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Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar to speak with CC area voters Monday


Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota U.S. Senator and U.S. Presidential candidate.

Democratic Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota will be meeting with citizens gathered at Carson City Round Table Pizza Monday morning starting at 11:30am. Former State Senator Ernie Adler will introduce Senator Klobuchar and her run for President. Luncheon campaign stops across Nevada are giving undecided Democrats a chance to weigh the candidates’ positions on a range of issues and ask probing questions on important topics of acute interest to Nevadans like how can Nevada stop being a dumping ground for other states’ nuclear waste.

Senator Klobuchar will begin her remarks at 11:30am on Monday, February 3, at the Carson City Round Table Pizza. It’s located at 3325 Retail Drive just off College Parkway, east of the freeway.

The event offers all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar lunch buffet and is available for a paltry $7.99. All are welcome.

Senator Klobuchar, 59 is a Minnesota native, graduated college as well as law school and became Minnesota’s first elected woman U.S. Senator. Sen. Klobuchar has called for investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election. Sen Klobuchar also supports the creation of a U.S. Independent Commission investigation into President Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Update on drug deal gone bad…

Jacob Murray
Drug deal gone bad
CCJ photo

Update on last Saturday’s alleged drug deal gone bad

On Sarurday, January 25th, shortly before 8 pm , Deputies were dispatched to the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center regarding two males who had arrived with reported gunshot wounds. One victim was treated for minor head injuries, while the second victim was transported to Renown Medical Center by Careflight for treatment. Both have since been released from the hospital.

Investigators working the details of the shooting arrested four juveniles by Sunday evening for their roles in the event. Three of the juveniles were taken into custody in Carson City, while the fourth was taken into custody at a North Reno address. The juveniles ranged in age from 13 to 16 years old, three males and one female. Two were residents of Carson, one from Douglas County, and one from Washoe County who had recently relocated to Carson City. Early Sunday morning, investigators recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the possession of one of the juveniles, and by late Monday evening, a second 9mm semi-automatic pistol used in the attempted robbery was recovered. All four juveniles remain in custody in area detention centers.

Simeon Lopez III
Drug deal gone bad
CCJ photo

Investigators continued working this case throughout this week and have announced the warrant arrest of Jacob Dean Murray, 21 years old, at his residence at the 1600 block of Airport Road, and the warrant arrest of Simeon Stevens Lopez III, 22 years old, at his residence at the 3700 block of Woodside Drive, for their involvement. Both were booked into the Carson City Detention Facility on the charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Uniformed Controlled Substance Act (Felony), and Sales of a Controlled Substance (Felony). Jacob Dean Murray was also booked on the charge of Furnishing Marijuana to a Minor (Gross Misdemeanor). Bail has been set at $25,000 for each.

Investigators believe that the incident was prompted by the juveniles attempting to purchase marijuana infused vaping devices from Murray and Lopez out of Lopez’s car. However, it is also believed that the juveniles had every intention to rob Murray and Lopez of the devices at gunpoint. Then at a point during the incident, Murray was shot by one of the juveniles. Investigators are continuing to investigate if Lopez’s grazing wound was a result of gunfire or being struck in the head by an object.

Anyone with information regarding these widespread incidents is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 887-COPS(2677).

Final Downtown Carson Street Upgrade Underway!

Carson City citizens got another “Eagle Eye” view Thursday night of the final stretch of downtown Carson City’s redevelopment efforts to make Carson Street from 5th Street-south more pedestrian, bicyclist and even driver welcoming.

The project also includes a Carson-at-Stewart roundabout that, for some, will take some getting used to since many Carson City residents have either never, or seldom experienced the 5th Street roundabout at Fairview which has been in place for many years.

Work will begin very soon, so there will be some traffic disruptions. But just follow the signs and you should be just fine. Hanging a right onto Fairview or a left onto William may be good ideas depending if you want to drive around the downtown as opposed to partaking of the city center amenities.

As work progresses into Spring and Summer there will be improvements on Carson Street for crosswalks, bicycle and turn lanes all formatted to make getting through the downtown a bit easier for those who drive, pedal or walk.  And it’s a sure bet that average traffic speeds will be trimmed noticeably which means that Stewart may become a favorite commuter work-a-round.

Labor market-place by the numbers – DETR

Statewide, seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 3,500 jobs in December compared to November. When compared to November, the Reno metro area saw a seasonal increase in employment of 100 jobs, Carson City increased by 100 jobs, and Las Vegas added 500 jobs.

When compared to December of last year, employment increased in in all three metro areas. Statewide, jobs increased by 1.9 percent a gain of 27,400 new jobs. Las Vegas increased by 24,800 since December 2018. Reno saw the highest growth rate at 9,500 jobs added from the previous year. Carson City added 1,000 jobs, a rate of 3.3 percent. Nevada added 13,200 goods producing industries jobs to payrolls while service-providing industries added 22,5001. In Carson City, 1,000 services providing and goods producing jobs were added relative to last year, the result of adding 900 service-providing jobs while goods producing jobs increased by 100. Reno saw a net increase of 9,500 goods producing and services producing jobs.  Las Vegas saw 10,500 goods producing jobs added, and 14,700 service providing jobs added since 2018 for a total of 25,200 goods producing and service providing jobs.

Unemployment rates decreased in all the State’s major population centers on a year-over-year basis. In the Las Vegas MSA, the unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent in December, decreasing from the November rate of 3.7 percent, and down from 4.5 percent in December last year. Reno’s unemployment rate is at 2.6 percent, decreasing from November’s rate of 2.7 percent, and down from 3.4 percent in 2018. Reno is also approaching a previous low of 2.5 percent that was last seen in October 1999. The unemployment rate in Carson City is 3.3 percent, unchanged since November, and decreasing from 4.4 percent December last year.

Busy evening for CC Planning Commission – Four big yeses

On Emerson next to freeway.

Construction is zipping right along in our Capital City, thanks in part to the city’s planning commission.  The commission reviewed several proposals Wednesday evening:  Number one was a 37 home subdivision off Emerson, immediately south of the I-580 freeway.  The homes will be on very small lots which should make borrowing sugar from next door neighbors a lot easier.  The developers agreed to a privacy fence between the development and its next door neighbor to the south – a place of worship.  Each home will be able to park their cars in their garages “tandem” style. Construction should begin in late summer/early fall.

The next housing project approved by the planning commission was offered by FISH, Friends in Service Helping.  New apartments will rise from the site on which sits the old Whistle Stop Motel.  FISH will tear down the old Whistle Stop Motel that’s been a fixture on Carson Street for decades.  Once torn down, FISH will build a new apartment complex in its place

New transitional housing for families courtesy of FISH, North Carson @ Park Street.

to be rented to homeless or very low income families who will get a helping hand going to college, undergoing job training and otherwise getting their lives back together. Then at the end of the training period they move out so other needy families can work toward their own future.

Millard 81 unit apartments approved on Brown Street.  (CCCDD graphics)

There was one other another major project approved by the planning commission – low cost affordable apartment buildings on Brown at Gordon Streets. Developer Dwight Millard at the helm. Carson City on the GROW!!

The crashes kept on comin’ all Monday long….

We mentioned earlier in a story about a high speed head on crash on Highway 50 near Arrowhead Monday afternoon.  Major injuries there.  But Monday evening proved to be very accident prone as well.  Sheriff’s Deputies say that a nasty crash occurred at Saliman and Fairview.  Deputies say a woman driving west on Fairview thought an oncoming pickup was signaling to turn north on Saliman – so she turned south onto Saliman.  But the pick up apparently straightened out as if he had changed his mind and headed straight ahead.  The impact was horrendous.  Both the pick and the small sedan were extensively  damaged.  The lady was loaded aboard an ambulance for transport to CTRMC.  Driver of the pickup was questioned about what happened. Investigators had also questioned the lady driver as to what happened. She said pickup appeared to be turning away from her, then went straight.  They both ended in the southwest corner of Saliman and Fairview.

The impact very substantial….

We’ll see how it settles out.

 

 

 

 

Driver of Waste Mgmt truck saved the vehicle by dumping a load that was on fire…

A little earlier in the evening a Waste Management truck driver had just finished picking up the contents of apartment trash bins on Little Lane .  But suddenly he smelled smoke and heard what he described as large car or truck batteries popping from the rear of his truck.  He stopped and realized his truck was in grave danger of catching fire so he quickly dumped his collected garbage onto the ground in a field off Little Lane.  Fire fighters arrived and drowned the fire in what was by then a small mountain of trash and garbage on the ground.

That’s a lotta trash the fireman is hosing down….there on Little Lane.

The driver said he made a mess but he saved a refuse truck which are not cheap.  Firefighters and Waste Management personnel were working together to keep the fire out and enroute to a secure dump site.  No injuries.

South Carson Complete Streets Project DESIGN is finally done. Come see what it’s all about!!!!

The South Carson Complete Streets Project design is complete! Carson City Public Works and the project contractor Sierra Nevada Construction, will be hosting a pre-construction meeting to present the anticipated construction schedule and the completed project design. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, in the Sierra Room, located at 851 E. William Street.

The Nevada Department of Transportation recently transferred the commercial corridor to the City, giving us the opportunity to transform the corridor and to provide safer movements for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists; improve access to abutting businesses and prepare Carson City for Smart City advancements.

The approximate project limits are from the intersection of South Carson Street and 5th Street, south to the intersection of South Carson Street and Appion Way. The project includes pedestrian safety measures, ADA-compliant sidewalks and curb ramps, narrowed travel lanes, and a buffered multi-use path. It also includes dedicated bicycle facilities, a roundabout, critical improvements to stormwater infrastructure, improved business access, street lighting, enhanced signals, upgrades to the water and sewer systems. There are also fiber optic communications improvements that will complete the City’s core communications ring. Construction is anticipated to start late February of this year.

The meeting will include a presentation on the South Carson Street design, project schedule, and discuss various communication tools for the public to stay connected during the construction process. It is the goal of the Project team to keep citizens informed, engaged and involved throughout the construction process. To receive e-notifications visit carsonproud.com and click the subscribe button or to receive text notifications simply text “Carson Proud” to 31996.

Individuals in need of special accommodations are asked to contact staff a minimum of two business days in advance so appropriate arrangements can be made. Please contact Tom Grundy, Project Manager at 775-283-7081 or tgrundy@carson.org.

Really bad wreck on on 50E – Witnesses say “Wrong Way Driver.”

Car suspected of traveling eastbound in westbound lane.

Black car headed east in westbound lane on 50 say witnesses.

Victim driver headed west transported to Renown in Reno via CareFlight.  Two others went by ground ambulance to CTH.

With the velocities of all four cars, it’s amazing no one was killed.

Two accident victims were reportedly injured seriously when their two cars collided head on at Highway 50 just east of E. Arrowhead. The black vehicle had turned left off of Arrowhead and proceeded eastbound on 50…but she was using the westbound fast lane, going the wrong way. An on-coming sedan hit the black card hard which spun both vehicles around. Meanwhile, two other cars also headed west couldn’t avoid the accident and their vehicles suffered only minor damage careening off the original accident vehicles. More information to follow when NHP finishes its report.

Further Update on Saturday night’s shooting

At approximately 4:30pm Sunday, State Division of Investigations Officers took a fourth juvenile into custody related to the January 25 shooing in Carson City. The Carson City Sheriff’s Office has determined that no other suspects are being sought at this time. The fourth juvenile will be returned to Carson City, where he will be charged similarly to those already in custody.

At approximately 7:44pm Saturday evening, Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Carson Tahoe Medical Center Emergency Department where two adult males had arrived with reported gunshot wounds. One victim was treated for an abdominal wound and transported by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center, and the second victim was treated for head injuries and released from Carson Tahoe Hospital care. The condition of the victim admitted to Renown is not immediately available.

Three juveniles, two males and one female, have been taken into custody related to the shooting. Of the three juveniles, ages 13-16 years, two were from Carson City and one from Douglas County. The juveniles were charged with Battery with intent to Commit Robbery, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Prohibited Person, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery Causing Substantial Bodily Harm, and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act. All three were booked into the Carson City Juvenile Services division.

As of this notice to the community, it is alleged that the juveniles met with the victims in an act to purchase marijuana vaping oils and vaping cartridges when the shooting took place.

From Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, in addition to the arrests, three residences in Carson City have been secured by SWAT and Special Enforcement Teams and searched by Detectives. This investigation remains active at this time, therefore no further details are available.

Anyone with any information connected to the shooting is asked to contact the Carson City Communications Division at 887-2677.

Sheriff Ken Furlong
Carson City

Man charged with sexual assault and lewdness with an under age child commits suicide

Eugene Nichols, 48
Sexual Assault on child under the age of 14 and lewdness with a child under the of 14

A Carson City man who was charged with sexual assault and lewdness with children under age 14 was found dead Thursday afternoon in Douglas County in what was described by authorities to be a self-inflicted wound that proved fatal.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said detectives went to Genoa and confirmed that the deceased male was Eugene Nichols.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said a man shooting off a gun in the Genoa area prompted a number of citizen phone calls to Douglas County 9-1-1. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies found Nichols’ lifeless body in the Genoa area after a brief search.

Two gunshot wound victims show up at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center Emergency Room

Two men in their early 20’s inside CTRMC getting emergency treatment for gunshot wounds. One was flown to Renown in Reno.  Neither suffered life-threatening wounds accord to Sheriff Furlong.

7:45pm  Two males in their 20’s showed up Saturday night at Carson Tahoe RMC’s Emergency Room – both suffering gunshot wounds.

9:28pm  Details of the shooting are still being investigated.  It may have been in the Woodside area but that’s being nailed down by investigators.  Two young men in their early 20’s were shot – one receiving a minor wound and the other with a serious stomach wound which prompted a Care Flight trip to Renown in Reno.  Circumstances of the confrontation that caused the shooting are still being investigated, according to Sheriff Ken Furlong.  Charges of Battery with a Deadly Weapon are being considered.

10:32pm  Sheriff Furlong reports that neither male suffered life threatening injuries. 

10:38pm  Sheriff Furlong also asks that anyone having information about the shooting incident, or who happened to be an eye witness to the incident should call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2677l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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