Archives for September 2014

Scam warning about jury service

A scam warning from U.S. Marshals in Nevada. Apparently, people are making phone calls to victims and identifying themselves as U.S. marshals, and saying the victim missed jury service. The scammer threatens the victims with arrest, unless an immediate fine is paid by phone. It is a scam. The Marshal’s service says you shouldn’t give out personal information by phone to people you don’t know.

Street Vibrations Resulted in Few Arrests

The 20th Annual Street Vibrations Rally in Reno is history, and the city has released some numbers related to the event. .There were 12 total arrests, pretty close to last year, In conjunction with its other event operations, the Reno Police Department Traffic Division conducted a three-day traffic enforcement campaign focusing on pedestrian safety outside the venue perimeter. Officers issued citations for 301 violations. Most of the violations were for Insurance Required, Jaywalking, and Speed.

Sparks police investigate armed robbery

Sparks police need the public’s help in finding a man who robbed a Sparks convenience store this weekend. Police say a suspect had a gun in his possession when he demanded money from a clerk at Dad’s Quick Mart about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The man took off after getting money from the clerk. The suspect is described as being 6′ tall and weighing 190 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, a ski mask, and a black leather jacket.

Anti violence money coming to Washoe County schools

Nearly a year after a fatal shooting rampage in Sparks, the Washoe County School District has gotten a federal grant totaling close to $974,000, to support programs designed to keep students safe. Governor Sandoval announced the grant on Friday. The grant will allow ten participating schools to share in the services of three new counselors, and two new social workers, to cut down on violence. Last year’s shooting at Sparks middle school helped the district get the grant.

Hotel rates hit new high

This is good news for local tourism. The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority says that the Average Daily Room Rate for area hotels in August 2014 set a new record. The rate for hotels in Washoe County hit $103.98, which is up by nearly 4 percent over August of 2013. The occupancy rate for last month was 77.4%.

Police search for suspects in attempted child luring

Sparks police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection to an attempted child luring. An 11 year old boy told police that on Wednesday afternoon, two Hispanic males tried to get him into a truck near Sparks Middle School. The boy ran home and police were notified. Police are looking for those males, who are both about 40 years old. The truck is described as a full-sized pickup. It’s white, and had was believed to have been headed east on York. If you know anything call secret witness at 322-4900.

Nevada low on immunization list

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Nevada ranks last in the nation for flu vaccination rates. The Reno Gazette-Journal repors a new study says the 2013-2014 flu season that has Nevada 50th on the list, behind Florida and Wyoming. South Dakota placed first nationwide for flu vaccination, followed by Rhode Island. The CDC says the national vaccination rate improved to its highest level since 2010, with 46.2 percent of the population being immunized. The rate among Nevadans 6 months and older was 46.2 percent compared to South Dakota’s nation-leading 57.4 percent.

Board will pay off Martinez

The Washoe County School Board of Trustees originally wanted Superintendent Pedro Martinez gone, and that’s exactly what’s about to happen, but it’ll be costly. The Board yesterday decided to buy out the rest of Martinez’s contract, to resolve a dispute between Martinez and the board. A judge suggested it would be best if the two sides parted ways. Martinez will be paid for salary and benefits for 15 months, which totals more than a half-million-dollars, and the district will pay his attorney fees of $80,000. He’ll be gone before the end of the year. Martinez had filed a lawsuit after the board dismissed him, then reinstated him.

2014 Street Vibrations schedule

The 2014 Street Vibrations motorcycle rally is scheduled for September 24th through September 28th. The primary events will be located in Reno and Sparks but other events are scheduled in Carson City, Virginia City and Lake Tahoe. 2014 is the 20th year for the Street Vibrations and organizers are expecting between 50,000 and 100,000 participants. With the influx of visitors to the area, the number of traffic related issues are expected to increase. The Nevada Highway Patrol is prepared to add extra patrols throughout the Reno-Sparks and surrounding areas that will host events associated with Street Vibrations

Man charged in burglary case

A 31 year old man is accused of burglarizing several businesses in South Reno. Timothy Trujillo is suspected of stealing money and a phone while breaking into several businesses in the 400 block of South Virginia Street last month.