Ex-Oakland Raider to testify at trial

Former NFL star Javon Walker is expected to testify next week when the trial of two defendants charged with kidnapping him gets under way.

Shortly after signing a six-year, $55 million contract with the Raiders, Walker was found unconscious on June 16, 2008, after dawn in a driveway a block off the Strip. He had facial injuries and a concussion.

He had been photographed spraying champagne on a nightclub crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel a few hours earlier. Walker told police he was missing $3,000 in cash and $100,00 in jewelry, including two 2-carat diamond earring studs.

Deshawn L. Thomas, 42, and Arfat Fadel, 32, face felony kidnapping, robbery and conspiracy charges.

The trial starts Tuesday in the courtroom of District Court Judge Douglas E. Smith.

Walker was released by the Raiders in March after catching only 15 passes during his stay in Oakland.

He had been plagued by ankle and knee injuries.


KXNT-AM, 840, on Wednesday announced the hiring of programming veteran Bob Agnew as program director. He replaces Jack Landreth, whose departure was announced last week . Agnew spent 16 of his 33 years in radio as program director at KNBR, a sports-talk giant in the Bay Area. He has been in retirement the past 2½ years, selling cosmetics, according to his LinkedIn social media site. …

KTNV-TV, Channel 13, has hired Elizabeth Crum, editor of the Nevada News Service, as a political analyst for this year’s elections, it was announced Wednesday. …

Las Vegan Bailey Mosier was featured in MTV’s “True Life” series Monday night for an episode titled “I’m Relocating for Love.” The show documented the drama behind her planned move to Austin, Texas, from Phoenix to be with her boyfriend. In the end, she didn’t go. A 2004 graduate of Centennial High School, she was a standout golfer at Old Dominion University. She was appointed editor of AvidGolfer magazine in December after receiving her master’s at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She got the journalism gene from her mother, Lynn Mosier, who was general manager of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in the mid-1990s before joining Donrey Media and, later, the Reynolds Foundation.


Republican strategist Karl Rove is signing his new book “Courage and Consequence — My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3860 Maryland Parkway. A key player in President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Rove will be participating in the Barrick Lecture Series at UNLV’s Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) with Howard Dean, former Democratic National Chairman. …

Several local portrait artists are interested in volunteering their time to donate memorial oil paintings to families of soldiers who have died in recent wars. The artists are looking for a point person who can help organize the effort. Pass along your suggestions, and I’ll relay the information.


Gabe Rygaard of the History Channel’s “Ax Men” series, meeting the “Pawn Stars” crew Wednesday at Gold and Silver Pawn. … Don Faison, who starred in “Scrubs,” shooting segments of the CBS cop sitcom pilot “The Odds” on Monday at the Fremont Street Experience and in front of the Plaza.


“Having the ‘Idol’ contestants sing Beatles songs is a bad idea. It’s like having ‘spandex night’ on ‘Biggest Loser.’ ” — Jimmy Kimmel

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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