Sparks Marina Victim Identified as Reno Man, 69
SPARKS — Authorities have identified the dead man found floating this week in the Sparks Marina.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday 69-year-old Peter Wehrlin of Reno was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday morning.
The cause and manner of his death are still under investigation.
Police say they aren’t sure how he ended up in the man-made lake along U.S. Interstate 80 in Sparks.
UNR Police Investigate Swastika at Wolf Pack Tower Dorm
RENO — Police at the University of Nevada, Reno have opened an investigation into the discovery of a swastika in the stairwell of a dormitory that opened last month in a downtown hotel-casino tower.
School spokeswoman Nichole Shearer says the swastika that was a few inches big was found Aug. 23 in a 17th floor stairwell of Wolf Pack Tower at Circus Circus.
Shearer says university police are not 100% certain the swastika wasn’t already there before the dorm was opened. She says the stairwell was not frequently accessed prior to students moving in.
Police are working with casino security to review surveillance video around the area.
About 1,300 students are living in the tower this year after a natural gas explosion in July forced the closure of UNR’s two largest residence halls.
Driver Arrested in Sun Valley Pedestrian Death North of Reno
RENO — The Nevada Highway Patrol has arrested the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Sun Valley north of Reno.
The patrol says the victim was hit on Sun Valley Boulevard in front of Hobey’s Casino just after 3 a.m. Monday.
The driver initially left the scene but returned and was arrested on an unspecified charge.
KOLO-TV reports impairment is not suspected.
The crash temporarily closed both southbound lanes of Sun Valley Boulevard at 2nd Avenue.
No names have been released. The accident remains under investigation.
Boater from Boston Drowns in Lake Tahoe; Body Recovered
RENO — Search and rescue crews at Lake Tahoe have recovered the body of a boater when went missing in the waters off the north shore over the weekend.
Placer County sheriff’s deputies identified the victim Monday as 27-year-old Sayen Sengupta of Boston, Massachusetts.
Investigators say he was driving a boat that was towing two people in an inner-tube who fell into the water north of Tahoe City and became distressed near Dollar Point Pier at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
Sengupta dove into the water to assist the tubers before he disappeared.
His body was found Sunday afternoon.
2 Dead, 3 Injured in Small Plane Crash at Nevada Airport
HENDERSON — Two people were killed and three others injured Saturday night in the crash of a small private plane near Henderson Executive Airport, authorities said.
The single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane took off from the runway, had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed south of the airport, Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told The Las Vegas ReviewJournal.
The propeller plane was bound for the Gillispie Field airport in El Cajon, California, around 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of San Diego, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the newspaper in an emailed statement.
The plane caught fire, authorities said.
The Henderson Fire Department responded about 7:45 p.m., the newspaper reported.
One person died at the scene, and the other person died at a hospital, Richards said. One person had serious injuries, and another person had minor injuries.
A Good Samaritan who tried to help rescue the people in the plane suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, firefighters said.
The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the deceased after families are notified, Richards said.
The plane’s registered owner is a company located next to the Gillispie Field airport, the newspaper reported, citing online FAA records. That address corresponds to two flight schools, California Flight Academy and California Wings of El Cajon.
The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the cause of the crash, which Gregor said could take a year or more to complete.
Vegas Hotel-Casino Plans to Make Outdoor Pool a Domed Venue
LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas hotelcasino says it’s going to turn “dayclub” partying into a year-round activity by enclosing one of its swimming pools and surrounding cabanas with a frame and transparent panels.
The Palms Casino Resort is dubbing the climate-controlled structure the “KAOS Dome” to tie it with its KAOS Dayclub and Nightclub venue.
Palms spokesman Alex Acuna says the 70-foot (21.3-meter) high structure will also enclose the 60-foot “Demon with Bowl” sculpture by Damien Hirst and offer poolside multi-use reception space.
The hotel says the pool area will close Sept. 15 for construction, with plans to reopen Oct. 31 for a “Demon Dome” Halloween party featuring rapper and entertainer Cardi B.
The Palms is a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip. It is owned by Station Casinos.