way. Sparks Police closed the road for safety, and because when vehicles drive through that portion of road the water can be washed into the Brook dale Assisted Living facility at Vista and East Prater.
Fortunately, the facility does not seem to be affected at this time. Vista Blvd remains closed both northbound and southbound at this time, but Public Works crews should have northbound Vista open by 8 p.m.. Southbound Vista should be open for normal traffic by about 9 p.m..
Other affected areas include the Pagni Ranch area, near Pete's Way and Primio Way. Public Works crews will work in the area until approximately 10 p.m. tonight, and resume clean up work in the morning. The morning commute is expected to be normal.
We would like to thank our citizens for their patience during this event.
sparks police and public works are working in this area to clear flooding and directing traffic. please avoid this area till further notice as they work to clear up this area.
The Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) is informing the general public of informational matters related to a Tier III (High Risk) Sex Offender.
Daniel Phelps, age 27, has been assessed as a Tier III Sex Offender by the State of Nevada Sex Offender Registry. The RSONU has been notified that he will be residing in the Virginia/4th street corridor.
Phelps is in compliance with all Sex Offender laws, and is not wanted by law enforcement.
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 775-334-2007, Monday through Friday, 7am-4pm.
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.
Officers with the Sparks Police Department were following up on a shooting case that occurred on 03/25/16 in the 1600 block of A street, SPD case 16-2502. During this investigation a stolen and short barreled shotgun had been recovered.
On 04/09/16 officers had developed a suspect in the stolen firearm case and identified him as Shawn Alexander Brown. Brown was also found to have a Felony, Gross Misdemeanor, and Misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
Probable cause was developed that Brown was inside a residence in the 1600 block of A street. Officers developed further information that Brown had more firearms. Brown refused to exit the residence and barricaded himself inside. A search warrant was obtained for Brown and the Sparks Police Department SWAT team was called to serve the warrant.
After approximately 3 hours of negotiating with Brown, he exited the residence and was arrested without incident, SPD case 16-2941.
Brown, a 25 year old Sparks resident was charged with Possession of a Stolen Firearm, a Felony; Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun, a Felony; a Failure to Comply Felony warrant; a Failure to Comply Gross Misdemeanor warrant; and a Failure to comply Misdemeanor warrant. Brown is being held on $40,500.00 bail.
Attached is Brown's picture.
On 1-21-16, Jimmy Lopez-Valadez pleaded guilty to Count 1-Discharging a Firearm into a Structure and Count 2-Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle.
Today, the Honorable Judge Polaha sentenced Mr. Lopez-Valadez to a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 72 months on Count 1-Discharging a Firearm into a Structure and a minimum of 72 months to a maximum of 180 months on Count 2-Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle. The sentences are to run consecutively.
The members of the Sparks Police Department would like to thank Secret Witness and the citizens of the community for all the assistance in this case. This case was solved and successfully prosecuted because a concerned, conscientious citizen called Secret Witness with the information that lead to the identity and prosecution of Mr. Lopez-Valadez.
On 9/30/15, Sparks Police Department detectives arrested Jimmy Lopez-Valadez for the shooting that occurred on 9/20/15 which resulted in a 13 year old boy being shot in the head. All evidence indicates this was a random incident and is unrelated to any other similar crimes in the region. The victim’s residence was not specifically targeted and no other subjects were involved. Mr. Lopez-Valadez was the only subject firing a weapon and he was not firing at any other people.
The arrest was the result of information that was developed after SPD detectives received a Secret Witness tip on 9/24/15. The victim’s family and the members of the Sparks Police Department want to express our sincere gratitude to this citizen who had the courage and the commitment to our community to come forward with the information that ultimately lead to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for this crime. Without this information, this crime would have been extremely difficult to solve.
Mr. Lopez-Valadez was charged with several crimes related to this incident to include; Discharging a Firearm From/Within a Motor Vehicle, Discharging a Firearm Into an Occupied Structure and Battery With a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm.
There will be an opportunity for on-camera interviews at 1100 at SPD in the training room.
On 9/20/15, Officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to a call of a subject shot inside an apartment at 4005 Moor Park Ct. Upon arrival, Officers learned that the originating call was originally taken as a medically related call for a seizure.REMSA paramedics arrived on scene and advised that the 13 year old male had been shot suffering a single gunshot wound to the head.An investigation determined that the 13 year old male was inside his apartment when unknown suspect(s) fired a single round through the wall and striking the victim. Sparks Police Detectives are investigating the case. It does not appear that the victim or their family was intentionally targeted and the shooting was random in nature and most probably the result of a drive by shooting. The victim is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. No one is available for any on camera interviews at this time. Thank you.
With the public and Secret Witness's assistance, Terry AUDISS was located and arrested this morning. The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) team is no longer looking for him.
The Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) team initiated an investigation into an Organized Retail Theft Ring operating in the Reno/Sparks area. James HOTTA, Jonathan RASCON, Michael RAYMUNDO, Leslie FERNANDEZ, and Terry AUDISS were identified as suspects of the investigation. The group, while working in concert, were involved in fraudulent bar code scanning to obtain cash or store credit upon return. The crew targeted numerous Home Depot, Lowes, and WalMart stores throughout Washoe County.
The ROP team is comprised of Detectives from Sparks PD, Reno PD, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and DPS P&P. ROP investigates repeat offenders. Prior to this investigation James HOTTA, D.O.B. 6/20/64, was pending sentencing for other Felony cases. HOTTA was booked for 3 counts of Burglary, 3 counts of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, 3 counts of Conspiracy, and is being held on a $100,000 cash only bail.
Michael RAYMUNDO, D.O.B. 1/21/75, was booked for 3 counts of Burglary, 3 counts of Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, and 3 counts of Conspiracy.
Leslie FERNANDEZ, D.O.B. 5/22/78, was booked for Burglary, Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses, and Conspiracy.
Jonathan RASCON, D.O.B. 1/16/89, is believed to have fled to California. An arrest warrant is pending.
Terry AUDISS, D.O.B. 12/7/72, is currently wanted for this investigation and by the Department of Parole and Probation. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is encouraged to call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or ROP at 334-3877.
On 4-1-16 at approximately 1531 hours Sparks Police and Fire received a call for service on a dog that was possibly drowning and the owner was trying to rescue the animal. As units were responding dispatch updated the call to an actual male who was drowning.
Sparks Police arrived on scene and discovered that the person who was drowning was out by the dog park. When officers arrived the male that was drowning had already been rescued by an unsung hero who risked his own life to save another he didn’t even know. The male who made the rescue on the victim, drug him from the waters and performed CPR. The male victim was extremely exhausted and transported by REMSA to the hospital as a precautionary measure and is expected to be fine.
Sparks Police has the information of the 23 year old citizen, but he wished not to be identified and we will respect those wishes. However, his actions and heroism should not go unnoticed. The male victim was completely submerged and went unconscious under water. If it were not for the quick and selfless actions of this 23 year old male, there would have been a high probability that the male drowning would not have been rescued in time.
The 23 year old male who made the rescue was very exhausted himself and very humbled by the experience.
Officers Remind Residents It’s No Joke
Law Enforcement Statewide focus on Distracted Drivers
Law enforcement agencies statewide will be citing Distracted Drivers April 1 – 20, 2016. The Sparks Police Department is working diligently to urge motorists to ‘keep your eyes on the road, and put away cell phones and other items that cause distractions’. In an effort to reduce distracted drivers, agencies participating in Joining Forces will concentrate on enforcing distracted driving laws beginning April 1st.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nationally, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014. Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
For resources about distracted driving, please visit:
For more information on Joining Forces and other statewide traffic safety programs, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com. Follow Zero Fatalities Nevada on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and @ZeroFatalitiesNV.
This is an update to the earlier releases about Halle Fleck and Jacob Jacobsen. Both juveniles have returned home.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
The intersection of NIchols Blvd and Howard Drive has been cleared and traffic is resuming to normal.
Update: Detective Harris of SPD has obtained three misdemeanor warrants for Mr. Underwood. Photos of Mr. Underwood and an associated vehicle are attached. Please contact SPD dispatch at 353-2231 or Detective Harris at 353-2225 ext. 5518 with information related to Mr. Underwood's location.
Several residents in Sparks filed reports regarding a Rod Underwood Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses. These residents were approached at home by a subject identifying himself as Rod Underwood offering to complete tree trimming services. In each case, when Mr. Underwood has been hired, he designs a way to be paid cash before finishing the agreed upon work. He then leaves and does not return.
We want our citizens to be aware of this issue and protect themselves.
Please contact SPD dispatch at 353-2231 or detectives at 353-2225 with information regarding Mr. Underwood.
On 03/10/2016 an unknown black female adult used two stolen credit cards to make several purchases using credit cards stolen in a vehicle burglary at Safeway, 2858 Vista Blvd.The suspect is described as a black female adult 30 to 40 years to age with dark hair, wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black and red baseball cap.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying this female. Please contact Detective Harris at 353-2225 Ex. 5518. or contact Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Vista and Wingfield are back open for normal traffic in all directions.
Update - we currently have NB Vista at N. Wingfield closed for the accident investigation. Please avoid the area until further notice.
On March 24th 2016 Sparks police responded to the Raley's Grocery Store located at 2895 N. McCarran Blvd, for a theft report. The suspects used several baskets to steal multiple items from the store, and fled the scene. A picture of the suspects is attached.
Sparks Police is requesting the public's assistance with helping to identify the suspects.
If anyone has information or believes they know the suspects are urged to contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On March 25th 2016, Sparks Police responded to a report of a possibly White male adult shooting a rifle into a residence in the 1600 Block of A street. When officers arrived on scene, they located evidence that a firearm had been fired; however no victim could be located. Several witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing a possible White or Hispanic male running from the scene with a firearm. This subject was not located.
A few hours later, officers located an injured male in a nearby residence, who had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body. He was transported to a local hospital, and treated for his injuries.
This investigation is on-going and no further details with be released at this time, to include the victim's name. If more information becomes available, it will be disseminated at a later time.