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Two Time Convicted Sex Offender Arrested on Child Porn Charges

(RENO, Nev.) -- The Washoe County Sheriff's Office announced the Wednesday arrest of a two-time convicted sex offender on child pornography charges.

Jeffrey Varnum, 48, was reportedly arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home by members of the Northern Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A Tier 2 offender, Varnum had been deemed a "moderate risk" for recidivism.

Authorities identified Varnum after he allegedly distributed child pornography on the Internet, and the execution of the search warrant uncovered evidence including a cache of child pornography videos and images, authorities said.

According to the WCSO, Varnum was booked on charges including five counts of possessing pornography of a person under the age of 16 and one count of promotion of a sexual performance of a minor under the age of 14.

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Traffic Stop Results in Drug, Weapons Charges

(RENO, Nev.) -- Police arrested a 20-year-old Reno man on drug and weapons charges on Wednesday evening following a traffic stop.

According to the Reno Police Department, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Juan Mena when they noticed that the vehicle had no license plates and was running without keys.

When officers approached the vehicle and Mena stepped out, police say he attempted to flee. A struggle ensued, and Mena was taken into custody.

Police searched the vehicle and found a sawed off shotgun, drug paraphernalia and forged documents.

Mena was charged with obstructing and resisting, possession of a shotgun, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of forged documents.

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Six Home Burglaries Reported in Damonte Ranch Area

(RENO, Nev.) -- Authorities are asking for the public’s help after several homes were burglarized in the South Reno area earlier this month.

Reno Police say six residents in the Damonte Ranch area reported their homes were burglarized on Nov. 4.

In all six cases, the unknown suspects entered the homes either through unsecured gates into the backyards, or through side garage doors.

Among the items stolen were miscellaneous cash items, credit cards, garage door openers, and in one case, a Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Uniform and badge.

Burglary Detectives with the Reno Police Department are asking anyone with information on the suspects to contact them at (775) 334-2144.

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Vehicle Sought in Police-Involved Shooting

(SPARKS, Nev.) -- The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of an SUV that was involved in a police-involved shooting in Sparks late on Monday.

The incident began shortly after 11 p.m., when Sparks Police Officers responded to a report of a fight involving four men armed with guns in the 1900 block of Merchant Street.

As police arrived, two vehicles -- a BMV and a white Chevrolet Blazer -- fled the scene.

The BMW was later located by the Reno Police Department near Seventh and Sutro Streets where it had crashed into a parked car. Police say the driver and passenger had fled prior to them arriving.

At the same time, a Sparks Police Officer attempted to stop the Blazer when the driver accelerated the SUV towards the officer. After the officer opened fire at the SUV, the vehicle fled the area.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Washoe County Sherriff’s Office Detecitve Divison at (775) 328-3320.

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Reno Partners with Washoe County for Senior Giving Tree Program

(RENO, Nev.)  -- City and county officials are once again partnering with the Regional Transportation Commission on the Senior Giving Tree program, which assists seniors in the local community.

The program asks locals to donate items such as jackets, sweat pants, toiletries, and bus passes, from now through Dec.

In addition, the City of Reno’s holiday trees on the first and second floors of City Hall will be decorated with holiday tags that list the requested items.

Donated items will be delivered to Washoe County Senior Services at the end of the program and distributed to seniors in need.

"This is a great opportunity to extend a helping hand to the seniors in our community who may be struggling to make ends meet,” said Reno City Councilmember and RTC Commissioner Neoma Jardon in a statement. “I have been so proud and thankful to see the generosity of so many community members who donated to past Senior Giving efforts."

Donations will be accepted on the second floor of Reno City Hall, Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, and Neil Road Recreation Center.

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