MOTORCYCLE VERSUS CAR 37-year-old woman who died in crash ID’d

A woman killed Thursday morning in a North Las Vegas motorcycle crash was identified as Tina McFarland.

The 37-year-old from Las Vegas died after hitting a car that had cut in front of her on Craig Road near Losee Road.

The 1999 Volkswagen Beetle was turning left into a private driveway about 2:50 a.m. when it entered McFarland’s path, North Las Vegas police said. McFarland died at University Medical Center.

Police said they suspected the driver, 30-year-old Eloy Perez, was driving under the influence and ordered toxicology tests.


Coroner’s office IDs shooting victim

The man shot to death near Nellis Air Force Base early Thanksgiving Day was Jacob L. Pruden, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

The 27-year-old from Boonville, Ind., died from a gunshot to the head.

Las Vegas police arrested Pierre Carl Bergere, 45, on one count of murder after the slaying in an apartment at 4255 N. Nellis Blvd.

Bergere called police shortly after the 4:45 a.m. shooting and said he had shot someone accidentally, but investigators believe the shooting was intentional.


Religious groups seek help for monument

A multifaith group of Nevada clergy is seeking state help to establish a monument for late Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi near the Nevada Capitol complex in Carson City.

About 40 religious leaders across the state have signed a petition requesting state help for land, funding, design and planning for the monument.

Hindu leader Rajan Zed, the Rev. Gene Savoy Jr. of the International Community of Christ and the Rev. Alan Dorway of First Presbyterian Church of Carson City recently met with Michael Fischer, director of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs.

The focus of the Gandhi Monument Council is to commemorate Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and world peace.

Gandhi was assassinated in 1948. DAMS AT RISK

Officials warn Truckee dam at risk of collapse

A small dam in Truckee, Calif., providing about a third of the flood storage capacity for Reno on the Truckee River is at risk of collapse, federal officials warned.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Martis Creek Dam is among the six most at risk in its entire 610-dam inventory.

Some officials said a dam failure might be catastrophic for downstream communities, but others said potential damage was uncertain.

The Corps has committed more than $6 million to study the dam until 2011, with design work set to begin in 2012. Until appropriate repairs are made, the Corps will keep the reservoir at a minimum level.

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