Sparks man charged with having sex with Reed High students
SPARKS — The Washoe County School District fired a teacher’s aide at Reed High School in June for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student, a district official confirmed Monday. Steve Hull, chief public affairs officer for the district, said at least two students provided information to the district at the end of the school year saying they had inappropriate contact with Kevin Poindexter, a probationary employee and a Sparks resident. “...
Parts of Plumb Ln. closed today to remove dead trees
RENO — Today and Tuesday, traffic will be restricted to one lane in both directions on Plumb Lane from Plumas Street to Lakeside Drive. On Wednesday, the restrictions will continue on Plumb Lane but will expand from Plumas Street to Virginia Street. The temporary lane closures will be from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are expected to last through Wednesday. Parking will not be available on the north and south sides of the street during this time. I...
Armed robber scares diners at La Posada
SPARKS — Police responded Sunday at about 3:15 p.m. to a call of an armed robbery. The robbery occurred at La Posada Real Restaurant, 2144 Greenbrae Drive. The suspect entered with a handgun and ordered patrons to lie on the floor. The suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a thin build and dreadlocks. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone with information about this incident is asked ...
Scientists roll out mats to kill Lake Tahoe clams
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Scuba-diving scientists are unrolling long rubber mats across the bottom of Lake Tahoe coves in an attempt to quell a clam invasion that could cloud the world-reknown cobalt waters. The half-acre mats are designed to smother dime-sized nonnative Asian clams that can reach populations of 5,000 per square yard. Geoffrey Schladow, director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center run by the University of California, D...
Horse count confirms BLM census
Federal land managers say a new aerial survey of wild horses along the California-Nevada line confirms the number left behind after a roundup this past winter is consistent with what they expected.
Nevada fire restrictions announced
Fire restrictions along the eastern Sierra front will take effect July 16. Federal and state land managers say an abundance of weeds and grasses spurred by a cool, wet spring are quickly drying out.
Police still seek shooting suspects
SPARKS — Law enforcement is still looking for several suspects in connection with a shooting on Thursday. At 12:35 p.m., Sparks Police received calls of shots being fired in the 400 block of Greenbrae Drive. Callers said one involved party was in a cream-colored passenger car and the caller also gave a partial license plate. Patrol officers found that vehicle occupied by two males and a female. Upon questioning, the three said they were walkin...
Herb Lady’s windows broken
Vandals smashed in all the windows of The Herb Lady shop on C Street sometime Tuesday night, causing more than $5,000 in damages and major headaches for the store’s owner Carol Pruner, who has owned the store for 26 years in downtown Sparks. Pruner said she came to work at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday to find all her windows had been smashed in during the night. Nothing was stolen from the store, she said, but glass was everywhere and would take a long...
Victims of fatal accident identified
RENO — Police have released the names of two of the three people killed in an auto accident Tuesday at the intersection of Moana Lane and U.S. 395. Felipe Martinez-Estrada, 25, and Jocelyn Avila, 23, both Reno residents, were killed at about 8 p.m. when their Nissan sedan was hit by a Ford Explorer exiting the northbound freeway off ramp at Moana Lane. A 2-year-old female was also killed, but her name is being withheld due to age. Police said ...