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IN BRIEF

TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOLISM

Monitoring of judge shifts to new agency

The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission agreed to stop monitoring a Washoe County-based senior judge who is undergoing treatment for alcoholism because he is now monitored by another agency.

The Judicial Discipline Commission made the decision Wednesday. Senior Judge Charles McGee was publicly censured and agreed to be monitored for alcohol abuse after he was convicted in 2003 of a misdemeanor drinking and driving charge.

The senior judge program is monitoring McGee and there isn’t a need to duplicate efforts, according to an order issued by the commission.

ARIZONA INCIDENT

Motorcyclist, 39, dies of crash injuries

An Osceola, Ind., resident who was critically injured in a traffic accident in northwest Arizona has died of his injuries at University Medical Center.

The victim was identified as Michael Frederick, 39, by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the motorcycle Frederick was operating crashed after leaving Historic Route 66 on Monday morning, about 10 miles south of Oatman. She said Frederick suffered severe head trauma in the accident and died Tuesday in Las Vegas.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

7-YEAR-OLD KILLED

Teenager sentenced in ‘Mortal Kombat’ death

A teenager has been sentenced in Greeley, Colo., to 18 years in prison for her role in the death of her half-sister, who police say was beaten during a re-enactment of the "Mortal Kombat" video game.

Heather Trujillo pleaded guilty in May to child abuse-negligently causing the death of 7-year-old Zoe Garcia. Trujillo’s prison sentence might be suspended if she completes six years in a Youthful Offender System program.

Trujillo and 17-year-old Lamar Roberts were baby-sitting Zoe in December. Authorities say Zoe died from head injuries after she was hit, kicked and slammed to the floor. The teens were reportedly re-enacting the video game.

Seventeen-year-old Trujillo has agreed to testify against Roberts, who is charged with child abuse causing death.

VIAL CRACKED

Inspectors return to lab after plutonium spill

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials on Wednesday ordered a federal laboratory in Colorado to stop using radioactive materials until it can show its procedures are safe after a plutonium spill.

The Boulder Daily Camera in Colorado reported that NRC officials said such stop orders are rare.

An expanded team of inspectors has returned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology three weeks after the June 9 plutonium spill.

About one-fourth of a gram of powder containing plutonium spilled at the NIST lab when a vial cracked. Institute officials have said a small number of employees had internal plutonium exposure.

The employees were being treated. Officials say internal plutonium exposure can lead to cancer. Radiation was found in two buildings.

NRC officials said they have not identified any threats to public health.

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