On July 8, 2014 at about 12:15 am, Sparks Police officers, Sparks Fire personnel and REMSA responded to a report of a train versus pedestrian collision. The incident happened on the railroad overpass located near Kietzke Lane and E. 4th St. The area was determined to be within Sparks jurisdiction.
When officers arrived, they located a man laying in the gravel rail bed near the tracks. He was declared deceased at the scene.
The investigation to this point indicates that the man was sitting on the tracks when he was struck by the train. It is not known why the man was there or what his intention was. The deceased is a white male approximately 50-60 years of age. His name is being withheld until family can be located and notified.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sparks Police detectives at 353-2225.
Please be advised that there is a large power outage affecting the majority of South Sparks. NV Energy is aware of the issue and are working on it.
Please remember that 911 should be used for emergencies only. If you have questions about the outage, please contact NV Energy.
On July 1, 2014 at about 6 p.m. officers of the Sparks Police Department responded to a call of a possible robbery in progress.
As officers were en route, information was given that indicated that there was a male inside the store acting in a bizarre fashion. He had asked for a cab then said he was "losing it:" and asked staff in the store to call 911. He then grabbed a bottle of alcohol out of a store cabinet and began to drink it. During this time, the male pulled a large kitchen or butcher knife and began to wield it toward the staff and patrons inside, eventually corralling them behind a counter.
Through Sparks dispatch, staff was asked to evacuate the store if possible. While this was being done, officers entered the store and detained the man. He was identified as Johnnie Ironcloud, a 38 year-old male.
No one was injured in the incident. Ironcloud was arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $40,000.