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Sparks Police investigating fatal wounding of combative suspect

Sunday evening at around 5:30 pm, Sparks Police officers responded to the 400 block of Abbay Way on a report of an intoxicated suicidal subject. Officers arrived on scene and during the course of the investigation the subject indicated he was not suicidal, and he did not meet the criteria for a legal hold.

At  around 7pm officers responded back to the 400 block of Abbay Way on a report of a domestic disturbance. Officers made contact with the same subject which ultimately lead to an Officer Involved Shooting. REMSA Paramedics and officers rendered aid to the subject who was pronounced deceased on scene.  No other citizens or officers were injured in the incident.

The Regional Washoe County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol has been enacted and the Washoe County Sheriffs Office is the lead agency.  All officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Rollover accident on K Street, just west of Probasco

Black Ford Focus headed west on K from Probasco

White pickup badly damaged frame. It was parked.

6pm, Saturday –
Neighbors on K Street, just west of Probasco in Sparks, heard a loud crash early this evening. They ran outside to see two young men pulling a baby out of a black Ford Focus and watched them run away – one man carrying the baby. The black Focus hit the left rear of a parked white pickup. The impact propelled the Focus to one side and it rolled over in the middle of the street – it’s rear axle assembly shoved way forward.

Neighbors say the car is local – perhaps from just down the street. Of course Sparks Police wrote down the license plate number and so tracking down the suspects probably won’t be hard.

Neighbors say the Focus is a chronic speeder car on the street – the car frequently driven by a young male. The vehicle looked like it may be hauled off to a junk yard and parted out. The pick-up, as mentioned, was severely damaged – it’s frame badly bent.

The streets off Probasco are all very narrow with parallel parking on both sides leaving little room for error. Fortunately it appears that no one was seriously injured.

Sparks Police report the missing girl has returned home…

SHE’S BACK HOME!

Sparks Police were asking citizens to keep an eye out for this missing and endangered 14 year old female, Rebecca Marie Teixeira.  Last contact with Rebecca was just after midnight Saturday, April 29th.  Rebecca has a history of running away from home.  She has Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease and requires dialysis Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.   Rebecca also suffers from bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety and mood swings. AGAIN, SHE IS BACK HOME AND SHE IS OKAY.

Her most likely destination is the 4th Street corridor in Reno.  She’s a white female, approximately 5’1”,  285lbs, long curly brown hair that is braided and usually pulled up in a bun, brown eyes, medium complexion, last seen wearing navy blue pants and a pink jacket.

Reno Fire-Rescue and RPD looking for woman in the Truckee River east of the downtown

Spot where woman was rescued…Brodhead Park.

2:55pm: What is believed to be a very distraught woman climbed onto the railing of the 2nd Street Bridge near downtown Reno this afternoon and jumped into the swirling Truckee River and disappeared beneath the waves.

Police and Fire-Rescue personnel are combing the river downstream from there.  Because the woman’s behavior was believed to be a possible suicide, there may be few details released by authorities

3:15pm:  Transients spot the woman drifting in the fast moving waters past Brodhead Park.  Alert firefighters quickly ran down the side of the riverbank and pulled the woman from the swift water.  She was conscious and breathing but suffering from hypothermia.  She was quickly loaded into an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital where it’ll take a while to warm her up.

Major improvements to East McCarran on tap for Sparks

Upgrades to East McCarran at Baring, Greg and Glendale, and E.Victorian and Prater

East Sparks motorists on East McCarran will start to see major improvements at McCarran’s major intersections next year. At the intersection at McCarran and Baring, NDOT will be constructing a roundabout to move traffic along more efficiently through that busy intersection. NDOT will also be creating new right-turn slip lanes at Greg and Glendale. Also pedestrian fencing in the existing raised medians between E. Victorian and Prater. Construction on this part of the project is set for Spring of 2020.

More upgrades to the south.

Additional improvements to East McCarran include a 10 foot shared-use-path on the east side of McCarran and/or curb and/or gutter and a sidewalk retaining wall on the west side. At mid-block, a pedestrian crossing will be constructed between Prater and Lincoln Way. Also, ADA ramps within the two sections of the project and buffered bike lanes.
Construction is set for Spring of 2021.

Sparks City Council picks new Sparks Police Chief (starting in June)

Deputy Chief Peter Krall (center) hired as new
Sparks Police Chief effective June 11th with wife Melissa.


Assn’t Chief Peter Krall (L) and soon-to-retire Chief Brian Allen (R)

The Sparks City Council Monday afternoon voted unanimously selected Deputy Chief Peter Krall to take over the reigns of the police department as it’s new Chief effective June 11th. The picture above shows soon-to-be Chief Peter Krall in the middle of the photo, standing next to his wife Melissa, along with the city council members who voted unanimously that he become the new Chief effective mid-June. Deputy Chief Krall succeeds current Chief Brian Allen who joined the Sparks Police Department in 1991. Krall, himself, is a 27 year veteran of the Department.

After accepting the city council’s blessing, Deputy Chief Krall told SparksNewsToday.com he will continue to emphasize law enforcement pressure to bring down the incidents of vehicle, residential and commercial burglaries as well as reducing the crimes of auto theft and armed robbery.

Again, Deputy Chief Krall assumes the position of Sparks Chief of Police on June 11th. Outgoing Chief Brian Allen, who joined the Sparks Police Department as an officer in 1991, said he’s not quite sure what he’ll be doing after June 11th, but he made it plain that he will play a role in helping to boost the future of the city of Sparks.

Thirty-two new hires coming on board at Sparks City Hall

The Sparks City Council also turned its attention to other employees of the city – in this case – focusing on those who don’t yet work for the city. In short, these 32, as yet not hired, employees will help the city restore its human-power that was lost during the long economic recession that started in 2008. The city council unanimously approved the additions to city operations. The breakdown looks like this:

* 6 new police officers
* 6 new police department support staff
* 4 new employees in the fire department; 3 firefighters and 1 fire inspector to enforce the fire code
* 18 new employees spread among Public Works – Sewer, Water, Storm Drains – Finance Department, Municipal Court, Human Resources and Parks & Recreation.

City Manager Neil Krutz told SparksNewsToday.com that the the economic recovery from the 2008 recession plus substantial new home and commercial building construction have added more property to the tax rolls, thereby raising more revenues. He said it’s given the city confidence it can ramp back up to more normal levels of city services across the board.

Fixing the worst traffic crash area in the Truckee Meadows

ODOT is about to start improvements to the I-80 Spaghetti Bowl and freeway sections leading up to and leaving that strategic part of the Truckee Meadows transportation system.  The improvements are the direct result of that section of freeway becoming the most accident prone section of highway in the region.

Late last week, the Regional Transportation Commission inked a deal to spend $30 Million in local funds in conjunction with funds from state and federal sources to pay for a multi-year program of highway improvements.

  • The project consists of restriping and signing Eastbound 1-80 so that two (2) lanes are dedicated to the 1-580 exit;
  • Revise the Wells Avenue entrance ramp to Eastbound 1-80 to a parallel entrance and metered;
  • Widen the Eastbound 1-80 to Southbound 1-580 ramp to two (2) lanes;
  • Restore the third Southbound 1-580 lane at the Spaghetti Bowl;
  • Provide Southbound 1-580 lane balance between 1-80 and the Villanova Exit;
  • Perpetuate existing drainage and add additional lighting, signing, and ITS facilities;
  • Improve landscape and aesthetic features; and relocate utilities as necessary to accommodate the proposed highway improvements.
  • FISCAL IMPACT The RTC will contribute fuel tax funds to the project for a not to exceed amount of $30,000,000 total at $10,000,000 per year for three fiscal years. The following is a summary of the fiscal obligation of the R TC.

Additionally,  construction can begin near the beginning of calendar year 2020. Spaghetti Bowl Project benefits include the following:

• I-80 eastbound backups approaching the eastbound exit to I-580/US395 is greatly reduced or eliminated;

* The weaving movement between Wells and the I-80 eastbound exit to I-580/US395 is greatly improved;

• The eastbound I-80-to-southbound I-580/US395 movement backups is greatly reduced or eliminated;

• Southbound I-580/US395 backups is eliminated at the Spaghetti Bowl;

• Weaving between the I-80-to-I-580/US395 ramps and Second Street/Glendale Avenue is improved; and

• The Second Street/Glendale Avenue and Mill Street weave is fixed.

Construction improvements are expected to begin early next year.

Unconscious/not breathing kayaker pulled from Truckee River near Kuenzli St. Bridge

Ambulance rushes unconscious kayaker to a local hospital near Kuenzli Avenue Bridge.

The male victim was caught in river vegetation

The victim was pulled from the river by “Reno Patrol Ambassadors” that monitor the river.

What is believed to be the victim’s kayak was found downstream.

Reno Police say a male kayaker that had likely been tossed out of his craft, was spotted floating downstream just past the Kuenzli Street Bridge. Two very alert “Reno Patrol Ambassadors” spotted the kayaker’s body floating downstream.

The Ambassadors immediately called 9-1-1 then went out and grabbed the unconscious male who was wearing a river-kayaking style helmet. They brought the male onto the river bank just downstream from the Kuenzli Bridge. By then an ambulance was on scene and CPR was continued and the victim was loaded aboard the ambulance for a short ride to the hospital. No word yet on whether the victim survived.

What is believed to be the man’s kayak was found downstream. The body of another kayaker was found in the Reno stretch of the Truckee River a week or so ago. That incident and today’s rescue is a clear warning that the fast flowing Truckee River is dangerous for even experienced kayakers much less amateurs.

Man with a gun. Missing Woman. Secret Witness 322-4900

Mari Ramos, Missing

Sparks Police were called Saturday evening to a report of a man brandishing a handgun near the intersection of Sullivan and I Streets. Police raced to the scene, but by the time they got there the man was gone. Police say there is a missing woman believed associated with the man. She’s Mari Ramos (picture), a hispanic female, thin build, multiple tatoos, last seen wearing a pink hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone seeing Ms. Ramos should immediately call Sparks Police at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900. Callers can always remain anonymous

Veterans who want to take the next big step…

Calling all Veterans who want to take the next big step…

TMCC is hosting the Veterans Job and Resources Fair on Friday, May 3 from 11:00 am -2:00 pm in the V. James Eardley Student Center, 7000 Dandini Blvd. in Reno. All local veterans are encouraged to attend along with our members seeking to recruit individuals with a strong work ethic, multi-faceted skills and mission to serve should. Contact kwong@tmcc.edu for more information.

Education is not a spectator sport. Both feet required.

 

WCSD Seeks Applicants for Committees

Reno, NV (April 16, 2019) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is seeking applicants for several of its advisory committees. WCSD utilizes a variety of community advisory committees to serve the District’s 64,000 students and their families. To apply, please submit an online application by clicking here before 5 p.m. on April 29, 2019.

All community member and parent terms listed below are two-year terms, slated to begin June 30, 2019 and end on June 30, 2021. All high school student terms are one-year terms, slated to begin June 30, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020.

Audit CommitteeMeets periodically, generally quarterly

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing and submitting to the Board the results of external and internal audit risk assessments, reports, and recommendations related to the District’s operations, financial and other reporting obligations, internal control processes, and compliance with laws, regulations, and ethics.

* Community member (and Washoe County resident) with a background in business, finance, auditing, or the law

 

Capital Funding Protection Committee and Oversight Panel for School FacilitiesMeets periodically, generally every other month

The Capital Funding Protection Committee and Oversight Panel for School Facilities make recommendations related to the oversight of capital expenditures for the acquisition, construction, repair, and revitalization of schools.

  • Community member who works in the construction industry
  • Community member who works in the gaming industry

 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Technical Skills Committee and Council on Career and Technical EducationMeets periodically, generally quarterly

The CTE Advisory Technical Skills Committee and Council on Career and Technical Education assist the District in developing and implementing CTE programs, and make recommendations to the Superintendent to establish a cooperative mechanism for local business and industry to support the instruction, facilities, and equipment necessary for the programs, and to help secure employment for students who complete the programs.

  • Community member who works in the industry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • WCSD CTE High School Student

School Naming CommitteeMeets periodically, generally monthly

 

The School Naming Committee makes recommendations related to the naming of new schools. For a list of Trustee District locations and maps, please visit https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518

  • Community member residing in Trustee District A
  • Community member residing in Trustee District C
  • Community member residing in Trustee District G
  • WCSD High School Student

 

Sexuality, Health and Responsibility Education (S.H.A.R.E.) Advisory Committee Meets periodically, generally monthly

The S.H.A.R.E. Advisory Committee evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees related to the District’s S.H.A.R.E. curriculum.

  • Parent/Guardian Representative
  • Counselor OR High School Student (only one position open and can be filled with either)

 

Student Wellness Advisory Committee Meets periodically, generally quarterly

The Student Wellness Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Superintendent related to student wellness issues, which includes nutrition and physical activity.

  • Community Member from the health arena, to include areas such as nutrition, physical fitness and wellness
  • An at-large member that could be parent/guardian, WCSD staff, or community member
  • WCSD Teacher of Physical Education
  • WCSD Teacher of Culinary Arts
  • WCSD Middle or High school Administrator
  • WCSD High School Student

 

Zoning Advisory CommitteeMeets periodically, generally monthly

The Zoning Advisory Committee evaluates and makes recommendations related to school attendance zones. For a list of Trustee District locations and maps, please visit https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518

  • Community member or parent residing in Trustee District F
  • An at-large member that could be parent/guardian, WCSD staff, or community member

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse seeing new patients in Sparks!

Alma Clinic, Sparks
1321 North McCarran, between Gleeson & Greenbrae

Sonia Rich-Mazzeo opened Alma Clinic in Sparks to provide medical care for the entire family. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certified in Family Practice working independently. She is a native Spanish-speaker, has extended appointment times, offers video visits, sees patients regardless of their ability to pay, and welcomes Walk-Ins, and students with interests related to healthcare.

Sonia saw her first patients at Alma Clinic at the end of June 2018, and her patient panel continues to grow. She now has close to 600 patients. Her clinic is an asset in the Reno/Sparks area where there is a shortage of healthcare professionals. Alma Clinic is also of particular interest to Spanish speakers because Sonia was born to an Argentinian family, and thus her native language is Spanish.

What is a Nurse Practitioner? A nurse with advanced education and certification which provides her with the authority to diagnose and treat diseases, write prescriptions, order tests, and interpret results. Nurse Practitioners in Nevada can work independently after sufficient experience is gained.


“Alma” means “spirit/soul” in Spanish. Sonia named her practice “Alma Clinic” because she feels it represents the caring spirit behind the nursing/medical care she and her staff offers. Her new patient appointments are one hour long to give enough time to get a snapshot of the patient’s universe and see how she can help. Follow-up appointments are usually 30 minutes. She agrees with those patients who feel that the typical 5-10 minute appointment is insufficient to provide meaningful care. To help people who have work-related restrictions, Sonia offers appointments on Saturdays. She also welcomes all Walk-Ins who just need a brief visit for a single, urgent complaint.


Alma Clinic’s mission is to serve the healthcare needs of the community. Most insurances are accepted. There is a membership plan, and a sliding scale whereby patients are charged according to their income. Alma Clinic will see any patient regardless of their ability to pay, and it has a strict anti-discrimination policy.

In serving the community, Alma Clinic is also a site for students to come and learn more about healthcare. She’s already provided learning experiences for four Medical Students, four Medical Assistant students, and one billing and coding student. She will be hosting three Nurse Practitioner students in the remainder of 2019. Sonia moved to Reno from New Jersey in July of 2016.

1321 N. McCarran Blvd., Suite 104
Sparks, Nevada 89521
(775) 683-3833 main
(775) 543-3831 fax
www.almaclinic.com

Committee Openings for Washoe County School District

WCSD Seeks Applicants for Committees

Reno, NV (April 16, 2019) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is seeking applicants for several of its advisory committees. WCSD utilizes a variety of community advisory committees to serve the District’s 64,000 students and their families. To apply, please submit an online application by clicking here before 5 p.m. on April 29, 2019.

All community member and parent terms listed below are two-year terms, slated to begin June 30, 2019 and end on June 30, 2021. All high school student terms are one-year terms, slated to begin June 30, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020.

Audit Committee Meets periodically, generally quarterly
The Audit Committee assists the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing and submitting to the Board the results of external and internal audit risk assessments, reports, and recommendations related to the District’s operations, financial and other reporting obligations, internal control processes, and compliance with laws, regulations, and ethics. 

  • Community member (and Washoe County resident) with a background in business, finance, auditing, or the law

 Capital Funding Protection Committee and Oversight Panel for School FacilitiesMeets periodically, generally every other month 
The Capital Funding Protection Committee and Oversight Panel for School Facilities make recommendations related to the oversight of capital expenditures for the acquisition, construction, repair, and revitalization of schools.

  • Community member who works in the construction industry
  • Community member who works in the gaming industry

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Technical Skills Committee and Council on Career and Technical Education – Meets periodically, generally quarterly
The CTE Advisory Technical Skills Committee and Council on Career and Technical Education assist the District in developing and implementing CTE programs, and make recommendations to the Superintendent to establish a cooperative mechanism for local business and industry to support the instruction, facilities, and equipment necessary for the programs, and to help secure employment for students who complete the programs. 

  • Community member who works in the industry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • WCSD CTE High School Student

School Naming Committee – Meets periodically, generally monthly  
The School Naming Committee makes recommendations related to the naming of new schools. For a list of Trustee District locations and maps, please visit https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518

  • Community member residing in Trustee District A
  • Community member residing in Trustee District C
  • Community member residing in Trustee District G
  • WCSD High School Student

Sexuality, Health and Responsibility Education (S.H.A.R.E.) Advisory Committee  – Meets periodically, generally monthly
The S.H.A.R.E. Advisory Committee evaluates and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees related to the District’s S.H.A.R.E. curriculum. 

  • Parent/Guardian Representative
  • Counselor OR High School Student (only one position open and can be filled with either) 

Student Wellness Advisory CommitteeMeets periodically, generally quarterly
The Student Wellness Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Superintendent related to student wellness issues, which includes nutrition and physical activity.

  • Community Member from the health arena, to include areas such as nutrition, physical fitness and wellness
  • An at-large member that could be parent/guardian, WCSD staff, or community member
  • WCSD Teacher of Physical Education
  • WCSD Teacher of Culinary Arts
  • WCSD Middle or High school Administrator
  • WCSD High School Student

Zoning Advisory CommitteeMeets periodically, generally monthly 
The Zoning Advisory Committee evaluates and makes recommendations related to school attendance zones. For a list of Trustee District locations and maps, please visit https://www.washoeschools.net/Page/518

  • Community member or parent residing in Trustee District F
  • An at-large member that could be parent/guardian, WCSD staff, or community member

Gov. Sisolak celebrates accomplishments in first 100 days

Governor Steve Sisolak
Minced no words…

 

Gov. Sisolak celebrates accomplishments in first 100 days

Carson City, NV – Today marks Governor Steve Sisolak’s 100th day in office. Gov. Sisolak was sworn in as Nevada’s 30th governor on January 7th.

“When I ran for governor, I promised to put Nevada’s families first, and that’s exactly what I’ve done during my first 100 days in office,” Gov. Sisolak said. “From defending our health care system, to protecting our environment, to standing up for Nevadans’ safety, I have been proud to wake up each and every day and fight for Nevada families. Serving as governor is the honor of my lifetime, and I look forward to working hard for Nevadans every single day for the next four years.”

Below are highlights from Gov. Sisolak’s work during his first 100 days in office.

Constituent Engagement

  • Issued 64 proclamations and 688 certificates of recognition
  • Held 109 meet-and-greets with Nevadans
  • Visited northern Nevada tribal communities in three rural Nevada counties, including being the first governor to meet with the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada and tribal leaders from nine Western Shoshone tribal bands from eastern Nevada.

Appointments and Hiring

  • Hired a staff that’s more than 70% women
  • Appointed women to more than 50% of cabinet positions
  • Made 15 appointments to key cabinet positions, boards, executive branch positions, and judgeships, including Jhone Ebert as state superintendent and Sandra Douglas Morgan as chair of the Gaming Control Board

Legislative Accomplishments

Signed Senate Bill 143 into law, closing the background check loophole on private sales and transfers of firearms and cementing the will of the voters into law

  • Met one-on-one with every member of the Nevada Legislature within the first two weeks of session

Standing up for Nevadans at the Federal Level

  • Joined Nevada’s congressional delegation in standing up against the U.S. Department of Energy’s secret shipment of half a metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada prior to his taking office and has continued to speak out against efforts to revive the reckless and costly Yucca Mountain project
  • Fought for Nevadans affected by the federal government shutdown by:
    • Requesting that the Nevada System of Higher Education defer fees and tuition costs for students financially impacted by the shutdown;
    • Convening a summit of Nevada tribes to hear their concerns on the impact of the federal shutdown on services they depend on;
    • Asking for clarification from the U.S. Department of Labor on unemployment insurance eligibility for essential, unpaid federal workers in Nevada, such as TSA and FAA personnel
  • Joined the front lines of defense of the Affordable Care Act by working with Nevada’s attorney general to defend the ACA from partisan legal challenges and protect access to affordable health care for Nevadans, especially those with pre-existing conditions

Transparency and Accountability

  • Established an advisory panel to create Nevada’s first-ever Cannabis Compliance Board, which will ensure Nevada’s marijuana industry is positioned to become the gold standard for the nation
  • Introduced legislation with the Department of Taxation that addresses transparency concerns with the marijuana licensing process that was in place prior to his taking office
  • Created the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Law and Policy to re-evaluate sexual harassment policies in state government and foster an environment where all Nevadans feel comfortable and respected in the workplace and abusers are held accountable
  • Instructed state agencies to increase transparency in state contracts at board meetings by requiring disclosure of principal and ownership forms to prevent conflicts of interest

Education and Workforce

  • Joined the national Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Board of Directors
  • Designated 10 new schools as Governor’s STEM Schools
  • Established the State of Nevada Veteran Peer Mentor Group, a voluntary program for state employees to provide mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities to their fellow state employees who are veterans, members of the Nevada National Guard, and members of the U.S. armed forces reserves

Safeguarding Nevada’s Future

  • Joined the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance and pledged to curb Nevada’s carbon emissions and uphold tenets of the Paris Agreement
  • Formed Nevada’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census to oversee the state’s outreach and coordination efforts to encourage Nevadans to participate in the 2020 Census, especially those who belong to historically undercounted communities, to ensure Nevada gets its fair share of over $675 billion in federal grant allocations for the next decade.

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