Archives for September 2020

Sparks Man Arrested for Accidental Discharge at BLM Protest

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested a Sparks man for an accidental discharge of a rifle he carried Saturday as a Black Lives Matter protest wound down in downtown Carson City. Grant Ensenat McBeth, 22, was booked on a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge fo a firearm in public with bail set at $500. Detectives arrested McBeth at his Sparks home without incident. He had been carrying an AK-47 assault rifle.

Gov. Sisolak says Avoid Large Gatherings this Weekend

Gov. Steve Sisolak said he is reviewing whether to ease rules on religious gatherings, youth sports and business gatherings restricted because of the coronavirus, but has pleaded in the meantime for Nevadans to avoid large family gatherings over Labor Day weekend. The governor said people need to forgo barbecues and parties with neighbors, friends and those outside of their immediate family, because those gatherings drive the “single most expansive spread” of COVID-19.

Restrictions on Religious Gatherings Could be Relaxed

Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday he is pursuing the possibility of easing COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings as a rural church pushes forward with its legal effort to strike down the current 50-person cap as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley filed new briefs in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly refused its bid in July for an emergency order suspending the hard cap.

Washoe County Bars to Remain Closed for Now

Bars, taverns and pubs in Washoe County will remain closed through mid-September. During a meeting with Nevada’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force on Thursday, task force members determined that Washoe County is making good strides when it comes to an enforcement plan but county manager Eric Brown requested no changes this week.

UNR Blood Drive Next Week

UNR’s Center for Student Engagement and Vitalant invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to donate blood Sept. 7 through Sept. 12 as part of Wolf Pack Blood Donation Week. Participants can donate blood at Vitalant’s Reno location at 1125 Terminal Way and receive a “Bleed Silver and Blue” T-shirt for their donation. Those wishing to donate are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online in advance at

WCSD to Decide on Former Superintendent Settlement

The Washoe County School District is scheduled to vote on a settlement next week with Traci Davis, the school superintendent the board fired in July 2019 on a 6-1 vote. The settlement is for up to a $70,000 payment to the Nevada Public Employee Retirement System. School district staff recommends approval. Davis sued the school district after it fired her saying she was helping an ex-employee who was suing the school district.

Nineteen WCSD Schools have COVID-19 Cases

Nineteen schools in the Washoe County School District now have at least one coronavirus case. All schools are undergoing enhanced cleaning protocols per health district and CDC guidelines. The School District has confirmed three newly confirmed positive case of COVID-19 Wednesday at Stead Elementary School,
Double Diamond Elementary School, and at Nick Poulakidas Elementary.

WCSO Receives Electronic Tablets for Inmates

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility has started a six-month pilot program providing inmates with tablets for communication, research and entertainment. JEMCOR, Inc. is providing 60 Electronic Inmate Tablets (EIT) to the Detention Facility at no charge to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Balaam says, “Providing these tablets to our inmates is a great way to allow them to stay connected to their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Reno Police Searching for Shots Fired Suspect

Reno Police need your help finding a suspect in a recent shots fired case in the 2700 block of Enterprise Road. Police say the man fired multiple shots toward a crowd and apartment building during a fight at a party just before 3 a.m. on July 26th. Police say although no one was hit, the suspect’s actions put several people in imminent danger. If you have any infomation, contact Secret Witness.

Nevada Nonpartisan Voters on the Rise

The number of registered voters in Nevada increased last month, with Republicans adding more new voters to their rolls than Democrats but unaffiliated voters outpacing both parties according to Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. Statewide, Democrats make up 38% of Nevada’s active voters, while Republicans make up 33% and nonpartisan voters make up 23%.