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Curtis Lee Taylor

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warrant for Curtis Lee Taylor and is asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Taylor, 45, is being sought for allegedly committing a violent sexual assault in late August. He is 6 foot, 2 inches tall, 240 pounds with hazel eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department at 328-3320 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.

Blake Smith has filed suit against the county over the rejection of his

proposed subdivision, Cordevista.

Smith’s company, Virginia Highlands LLC, filed a petition for judicial

review requesting that the court overturn the decision of the Storey County

commissioners to deny a request for a master plan amendment and zone change.

The master plan amendment and zone change were requested so that Smith could

build between 8,500 and 15,000 homes and commercial projects on 11,000 acres

he owns in the central part of the county.

An off-duty Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant was sentenced Thursday to two days in Douglas County Jail or 10 days house arrest after he was found guilty of driving under the influence stemming from a June 1 motorcycle accident.

Norman Richard Bailey, 38, of Carson City, was sentenced following a half-day trial before East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl.

EnEarl fined Bailey $692 which must be paid by Oct. 8 and ordered him to attend the Victim’s Impact Panel on Nov. 6 and complete a class for people convicted of driving under the influence within 60 days.

If Bailey elects house arrest, he must be confined for 10 days and pay supervisory fees.

A charge of driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater was dismissed.

According to court reports, Bailey said he was heading north on Jacks Valley Road from Genoa when he evaded a red pickup stopped in the eastbound travel lane.

Bailey went off the road and laid the motorcycle down. He received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Deputies found Bailey’s motorcycle on its side and another motorcycle parked down the road. Bailey was taken into custody after deputies smelled alcohol.

A preliminary test indicated a blood-alcohol content of .17, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 for driving in Nevada, according to court documents.

Bailey reportedly told the arresting officer he had one beer at the Genoa Bar before the 4 p.m. accident.

Originally, he asked the deputy not to test him, according to reports, but was cooperative.

Bailey is an 11-year veteran of the highway patrol.

His commanding officer, Maj. Tony Almaraz, said Monday that Bailey would remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

“He’s not on the road,” Almaraz said.

“We, as the division of the Highway Patrol that enforces that very serious law, consider it unacceptable,” Almaraz said. “It’s certainly embarrassing for the department.”

Almaraz said the administrative investigation had to wait for judicial outcome before proceeding.

“Now that has been adjudicated, we can finish up with that process,” he said.

He said he was bound by confidentiality and Bailey’s right to due process as a state employee as to the action that might be taken.

“We look at the violation, how it pertains to scope of his employment and how it is related to the Nevada Administrative Code and our policies,” Almaraz said.

“Away From Her”

A remarkably assured directing debut from actress Sarah Polley, this beautifully understated drama presents Julie Christie in an Academy Award-worthy performance 40 years after her best-actress Oscar win for “Darling” and casts Canadian star Gordon Pinsent in a heartbreaking role alongside her.

Adapted by writer-director Polley from a short story by Alice Munro, the film stars Christie as a woman whose memory is fading from Alzheimer’s, with Pinsent her steadfast husband watching helplessly as he descends from lover and companion to stranger in his wife’s eyes. The DVD has deleted scenes with commentary from Polley, plus commentary by Christie for the full film.


“The Graduate”

One of the great films of the 1960s gets a DVD makeover for its 40th anniversary.

Still as fresh, funny and relevant as ever, the film stars Dustin Hoffman as indecisive college grad Benjamin, who’s getting plenty of advice from parents and family friends about what he should do with the rest of his life.

Seduced into an affair by the wife (Anne Bancroft) of his dad’s business associate, Benjamin further complicates matters by falling for his lover’s daughter (Katharine Ross). Hoffman and Ross offer one commentary track, while director Mike Nichols joins filmmaker Steven Soderbergh for separate commentary.

The movie also is accompanied by a handful of featurettes and a CD sampler with four Simon and Garfunkel songs featured on the soundtrack.



John Travolta and Nicolas Cage swap faces in director John Woo’s 1997 action hit, which gets a DVD upgrade in a two-disc set.

Travolta plays an FBI man who takes undercover work to an extreme as he tries to bring down ruthless terrorist Cage. Travolta’s good guy submits to high-tech surgery to replace his face with that of his prey, while bad guy Cage then makes off with his pursuer’s face. The set comes with seven deleted scenes, including an alternate ending, a making-of featurette and a profile of Woo. The director and screenwriters also provide commentary.


“The Lost World”

Decades before Steven Spielberg revived dinosaurs with “Jurassic Park” and its sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” the giant reptiles roamed the big-screen in two adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s adventure novel “The Lost World.”

This two-disc set includes both Irwin Allen’s 1960 tale, starring Claude Rains, Michael Rennie and Jill St. John as members of an expedition that discovers dinosaurs living in the Amazon, and the 1925 silent adaptation featuring Wallace Beery. The set includes a featurette on the 1960 version, a vintage studio newsreel and a “Lost World” comic book.


TV on DVD:

“Two and a Half Men: The Complete First Season”

The comedy hit stars Charlie Sheen as a swinging bachelor whose free and easy life turns sour after his divorced brother (Jon Cryer) moves in with his young son. The first 24 episodes come in a four-disc set, which also has a making-of segment and outtakes.

“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”

The acclaimed TV movie adapted from Dee Brown’s best-seller features Adam Beach, Aidan Quinn and Anna Paquin in a saga chronicling harsh U.S. policies against American Indians that followed the Sioux victory over Gen. George Custer at Little Big Horn. The two-disc set has three featurettes and commentary by Beach, Quinn and director Yves Simoneau.

“Grey’s Anatomy: Season Three”

The hit medical drama returns with a cast led by Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Katherine Heigl. The third season’s 25 episodes ” four of them presented in extended versions ” come in a seven-disc set, which also has commentary and a segment with Dempsey relaxing at the race track.

“Supernatural: The Complete Second Season”

Two brothers continue their fight against creatures of the night as they pursue the supernatural ghoul responsible for their mother’s death. A six-disc set has year two’s 22 episodes, with commentary on three and deleted scenes.

“Bones: Season Two”

Forensic anthropologist Emily Deschanel and FBI guy David Boreanaz hit the field again to sort through human remains and crack bizarre cases. The second season’s 21 episodes are packed in a six-disc set, along with deleted scenes and commentary.

“Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act”

Helen Mirren reprises her long-running role as British detective Jane Tennison, taking on one last case before retirement as she tries to find a missing 14-year-old girl. The two-disc set comes with a behind-the-scenes segment.

“Charmed: The Final Season”

Sisters Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan wrap up their witchy ways with a six-disc set that includes the last 22 episodes of the supernatural series. The set also has commentary and a handful of featurettes.

“I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Fourth Season”

Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman return for more hijinks in the 1960s sit-com about an astronaut and a genie he finds in a bottle. Year four’s 26 episodes come in a four-disc set.

“McHale’s Navy: Season Two”

Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway sail again in the 1960s sitcom following the wacky adventures of a Navy crew during World War II. The second season’s 36 episodes are included in a five-disc set, with a retrospective segment featuring Borgnine and Conway.

Gov. Jim Gibbons today issued the following statement regarding the sixth anniversary of September 11th:

“Six years ago, people around the world witnessed the most catastrophic attack on American soil since the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Those horrific and historic images remain with us, uniting us as a state and as a nation.

“On this Patriot Day, we remember those who lost their lives and the American heroes who selflessly sacrificed their safety to rescue strangers trapped in the wreckage of the Pentagon and World Trace Center.

“Recent news reminds us that our enemies continue to plot attacks against the American people and other innocents around the world. As we continue to combat dangerous terrorist organizations, I thank the many Nevadans serving in support of the Global War on Terror and recognize the many other individuals and nations who continue to make great sacrifices so that we may live in a freer and safer world.”

Firefighters responding to a report of a garage fire in Southeast Carson City found it to be an engine fire.

The fire, a vehicle on fire inside a garage, on Cortez Street has been extinguished.

RENO ” Court documents suggest money may have been the motive in the killing of University of Nevada, Reno professor Judy Calder.

According to a search warrant affidavit, investigators were looking for evidence including documents about a $150,000 loan agreement between Rickey Barge, also known as Mohamed Kalam Kamalaudeen, and Judy Calder, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Tuesday.

Authorities said Barge and his wife, Maharul Afrose Muhamed Ayube, or Rose, knew Calder through their Reno business, Imaging Technologies.

Rickey Barge told police he had checked Calder into his reserved room at the Sparks Nugget on Aug. 17 and gave her $1,000 worth of gambling chips. He told police he never saw her after that and left town to make a delivery to Arizona, authorities said.

But Carlos Filomeno, who was doing work for Barge, told police Barge made him buy a knife at Wal-Mart and that he witnessed Barge stab Calder.

According to the affidavit, Filomeno told the detective that Barge said he wanted to kill Calder because he owed her money.

Barge has not been located.

Calder was reported missing by her husband on Aug. 18. Her body was found eight days later north of Elko.

A search of Barge’s business found “a signed loan contract in the amount of “$150,000,” a Southwest Airlines ticket confirmation, three computers and a few articles of clothing, the affidavit said.

Police also took swabs, fibers and other samples for evidence.

In their search of three vehicles Calder and Barge had used, detectives found stains, clothing, and four white plastic bags and a duffel bag all filled with clothes, the search warrant said.

At Barge’s home, police collected a video camera, camera discs, insulin syringes, an airline ticket stub, check stubs payable to the Siena Casino, club cards belonging to Rickey and Rose Barge and a California driver’s license in the name of Rickey Lee Don Barge.