Man hit, killed by truck ID’d as 31-year-old

The man who died while walking on a freeway interchange early Wednesday morning has been identified as 31-year-old Richard Carroll Kauffman.

Kauffman was struck by a cement truck about 3:10 a.m. on the ramp from northbound Interstate 15 to the westbound lanes of the Las Vegas Beltway, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Kauffman might have jumped in front of the truck and suicide could not be ruled out, trooper Kevin Honea said.

The driver of the truck, whose name was not released, called 911 to report the accident and cooperated with authorities. He was not cited.

Kauffman was pronounced dead at the scene.


Victim in fatal fight identified as valley man

The man who died after a fight at a Salvation Army facility on Wednesday has been identified as 57-year-old Richard Henry Banks of Las Vegas.

The fight broke out at 1:43 p.m. at 33 W. Owens Ave., near Main Street, Las Vegas police said.

Police said the fight moved to the nearby railroad tracks, where it is believed Banks was stabbed. He was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.

Police had been asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in the case, 49-year-old Marleau Bruce Miller, but he has been found, police announced Friday.


Thousands of stimulus checks not delivered

The Internal Revenue Service may be looking for you and, believe it or not, it’s to deliver some good news.

More than 4,000 Clark County taxpayers did not receive their economic stimulus checks because their addresses were never updated and the U.S. Postal Service returned the checks to the government.

Once correct address information is received, the IRS will mail 5,402 checks worth more than $4 million statewide. Eighty-five percent of those checks belong to Clark County residents. The average undeliverable stimulus check due to Nevadans is $606.

To check the status of stimulus checks, log onto and click on the “Where’s my stimulus payment?” link. Taxpayers without Internet service can call 1-866-234-2942.


Grant sought to clean up Union Park parcel

The city of Las Vegas is applying for a $200,000 brownfield grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a parcel of land at the downtown Union Park site.

A public hearing on the application is scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday in training room No. 4 on the second floor of City Hall.

The 4.7-acre parcel, part of the former Union Pacific railroad yard, will be the home of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and is part of a larger, 61-acre development site.

The city is required to request comments as part of the application.

For more information, go to or call 229-6100.


Parents accused in threats to school staff

Two parents have been arrested on suspicion of threatening violence against Washoe County School District staff during separate discussions about their children, officers said.

Cheri Fry, 30, is accused of screaming profanities, threats and racial slurs at Traner Middle School Principal Lauren Ford during a discussion about her son’s involvement in a fight.

David Coleman, 46, is accused of using profanity and making threats during a phone call from his daughter’s teacher at Hug High School in Reno.

Both parents were booked Wednesday into the Washoe County Jail. They were later released from jail.

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