Suspect in slaying of baby extradited to LV

The man held at a Phoenix jail on charges of sexually assaulting and killing his girlfriend’s baby last month has been extradited to Las Vegas and is scheduled to appear in court this morning, according to Clark County Detention Center records.

William Marshall, 37, was listed as an inmate on the jail’s Web site Monday. Las Vegas police accuse Marshall in the slaying of 21-month-old Shia Travis, whose body was found June 10 in a trash bin at the La Mesa Apartments, 560 Sierra Vista Ave., near Swenson Street. Authorities first called her Baby Jane Vista Doe.

Authorities detained Marshall and Darrean Williams, Shia’s 20-year-old mother, June 13 for questioning in Arizona. Williams has not been charged.

In addition to the murder charge, Marshall faces one count of a sexual assault with a minor under 14. Police said Shia suffered injuries “consistent with forced penetration.”

Williams is a prostitute who traveled to Phoenix to work, the police report states. Williams left Shia in Marshall’s care when she went to Arizona, the report states.


50-year-old woman killed in valley crash

A 50-year-old woman from Las Vegas died Monday after losing control of her car and striking a light pole on West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas police said.

Police did not identify the woman, who was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

Police said the woman was driving a 2002 Infiniti sedan at 10:49 a.m. east of Palace Court when she lost control of her car, swerved left into the center median and struck a light pole.

The impact knocked the Infiniti’s front left tire loose. It struck a 2006 Ford E450 Bus that was eastbound on Charleston, police said.

They identified the uninjured driver of the Ford as Jacob Jacoub, 64, of Las Vegas.

The accident remains under investigation. It’s the 52nd traffic-related fatality within the jurisdiction of Las Vegas police this year.


4-year-old boy who drowned is identified

The Clark County coroner’s office Monday identified the 4-year-old boy who drowned in an apartment complex pool in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon as Zavier Smothers.

The incident happened at Camden Bel Air apartments at 7075 W. Gowan Road, near Buffalo Drive.

The death was ruled accidental, a spokesperson at the office said.


Utah shooting victim ID’d as Las Vegas man

Authorities have identified a man whose body was found last week in Washington County.

The Washington County sheriff’s office said Celso Ayala Avalos, of Las Vegas, was shot multiple times.

They say the 22-year-old man was traveling with his brother and cousin last week when they were reported to have been stopped and confronted by several men in a white SUV.

Avalos’ relatives told officers they were separated from him during the confrontation and that they hiked out of the area and later got a ride to Las Vegas.

Avalos’ body was found Friday by passers-by.


Man dies when vehicle plunges into canyon

Authorities said a man was killed Monday when he drove his vehicle over the edge of the Grand Canyon and plunged 600 feet to his death.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Shannan Marcak said rescue personnel found the vehicle and the body of a male below the South Rim.

The National Park Service is investigating.

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