Archives for June 2016

Reno pays $20K to settle excessive force lawsuit

Reno pays more than $20,000 settle an excessive force lawsuit against a police officer. Justin Fleming of Sun Valley claims Officer Terry West grabbed him by the neck and held him over a freeway overpass during a traffic stop last year. Fleming got a traffic citation, and West argues the two fought verbally after Fleming refused to sign it. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the city didn’t admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

UNR gets Justice Dept. grant to fight domestic violence, sex assaults

A program at the University of Nevada Reno gets a generous grant to help combat gender-based violence. News 4 reports the university’s center for Application of Substance Abuse Technologies was among two dozen schools to win the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. A project coordinator says the $300,000 in research will focus on faculty training in how to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.

House Fire Kills Family Pet

A family pet dies in a fire. It happened Monday in South Lake Tahoe. The Fire Department was called out to a house fire in the 2-thousand block of Kubel Avenue just before 7 am. They battled the blaze for three hours. The Tahoe Tribune reports that the fire spread to the shed to the rear of the house, as well as a travel trailer parked between the house and shed. A fence and tree also caught fire. While all human occupants of the house escaped safely, the family dog was killed. The investigation to determine the cause of the fire is underway.

Reno Man Hits Two Holes-In-One

A Reno man hit two holes in one during a round of golf at a golf course just north of Sierraville on Sunday. Woody Wood was playing golf with a group of people when he got a hole in one on holes 3 and 7. The odds against that are about 60 million to one.

Overturned Truck Closes Lanes on U.S. 395

A crash took out several lanes on U.S. 395 for a couple of hours last night. Nevada Highway Patrol says it happened near Oddie Boulevard in the southbond lanes about 7:20 pm. The crash resulted in a truck on its side, but there were no injuries reported.

Massive wildfire rages in Mono County, CA

Meantime a major wildfire is burning in Mono County, California. That fire at just about 30 percent containment. It shuttered U.S. 395 near Lee Vining for a big chunk of the weekend, but that’s since been reopened. The Marina Fire has scorched more than 750 acres.

Brush fire burns 9 acres in Washoe Valley

A nine-acre fire breaks out in Washoe Valley. Crews from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District arrived in the hills off Eastlake Boulevard last night to find the Mason Fire raging. The brush fire didn’t threaten any structures and was extinguished.

CHP helicopter rescues sickened girl on hike

A girl becomes sick during a backpacking trip and had to be rescued by helicopter. News 4 reports the girl’s father had to leave his family and hike down for help. The California Highway Patrol copter landed near Paradise Lake to take the girl who was too sick to walk. It’s unclear what illness

Developer offers $1M for abandoned motels

A local developer offers $1 million dollars in cash to turn two abandoned motels into affordable housing. The city wants to raze the Heart o’ Town and Golden Motor Lodge on North Virginia Street, using its blight fund. But first, The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the developer wants to try to convince the dozens of investors who own the abandoned properties to sell.

Sparks comes together to remember lives lost to violence

The community comes together to remember victims of crime. They gathered at the Holly Quick Memorial Garden at the Sparks Marina last night. 2 News reports relatives with tears streaming down their faces told stories of their loves ones lost to violence. Law enforcement attended as well to let families know they’re still fighting for justice. The memorial was created in 2009 by the Sparks Police department and other groups in honor of Holly Quick, who was killed more than one decade ago.