FIRST HOMICIDE OF 2010 IN LAS VEGAS
Police investigate death of man found shot in chest
Las Vegas police launched their first homicide investigation of 2010 Saturday after a man with a gunshot wound to the chest died at MountainView Hospital.
The victim, a black man who was not identified, was found by several individuals at a 7-Eleven store near Lake Mead and Jones boulevards, police said. The individuals took the victim to MountainView. Officers who were called to the hospital at 6:11 p.m. contacted homicide detectives.
Police have no suspect descriptions or vehicle descriptions. Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or the Metropolitan Police Department homicide section at 828-3521.
Two Nevada universities offer advanced nursing degree
Two Nevada universities are teaming up to offer an advanced nursing degree.
The University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next fall will offer a 39-credit program for a doctor of nursing practice degree to prepare graduates for administrative positions.
The program will be offered online, with seven courses each taught by faculty at UNR and UNLV.
Patsy Ruchala, director of UNR’s Orvis School of Nursing, says students will be required to come to the campus where they’re enrolled for one week each academic year for orientation and projects.
Marc Johnson, UNR’s provost, says the new program will help nurses take on higher leadership roles in hospitals, public health clinic and companies.
Advocate for immigrants warns of sweeps by sheriff
An advocate for immigrant and civil rights is using text messages to warn residents about a high-profile Arizona sheriff’s crime sweeps.
Lydia Guzman is the trunk of a sophisticated texting tree designed to alert thousands of people within minutes to the details of the sweeps.
Guzman says the messages are part of an effort to protect Latinos and others from becoming victims of racial profiling by sheriff’s deputies. Critics contend the sweeps are an excuse to round up illegal immigrants.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says it seems that Guzman’s group is trying to help illegal immigrants avoid detection and arrest. But he says the text messages don’t appear to be interfering with his operations.
Friends start social media blitz in search for missing woman
Friends and family of Susan Powell are launching a social media blitz in the search for the missing Utah mother of two.
James Hofheins, one of the organizers, says the three-day effort beginning today will use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to distribute information about Powell and her picture throughout the Internet.
Powell has been missing since Dec. 7. Police have labeled her husband, Josh Powell, as a person of interest. He has told police he went camping with the Powells’ two young boys around the time she went missing.
Girl accidentally ran over and killed brother, police say
Police say a teenage girl accidentally ran over and killed her 17-year-old brother as the two played around in an Arizona shopping mall parking lot.
Mesa Police spokesman Ed Wessing on Sunday identified the brother as Dwight J. Brock Jr. and his sister as 16-year-old Nicole M. Brock, both residents of Mesa.
Wessing says the sister had dropped off her brother at Superstition Springs Mall on Saturday evening. And then they started playing around, with the brother jumping in front of the car and the sister slamming on the brakes.