Fremont Elementary and local dignitaries hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 13, to celebrate the newly added classrooms and square footage completed from construction over the summer. The ceremony also helped kick off the school’s annual Fall Festival where dozens of community partners, sponsors and the school offered information, food, a raffle with over 30 prizes, and tons of fun for students and families.
Two vehicles smashed in to each other at Valley and Washington (behind Smith’s) Thursday afternoon. A lady driver headed north on Valley apparently didn’t see the stop sign and continued in to the intersection. But at that split second, another vehicle traveling west into intersection (he didn’t have a stop sign) hammered the front of the woman’s car. Both wound up at the northwest corner of the intersection – the woman’s car damaged far more than the other vehicle.
The good news is that nobody was seriously hurt, probably largely due to the relative slow speeds that both vehicles were traveling.
It’s another one of those certification drills that “Two vehicles cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Watch for stop signsl. Again, nobody seriously injured.
Caltrans says a full closure of U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit planned for mid-October is being put off until next year. Caltrans said the seven bridge girders required for the $14 million viaduct replacement won’t be ready in time for the scheduled closure.
So, in the meantime, the contractor will button up the job site and finish the project next year, which was the original plan anyway.
A crowd of Carson City residents gathered at the east end of Mills Park Wednesday to solemnly commemorate the horrific tragedy of 9-11 2001 when Islamic terrorists crashed three airliners into buildings in New York City as well as Washington DC. In a solemn ceremony re-visiting the unthinkable actually happening, Mayor Bob Crowell, Sheriff Ken Furlong and Fire Chief Sean Slamon each reviewed the shock, anguish and sorrow the country has gone through in dealing with the mindless and vengeful motives of several terrorists who commandeered and then flew jetliners into the World Trade Center twin towers and into the side of the Pentagon. A fourth hijacker was said to be piloting a fourth airliner aiming to crash it into the White House but passengers likely caused a melee in the cockpit that caused the plane to crash into an empty field far short of the nation’s capital.
Sheriff Ken Furlong said the country still mourns the loss of so many lives, including first responders at the crash sites. Sheriff Furlong outlined a paradigm shift among all first responder agencies – not only how to interrupt terrorist attacks, but launch better intelligence gathering and general awareness among the American people that makes them pay closer attention to what’s going on in their communities.
Fire Chief Sean Slamon commented that America’s fire-rescue services are sharper and more aware of the many ways even homegrown terrorists can harm or kill using arson or high powered weapons. Firefighters and their ambulances are always required to be at or near the center of such deadly incidents.
Mayor Bob Crowell also lamented the country’s struggle to fight gun violence as it explodes seemingly more and more often across the nation. Mayor Crowell reminded everyone of the 2011 shooter attack in Carson City at the iHop on South Carson Street, proving that mass shootings are ever-so with us and demands that we find ways to strip this ballistic menace from our country.
Several ministers from local churches reminded everyone that violence is usually caused by people who are desperately in need of understanding, love and support – not guns – and that we must find ways to reach out to them, whether they’re on the street or already behind bars. It’s a fact that there are more guns in this country than there are people. And therein lies the challenge.
Join Carson City area residents as they gather to remember and mourn those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 when terrorists hijacked four airliners – three of them flying into large buildings, two in New York City ,The World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
The ceremonies begin at the east end of Mills Park at the 9-1-1 Memorial, starting at 6pm.
Update: Two people in the upside down vehicle were injured, including a 96 year old woman, mother of the driver. She suffered compound fractures and later died at Renown in Reno.
Two people were Careflighted to Renown in Reno following a horrendous traffic crash on Highway 50 and Airport. Details are still sketchy, but the driver of the upside down vehicle said he was headed east on 50 when a car headed south on Airport entered the intersection and broadsided him. The man’s vehicle with three aboard rolled over and in so doing hit a eastbound car on fifty. The first car coming south on Airport – and likely running a red light – took off at high speed, fleeing the scene.
The victim driver and his very elderly mother were extricated from their upside-down Chevy. The man’s mother and one other person were quickly Careflighted to Renown as mentioned above. The driver’s mother was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at Renown in Reno. No word on whether authorities have any idea who the hit-and-run driver is or where he lives.
4:54pm Traffic crash at Roop and Fifth. Avoid the area if you can. Tempers reportedly flaring…
The Carson City School District has announced further details associated with the Nevada Department of Education grant to hire more school safety officers and thereby enhance student safety.
The funding was made possible by passage of several key bills during the 2019 Nevada Legislative Session.
“We want to recognize Governor Sisolak and all our state representatives for the efforts and considerations they made during the last legislative session,” Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District, said. “Over the last several years, the topic of ensuring the safety of our children and students at schools have been on the minds of nearly every engaged citizen across the country. I’m encouraged at our local leaders’ attention to our most precious commodity – our children.”
The Carson City Schools Safety Grant includes $600,000 for two years for two additional School Resource Officers (SROs) and $500,000 for school building and other facilities improvements that were identified in a Homeland Security Assessment.
The addition of two more school resource officers and school safety facility improvements build upon much of the work already completed within our schools and are aligned with the recommendations from Homeland Security’s safety audits completed within the last year.
Sheriff Kenny Furlong plans to use current staff to fill these new positions because they are already familiar with the laws regarding schools and students. They have extensive training for dealing with crisis circumstances and are already integrated in the patrol divisions operations. Plans are already in place to begin moving personnel into their new assignments.
“The selection of deputies for these positions will focus highly on their ability to develop relationships with students and families,” Furlong said. “In addition, the news hires will have the benefit of being trained by the three current SROs who are familiar with the student population and administrators as well as regular routines unique to each school.”
“The selection of deputies for these positions will focus on their ability to develop relationships with students, families, and School District staff and employees,” Furlong said. “In addition, all Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to the School District are required to be certified by the National Association of School Resource Officers. Through this training, deputies are provided with the highest quality training to create safer schools and safer children. The standards and training have been provided to the three current SROs and will be applied to all future officers working in our educational environments. Their constant visibility and high profile will create a sense of safety and security in the minds of parents and their children. Problems can be dealt with when they first arise, rather than waiting until an emergency occurs.
Carson City Sheriff’s investigators were called to local bank on a report that a woman appeared to be trying to scam the bank out of some money. When officers arrived they took Melissa Johnson aside and began questioning her. She told them she was trying to get some money through her credit cards and that she was also hoping to cash a check her grandmother – but she forgot to bring the check.
While the conversation continued another officer learned that Melissa Johnson tried to sell the same story to five different banks in Reno, all of which denied her request and which triggered a region-wide bank alert that her situation was very suspicious.
After further questioning officers handcuffed her and took her to the Carson City Jail where she was booked on suspicion of using fraudulent ID, attempting to obtain money under false pretenses, attempted grand larceny and burglary. Her bail was set at $100,000.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Department says a woman who formerly worked for a Mound House vinyl products manufacturer, but then illegally tried to become its owner, wound up being arrested at a local bank. Sheriff’s reports indicate that Helen Kelly, 76, brought in documents to the vinyl company’s bank indicating that ownership was changing to her name. And that $80,000 in the company’s bank account would, therefore, be transferred to her.
Despite a signed document by the Nevada State Secretary of State’s Office acknowledging the ownership change, the bank, in “an abundance of caution,” told Ms.Kelly to come back after all documents were reviewed. The bank then did some research of its own and they called the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies met Ms. Kelly at the bank and arrested her on suspicion of entering fictitious documents, and attempting to obtain money under false pretenses.
Ms. Kelly is scheduled to appear in court at 9am, Tuesday, September 10th.