Ensign to visit Iraq for war assessment

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is spending the weekend in Iraq, his office confirmed Friday.

Ensign and two other senators were scheduled to meet today with U.S. force commander Gen. David Petraeus, and with Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

The trip marked Ensign’s third visit to Iraq. Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., are traveling with Ensign.

Ensign, who has been supportive of the Bush administration’s war strategy, scheduled the trip “to get an update and to talk to General Petraeus and hear about progress firsthand,” spokesman Tory Mazzolla said.


Autopsy inconclusive in death of toddler

An autopsy conducted Friday by the Clark County coroner’s office did not establish a preliminary cause of death for a 17-month-old Arizona boy who died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Thursday.

Police in Lake Havasu City said Connor Irwin was flown to Nevada after he was taken to a Lake Havasu hospital with serious injuries on Feb. 2.

Police Lt. Richie Sloma said more information might be learned through additional lab analysis that will require four to eight weeks to complete.


Homicide probe set for gunshot victim

A homicide investigation is under way in northwest Arizona after the body of a Mohave Valley man was found.

Authorities found the body of Jiame Ramos Banuelos, 32, on Thursday off of Silver Creek Road, about two miles east of Bullhead City. The body had multiple gunshot wounds.


LV officers involved in shootout identified

The Las Vegas police officers involved in a shootout this week with a fugitive were identified Friday as Pete Friday, 35; Dustin Butler, 32; and Jason Leavitt, 34.

They were assisting U.S. marshals about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in their effort to arrest two suspects wanted for a robbery in California.

Police tried to pull over the suspects’ vehicle, but they sped off. The suspects crashed their car a short time later and fled on foot.

One of the suspects shot at an officer, hitting him in the leg, police said. He was taken to University Medical Center, where he was expected to recover.

Police returned fire, killing one suspect. The other suspect was arrested.

Friday has been with the department since 1998. Butler joined the department in 1999. Leavitt was hired in 2003.

The name of the wounded officer was not released.

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