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.

1 dead after shooting near Sahara and the Strip in Las Vegas
Lt. Ray Spencer briefs the news media on a shooting at Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South that left one dead. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family remembers deceased mother
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2 in custody after chase
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See Kitty Hawk’s flying car cruise over Lake Las Vegas
Kitty Hawk takes their flying car for a ride in the company’s hidden test facility in Lake Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Watch Las Vegas police wild pursuit through busy Las Vegas streets
An intense chase near Downtown Las Vegas ends after gunfire is exchanged as the suspect flees on busy streets and ends up near an elementary school. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Man shot strolling through park
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Police investigating shooting at east valley apartment complex
No one was injured late Monday night after someone fired shots at a vehicle at an east valley apartment complex. Police responded just before midnight to the Hamptons Apartments, 3070 S. Nellis Blvd. Someone fired shots at a vehicle that was leaving the complex, and struck the vehicle. Another bullet struck a nearby apartment building. The shooter or shooters remain at-large.
Suspect fires at Las Vegas police before officers shoot, end wild pursuit
An intense chase near Downtown Las Vegas ends after gunfire is exchanged as the suspect flees on busy streets and ends up near an elementary school. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
Hundreds Attend Slides, Rides and Rock and Roll in North Las Vegas
Hundreds attended the inaugural slides, rides and rock and roll event in North Las Vegas Saturday. The event featured a car show, water slide park and live music. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
It's All Rainbows At The Center's New Cafe
The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) introduced its new coffeeshop, Little Rainbow Cafe, in June. Rainbows are everywhere, even in the lattes and toast, and employees wear t-shirts with the quote "Be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Owner Ben Sabouri said the concept is "built around the idea of, you know, be kind and treat everybody the same." (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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The Center, a community center for the LGBTQ community of Southern Nevada, has a new cafe. Little Rainbow Cafe serves up a pride-inspired signature "Rainbow Latte." (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pedestrian killed trying to cross Sahara
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Former Military Police Corps Officer Celebrates 100th Birthday
Summerlin resident Gene Stephens, who served as a military policeman in WWII and escorted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and President Roosevelt during the war, turned 100 on July 13, 2018. He credits his longevity to living a normal life, exercising regularly and eating three square meals a day. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries
A motorcycle rider was seriously injured Tuesday night after a crash on Charleston Boulevard. The crash was reported just before 10 p.m. near Durango Drive, according to Las Vegas police. The motorcyclist was hospitalized with unknown injuries but is expected to survive. Las Vegas police are investigating the cause of the accident.
CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara Has Lunch With Students
New Clark County School District superintendent Jesus Jara continued his listening tour by having lunch with students at Red Rock Elementary School as part of the district's summer lunch program. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children under the age of 18 can find a free lunch at 104 different locations across the valley through the summer months. Jara highlighted the free program and the importance of eating healthy during his visit. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Timeline Leading Up to Scott Dozier's Execution
Scott Dozier is set to be executed by lethal injection the night of July 11 at Ely State Prison. Dozier was convicted of the April 2002 killing of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller and was given the death penalty in Oct. 2007. In 2016 Dozier asked in a letter to District Judge Jennifer Togliatti requesting that he “be put to death.” A three-drug cocktail of midazolam, a sedative; the painkiller fentanyl; and cisatracurium, a paralytic, is expected to end his life. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New Program Helps Mothers Battling Addiction
Jennifer Stanert has battled drug addiction on and off for the last 21 years. It caused her to lose custody of one of her children, Alec, after she gave birth while high. A new program at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospitals aims to connect mothers like Stanert with community resources and provide case management services while still pregnant to get connected to lactation and parenting classes, group peer support and education on neonatal abstinence syndrome. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Felon caught with guns in Mandalay Bay room 3 years before Las Vegas shooting
A felon was caught with guns in a Mandalay Bay hotel room three years before the October 1st mass shooting. Six weapons were found inside Kye Aaron Dunbar’s 24th floor room in November 2014. Four were semi-automatic. One was a scoped rifle pointing toward the Strip, according to court documents. Dunbar was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for unlawful possession. The case just came to light in a lawsuit accusing Mandalay Bay of negligence in connection with the Oct. 1st shooting.
Illegal fireworks in the Las Vegas area garner complaints
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House fire displaces 2 people
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"Red White and Boom" July 4 Fireworks at the Stratosphere
Full video of the Fourth of July "Red White and Boom" fireworks show at the Stratosphere as seen from the 8th floor Elation Pool. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
July 4th fireworks at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite
July 4th fireworks at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite. (7-04-18) (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas Crowds Enjoy Fireworks at the Stratosphere
Revelers enjoyed watching fireworks displays from the Stratosphere's 8th floor Elation pool on July 4. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pedestrian killed in Henderson
A pedestrian trying to cross St. Rose Parkway at Bermuda was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday night and later died. The crash was reported around 11:30 p.m. Las Vegas police responded initially, but handed over the investigation to Henderson police once it was determined the accident happened in their jurisdiction. Las Vegas police did respond to a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on the Strip. The person, who was hit by a BMW near Fashion Show mall, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
USPS owes $3.5 million for using Vegas Statue of Liberty on stamp
The United States Postal Service has been ordered to pay $3.5 million to a sculptor after using the Las Vegas replica of the Statue of Liberty in a stamp. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Officer Brent Horlacher shoots at Jessie Murillo
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Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison honored at memorial service
A memorial service was conducted for Richard "Old Man" Harrison at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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