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.
NORTHBOUND SPARKS BLVD BETWEEN WHITNEY AND DISC IS OPEN. HOWEVER, BE ADVISED FOR WINTER CONDITIONS ON ROADWAY.
On 11-30-13 at 2317 hrs. the Sparks Police Department responded to 1100 block of Russell Way in attempt to locate Fiatau “Herbie” Lutu, wanted for parole violation and domestic battery charges. Upon contact at a residence, Lutu was observed fleeing on foot out the back door and over a fence at the edge of the property.
A perimeter was established and Lutu was located in the back of a neighbor’s pickup truck in the adjacent area.
Lutu was placed into custody and transported to the Washoe County Jail where he was booked on one count of Parole Violation, Domestic Battery and Obstructing.
The Sparks Police Department greatly appreciates the support and patience of the residents who live in the 1100 block of Russell Way during the course of this investigation.
On 11-15-13, The Sparks Police Department conducted compliance checks on local businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the City of Sparks. 11 different businesses were entered by an underage decoy. The decoy attempted to buy alcohol at those businesses and presented her real identification if asked by the employee. Bartender Belinda Petty of Sneaker Bar located at 1380 Disc sold to the underage decoy and was cited for Sale of Alcohol to an Underage Person. A clerk at the Scolari's at 1300 Disc was given a verbal warning after a procedural error was discovered that would have prevented prosecution.
The following businesses were in compliance:
Spiros at 1475 E. Prater, Star Liquor at 1495 E. Prater, Sparky's at 1450 E. Prater, 7-11 at 1490 E. Prater, The Rainbow Market at 1390 Disc, S Mart at 5245 Vista, CVS at 5151 Sparks Blvd, The Blind Onion at 295 Los Altos, The Horseshoe Bar at the Nugget, and the Cabaret Bar at the Nugget.
The Sparks Police Department would like to thank the businesses who followed their procedures and did not sell to the underage person. We encourage any business that is licensed to sell alcohol have scanners or printed material available for their employees to make it simple for them to determine if the person is old enough to purchase alcohol.
This operation was funded by a grant provided by Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN). The Sparks Police Department would like to thank JTNN for their continued support of our efforts to check the compliance of liquor license holders.