Coroner identifies girl shot, killed by brother
The 2-year-old girl who was fatally shot by her older brother last week has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Elizabeth Zeferina Serrano.
The girl was shot by her 4-year-old brother with a loaded handgun he found Thursday in the family’s house on the 1700 block of Verde Jardin Way, near Jones and Oakey boulevards. She died Sunday.
Coroner’s office officials said that the girl died of a gunshot wound to the back and ruled her death accidental.
PROSTITUTION, DRUG CHARGES
‘Integrity check’ nets 10 arrests at Rio pool
The “integrity check” failed Saturday by the Rio’s Sapphire Pool was followed by the arrests of nine women on prostitution, drug or obstruction charges by undercover Las Vegas police investigators.
Seven women were accused of soliciting prostitution. An eighth woman was arrested on drug charges, and a ninth woman was accused of obstructing a police officer. Also, a man was arrested on multiple drug charges.
The arrests came after Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns the Rio, asked the police to conduct the check on the adult-themed pool, which featured topless dancers from the Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club.
The company routinely asks police to conduct periodic integrity checks on its nightclubs, pools and other amenities to make sure they are operating within the law.
The pool has been closed indefinitely, and Harrah’s terminated its relationship with the gentlemen’s club.
Las Vegas truck driver arrested after crash
Oregon State Police have arrested a 28-year-old Las Vegas truck driver in a fiery, fatal crash that killed a Bend woman.
Police spokesman Sgt. Craig Flierl said Billy Wayne Floyd was arrested on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault in Monday’s crash on U.S. Highway 20 east of Sweet Home.
According to police reports, Floyd was driving a commercial truck and trailer west when the big rig crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a pickup.
Other motorists managed to pull 66-year-old Craig Hopkins of Bend out of the pickup but were unable to free his wife, 63-year-old Ethel Ann Hopkins, before fire consumed the vehicles.
The Oregonian reported Craig Hopkins was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with nonlife-threatening injuries. Floyd and his passenger were not injured.
States close to deal to split valley’s water
Water regulators in Utah and Nevada are close to a deal to split the shared Snake Valley aquifer, potentially allowing water to be piped south to Las Vegas.
Utah Department of Natural Resources Director Mike Styler said negotiations are proceeding, and a draft agreement is likely by August or September.
The aquifer stretches across both states.