The Las Vegas Police Protective Association is recommending that officers in the department refuse to talk to homicide detectives following officer-involved shootings or in-custody deaths, in addition to refusing to participate in coroner’s inquests.
It’s part of the fallout from the Clark County Commission’s changes in the inquest process. So far, two officers who Tased a man who later died have refused to talk to investigators.
The union representing Henderson officers also is making the same recommendation to its officers.
It’s unclear whether the North Las Vegas officer involved in a New Year’s Day shooting spoke to investigators; that department’s union has not made the same recommendations.
The union’s stance bucks the trend for many police departments. Investigations of what often are highly charged incidents rely heavily on the testimony of officers involved.
Awand in contempt
A federal judge ordered Howard Awand held in contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating fraud in the legal and medical professions.
Prosecutors consider Awand, 66, the central figure in a network of lawyers and physicians that might have defrauded clients out of millions of dollars. He is in federal custody following his conviction in the investigation.
Salvation Army robbed
The Salvation Army headquarters in Las Vegas was robbed of $13,400, but the day was saved later on by a corporation with a heart.
The missing funds were discovered Tuesday morning after a long holiday weekend. A day later, Station Casinos announced it would cover the loss . Then the Golden Gate casino said it would pitch in another $14,000.
Boulder City woes
The O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge that bypasses Hoover Dam is great for travelers. Not so much for the residents of Boulder City.
Vehicles traveling between Phoenix and Las Vegas, the two largest neighboring metropolises in the United States not connected by a full-fledged interstate, are pinched from four lanes into two in the city, creating a bottleneck.
Jacob Snow, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission, announced plans to ask the Federal Highway Administration to persuade the agency to ban tractor-trailers from the bridge until traffic problems can be resolved.
new chief justice
Michael Douglas is the new chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, taking the leadership job at a critical time.
The first African-American on the high court, he will serve as chief justice during what is expected to be a contentious year in the Legislature, which faces a potential $3 billion budget shortfall, the largest deficit in state history.
New Year’s Eve party
Is it possible for Las Vegas’ biggest annual event to be, well, uneventful? Aside from routine arrests, including 52 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence, Las Vegas police said New Year’s Eve went smoothly.
An estimated 320,000 revelers braved freezing temperatures to partake in the events and fireworks along the Strip and downtown.Week In Review
The number of people the Flood Control District says have died flood-related deaths locally since 1960.
Rainfall officially measured in 2010, almost four times the amount for 2009.
Nevada’s rank nationally in growth when measured by the actual increase in population from 2000 to 2010.
Amount stolen from the Salvation Army last week. Station Casinos officials said they would cover the loss.
“It’s going to be the biggest challenge I ever had.”
The incoming chief of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, on running the overburdened agency while budgets are being cut
“We spent all this effort building this amazing bridge, and it simply moved the traffic problem once at the dam to Boulder City.”
Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler
On the traffic mess he says his small city has seen since the Hoover Dam bypass bridge opened
“A lot of folks have talked about the fact we need more taxes. The question that needs to be asked is who is going to pay them.”
Gov.-Elect Brian Sandoval
At a news conference where he gave scant details on how he would deal with a massive revenue shortage
“The myth that alcohol protects us from the cold is completely false.”
Dr. Michael Nasiak
University of Nevada School of Medicine doctor cautioning people against drinking too much when they are out in the cold
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