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Sparks official injured in accident overnight

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A two-vehicle collision has left Sparks Assistant City Manager Steve Driscoll in the hospital and a Sparks man in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Caleb Robbins, 22, is accused of running a stop sign early Tuesday morning at 5th and C streets here and striking a van driven by Driscoll, police said.

Driscoll, 47, was listed in fair condition in Washoe Medical Center's intensive care unit with a fractured pelvis and ribs.

His 17-year-old son, Christopher, was treated at the hospital for injuries and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Driscolls were returning to Sparks from a late-night session at the Legislature in Carson City. The 2003 session adjourned early Tuesday.

Robbins was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving, running a stop sign and driver's license violations.

Man arrested for downtown killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been arrested in the May 25 death of a man at a downtown Reno motel.

Police said Tuesday that Jose Baltazar-Monterosa of Reno was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of murdering Paul Werner at the Americana Inn.

The suspect was registered to a room at the motel the night Werner was found dead on a stairwell there.

The victim died of blunt force trauma, and the motive appears to be robbery, investigators said.

Detectives found a large amount of blood inside the suspect's motel room, but Baltazar-Monterosa said it was from his own nose bleed.

He was arrested Monday after tests found the blood was from the victim.

Librareis to limit hours - days

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A budget crunch is forcing Washoe County libraries to reduce days and hours of operation, officials said.

Beginning June 30, the main Reno library will be closed on Saturdays, while the Sparks and Incline Village branches will be closed on Mondays.

The Sierra View Library and Reno Town Mall branch will be closed Fridays and Saturdays, while the Northwest Reno library will be closed Sundays and Mondays.

Libraries also will be open fewer hours. In all, library hours are being cut nearly 17 percent.

"We tried to make sure at least two libraries were open somewhere in the community every day," said Nancy Cummings, library system director. "It's the best we can do. We have so many vacancies right now."

Teen volleyball tourney coming to Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A major teenage girls' volleyball tournament is headed for Reno, and local tourism officials couldn't be happier.

The weeklong tournament will be held in Reno for five years starting in June 2004, bringing an estimated $22 million a year to the area, officials said.

The economic impact could rival that of the region's most lucrative convention: the Safari Club International's annual four-day show, they said.

The Volleyball Festival is expected to draw more than 10,000 girls and their families a year. It bills itself as one of the world's largest women's sporting events, with hundreds of teams participating.

The tournament has been held in Sacramento, Calif.

Idaho man killed in accident near Elko

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A single-vehicle rollover on Nevada Route 225 about 35 miles north of Elko has killed a 75-year-old man.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said Peter Mori of Mountain City died after his northbound vehicle drifted off the roadway and overturned several times Monday.

A preliminary investigation blamed the 2:35 p.m. accident on driver inattention, said Trooper Rocky Gonzalez.

The 2:35 p.m. crash is under investigation.

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