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Accused Child Killer Charged with Assault in 1994

Brenda Stokes is also known as Brenda Stokes Wilson.

LAS VEGAS -- Accused child killer Brenda Stokes has been in trouble with the law in the past.

Court records show she was accused of attacking a man in Mississippi with a razor blade. A grand jury indicted Stokes, also known as Brenda Stokes Wilson, for aggravated assault in 1994. A razor blade was listed as the weapon.

In December of 1995, the charge was dropped. According to Mississippi news sources, the man she was accused of attacking failed to testify against her or press charges.

Stokes is charged with murder and kidnapping in the stabbing death of 10-year-old Jade Morris. Stokes was a former girlfriend of Morris' father. Stokes is also accused of attacking and cutting a co-worker at the Bellagio with razor blades on the same day Jade Morris was last seen alive.

 

Police Urge Drivers, Pedestrians to Pay Attention

Police hold a news conference urging drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious.

LAS VEGAS -- In 2012, nearly 250 pedestrians were injured in accidents involving cars, 40 people were killed.

The New Year got off to a deadly start when two people where hit by a car that went up on a sidewalk in North Las Vegas on New Year's day. An 18-year-old died and a 16-year-old is in critical condition.

On Monday, children will return to classes from their winter break. Police are asking everyone, from drivers to pedestrians, to be extra careful.

"The biggest danger for children in school zones is often the parents behind the wheel of a car," said Chrissie Coon, North Las Vegas Police Department.

Authorities with Clark County School District Police, Metro Police and Nevada Highway Patrol say pedestrian safety will be a top priority as kids head back to school.

"This year we must do better. Our families and neighbors lives depend on it," said Metro Police Sgt. Todd Raybuck.

Man Struck by Car in North Las Vegas Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The 18-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a car and died has been identified by the Clark County Coroner as Jesse Hill.

Hill was walking with a 16-year-old girl on a sidewalk when they were both struck by a car driven by 19-year-old Cristian Diaz, North Las Vegas Police said. Hill and the girl were hit on Gliding Eagle Road on Tuesday. The girl remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Diaz, 19, was arrested Wednesday on failure to maintain a travel lane and failure to obtain a Nevada driver's license. His passenger, Ricardo Velasquez, 18, faces charges for possession of marijuana and destruction of evidence.

Police said Diaz will likely face additional charges in the case.

Plane Fire Extinguished at North Las Vegas Airport

LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed a small twin-engine aircraft that broke out in flames after a hard landing at North Las Vegas Airport.

Fire crews were seen about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday attempting to put out the flames, using a purple fire retardant.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the Piper Aerostar aircraft skidded off a runway after landing about 4:15 p.m. The plane came to rest and caught fire. 

The two people aboard were able to get away before flames engulfed the cabin, Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The owner of 702 Helicopters Brian Lorenz said accidents like these is actually rare.

18-Year-Old Hit While on Sidewalk Dies

LAS VEGAS -- One of the young men hit while walking on a sidewalk has died, North Las Vegas Police confirmed Wednesday.

According to police, the 18-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after being hit in the 6600 block of Gliding Eagle Road Tuesday.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the man's official cause of death and his identity.

On Wednesday, the driver of the car, Cristian Diaz, 19, was arrested on failure to maintain a travel lane and failure to obtain a Nevada driver's license. His passenger, Ricardo Velasquez, 18, on possession of marijuana and destruction of evidence.

Two Men Arrested after Fatal Crash

Police say the 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old boy who were hit about 4 p.m.

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police said a young man hit while walking on a sidewalk has died and a teenager remains in critical condition. Two men from North Las Vegas were arrested in connection with the crash.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday on Gliding Eagle Road, near Clayton Street and Centennial Parkway.

According to police, the driver of the car could not negotiate a curve, left the roadway and hit the 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old man.

Following the crash, the passenger of the car tried to dispose of small bags of marijuana, according to police. No one in the car was hurt.

Police arrested the driver of the car, 19-year-old Cristian Ivan Diaz, on failure to maintain a travel lane and failure to obtain a Nevada driver's license. Diaz will likely face additional charges when the investigation ends, police said.

Bail Denied for Woman Charged with Girl's Killing

Brenda Stokes was charged with murder and kidnapping on Wednesday.

LAS VEGAS  -- The woman implicated in the stabbing death of a 10-year-old girl appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and murder.

Judge Deborah Lippis denied bail for 50-year-old Brenda Stokes who is accused of killing Jade Morris. The young girl's body was found in North Las Vegas in an undeveloped housing tract on Dec. 27. The Clark County coroner said the child had been stabbed. Stokes is now facing six counts related to Jade's death, including murder, kidnapping and battery.

Stokes attorney, Tony Liker, said Stokes is innocent.

"I'm representing this woman because I believe she's innocent. The statistics, the facts don't back up what the DA said," Liker said.

He suggested the parents could be linked to the girl's death which upset Jade's family members.