WEEK IN REVIEW: Top news


Federal prosecutors disclosed a 2008 FBI investigation of indicted Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore and longtime friend U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The investigation, conducted by the FBI’s Washington field office, was sparked by media reports about Reid’s role in helping Whittemore’s Coyote Springs master-planned community north of Las Vegas clear government hurdles. It did not result in criminal charges against either man.

Whittemore’s defense lawyers want a federal judge to allow testimony about the investigation at his federal trial next month on charges of unlawfully funneling $138,000 in campaign contributions to Reid in 2007.

Prosecutors have said the Nevada Democrat was unaware of the alleged scheme.

Monday

Locals felt blasts

Several dozen Southern Nevadans found themselves near the center of the chaos in Boston, but they were not among those killed or injured in the marathon bomb blasts.

Roughly 40 local residents were listed as participants in the race, and many of them brought family and friends with them to Boston.

Some were closer to the blasts than others.

Henderson resident Derek Meeks, 49, hadn’t even received his medal after crossing the finish line when he felt a blast. The doctor said he considered returning to help, but police and race officials weren’t letting anyone back into the area.

Tuesday

Brooks replaced

Tyrone Thompson has been picked to take over the Assembly District 17 seat vacated by Steven Brooks.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to appoint the North Las Vegas Democrat to the seat left empty by the historic expulsion of the troubled Brooks.

Thompson, 45, is the regional initiatives coordinator of the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition and also has worked in government. He said he hopes to be on the job by Monday, though it’s too late to introduce any legislation.

Wednesday

Plaza plan unveiled

MGM Resorts International announced a $100 million plan to transform land along the Strip and around the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts into a plaza and mall with trendy shops, eateries and a public park.

Set to open by early 2014, the plaza will serve as a gateway into a 20,000-seat sports arena, which the company will build behind the two resorts with national arena developer AEG.

The facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo also will be renovated.

Thursday

New search finds body

After less than two days of looking, the body of a missing airman was found at Lake Mead by divers who were turned away by the National Park Service during the initial search for the man last year.

Las Vegas-based Earth Resource Group found Staff Sgt. Antonio Tucker’s remains at the bottom of the lake on Tuesday. The body was recovered Wednesday and identified Thursday.

Earth Resource owner Steve Schafer had to get a special permit from the Park Service to look for Tucker, who was stationed at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs.

Friday

Three dead in house

Las Vegas police were investigating the deaths of a woman and her two children whose bodies were found in a southwest valley home.

Police went to the home near Fort Apache Road and state Route 160, after the woman’s sister called in about 1:35 p.m.

Later they said the woman stabbed her young son and daughter before turning a knife on herself.

The investigation was ongoing.

 

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