Archives for July 2020

Reno man charged with child sex trafficking

A Reno man is arrested on charges of child sex trafficking. 49-year-old James Westfall is accused of soliciting a child for prostitution and using the child to produce pornography. He was arrested at his midtown Reno home Thursday following a month-long investigation.

2 more die from COVID-19 in the Quad-County region

Two more people die from COVID-19 in the Quad-County region. Health officials say a man and woman in their 80s from Lyon County, both with underlying health conditions died. The Quad-County’s death toll now stands at 12. The area added 13 cases Thursday.

CA man faces 6-20 years in prison for DUI death

A California man admits he was high on meth when he caused a fatal crash last year. The Tahoe-Daily Tribune reports Jarred Dominguez faces between 6 and 20 years in prison on a DUI causing death charge. He’s accused of crossing the center line on Highway 50 in Lake Taohe, killing a Carson City father of three.

2 pilots fighting wildfire in southeast Nevada collide in mid-air in fatal crash

Two pilots are dead in a mid-air collision in southeast Nevada. The BLM says it happened Thursday while fighting the human-sparked Bishop Fire. The two single-engine air tankers had one-person-the pilot on-board each.

Reno company donates 30K masks to Washoe Health District

A local company donates masks to Washoe County. The 30,000 masks, worth $150,000 came from ZLINE Kitchen and Bath in Reno. The Health District says the masks will go to long-term care facilities, and they’re grateful for the donation.

Coaches & Athletes Had to Sign COVID-19 Liability Waiver

Coaches and student-athletes participating in summer sports through the Washoe County School District were required to sign a coronavirus liability waiver acknowledging the risk of serious illness and death. The letter was sent to coaches and students ahead of summer practices and conditioning, but will not be sent to teachers and students before the 2020/2021 school year, according to WCSD officials.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Health officials report a record 179 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths and 99 recoveries in Washoe County on Thursday. There are currently 1,298 active cases of the coronavirus countywide.

Gov. Sisolak Calls Special Session

Gov. Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into a special session beginning this morning to address significant policy issues that cannot wait until the regularly scheduled legislative session. In the proclamation, the following policy items are included for consideration: Ensuring Nevadans can exercise their fundamental right to vote in a way that does not dangerously expose them to increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Also Helping stabilize Nevada businesses so they don’t suffer continued economic hits

Washoe Health Officer continues to express concerns over schools reopening

“Dark days” lie ahead–that’s what Washoe County Health Officer Kevin Dick is saying after the school board ignored his recommendation not to reopen schools. After nine hours of debate, the board voted to continue to reopen schools for in-person learning for elementary school students on August 17th. Middle and high schools will see a mix of hybrid learning. Kevin Dick says the county could see a spike in overall cases as a result of the district’s decision. He could also still shutdown the schools, which he says he feels gave in to community pressures to reopen.

Target shooting sparks fire near Sun Valley

Target shooting sparks a wildfire fire in the hills near Sun Valley. The Rowdy Fire broke out Wednesday at lunchtime and spanned about 10 acres. No structures were threatened. Investigators say the target shooter won’t be cited because they were shooting in an area where it’s legal, and they called to report the fire and remained at the scene.