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Detention center death investigated

Las Vegas police are investigating the Tuesday morning death of a Clark County Detention Center inmate.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, was booked at the detention center on multiple felony charges June 22. Because he had a pre-existing medical condition, he was housed in the facility’s medical ward, police said.

Early Monday the inmate passed out in a restroom at the detention center. Detention center personnel began rendering aid, and he was taken to University Medical Center, where he died Tuesday morning.

The Clark County coroner’s office has not released the manner and cause of his death.


Woman’s body found in burned apartment

Clark County firefighters found the body of a woman in a burned-out apartment near Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway early Tuesday.

Las Vegas police said she appears to have died from a stab wound. Homicide detectives are investigating the death.

The fire was reported at 5:14 a.m. and involved a single unit of the complex at 5701 Missouri Ave., said Clark County Fire Department spokesman Scott Allison.

The woman, believed to be Hispanic, was not identified by police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.


New Mexico man ID’d as victim of collision

Authorities have released the name of the Santa Fe, N.M., resident who was killed in a collision Friday in northwest Arizona.

Department of Public Safety officials said Paul D’Augustino, 53, was dead at the scene of the 6 p.m. accident.

Officials said D’Augustino was heading west on Interstate 40 on the eastern edge of the Kingman, Ariz., city limits when he lost control of his Toyota 4Runner which rolled across the median and into the eastbound lanes where it was struck by a commercial tractor-trailer. The driver of the big rig was not hurt but a passenger in the 4Runner was hospitalized.

The collision remains under investigation.


California man’s body recovered from lake

The body of a La Habra, Calif., man who was missing and presumed drowned over the Fourth of July weekend has been recovered from Lake Havasu.

Officials with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona said the body of Anthony Gabriel Apodaca, 45, was found at 5:15 p.m. Monday floating on the surface of the water in Dino Bay.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter said Apodaca jumped from a pontoon boat into the lake for a swim about 1:50 p.m. Saturday and then failed to surface.

Carter said an autopsy is scheduled and the investigation continues.


Governor’s general counsel to resign post

Chris Nielsen has submitted his resignation as Gov. Jim Gibbons’ general counsel. He is the second member of the governor’s senior staff to leave in less than a month.

Nielsen’s departure follows the resignation of Gibbons’ chief of staff, Josh Hicks.

Nielsen, who doesn’t have another job lined up yet, said he’ll work through the end of July. Nielsen was brought in after Hicks was promoted from general counsel to chief of staff a year ago.

“It’s been an honor to work with the governor and the rest of the staff, but it’s time to look in a different direction,” Nielsen said.

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