Archives for November 2015

RFD responds to 9 fires over holiday weekend

Reno firefighters were busy over the Thanksgiving holiday. News 4 reports crews responded to five fires in just 48 hours. The fires displaced 9 people and one dog. They also led to the evacuation of two hotels the Hyatt on Plumb Lane and the Peppermill Resort Casino. Two firefighters suffered injuries while responding to the fires.

Sparks Police investigation into death at skate park ongoing

Sparks Police continue their investigation into a man who was found dead in an area skate park. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports police were called to the park on Pyramid Way Wednesday. Police say they don’t suspect foul play, but they’ve yet to release the cause of death or the man’s identity. Investigators say the man be a missing person who had medical issues.

Lawsuit claims disabled students abused at Washoe Co. school

Two families have filed suit against the Washoe County School District over what they say is the continued abuse of disabled kids. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the lawsuit alleges two 8-year-old children were physically, emotionally and verbally abused by a former special education teacher at the Marvin Picollo School. The Washoe County district says that teacher resigned, but no reason was given.

Man arrested after attempted break-in at bail bonds business

A man is arrested after police say he broke into a bail bonds office over the weekend. It happened Saturday morning at the business on the 4400 block of North Virginia Street. Reno Police say the burglar threw a rock through the glass entryway to gain access. The office was closed, but three employees were inside at the time. 2 News reports a struggle ensued and a firearm was discharged, but no one was hurt. The suspect has been charged with burglary, battery and possession a stolen vehicle.

Burglary Suspect Arrested

Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a burglary suspect in Caughlin Ranch early Saturday after the suspect attempted to elude deputies who were investigating a series of home and vehicle burglaries. Deputies responded to the area of Longknife Road and Caughlin Parkway on a report of a vehicle burglary that had just occurred. Deputies, supported by officers and a K9 from the Reno Police Department, immediately set a perimeter. The suspect was identified and stopped as he attempted to leave the area. Deputies discovered property stolen during the burglaries in his possession.

Reno Firefighters Stayed Busy Over Holiday Weekend

The Thanksgiving weekend was no holiday for Reno firefight3ers. They responded to five fires in 48 hours. Firefighters say the blazed displaced a total of nine people and forced the evacuation of two hotels. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Police Offer Cyber Monday Security Tips

The Monday after Thanksgiving has become known as Cyber Monday,when many people shop online for Christmas gifts. The Reno Police Department is offering some tips for safe cyber shopping. Police suggest you use just one credit card to make all of your online purchases. They say it is easier to cancel one card than several if your account is compromised during online purchases.
A second tip: buy a prepaid card. Reno police say this will not only allow you to better keep track of your budget, but it can also limit the amount of money criminals have access to if they get a hold of account information.

Local Airport Has Huge Weekend

It was a huge travel weekend at the Reno -Tahoe International Airport. A spokesperson estimated that there were 12 thousand fliers through the airport on Sunday alone. That’s a 9 percent increase from last year. Experts say an increase in holiday travelers could also be a good indicator of more people coming to Reno this winter.

‘Nuisance’ beavers being trapped, removed in Sparks

Nusiance beavers are chewing their way through Sparks and raising the potential for flooding. The Sparks Tribune reports the Nevada Department of Wildlife gave the OK for the city to hire a contractor to trap and euthanize beavers. The city says the beavers are chewing trees and building dams, and they fear they could block a storm-drainage ditch that’s part of the North Truckee Drain.

The changing face of Black Friday

Online shopping has turned Black Friday into a less crazy shopping experience. Many online retailers began offering their deals last night as did some big box stores. The shopping craze will continue into the weekend. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Midtown Reno is hosting a charity shopping event this afternoon. If you bring a pair of sneakers, you’ll get discount passes for local retailers. The Nugget is also hosting a Crafts for Christmas Fair all weekend long. Don’t forget tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, if you shop local.