From March 4 through March 23, the sheriff’s office worked with a number of other agencies to make arrests and serve warnings for a variety of infractions. During that time period, 230 citations and warnings were issued. These citations and violations include DUIs, cell phone use, child seat violations, running a red light, and much more.
Reno Police Department Detective Jason Soto will serve as interim police chief now that Steve Pitts has retired from his post. Meanwhile, the city has already begun recruiting a new chief. Soto will be supported in his new role by Deputy Chiefs Tom Robinson and Mac Venzon.
Chevy Lewis was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for the home invasion of a Washoe County Sheriff Deputy’s residence. Lewis has only been a Reno resident for six months, but this is not his first offense — he has eight prior felony convictions in California. He will be eligible for parole consideration after 4.5 years and apologized for his actions prior to sentencing. His conviction was the result of a guilty plea. An accomplice will be sentenced at the end of April.
April 5, 2015
Two victims had stopped on Brinkby Avenue to adjust a vehicle they were towing when they were approached by the suspects who began to beat and kick them. One of the victims was hit in the head with a steel bar. The suspects are described as 5-6 Hispanic males, early 20s, last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans.
The suspect ripped the purse from the victim’s shoulder as she walked past him on South Virginia Street. The suspect fled in a vehicle driven by an accomplice. The suspect is described as a white male adult, mid 20s-mid 30s, last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans, and a beret style hat. The vehicle is described as a 2002 Silver Isuzu 4 door wagon.
April 6, 2016
Around 4:30 p.m., officers were called to the scene of an accident near Delores Drive and Starhill Way in Spanish Springs. An adult female was the sole occupant of the car and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was partially ejected from the vehicle and later declared dead the hospital. The victim’s name will be released after next of kin have been notified and a formal identification has been made.The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Around 9:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting at 1933 H Street where they found Anthony Matoza had been shot after two male suspects attempted to break into his home. The suspects are described as: #1: white male adult, late 20s-early 30s, 5’6”-5’9″ and medium build, #2 was described only as a Hispanic male. Matoza was transported to Renown with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Around 4:00 a.m., a Chevy Tahoe traveling westbound in the 300 block of Parr Circle in North Reno struck the left side of a semi-tractor trailer as the vehicle was backing into a loading dock. The driver of the Tahoe had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured and is cooperating with authorities. Speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in the accident.
April 7, 2015
Around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle accident at Greg Street and Larkin Circle. A green Chrysler mini-van and white Dodge sedan were involved in the collision. The driver of the Dodge had to be extricated from her vehicle. Marcie Pinkerton was driving northbound on Vista near Larkin Circle. The white Dodge, driven by Megan Brayton, was making a left turn from Larkin Circle across Vista when her vehicle was struck by Pinkerton’s van causing major damage to both vehicles. Brayton and Pinkerton were both transported to Renown with non-life threatening injuries. Brayton was cited for a right of way violation.
Officers responded to a commercial burglary on Harvard Way after the owner called to report a window had been broken and clothing was scattered on the floor. The total loss has not been disclosed. The suspects are described as: #1: Male, last seen wearing a dark colored beanie, black and grey hooded sweatshirt and black pants, #2: Male, last seen wearing a dark colored hat with writing on back, plaid jacket, light pants, and black chucks shoes, #3: Male, last seen wearing a black and grey hooded Raiders sweatshirt and black pants.
April 8, 2015
William Caldwell has registered with the state as a Tier III sex offender and will be residing in the 1800 block of Purdue Drive. He is currently unemployed. He is in compliance with all sex offender laws and is not currently wanted by law enforcement.
Jose Roque was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance at Lymberry and Brinkby Avenue.
There was a report of battery with a deadly weapon at Silver Lake and Sand Pebble. The victim was battered by the suspects before being stabbed in the stomach. The victim’s injuries are non-life threatening and there are no suspects at this time.
Around 9:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of someone having been struck by the train in the area of East 6th and Record Street. The victim was taken to Renown where he is in serious condition. Officers spoke with witnesses who stated the man appeared to be playing chicken with the train, and that several people had attempted to pull him off the tracks. Even though the train was traveling slowly the conductor could not get the train to stop before striking the man. It appears that the pedestrian was most likely intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Police are seeking the suspects in a burglary that occurred earlier this year. The suspects are still at large, attempting to cash victims’ checks at ATM machines throughout Reno and Sparks. The male is described as either a white or light skinned Hispanic male in his 20’s and medium build. The female is described as white, in her mid 20’s with blonde hair and thin build. The suspect’s vehicle is only described as a dark colored 4 door passenger car with unknown Nevada plates.
Victor Smith was arrested for stalking on Sierra Madre.
Phillip Statom was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle on 9th and Quincy Streets.
April 9, 2015
Officers responded to a violent domestic assault and battery in progress in the 1100 block of Greenbrae. Kevin Hoyopatubbi was arrested on unrelated charges, but Jenna Locarnini is missing. She is believed to have sustained a head injury, as well as other bodily injuries. If anyone has seen Locarnini, they are urged to call the Sparks Police Department at 775-353-2231 or 775-353-2225.
A suspect was arrested on unrelated charges after an armed robbery on South Virginia Street. The suspect demanded money from the victim, but the total loss has not been disclosed.
A black male adult struck a victim several times at Summit Ridge and West 4th Street. The suspect is still at large.
John Wally was arrested for misuse of 911 on North Virginia and 7th Streets.
Bernard Turner was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon on East 4th Street.
Jake Stewart and Jerilyn Pearce were arrested for child endangerment on Scottsdale Road.