LV man retrieving ball struck, killed by truck
A 26-year-old man was struck and killed by a pickup while retrieving a basketball in the street in the northwest valley Friday evening.
Las Vegas police said the man, who was not identified, was walking east on the sidewalk along Craig Road near Decatur Boulevard when he entered the right lane of traffic to retrieve the ball.
A Ford F-250 driven by 22-year-old Kanainoa Woods was driving in the right lane and swerved to the center lane to avoid the man, police said. The man stepped into the center lane and was hit by the truck at 5:28 p.m.
He was taken to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
DUI suspect swerves into traffic, hits cyclists
A man suspected of drunken driving swerved into oncoming traffic on the Las Vegas Beltway early Saturday morning, striking a motorcycle and killing its driver.
Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Honea said the man was driving a Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle south on the beltway approaching Ann Road.
About 4:30 a.m. he swerved across both lanes of northbound traffic and into a motorcycle carrying a man and woman from California, Honea said.
The male driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. She is expected to survive, Honea said.
The Nissan’s driver was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of driving under the influence, Honea said.
His name and the names of the motorcyclists were not released.
Heller opposes BLM plan for fire station
Rep. Dean Heller has joined the Carson City Board of Supervisors’ opposition to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s proposed site for an interagency fire station complex in the capital city.
Heller spokesman Stewart Bybee says the Nevada Republican is considering ways to stop the complex, ranging from a letter of opposition to legislation.
Bybee says Heller wants to reach a resolution that’s beneficial both to the community and the BLM.
Supervisors and residents say the complex will limit public access to nearby open space and doesn’t belong near a neighborhood with about 300 homes.
The five-acre site would feature training classrooms and housing for about 40 seasonal firefighters who would battle wildfires.
BLM spokesman Mark Struble says his agency was disappointed by supervisors’ opposition.
Mayor says he is no Reid fan, supporter
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, who’s considering a race for governor next year, says his name was mistakenly put on a list of Republicans who support U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election bid.
Cashell blames the “mixup” on a fundraising reception for the Nevada Democrat that he and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini held as “nonpartisan mayors.”
Cashell says some Reid staffers must have assumed he was endorsing Reid because of his role in the fundraiser, but he’s not backing Reid.
Cashell, who came under fire from GOP activists after his name made the list, says an endorsement of Reid would hurt a Republican bid for governor.
He’s also considering a possible race as an independent.
Reid’s son, Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid, also is expected to run for governor.