Unvaccinated Students Unenroll from School due to Outbreak
RENO — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough.
Unenrolling during the disease’s 21- day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as chronically absent.
The 19 affected students claimed a religious exemption from the vaccine for whooping cough. The Washoe County Health Department says they should avoid going to school until 21 days after the last student was diagnosed.
A school district official tells the Reno Gazette Journal that the students will be in touch with their teachers and won’t be held back. She says absences because of a lack of vaccination can’t be excused under federal law.
Three students at the school have been diagnosed with whooping cough.
Arizona Man to Please Not Guilty in 1979 Killing in Nevada
RENO — A 73-year-old auto dealer from Arizona is expected to plead not guilty in Reno in the cold-case killing of a California woman more than 40 years ago.
Defense attorney David Houston said Monday he intends on Tuesday to challenge DNA evidence that prosecutors say leads to Charles Gary Sullivan.
He was arrested in August in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Sullivan is accused of killing 20-year-old Julia Woodward, of San Rafael, California.
She was last seen in February 1979 in San Francisco on her way to the Lake Tahoe area.
Her bludgeoned body was found in March 1979 off a remote hiking and biking trail outside Reno.
Authorities say DNA evidence found on Woodward’s clothing led to Sullivan, who was convicted of a 2007 sex attack on a woman in California’s Nevada County.
Woman: Sister Injured in 2017 Las Vegas Shooting has Died
The sister of a woman injured in the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas Strip hotel says the woman has died.
KPTV reports that Kim Gervais was left paralyzed by bullets Oct. 1, 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds.
Dena Sarvela of Vancouver, Washington, says her sister, Gervais, died Friday night in California.
Fire in Parking Garage at Las Vegas’ Airport Damages 7 Cars
LAS VEGAS — Seven cars have been damaged after a parking garage fire at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Clark County Fire Department officials say crews responded to the longterm parking area Terminal 3 garage Saturday.
They say the blaze was extinguished in 11 minutes and there was moderate to extensive damage to the seven vehicles.
It’s still unclear what started the fire, but county fire officials say a car engine overheating is a common cause of vehicle fires.
They also note that parking garages are a tight space and when a vehicle catches on fire, it can quickly spread.
Arizona Man Extradited to Nevada in 1979 Killing of Woman
RENO — An Arizona man was extradited to Nevada on Friday after a cold-case investigation led to his arrest in the 1979 killing of a woman last seen in California.
The Nevada Attorney General’s Office and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said 73-year-old Charles Gary Sullivan was arrested in Arizona’s Yavapai County after being indicted in Nevada in August in the killing of 21-year-old Julia Woodward.
A statement announcing the arrest said the investigation included DNA analysis of evidence. Details weren’t released.
Woodward’s body was found March 25, 1979, in a shallow grave in a remote area about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Reno. She was last seen alive Feb. 1, 1979, at the San Francisco airport while headed for Reno.
Sullivan remained jailed Saturday pending a Tuesday arraignment on a murder charge. It wasn’t clear whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegation.
The statement announcing the arrest said a Washoe County sheriff’s detective who reviewed the cold case asked for additional forensic analysis of the evidence and that it identified Sullivan as a possible suspect.
Officials plan to release more information about the case following the arraignment scheduled Tuesday, the statement said.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Woodward disappeared after she went to Nevada to look for job opportunities in Reno and the Lake Tahoe area. She previously lived with her parents in San Rafael, California.
The unsolved homicides webpage of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said the body of another victim, Jeannie Smith, 17, was found Nov. 2, 1979, buried about a mile from where Woodward’s body was found.
Sullivan hasn’t been charged in the case involving Smith, who was last seen in 1978 in Reno.
Early Enrollment in Nevada Insurance Marketplace tops 60,000
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s new health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 60,000 people in a health plan during the first third of the 45-day enrollment period.
Nevada Health Link said Friday that many of the 65,000 people with existing coverage were automatically re-enrolled for 2020.
Nevada Health Link sells insurance to people who buy their own policy rather than getting health coverage from their employer, Medicare or Medicaid. It is the only place where consumers can qualify for subsidies under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act.
Nevada is running its own insurance marketplace for the first time this year after breaking from a system run by the federal government.
Consumers in Nevada have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage during 2020