January 13, 2013 - 2:00 am
A failed murder plot took a turn toward Greek tragedy last week, when police revealed that the wife of the intended victim may have been romantically involved with the son she enlisted for the crime.
Amy Pearson, 42, also known as Amy Bessey, was arrested by Las Vegas police on charges of attempted murder, battery and conspiracy to commit murder against her husband, Robert Bessey, 49.
Police said she convinced her son, Michael Bessey, 21, and her brother, Richard Pearson, 39, to kill her husband as he drove on Interstate 15 near the Valley of Fire on Nov. 14.
Robert Bessey was hit in the neck by a shot fired from an SUV that pulled next to his car, but he survived.
Michael Bessey and Richard Pearson were charged in the plot last year. Police hadn’t implicated Amy Pearson until her arrest, but she had been a prime suspect for months.
‘Reviews,’ not inquests
Clark County commissioners voted to scrap the decades-old inquest process for fatal police encounters and start holding "police fatality reviews," a lighter version that drew ire from local advocates.
The reviews would be similar to inquests – witnesses and officials will state what they know about the incidents in front of a hearing master. Fewer people would testify, however, and they wouldn’t do so in a courtroom or in front of a panel of citizens.
In what would mark the first use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Nevada, Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. is pursuing plans to drill for oil and natural gas near the city of Wells, about 400 miles north of Las Vegas.
Noble’s proposal to drill as many as 20 exploratory wells more than a mile deep on public land in Elko County is undergoing an environmental assessment by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
House dogged by calls
Family members at the center of a Sunday shooting in which a pet dog was killed by a Las Vegas police sergeant aren’t strangers to officers in the downtown area, according to new information from police.
Officers have visited or been dispatched to the home 25 times since 2008, mostly on reported domestic disputes. Three of the calls resulted in citations and one in an arrest.
But resident Victor Patino, 23, said the family’s history with police is no excuse for an officer to come into his backyard and kill Bubba, his 6-year-old bully pit bull.
Guilty plea in slaying
Las Vegas firefighter George Tiaffay, charged with hiring a homeless man to kill his estranged wife, told a district judge that he is not guilty.
Then, a few hours later, the killer, Noel "Greyhound" Stevens, admitted to Judge Jerry Tao that he used a hammer to kill Shauna Tiaffay in September and that George Tiaffay paid him $600 to do it.
Stevens won’t be sentenced for first-degree murder and five other charges until after he testifies against Tiaffay, who faces trial next year.
New dump dates
The Department of Energy set a new 2048 target to open a burial site for nuclear waste – a deadline 50 years later than originally planned.
Under the new timeline, an interim above-ground storage site would be built by 2021.
A larger, temporary facility would be built by 2025, and a permanent underground dump site would follow by 2048.
The DOE did not specify locations for the projects, saying it would pursue a "consent-based" strategy to recruit volunteer states and communities.
Once upon a time, the government envisioned opening a repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada by 1998. Later it was revised to 2020.NUMBERS
How much University Medical Center could lose over the next six years under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to hospital officials.
How many citations the Nevada Highway Patrol issued last year to people using hand-held cellphones while driving.
Times in a year – first on Jan. 5, 2012, then on Jan. 2, 2013 – that pilot Norman B. Ivans crash-landed a twin-engine Piper Aerostar at the North Las Vegas Airport.
The size of a July methamphetamine seizure that was the largest ever in Clark County and recently earned national recognition for the Southern Nevada Drug Task Force.
"It doesn’t change the fact police came into my backyard without permission and executed my dog."
Victor Patino, after it was revealed that police had visited or been dispatched to his home 25 times since 2008. Last Week a police officer entered Patino’s yard and shot and killed his 6-year-old bully pit bull, Bubba, when the dog approached him.
"The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey."
Sen. Harry Reid, comparing 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,833 people, to last year’s Superstorm Sandy, which was blamed for 132 deaths on the U.S. mainland. Reid later said he "misspoke."
"That was me."
Norman B. Ivans, confirming that he was at the controls on Jan. 2, when a twin-engine Piper Aerostar crash-landed and burned at the North Las Vegas Airport. Ivans crash-landed the same type of plane at the same airport almost exactly one year earlier.
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