He was called the state’s star witness in the shooting of a notorious gang leader at a Sparks casino, and now he’s recanting. Documents obtained by the AP show Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick says he lied under oath when he testified that the murder of Hells Angel leader Jeffrey Pettigrew, on the Nugget casino’s gambling floor, was part of an elaborate plot by a rival gang. His testimony put Ernesto Gonzalez in prison for life. Rudnick was released from prison last year after doing just two years on conspiracy to commit murder charges. He’s now changing his story, saying he lied, under pressure from prosecutors. Rudnick’s recanting could make it hard for prosecutors to convict Gonzalez again. He’s scheduled to head to trial a second time after his last conviction was thrown out due to improper jury instructions.
A man is arrested after a fight downtown. It happened Thursday. Reno police tell KOLO-TV that Anthony Baker was charged with suspicion of battery after he allegedly punched another man in the head and knocked him to the ground at East Sixth and Record streets. Police say the victim was bleeding from the head. He’s in critical, but stable condition.
Three of the state’s best high schools are right here in Washoe County according to U.S. News & World Report. The Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology ranked third while Reno High School and McQueen High School came in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Nevada is getting nearly $6 million to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic that’s gripping the nation. The federal money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be used to fight back against prescription drug abuse through added prevention and treatment programs and an expansion of Naloxone, which can reverse overdoses. Nevada has taken steps to try to decrease overdoses by reducing criminal penalties and increasing scrutiny over patients’ prescription drug histories.
Bedbugs discovered in library books. It happened at the Carson City library, where Director Sena Loyd says a staff member spotted the bugs on five books within minutes after they were returned. The books were removed from the library and destroyed. All the books in the return bin were quarantined, too. Loyd says the public has nothing to worry about.
Things looked scary for awhile at the airport yesterday, but it was only a drill. Nearly 100 volunteers took part in the full scale disaster drill at Reno-Tahoe International Airport Thursday, so the community is prepared in the event of a mass casualty incident. The drill simulated an explosion on an international flight.
There were reports early this morning of a vehicle submerged in the water of Pyramid Lake. Calls reporting the incident came in to authorities just past 2 am, and crews from Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District responded.
A company called Breadware has moved its headquarters and business operations to Reno. City officials say the company intends to fill 15 permanent full time positions including sales,marketing, financial and engineering. The company was previously headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. Breadware created a hardware and software service that can be used by entrepreneurs and businesses wanting to develop products in the Internet of Things space.
School safety was the subject at a meeting of the Safe and Healthy Schools Commission in Reno last night. The commission conducted a two year independent audit of the Washoe County school district. Security consultants recommending implementing safety measures in all the schools. Those would include single-point entries, secure perimeters, closed circuit camera systems and changing classroom door handles so they can be locked from the inside.
A Storey County man accused of killing his wife will head to trial. Bret Black is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Judy Black in 2014. News 4 reports Sheriff Gerald Antinoro Black’s death was an accident, despite signing off on it being a homicide on her death certificate. Black is due back in court next month.