Fire burns 5 acres in south Reno

Firefighters make quick work of a fire in south Reno. It broke out yesterday near South Meadows Parkway and South Virginia Street. The fire spread to about five acres before it was put out.

Pet mural coming to new Reno dog park

A new mural honoring our pets is coming to downtown Reno. Artist Hannah Eberle will paint photos of dogs, cats, birds, or other pets at re-TRAC Plaza which will be home to a new dog park. Donors who give at least $200 will get a chance to have their pet painted on the mural. The goal, for organizers, is to raise $75,000.

NV DHS leader calls mentally ill in filthy conditions ‘systemic failure’

“I have to own this failure”-that’s what the man in charge of the state Health and Human Services Department is saying in the wake of a disturbing audit that found the mentally ill are living in filthy homes in Nevada. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Richard Whitley says he’s troubled because he has the resources from the governor to fix the problem. Whitley says he’ll work to figure out what’s causing what he called a “systemic failure.”

Abandoned Bishop Manogue building catches fire

Fire breaks out at the old Bishop Manogue building. Firefighters were called to the empty property on east McCarran Boulevard near mill Street in Reno yesterday morning. The fire tore off the roof of the building. It’s the fourth fire in abandoned buildings in just 30 days in the Reno area; most of them were sparked by homeless people seeking warmth, fire officials said.

Fire Burns Five Acres

A fire burned five acres on Thursday in South Reno. They shut down South Virginia Street for a time around 2:30 pm while firefighters battled the flames. No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Crews Secure Tipping Power Pole

High winds led to a dangerous situation in Reno last night. A power pole came very close to falling over into the road near 4th and Mayberry. Northbound lanes were closed to traffic for several hours while crews worked to secure the pole. A loose wire from the pole sparked some small fires on trees nearby, but the fires didn’t spread.

Pedestrian Struck By Car

A pedestrian was struck by a car last night in Reno’s North Valleys. Police say it happened just before 6 pm at the intersection of Red Rock and Silver Lake Roads. The pedestrian suffered a broken leg.

Fire Chief Says Homeless Responsible For A Dozen Fires

Homeless people trying to stay warm are believed to be responsible for four major fires in abandoned buildings in the last month in Reno. Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran says it has happened about a dozen tmes in the last year. He says the homeless people who started these fires are lucky to have escaped unharmed.

Police To Hire Full Time Sex Trafficking Detective

In Mayor Schieve’s State of the City address last night, the Mayor announced that Reno police will be hiring a full-time child sex trafficking detective. She also promised to add 30 additional police officers by 2020.

Report: Mentally ill living in ‘filthy’ conditions in NV

Filthy conditions-that’s how many of Nevada’s mentally ill are living, according to a new audit. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the state is still paying private businesses to house people with severe mental issues. A Legislative Counsel Bureau audio found “excessively dirty” conditions in all but two of 37 homes visited. Auditors say the homes were full of bugs, rodents, mold, and even human waste. The audit also says many of the homes don’t contain working smoke detectors. Some of the homes had children.