Nevada’s Herbert passed over for job

Despite an endorsement from his boss, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Bob Herbert of Nevada was passed over in his bid to head the Federal Aviation Administration.

The White House announced on Friday that President Barack Obama intended to nominate Randy Babbitt to become FAA administrator. Babbitt is an aviation consultant and a former head of the Air Line Pilots Association, the major union representing 52,250 commercial pilots.

Herbert, 51, of Reno, a pilot and deputy commander of the Nevada Army National Guard, had been an early contender for the post, with Reid, D-Nev., sending a recommendation letter to Obama’s transition team soon after the election. Herbert is a senior policy adviser to Reid.


Las Vegas hospice employee arrested

A hospice employee was arrested Friday in connection with the sexual assault of an 81-year-old cancer patient.

The woman told nurses at the Nathan Adelson Hospice that Benedict Medina penetrated her vagina while she was lying in bed Feb. 28, according to a police report.

The woman is a cancer patient and heavily medicated, the report states, but she told nurses she was alert and told Medina to stop, but the 32-year-old refused.

Medina admitted to nurses at the facility that he rubbed the inside of her vagina to clean the area, police said. The nurses told police investigators that type of procedure is outside the scope of practice for Medina.

The report did not include how Medina was employed with the facility, 4141 Swenson St., or if he was fired after the assault. Medina was charged with sexual assault of a victim older than 65 years old.


Early voting goes slow in Clark County

Early voting in Clark County whimpered into its second weekend, with just 2,577 people casting votes on Saturday or Sunday.

Last weekend, 2,754 people cast votes in local primary municipal elections. Overall, 13,411 people had voted in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite as of Sunday.

Nearly 470,000 active registered voters are eligible to vote in the elections. Early voting ends Friday. The primary election is April 7.

Henderson and North Las Vegas each are electing a mayor, among other seats. Las Vegas has two City Council seats and a judgeship up for grabs. Boulder City will elect two City Council members; Mesquite will choose three.

In 2007’s primary municipal elections, a total of 25,000 people voted early. Historically, municipal election turnout is very low.

Today is the last day to submit written requests for mail or absentee ballots for the primary election to city clerks or the county election department. The requests must be received by 5 p.m.


Four juveniles sought in home invasion

Four juvenile suspects are being sought in a Monday home invasion near Desert Inn Road and Eastern Avenue.

Shots were fired during the incident and four nearby schools — Valley High School, Orr Middle School and Harris and Thomas elementary schools — were placed on lockdown for three hours.

About 10:15 a.m. in a home on the 3400 block of Pueblo Way, a man discovered four juvenile men rummaging through his things, Las Vegas police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said.

The suspects fled but the man was able to catch up with one of the teens, who fired shots. The man was not hit.

Anyone with information on the home invasion is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.


Authorities identify three-year-old girl

The 3-year-old girl who drowned Saturday in a pool near Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Spencer Street has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Hannah Nicole Bridges.

The girl wandered to the pool outside the home, 9814 Frosty Canyon Court, and fell in around 8 a.m., Las Vegas police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said.


Man dies of accidental electrocution at facility

A 33-year-old man died of accidental electrocution Friday while performing emergency repairs at the Clark County Reclamation District’s main sewage treatment facility on Flamingo Road, near Stephanie Street.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the man as Nathan Lee Reyes, of Henderson. The death was ruled an accident.

According to a Reclamation District statement, Reyes was repairing an 8-inch reclaimed-water line at the facility when the accident occurred. General Manager Richard Mendes said it was the first time an employee has died on the job in the district’s 53-year history.


Las Vegas couple killed in car crash identified

The couple killed Friday in an accident on state Route 160 have been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Brian Michael Carey and Tracey Anne Carey.

The Las Vegas couple died around 10:30 a.m. when their Toyota Corolla was struck on the driver’s side by a Ford pickup truck traveling south on 160. Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Honea said the Corolla was pulling out of the Blue Diamond Travel Center to go north on 160. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene.

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