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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.

Mojave Students Honored for Program Success

Mojave Students Honored for Program Success


A program aimed at helping African-American boys graduate from high school and continue their education celebrated its first success stories Monday.

Clark County School District officials recognized more than 30 students at Mojave High School to complete a pilot program aimed at improving proficiency and graduation rates for African-American male students. The students joined AAMI (African American Male Initiative) during their freshman year. Along with their regular studies, they completed AAMI-related coursework and activities, such as visiting colleges, submitting admission forms and pursuing financial assistance.

Six schools in the U.S. participated in the initial AAMI study. Donations from Citibank supported the program at Mojave, and the $25,000 check presented Monday allows other students to get assistance with college prep next year.

Steven Brooks Tased After High-Speed Chase in California

VICTORVILLE, Calif. - Hours after being expelled from the Nevada Assembly, Steven Brooks led California police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 Thursday night before being subdued first by a police dog and finally by a taser.

Brooks was arrested on charges of felony evading, willful harm to a police service dog, resisting a peace officer with force and throwing objects from a vehicle. The charge of harming the dog stems from Brooks choking the animal and hitting it with a metal socket wrench as it tried to control him.

Slideshow: Brooks Tased After High-Speed Chase

Sisolak: Replacing Brooks Could Take Weeks

Ousted Assemblyman Steven Brooks seen with his hands in the air following a high-speed chase with police. Courtesy: Jennifer Simpson

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Children laughed and played at Tropical Breeze Park in North Las Vegas, while some of their parents talked about the latest scandal involving their former Assembly representative.

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested Thursday evening in California after a high-speed chase with police. Earlier in the day, he had been ousted from the Nevada Legislature.

This is Brooks' third arrest in the past three months, beginning with his Jan. 19 arrest for threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The state assembly voted Thursday morning to expel Brooks from its membership, the first such action in state history.

"I think it's gone out of control gone, spiraling downhill," said Brianna Driscell, a four-year resident.

Added Jennifer Deluca, native North Las Vegan, "It just sounded like it was going nowhere good, pretty fast."

I-Team: Lawmaker Cries as Brooks Ousted From Assembly

Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks

LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in state history, Nevada lawmakers have kicked out one of their own from the Legislature.

The long process to expel Steven Brooks from the Assembly ended Thursday.

It was a surreal sight as Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick cried during the Brooks expulsion vote as a visiting troop of Girl Scouts watched.

Now that Brooks' time as a lawmaker is over, the question remains who steps in to finish his term.

Assembly members said Brooks' interviews to news reporters influenced their decision.

Brooks told the I-Team in two home interviews that fellow lawmakers, police officers and the National Rifle Association were all conspiring to kill him.

Right before his last interview with the I-Team, Brooks shouted that he would shoot at officers if they ever came after him.

Steven Brooks Expelled by Nevada State Assembly

CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Assembly has voted to oust embattled Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks in the first-ever legislative expulsion in the state's history.

A voice vote came Thursday morning, after Assembly Majority Leader William Horne called him "potentially dangerous" and said lawmakers didn't feel safe with him in the building.

The North Las Vegas Democrat has been arrested twice since January and is accused of making threats toward his colleagues, including Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Brooks also was denied the purchase of a gun in Sparks last month after he was banished from the chambers. His lawyer, Mitchell Posin, says there's been a misunderstanding and Brooks doesn't pose any real threat to anyone.

Nevada Assembly Postpones Historic Expulsion Vote

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Assembly has postponed a vote on whether to expel a colleague whose public troubles have raised questions about his mental stability and fitness to serve in the state Legislature.

Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks could become the first legislator in Nevada's history to be ousted from office after a select committee voted 6-1 Tuesday to recommend expulsion. It takes a two-thirds majority, or 28 votes, to expel a sitting lawmaker.

A vote by the 42-member Assembly was anticipated Wednesday. But late in the day, Democratic leadership delayed the proceeding. A vote could now come Thursday.