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DRUNKEN DRIVING ARREST

Jaywalker hit by driver ID’d as 77-year-old man

A 77-year-old man killed by a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday was identified Tuesday as Lloyd Davis of Las Vegas.

Davis, who Las Vegas police said was jaywalking on Fremont Street near Charleston Boulevard, died from multiple injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Eduardo Mendez, 38, was heading south in the right lane of Fremont about 8 p.m. Saturday when his vehicle hit Davis, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mendez was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into the Las Vegas Detention Center.

CALIFORNIA PERFORMER

Comic wins as lawsuit by relatives thrown out

A stand-up comedian who was sued for making mother-in-law jokes has had the last laugh after a federal judge threw the case out of court.

Sunda Croonquist, whose shtick for years has been to describe her life as a half-black, half-Swedish woman who marries into a Jewish family, was sued two years ago after her mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law said her jokes were holding them up to public ridicule.

In a 21-page ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper of New Jersey concluded that the examples they cited fell under the category of protected speech.

Many of the jokes, Cooper said, were clearly statements of opinion and not fact and therefore protected by the First Amendment.

The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey because two of the plaintiffs live there. Croonquist lives in Beverly Hills .

Neither Ruth Zafrin, her mother-in-law, nor Zafrin’s attorney, Lawrence Wertheim of Old Bridge, N.J., responded to requests for comment.

DONATIONS SOUGHT

Letter carriers hold food drive Saturday

Clark County residents are being asked to donate nonperishable food items to local post offices or leave them beside their mailboxes Saturday morning as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 18th annual food drive.

The food should be placed in a plastic bag. Letter carriers will pick up the donations on Saturday. The food will go to 23 different local food bank charities that help families in need.

The national food drive to Stamp Out Hunger is held each year on the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns.

In 2009, a record 73.4 million pounds of food nationwide were collected through the food drive. Las Vegas ranked among the 10 "most generous" cities with more than 221,000 pounds of food donated.

DEADLINE SET

Voter registration drive planned in valley

Clark County election officials plan to help register voters before a deadline this Saturday in advance of the June 8 primary election.

Election officials will hold voter registration drives Saturday at four Las Vegas-area shopping malls.

After that, people who want to register and vote in the primary election can register in person through May 18 at election offices in Las Vegas or in North Las Vegas.

The county’s daylong sign-up effort runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boulevard and Meadows malls in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Outlet Center south of the Strip and the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson.

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