Archives for November 2014

Fernley fire keeps crews busy

Fire crews were responding to a brush fire in the Fernley area. It was burning a couple of miles east of the city yesterday. It was a ten-acre brush fire. Authorities initially got a call about a car fire, and the car was fully engulfed in flames when crews got there, then the fire spread to federal land. No structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported. Firefighters couldn’t reach the fire, so they were letting it burn out.

Sparks man arrested for child sex crimes

A Sparks man has been arrested on child sex crimes charges. The charges against 66 year old Kenneth Montano relate to incidents involving one female victim whom Montano knew. Montano was arrested on eight counts of sexual assault against a child under the age of 14 and one count of lewdness with a child under the age of 14. Authorities believe there could be more victims.

Council moves forward in picking new member

The Reno City Council has settled on the next steps in the process to pick a new member. 74 people have put their names in for the seat. The council voted to turn in their top five names, then interview applicants. The council decided to hold a special meeting on Monday December first to go over the final names submitted by each council member.

Arrest in hit and run

Reno police arrested a driver in connection to a fatal pedestrian accident in South Reno last week. 22 year old Alex Maya-Rodriguez was walking in a crosswalk, across Airway, near McCarran, when he was hit by a vehicle, and the driver of that vehicle fled the scene. Authorities arrested 66 year old Geoffrey Kennard on Friday.

ID in pedestrian hit and run

We now know the name of a woman killed in a hit and run crash in Lyon County on Monday. It happened on State Route 427 just after 2 p.m. Monday. A pickup truck headed southbound hit Latasha Lee Woods along the road, and she died at the scene. Two people in the vehicle took off, but a Lyon County Sheriff’s deputy stopped them near Fernley, and they were both arrested.

Fatal stabbing in Reno

Reno police say a woman was fatally stabbed last night. The woman was unresponsive when police got to the scene, which was an apartment complex on Plumas Street near McCarran Boulevard. She was later declared dead. Police say they are not searching for a killer, and there is no threat to the public.

Motorcycle rider killed

Sparks Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash. 2 news says a motorcycle crashed into a brick wall in a parking lot at 259 South McCarran Boulevard. The rider of the motorcycle was killed. He was the only person on the motorcycle.

Philanthropist Piazzo Passes Away

Local philanthropist Link Piazzo has died. Piazzo served during World War II as a pilot and donated $1 million to the Nevada Humane Society for its new regional center on Longley Lane. The dog park in Hidden Valley is also named after him. And he donated money to the University of Nevada and Reno High School. Piazzo was the original “Voice of the Wolf Pack,” broadcasting University of Nevada football and basketball games beginning in the 1940s. He and his brother, Chet, opened The Sportsman sporting goods store in 1938, which remained in business for more than 60 years. The Washoe County Medical Examiner says Piazzo passed away from a heart-related disease. He was 95 years old.

Vigil Honors Memory of Murdered Boys

Hundreds of people gathered in west Reno last night for a candlelight vigil to show their support for Ashley Deane. Deane lost her husband and her two little boys last week in a murder suicide
Reno’s mayor and police chief spoke at the vigil. A fundraising page has raised nearly $45,000 from over 700 donors in only a week.

Click it or Ticket starts Thursday

Nevada’s Joining Forces multi-county law enforcement program is launching its “Click it or Ticket” education effort alongside the nationwide effort to encourage drivers to strap on their seat belts.
Between today and Dec. 2, law enforcement officers will fan out across Nevada in search of motorists who are not buckled up. Although seat belt use is not a primary offense in Nevada, seat belts are proven to be a primary factor in decreasing fatalities in a crash. Officers warn they can spot drivers who try to “fake it” or slyly slip on their seat belts upon being pulled over. Nevada statistics show that between 2007 and 2011, nearly a third (64 percent) of fatalities and serious injury crashes involving unbelted occupants occurred at night.