Family members of Erik Scott, who was shot and killed by officers outside a Costco store in 2010, dropped their lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday, ending one of the most controversial chapters in the agency’s history.

Family members said the lawsuit wasn’t strong enough to withstand the appeals process.

The family also was going up against stiff resistance from Las Vegas police. Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Tuesday he would not settle the case.

"No matter how you look at it, the Scott family lost a loved one," he said. "I, as a sheriff, understand that the best I can. But I also have to support the process and support our officers when they make appropriate decisions."

Scott’s death and the fatal shooting of unarmed Trevon Cole during a drug raid by Las Vegas police sparked community outrage and prompted new scrutiny of the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers.


Mother held in death

A 27-year-old woman found running naked and splattered with blood through a northwest valley neighborhood was being held in connection with the brutal murder of her 6-year-old daughter.

Kyla Franks was found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in the home of her mother, Danielle Slaughter, on Sunday.

A police official said the 27-year-old woman suffered some "sort of mental breakdown."


‘Occupy’ ballot ‘NoMo’

Secretary of State Ross Miller told two U.S. Senate candidates that their nicknames won’t be allowed on the 2012 ballot because they violate the law.

In rejecting the candidates’ attempts to be listed as Nancy "Occupy" Price and Ed "WarNoMo" Hamilton, Ross may have done them a favor. Candidates with nicknames almost never fare very well with voters.


quick fix for Harmon?

Perini Building Co. unveiled a temporary $2 million fix to keep the unfinished Harmon Hotel standing in the event of a serious earthquake.

The general contractor on the $8.5 billion CityCenter that includes the Harmon has long insisted it could and would fix any structural defects but previously had not laid out specifics.

The surprise announcement came during a hearing over whether to raze the troubled building. The expanding range of legal issues attached to the proposed demolition has prompted the hearing, originally slated to last four days, to be expanded and delayed until July.


Rebels find exit early

A team that spurred high expectations early and frustration late in the season was bounced in its NCAA Tournament opener in Albuquerque, N.M., against underdog Colorado.

UNLV (26-9) staged a furious second-half comeback but fell 68-64 to the upstart Buffaloes, which won their way into the tournament by winning the Pac-12 tournament in their first year in the conference.

It was the third straight first-round exit for UNLV in the NCAA Tournament.


school bus kills girl

A school bus struck and killed an 11-year-old girl near Ann Road and U.S. Highway 95, Las Vegas police said.

The bus had just dropped off a load of elementary school children on Ann Road and was turning onto Fall Cliff Road from Pebble Rock Drive when it hit the girl about 3:30 p.m., police said.

The accident was part of a rash of crashes involving pedestrians, including another collision that left a man dead early Friday morning and several others that caused injuries throughout the day.

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