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Inmate walks away from LV halfway house

A 28-year-old inmate who was nearing the end of his 12- to 30-month prison sentence walked away from the Casa Grande halfway house Monday night, the Department of Corrections said.

Tyrone Salton, who had been convicted of stealing a car, was reporting missing about 11 p.m. from Casa Grande, which is located on Russell Road near Interstate 15. Salton, who is about 5 foot 11 inches and 200 pounds, has "T-Bone" tattooed on his left arm, his mother’s face tattooed on his left shoulder and "East 49" on his right arm, authorities said.

Since Casa Grande opened in December 2005, 60 inmates have walked away from the halfway house, said Suzanne Pardee, spokeswoman for the corrections department. Of those, only three are not in custody, including Salton.

The inmates, who work in the community, are given two hours to get to or from work. If they aren’t at Casa Grande within the two-hour period they are classified as escapees, she said.


Bail set at $300,000 for rape suspect

A Henderson Justice of the Peace set bail at $300,000 Tuesday for a 30-year-old man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Sergio Hugo Hernandez, who was arrested on April 4, probably won’t be able to post the bail, said his attorney Dan Bunin.

The attorney said he may try to negotiate a lower bail amount.

Hernandez is facing multiple charges, including sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping and child abuse.

The girl was walking home from Greenspun Junior High School on Jan. 25 when she was forced into a vehicle at the corner of Windmill Parkway and Arroyo Grande Boulevard. She was then driven to a desert area near Auto Show Drive where she was choked and sexually assaulted, authorities said.

Police said they identified Hernandez as the suspect in the case by analyzing and comparing DNA evidence.


71-year-old man dies in single-car accident

A 71-year-old Las Vegas man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on West Flamingo Road, about 400 feet west of the Las Vegas Beltway about 9 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Joseph M. Bourne was heading west on Flamingo in a 1999 Saturn sedan when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle ran off the north side of the road onto the shoulder. It then struck a large rock and eventually a light pole, said Trooper Kevin Honea, of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Bourne was taken to University Medical Center where he died.


Woman hit, killed by pickup identified

The 60-year-old Las Vegas woman who was hit and killed by a pickup Sunday night on Lamb Boulevard near Lake Mead Boulevard was Mun Cha Sledge, the Clark County Coroner’s office reported Tuesday.

Sledge was crossing Lamb outside of a crosswalk about 8 p.m. when she was hit by a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 59-year-old Myron Meacham, police said.

Police said Meacham didn’t appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and wasn’t driving at an unsafe speed.


High winds might kick up dust, advisory says

High winds today could kick up unhealthful levels of dust, Clark County air quality officials said in an advisory released Tuesday.

"As part of the county’s dust-control program, officials are sending notices to construction sites in the Las Vegas Valley asking them to take precautions to prevent blowing dust," the advisory reads.

It urges children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors during dust storms.

The advisory also asks motorists to drive slowly on unpaved roads and avoid taking short cuts across vacant lots.

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