Reno fire chief to leave post effective July 20
Reno Fire Chief Paul Wagner, who received a vote of no confidence from members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 731 in September, is resigning.
A department spokesman said Wagner, who has been on leave since June 15, will stay on leave until his resignation takes effect July 20.
Operations Chief Gary Neilson has been named acting chief.
The September vote came after Wagner instituted a program using on-duty firefighters to conduct building inspections, which firefighters said increased response times and put public safety at risk.
Police chief vows to meet budget demands
Reno Police Chief Michael Poehlman says he can meet budget demands and avoid layoffs even if employee unions reject a call for wage concessions.
Poehlman, during a council caucus meeting on Monday, said 22 vacant positions will not be filled, and he will shuffle other jobs to make sure patrol shifts are covered.
The Reno Police Protective Association membership, representing nearly 300 officers, already has rejected city’s request to give up 2.1 percent raises in July and January. Reno Police Supervisory-Administrative Employees Association, including about 60 sergeants and lieutenants in two separate unions, also rejected the offer.
F-16 crash at Utah range kills pilot
Military officials say a pilot has died in an F-16 crash at the Utah Test and Training Range.
The aircraft, assigned to Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing, crashed Monday night while on a training mission.
Col. Scott Dennis, 388th Fighter Wing commander, says rescue officials identified the body at the crash site, about 35 miles south of Wendover near the Utah-Nevada state line.
The pilot’s name was not immediately released on Tuesday, although family members had been notified.
The cause of the crash is not known. The pilot was flying a close air support mission training with ground forces at the time of the crash.
Police create bust of homicide victim
Sheriff’s investigators in Napa County in California are hoping a bust created from the remains of an unidentified homicide victim will prompt someone who knew her to come forward.
The head and shoulders of the black woman were unveiled Tuesday. She had a black hair weave, acrylic fingernails and was wearing an olive green polo shirt when her body was discovered near Lake Berryessa on Mother’s Day. Napa authorities believe she was from Northern California and think she was killed between six months to a year before her remains were found.
LOS ANGELES SCHOOL DISTRICT
Student protest delays eighth-grade diplomas
Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District say 15 students were denied diplomas at their eighth-grade graduation because they protested impending teacher layoffs.
The students at Liechty Middle School in East Los Angeles turned their backs on school board President Monica Garcia during Thursday’s ceremonies.
A district statement says the youngsters won’t get diplomas until they and their parents meet with school officials to discuss appropriate behavior.
The district says an apology isn’t required, just a meeting.
But Carlos Montes, an activist working with the parents, says some children got diplomas Monday after signing school-provided apologies.
Parents plan to protest to the school board.