Archives for January 2019

Douglas Co., SW Reno suspected murder could be tried for 4 murders at once

A conviction for four murders in Douglas County and Southwest Reno is of the highest priority. That’s what Washoe County DA Chris Hicks is saying about the arrest of Wilbur Martinez Guzman. The illegal alien is from El Salvador. Hicks says they’re working to determine whether Martinez-Guzman can be tried at the same time for all four murders-even though they happened in two different jurisdictions.

Man steals car with child in it in Reno

A close call for Reno parents, whose child was taken from them. Police say the parents were checking in one child to Noah’s Ark Child Center Tuesday morning, when a man jumped in their car and drove off. The couple’s second child was belted into his booster seat in the back. Officers say thankfully he ditched the car a short distance away on Grandview Avenue and the couple’s 4-year-old child was OK. The suspect hasn’t been caught.

Police-involved shooting of Hug HS student ruled ‘justified’

A shooting that left a Hug High School student permanently scarred has been deemed justified. The Washoe County DA says the officer-involved shooting of 14-year-old Logan Clark who pulled out a pair of knives and cut another student was necessary. The report says Clark refused to drop his weapons and that’s when he was shot. Clark suffered a stroke in the hospital after the shooting that left him with severe brain trauma that affects his speech.

Reno Police Arrest Homeless Man with an Axe

Reno Police say they charged a homeless man with disturbing the peace after he showed a small axe outside Sushi Pier near Plumb Lane. The man was sleeping near the building when workers told him to leave the area because they would be opening the restaurant soon. That’s when police say he showed the axe. Police say the man didn’t make any threats to the workers.

Alleged Killer From El Salvador

U.S. immigration authorities say a man suspected of killing four people in this area over the last few weeks is from El Salvador and entered the United States illegally. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that 20-year-old Wilbur Martinez-Guzman had no criminal record or history of previous immigration violations. President Donald Trump has seized on the killings to bolster his argument for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

Man charged in Douglas Co., SW Reno murders due in court Thursday

A man charged with murdering four people in Southwest Reno and Douglas County will appear in court Thursday. Wilbur Martinez-Guzman is due for arraignment in Carson City. Martinez is said to be an illegal alien who’s been in the U.S. for a year. A motive for the killings remains unclear.

Memorial scheduled for murdered former Reno Rodeo president

The Reno Rodeo Association is holding a memorial Friday in honor of its former president and his wife who were among four killed in a murder spree in southwest Reno and Douglas County. Jerry and Sherri David were found dead in their Southwest Reno home. Police have charged Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, who they say is in this country illegally, with their murders and the murders of two others in Gardnerville Ranchos. Jerry David was a former exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 597 and president of the Reno Rodeo in 2006.

Reno condo evacuated over fire, no one hurt

A condo complex is evacuated over a fire in Reno. Firefighters were called to the Salem Plaza Condominiums Monday morning. There, they say they had to break down a front door to fight fire that was originating from a mop in the kitchen. The first floor of the complex was evacuated as a precaution. No one was hurt.

4 suspects burglarize equipment rental shop in Sparks

Police need your help finding four people tied to an early morning burglary in Sparks. It happened at All Star Rents on Glendale Avenue. Police say the burglars stole tools worth $5,000 from the equipment rental shop.

Lake Tahoe Humane Society Board dissolving amid embezzlement scandal

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society Board is dissolving amid embezzlement allegations. The board had tried to reorganize but was unsuccessful after former director Nikki Congero pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison. Now, the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe will take over services in the South Lake Tahoe area.