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DEADLY PATROL CAR CRASH

Injured police officer at rehabilitation center

The Las Vegas police officer injured in a crash that killed his partner this month has been released from University Medical Center, police said Sunday.

Department spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said officer David Nesheiwat, 25, is at a rehabilitation center. More details about his condition were not available.

Nesheiwat suffered critical injuries in the Oct. 7 crash that killed 30-year-old officer Milburn Beitel. The two officers, members of the department’s saturation team, were in a patrol car heading north on Nellis Boulevard approaching Washington Avenue.

They lost control of the car, and the car hit a fixed object just north of the intersection, flipped over and came to a rest on its roof.

Police have not released the cause of the accident, who was driving or whether the officers were wearing seat belts.

Police said they expected to release details of the accident this week.

SHOOTING DEATH

Possible robbery try leaves teenager dead

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in a possible robbery attempt early Sunday morning in the southwest valley.

Las Vegas police said the man had returned home with his girlfriend about 2:25 a.m. after seeing a movie. The victim lived at 3410 Edenville Drive, near Desert Inn and Cimarron roads.

A black car pulled up behind them. A black male left the vehicle, approached the victim and demanded his money, police said.

The suspect began beating the victim with a firearm and shot the victim at least once, police said.

The suspect fled the scene in the black car with a Hispanic man and an Asian man, police said. The car might be a Nissan Altima. The victim was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.

Five minutes before the crime, the same suspect, seen in the same car, tried to rob someone at the intersection of Darby Avenue and Buffalo Drive, near Desert Inn, police said.

The victim in that case has not yet been located.

Anyone with information on the crimes is urged to call the department’s homicide section at 828-3700 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.

MULTIPLE SHOTS

Shooting kills man outside house party

A man was shot and killed outside a house party in the northwest valley Saturday night.

Las Vegas police said the victim was in a car on the 3600 block of Maverick Street, near Jones Boulevard and Gowan Road, when the 8 p.m. shooting happened.

Someone fired several shots at the man, hitting him in the head and killing him, Lt. Lew Roberts said.

Additional details were unavailable. Police did not have a suspect in custody Sunday night.

Anybody with information on the shooting is encouraged to call the department’s homicide section at 828-3700 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.

ILLEGAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Commission reinstates fired university officer

A University of Nevada, Reno police officer who was fired after being jailed for having his vehicle illegally registered in Idaho has been reinstated.

Lane Grow was fired in May. On Friday, Jay Short, a hearing officer for the Nevada Personnel Commission, gave him his job back with full benefits and back pay.

Grow, a 16-year veteran with the university’s police department, said someone should not lose their career over a minor traffic violation.

He said he and his brothers own a house in Idaho where his father lives. He said he used the vehicle, which is now registered in Nevada, to drive back and forth to Idaho.

SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN

Soldier who was killed in firefight mourned

A Reno soldier killed in Afghanistan was remembered as an enthusiastic military man, friend and occasional prankster.

Several who attended Saturday’s funeral for 22-year-old Army Pfc. Kevin Christopher Thomson also wore buttons, which featured his photo, which said "Home Town Hero."

Thomson was one of eight soldiers from the 61st Armored Cavalry Regiment killed Oct. 3 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, during a firefight with insurgents.

Thomson was born in California but spent most of his life in Nevada. He joined the Army in April 2008.

At Saturday’s service, Chaplain Anthony Reich noted Thomson’s courage for volunteering to serve with a combat unit.

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