Archives for February 2015

Reward offered in cabbie attack

There is a thousand dollars on the table as a reward for whomever can lead police to the arrest of two suspects in an early Monday morning robbery in Reno. Police say a taxi cab driver was attacked, his money stolen and cell phone taken, after he picked up a man and woman on the 27 hundred block of South Virginia Street at about 1am. The attack reportedly happened when he dropped them off at Jamaica Park.

Bill: Special pedestrian safety zones would carry heftier fines

A measure under consideration by state lawmakers could lead to to special pedestrian safety zones where traffic fines are doubled. The Associated Press reports lawmakers are scheduled to review SB144 on Tuesday in the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would allow local governments or the Nevada Department of Transportation to designate areas as safety zones in the same way that some stretches of road are designated construction zones and carry higher penalties for speeding.

Lawmakers To Introduce So-Called “Poptart Gun” Bill

They call it the pop tart gun bill. Republicans in the Nevada assembly plan to introduce a bill that would bar schools from punishing students who play with toy firearms. There was a highly-publicized 2013 incident in which a Maryland second-grader was suspended over a half-eaten Pop-Tart chewed into the shape of a gun. The Nevada bill would forbid schools from punishing students that play with toy guns or pretend to use a firearm.

Man charged with open murder

A man has been charged with open murder in connection to the death of a taxi driver in November of last year. 55 year old Sami Amin was shot and killed in the 900 block of Wheeler Avenue. Authorities have charged 27 year old John Orris in the case. He already had been a suspect in a burglary that happened in Reno last year.

New record number of employers

A new record high for the number of employers in Nevada. In the fourth quarter of last year, that hit about 61,200. The previous record had been 60,600, and that had been set in the second quarter of 2008.

Hotel bookings up

A big increase in Washoe County hotel bookings this year. 2 news says according to the local convention and visitors’ authority, January taxable hotel revenues were up more than 32 percent from the year before. The average room rate charged went up by 12 percent over last year, up by more than 9 dollars a night.

One dead in two car crash in Reno

One fatality reported after a head on crash in southeast Reno. The Reno Gazette Journal says one driver’s car jumped the median and struck the car of another driver headed in the opposite way. That first driver, who’s not been identified, died in the wreck. The second driver and a passenger in their car are in the hospital with severe injuries. No indication why that deceased driver lost control prior to the crash.

Bear Dispute Leads to Lawsuit

A woman in Lake Tahoe says she got death threats from a bear protection group, so she is suing them. They were upset, she says, because she reported an aggressive black bear to the authorities and they killed the bear. Adrienne Evans alleges that the Bear league mounted a social media campaign to run her and her husband out of town. The lawsuit seeks up to 50 thousand dollars in damages.

Gas prices up

Nevada gas prices keep climbing. pus the statewide average price for gas today at $2.54 a gallon, which is up eight cents in the last week, and it’s up more than 30 cents a gallon in the last month. A year ago the statewide average was $3.39 a gallon. By comparison the national average is $2.30 a gallon, which is up a nickel in the last week and it’s up 27 cents a gallon in the last month.

ATV crash kills one

One person is dead after an ATV crash in Elko County. KOLO says 23 year old Zach Knox and 37 year old Dan Nations were riding an ATV on dirt trails Thursday night, when the crash occurred. Knox died in the wreck, and Nations had serious head injuries. Both men had been thrown from the ATV after it wrecked. Apparently neither man was wearing a helmet, and it looks like alcohol was a factor in the crash.