Archives for July 2016

Strategic command says ‘space junk’ typically not harmful

Could yesterday’s fireball in the sky actually have harmed us? The U.S. Strategic Command says probably not. What many thought was a UFO or a meteor shower turned out to be a Chinese rocket that was falling back down to earth. Strategic Command tells News 4 so-called space junk like that usually burns up. There’s a small chance a large object could hit Earth, but even if it did, the chances of it landing in water are high.

Man shot, killed by Sparks Police

A Sparks police officer has shot and killed a man. It happened Thursday morning. Police were responding to reports of a man driving at speeds of 70 miles per hour going the wrong way on Greenbrae Drive near 4th Street in Sparks, where he struck several vehicles. Police say they pulled over the driver at 1st Street and Richard Way and events during that traffic stop led to the fatal shots. The suspect died at the scene. No officers were injured. The officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave.

Baseball Legend To Visit Local Ballpark

A baseball great will be at the local ballpark this weekend. Darryl Strawberry will be appearing at Greater Nevada Field for the Reno Aces games today and tomorrow. Strawberry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Aces-Grizzlies game tomorrow.

Man Murdered In Reno Park

A man was shot and killed at Oxbow Park in west Reno last night. The park is located between the Truckee River and Fourth Street. Police say the shooting victim was still alive when he was discovered about 7:30 pm, but he later died at the hospital. Police say thick vegetation at the park has made it hard for them to gather evidence. So far, police have few leads in the case.

Juvenile missing in Sparks

Sparks police are looking for a teenage runaway. They say 14-year-old Mayaya Abolinas was seen last night on the 5100 block of Canyon Run Parkway. Abolinas is 5″ with a thin build and shoulder length dark hair that’s lighter at the bottom. Police are concerned for her safety, saying she has mental health issues.

Reno home renovation company shuts down, leaving customers high and dry

A Reno home renovation company that’s shut down could owe local residents thousands of dollars. 2 News reports Reno Renovators has collected thousands of dollars in deposits from residents for various home improvements-when one day those customers discovered the business had closed its doors-for good. The residents could get some of their money back from the state contractor’s board.

Gondola rides being offered on Lake Tahoe

It’s not Veniceā€¦but it’s just as nice! Lake Tahoe now has authentic gondolas.
Take a ride in a gondola this weekend in Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Amore specialized in marriage proposals. 2 News reports they’ve got 2 boats that do both morning and evening cruises.

Washoe County still short 100 teachers

Washoe County is still short 100 teachers with less than two weeks to until the start of school. Some of the vacant positions are non-classroom teachers and instead are staff and social worker jobs. But a district official tells News 4 they’re not worried and that this time last year they had 200 positions to fill. She expressed confidence the jobs will be filled in time for the first day of school on August 8th.

Police Seek Runaway Teen

The public is being asked to help locate a 14 year old Sparks girl. Police say Mayaya Abolinas has mental health issues and reportedly ran away from home. She was last seen in the 51-hundred block of Canyon Run Parkway, near where she lives. Family members describe the missing girl as being five feet tall and thin with shoulder length dark hair. When she was last seen,she was wearing a white shirt, gray sweatpants and low-top shoes.

Teacher Shortage For Reno Schools

Teachers wanted. The first day of classes for kids in the Washoe County School District is August 8th, but the district is still trying to fill 100 vacant jobs for teachers. Development director Emily Ellison says she’s not worried. She says last year at this time they were still trying to fill 200 teaching positions. So, she feels confident there will be a teacher in every classroom on the first day of school.