Archives for May 2017

Police say suspect using drive-thru windows for burglaries

Police are looking for a suspected criminal who they say is turning a drive-thru into a self-service. Police say the burglar hit the Subway on South McCarran Boulevard, Lighthouse Coffee on Vista and Jimmyboy’s Tacos on Baring Boulevard over the span of three days. News 4 reports police say in each instance, money was taken. If you see anyone trying to climb through drive-thru windows, you’re urged to call police.

Democrats propose donation-based funding for Sandoval’s Education Savings Accounts

Uncertainty still swirls around Governor Brian Sandoval’s Education Savings Accounts. Instead of funding the controversial private school vouchers with state money, Assemblyman Justin Watkins, a Democrat, proposed the vouchers be funded through a donation-based tax credit system with a sliding scale based on need. The proposal came after a last-minute hearing last night. Republicans aren’t like to go for it.

Small earthquakes rattle Sun Valley, Spanish Springs

A series of small earthquakes are rattling the area. They were felt in Spanish Springs and Sun Valley. The magnitude 2.3 quake struck Sunday night in Spanish Springs; 2 News reports a 2.2 magnitude earthquake hit Sun Valley at 3:30 a.m. Monday.

$2K in paint stolen from local art store

It’s enough paint to sustain most artists for years-and a local arts store says it’s been stolen from their shop. Nevada Fine Arts on the 1300 block of South Virginia Street says it’s missing $2,000 in paint. They’re looking for two suspects in connection with this theft, and say if you see anyone offering the paint at a great price online or at a local flea market, it was probably stolen.

Free life jackets available at Lake Lahontan

If your hanging out at Lake Lahontan this Memorial Day, sheriffs’ deputies are warning you it’s full – and not with people – with water for the first time in many years. They’re handing out life jackets to kids as part of Operation Life Vest. 2 News report it started in 2008 after a drowning; they also caution you that the lake water is cold-so you could suck in air, creating the potential for drowning. If you have a spare life jacket, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations. They’ll pick it up or you can visit lyoncountysearchandrescue.org.

Reno’s mayor would gain new power under bill

Reno’s mayor could soon be much more powerful. A new bill would remove the mayor’s vote on issues-but would allow her to veto a measure passed by council. The mayor’s veto would be final unless at least five council members override it. The bill was amended to remove one of the city’s at-large seats and create a sixth ward. That amendment now sends it back to the Assembly for a second vote.

Suspected arsonsist arrested

A string of arsons ends with a motel on fire. Fire was raging inside the elevator at the Lido Inn early yesterday morning. About 25 people, including guests had to be evacuated. Two suffered smoke inhalation and had to be hospitalized. Crews managed to contain the fire to the elevator and its shaft so there wasn’t much other damage. Fire officials say several dumpsters were also set on fire that morning and the same person may be responsible for all of the fires. KOLO-TV reports they’ve arrested 36-year-old Brionne Humes on charges of suspicion of three counts of arson. They’re not sure whether she set the Lido Inn fire-but say the string of fires stopped after she was handcuffed.

Memorial Day in northern Nevada

Thousands are expected to gather at one of several ceremonies happening in the area to commemorate our fallen heroes this Memorial Day. The honor flight Nevada Pancake breakfast is happening at the Atlantis Casino this morning and a somber ceremony will take place at the northern Nevada Veterans Memorial in Fernley at 11 a.m. 3,000 attendees are expected. Many also took part in the Honor March in Sparks that seeks to raise money for the Nevada Veterans Memorial at the future intersection of Veterans Parkway and Greg Street.

Tahoe veteran honored with plaque this Memorial Day

A special veteran loved by many in Lake Tahoe is remembered this Memorial Day. News 4 reports a plaque was unveiled in Incline Village looking over Lake Tahoe in honor of Bob Wheeler. Wheeler died in 2015 and served as a chief master sergeant in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Pedestrian struck in Sparks

A pedestrian is struck in Sparks. It happened Friday night on the 300 block of Greenbrae. Police arrived on-scene to find the victim was walking across the street when he was struck from behind. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited for failing to maintain a lane.