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Judge Revokes Brooks' Bail for Feb. Arrest

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge revoked former Assemblyman Steven Brooks' bail Wednesday on a domestic violence charge from February.

This comes after an arrest last Thursday on Interstate 15 in California when Brooks was arrested for trying to flee from police and hitting and choking a police dog. Barstow Police now report Brooks threw a gun from the vehicle when officers were in pursuit.

Brooks' attorney, Mitchell Posin, said he expects his client to be transferred to a California mental health facility by Thursday. He adds, Brooks' family hopes to transfer him to a more permanent facility, depending on insurance coverage.

 

 

Coroner Identifies Woman Dead in North Las Vegas Crash

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 54-year-old woman who died in a crash in North Las Vegas after possibly being distracted by a cellphone.

Clark County coroner's officials say Las Vegas resident Brenda Autry Zinser died after the Tuesday morning crash. Police say Zinser apparently ran a red light at the intersection of Decatur Boulevard and Gowan Road.

Her Hyundai sedan was struck by a Ford pickup driven by a 71-year-old Las Vegas man.

Police say Zinser and a young child she had in the backseat were taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. She later died.

The truck driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Authorities don't believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

The incident marks the second fatal crash this year in North Las Vegas.

 

Henderson Mayor Keeps Seat, North Las Vegas Mayor Out

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former state Sen. John Lee has ousted incumbent Shari Buck in the North Las Vegas mayor's race.

The ouster comes after Lee out-fundraised his opponent by nearly $55,000 and earned more than half of the votes in the Tuesday election.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Buck, who's the city's first elected female mayor, was opposed by public employee unions. Lee, who's a three-term Democratic state lawmaker, had the endorsement of the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Union and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In nearby Henderson, Mayor Andy Hafen staved off six challengers to win another four-year term.

Hafen has been mayor since 2009, and had joined the City Council in 1987.

A little more than 12 percent of active registered voters participated in the Henderson election.

Woman Dies After NLV Crash, Child Critical

The crash sent three people to the hospital.

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A woman died and two other people were critically hurt in a two-car crash Tuesday morning.

According to North Las Vegas Police, the victim was driving a 2005 Hyundai sedan westbound on Gowan Road at about 9:40 a.m.

Her 4 to 6-year-old grandchild was in the backseat. Police said she ran a red light at Decatur Boulevard. A 71-year-old man driving a truck northbound on Decatur Boulevard ran into the car.

The 54-year-old woman was killed. The child and the driver of the truck were critically hurt but are now stable.

Police said neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. Evidence on the scene suggests that the woman may have been distracted by her cell phone just before the crash, police said.

Low Turnout Expected in Municipal Primaries

LAS VEGAS - The primary election for the valley's municipal races takes place Tuesday, but election officials expect very low turnout.

During last year's presidential race, 80 percent of registered voters voted. Election officials expect 10 percent turnout for the municipal primary, in part because many voters will only see one race on their ballots.

Less than 7,000 people voted early in Las Vegas.

Learn More About the 2013 Municipal Primary Elections

Candidates in Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Las Vegas are running for city council, mayor and municipal judge. The ballots are small, but the primary election is important. If a candidate wins by a 50-percent majority, that candidate bypasses the general election and wins the seat. The candidate could be sworn into office as early as this month.

Troubled Former Assemblyman Due in California Court

Troubled Former Assemblyman Due in California Court

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a former Nevada lawmaker who has had repeated trouble with the law is due in a California court after police say he led them on a freeway chase on the road from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

Steven Brooks, the first person in Nevada history to be booted from state Legislature, is expected to be arraigned in Barstow Tuesday on charges related to last week's chase, which ended with a violent struggle in Victorville.

Police say Brooks attacked a police dog with a wrench before he was subdued with punches and a Taser.

It's the third time Brooks has been arrested this year, and it came just hours after the Democrat from North Las Vegas was deemed too dangerous to serve his term.

Police say Brooks made threats and tried to grab a police officer's gun during previous arrests.

Group Working for Summer Free of Tragedy

Group Working for Summer Free of Tragedy

 

Austin Sonetti has little brain function and suffers seizures. He is only 9 years old.

Austin is this way because he fell into a backyard pool when he was just 17-months-old. His brain was deprived of oxygen for 39 minutes. He survived but barely.

"He is now left in a vegetative state. He suffers seizures. He has a trach (tracheotomy tube). He has recurrent pneumonias," Austin's mother Cierra Sonetti said.

Austin is an example of just how dangerous a body of water can be. Three adults were in the backyard with him when he silently slipped into the pool in April 2005.

It is a case like the Sonetti family that the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Coalition is hoping to prevent this summer.

The group held an April Pool's Day event Monday at a pool in North Las Vegas to get the word out about the dangers of pools.