Archives for April 2019

Presidential hopeful Cory Booker stops in northern NV

Presidential hopeful Cory Booker was in northern Nevada Friday, meeting with Democrats in Washoe and Douglas counties. The New Jersey Senator’s Reno event, which was part of his “Justice for Fall Tour” was open to the public.

Traveling this Easter? Washoe Co. Health District cautions to beware of measles

A measles outbreak so far has not been an issue in Washoe County, but health officials are urging you to use caution if you travel over the holiday weekend. The Washoe County Health District says a few cases of the disease have been reported in Placer County, California, as well as one in Las Vegas. With more than 550 cases of measles in 20 states, the CDC says this outbreak is the second-greatest since the disease was eliminated in 2000.

Sparks church moves to make Easter egg hunt inclusive

A church in Sparks is using technology to make their annual Easter egg hunt accessible to all. News 4 reports the Lord of Mercy Lutheran Charge has put out Easter eggs that emit a high-pitched buzz, making it easier for visually impaired children to recognize. Volunteers made the eggs themselves using YouTube videos to guide them. The hunt is happening tomorrow at 10:15 a.m.

$1M tire theft from Douglas Co. could go before grand jury

The case of an alleged theft of $1 million in tires from Douglas County in 2017 could be going to a grand jury. The Record Courtier reports Judge Tod Young says the probe will cost $100,000, but he’ll let it go forward if Douglas County commissioners agree to pay for it. The attorney general’s office previously decided not to prosecute anyone in the case after the subject of the investigation died in a head-on crash while on his way to speak with investigators.

Lemmon Valley residents continue fight against Prado Ranch

Lemmon Valley residents will move forward with plans to try to stop a new development. They plan to appeal a district court judge’s decision to dismiss their case against Prado Ranch. They say the development would add to traffic and flooding concerns. Reno and Washoe County are hosting a joint meeting on the issue on April 29th.

Partisan reaction on the Mueller report

Partisan reaction continues to pour in after the release of the redacted Mueller report. Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald says the report confirms there was no collusion. He says Democrats have wasted time and tax dollars on an “absurd witch hunt.” Meantime, Democrat Rep. Dina Titus says the report provides disturbing evidence that President Trump obstructed justice and downright lied to the public.

Washoe DA Says Officers Justified in Shooting

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks has found two police officers justified for shooting and killing a man after a chase January 24, 2018. The DA’s Office says the shooting took place when two SPD officers saw 27-year-old Humberto Vera-Munoz speeding through Sparks and chased him, eventually stopping him. He got out of his car, pulled a handgun and fired at one of the officers. Both officers returned fire, hitting and killing Vera-Munoz.

Democrats Fail to Move on Death Peanlty Ban

Democrats were unsuccessful on moving forward on the death penalty ban. Opponents of capital punishment began the Nevada legislative session bolstered by the governor’s general disapproval of the death penalty. But two bills that would have banned the punishment didn’t receive hearings and failed last week due to a legislative deadline.

Body pulled from Silver Lake identified as teen kayaker

A body pulled from Silver Lake last week has been positively identified as a teen who’d been missing for about a month. Sunni DiCarillo, 17, was said to have been kayaking on the lake on March 16. His kayak was found a day later. His death is under investigation.

Douglas Co. residents urged to take flooding precautions amid spring runoff

As warmer temperature arrive in the area, Douglas County wants residents to take precautions now to prevent flooding. With spring run-off residents can expect to see some road closures on Mottsville, and Centerville and Muller lanes. Crews also cleaned more than 8,000 cubic yards of debris from river channels as well as piles off Highway 88. Things you can do to prevent flooding-have sandbags on hand, clean out those gutters, and make sure your sump pump is fully functional.