Archives for July 2014

Check for Sorrentino

A surprise check for an elderly robbery victim

A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters.
Members of Western Nevada College’s Student Veterans Club presented the check to James Sorrentino on Friday. Organizer Bill Herron says the group wanted Sorrentino to know the community is behind him and people aren’t all bad. The robbery suspects were later arrested and face criminal charges.

Gas prices go up overnight

Nevada gas prices have been mostly down lately, but the statewide average went up overnight. Gasbuddy.com puts the statewide average at $3.84 a gallon, which is down two cents in a week, and it’s up a cent in the last month. To compare to national numbers, the national average is $3.56 a gallon, which is down four cents in a week.

Teen fatally shot

A 16 year old boy has been shot to death in Reno. KOLO says it happened in front of the Alder Creek Villas Apartments, on Nutmeg Place, near Miguel Ribera Park, last night. If you know anything about what happened, call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

Suspect sought in park attack

Authorities in the Reno area are asking for public help to find a man seen last week in a park where a 14-year-old boy was attacked and robbed. Washoe County sheriff’s officials released a statement Monday saying that deputies were called about 9 p.m. July 1 to a report of an assault at the Sun Valley Skate Park off 6th Avenue. Investigators were told that a man in his late 20s with curly blond hair and a tattoo on his stomach had been seen in the area most of the day, and may have been with another man who had two dogs.

Year reprieve for NV schools on NCLB

Nevada schools are getting another year-long exemption from the tough requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. state Superintendent Dale Erquiaga said Thursday that the waiver for the 2014-2015 school year will allow Nevada to continue on the path of implementing standards-based teaching and performance assessments for students and educators.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education say they’re pleased with Nevada’s progress carrying out reforms,

Knife weilding man cuffed in Sparks

Sparks police have arrested a man who they say told convenience store employees he was “losing it” before pulling a knife and using it to corral people behind a counter. Authorities say they arrested 38-year-old Johnnie Ironcloud after the incident that happened about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Pyramid Way. Police say a man asked for a cab and then asked store staff to call 911. Witnesses say the man grabbed a bottle of alcohol off the shelf and began to drink it before he pulled the knife and began wielding it in front of staff and patrons. Sparks police say they arrived as the store was being evacuated and detained the man.

Reno non profit gets grant to help homeless youth

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding $1.5 million to a Reno nonprofit that helps runaways and homeless youth get back on their feet. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday that The Children’s Cabinet received the grant through the agency’s Face Forward Initiative. The program aims to reintegrate youth into their communities after they’ve spent time in the juvenile justice system. Grant winners are supposed to provide services including job training and mentoring.

Washoe County schools police chief out

The Washoe County School District police chief says he was taken off guard and hurt when he was let go last week. Mike Mieras told the media Monday that he’s worked for the district for 20 years, including 12 as chief, and hasn’t had a problem. The district issued a statement Monday saying Superintendent Pedro Martinez was restructuring several departments to improve operations, and the effort included changing the police department leadership. District officials thanked Mieras for his service and said they will continue discussing retirement options with him.

Autopsy Shows No Foul Play

Sheriff Gerald Antinoro said autopsy results are in and all indications are that Judy Black’s death was simply a tragic accident. Black fell down the stairs in her home in April. Some within the Sheriff’s office are skeptical because of the extensive injuries she suffered. The autopsy is now being reviewed by the District Attorney. Until that review is complete, Sheriff Antinoro said he cannot comment on the results.

Possible Shooting

Shots fired at an apartment complex in south Reno…

Reno Police say they are continuing to interview witnesses who report hearing 5-6 shots in the 600-block of Patriot Way. Police on scene have not found evidence of a shooting. At this time, there are no injuries to report and it is unclear if they have any suspects in custody.