SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police say a Nevada man accused of using flashing red and blue lights to move traffic was a police chaplain, but he did not have authority to use emergency lights.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says a Sparks man fatally shot by Sparks police responding to a report of a possible domestic battery Sunday was armed with a rifle during...
Man fatally shot by police identified as Sparks resident
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a domestic disturbance suspect shot and killed by Sparks police as 47-year-old Jose Dominguez of Sparks.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police shot and killed a domestic disturbance suspect they'd questioned 90 minutes earlier about a report of an intoxicated, suicidal man.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A prosecutor has concluded that two Sparks police officers were justified when they fatally shot a man who had fired first at one of the officers.
Correction: Burning Man-Expansion Permit story
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 9 about a Bureau of Land Management hearing on a new permit for the annual Burning Man event, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Burning Man's...
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Military leaders and local politicians gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new memorial in Sparks dedicated to more than 800 Nevadans who lost their lives in the...
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police are asking for the public's help in the search for a driver who left the scene of an accident after a black SUV struck a 16-year-old pedestrian last...
Toby Keith to open new 8,500-seat amphitheater in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The company that owns the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks says a new 8,500-seat amphitheater it's building across the street from the hotel-casino will be open in time to host a concert by country singer Toby Keith in June.
Marnell Gaming announced Tuesday that Keith will perform the first act in the new events center June 15 on the former site of the Bourbon Square casino just north of Interstate 80.
The Sparks Planning Commission approved the plans for the amphitheater Jan. 3.
2 drown, 1 survives Topaz Lake boat accident at NV-CA line
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A search rescue team has recovered the bodies of two Sparks men from Topaz Lake near the California-Nevada line after they apparently drowned over the weekend in a boating accident.
A third man was treated and released at Carson Valley Medical Center after the boat capsized on Saturday in the lake in southern Douglas County.
The victims were identified as 45-year-old Bert Pederson and 50-year-old Jesse Gregory, both of Sparks. Scott Wise survived.
Sparks Mayor Ron Smith battling pancreatic cancer
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks Mayor Ron Smith says he's battling cancer.
He says he may miss a few meetings and events, but that the disease was caught early and that both he and his doctors are "very positive" he will respond well to treatment.
Smith was sworn in as Sparks' 25th mayor in early November. He succeeded Mayor Geno Martini, the city's longest serving mayor.
Sandoval christens first veterans’ home in northern Nevada
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval says the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first state veterans' home in northern Nevada fulfills one of the top priorities he established when he took office nearly eight years ago.
The outgoing governor christened the $47 million home Monday night in Sparks where it will serve veterans, their spouses and Gold Star families of veterans who died in battle.
Daughter of Sparks couple killed in fire arrested for murder
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police say they've determined the death of a Sparks couple in a fire at their home was a homicide and detectives have arrested their daughter as a suspect in the killings.
Police said Monday they arrested 29-year-old Alexis Alegria on Friday. She was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of two counts of open murder.
Girl, 17, dies after hit by vehicle near Reed High in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl has died from injuries she suffered when she was hit be a vehicle last week in front of Reed High School in Sparks.
Sparks police confirmed Monday the pedestrian had died from the injuries suffered on Thursday. Her name has not been released.
Authorities investigate cause of fatal Sparks house fire
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal house fire in Sparks.
Flames and smoke were pouring from the house when firefighters arrived about 9:50 a.m. Thursday at the two-story residence in east Sparks near the Northern Nevada Medical Center.
One person was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. But firefighters were unable to search the home thoroughly because the fire had severely damaged its structural integrity.
Suspect in N. California homicide arrested in Sparks, NV
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police have arrested a 27-year-old suspect in a Northern California homicide after he allegedly fired multiple gunshots through the windows of a northern Nevada convenience store.
Anthony Bradley was being held in the Washoe County Jail in Reno Monday on $100,000 bail on a fugitive warrant. He also was booked on suspicion of six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a gun at an occupied building.
Body pulled from Lahontan Reservoir was missing Sparks man
SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (AP) — A body found in the Lahontan Reservoir has been identified as a Sparks man who'd been missing for nearly a year.
Churchill County Sheriff Ben Trotter says 77-year-old Antonio Garcia-Armendarz's decomposed body and pickup truck were pulled from the manmade lake Aug. 31 near Silver Springs south of Fernley.
Trotter says someone noticed the submerged vehicle at the end of the boat ramp near the Carson Highway when the water level began to drop during the summer.
Med tech company bringing 200 jobs, $40M facility to Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A California-based medical device company has announced plans to move its U.S. operations from the San Francisco Bay area to a facility in northern Nevada that's expected to bring 200 jobs to the Reno-Sparks area.
New Deantronics announced Tuesday it plans to invest more than $40 million building the 200,000-square-foot facility at the Spanish Springs Business Center in Sparks. It's expected to open in 2020.
2 teenagers severely wounded in Sparks shooting
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police say two teenagers were being treated for life-threatening wounds after reports of pre-dawn gunfire in the city of Sparks near Reno.
Sparks Police said Saturday that gunfire was reported at about 2 a.m. during an altercation in a parking lot and that two youths, ages 18 and 17, arrived a short time later at a local hospital with life threatening wounds.
Police seek man who stole wedding gift box at Sparks casino
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Secret Witness is offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspect who made off with money and gifts at a wedding in a hotel-casino ballroom in Sparks.
Sparks police say a man took the gift box with monetary gifts for the bride and groom the Nugget Casino on Saturday.
Video surveillance captured him concealing the money and box on his person before he walked out.
Sparks man, 68, died in motorcycle-school bus crash
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified the motorcyclist who was killed in a crash with a school bus on the north edge of Sparks.
The Washoe County sheriff's office said Tuesday 68-year-old Robert Martin of Sparks was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after colliding with the bus Monday morning.
No children were on the bus and the bus driver wasn't hurt in the accident in Spanish Springs near the intersection of the Pyramid Highway and La Posada at about 8:30 a.m.
Sparks police shoot, kill armed robbery suspect
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police investigating a robbery in a Sparks neighborhood shot and killed a suspect they say brandished a gun when they confronted him.
Two Sparks police officers have been placed on administrative leave while Reno police and Washoe County sheriff's deputies conduct an investigation in accordance with the regional Officer-Involved Shooting protocol.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A report by federal investigators indicates that miscommunication led to a small plane crashing into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing the pilot and passenger.
The National Transportation Safety Board report found miscommunication between the pilot and the control tower before the single-engine Beechcraft A36 went down about a half-mile from a runway at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in August 2016.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police seized dozens of firearms from a house in a suburban neighborhood a half-block away from an elementary school Thursday after responding to a report about mental health concerns.
An evidence team took inventory Thursday of at least three dozen weapons stacked in a driveway outside the home on Del Rosa Way across the street from Diedrichsen Elementary School in east Sparks.
The cache of guns included black assault-style weapons, rifles, shotguns and handguns.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters snuffed out a small brush fire on the north edge of Sparks that temporarily left more than 5,000 residents without power.
Sparks fire marshal Robert King said the fire that broke out early Wednesday afternoon was contained at about 30 acres (12 hectares).
No structures were threatened, but NV Energy said damage to its equipment triggered an outage that affected 5,760 customers.
Police search for suspect in kidnapping case
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a man who kidnapped a 16-year-old girl in Nevada.
The girl says a man with a handgun got into her vehicle shortly after 9:00 p.m. Saturday in Sparks and demanded she drive him to south Reno. The girl complied, and was able to return home unharmed after dropping the man off.
DETROIT (AP) — A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla's Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric car maker alleged in a federal lawsuit.
The suit was filed Wednesday, three days after CEO Elon Musk warned employees of sabotage from within the company.
Sparks police say no attempted kidnapping after all
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police investigating a possible attempted kidnapping of a young girl earlier this week say they've determined that no crime occurred.
A neighbor reported to police on Wednesday that a middle-aged Hispanic man wearing a green baseball cap was walking hand-in-hand with the 6-year-old child away from her apartment in west Sparks.
The neighbor yelled for the girl to come to her, and the man left the area.
Police looking for man they say tried to kidnap girl
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man they say tried to kidnap a 6-year-old girl in west Sparks.
KOLO-TV reports Sparks police say a middle-aged Hispanic man wearing a green baseball cap was walking hand-in-hand with the girl away from her apartment about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Homeless people who live along the Truckee River must find a different place to sleep at night after the city of Sparks has moved to enforce an ordinance that bans camping along the waterway.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a Nevada man who attempted to lure two juvenile female students into his car.
A release from the Sparks Police Department says a black male in his 50s driving a black, four-door sedan approached the girls Monday as they walked home from school and told them to "get in the car."
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Five people have been arrested in a drug bust at a home in Sparks where police say they were growing marijuana and producing hash oil.
Sparks police and a regional SWAT team descended on the house with a search warrant Tuesday near Red Hawk Golf Course in Wingfield Springs.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police are investigating the theft of a 40-foot travel trailer stolen last week during an RV show in a shopping mall parking lot.
Sparks police say employees for Paul Evert's RV Country noticed the Vengance fifth-wheeler was missing on May 9th from the Legends Mall near Scheels sporting goods store along U.S. Interstate 80. They aren't sure exactly when it was taken.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Nevada detention facility inmate who walked away from a work crew.
KRNV-TV reports Kenneth Guerrero was last seen Tuesday morning after abandoning the crew near Sparks City Hall.
Guerrero was wearing a black U.S. Army cap, black sunglasses, a brown short-sleeved shirt with a floral design, and blue, knee-length basketball shorts.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police have arrested two suspects in a shooting in a Spanish Springs neighborhood north of Sparks.
Officers took 21-year-old Irving Hernandez and a female juvenile who was in his car into custody at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lazy 5 Regional Park near Sparks Boulevard and the Pyramid Highway.
Speed likely a factor in fatal Sparks motorcycle crash
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police say speed appears to have been a factor in a fatal motorcycle accident over the weekend.
Police say they found the victim lying in the road when they responded to a report of a crash Saturday night in an industrial area near Greg Street and Marietta Way.
Emergency crews tried to resuscitate the victim who was pronounced dead at a local hospital later that night.
Police recover man’s body from river in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a man's body has been recovered from the Truckee River in Sparks.
KRNV-TV reports Sparks police and firefighters pulled the body from the river Tuesday afternoon after a man walking his dog discovered the remains near Spice Island Drive.
Police: 1 person hospitalized after shooting in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured.
Police say the person was taken to the hospital after a late night Sunday shooting.
The victim was shot multiple times after a confrontation.
4th suspicious fire in 5 weeks at Sparks warehouse
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The Sparks City Council is putting some heat on the owner of a warehouse that has been the scene of four suspicious fires in just over the past five weeks.
Like the previous three incidents, no one was hurt when the latest blaze broke out this week at the warehouse on Dermody Way east of the Nugget hotel-casino between Interstate 80 and the Truckee River.
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police say people broke into a gun store in Sparks by crashing a stolen car into the building.
Sparks police say the car rammed into the front of Sparks Black Rifle early Friday morning.
Police say officers were alerted to the crash shortly before 4 a.m. after a bystander came across the scene.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A campaign consultant for a GOP congressional candidate in a closely watched New Mexico race has been fired by his Nevada firm amid a domestic violence investigation.
Benjamin Sparks was fired Thursday following a police report about a domestic dispute.
Las Vegas-based RedRock Strategies president Ryan Erwin confirmed the dismissal. Sparks had been helping with the campaign of Yvette Herrell.
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence (all times local):
The walkouts protesting gun violence at schools across the country hit close to home for students who were attending a middle school in northern Nevada when tragedy hit their campus more than four years ago.
Bundy to speak to Independent American Party of Nevada
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Southern Nevada rancher and state's rights activist Cliven Bundy has agreed to give the keynote speech on Friday at the Independent American Party of Nevada's state convention in Sparks.
Party officials announced Tuesday Bundy's wife, Carol, and son, Ryan, also plan to attend the convention Friday and Saturday at the Nugget Casino and Resort.
Police: Woman steals $4,000 necklace from Sparks pawn shop
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police are looking for a woman suspected of stealing a necklace worth over $4,000 from a pawn shop.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports police say the woman ran out of a Super Pawn on Sunday with the expensive necklace.
Sparks police probe pedestrian’s death near casino
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a car near a Sparks casino.
Sparks police say the victim was hit by the vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in front of Baldini's near the intersection of Glendale Avenue and 18th Street.
Emergency crews tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the unconscious victim, who was declared dead at the scene.
Off-duty deputy helps nab road rage suspect in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — An off-duty sheriff's deputy was in the right place at the right time when a road-rage incident broke out in Sparks.
The deputy ended up holding two suspects at gun point Wednesday afternoon after he witnessed a physical confrontation in which a pipe and a knife were produced on Greg Street near Rock Boulevard.
The deputy called Sparks police but one suspect fled the scene in a vehicle before officers could respond.
Foul play not suspected in discovery of body in Sparks
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police are investigating the discovery of a dead body in the high desert north of Wildcreek Golf Course.
Police say a citizen reported the discovery off of El Rancho Drive at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Authorities say the body is that of an adult male but they haven't yet identified him.
Suspect shot at Sparks police before he was killed
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities investigating an officer-involved shooting in northern Nevada say the suspect armed with a handgun fired a shot at a Sparks police officer before he was killed.
Reno Police Sgt. KC Myers said Friday a preliminary investigation of the Jan. 24 shooting shows 27-year-old Humberto Vera-Munoz fled at a high rate of speed when Sparks officers attempted to pull him over south of Sparks High School.
No suspect found after standoff at Sparks restaurant
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A three-hour standoff has ended at a restaurant in Sparks where police thought a gunman had holed up.
Police shut down the streets around a Sizzler restaurant on East Prater Way at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday shortly after a delivery man reported a suspect armed with a gun was destroying property inside.
A SWAT searched the building at about 9 a.m. and found no one.