Archives for January 2015

Paul critical of Clinton during Reno visit

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, should preclude former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from ever being considered as president.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the Kentucky Republican told a crowd of supporters in Reno on Saturday that Clinton got cables to protect the consulate in Benghazi but did “nothing.”
Both Paul and Clinton are considering bids for the White House in 2016.

One hurt in accident

Authorities are investigating a rollover accident on Prater Way. A driver was headed eastbound on Prater Way at about 9th street, then the driver lost control and the vehicle flipped. Crews got the driver, 25 year old Rafael Perez-Vasquez, out of the vehicle, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say at this point, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Former superintendent gets new gig

Former Washoe County Schools Superintendent Pedro Martinez has a new job. The Governor wants Martinez to serve as a Superintendent in Residence at the State Department of Education. He’ll be working to help improve under-achieving schools. The governor said that Martinez will help come up with a special, state-wide achievement school district to take care of the tenth of schools in the state that are having the most trouble.

Bribery scandal suspect found dead

A defendant in a bribery scandal involving the nation’s largest public pension fund appears to have shot and killed himself at a Nevada gun club weeks before he was set to go on trial, police said.
Detectives made the discovery while investigating the death Tuesday of Alfred Villalobos, Reno, Nevada, police officer Tim Broadway told the Associated Press. . “We got a call of a possible suicidal person at a gun club in south Reno. Officers responded and found Villalobos deceased with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Broadway said Wedndsday.

Council Promises Action on Pedestrian Death Toll

The Reno City Council is promising to take action to help cut down the number of pedestrian deaths on our streets. Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts said they will install highway reader boards on North Virginia Street this week that warn motorists of pedestrians and will also conduct aggressive enforcement on the roadway. Pitts said those are temporary measures. “What we need to do is slow down the speed in that corridor,” Pitts said, saying that’s an NDOT action. “And we will have to go with these temporary fixes.” The Regional Transportation Commission is slated to talk about the issue at its meeting on Friday.

Crisis hotline volunteers in need

The local crisis call center needs volunteers. A crisis hotline is operated 24 hours a day. Volunteers with the crisis call center answer the crisis hotline. Volunteers just have to be 18 and older. Last year, the crisis call center helped in more than 200 sexual assault cases. Volunteers help people with problems like child abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse. 2 news says they also do one-on-one counseling with survivors of sexual assault. If you want more information, call 784-8085.

New business needed for Incline Village

A new business is needed for the site of DiMaggio’s at the Lake in Incline Village. That business replaced Grog n’ Grist at the corner of Highway 28 and Northwood Boulevard. The Tahoe Daily Tribune says DiMaggio’s lease was terminated in December, and an eviction notice was posted. It was forced to close after missing rent payments. The man who owned the busienss said he ran into health problems in the fall of 2014, and he says he can’t run the business because of it.

Fire Destroys Mobile Home

A Gardnerville mobile home was destroyed by fire last night on Tuesday afternoon. The blaze was on Highway 395 near Main and Mission. The Red Cross is providing help to the person who lived in the trailer, aiding them with access to clothing, medication and food.

Robber With Knife Hits 7-11.

There was a stickup at a 7-11 in Reno early this morning. Police are looking for the thief who threatened the clerk at the East Grove Street store with a butcher knife,and got away with 60 dollars and cigarettes. He left the knife behind.

Good news on gas prices

Gas prices have dropped by more than fifty cents in the past month around the state and what you’re paying at the pump now is about a buck cheaper than this time last year. AAA Nevada said in its monthly gas survey released Tuesday the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.33. That’s 53 cents cheaper than the last survey issued Dec. 9. The cheapest gas is in Carson City with an average price of $2.16 per gallon. . Reno reported an average of $2.47 and Sparks $2.44.