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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.

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."