Archives for May 2015

Exotic car rally stops in Reno

A so-called “supercar rally” stops in Reno. As part of the Gumball 3,000, more than 3- dozen Ferraris, Bugattis and Lamborghinis were on display Wednesday. They’re part of 100 cars on a trip across the world. They came here from Sweden by cargo aircraft. The exotic cars head to San Francisco next.

Victims IDed fatal wrong-way crash in Sparks

We now have the names of the victims in a fatal head-on crash in Sparks over the weekend. Police say 25-year-old Jaime Rosales-Gomez was behind the wheel of a Mazda pick-up truck that was traveling the wrong way on I-80 when it struck another car head-on Saturday. Police say Rosales-Gomez and a passenger in the other car, identified as Mearl Winberg of Fernley were pronounced dead at the scene. Two others in the crash, Ricardo Chicas-Gomez and Derek Huntley of Yerington remain in critical condition. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

New bridge in Tahoe City approved

A new bridge is coming to Tahoe City. Regional planning officials have unanimously approved the so-called “Fanny Bridge” project. The bridge will re-align Route 89 with Tahoe City. The 30-million-dollar bridge is part of a long-term revitalization effort to make the city more walkable and bikeable. Officials say it will also resolve safety and structural issues for the 87-year-old bridge at the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe. Construction won’t be complete until 2018.

Carson City Middle student critical after being hit by car

A Carson City Middle School student is seriously hurt after being struck by a car Tuesday. Police say the 13-year-old was walking at the intersection of South Carson and 10 streets when the student was hit by a vehicle heading northbound. The student was airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment, where at last check, the student was in critical condition. The crash remains under investigation, and so far, the driver hasn’t been charged.

Reno shuts down homeless feeding site in Morris Burner Hotel

Reno has shut down one of the city’s largest shelter that feeds homeless people.
The city closed We Care Volunteers’ Fourth Street Operation inside the Morris Burner Hotel. City officials say since We Care began serving nightly meals to the homeless between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. they’ve noticed an uptick in disturbances and violence. We Care volunteers were scheduled to meet with city council Wednesday morning to try to find an alternative location for the feeding site.

Normal operations resume at Alyce Taylor Elementary after earlier lockdown

Things are back to normal at a Sparks Elementary School that was on lockdown Tuesday. Washoe County School District says the code yellow at Alyce Taylor Elementary School was caused by a possible suspicious device on a school bus nearby. 2 News reports the device turned out to a large firecracker. A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, but school district officials say the scene was cleared before they arrived.

Normal operations resume at Sparks Elementary after Tuesday lockdown

Things are back to normal at a Sparks Elementary School that was on lockdown Tuesday. Washoe County School District says the code yellow at Alyce Taylor Elementary School was caused by a possible suspicious device on a school bus nearby. 2 News reports the device turned out to a large firecracker. A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene, but school district officials say the scene was cleared before they arrived.

State lawmakers considering hiking cigarette tax

You may soon have to pay more for a pack of cigarettes, if some Nevada lawmakers get their way. A bill working its way through the Assembly would raise the taxes on cigarettes by a dollar, bringing it $1.80 per pack. Several health advocates say the measure would decrease the state’s smoking rate. The bill would also make temporary rates on payroll and sales tax permanent, to raise $600 million in additional revenues.

Statute of limitations extended on rape, sexual assaults

The statute of limitations on reporting rape and sexual assault has been extended in Nevada. Governor Sandoval signed a bill into law that changes the statute of limitations from four years to 20 years for all new rape and sexual assault cases. The bill’s sponsor Assemblywoman Irene Adams says it’s necessary because a large percentage of women don’t immediate report sexual assault due to fear or embarrassment. The law makes the statute of limitations on crimes of sexual assault equal to that of murder or terrorism.

3 face welfare fraud charges in Reno, Sparks

The owners of two stores in Reno and Sparks face charges of welfare fraud. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says Mohammed Ibrahim, owner of Dhaka Foods in Sparks, Tania Hali, owner of the Family Mart on 4th Street in Reno and MD Abdul Hasnat, an employee of both stores, conspired with food stamp participants to fraudulently obtain funds from the program. Their arrests are the result of a year-and-a-half long investigation that uncovered more than $375,000 was stolen from SNAP funds.