Immigrant accused of 4 Nevada murders arraigned in Reno
RENO — A 20-year-old immigrant from El Salvadoran accused of murdering four people in Nevada last month has been transferred to the Washoe County Jail in Reno where prosecutors in two counties plan to try him for all four killings.
Washoe County District Attorney spokeswoman Michelle Bays says Wilber Martinez-Guzman was arraigned Monday during a brief appearance in Reno Justice Court on four counts each of murder with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon. He’s scheduled to return to court for a status conference on March 13.
Martinez-Guzman is being held without bail in the county jail. He’s expected to be appointed a public defender to represent him.
He agreed to postpone a preliminary hearing Friday in Carson City where he still faces burglary and other charges tied to property stolen from some of the victims.
Warren to hold 2020 organizing event in Nevada on Sunday
LAS VEGAS — Democrat Elizabeth Warren is expected to make her first visit to Nevada on Sunday as a presidential candidate.
The Massachusetts senator is holding a 3:30 p.m. organizing event at the Springs Preserve gardens, museum and events center in Las Vegas.
The event is open to the public and tickets can be reserved online.
Warren canceled an earlier visit in late January to remain in Washington to vote on a plan to reopen the U.S. government after a 35-day partial shutdown.
The potential for another shutdown is looming. Negotiations on border security broke down over the weekend in Washington and lawmakers have until midnight Friday to prevent another partial shutdown.
Warren is the third announced or potential Democratic 2020 candidate to hold public events in the early-nominating state Nevada so far this year.
Tahoe City man, 30, died in ski accident at Tahoe resort
RENO — Authorities have identified a 30-year-old California man who died in skiing accident over the weekend at a resort near Lake Tahoe.
The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Reno said Andrew McDowell of Tahoe City, California died at a Reno hospital Sunday from injuries he suffered at Northstar California resort near Truckee, California.
The cause and manner of the death remain under investigation.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that the resort confirmed that a serious incident took place on the mountain Sunday involving an employee, but declined to provide further information.
Nadia Guerriero, Northstar California’s vice president and general manager, said in a statement that the resort, its parent company Vail Resorts and Northstar Ski Patrol “extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends.”
Henderson police seek car that hit 3 in high-speed chase
HENDERSON — Henderson police are searching for a vehicle that struck three people during a high-speed chase.
Authorities said Monday that the suspect vehicle was involved in a police pursuit on Sunday afternoon near Lake Mead Boulevard and Boulder Highway.
Police had been trying to stop the car after seeing it had a stolen license plate.
They say two women, ages 20 and 62, and a 56-year-old man were in a designated crosswalk when the suspect ran a red light, hitting them.
The man and the younger woman suffered critical injuries. The 62-year-old woman’s injuries were minor.
The car is described as a white Chevrolet Suburban with license plate BCN1433.
Nevada bill seeks collective bargaining for state workers
CARSON CITY — Proposed legislation in Nevada would allow certain state employees to engage in collective bargaining.
The bill, introduced in the state Senate on Thursday, would require the state to negotiate wages with labor organizations representing state employees.
All collective bargaining agreements are required to include a procedure to resolve grievances under the bill.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has said he supports giving state workers the ability to collectively bargain, commenting in his State of the State speech that many state employees went without salary increases or took pay cuts during The Great Recession. He also recommended a 3 percent pay increase for the workers.
State Sen. David Parks, a Democrat, said the bill has a good chance of passing and includes similar language that was introduced in past sessions. He commented that numerous state employees are finding it harder to live on their salaries.
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, minority floor leader, signaled Republican disagreement to the collective bargaining measure in an interview last week.
Parks said Republicans will be allowed to voice their concerns.
Justice Department gives California $8.3M for Vegas victims
LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Justice Department is giving $8.3 million to California to help victims of the 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip where a gunman opened fire on a country music festival.
Officials have estimated that nearly half the concert attendees were Californians, including 35 of the 58 people killed and about 200 of nearly 900 who were injured.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the award Thursday at a law enforcement conference in Los Angeles. He says the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history “inflicted unfathomable damage.”
The money will be given to a California victim compensation board for victims’ services, support groups and the creation of a virtual victim resiliency center.
The Justice Department last year awarded $16.7 million to Nevada to assist other victims.