Archives for August 2017

Trump Visit Racked Up Reno Police Overtime Costs

Reno police have released figures on just how much it cost the city to provide extra staffing for the visit of President Donald Trump to the Reno Sparks Conventoin Center last week. Police paid just over 19 thousand dollars in overtime. Police Chief Jason Soto says that’s about the same overtime price tag as previous presidential visits. About 100 Reno police officers worked the President’s visit. They had help from Sparks police and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. No arrests were made, as protests stayed peaceful.

Red Flag Warning In Effect

We all have to be even more careful than usual not to spark a fire today. The National Weather Service reports that a Red Flag Warning will remain in effect until 8 p.m. At this moment, a wildfire is prompting evacuations south of Elko. So far, the Spring Creek fire has scorched 600 acres. A evacuation center has been set up at Spring Creek Elementary School. A wildfire sparked up Tuesday afternoon near Winnemucca Ranch Road north of Sparks. The Needle Fire covers about 300 acres. Separately, the Mullen Fire is burning west of Pyramid Lake.

Feds Find Problems In RPD Audit

A federal audit finds Reno Police used its share of federal funds on unauthorized expenses, investments in treasury bonds…all while making a series of accounting errors over three years. The problems, from 2012 to 2015, happened on former Police Chief Steve Pitts’ tenure. It shows the department spent $47,500 in forfeiture funds on diversity training and $28,000 on computer security software…without obtaining approval from the city manager. The city improperly mixed those funds with other city funds, even investing the money in those bonds, which is against federal rules. The city lost $5,335 on the investments. These and other mistakes put the city at risk of having to reimburse the federal government for the mishandled funds.

Sparks Burglary Update

Sparks Police wants two men wanted in connection to a burglary at a Burrows Ct. residence. Home surveillance shows the two suspects…you can hear one of them yell to check if anyone is home…then he chambers a round into a semi-automatic handgun. One suspect is white…late 20’s with dark hair…6-feet or taller…240-to-280 and has a beard. The second is white in his 20’s…5-foot-8…130…wearing a gray tank top and shorts. Both are considered armed and dangerous.

Sparks Suspect Caught In Fernley

A suspect in a Sparks robbery is arrested after a brief standoff in Fernley. Lyon County deputies cornered the suspect on Andy Way before he surrendered. No injuries reported. The identity of the suspect was withheld.

Serious 395 Crash

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating an injury crash on northbound 395, near the Golden Valley Road exit. Three vehicles were involved. Traffic was impacted in both directions for a time. No word on what led to the crash.

Smoke At Mall

Reno crews were at the Meadowood Mall. Officials say there was light smoke and haze inside the JCPenney salon, which was evacuated. No alarms were activated. Crews went on the roof to check the HVAC system. The mall remained open.

28 Is Back Open

A Tahoe roadway is back open…Jared Cerullo…(:26)

Hit-And-Run Injures Pedestrian

A pedestrian was injured in a hit and run incident about ten pm last night in the area of 635 U. S 50 in Zephyr Cove. Rescuers from Tahoe-Douglas fire said the person was struck by a pickup truck, and the Nevada Highway Patrol is looking for the pickup truck this morning. The victimw as taken to Barton Memorial Hospital.

Bicyclist Struck By Car

A bicyclist was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, after being hit by a car in South Lake Tahoe on Monday. It happened at the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Shepherds Drive. Rescuers described the 18 year old man’s injuries as “severe and traumatic”.