Archives for December 2015

Sen. Reid Urges Nev. to Accept EPA Help on Abandoned Mines

Sen. Harry Reid is urging state lawmakers to accept help being offered by the Environmental Protection Agency for abandoned mine cleanup. The EPA says it plans to designate the Anaconda mine near Yerington as a Superfund site, meaning federal money would pay for 90 percent of the cleanup costs. The state has until Jan. 29 to accept the EPA’s offer but has balked at acceptance for fear of lowering property values in the area. Sen. Reid voiced his support in a letter to the EPA’s regional director over the weekend.

Phone scam strikes area

A phone scam hits the area. Residents are getting robo-calls from 775 and 702 area codes, telling them they’ve been randomly selected for a free one-night stay at any of Marriot’s 5-star hotels. You must press 1 to accept. From there, the caller asks for all kinds of personal information, including credit card numbers. In a statement, Marriot tells KOLO-TV the calls are also being made in other parts of the world and that the calls are completely fraudulent.

Father of UNR student on life support back in court

The father of a University of Nevada Reno student is back in court fighting for his daughter’s life. An attorney for the father of Aden Hailu says he believes Saint Mary’s regional Medical Center will ask a judge for brain wave tests that weren’t done last summer. Lawyers for the hospital have said Hailu is brain dead and want to pull the plug. A final decision isn’t expected until later next month.

Missing hiker found safe near Mount Rose

Search and rescue teams have located a hiker, who went missing in five feet of snow near Mount Rose. Deputies say the man was located in good condition Monday, after he hadn’t been heard from since Sunday. Deputies say he had been on foot and using snow equipment.

Man in head-on crash with Sparks officer identified

We now have the name of a man accused of slamming into a police cruiser, injuring an officer, earlier this month. KOLO-TV reports 21-year-old John Simmons of Reno was arrested after he was released from the hospital Saturday. Sparks Police say Simmons was pulled over on December 18 and led police on a chase, before he rammed another cruiser head-on. The officer remains in recovery. Simmons was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, DUI, and other charges. He’s behind bars on nearly $150,000 bail.

Slick Spaghetti Bowl leads to more than a dozen crashes

Icy roadways have led to more than a dozen crashes near the Spaghetti Bowl. A four-car crash was reported at Pyramid and Queens and a roll-over crash on I-80, heading westbound near Mustang…at least one person was injured there. A crash was also reported on I-80 westbound at Wells. Troopers say I-80 is the slickest roadway of all. Other vehicles have reportedly slid off the road as well. Chains or snow tires are required through mountain passes into California.

Sparks officer saves Christmas for local family

A Sparks police officer is being credited with returning the Christmas spirit to a local family. KOLO-TV reports all of the Christmas decorations were stolen from Marvin Gonzalez’s front-yard just two days before Christmas. His kids thought Santa wouldn’t be able to find their home. Officer Dustin Butler took the report and returned to the home with bags full of Christmas decorations and lights. The kids all wrote him thank you notes.

Fire Reported in Home, Casino

A couple of fires in the area on Sunday. Reno firefighters doused a house fire in the 59-hundred block of Home Gardens Drive about 1:30 pm. Firefighters say the blaze was likely caused by a natural gas heater. In Sparks, firefighters rushed to the Nugget Resort Casino after getting a call about smoke and an electrical smell. However,there was no fire after all, just a kitchen related incident in the casino’s Gilley’s restaurant.

New winter storm poses tricky travel over Sierra

AAA says one in three Americans are taking a trip this holiday season. If your travels are taking you over the Sierra, Wednesday night was your best chance to leave without the threat of severe weather. The Tahoe Basin now has more than 2 feet of a snow from this week’s past storm. But new snow fall will fall through 4 p.m. Thursday, creating major travel concerns along I-80 and Highways 50 and 395. White out conditions are possible. Reno-Tahoe Airport is also its busiest in years.

Experts warn more earthquakes could come

Experts at Nevada’s Seismological Lab are surveying the fault line of Tuesday night’s series of earthquakes. News 4 reports the fault line responsible happened beneath Mount Rose. The event triggered six earthquakes, the largest a magnitude 4.5 The epicenter of that quake was at Thomas Creek and Foothills roads in Reno. No one was seriously hurt, but that fault is capable of producing larger quakes, and the experts say Tuesday’s earthquakes only raises those odds.