72°F
weather icon Clear

IN BRIEF

DAUGHTER KILLED IN CALIFORNIA

Hearing set for man wanted in slaying

A court hearing is set Dec. 29 in Las Vegas for a man sought in California after the body of his daughter was found in his impounded motor home.

Clarence Eugene Butterfield made a brief appearance Tuesday before a Las Vegas justice of the peace who set a March 23 court date on unrelated felony check forgery charges that led to Butterfield’s arrest Oct. 8 in Las Vegas.

Records show the 55-year-old Butterfield remains in custody at the Clark County jail pending the fugitive hearing later this month.

He’s sought in Orange County, Calif., on a murder charge stemming from the discovery of 22-year-old Rebekah Butterfield’s decomposed body in the freezer of the motor home.

Authorities said the woman went missing about two years ago from her home in Temecula, Calif.

RECALL PETITION CASE

Court rules woman’s rights were violated

A federal appeals court in Reno has overturned a lower court ruling against a woman who claimed her rights were violated when she was prevented from collecting signatures for a recall petition against several Reno City Council members at a special event in 2002.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling issued Monday, said Janelle Dietrich had the right to collect names on the sidewalk during the Best of the West Rib Cook-off in Sparks six years ago.

The court ruled her removal was unconstitutional, and reversed a 2006 ruling by U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval, who determined Dietrich’s rights were not violated because she was allowed to move to another site down the street.

The appeals panel, however, affirmed Sandoval’s finding that police didn’t retaliate against Dietrich for a story in a local newspaper by giving her a ticket for driving past a police barricade to drop off chairs and tables.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Missouri woman sought after husband’s body found in freezer

The grim discovery was made after a witness told police that Paul Barton’s body had been in the suspect’s freezer since his death on Dec. 30, 2018.

Venice to get $21.7M quickly to recover from record flooding

Italy’s government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release money to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years.

Tons of blame to share in California’s wildfire, blackout crisis

The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers.

Hong Kong police give warning to protesters out of control, deny curfew

Hong Kong police warned protesters on Thursday that they were moving “one step closer to terrorism” by sinking the city into chaos, as riot squads skirmished with militant students at major universities.

Walmart hires off-duty officers for El Paso store reopening Thursday

Walmart plans Thursday to reopen the store where the attack happened in August and amid ongoing lawsuits over safety. Walmart didn’t have a guard in the store the day of the mass shooting.

 
Campaigns mark 100 days until Nevada caucus

Top Democratic presidential campaigns in Nevada are gearing up to reach voters before the state’s presidential caucus, which is 100 days away. It’s the third nominating contest in the nation.