Children Injured After Bounce House Blown into Power Lines
RENO — Authorities say strong winds blew an inflatable bounce house with three children inside into powerlines, causing electricity to be temporarily cut off to thousands of people in Nevada.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says the bounce house was uplifted about 10 feet (3 meters) and got caught on the lines in Reno on Sunday afternoon.
Deputies and firefighters rescued the children, treating two at the scene and taking the third to a hospital. The child’s condition was not immediately known.
The sheriff’s office says it contacted NV Energy, which turned off power in the area.
NV Energy says about 3,000 people were affected by the outage. Electricity was restored about 2 hours later.
Nevada Inmate Serving Rape Sentence Dies in Prison Hospice
CARSON CITY — Officials say a 56-year-old Nevada prison inmate who was serving 10 years to life for rape, sexual assault, robbery and battery in Las Vegas has died behind bars.
The Nevada Department of Corrections reported Monday that Terrance Smith died Saturday at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center hospice unit in Carson City.
His cause of death was not disclosed. An autopsy was scheduled.
Records show that Smith was convicted at trial of attacking a 59-year-old woman at her Las Vegas apartment in May 2002. He was sentenced in December 2002.
Construction Worker Crushed While Working at Las Vegas Home
LAS VEGAS — Police say a construction worker working on a patio at a Las Vegas home has died after a structure collapsed on him.
Authorities say the accident occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday near Robindale Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Lt. Chris Holmes says other crew members removed debris and found his body.
Clark County firefighters used tools to lift more of the wreckage but pronounced him dead.
Holmes says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will look into what caused the structure to fall.
The worker’s name has not been released.
Police Agencies Target Illegal Street Racing in Reno Area
RENO — Reno-area law enforcement agencies issued dozens of citations and made four arrests during a crackdown on illegal street racing.
The Reno Police Department says the Sparks Police Department, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, the University of Nevada Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the joint operation Friday night.
Reno police said in a statement that the operation stemmed from community and law enforcement concerns “related to the dangers and nuisances related to illegal street racing.”
According to the statement, law enforcement agencies will continue to conduct similar operations and have already seen a decrease in illegal street racing activity.
Woman is Critically Injured in Hang-Gliding Crash Near Jean
LAS VEGAS — Authorities say a woman is hospitalized in critical condition after a hang-gliding crash near the Jean dry lake beds south of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Metro Police say search and rescue crews were called about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to help the woman, who was injured during a hard landing.
The woman’s name hasn’t been released yet.
The dry lake bed near Jean is a popular spot for hang gliders, but there have been fatal crashes there in the past.
A 55-year-old hang gliding instructor and an 11-year-old boy died after a March 2015 crash.
The Bureau of Land Management said at the time that the instructor didn’t have a permit to operate on federal land when that crash occurred.
Reno Man Arrested in I-80 Road-Rage Incident in Sparks
SPARKS — A 24-year-old Reno man has been arrested on multiple weapons and traffic charges following a road-range incident on Interstate 80 in Sparks.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says Daniel Swirsky was driving a 1993 Ford Tempo Friday morning when he pointed a gun in the air and struck the side of another pickup while passing illegally on the shoulder of an I-80 ramp at Vista Boulevard.
The patrol says Swirsky fled the scene but subsequently was apprehended.
He’s been booked into the Washoe County jail on suspicion of seven charges including ex-felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
Troopers say they found a loaded Ruger handgun and brass knuckles with a folding 6-inch knife blade in his car.
It’s not clear Swirsky has a lawyer or will be appointed one.
Bystanders Praised in Near-Drowning at Lake Tahoe
RENO — A Nevada sheriff say a near-drowning victim at Lake Tahoe is alive thanks to the “extraordinary efforts” of two off-duty firefighters from California and a physician’s assistant from Iowa who pitched in to help save his life.
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam (BAY’-luhm) singled out the three “Good Samaritans” and other deputies Friday, a week after the emergency was reported on Tahoe’s east shore.
The trio included Erin Dohlman, a recent graduate from the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program, and Freddy Matias, an off-duty firefighter from CalFire’s Napa Valley station.
Balaam says the other unnamed firefighter was administering CPR to a San Francisco Bay Area man who was submerged and unconscious before Dohlman and Matias joined in.
He says they happened to be the right people, “with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.”