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Sheriff's Office Offering Halloween Candy X-Ray Screening

(RENO, Nev.) -- The Washoe County Sheriff's Office wants to make Halloween safer for trick-or-treaters before they dive into their candy bags.

The Sheriff's department is offering free X-Ray scanning of candy the day after Halloween.

Security staff at the Washoe County Courthouse will screen candy at the X-Ray station, located inside the Court Screen entrance to the courthouse from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The X-Ray machine will detect metal objects only.

Also, here are some tips offered by the Sheriff's Department on how to stay safe this Halloween:

  • Never allow a child to trick-or-treat alone.
  • Accompany children to the door of every house they approach.
  • Don’t allow children to enter a home or apartment without adult supervision.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Look both ways before crossing, walk on sidewalks, obey traffic signals and stop signs.
  • Always walk; never run across streets or lawns.
  • Trick or Treat at friendly homes. Warn children to stay away from houses that are not well lit.
  • Be sure to have a plan for what your child should do if you do become separated.

The Sheriff's Department is reminding parents that if they feel candy has been tampered with, they should dispose of the candy immediately.

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Man in Custody After Deadly Fight

(RENO, Nev.) -- A man is in custody after a deadly fight involving a knife last week.

The Reno Police Department reports that a fight broke out last Thursday between three men on the 400 Block of Virginia Street.

Two men were injured and taken to Renown Medical Center -- one victim died while the other victim has been released.

Gregory Poole was arrested and charged with battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm.

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Bear Spotted in Sparks

(RENO, Nev.) -- Authorities are looking for a bear that was spotted in Sparks last week.

The Sparks Police Department says the bear was seen on October 23 on the 3600 block of Desert Fox. When officers responded, the bear ran into the hills east of Desert Fox.

The police department reports that "the bear was not aggressive" and "did not pose a threat to citizens."

Anyone who sees the bear is asked to call the Sparks Police Department.

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Police Ask for Assistance Locating Stolen 'Toys for Tots' Trailer

(RENO, Nev.) -- Reno police called Thursday for public assistance in locating a Toys for Tots trailer stolen from the Marine Corps League earlier this week.

According to the Reno Police Department, the trailer had been locked up, but the lock had been snapped. The trailer contained "numerous historical military uniform and uniform items that are very hard to replace," the RPD said, among them an Order of the Purple Heart display. It also held toys meant for local needy children.

The trailer is about four-feet by six-feet and about 30 inches in diameter, police say. It has Marine Corps decals on the sides and rear door and had the Nevada trailer plate BB672 when it was stolen.

Anyone with information on the trailer's whereabouts or the suspects who took it are asked to call (775) 334-2140.

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Stateline Man Arrested for Approaching Young Girls in Reno

(RENO, Nev.) -- Police arrested a 58-year-old Stateline man accused of approaching minors in the Reno area.

Officials nabbed Jose Manuel Rosas-Rojas on Wednesday in response to several reported cases involving a suspicious man in South Reno. The suspect allegedly approached girls as young as 8 years old.

A total of four victims reported incidents allegedly linked to Rosas-Rojas.

He was arrested for one gross misdemeanor count of unlawful contact with a minor.

Authorities are asking parents in South Reno to speak with their children about any suspicious encounters with individuals.

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