Reno Prostitution Sting Leads to 31 Arrests

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This past weekend, a two day operation led to the arrest of 31 people in a prostitution sting. The Reno Police Department stated that the women arrested were ages 18-53. The operation took place on the 4th Street Corridor primarily through internet transactions and focusing on sex trafficking and exploitation.

A FBI victims advocate and a representative from Awaken, Inc., a faith-based nonprofit group, met with each of the victims and provided them with food, clothing and referrals to get help.

The Reno Police Department’s Regional Street Enforcement Team participated in the initiative which police said is “designed to recover juvenile victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and identify, arrest those who are responsible for their exploitation.”

Nevada Attorney General’s Office, enforcement agents from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and attorneys from the United States Attorney’s Office participated in the initiative, a Reno police press release said.

Victim Dies in Spanish Springs Shooting

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The victim of 19 year old Brandon Moore-Montgomery, was pronounced dead by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffery James Montgomery, 45, is also the father of Brandon Moore-Montgomery. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds on June 12 at his home in Spanish Springs.

Brandon Moore-Montgomery turned himself in just over a week ago. The investigation is still pending, however, the case is being investigated as a homicide and Montgomery now faces an open murder charge.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

North Reno Shooting Leaves 2 Injured

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The Reno Police Department Regional Gang Unit responded to calls of gunshots on Wednesday northeast of downtown Reno.

Officers arrived at an apartment complex to find both an man and a woman with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

Reno Police state that they have little information regarding the shooting and are asking for the publics help. If you have any information relating to Wednesday’s shootings, please call 775-334-3852

Washoe Valley Shooting Motives Still Being Investigated

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Law Enforcement officials are still looking for clues leading up to the murder of 2 women in Washoe Valley by Anthony Gustave Nelson  whom was recently released from prison in Arizona.

Authorities believe Nelson came to Nevada in a stolen vehicle from Arizona. The owner of the vehicle was found dead in his home.

Nelson paid for a camping space in Washoe Valley which was within walking distance of the home where the shooting took place. Nelson is believed to enter the home and confront the homeowner which ending in  a murder. Up to 24 hours later, neighbors came by to check on the home and a shootout occurred killing the second victim and wounding her husband. Nelson is then believed to flee the scene in a Jeep. Authorities tracked Nelson and a chase ensued.

A second shootout with officers took place near Sand Mountain, during the gun battle Nelson was killed.

Authorities are still investigated the chain of events and trying to place Nelson’s whereabouts after his release from prison on June 2 up until the shooting.

Sparks Police Dept Arrest suspect for 10 count of Lewd Acts

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The Sparks Police Dept arrested a man on monday on the suspicion of 10 child molestation incidents with a child. The incidents had occurred over 4-5 years ending in either 2008 or 2009.

Police say the alleged molestations had taken place within the boundaries of Sparks throughout all county. They received the original report on January 29 and did interviews with the victim and others, police stated.

The alleged suspect is identified as Kurt Alexan Winkelmann-Herrer, a 38 year old man. Counts include 10 counts of lewdness with a child younger than 14.

On Monday, the detectives were able to compile enough information and evidence to arrest the suspect.

Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank inside Reno Scolari’s

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The Reno Police Dept has revealed additional photos of a suspect that robbed a Bank on Monday. The suspect had robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located inside of a Scolari’s Market at about 2:39p.m.

The suspect entered the Scolaris located at 6255 Sharlands Ave and told everyone he was carrying a weapon and demanded cash right on the spot, stated the police. He left with a sum of cash that is still undisclosed in amount. No weapon was ever seen during the robbery.

The man is described as caucasian, about 20-30 years old, a medium build and clean shaven wearing a white, long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and a dark baseball cap.

Secret Witness is offering $1500 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest and prosecution.

 

Carson City Middle School Teacher’s Aid Arrested

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A middle school teacher’s aide in Carson City may face 4-24 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old student.

Stephanie Mariskanish allegedly had four sexual encounters with a 14 year old male student between February 1 and March 30 in her home at an apartment complex where she also offered him alcohol. Mariskanish is charged four times, once for each time she was with the boy sexually.

Mariskanish worked at Eagle Valley Middle school as a teacher’s aide for students with special needs. She was relieved of her duties early February when the schools principals reported her to investigators after the student claimed she put her hands down his pants.

Mariskanish told her father as she was being arrested, “I did some sexual stuff with a kid..I knew what I was doing..” according to incident report. She will have 15 days from her arraignment to seek trial at a preliminary hearing. She faces for Category-B felony counts and the possibility of 4-24 years in prison, if found guilty.

Terror Suspect from Reno pleads not guilty to all charges

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Balwinder Singh faces an arraignment for the second time on wednesday and he plead not guilty to all federal charges against him.

Singh, an alleged terror suspect out of Reno, NV was arrested in December, plead not guilty on multiple charges including conspiracy to muser, kidnap, and main persons in a foreign country, and now also to an added charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

Singh is a citizen of India who fled to the US and claimed asylum. The indictment alleges that Singh if a member of two terrorist organizations: Babber Khalsa International(BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force(KZF), who are both terrorist organizations that aim to establish an independent Sikh state in India, through bombings, kidnappings, and murders to intimidate the Indian government.

If convicted, Singh may face fines up to $250,000 on each count and faces up to life in prison.

Mall Lock Out Due to Wild Mountain Lion

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A dangerous mountain lion could be roaming the streets of Reno, Nevada right now. The Nevada Department of Wildlife saw a mountain lion presumably looking for new territory. The cougar was spotted near Meadowood Mall by the public and reported instantaneously. Unfortunately, officials could not get close enough to put a dart in the animal.

After it was spotted in the Meadowood parking lot, it ran across South Virginia Street into the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel. The mall was locked down until the cougar was out of sight during the event.

This certain mountain lion weighs about 80 pounds and is an 18-month old male kicked out of its den by its mother, therefore he is looking for a new territory.

In the last two years, two mountain lions were captured in the reno city area, both being young males.

Four Dead in Spring Creek Car Crash

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Nevada Highway Patrol reported a car crash Tuesday night on State Route 227 that killed four individuals. The reported car crash involved two vehicles in Northeastern Nevada near Spring Creek.

Authorities state Spring Creek resident Jessica Layton was making a left turn when another vehicle hit her hard on the right side. Layton’s vehicle then overturned, hitting a light post and knocking it over.

Although Layton and a 6 year old girl remain injured, getting treated at the local hospital, not everyone made it. Two of Layton’s passengers, a 19 year old man, a 3 year old girl, a 27 year old man and a 25 year old woman died during the accident.

No names were immediately released.