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CHILD ABUSE

Arraignment set for pair on abuse charges

The couple accused of sexually abusing their two children were bound over to District Court on Friday to face the charges.

Substitute Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Michael Federico ruled there was enough evidence to send the case of 48-year-old Mary Vonseydewitz and 44-year-old Frederick Vonseydewitz to District Court.

The couple was arrested in January on charges that they sexually abused their son and daughter when they were minors. The children, now in their 20s, came forward in January to report the alleged abuse.

The couple, who remain in custody at the county jail, will be arraigned on April 1.

AIR QUALITY

Dust advisories set for Clark County today

High winds could stir up respiratory problems in Clark County this weekend, air quality officials warned Friday.

The county Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management issued a dust advisory from today through Sunday.

The dust will be caused by a strong weather system powered by strong winds that will hit the Las Vegas Valley today.

The officials urged people with respiratory problems or cardiac diseases to stay indoors during any dusty periods.

SHOOTING VICTIM

Body of man found on LV street is identified

A man with gunshot wounds found dead at the intersection of Alexander Road and D Street early Wednesday has been identified as Landtreon Deyon Taylor.

The 32-year-old North Las Vegas man was found in the intersection around 4 a.m. by a passer-by who then called police. The assailant hasn’t been found nor has a motive been determined.

CRASH VICTIM

Driver of car that hit light pole identified

The 32-year-old man who died after crashing a 1965 Ford Mustang into a light pole early March 11 has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Patrick Connelly.

The Las Vegas man died of blunt force chest trauma when he was leaving the Suncoast around 2 a.m. and crashed into a light pole.

Police said he lost control of the car which hit a curb and slid across three lanes of Rampart Boulevard before striking the pole. His death has been ruled an accident.

DROWNING

Toddler who drowned in NLV trailer named

The 1-year-old girl who drowned in a mobile home in North Las Vegas on Thursday has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Alin Jazmin Nevarez.

North Las Vegas police said the girl and her mother were at the Twin Acres trailer park, 2001 E. Tonopah Ave., near Bruce Street and Lake Mead Boulevard, when the drowning occurred.

The mother ran the unresponsive child to a nearby medical office complex around noon, police said. Officials called 911 and the toddler was taken to University Medical Center, where she later died.

FATAL ACCIDENT

Utah woman’s car drifted off interstate

The woman killed Wednesday night when her car drifted off Interstate 15 near Speedway Boulevard was identified ha been identified as Cassi Linn Kelly.

The 18-year-old St. George, Utah, woman was traveling north just south of Speedway when her car drifted down a gravel embankment, Nevada Highway Patrol officials said.

The car then vaulted over a ditch and flipped. Kelly was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

She died of multiple blunt force motor vehicle trauma in what has been ruled an accident.

MAN FATALLY STRUCK

LV bicyclist was killed after being hit by car

The bicyclist who died after he was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche on March 14 was identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Bryan Russell Lewis.

The 55-year-old Las Vegas man was riding south on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Russell Road around 6:45 a.m. when he was hit. He died of multiple blunt force trauma, the coroner ruled.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Melody McLallen, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, police said.

MURDER-SUICIDE PROBED

Elderly woman found shot in Las Vegas home

One of the two people found dead Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide near Lake Mead Boulevard and Snow Trail has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as 74-year-old Jeannette Ann Artman.

Artman and an unidentified man, who were suffering from medical issues, were found dead inside a residence in the 9900 block Charlemont Drive, Las Vegas police said.

The Las Vegas woman died of a gunshot wound to the head in what was ruled a homicide.

The man, in his 70s, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

SPECTOR TRIAL

Jury can consider a manslaughter charge

Jurors in the Phil Spector retrial can consider involuntary manslaughter instead of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, a judge in ruled Friday.

Las Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler reversed course from his decision in the first trial where he refused to instruct the jury that it could consider voluntary or involuntary manslaughter against the 68-year-old music producer. That jury deadlocked 10-2 in 2007 with the majority favoring conviction on second-degree murder.

The second trial began in October and closing arguments are scheduled Monday.

STIMULUS PROJECT

Green jobs proposal gets key panel nod

A "green jobs" initiative sought by Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horfsord has been endorsed by a key legislative committee.

The Senate Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee voted unanimously for Horsford’s Senate Bill 152.

SB152 would use federal stimulus funds to train an estimated 3,200 workers at a cost of about $3,500 each, and cover costs of weatherizing about 6,500 homes and upgrading government buildings and schools to make them more efficient.

Horsford, D-Las Vegas, said the result would be reduced greenhouse emissions, lower energy costs and a work force ready for the renewable energy industry.

REALITY SETS IN

Suleman in ‘denial’ about mothering 14

Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman said she "was in denial" about how much work it would take to raise 14 children.

Suleman, in an interview with Radar Online, said she has been taken aback by the struggles of dealing with her new family and the media onslaught that follows them.

This week, Suleman moved into a home in La Habra, a city in northwest Orange County, that will eventually house her 14 children.

Her first two babies arrived home to a swarm of TV cameras, reporters and onlookers.

Suleman said she still believes she can handle her 14 kids — with some help. But she expressed hope that the media would lose interest in her family and leave her alone.

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