Two men killed Friday in North Las Vegas ID’d

Two men shot to death Friday in North Las Vegas have been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Levin Wright, 33, and Darryl Earl Pickens, 44.

The men were killed just before midnight outside a house on the 3900 block of Yellow Mandarin Avenue, near Lamb Boulevard and Interstate 15.

Wright, of North Las Vegas, and Pickens, of Las Vegas, both died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police did not have any information about motives or suspects.


Man killed in collision with dump truck ID’d

A 27-year-old man killed Friday night after the car he was riding in collided with a dump truck has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Steven Baach.

The Las Vegas man was a passenger in a 2006 Ford sedan heading south on Buffalo Drive about 7:25 p.m. The Ford made a left turn at Cactus Avenue, near state Route 160, and failed to yield to a Kenworth dump truck heading north on Buffalo, Las Vegas police said.

The truck hit the passenger side of the Ford, killing Baach.

The car’s driver, 29-year-old Michael Baach, was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries.

He was charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death.


Coroner’s office IDs two who died in pileup

Two people killed in a three-vehicle accident Friday have been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Fu Mei Chiao, 71, and Ya C. Chiao, 74.

They died at University Medical Center after the 6:15 p.m. pileup on Spring Mountain Road at Erva Street, near Fort Apache Road.

The chain-reaction crash was triggered when a 2004 Dodge Neon carrying four teenage girls ran a stop sign and hit a 2005 Hyundai, which then hit a 2002 Saturn at a stop sign, Las Vegas police said.

Eight people were hospitalized after the crash.


Two killed in motor home were Utah girls

Two teenage girls killed Thursday when a motor home hit a tractor-trailer on Interstate 15 were identified as Alexis Rae Johnson, 16, and Amanda Kellee Johnson, 15.

The teens, from American Fork, Utah, were among seven passengers in the motor home, which hit the semi-truck as it was passing it, authorities said.

Both girls were thrown from the vehicle.

The driver of the motor home was traveling at a high rate of speed and trying to pass the tractor-trailer near Valley of Fire Road around 5 a.m.


Las Vegan killed in crash was 21-year-old

A 21-year-old Las Vegas man who died Sunday when he lost control of his pickup and struck a utility pole has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Orlando Arechiga-Guzman.

The man was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado east on Russell Road around 1:25 a.m. when the truck veered toward a curb, jumped onto the sidewalk and hit a light pole and utility pole.

He died at the scene.


Ex-priest says priest abused him as a teen

A former Roman Catholic priest has filed a lawsuit claiming that as a teenager in Southern California he was abused by a priest who was his mentor.

Ben Rodriguez, 45, who left the priesthood in 2006, claims in the suit filed Monday that Gordon J. Pillon molested him many times from 1978 to 1981.

The Orange County Superior Court filing says Pillon eventually influenced Rodriguez to enter the seminary and become a priest.

Rodriguez’s attorney says Pillon, who is no longer a priest, is a professor at the University of Northern Virginia’s campus in Prague, Czech Republic. An e-mail to a Gordon Pillon at the campus was not returned Monday.

Rodriguez claims he was abused at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra, Calif.


Man accused of beating, decapitating horse

A Southern California man was arrested for investigation of animal cruelty after the decapitated head of a bludgeoned horse was found being fed to his dogs, sheriff’s officials said Monday.

Jack Ziniuk, 64, had summoned deputies to his house Sunday in the remote community of Anza, telling them that his horse was having seizures after being attacked by dogs and needed to be put down, officials said.

The deputies found that the horse had been struck on the head repeatedly with a sledgehammer and decapitated with a chain saw.

Animal services officials said the 1,000-pound white-grayish mare did not appear to have received veterinary care before its death.

Phillip Thomas, who lives on the property, said the horse had been suffering and Ziniuk tried to put it out of its misery.

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