Crime

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

While fighting the Hawken Fire in south Reno this week, a helicopter for the Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit, or RAVEN, was almost hit by a drone. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to the pilot to learn more about the scare. 

Doug Russell with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, which runs the RAVEN unit, was flying at nearly 90 miles per hour when a drone came within 50 feet of his aircraft.

Julia Ritchey

Mourners wept and lit candles at a vigil in Reno Sunday held to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend.

Several hundred gathered outside Our Center, the newly opened LGBT community space for Northern Nevada.

Among those who spoke was Mayor Hillary Schieve.

"Right now, it is just having that moment of silence, really remembering the victims, showing that this is a community that's strong and resilient," she said. "But it's important for Reno to do this to show support nationwide."

Crime Is Up In Reno

Jun 10, 2016
Reno Police Department

Many types of violent crimes and property crimes are increasing in Reno. That's according to an annual report released by the Reno Police Department this week. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of robberies and assaults increased, and reported rapes nearly doubled. There were 70 rapes were reported in 2013 and 136 were documented last year. During that time, the homicide rate has remained steady. 

Tackling The Growth Of Gangs In Reno

May 25, 2016
Rocio Hernandez

Gangs in Washoe County have multiplied, growing their ranks by 30 percent in a decade. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez explores what's being done to curb their influence.  

Instead of hanging out with friends after school, 15-year-old Julio travels from Sparks to northeast Reno to practice his boxing. He was introduced to the sport by a friend and has been hooked ever since. Julio says the sport not only keeps him out of trouble but gives him a goal in life. He thinks that might be what separates him from some of his peers.

9 Indicted For Alleged Drug Ring In Reno

May 12, 2016
Marcus Lavergne

A Reno doctor and other defendants in an alleged drug ring have been formally charged. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

Daniel Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada announced the indictment of Reno doctor Robert Rand and eight others on felony drug conspiracy and other charges. Wednesday, he told reporters it’s a sign of progress in Nevada’s battle against a serious drug abuse problem. 

As many as one in four female college students in the United States are sexually assaulted. That’s according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. But many of these crimes are significantly underreported. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray sits down with University  of Nevada Reno’s new victims’ advocate to learn why crime logs don’t match up to what’s really going on.

City Introduces Community Policing App

Jan 14, 2016
Julia Ritchey

  The city has released a new mobile app aimed at making it easier for the community to report and track crimes. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Called myRPD, the new app is meant to boost community policing by making it easier for regular citizens to report crimes. 

"It puts it all in one place, makes it really easy to access and it gets our community to engage with their police department," says Reno Interim Police Chief Jason Soto. 

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The Reno Police Department is training officers on brand new imaging equipment that will help reconstruct car accidents. Our contributor Luiza Vieira has the story.

The technology will provide high-precision 3D images and measurements that Officer Broadway says will help officers to better investigate car crashes and crime scenes.

“It will allow for a more clear and concise testimony for accident investigators to show a court the actions that transpired up to collision," Broadway explains.

Reno Police Department

Story update: Reno Police reported on January 4, 2016 that the 16-year-old shooting victim at Pat Baker Park has died from his injuries, and the 15-year-old defendant is now being charged with open murder. The case is heading to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office to determine if the defendant should be tried as an adult.

A team of Reno Police officers and community leaders knocked on dozens of doors Thursday in North Reno where there has been a disconcerting spike in crime. 

Reno News & Review

Fatal Encounters is a growing database of information about people killed during their interactions with law enforcement agencies across the country.

The project has gained international attention and been used by reporters at The Guardian, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets.

It’s the brainchild of Brian Burghart, publisher for the Reno News & Review, who joined our News Director Michelle Bliss to give the latest update on his work. 

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