Lyon Co. town has signs, lights shot up

A small Lyon County community has almost all of its traffic lights and stop signs shot up. KOLO-TV reports 28 signs and five traffic lights were damaged in Smith Valley. Police believe juveniles may behind the vandalism. It’s going to cost the community more than $10,000 to replace the signs and repair the lights.

4 Washoe schools facing state takeovers

Four Washoe County schools could face a state takeover if students’ performance doesn’t improve. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Natchez and Desert Heights Elementary are chronically underperforming with students ranking in the bottom 5 percent statewide. Two charter schools–I Can Do Anything High School and EnCompass, which used to be Rainshadow Community Charter High School-also face a takeover with graduation rates below 60 percent. The district’s superintendent says families have been warned about the potential takeover next year. The schools are among 47 in the Silver State that are eligible to come under state control-however the state will only select six. A decision will be made in December.

RTC bus rolls over on North Virginia Street

An RTC bus rolls over on North Virginia Street this morning. KOLO-TV reports passengers on the bus had to be transferred to a different bus to continue on their way.

Destructive Little Valley Fire Blamed On Prescribed Burn

The Little Valley Fire, which grew to nearly 23-hundred acres and destroyed 23 homes before crews reached full containment on October 19. was caused by an escape from a prescribed burn. That’s the official result of an investigation by the Bureau of Land Management. The origin area was about 15 to 20 feet from the control line for the prescribed fire, and winds at the time of the escape on Oct. 14 were measured at 16 to 20 mph out of, with gusts of over 80 mph.

Free X-Rays Of Trick Or Treat Candy

These days you don’t feel right about letting your kids eat their trick or treat candy until it’s been checked out. That’s why the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will offer free Halloween candy X-ray screening at the Washoe County Courthouse and the Mills Lane Justice Center on the day after Halloween. Court security staff will screen candy at the X-ray stations located inside the court house entrances from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1. The X-ray machines will detect metal objects only. Parents who believe feel candy has been tampered with by other means should dispose of the candy immediately.

Deputies Resolve Domestic Violence Call

Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies made quick work of a domestic violence call that closed Cold Springs Drive for a time in the area of Roper Lane. The call came in about 6:30, and the report said weapons were involved so extra patrol cars were dispatched. However, the situation was resolved by 8 pm. No shots were fired.

City Council Okays Ambulance Agreement

Reno’s City Council has approved a deal under which the Reno Fire Department and REMSA will allow Reno ambulances to help out whem there are significant emergency situations. Mayor Hillary Scheive said agencies have to put fighting aside and put the safety of our citizens first. She commended the city council for unanimously approving the agreement. The agreement allows Reno Fire Department ambulances to transport patients to hospitals during a declared emergency or a mass casualty incident, to transport firefighters from an emergency, and for other limited purposes.

Thief Crashes Stolen Car

He stole a car, and then crashed it. It happened early this morning in Reno. It was close to 2:30 am when deputies spotted the stolen vehicle and the driver sped away from them. Just a few minutes later, the deputies spotted the wreckage near the intersection of Clear Acre and McCarran Boulevard. The driver tried to run away on foot, but police caught him and arrested him.

Picollo School hires UNR behavioral analysts

Behavioral analysts from UNR will soon be in the classroom to help students at the Marvin Picollo School. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the Washoe County School Board approved a nearly $65,000 contract for their services. The public school recently settled a lawsuit for more than $1 million over allegations for teacher abuse of severely disabled students.

EPA gives $5.5M to tribal land projects

Big environmental improvements are coming to tribal lands. The EPA has awarded the Silver State more than $5.5 million for projects that improve drinking water and waste water infrastructure on tribal lands.