Sparks police seek public’s help in hit-and-run; teen hurt
SPARKS — Sparks police are asking for the public’s help in the search for a driver who left the scene of an accident after a black SUV struck a 16-year-old pedestrian last week.
Police say the teen who suffered minor injuries was walking along Wedekind Road near Farrell Ross Drive at about 4 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses attempted to follow the vehicle but couldn’t keep up.
Police say they don’t have a description of the driver.
Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator.
Investigators are urging anyone with information to contact Sparks police at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
Ex-felon faces gun, drug charges after Sun Valley arrest
RENO — Washoe County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 47-year-old ex-felon who was being sought on federal drug and weapons charges.
Thomas Bonner was being held Monday in the county jail without bail following his arrest Friday at a Sun Valley residence north of Reno.
Court records show a federal grand jury in Reno indicted Bonner in February on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Investigators say Bonner was serving probation for a 2010 felony conviction when deputies seized 17 grams of meth from his truck during a traffic stop in January. They also recovered a 357 Mag revolver, a 9 mm Ruger pistol and an AR15-type rifle.
It’s not clear if Bonner has a lawyer or will be appointed one at a pending court appearance.
Sisolak names New York educator as Nevada superintendent
CARSON CITY — Gov. Steve Sisolak has named New York education official Jhone (JOAN) Ebert as the new state superintendent of public instruction.
Ebert will replace Steve Canavero, who resigned last month.
Ebert has served as a senior deputy commissioner at the New York State Education Department since 2015.
Before that she spent 25 years in the Clark County School District, rising from a math teacher to the chief innovation and productivity officer and chief technology officer.
She starts her new job on April 2.
Nevada, Utah tribes join protest against plutonium shipments
RENO — Thirteen tribes in Nevada and western Utah are urging President Donald Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to suspend any shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site north of Las Vegas.
Tribal leaders say they share the state’s concerns that they were not informed or consulted about a half metric ton (1,102 pounds) of the radioactive material the government secretly shipped to Nevada over the state’s objections last year.
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Chairman Chris Spotted Eagle says his tribe has two reservations in downtown Las Vegas and the northwestern part of the Las Vegas Valley that sit along the transportation routes that may have been used to truck the plutonium to the Nevada National Security Site.
Energy Department officials confirmed last week they are working with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto to expedite removal of the plutonium from Nevada.
Officials plan 3-year overhaul of Las Vegas Strip roadway
LAS VEGAS — Authorities say a three-year road overhaul is coming to the Las Vegas Strip.
Clark County public works chief Denis Cederburg tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the project will begin in June.
It’ll replace water mains and repave the entire core of Las Vegas Boulevard, from Sahara Avenue to the Interstate 215 Beltway.
Work is expected to last until July 2022.
Plans include water main replacements, adding a fourth vehicle lane where space allows, upgrading traffic controls and installing new lighting.
Cederburg says the cost of the 5.7-mile (9-kilometer) project has yet to be determined.
Most work will occur from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and lane restrictions will vary.
Cederburg says officials hope to keep at least two lanes open in each direction during non-work hours.
Deputies probe death of man whose body was found in Fernley
FERNLEY — Lyon County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a field near a gas station in Fernley.
The sheriff’s office says they received a call from a citizen who found the body Wednesday afternoon near the Jackson’s gas station and mini mart south of U.S. Interstate 80.
Investigators say the African-American man with short hair and a mustache is estimated to be 30 to 40 years old. He had no property or identification on him.
Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office or Secret Witness.
Reno motorcyclist, 23, killed in crash with SUV in Sparks
SPARKS — A 23-year-old Reno man has been killed in a motorcycle crash near Sparks Middle School.
Sparks police say Stephen Aufdenkamp was driving a motorcycle that collided with an SUV at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Sullivan Lane and Byrd Drive.
Emergency crews began to conduct life-saving measures but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the driver of the SUV remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
They say speed may have been a factor in the crash. It’s not known if alcohol or drugs played a role.
The accident remains under investigation.