It’s difficult to get the funding for body cameras , but Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen hopes to be able to implement the technology sometime in 2017. The Department of Justice granted more than $20 million to police departments across the Unites States this week to help pay for body cameras, but none of the law enforcement agencies in Northern Nevada will receive any of that funding. Allen said the sheriff’s office is applying for several grants and working out a budget to pay for the cameras.
A pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries when he was struck by a car last night in Reno. Police say the man was struck as he crossed South Virginia Street about a quarter to 8. He was not in a crosswalk. First responders rushed the victim to Renown Regional Medical Center. The driver is cooperating with police.
We’ve learned the driver in a fatal crash last month was drunk. 2 News reports that tests show Christopher Gonzalez was high on cocaine and his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he crashed head-on into another vehicle on Somersett Parkway on August 5th. Gonzalez killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child. He was also killed it that crash.
Blight becomes art in a Reno neighborhood.
In an area of the city where two blighted motels were recently demolished, Reno is creating an art park. Yesterday, the city council approved entering into a deal with ARTECH to install in that blighted area, art that was featured at the latest edition of Burning Man. Five new sculptures would be added to the vacant lot near circus circus which will be called the “Reno Playa Art Park.”
The Reno City Council has approved the appointment of Bill Thomas as acting City Manager. He has been filling in for former manager Andrew Clinger who left the job this month during an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.
You and your family are invited to attend an open house today at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. The Community Open House is going on from 10 am till 3 pm. The Sheriff’s Office will offer guided behind-the-scene tours of Forensic Sciences Division and Detention Facility for those aged 14 and older. There are displays of patrol vehicles, RAVEN, SWAT, Marine 9 and other equipment used by the Sheriff’s Office.
Neighbors prevent a tree fire from spreading.
On Wednesday afternoon, tree branches touched a power line in the 25-hundred block of Apollo Way and the trees caught fire. The trees were burning in the back yard of a home. The Reno Fire Department says neighbors called 911, then got out their garden hoses to keep the fire in check until fire crews arrived on the scene. They prevented the flames from spreading to the house. The flames damaged two fences, but no one was injured.
Reno police are cracking down on illegal street racing. Police are imposing a $1,000 fine on anyone caught in these kinds of street races. Reno police say they’ve issued more than 150 citations for street racing in the past two years. The races pose as much a danger to those inside the cars as they do pedestrians.
A man who was wanted for parole violations turns himself in. Forest McGee was convicted of robbery in 1997. The department of parole and probation says he didn’t abide by his supervision guidelines. He’s now behind bars at the Washoe County Jail.
Reno’s city manager may be gone, but discussions about him continue. Andrew Clinger resigned pending a sexual harassment investigation. Now, News 4 reports council is scheduled to discuss Wednesday whether Bill Thomas will remain his acting role. They’ll also discuss recruitment efforts for a potential new city manager.