She did 35 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. New DNA evidence led to Cathy Woods being exonerated in 2014 for the murder of UNR student Michelle Mitchell. Now, Woods is suing in federal court on the grounds she was framed and forced to make false statements while mentally ill at an institution in Louisiana. Mitchell’s throat was slashed in a garage near campus in 1976. She was twice tried and convicted both times. But a cigarette butt found near her body was later linked to Rodney Halblower-who was charged in a string of murders in California in the late seventies.
Nude photos of a Republican running for a state Assembly seat were apparently sent to a party leader. Jim Riger, Sr. was running for the District 24 seat, representing downtown Reno. Kim Bacchus, campaign chairwoman of the Washoe Republican Women says she received the disturbing photos. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Riger says the photos were meant for online girlfriends and someone hacked his account in an effort to push him out of the race. The effort likely worked–Riger has told the paper he’s dropping out.
Starting tonight-expect delays around the Spaghetti Bowl. Overnight lane closures will go into effect on I-580 and I-395 as NDOT works to resurface bridges. The closures start tonight at 9 pm. And will last until 5 a.m. You’ll find the delays Sunday nights through Friday mornings. At least one lane in both directions will always be open.
A teenager accused of a murder in Pat Baker Park last December says he didn’t do it. 16 year old Christian Scott entered a not guilty plea on Monday. He’s accused of shooting his victim in the head during a robbery in the park.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports today, and now Washoe County has it’s first permanent pickleball courts. County officials and players turned out for a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at the pickleball courts at Hidden Valley Regional Park. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, ping pong and badminton.
On Monday, Washoe County Health officials got another positive identification of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. They confirmed the positive on West mile in adult mosquitoes that were collected in Washoe Vallye north of Bellevue Road on Monday afternoon. As a result, the Washoe County Health District is doing insecticide fogging today. Then, they’ll do additional mosquitoe trapping to determine whether additional fogging is needed.
More than 70-thousand people are expected to attend Burning Man this year, and local businesses are gearing up for a busy weekend. Thousands of the folks headed for the desert art festival from all over the world make their way through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport,making this the airport’s busiest travel time of the year.
One of Reno’s most popular events raised money for homeless pets on Sunday. It was the Nevada Humane Society’s Duck Race & Festival at Wingfield Park. People purchased rubber ducks for $5 a piece, then raced them down the Truckee River for prizes. All money raised from the rubber ducks benefits local pets in need.
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen and other law enforcement officers will help Texas Roadhouse serve up a free lunch on today to help support Special Olympics in Nevada and northern California. The Sheriff invites Washoe County residents to join him for a free meal, and to leave a big tip that supports a good cause. Diners are asked to leave a donation at their table, which will benefit more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Nevada and northern California.
Both candidates for President are headed our way.
Democrat Hillary Clinton will be campaigning here in Reno on Thursday. Campaign officials have yet to provide the exact time and location of the event. The candidate is expected to discuss her plan to create jobs and an economy that works for everyone. Then, on Friday, GOP nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Nevada Battle Ground Dinner at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The dinner will be held inside the Sand Harbor Ballroom. General admission tickets are $200, with VIP tables costing $5,000.