Nevada briefly Oct. 2
4.6 magnitude earthquake rocks western Nevada
SCHURZ (AP) – A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked western Nevada, but there were no reports of damage.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 12:07 a.m. Saturday and was centered about 6 miles southeast of Schurz in Mineral County and 100 miles southeast of Reno.
The sheriff’s department and Schurz police department say there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Janet Salgado says she felt the quake for five to seven seconds while sitting on a couch at her home in Fernley, about 70 miles north of the epicenter. She says she felt a “pretty strong” rumbling sensation and it scared her.
In April, a swarm of more than 400 quakes, including a magnitude 4.6, shook an area southwest of Hawthorne, which is 30 miles south of Schurz.
Reno police round up pills to keep them from teens
RENO (AP) – Police in Reno and Sparks say they’re staging the fifth installment of a popular pill round-up that aims to get old drugs off medicine cabinet shelves and out of reach of teens who might abuse them.
Officials say six Washoe County stores are allowing residents on Saturday to drop off expired or unused medications so authorities can safely dispose of them. Nearly 300,000 pills have been collected in past round-ups. Reno police say prescription drugs are now the second most commonly abused drug among teens, and the top drug among youth ages 12 and 13. Roughly 1 in 5 teens admit they have abused prescription drugs to get high.
Authorities say the drop-off is confidential and residents may strike out the patient’s name from the label.
Ruling in favor of Lake Tahoe subdivision appealed
RENO (AP) – An environmental group is appealing a federal judge’s decision allowing construction of a subdivision to proceed on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.
The League to Save Lake Tahoe is appealing U.S. District Judge Robert Jones’ August ruling in favor of the 18-acre Sierra Colina Village to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The league contends the additional “land coverage” at the Stateline site allowed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency could harm Tahoe’s fragile environment.
League officials say the additional coverage will allow sediment and pollutants to make their way into Tahoe, and worsen the lake’s clarity.
Supporters hail the project as a prototype for future development at Tahoe.
Jones ruled that the TRPA acted appropriately in approving the project.
Feds in Las Vegas warn about ‘notarios’
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Federal and local officials in southern Nevada are warning immigrants not to be victimized by scammers calling themselves “notarios” and offering bad legal advice.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Trade Commission, Nevada attorney general’s office and Las Vegas police held an event last week at Las Vegas City Hall to highlight confusion about the role of a “notary” in the U.S. and a “notario” in some Spanish-speaking countries.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that while notarios in other countries may be licensed legal practitioners, notary public officials in the U.S. aren’t licensed to provide immigration services or legal advice.
Officials cited cases where people lost money and citizenship eligibility due to fraud.
2 missing men; 1 found alive, 1 dead in California ravine
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) – Two separate missing persons cases. Two families wracked with worry for days. Two wrecked cars, nearly on top of each other. One man alive, the other dead.
The fates of 67-year-old David Lavau and a man believed to be 88-year-old Melvin Gelfand met at the bottom of the same rugged ravine, 200 feet below a curvy stretch of mountain road where both men had lost control of their vehicles and crashed, authorities said Friday. It appeared to be sheer coincidence that led the men to end up in exactly the same spot of the Angeles National Forest some 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
Lavau lived in the ravine for six days, eating bugs, leaves and drinking creek water to survive, with Gelfand’s badly decomposed body in another car only a few feet away.
Lavau was rescued Thursday by his three adult children, who searched a highway between their father’s home in northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County, where a detective told them Lavau’s bank and cellphone records had placed him, sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Mike Parker said.