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Firefighters, Paramedics Clash at North Las Vegas Council Meeting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A disagreement between North Las Vegas firefighters and private ambulance service MedicWest took center stage at a special meeting of the North Las Vegas City Council Wednesday night.

At issue is which organization should be allowed to transport injured people to the hospital. MedicWest currently handles that role. But, the North Las Vegas Fire Department wants to do the job instead.

Representatives from both organizations packed the city council chambers. "We have the equipment. We have the training. We think we can provide a better service," said North Las Vegas Firefighters Association President Jeff Hurley. North Las Vegas Fire Department Chief Al Gillespie argues giving transport duties to his department could save money and jobs. "That would generate about $1.6 million and would be very helpful in saving some employees within our city and (within) the fire department," Chief Gillespie said.

North Las Vegas Officer Involved in Shooting Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The police officer whose life was saved when a bullet deflected off of his police badge has been identified as Brian Kolstad.

Officer Kolstad has been with the department for more than seven years. He is on paid administrative leave while the Saturday night shooting is investigated. Kolstad exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect was able to escape the scene.

The investigation is routine after any police shooting.

 

State Warns of Census Scams

LAS VEGAS -- State officials are warning Nevadans to be on the look out for scams involving the 2010 Census.

Secretary of State Ross Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued a consumer advisory Wednesday morning.

They say the scams include official looking requests for personal financial information and they may come in the form of a direct mail, email or even someone visiting your home.

"Nevadans must know that the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking only demographic information and would not ask for personal information like social security, bank account of credit card numbers," Masto said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census forms will be mailed out to people starting in early March. Workers will begin knocking on the doors of single family households around May 1, 2010 if they didn't get the form mailed back to them.

 

Former Bailiff for Judge Halverson Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. --  A former bailiff for Elizabeth Halverson was arrested early Sunday morning in North Las Vegas and booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center for sexual assault and lewdness with a minor.

Forty-year-old Johnnie Jordan was arrested after police received a report that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at her home Saturday evening.

Jordan was arrested a short time later and has been charged with two counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual assault.

Jordan was the bailiff for former District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson. He helped file the complaint that led to Halverson being removed from the bench.

Badge Saves North Las Vegas Police Officer's Life

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas police officer was shot Saturday night, but it wasn't his bulletproof vest that saved his life, it was his police badge.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., the 31-year-old officer was patrolling near the area of Losee and Deer Springs Way, just south of I-215, when he heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex.

While investigating the cause of the shots, the officer came across a suspicious person and tried to stop him. During the confrontation, the officer and suspect both opened fire on each other.

The officer was struck by one of the shots. Police believe the suspect was also shot because they found a blood trail near the scene.

The bullet that hit the police officer struck his badge, causing only minor injuries. He was able to recover and continue to pursue the suspect.

The suspect was able to get away and is still not in custody.

North Las Vegas Police Arrest Suspect in Murder Case

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The murder of a 60-year-old man last month was the first homicide of the year in North Las Vegas. Now, police believe they have the man responsible. Officers arrested 41-year-old Bill Ray James Thursday morning.

The homicide on January 22nd at the 4700 block of Cattleman Drive left neighbors in a state of shock. Many wondered who would shoot and kill their disabled neighbor, 60-year-old Willie Henderson. "What kind of animal are you to go and kill somebody that's blind and 60 and defenseless," Lee Szymborski asked. "He was a nice guy, a real nice guy. Everybody I knew loved him. I think it's just sick," Henderson's friend Jamie Cole said. "How could you do something like that? He was helpless. I mean he was pretty much helpless." Some neighbors believed the homicide was not a random act of violence.

Mother and Son Arrested for Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS  --  A mother and son who were caring for an older man were arrested in his death.

North Las Vegas Police arrested 54-year-old Rosemary Vandecar and 25-year-old Daniel Vandecar in connection to the murder of the 69-year-old man. Police say the Vandecars were live-in caregivers for the victim but were not related to him.

The victim was found dead in his apartment in the 700 block of West Lone Mountain Road Monday morning. Police say they initially believed the victim died due to a medical condition but they did open a investigation.

After finishing the autopsy, the Clark County Coroner's office ruled the victim's death was homicide by strangulation, the mother and son were arrested.