Reno Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Downtown Shooting
RENO — A 25-year-old Reno man has been charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon in a shooting outside a downtown casino over the weekend.
Reno police say Juan Carlos Hernandez also was charged with battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm in connection with the shooting shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday near the Eldorado hotel-casino.
He was being held Monday in the Washoe County Jail on a $250,000 cash-only bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one.
Police say the victim — whose name has not been released — suffered life-threatening injuries from multiple gunshot wounds.
Private security from a local business located Hernandez a short distance away and detained him until detectives took him into custody.
Anyone with information should contact Reno police at 775-334-2188 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
2nd Person Aboard Helicopter that Crashed Near Vegas Died
LAS VEGAS — Authorities say a second person has died from a helicopter crash in a scenic area west of Las Vegas last week.
The Clark County coroner said Monday that 27-year-old Howard Jameson of New Fairfield, Connecticut died on Friday at a hospital. Jameson was a passenger on a sightseeing flight that crashed Wednesday near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
The helicopter’s pilot, 53-year-old Scott Socquet of Milford, Connecticut, died Wednesday at the hospital.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
Police ID Woman Accused of Driving Motorhome into Casino
LAS VEGAS — Police have released the name of a woman they say intentionally drove her motorhome into a North Las Vegas casino after she was kicked out.
Police 50-year-old Jennifer Stitt was being held on suspicion of attempted murder. She’s being held at the Las Vegas Detention Center on $100,000 bail.
North Las Vegas police say Stitt was ejected from the casino early Friday morning and then drove her motorhome into the building, striking a custodian.
The 66-year-old custodian was critically injured but is expected to survive.
Stitt does not yet have a listed attorney to comment on her behalf.
Company: Worker Improperly Disposed of Prescription Records
HENDERSON — A supermarket company says it has terminated an employee who improperly disposed of thousands of patients’ pharmacy records from a Nevada store.
Smith’s Food & Drug said Friday it discovered Aug. 29 that the worker at a Henderson store discarded nearly 58,000 patient prescriptions in July.
The company said the paper prescriptions were at least 11 years old and were placed in a trash compactor.
According to Smith’s, information in the records may include a patient’s name, gender, birth date, address, phone number and prescription information.
Smith’s said it hadn’t received any indication that the information has been misused.
Company spokeswoman Aubriana Martindale said Smith’s will take steps to prevent similar incidents and is retraining some workers on health privacy.
Smith’s is a division of Cincinnati -based Kroger.
Ex-Washoe County School Boss up for Clark County Principal
LAS VEGAS — The former Washoe County School District superintendent who was fired this summer is up for a principal’s job in Las Vegas.
Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara says Traci Davis is the “top choice” to fill the vacant principal position at West Prep Academy, which serves students K-12.
“I am extremely excited to recommend a proven leader to turnaround West Prep Academy,” Jara said in a statement last week.
He said the recommendation was based in part on feedback from the Clark County district’s school organization team, including input from parents and educators.
The Northern Nevada district based in Reno fired Davis for misconduct on July 1.
The school board voted to terminate Davis after it said an internal investigation found substantial evidence she played a role in the leaking of confidential documents related to an earlier lawsuit involving special education department leaders.
Davis, who became the first African American named Washoe County school superintendent in 2015, denied any wrongdoing and said she was the victim of a “witch hunt.” She has filed a lawsuit against the district alleging breach of contract.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday another former Washoe County school official who was fired in connection with that dispute has been hired in Clark County. Ex-Chief of Student Services Byron Green is now a music teacher at Vegas Verdes Elementary School.
Two Reno television stations first reported Wednesday that Davis had interviewed for the job in Clark County.
She tweeted: “I’m so excited! About to make magic again with a group of amazing individuals! Many are called… but few are chosen!”
The Washoe County School Board voted last week to hire a private consulting firm to lead the search for a new superintendent overseeing schools in the Reno-Sparks area.