Archives for July 2018

CA man admits to robbing patron inside Grand Sierra

A California man will spend up to two decades in prison for two separate robberies. Lathaniel Hutcherson pled guilty in March to robbery charges; he’s accused of robbing the Rail City Casino in 2017 and the Grand Sierra resort in 2016. Police say at the Grand Sierra he tackled a patron and stole a large amount of cash.

Fentanyl maker joins lawsuit over Dozier execution

The maker of fentanyl has joined a lawsuit seeking to stop Nevada’s first execution in a decade. Hikma Pharmaceuticals is joining Alvogen’s lawsuit against the state. Alvogen makes a sedative that the state was planning to use in the execution of Scott Dozier. Both companies say Nevada improperly obtained their drugs. Dozier’s execution had been scheduled for July 11th, but is being held pending a state Supreme Court decision.

Men Looted Evacuated Homes

A shocking crime perpetrated on victims of that huge Carr Fire, that prompted mandatory evacuations for tens of thousands of people in Redding. Police have arrested two people who have been looting homes that have been evacuated.

Community Meeting Tonight For Pyramid Lake Fire Victims

A community meeting will be held tonight for residents impacted by the big brush fire on Pyramid Highway and Grass Valley Road near Pyramid Lake. The fire has burned more than 42 thousand acres and is 31 percent contained. The meeting starts at 7 tonight, at the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District station on Ironwood Road.

Prison For Man In Convenience Store Robbery Spree

A local man who used a stolen gun to go on a convenience store robbery spree in Reno last year is going to prison for 48 years. Harry Puapuaga was identified as the robber through surveillance video.

Man Who Used ID Theft To Defraud Victims Sentenced To Prison

A Reno man who bilked victims out of 3 and a half million dollars has been sentenced to four years in prison. A federal judge handed down the sentence to Kenneth Gibson, who pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to create more than 8-thousand fraudulent online accounts.

One Injured In House Fire

A house fire in Reno sent one person to the hospital on Monday. The fire broke out just past 11:30 am on the second floor of a home on Grand Canyon Boulevard. The cause of the fire is under investigation. One person who was in the home when the fire broke out was taken to Renown for treatment.

Breathing Reno Air Is Like Smoking Cigarettes

The air in Reno is currently listed as unhealthy for all people, thanks to all the smoke drifting in from wildfires. One air quality expert, at the Desert Research Institute, says breathing the air in Reno for one day, is the equivalent of smoking more than two cigarettes.

Voluntary evacuations issued with Perry Fire

Voluntary evacuations are underway, and more are possible due to the Perry Fire burning near Pyramid Lake. The fire that broke out Friday night spans more than 25,000 acres and is just 15 percent contained. Officials say properties north of Whiskey Springs Road are under evacuation and those living east of Grass Valley should be ready to get out if conditions worsen. Homes along Broken Spur Road and Bootstrap Lane are at risk. SR 446 is closed in both directions between Pyramid Lake Highway and SR 447. Several beaches in the area are also closed.

Report: AG candidate Ford arrested four times in nineties

A prominent Democrat running for attorney general was arrested four times in Texas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and for allegedly stealing tires in the nineties while he was in his twenties. Ford acknowledges he’s made “some bad decisions.” The Review-Journal also reported he owes more than $185,000 in back taxes