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court scandal

Business owner pleads not guilty in process serving case

Maurice Carroll, the owner of an unlicensed process serving company at the center of a court scandal, pleaded not guilty in District Court on Monday.

An Oct. 4 trial was set in the courtroom of District Judge Elissa Cadish.

Carroll, who runs On Scene Mediations, was indicted last week on 35 felony counts, including perjury, stemming from the filing in May and June of 17 affidavits of service alleged to be false.

The 41-year-old former Las Vegas police officer is accused of lying in the sworn affidavits when he claimed to have served defendants with copies of court papers in Justice Court lawsuits filed by Richland Holdings. The affidavits allowed the debt collection agency to obtain default judgments against the defendants after they failed to respond to the lawsuits.

Vilisia Coleman, 46, the office manager for On Scene Mediations, has been charged in a separate criminal complaint on allegations that she lied in affidavits in cases involving Richland Holdings.

Police believe On Scene Mediations has operated without a license since 2003.

thrown from car

Man killed in single-vehicle crash on state Route 160

A man died Monday after rolling his vehicle on state Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The accident happened about 7:58 a.m.

The driver, who was not identified, rolled his white Pontiac Firebird near mile marker 21 for unknown reasons, trooper Joseph Fackrell said.

The man, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, Fackrell said.

investigation continues

Coroner ID’s man, woman killed in murder-suicide

A man and woman killed in what is believed to be a murder-suicide in the northwest valley Thursday were identified Monday.

Edith Corona, 19, of Las Vegas, died from a gunshot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Jose Zergara Rodriguez, 20, was also killed in the incident. His cause and manner of death was pending.

A family member called Las Vegas police about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and reported that two people had gunshot wounds in a home in the 6800 block of Elm Creek Drive, near Rainbow Boulevard and Gowan Road.

Officers found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to University Medical Center where they were later pronounced dead.

Police said last week that one victim might have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident.

tropicana avenue incident

Man struck, killed crossing street identified as 42-year-old

A man struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the street Thursday was identified by the county coroner’s office Monday.

David Nye, 42, was fatally struck by a Mack truck near Tropicana Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.

Las Vegas police said the truck, driven by 36-year-old Alis Ramirez, was traveling west on Tropicana at Valley View proceeding through the intersection on a green light while the pedestrian was crossing Tropicana from south to north.

Nye was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

cause of death not determined

Oregon man, 27, injured at Hard Rock pool party dies

An Oregon man died Sunday after an injury in the swimming pool of the Hard Rock Hotel.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said Matthew Williams, 27, of Happy Valley, suffered a head injury while swimming at the hotel’s Rehab pool party about 5:45 p.m.

County firefighters responded to the emergency call.

Williams was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause and manner of Williams’ death had not been determined by Monday afternoon.

vehicle found on fire

Man found dead inside home possible suicide, police say

The body of a man was found inside a home Monday morning after Las Vegas firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at the residence.

The death of the man, who was not identified by authorities, was being investigated as a suicide, Las Vegas police said. The fire is believed to be arson.

Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said firefighters were called to 5132 Lamarjon Court, near Lake Mead and Decatur boulevards, about 6:48 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, a Toyota pickup parked in the driveway of the home was already fully engulfed, he said. A motorcycle inside the garage was also set on fire, but did not burn, Szymanski said.

The fire did not spread to the home, although Szymanski said other areas in the house had been set up to catch fire.

The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the man.

child homicide

Conflicting evidence prompts Arizona case to be dropped

A child homicide case has been dismissed in Mohave County Superior Court against 28-year-old Adam Arnott of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Arnott is no longer charged with child abuse and first-degree murder in the February 2008 death of his girlfriend’s 17-month-old son, Connor Irwin.

Mohave County prosecutor Jeremy Huss said the state still believes Arnott is responsible for Irwin’s death but no longer feels it can prevail at trial.

Huss said the inability to precisely pinpoint the time that the fatal head injury was inflicted allows the defense to suggest that someone other than Arnott could have been responsible.

pahrump resident

Teenager killed in cliff diving accident at lake is identified

The teenager who died in a Saturday cliff diving accident at Lake Mohave was Dean Alan Berhow Jr. of Pahrump, the National Park Service said Monday.

Park service spokesman Andrew Munoz said Berhow, 18, dived into the water about 4:30 p.m. from a height of 30 feet and was struck by a friend who jumped in on top of him before he cleared the area.

He said Berhow’s friends told rangers they were unable to rescue him as he rapidly sank beneath the surface near Placer Cove.

Divers recovered Berhow’s body about 10:30 p.m. from about 50 feet of water.

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