Archives for August 2015

2 churches vandalized in Incline Village

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a series of church vandalism incidents in Lake Tahoe. The latest incident happened at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Village Church on McCurry Boulevard in Incline Village. 2 News reports the vandalism started as just graffiti, but escalated to broken windows. A $500 reward is being offered by Secret Witness for the capture of the vandal. You can call them at 322.4900.

Gates open to dust at Burning Man

Tens of thousands have descended on the Black Rock Desert. The gates to Burning Man opened at 10 a.m. Sunday. Burners began arriving Saturday and were welcomed by a dust storm. Some camps were completely flattened. It caused difficulty for set up too with near “white out” conditions reported at times. Some waited in hours’ worth of traffic to get to the festival site. But now the music is underway and going until August 7.

Man who set car on fire arrested

Reno police arrest a man in connection with an arson in a store parking lot. Police say Antonio Castrollen doused a car in lighter fluid and set it ablaze in the Walmart parking lot late last week. No one was hurt. Castrollen faces third-degree arson charges.

Rancho San Rafael Park to reopen for Great Reno Balloon Race

The pasture at Rancho San Rafael Park will be open again next month. The Great Reno Balloon Race will take place in the field September 11-13. The park was closed June 1 after the only source of water for it was cut off. But 2 News reports crews have been ensuring the pasture stays healthy by bringing in water trucks each night in hopes it can be fully revived by next spring.

Call center to bring 500 jobs to Reno

Up to 500 new jobs are coming to northern Nevada. The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada says Teleperformance USA is opening a new contact center in Reno. The company is hiring for a number of jobs including customer service, trainers,and quality control.

Reno man arrested for attempted murder after shots fired

A Reno man is charged with attempted murder. Witnesses tell police someone was firing shots from a vehicle at anothher person who was trying to run away early Friday morning. Police say the victim was found at a nearby casino at 4th Street and Keystone Avenue, but he hadn’t been shot. KOLO-TV reports that police found the alleged gunman, 40-year-old Frank Perry, after he had crashed near 2nd and Winter streets. Police say Perry had stolen the victim’s car and intended to kill the victim over a dispute.

Morris Burner Hotel brings Burning Man to Reno

Can’t make it to Burning Man? A Reno hotel can help with that. The Morris Burner Hotel will host 24/7 activities in its backyard. KOLO-TV reports there will be music and dancing for the 5,000 people expected to attend. Think of it as “Little Burning Man.”

Car set on fire in Walmart parking lot

A man is charged with arson after a car is set ablaze in a department store parking lot. It happened in the Walmart parking lot at Kietzke Lane and McCarran Boulevard in South Reno Thursday morning. KRNV-TV says witnesses saw the suspect douse a car in lighter fluid and set it on fire. No one was hurt.

Winds bring heightened fire risk

A fall-like storm will bring gusty winds Saturday, creating dangerous fire potential for the area. Winds Saturday could reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour along I-580 and the foothills. Fire officials are asking northern Nevadans to avoid barbecues or anything that could ignite sparks. They say with so much dry vegetation and the heavy winds that things like campfires, power tools and cooking could easily spark a fire. Those near waters like Lake Tahoe or Pyramid Lake are also urged to use caution. Those heading to Burning Man can expect dusty conditions for the start of the musical festival.

Extra enforcement on I-80 begins this weekend

Ramped up enforcement begins on Interstate 80 across the country this weekend. The state highway patrol says August is the deadliest month for travel on the interstate that runs from California to New Jersey. Nevada and 10 other states will put extra troopers on the road to hunt for distracted or impaired driving and speeding. They’ll also be looking to ensure people are wearing their seatbelts. The Nevada Highway Patrol hopes to keep its 410 mile stretch of I-80 accident free all weekend.