An officer-involved shooting in Lemmon Valley earlier this year is justified. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says Arteair Porter was schizophrenic and officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot him in March. KOLO-TV reports police say Porter too had a gun at the scene of the standoff on Lemmon Drive near 395. They believed, at the time, the gun was a rifle or a shotgun. Officers say Porter begged them to shoot him and then he raised his own weapon and pointed it at them. That’s when Porter was fatally shot. His gun turned out to be a BB gun.
City Hall’s ailing parking garage could cost another 1 million-dollars to fix. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports council allocated funds that were supposed to be used to fix city hall’s elevators. Apparently, those repairs didn’t cost as much. So that money’s being re-routed for new elevators in the parking garage and a new roofdeck. One councilwoman called the current parking garage elevator atrocious and disgusting. The city bought the adjacent parking garage last summer for $10 knowing full well it needed a lot of repairs.
Less jobs than expected…The Las Vegas-Review Journal reports the Tesla battery factory in Sparks has only led to about 330 jobs in northern Nevada. That’s only about one-fifth of the jobs that were promised by the year’s end. Tesla’s promise of 1,700 jobs came with a $1.3 billion tax incentive for the electric car company. The governor’s office says they’re not concerned and the jobs will come as construction finishes.
All schools in Washoe and Storey counties opened on a two-hour delay. That includes Valley and Incline Village schools. The Carson City School District and Truckee Meadows Community College opened one hour late.
Watch out for vacation scams on Craigslist. The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is warning that out of towners to be wary of paying in advance by check or money order or properties you see on Craigslist. They say sometimes unsuspecting vacationers have their dream vacation ruined when they arrive to find tenants in the home. They often learn too late the alleged landlord never even owned the property and recovering their money can be tough. Instead, they recommend using a credit card to pay for that home because you can always dispute the charge.
No more automatic bail based on charges. News 4 reports the Washoe County Jail has been taking part in a pilot program that allows court staff to assess inmates after booking and decide bail. This method takes into account the inmate over the crime. It allows them determine the suspect’s risk of committing a future crime or even showing up in court.
You’ve seen strategic plans before-but this one is different. Reno’s Downtown Action plan seeks full implementation within 18 months. News 4 reports the plan tackles blight and homelessness to improve quality of life in the city. The plan points to UNR as being a major economic driver for more housing and jobs. The surveys also revealed a big chunk of downtown’s population are low-income adults over age 65.
A Reno man accused of brutally sexually assaulting two children for years is on trial. Tony Corrales faces nearly four dozen counts of sex assault to crimes dating back until 1993. KOLO-TV says prosecutors say he raped and sexually exploited two children starting a young age until they were teenagers. He stands to spend the rest of his life in prison.
An arrest in a fatal hit-and-run. Sheriff’s deputies handcuffed 56-year-old Gerald Bracy of Lemmon Valley Monday. Police say Bracy struck and killed 60-year-old John Ireland on Thanksgiving Eve. Ireland was struck on El Rancho Drive near Clear Acre Lane by a pick-up truck driven by Bracy. Deputies found Bracy’s pick-up truck last week-but it took them longer to catch up with him. He’s faces a felony charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.
A motorcyclist is hurt after a crash. It happened in Carson City during rush hour. Troopers say a motorcycle and a vehicle collided at South Carson Street and Snyder Avenue. The motorcyclist had to be taken to the hospital by Careflight. The motorcyclist’s condition is unknown.