Charges filed in altercation between Tesla guards

Charges filed in altercation between Tesla guards

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A Reno Gazette-Journal photographer has been charged with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and battery after an altercation with two security guards for Tesla Motors at an industrial park east of Sparks.

Storey County District Attorney Anne Langer also formally charged a Gazette-Journal reporter with trespassing on Wednesday in connection with the Oct. 9 incident. The newspaper’s lawyer says the two were trying to leave when they were attacked by the guards.

Photographer Andy Barron initially was booked on suspicion of two counts of felony battery with a deadly weapon after the guards told investigators he drove a jeep into them. Langer reduced those to misdemeanor battery charges.

Barron’s lawyer, John Arrascada, told the newspaper he intends to plead not guilty. The reporter, Jason Hidalgo, declined comment.

A pretrial conference is set for Feb. 4.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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