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Woman, 64, sexually assaulted, beaten

Henderson police are looking for a suspect who beat and sexually assaulted a 64-year-old woman in her apartment early Friday.

The woman called police at 1:37 a.m., authorities said. She said she he broke into her third-story apartment, near Warm Springs Road and Green Valley Parkway, while she was sleeping. He then knocked her unconscious.

When police arrived they discovered she also had been sexually assaulted.

Investigators so far believe the crime was random.

“Right now they believe the victim did not know the suspect,” officer Todd Rasmussen said.

The woman was only able to provide a limited suspect description, police said. Detectives have determined the suspect entered through a sliding door on the apartment’s patio.

She was taken to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Anybody with information on the suspect is encouraged to call the Henderson Police Department at 267-4750.


Gang member pleads guilty in 2004 slaying

A member of the hybrid street gang Squad Up pleaded guilty this week to murder and using a firearm during a crime in connection with the 2004 deadly shooting of Gilbert Henry at a North Las Vegas apartment complex.

Charles Richard Jr., 21, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28.

His co-defendants, Jonathan Toliver and Donnie Bryant, were convicted of violence in aid of a racketeering enterprise last year and sentenced to life in prison.

The three men organized an ambush in September 2004 at the Buena Vista Apartments near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue after a feud over drug-dealing turf. Henry was shot and killed; a woman baby-sitting a toddler in an apartment unit was shot in the hand.

The government has agreed that a 20-year sentence for Richard is appropriate because he was 16 years old at the time of the crime.


Nevada receives funds to prepare for flu

Nevada will get more than $2.8 million to help the state prepare for the ongoing swine flu virus and fall flu season.

Nevada will get more than $2.2 million in public health emergency response grants, which help state public health departments prepare for things such as vaccination campaigns.

The state also will get $737,000 in hospital preparedness grants, which help hospitals and health care systems prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that nationwide, $260 million in the response grants and $90 million in hospital grants will be distributed.


Warm water fish find home at Lake Tahoe

A new study finds several fish species common to warm water Midwestern lakes are thriving and spreading around Lake Tahoe.

Fish expert and University of Nevada, Reno instructor Sudeep Chandra says a warming climate and the introduction of fish such as large mouth bass and bluegill could pose a threat to the sensitive ecosystem of the Sierra lake.

Chandra says the warming of the climate probably will increase the spread of invasive fish because warmer temperatures near the shore will bring Lake Tahoe’s waters into a range that lets the fish spawn in the lake.

The good news is that fish densities monitored during the three-year study starting in 2006 are low in most locations, he said.

The study was presented this month to the Nevada Division of State Lands.

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