Archives for May 2015

Police make arrest in Reno cold case murder

A cold case is re-opened. More than 10 years ago, pre-school teacher Kyla Annan was found murdered in her northeast Reno home. Now, KOLO-TV reports that Francisco Ojeda will head to trial for her rape and murder. Police learned through a secret tip that Ojeda had been living in Reno in 2004, when Annan was strangled. Police arrested Ojeda in Orange County at his landscaping job.. They say at the time of his arrest, he admitted to Annan’s murder and was emotional. Ojeda is behind bars without bail pending trial.

JetBlue flights between Reno, NYC now in air

Non-stop flights between Reno and New York City are finally happening out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Local officials rode the first JetBlue flight Thursday night, landing in Reno just before 9 p.m. They expect the route to be popular, especially in the winter for New Yorkers looking for a ski getaway in Lake Tahoe. The Reno-Gazette Journal reports that local officials are hoping Jet Blue will expand and cater to Reno residents by adding flights to West Coast cities.

Sparks Police warn of scooter thefts

Sparks police are warning about a rash of scooter and moped thefts. Police say 30 scooters have been stolen in the last month. Police warn scooters are easy to steal … with criminals using flat-head screws drivers to take them. Scooter owners are advised to purchase uncuttable locks and store them in a well-lit area. 2 News says this Saturday, you can register your bike or scooter with Reno police in the event it is stolen. Police will be at the Double Diamond Elementary School registering bikes all day.

Fire bill combining Washoe, Reno efforts could get vote Friday

A vote could come as early as today in a bill that would force Washoe County and Reno fire departments to work together. The Reno-Gazette Journal reports a bill, scheduled for a vote Friday in an Assembly committee, if passed, would require the closest fire engine to respond to a fire despite jurisdiction. The two are exploring the idea of a merger, on their own, that many say would be more efficient and better for taxpayers. They ended a 12-year partnership three years ago over funding.

New Children’s Garden opens this weekend in Heritage Park

A new Children’s Garden will be dedicated Saturday. The project is part of the Main Street Gardnerville at the Heritage Park Community Garden, funded by federal dollars. They’re holding an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. On display will be a newly-built bridge that spans the wetland area between the Children’s Garden and the main community Garden. You can also pick up veggies for your own garden. Main Street Gardnerville will also be holding free gardening workshops for kids this summer.

Sandoval tax plan clears legislative hurdle

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s controversial tax plan clears an Assembly committee. The Ways and Means Committee voted to amend and pass the bill in a vote 11-4. The plan raises business license fees and taxes on businesses based on revenue and industry-type. The hope is to raise more than $1 billion for an ambitious K-12 education reform.

3 Washoe County teens accused of spray painting schools

Three Washoe County teens are accusing of tagging local high schools. Police tell 2 News that 18-year-olds Evan Seward, Alexis Aguilar, and a third juvenile spray-painted graffiti onto Damonte Ranch and Galena High Schools in South Reno. Police say the graffiti caused about $1,000 in damage.

Closing arguments Friday in Burgarello murder trial

The fate of an elderly Sparks man on trial for murder will soon be in the hands of a jury. Closing arguments in Reno were scheduled for Friday in the Wayne Burgarello case. The 74-year-old is accused of shooting two unarmed trespassers at a vacant duplex he owns. One of those victims died. Prosecutors argued he acted out of revenge for a rise in crime in the neighborhood. Burgarello’s attorney says he had every right to shoot the trespassers under the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Private school vouchers OKed in Nevada Senate

The Nevada Senate approves a controversial private school voucher bill. They’ve agreed to pay $5,000 to any family who takes their child out of public school and enrolls them in private or home school. The bill passed on party lines in a vote 11-8. Critics say the bill takes money from public schools at a time when they’re ranked among the worst in the nation. Proponents say the measure stands up for children and school choice. The bill still needs to clear the Assembly.

Man shot, killed outside Reno Shopping Center

A man is dead after a confrontation Wednesday night a shopping center in Reno.
It happened at 11:15 p.m. in the Mira Loma Chopping Center. Police say two men got into a fight, when one of those men produced a handgun and fatally shot 56-year-old Steve Petersdorf of Reno. Police are looking for 56-year-old Edward Jose. He was last seen driving a 2013 dark gray metallic four-door Dodge Ramp pickup. A witness tells police says after the shooting, Jose made suicidal statements.