Archives for July 2014

Near drowning in Sand Harbor area

A near-drowning was reported at Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe. The latest incident involved a 19 year old man who was swimming. He yelled to his friends that he needed help, but before they could get to him, he went under. 2 news says he was pulled out of the water by an off-duty nurse, and flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Residents Asked to Conserve Water

Cut your use of outdoor water.

After three years of drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority is asking customers to reduce outdoor water use by 10%. That means that if you water for 10 minutes, to cut that down to nine minutes and avoid watering between 11 AM and 7 PM. The authority’s Mark Foree tells 2 News some customers have already started conserving water. Water usage is down from the peak on July 3, when 120 million gallons of water were used. With 93,000 households, cutting watering by 10% could save enough to cover 2,000 acres in a foot of water.

Developments in Pedro Martinez Case

More developments in the firing of Pedro Martinez

The Washoe County school board has postponed a discussion of the Superintendent’s ouster after he filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and asked a judge to block the panel from discussing the matter in violation of open-meeting laws. Last week, the school district issued a statement announcing Martinez had been “relieved of his duties” effective immediately, then the next day, said he had been placed on paid administrative leave. Martinez claims he was fired after an illegal, private meeting of six of the seven board members who accused him of lying about whether he was a certified public accountant, which he maintains he is. The Nevada Attorney General’s office confirmed it is investigating.

Ghost Author to Appear

A railroad mystery, Nevada history, a dog and a ghost are the central figures in a new book by author Jan Pierson, set to visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The author will sign copies of her book “Ghost Girl in Car No. 9,” the fifth in her series “The Ghostowners,” in the museum store.

Protesters target museum menu

A Reno museum was the site of a protest by activists rallying against the serving of duck and goose liver pate at a museum event. The group called Foie Gras Free Reno targeted an event at the Wilbur D. May Museum . A group leader says the menu items weer unacceptable, especially since the museum is operated by Washoe County. Protesters passed out pamphlets, some of which read, “There’s nothing tasty about animal cruelty.’

Reno firefighters’ legal alcohol level

Firefighters in Reno can battle flames with a blood alcohol content as high as .08, accoding to a policy negotiated by the city and the firefighting union 12 yeas ago. The Reno Gazette Journal reports that while drug and alcohol use are not permitted, an alcohol test is not considered positive below that level. To be change, the policy would have to become part of the collective bargaining process.

Police find man missing with son and gun after domestic

A man being sought by police in Douglas County has been caught. Douglast County Sheriffs and Washoe County authorities teamed up to track down 37 year old Anthony Diaz. Police say he was involved in a domestic dispute and then fled with his son and a handgun at about 6 last night. Police tracked him down after five hours. His son is not harmed.

Search for Domestic Violence Suspect

Douglas county authorities search for a potentially violent man.

Authorities in Douglas County are asking for the public’s help locating the suspect in a domestic dispute, who may be armed and traveling with his 12-year-old son. 37-year-old Anthony Diaz is described as 5-foot-11, weighing 175 pounds. Deputies first responded to the report of a domestic dispute in Gardnerville around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say Diaz fled the scene on-foot before they arrived, and may still be with his young son. Deputies say he was also armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Child poverty up in Nevada

Nevada didn’t do well in a new report out on children’s well-being. This is the KIDS count data book. Nevada ranked 48th among the states. Child poverty is up in the state. The report shows 24 percent of kids in the state lived in poverty in 2012, from 15 percent in 2005.

Sparks police investigate shots fired

Sparks Police are investigating a case of shots fired yesterday afternoon. Witnesses told police, someone fired shots at a full-sized pickup, after it backed into a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The pickup left the scene. This was in the 4900 block of east 9th street. Officers say they found two nine millimeter shell casings in the street. If you know anything, call Sparks police at 775-353-2235.