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Governor Sisolak signs bill: No background check, no gun sale – whether through dealer or private party

Governor Steve Sisolak signs SB 143 that mandates all gun sales must have a background check done on the buyers. Takes effect January 1, 2020 – next year.

Governor Steve Sisolak today signed legislation that says anyone selling a gun without first running an official background check on the potential buyer is breaking the law. Licensed gun dealers have had the requirement on them for a long time. But a huge amount of guns are sold every day on the private market to anyone who wants to buy one without a background check. Nevada’s new universal background check law takes effect next New Year’s Day, 2020.

Governor Sisolak was surrounded by well-wishers as he prepared to sign SB 143 in to law, which again, takes effect January 1, 2020. Here’s a video of the signing. Click here.

Support for compulsory universal background checks for gun purchases mandated by SB 143 was supported by a super majority of democrats in both houses of the legislature and opposed by republicans. Democrats contend that America has a deep problem with firearms getting into the wrong hands. Today, at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago, a disgruntled worker who had been fired came back to the plant and starting shooting workers and then shooting at arriving police officers. Five dead, including the shooter. Five police officers were raced to local hospitals with severe wounds. Here’s a report from WBBM-TV in Chicago. Click here.

Nevada republicans contend that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right for Americans to bear arms, and that SB 143 gets in the way of it. A republican court challenge, or at least an attempt at it, seems likely.

Flooding in Sparks

All flooding photos off East York and Sparks Blvd

THERE IS STILL SOME AREAS IN THE CITY WITH SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA OF YORK WY/GOLDY DR, YORK WY/GLEN VISTA DR, YORK WY TO RALPH CT, GLEN VISTA DR/GLEN MOLLY DR, AND GLEN VISTA DR FROM HOWARD DR TO GLEN VALLEY DR.

IN ADDITION, THERE IS ICE ALONG THE VICTORIAN CORRIDOR GOING EAST BOUND FROM EL RANCHO. IF YOU SEE STANDING WATER, PLEASE AVOID THE AREA. ALSO PLEASE USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING, AS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

Reno Police find Rebecca Teixeira, 14 of Sparks.

Rebecca Teixeira, 14
Returned to her family

The Sparks Police Department says Reno Police spotted an endangered runaway 14-year-old Sparks female, Rebecca Marie TEIXEIRA in the fourth street area of Reno. She was apprehended and transported to the Sparks Police Department.

Rebecca was last seen by family at her residence in the 1100 block of 15th Street Tuesday afternoon at 4pm. TEIXEIRA has a serious medical condition which requires regular treatment and has been diagnosed with several other disorders.

Once again the girl has been returned safely to her family.

Gun registration Senate Bill 143 passes State Senate – Thursday to the Assembly

Handgun Registration with background checks for every one sold – on the agenda at the State Legislature.

The Nevada State Senate today voted along party lines to approve updating gun registration and background check requirements in order to buy a gun in Nevada. Although Nevada voters in 2016 narrowly favored compulsory background checks when residents purchase them from a licensed dealer, there was a provision that also required background checks when purchasing guns from a private seller. But the fly in the ointment was that the initiative required private party background checks be conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. As it turned out, the FBI doesn’t do that sort of review for the public.

So, the State Attorney General put a halt to enforcing the 2016 initiative because it no longer had a binding requirement that private purchases involve background checks.

Revamped legislation in the form of Senate Bill 143 aims to fix that problem. Its provisions require not only local background checks on guns sold by gun dealers, but also on guns sold by private parties. Private party sellers would also have to ensure that a background check is made on the purchaser.

So after Wednesday’s Senate approval of SB 143, it now heads to the State Assembly where it will again be hotly debated as it was before the Senate on Tuesday. But it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Assembly democrats will have no trouble getting a super-majority to pass the bill. Governor Sisolak has already signaled that he’s ready to sign SB 143 after it’s approved in the Assembly, presumably, on Thursday.

But as with all issues surrounding firearms, we might expect to see a big court challenge after Governor Sisolak signs SB 143 into law.

Sparks City Council drops appeal but still pondering Greyhound’s use of Centennial Plaza

Greyhound service at Centennial Plaza next to Nugget complex

Greyhound passengers boarding bus at Centennial Plaza

Sparks City Council de-escalates confrontation with Greyhound

The Sparks City Council, that has been battling Greyhound for months to kick it out of the city’s transit hub Centennial Plaza, took a step back from the fray Monday. The move may signal a re-thinking by the city which, up to now, has opposed Greyhound using Sparks’ plaza hub facility. The city’s position indicates that the plaza project was designed for local mass transit – not long trip bus service.

One local gaming establishment owner complained to the council that a major portion of Greyhound riders arriving in Sparks don’t book hotel rooms, don’t gamble or dine in casino restaurants. He said he wants Greyhound to return to downtown Reno – their old operations center. But whether it’s the old 4th street facility or the old Amtrak building, Greyhound claims the buildings are too small and too old. Greyhound officials also reminded the council that their use of Centennial Plaza is well justified; that there is plenty of room for Greyhound buses with opportunities for growth. Greyhound has also reminded the city that their Centennial Plaza was built largely with federal transit funds – a status that mandates the facility be made available to just about any transit operation, including Greyhound.

But undaunted, the city filed suit to prevent Greyhound’s participation in Centennial Plaza. Legal discussions by attorneys for Greyhound and a federal judge put a stop to Sparks’ attempt to exclude Greyhound. The latest development appears to re-affirm Greyhound’s assertion that as long as federal transit money went in to Centennial Plaza, any transit operation is qualified to use it – by law.

At the city council meeting Monday night the council unanimously voted to do some back-peddling – withdrawing their challenge against Greyhound while not acknowledging that Greyhound has the right to use Centennial Plaza.

To be continued….

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The next Sparks Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is set to begin March 12th. The Academy is at no-cost to students. It’s a 10-week program designed to safely give participants an opportunity to learn more about Sparks Police, their department culture and their duties & responsibilities. Tuesday nights 6pm to 9pm beginning March 12 and graduating May 14. There are also two Saturday sessions.

Students will learn more about the police organization and the men and women who serve our community. Each instructor has specialized knowledge and experience to share with students throughout the program. Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations by providing comprehensive instruction and materials to each student.

Some topics taught in the CPA are: Sparks Police Hiring Processes, Internal Affairs, Legal Issues, OIS Protocol, Media Relations, Basic Tactics, K-9, Case Studies, Bomb Squad, Investigations, Evidence and Emergency Vehicle Operations to name a few. Participants will also have the opportunity to do a ride-a-long with an officer to see first-hand what it’s like to patrol our City or a sit-along in Dispatch to see first-hand what’s it like to coordinate the response to incidents.

Anyone ready to sign up for this exciting opportunity can download and complete the application from the Sparks Police website (link below) or stop by the front desk during normal business hours. Turn in your completed application no later than Monday, March 11th at 4:00pm. Class size is limited, so don’t delay.

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, please call Support Services: (775) 353-2299 or visit us online: www.sparkspolice.com/our-community/citizen-police-academy (copy and paste URL into browser if link doesn’t work).

More accidents…

6:55pm
Traffic crashes in NW Reno. The first is a crash on 395 at Panther Valley. The second is on northbound 395 at Lemmon Drive.

Three freeway accidents – Slow down out there…

6:52pm Update: First responders can’t find the accident at 580 and South Meadows.

6:37pm
Three freeway accidents – one at southbound 580 at South Meadows Parkway. Another on northbound 395 and Golden Valley. A third crash just occurred at southbound 580 at Damonte Ranch. Watch for emergency vehicles at all three locations.

Crash alert: Large crash northbound 395 and westbound I-80

6:07pm
Report of a traffic crash on northbound 395 and westbound I-80. Use extreme caution in the area.

6:16pm
Arriving first responders report that the vehicles have pulled off to the side of the freeway. Appears to be no injuries. Awaiting for NHP and tow trucks.

Reported stabbing at 3150 Neil Road

2:25pm

Report of a knife attack at 3150 Neil Road, Reno.  Female victim has a laceration to the neck.  Assailant is reported to be a white male in his 20’s, thin build, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white Nike shoes.  Shirt with skull imprint.

Brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way

9:15am
Firefighters are enroute to a report of a brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way. Reports says it’s possibly a warming fire that got away from some homeless individuals.

9:30am
Took firefighters a few minutes to find it. Warming fire.

Oregon Senator introduces bill in the Congress to legalize marijuana nationwide

Processed retail marijuana.
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Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has proposed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow states where marijuana use is already legal to operate without fear of a U.S. government crackdown.

With a majority of U.S. states, including Oregon, now allowing recreational or medical use of the plant, Wyden’s legislation, called the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, removes marijuana from the controlled substances list and sets a sliding scale of taxation, beginning at 10 percent and increasing to 25 percent over five years.

The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act is one of three bills included in a legislative package Wyden and others have called the Path to Marijuana Reform. The bill would create a licensing process through the U.S. Department of the Treasury and set up other regulations similar to those governing the sale and distribution of alcohol in states where cannabis is legal.

The specifics of what a nation-wide legal cannabis market would look like will likely depend on individual states, as well as federal agencies vested with power over pot’s cultivation and sale. However, studies estimating tax revenues from already legal states suggests that the bill could be lucrative for national, state and local government entities.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates about half of all drug busts are for marijuana-related offenses and mostly target individuals with small quantities intended for personal use. Marijuana industry supporters say the decriminalization of marijuana could be a major step toward ending unnecessary and aggressive law enforcement activities.

We’ll see how Senator Wyden’s legislation fares during the current session of the U.S. Congress.

Here comes the snow….

Slide Mountain
More snow is enroute to the Truckee Meadows.


Nevada’s snow-water figures are below normal so far, but it appears Mother Nature may be starting to cooperate. A new winter storm is moving into the Sierra and will be dumping a foot of snow up there tonight as well as up a few inches on the valley floors through Saturday morning.

The biggest snow punch hits Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening with 1 to 2 feet of new snow at lake level at Lake Tahoe and 2 to 4 feet above 7,000 feet. Down here in the Truckee Meadows we may see as much as 6 inches on the valley floors depending on where you live.

CHAINS: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM….

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