A joint operation between the DEA, the FBI and Reno Police leaves a well-known businessman behind bars. The busts happened simultaneously at the Jones-West Ford dealership and at Richard West Jr.’s home in South Reno. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Richard West the II was led out of the dealership in handcuffs. He’s behind bars at the Washoe County Jail. Documents are sealed so we’re still not sure what he’s been charged with. Other people have also been arrested in connection with this sting.
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A fourth person is nabbed in connection with a murder at a South Lake Tahoe Lodge. Police handcuffed 33-year-old Tevarez Lopez Wednesday. He was already in custody in the El Dorado County jail on unrelated charges. Lopez has been charged with the murder of Dennis Wright in a drug deal that went awry. Three others were also arrested and charged with murder.
One person is seriously hurt after being stabbed in Fallon. It happened Thursday night on Esmerelda Street. Police say 55-year-old Ricky St. Amant was stabbed in the stomach. Police arrested Oryan Yazzie of New Mexico and charged him with battery. He’s behind bars on $50,000 bail.
A GOP meeting so raucous the police were called.
A meeting Tuesday of Washoe County Republicans Central Committee turned into a shouting match and resulted in someone calling the Reno Police Department. Bitter infighting led four top GOP leaders to resign a month ago. Two of those have now changed their minds. Former chairman David Buell says they’ve had problems before, but, he says, this is the ugliest and meanest he has ever seen. If you enjoy fireworks, take note, their next meeting is in July.
Local gambling revenues are looking better than statewide. Gambling revenue was down 3 percent statewide in March, compared with the same month a year ago. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the state’s casinos won 951 million dollars last month. However, revenue was down in the areas with the most gambling activities, including the Las Vegas strip. On the positive side, Reno casino revenue was up 1% to $47 million, and South Lake Tahoe revenue was up 23% to $17 million in March.
A job fair is happening today at Truckee Meadows Community College. It’s the Spring Veterans Job and Resource fair,going on from 11 am until 2 pm. It’s open to all northern Nevada veterans. More than 60 organizations will be taking part, including those looking to hire veterans and those offering veteran-related resources.
A toddler falls from a second story window. It happened in Gardnerville on Thursday afternoon. First responders say the three year old girl was leaning against the screen of a window on the second floor of an apartment complex when it gave way. The girl fell, landing on a concrete slab down below. The child was rushed to the hospital on board a Care Flight medical helicopter.
An overturned murder conviction has the victim’s family crying foul…more from Lin McDowell…
((Leonardo Cardoza was convicted in the killing of 19 year old Desiree’ Bragg in January 2013. The Nevada Supreme Court recently overturned the murder conviction because first degree murder was not defined correctly by the judge. Now, Cardoza could get a new trial.
News 4 is reporting the lawyer for Cardoza, Allison Joffee, says the evidence presented in the 2014 murder trial was wrong and she plans to present a completely different side of the story in hopes of reducing Cardoza’s original sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Desiree’s family was devastated when they found out there could be a new trial.
The Carson City District Attorney must make a request for all seven Nevada Supreme Court Justices to hear the appeal before a new trial is set. I’m Lin McDowell))
Reno Police are investigating a disruption of a Republican gathering. News 4 reports an argument started over who had control of a microphone Tuesday night at the Peppermill Casino. The station reports someone tried to videotape what was happening and then got jumped from behind by another member of the party. It’s unclear whether charges will be filed.
Concert officials are looking at chartered and private planes to fly people in and out of Burning Man this year. The week-long festival in the Black Rock Desert draws 70,000 people and clogs up the roadways. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Burning Man is considering contracting with a company to fly people in and out of the concert. Flights could depart from Reno, Los Angeles and San Francisco.