One year ago … |

One year ago …

Headlines from a year ago:

Dozens kept in garage as police search for sniper

A Reno woman picking up paperwork from the Mills B. Lane Justice Center on Monday was among dozens of people detained in the courthouse’s adjacent parking garage while authorities searched for a suspected sniper who critically wounded a Reno judge as he stood near a third-floor window.

Kerry Aceves said she had just passed through the metal detectors when she heard a security guard yelled “shots fired.”

“When they yelled shots fired, just a mass of people started leaving the building,” she said.

Police said Family Court Judge Chuck Weller was shot at least once and possibly four times in the chest about 11:15 a.m.

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Update: Reno businessman Darren Mack surrendered to police June 23 in Puerto Vallarta. A trial is set for Oct. 1. Mack, 45, has been charged with murder in Charla Mack’s June 12 death and attempted murder in the same-day, sniper-style shooting of Weller as he stood in his chambers. Weller, who was shot in the chest, has returned to the bench.

Last ride of a longtime Carson store

After 32 years, Hitchin’ Post Western Store is hanging up its spurs and putting out to market its little cowboy corner on Highway 50 East.

Co-owner Sonya Schuler said her store is Carson City’s last custom-leather goods, saddle shop and retail store. She has four full-time employees.

“We’ve tried to keep the Western tradition alive, and it’s just not there anymore,” she said.

Carson City attracts recreational sports such as soccer and baseball tournaments, not horse shows and rodeos.