Judge denies lengthy delay in Guzman trial

Request denied. A judge says a Salvadoran immigrant who’s accused of killing four people in northern Nevada will head to trial as scheduled next year. Wilber Martinez-Guzman’s attorneys had been seeking a delay until 2021, citing his low IQ. A judge agreed to stand trial at the end of August of next year-a much lesser delay than what was requested.

Woman struck, killed by Reno Fire Department was homeless, police say

We’re learning more about a woman who was struck and killed by a Reno Fire Department truck over the weekend. She is 63-year-old Charlene McMaster. Police say McMaster was homeless. She was fatally struck while crossing at East 4th Street Saturday.

Ex-coach at Whittell HS admits to having sex with students

A former coach at Lake Tahoe’s Whittell High School won’t do jail time after admitting to having sex with students. The Gardnerville Record-Courier reports 29-year-old Lindsey Oexle admitted to the gross misdemeanor charges to avoid felony counts. The Sparks woman was arrested last year on charges she had sex with two students over the age of 16.

Reno pedestrian deaths inches closer to 2018 total

Reno is on-pace to see more pedestrian death this year over last year. KOLO-TV reports we’re up to 8 deaths so far this year, with more than two months left in the year. Last year, the city saw eight pedestrian deaths. The Vision Zero Task Force recently met to say it would take a regional approach to reducing pedestrian deaths to zero by 2030.

Prescribed burn that turned into a wildfire, outside Tahoe, now 70 percent contained

A prescribed burn that became an out-of-control wildfire is now about 70 percent contained. The 3,400-acre Caples Fire is burning south of Lake Tahoe. Smoke from the fire. Burning in the El Dorado National Forest had been affecting Washoe County as well.

Another power outage on tap for northern CA residents

More power outages could be on the way for California residents. PG&E says strong winds Wednesday may force them to turn out the lights to residents of El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and surrounding counties until Thursday afternoon.

Federal Judge Allows State to Fight Nuke Case

A federal judge in Reno agreed Monday to allow Nevada to amend its lawsuit against the U.S. Energy Department as the state tries to force the agency to remove weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du said she will allow the state to amend its lawsuit to include the new request.

Whooping Cough Cases Close Local High School

Bishop Manogue Catholic High School will be closed the rest of the week due to whopping cough cases. School will be canceled, along with all extracurricular activities. They said the decision was made in partnership with the Washoe County Health District as the best way to limit exposure and minimize the spread. The Health District said there were four confirmed cases at the school.

Sparks Pedestrian Flags Stolen

Efforts to improve pedestrian safety and visibility are being thwarted in the city of Sparks. City leaders and a local girl scout came together to add pedestrian safety flags at several intersections, but now many of the flags have been stolen. To report any missing flags in your area you can contact the city of Sparks on their facebook page. The city says they will be reevaluating the program but hopes to continue because it is helping.

Artists Registration Deadline Oct. 24 (PM)

The Artists Registration Deadline for the Carson Valley Art Association Scholarship Art Show on Nevada Day weekend is this Thursday. Dana Childs has more;

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