Archives for June 2018

Truckee Meadows adds 8 new firefighters to force

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is expanding to keep up with the growing number of calls. News 4 reports eight new firefighters joined the force after completing 12 weeks of training. They were officially pinned in a ceremony Tuesday.

Motorhome catches fire on SR 89 near Topaz

A motorhome caught fire on State Route 89 near Topaz and U.S. 395. The CHP had to shutter the road for a time Tuesday after the fire spread to nearby brush. No one was injured.

Upper Colony Fire 57 percent contained

A Lyon County wildfire is now more than half-contained. No structures have been lost in the upper Colony Fire that’s burning in Smith Valley, but firefighters warn Wednesday will be hot and windy, so they’re worried about new hot spots popping up. So far, the fire has burned more than 1,200 acres.

Motorcyclist hurt in South Lake Tahoe crash

A motorcyclist is hospitalized after a crash in South Lake Tahoe. It happened last night at Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Silver Dollar; the extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries isn’t known.

2 CA men sentenced in 2016 Black Friday robbery in Reno

Two California men who robbed a Reno convenience store on Black Friday two years ago will are heading to prison. Connor Woods and Michael Miller of Santa Rosa were sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of armed robbery. Police say they pointed a gun at a clerk in the 7-11 on South McCarran Boulevard in 2017. A struggle ensued and the duo got away with 100 dollars.

Escaped Carson City Jail inmate recaptured

An inmate at the Carson City Jail who escaped a work crew last week is nabbed in Reno. Police say Michael Bass was caught after a short chase down Keystone Avenue. Police say since he got into a fight with officers he faces new charges. Bass was serving time on drug charges and was due for release in September.

$2K reward offered for suspect in Sparks kidnapping

Sparks police are offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who kidnapped a teenager earlier this month. Police say the man, armed with a gun, got into a 16-year-old girl’s car on the 1,800 block of El Rancho Drive last week and forced her to drive him to south Reno. The victim complied and was unharmed.

Wildfire near Carson City Gun Range quickly extinguished

Firefighters quickly contain a wildfire that broke out not far from the Carson City Gun Range. Crews were called to Flint Road and Highway 50 for reports of a slowly spreading fire around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The fire burned just over 4 acres and shuttered the gun range for the rest of Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival to drop parade, fair

A popular Tahoe festival could be a lot different this year. The Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival says Washoe County has denied a permit request to host its annual parade, fair and fireworks festival that runs from June 30th to July 4th annually. The county has strengthened its requirements for large events due to safety concerns. Organizers tell News 4 they’ll ditch the parade and the fair and just focus on fireworks. They plan to put forth a new plan for commissioners to review next week.

Reno Rodeo seeks new state-of-the-art arena

The Reno Rodeo could be getting a new state-of-the-art arena. Officials seek to break ground on a 15,000-seat arena by 2021. 2 News reports the new $120 million stadium would be 50 percent bigger and seat 9,000 more fans. Many complain the existing arena is 100 years old and hasn’t been upgraded in decades. A new arena would mean the facility would be ADA compliant and finally able to get rid of portable toilets.