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2,000 drivers cited for cellphone use this year
More than 2,000 northern Nevadans have been ticketed for cellphone-related traffic violations in the five months since the use of handheld phones has been banned in motor vehicles.
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Fire restrictions announced in Humboldt-Toiyabe
CARSON CITY (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has announced fire restrictions in the Carson and Bridgeport ranger districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in western Nevada and eastern California. The restrictions go into effect Monday and will last until further notice. Officials say tinder-dry vegetation, drought conditions and increasing daytime temperatures necessitate the restrictions to try to prevent fires. The order prohibits cam...
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Las Vegas cop accused of groping on duty resigns
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 33-year-old Las Vegas police officer suspended without pay and arrested on criminal charges after he was accused of groping women during traffic stops last year has resigned. The Las Vegas Sun reports John Kingsley Norman tendered his resignation on Tuesday. He is still under internal investigation for allegedly instructing a woman he stopped for a minor traffic violation last June to unclasp her bra while he rubbed her brea...
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Citizens try to arrest Pahrump town board members
PAHRUMP (AP) — Pahrump town board members say they were taken aback when a group of disgruntled residents tried to arrest them during a meeting. Video captures Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Bill Carns telling the board Tuesday he was placing them under citizen’s arrest. He said they were breaking the law by repealing a town ordinance meant to complicate the process of incorporation. The attempt fizzled when Nye County deputi...
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FAA probing Nevada trainer jet crash that killed 2
BOULDER CITY (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reports that passengers paid to take 45-minute flights in a pair Czech-built military trainer jets when one of the aircraft crashed in the desert near Boulder City, killing both men aboard. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that regulations generally prohibit charging for rides on experimental aircraft like the Aero Vodochody L39 jet. Pilot Dougl...
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Suspect chased by police found dead in Reno trash
RENO (AP) — Reno police are investigating the death of a man found inside a trash compactor where he apparently was trying to hide from law enforcement officers who were chasing him. The name of the 37-year-old victim has not been released. Police Sgt. Dave Della says authorities started pursuing the man about 11 a.m. Wednesday after marshals at Reno Municipal Court identified him as matching the description of a suspect wanted on an arrest wa...
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Elko law enforcement team up for weekend jamboree
ELKO — Elko law enforcement are joining forces for an influx of motorcycle riders expected to attend the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree. Thousands of riders are headed to the area.   Officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Elko Police Department and the Elko Sheriff’s Department will be teaming to look for hazardous moving violations, said NHP Trooper Jim Stewart. “These violations include stop sign, stop light, careless reckless, failure to yield,...
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Animal Services reports rash of pets left in vehicles
RENO — An alarming increase in “dog in hot vehicle” reports this year over last spring has compelled Washoe County Regional Animal Services to remind pet owners that leaving a pet in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, can be a deadly oversight. In May, dispatchers received 68 high-priority calls about dogs left in an enclosed vehicle during hot temperatures. This is more than five times the number reported during May 2011, when there ...
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Motorcyclist killed last week identified
CARSON CITY — The motorcyclist killed Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 50 in Lyon County near mile marker 33 has been identified by the Washoe County Medical Examiner/Coroner’s Office as 50-year-old David L. Donley of Fallon. Donley had been traveling east on the two-lane highway on his black 2006 Harley-Davidson at approximately 9:27 p.m. when he allowed his motorcycle to depart the travel lane, striking the adjacent guardrail on the right ed...
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Heavy load of auto parts tips trailer
CARSON CITY — A commercial vehicle hauling 40,000 pounds of auto parts tipped over Tuesday morning, blocking traffic on a busy thoroughfare. At 9:38 a.m., Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to a call in which a semi-truck and box trailer, driven by 61-year-old John Charles Head from Reno for High Mountain Transportation in Lockwood, were traveling west on Fairview Lane in the left-turn lane to go south on Carson Street. As the semi negot...
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Sheriff’s office encourages cyber-safety for children
RENO — Many of today’s children and teens are totally immersed with texting, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and other social networking sites. While social networking may appear harmless to many of these young people, it can open to the door to child predators and other dangers such as cyber-bullying. As part of efforts to keep kids safe on the Internet, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office supports National Internet Safety Month during June. Washoe...
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Non-compliant sex offender arrested
SPARKS — A sex offender who failed to register his proper address with authorities was arrested June 4. Mark D. Bates, 60, was taken into custody in the 900 block of Kirman Avenue by detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU), with the assistance of the United States Marshal Service (USMS) and the Veteran’s Affairs Police Department. Bates, a registered sex offender, was not living at the address he provided law enforc...
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Citizen helps arrest man for possession of stolen vehicle
RENO — An alert citizen called police Sunday helping lead to the arrest of a man suspected of possession of a stolen vehicle. At about 2:45 a.m., Reno police officers responded to the 900 block of Haskett Street on a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway. An alert citizen noticed a suspicious person exit the vehicle and flee the area. Police found that the vehicle had been stolen from a nearby residence. While on scene, the sus...
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Armed citizen arrests vehicle burglary suspect
Man uses his own gun to stop burglar from stealing car stereo
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Free emergency preparedness training
he Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps is conducting a free emergency preparedness academy today, Friday and Saturday, as well as June 14-16 at the Regional Public Safety Training Center.
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Two motorcycle deaths during weekend
The Nevada Highway Patrol investigated two fatal motorcycle accidents during the holiday weekend.
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Babysitter arrested for child abuse
Local babysitter Maria Melendrez-Anguiano has been arrested after an incident and subsequent investigation involving a 1-year-old child in her care who sustained injuries consistent with abuse.
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Pedestrian killed early Wednesday morning
A pedestrian struck by a car early Wednesday morning was declared dead on the scene.
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Woman sentenced in fraud crimes
RENO — A woman was sentenced Monday to 3 to 12 years for fraudulently cashing checks she stole from the mail. Jessica Robertson, 30, was arrested in February by the Northern Nevada Identity Theft Task Force, which has been investigating a series of crimes dealing with check and credit card fraud. Detectives had information that Robertson was involved in mail theft that led to her forging the stolen checks and cashing them. Credit cards and cre...
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