Archives for December 2016

UNR frat, Sigma Nu, to appeal its suspension

A University of Nevada Reno fraternity at the center of a death investigation is appealing is suspension. Sigma Nu has requested a hearing to appeal its 15-year suspension. The frat was suspended after the death of 18-year-old pledge Ryan Abele in October. Abele fell down the stairs, suffered a brain injury, and later died. The school says the frat violated the student code of conduct by having alcohol, pot and strippers at a party the night before Abele’s fatal fall. The frat is also under a criminal investigation and a national Sigma Nu investigation.

Homeowners say beavers are wrecking Steamboat Creek

Beavers may be setting up the stage for flooding of Steamboat Creek. News 4 reports a number of beavers are creating dams, debris is backing up, and it’s changing the flow of water. Both Washoe County and NDOW say it’s not their job to trap beavers-though NDOW says it doesn’t see any immediate flooding concerns. They recommended homeowners hire a private trapper to catch the beavers.

NV’s gun background checks law sees major roadblock

The people voted for it-but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Question 1-which narrowly passed in the General Election-calls for FBI background checks on private gun sales. But the Nevada AG’s office says the measure doesn’t allow state agencies to conduct the checks. It requires the FBI to do so. The FBI won’t do it-they punted back to the state saying it’s their responsibility. Sheriffs from various Nevada counties say they won’t enforce the law because they can’t. For now, that means citizens can’t be prosecuted for failing to comply.

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Dec. 30, 2016 9:25 AM CST
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Nevada’s background checks law hits major roadblock

The people voted for it-but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Question 1-which narrowly passed in the General Election-calls for F-B-I background checks on private gun sales. But the Nevada AG’s office says the measure doesn’t allow state agencies to conduct the checks. It requires the FBI to do so. The FBI won’t do it-they punted back to the state saying it’s their responsibility. Sheriffs from various Nevada counties say they won’t enforce the law because they can’t. For now, that means citizens can’t be prosecuted for failing to comply.

Drunk Driving Crackdown Is Underway

The Nevada Highway Patrol is working in conjunction with agencies statewide for a crackdown on impaired drivers through January 3rd. The goal is zero fatalities. Nevada Highway Patrol sending out a reminder to those who might drink and drive on New Year’s Eve, that law enforcement is fully staffed and prepared to ensure that all those that choose to utilize Nevada’s Highways as a means of transportation into the New Year do so safely.

Emergency Response Training Offered

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps is offering an emergency preparedness and response training academy beginning January 19. The training is free and trainees are not required to become a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.The Community Emergency Response Team Academy provides residents with the information they need to help save lives and reduce trauma in the event of an emergency. CERT Academy training includes disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism awareness education.

Car Slams Into Light Pole

A car slammed into a light pole in Reno last night,injuring three people. It happened just before 5:30 pm at Peckham and Baker lanes. First responders had to extricate a woman from the wreckage. All three people in the car were taken to the hospital.

Pot Use Becomes Legal, But Not While Driving

Drive High, Get a DUI. That’s the message the Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Office of Traffic Safety want Nevadans to remember as the use of recreational marijuana becomes legal January 1, 2017 in Nevada. Though recreational use will become legal, the use of marijuana prior to, or in the act of, driving continues to be illegal and a serious crime. Currently Nevada law does not differentiate penalties for marijuana impaired driving from alcohol impaired driving. The penalties are the same regardless of the substance, or combination of substances.

Take down your tree–it poses a fire risk

It’s time to take down your Christmas tree. The Reno Fire Department says dry trees are a serious fire risk-especially here in northern Nevada. They say your tree may look healthy, but if the needles are falling off-it’s time for it to go.

Police search for vehicle thief by Sparks Marina

Police are looking for two men who they say stole a vehicle from the Sparks Marina. It happened Tuesday night. Police say the owner of the vehicle had gone for a run and returned to find his vehicle had vanished. The car police are looking for is a white 2001 Ford ranger pick-up with Nevada plates.