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Explosion injures man working in his garage

A man suffered “traumatic injuries” in explosions at his home late Wednesday night, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.

Neighbors in a condominium complex near Washington Avenue and Cimarron Road reported hearing two loud explosions shortly after 10 p.m.

Firefighters forced their way through a garage door and found the man bleeding and with “severe traumatic injuries.”

He was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

The man told investigators he was working in the garage, possibly with a torch, when there was an explosion. He then ran into the house and closed the door behind him, preventing smoke from entering the unit.

The cause of the explosion was still unknown Thursday.

The explosion caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.


Woman stabbing victim identified

The woman stabbed to death in a northeast valley home last Friday has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Loreal D. Goodwin.

The 20-year-old Las Vegas woman was injured in the 1400 block of Sandhill Road, near Owens Avenue, around 10:20 p.m. She was alive when authorities arrived but died later at University Medical Center. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Las Vegas police arrested 28-year-old Marvin Black in connection with the slaying. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon.


Longtime employee named acting warden

Greg Smith, whose 22 years working in Nevada’s prison system has included stints as an administrator and public information officer, was named Thursday as acting warden of Nevada State Prison.

Smith replaces Bill Donat, a state Corrections Department staffer since 1976, who will retire Jan. 30.

Donat was praised by Corrections Director Howard Skolnik for helping to meet department goals. But a representative of prison employees said he’s glad to see Donat leave.

“There will certainly be no love lost, us for him or him for us for that matter,” said Dennis Mallory of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ Nevada Local 4041.

Donat had been criticized by some prison guards for his management style.

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