|Power's arrest photo.|
Indeed, just three months ago, series reporter Martha Bellisle received top honors during the 2010 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Nevada Press Association. In addition to being named the year's outstanding journalist among Nevada's larger dailies, her DUI work was lauded as the story of the year.
"Bellisle’s exhaustive, in-depth reporting,'' the association said, "exposed numerous gaps in DUI enforcement in Nevada and held officials accountable for the lapses. Her reporting led to policy changes by prosecutors and DUI offenders being hauled away in handcuffs. A shining example of public service journalism."
Power, publisher since May 2007, was arrested on suspicion of first-time DUI and was ticketed for speeding, after a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped him about 10:10 p.m. Power was booked and released from the Washoe County Jail.
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[Photo: Updated at 12:08 p.m. ET with Power's booking photo]