One of Southern Nevada’s worst medical calamities turned into a criminal case on Friday, when Dr. Dipak Desai and two of his former clinic workers were indicted for their roles in the hepatitis C outbreak.
The 28-count grand jury indictment unsealed in District Court against Desai and two of his former nurse anesthetists, Ronald Ernest Lakeman and Keith H. Mathahs, includes a half-dozen felonies, including racketeering, neglect of patients, insurance fraud and performance of an act of reckless disregard of persons or property.
The charges revolve around the cases of seven people health officials say were infected with the potentially deadly hepatitis C virus at Desai’s Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada because of unsafe injection practices.
Group: Tax it all
A conservative Las Vegas think tank says Nevada should collect sales taxes on everything — including utility bills, cell phone bills and food — if it is to come up with a more stable and fair way of taxing residents.
It also wants to reduce the cost of government by letting private businesses, unions and others bid to operate state agencies and programs.
The Nevada Policy Research Institute outlined its ideas in a new report, which calls for charging sales taxes on everything but reducing the sales tax rate from 6.85 percent to 3.5 percent.
Sun publisher dies
Barbara Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun and wife of the late Hank Greenspun, died at age 88.
Greenspun assumed the role of publisher after her husband died in 1989, and, as matriarch, she was the face of the family to the many charitable organizations endowed by the clan.
Harper, Coyotes out
Nationally heralded baseball phenom Bryce Harper was ejected from a game at the Junior College World Series for protesting a called third strike, effectively ending his playing career at the College of Southern Nevada.
His ejection carried an automatic two-game suspension.
The Coyotes went on to lose after he was tossed. The team lost again on Thursday, and was eliminated from the tournament.
Harper, 17, is expected to be the top pick in Monday’s major league draft.
UNLV cuts approved
A half-dozen UNLV departments and programs were officially eliminated by the Board of Regents in a decision members called the toughest they have faced.
Marriage and family therapy, informatics, clinical laboratory sciences, sports education leadership, educational leadership and urban horticulture were cut from the university’s lineup of some 60 programs.
The cuts approved were recommended by the two university presidents.
death ruled suicide
A coroner’s inquest jury ruled that a state fire marshal’s investigator who died in a standoff with Henderson police committed suicide.
Eric Jason Thatcher, 38, died April 22 from a gunshot wound in the head, the jury of seven ruled.
Thatcher, a former Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, fired 39 shots toward officers during the more than two-hour standoff.
Shortly before shooting himself with a handgun, Thatcher was shot in the upper right arm by a Henderson SWAT officer, who fired from the backyard of another home about 140 yards away, police said.Week In ReviewMore Information
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Number of letters in “tiralee,” the word that tripped up Las Vegas seventh-grader Dakota Jones in the semifinal round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday.
Win-loss record for the College of Southern Nevada baseball team, which was eliminated from the Junior College World Series on Thursday.
“I know it sounds crazy, but I dreamed he was finally indicted. I couldn’t wait to get on the phone and call everybody when I found out he finally was.”
Whose case of hepatitis C is one of those genetically linked to procedures done at a clinic run by Dr. Dipak Desai, who was indicted Friday on 28 criminal counts in connection with the disease outbreak.
“I know one thing I would like. I would like an honest, sincere apology that shows he acknowledges what he has done.”
A 34-year-old former patient of Desai who was diagnosed with hepatitis C after a 2006 colonoscopy but said she isn’t sure it makes sense to send the doctor to prison.
“Loosely is the wrong term. The show is closely based on what we do.”
A Las Vegas lawyer who, along with partner Michael Cristalli, inspired “The Defenders,” a new CBS show set to air this fall. The show stars Jim Belushi as Cristalli and Jerry O’Connell as Saggese.
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