Archives for January 2017

Sparks Police Seek Two Armed Robbers

There were two armed robberies in Sparks last night. The first was just before 9 pm at the Family Dollar Store at 635 E. Prater Way. Just over an hour later, a gunman robbed the Dollar Plus Market at 660 Greenbrae. No suspects are in custody.

Protestors Line Virginia Street Bridge

An estimated 500 protesters gathered in Reno Sunday, joining the nationwide demonstrations against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The Reno protesters lined the sidewalks on the Virginia Street bridge downtown. Police say the protest was a peaceful one, and no arrests were made. The organizers of the Reno protest called on Mayor Hillary Schieve to make statements against the immigration ban, and in support of immigrants, to more clearly establish Reno as a sanctuary city.

Deputies Injured While Making Arrest

Three Washoe County deputies are recovering from injuries they received while making an arrest on Sunday. Deputies tried to pull over a vehicle driven by 26 year old Michael Gardner on Fifth Avenue just west of Sun Valley Boulevard about a quarter to nine in the morning. He attempted to flee, but drove his car into a ditch near Slope Drive.. He got out of the vehicle, and deputies say he charged at them. They used non-lethal force, including a taser, to subdue him.

Police search for pick-up truck in connection with gang-related shootings

Reno and Sparks police forces need your help finding a vehicle they say may’ve been used in shootings that left two people dead last weekend. Police are looking for a pick-up truck they say may be connected to the gang-related shootings that killed Saul Garcia and Edgar Rodriguez Saturday. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vehicle or the shooting is asked to call Secret Witness at 322.4900.

Drought conditions persist in NV despite all the rain, snow

Despite all the rain and all the snow, and the Sierra snowpack breaking records, Nevada is still in drought. News 4 reports 29 percent of the Silver State is still considered pretty dry. But that’s down significantly from what was 72 percent of the state in drought.

Prison For Woman Who Falsely Claimed Purple Heart

A Reno woman who fraudulently claimed to have a purple heart is headed for prison. Kelsie Hoover was sentenced to 20 years in prison on that charge, and a charge of burglary. Prosecutors said she forged documents to apply for a purple heart license plate with the Nevada DMV. She also pleaded guilty to fraudulently using a credit card. She was exposed by a website called “Guardian of Valor” which exposes people who pretend to be veterans or members of the military when they are not.

Sun Valley teen missing since November found in Oklahoma

A Sun Valley teen who’s been missing since November has been found in Oklahoma. KOLO-TV reports deputies say 16-year-old Cassy Kauffman is safe-but it’s unclear how she ended up so far away. Her family had offered a 1-thousand-dollar reward for her safe return.

More snow days could mean longer school days for Washoe students

If we get any more snow this year-and it’s likely we will–Washoe County students could be in for some longer school days. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the district has three contingency days set aside-but any new snow days could mean shorter vacations or more minutes tacked on to each school day. School delays don’t require make up time.

FEMA to tour Washoe Co. storm damage next week, emergency lifted

A state of emergency is lifted in Washoe County. Washoe County Manager John Slaughter says operations are returning to normal after a massive snowstorm. He says recovery efforts and repairs still need to be made in several locations. The emergency declaration makes the county eligible for federal funding. FEMA is expected to visit Washoe County next week to tour damaged areas. If you have any lingering storm damage, you’re asked to report it.

Virginia City HS coach suspended for 3 games over controversial text

A three game suspension–that’s the punishment for the Virginia City girls’ basketball coach over a controversial text. Ken Fujii texted his players ahead of their game against Pyramid Lake High School to “Get ready to scalp or be scalped.” The Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe called for Fuji to be fired. The coach has since apologized and said he didn’t mean any offense by his text.