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Parents may have held their children a little closer last week after three horrific cases ended with two youngsters dead.

Late Friday night, a 9-year-old girl was killed after an assailant fired several shots into an apartment complex at 2112 Sun Ave., near Civic Center Drive and Cheyenne Avenue.

North Las Vegas police had yet to make any arrests in the case.

On Wednesday, the body of a baby girl was found in a trash bin near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Investigators said the girl, thought to be 18 to 24 months old, died from head trauma.

Police were searching for two “persons of interest” — Darrean Williams, 20, who may be the toddler’s mother, and Williams’ boyfriend, William Marshall, 37.

Her body was found a day after two boys, ages 1 and 2, were rescued from a south valley garage, where they had been gagged and strapped in their car seats with rope around their necks.

Jonathan Weaver, 20, is accused of tying up his girlfriend’s sons so he could go watch a basketball game. He was booked on charges of child abuse, kidnapping and attempted murder.

The boys were turned over to Child Protective Services.



A native New Yorker arrested in connection with a threat to kill President Barack Obama appeared in federal court.

Daniel James Murray, 36, was captured a few days earlier in the parking lot of a Laughlin casino.

Secret Service agents had sought Murray since May 27, when he told a Utah bank teller, “We are on a mission to kill the president of the United States,” according to a criminal complaint.



The death of Strip headliner Danny Gans last month was an accident caused by a mix of chronic health problems and a powerful prescription painkiller, the Clark County coroner ruled.

The drug was hydromorphone, a strong synthetic opioid. The contributing factors were chronic pain disorder and diseases that cause high blood pressure and thickening of the heart muscle and the blood.

Coroner Mike Murphy said Gans’ death was “not an issue of drug abuse.”



Four students at a valley school tested positive for swine flu, but health officials said there was no reason to close Marion Earl Elementary because the strain of the virus found is no worse than seasonal influenza.

Apparently, parents were not convinced. Over the next few days, hundreds of children were no-shows at the school.



Las Vegas City Council candidate Glenn Trowbridge and Henderson mayoral candidate Steve Kirk filed requests for recounts after losing by 10 votes and 45 votes respectively.

The recounts paid for by Trowbridge and Kirk will be conducted at the Clark County election center this week.



A panel of federal judges ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration acted properly when it set new flight paths to the north of McCarran International Airport. The so-called “right turn” over Summerlin was challenged as unsafe and disruptive by residents and the city of Las Vegas.

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