Ex-firefighter pleads to arson charges
(Appeal Capitol Bureau ) A former Bureau of Land Management firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting fires on U.S. Forest Service lands in Lander County.
Mark E. Morgan, 34, of Reno, admitted setting three separate fires near Austin from Aug. 19-29. The fires burned more than 550 acres of timber, brush and grasslands within the Humbold-Toiyabe National Forest.
Morgan faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine plus restitution for the damage. He will be sentenced Oct. 23 by U.S. District Judge Ed Reed.
Secret Witness turns 40 this year – and it’s helped solve many of Northern Nevada’s most violent crimes
Secret Witness tips have played a pivotal role in solving some of the most violent crimes the greater Northern Nevada region has seen. To date, Secret Witness has paid out more than $300,000 in rewards to anonymous tipsters. Rewards range from $50 (graffiti/tagging) to $1,500 (armed robbery) to $2,500 (murder).