27-year-old killed in Eastern Avenue crash

The driver of a Ford Focus died early Saturday morning after steering his car into the path of a Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle, Las Vegas police said.

The 27-year-old Las Vegan, whose name was not available, was driving southbound on Eastern Avenue toward Desert Inn Road about 4:40 a.m. when he steered the 2000 Focus over the median and into oncoming traffic, police said.

The Focus crashed into the 1998 Expedition, driven in the northbound lanes by 23-year-old Adam Hutchinson of Las Vegas.

The driver of the Focus was pronounced dead at the scene. Hutchinson suffered serious injuries, police said.

Alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the crash, police said.


Man killed, woman injured in shooting

A man was killed and a woman critically wounded in a Saturday morning shooting outside a North Las Vegas bar.

North Las Vegas police said they were called to the Juke Joint, 4230 E. Craig Road, near Lamb Boulevard, about 8 a.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found two gunshot victims in a car in the parking lot behind the bar. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the female passenger was taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Las Vegas police were in the area and arrested a man walking one block west of the bar in connection with the shooting.

The names of the victims and the man arrested were not available.


Reno slaying victim mourned on birthday

On the day she would have turned 20, scores of people shared cake and memories Saturday in Reno at a remembrance for a college student thought to have been killed by a serial rapist.

The five-hour gathering was held the same day Brianna Denison was scheduled to be buried next to her father at an undisclosed location in California, family members said.

Reno police continue to search for the man accused of abducting Denison from a house near the University of Nevada, Reno campus on Jan. 20 and strangling her to death. Her body was found in a Reno field about eight miles south of the house on Feb. 15.

The suspect has been linked through DNA to two earlier attacks of women in the same area, police said.

“I’m very sad today and I’m just going to continue to forge on,” Denison’s aunt, Lauren Denison, said at the remembrance. “It’s heart-wrenching and I just wish we could catch this guy.”

Locals joined family, friends and volunteers in eating birthday cake and writing messages on cards at the downtown command center where a search for Brianna Denison had been coordinated.

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