Reporters’ Notebook

THE NYE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTED A NEVADA CORRECTIONS OFFICER on Wednesday in connection with a pair of armed robberies in Pahrump.

The suspect, Vincent Matthew Czechorosky, was chased and shot at by officers before being apprehended in the desert by Tommy the police dog, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo joked that if Tommy had gotten hurt in the incident, Czechorosky could have faced one additional charge.

“We could get him for elder abuse, because seven times nine is what?”

HENRY BREAN

A FIRE ALARM INTERRUPTED A FEDERAL COURT HEARING Wednesday involving former strip club owner Rick Rizzolo. Rizzolo’s lawyer, Kenneth Frizzell III, paused his legal arguments when he heard the buzzer and saw the flashing lights.

After a moment, he asked U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley, “Should I continue, your honor?”

“Well,” the judge replied with a chuckle, “I tend to doubt it.”

After a short recess, the alarm stopped and Foley resumed the hearing.

CARRI GEER THEVENOT

KCLV-TV, CHANNEL 2, THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS’ TELEVISION STATION, won a regional Emmy, the station’s first, for a community affairs program called, “Las Vegas Gangs: Not Our Kids.”

“It’s great getting an Emmy,” Mayor Oscar Goodman said last week while honoring the employees who won it. “I’m not going to diminish the award. But it’s no Oscar.”

ALAN CHOATE

TWO CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TRULY SHARED the love at a recent meeting.

While discussing federal funding for Horseman’s Park, Rory Reid, the commission chairman, referred to Tom Collins, a former bull rider, as “our favorite cowboy.”

Collins gave a spiel about the park, then declared, “I love the chairman.”

“I’m touched beyond words,” Reid said.

And it wasn’t even Valentine’s Day.

SCOTT WYLAND

ZHAN OKUDA-LIM, 16, IS A NONVOTING STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE to the Nevada Board of Education, but what he lacks in power he makes up in talent. At a board discussion last week, Zhan looked up an answer to a question on his laptop and shared it with his impressed adult colleagues on the board.

Ed Irvin, the counsel to the board, noted that Zhan even described what he was looking at on the computer, an extra step to comply with the open meeting law.

“He’s too good to be a lawyer,” Irvin said.

JAMES HAUG

SOME OF THE BUSIEST BOOTHS AT UNLV’S CAREER FAIR last week seemed to be for hotel and restaurant chains, government agencies and retail outlets. Domino’s Pizza, Hyatt, Verizon Wireless, etc. The one with the rep who sat there alone much of the time? The Wealth Consulting Group.

RICHARD LAKE

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