Newsmakers, Jan. 8-14, 2015

Prudhomme Law Office of Las Vegas was recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the Best Law Firms of 2015. A Best Law Office ranking requires a firm’s attorney be selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, which represents the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Ed Prudhomme was selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in immigration law.

Austin Dean Shields, 13, of Henderson, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 20, 2014. He is a member of Troop 565 with Adam Dowd as his scoutmaster and Phil Sanders as his assistant scoutmaster. Shields is the son of Lisa and Kevin Shields (and stepfather James Dupre) and the brother of Adam and Luke. Austin’s Eagle Scout project benefited the Las Vegas Rescue Mission by providing more than 500 hygiene kits to the homeless. He solicited more than 5,500 donated products for the hand-assembled kits. Shields is an eighth-grader at Mannion Middle School and plans to graduate from college and enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association of Southern Nevada awarded three $500 scholarships to local apprentices during a scholarship luncheon Dec. 5. Honorees included Amalia Diaz-Lara, Noe Gaxiola and Santiago Ricoy, who was the sole winner of the scholarship last year. Gaxiola, 20, an apprentice with the Roofers and Waterproofers Local No. 162, is a third-generation member of the union. He also is pursuing a pre-engineering degree at the College of Southern Nevada. Diaz-Lara, 22, is one of two female apprentices in Local No. 162, and she will use the scholarship to reignite her college career in criminal justice. Ricoy is an apprentice at Glaziers Local No. 2001 and a student at the College of Southern Nevada.

The Solera Veterans and First Responders Club in Anthem elected new officers for the 2015 year at its general membership meeting Dec. 15. Ed Kranson was elected president, Howard Spanier vice president, Ann Rodgers secretary and Phyllis Schreiman treasurer.

Connor Dignan of Las Vegas is a member of the Denison University men’s swimming and diving team in Granville, Ohio. Denison closed out 2014 by winning the Miami University Invitational for the second year. Dignan is a graduate of Desert Vista High School.

Navy Petty Officer Legalman 1st Class Miranda Fuller of Las Vegas was selected as Sailor of the Quarter of 2015. Fuller has been in the Navy for 12 years.

Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing and the Clark County School District announced the winners of the inaugural Yes! Think Clean Contest. The contest encouraged students from kindergarten through 12th grade to submit ideas in the form of written essays, drawings and models on how to conserve water in their communities. The six winners are: Emily Ostfeld, Cashman Middle School, first place; Heather Macias-Padron, Cashman Middle School, first place; Maximilian Kegley-Oyola, Scott Elementary School, second place; Mark Jason Ragunton, Scott Elementary School, second place; Yesenia Fernandez, McDoniel Elementary School, third place; and Kenzo Roberts, Scott Elementary School, third place. Yes! Air Conditioning & Plumbing plans to donate an additional $100 to each of the winning students’ schools.

Air Force Reserve Airman Jada A. Glasco graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Glasco is the daughter of Keshia Rowland and granddaughter of Shirley Davis, Dianne and Richard Glasco and Veda R. Waked, all of Las Vegas. She is a 2014 graduate of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

Army Pfc. Brina N. Breyfogle graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. Breyfogle is the daughter of Gary and Vickie Breyfogle of Las Vegas. She is a 2009 graduate of Las Vegas High School and earned an associate degree in 2014 from ITT Technical Institute.

Army Pvt. Rojelio Rojas graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2014 graduate of Rancho High School.

Air Force Airman Russell R. Lee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Lee is the son of Russell Lee of Chicago and Vickie White of Las Vegas.

Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Longtime Las Vegas attorney John Momot dies at age 74
Criminal defense attorney John Momot, who represented mob figures and even played himself in the movie “Casino,” has died.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
Sir Richard Branson announces purchase of Hard Rock Hotel
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has acquired the Hard Rock Hotel with partners and plans to turn it into a Virgin-branded property by the end of 2019.
3 Centennial High School students killed in Calif. crash (Full)
Three Centennial High School students were killed Thursday morning in Southern California when their vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver while they were enjoying their spring break, according to a family member of one of the victims.
Retail Restroom Sexual Assault Suspect
Las Vegas police are asking for help finding a man they said groped a woman in a south Las Vegas Valley restroom. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Calvary Christian Learning Academy, “There was no fair warning.”
Samantha O’Brien, whose three-year-old daughter attended the Calvary Christian Learning Academy daycare, found out Monday night when her daughter’s teacher called about the school closing.
Mojave Max at Springs Preserve
File footage of Mojave Max at Springs Preserve. (Springs Preserve)
Companies bet their futures on cryptocurrency
Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs talk about finding their niche in blockchain enabled technologies and digital currency.
Solar panels reduce energy bill for CCSD
Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School is one of 42 CCSD schools with solar panel installations, saving approximately $514,000 per year in energy costs.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Driver dies in single-vehicle crash
One person is dead after an early Wednesday morning crash in the northwest valley. The single-vehicle crash was called in about 1:35 a.m. on Jones Boulevard just north of Deer Springs Way, according to Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Robert Stauffer. The driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died at the scene.
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services
Uber Health to Improve Patient Ride-Hailing Services On Thursday, Uber launched its Uber Health platform for healthcare providers. Medical facilities, rehab centers, clinics and hospitals can book rides for patients from a centralized dashboard – no app required. According to Techcrunch, Uber Health general manager Chris Weber noted some 3.6 million Americans miss appointments due to lack access to reliable transportation. Uber’s endeavors into health care trace back to 2014, when Uber first offered on-demand flu shots in large markets across the U.S. Since then there have been similar efforts throughout the world, from diabetes and thyroid testing in India, to subsidized rides for breast cancer screening in the U.S., to many more. Last summer, over 100 healthcare organizations joined the platform during a private beta. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas firefighters put out blaze along Bonanza Road
Las Vegas firefighters put out a blaze that burned for about 15 minutes Feb. 20, 2018, along Bonanza Road, across from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Jeff Mosier/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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