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I-Team: Woman Involved in Kidnapping Case Speaks

LAS VEGAS -- Elaine Clermont continues saying she was right, even when she is on the wrong side of a detention cell.

Clermont was sentenced this week to 120 days plus probation for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and false imprisonment of a 6-year-old boy.

In 2008, a friend brought the boy to Clermont's house after he wandered away from Jo Mackey Elementary School. Instead of calling the police, Clermont called a contact in the Clark County School District office and the media to publicly shame CCSD.

Today, speaking on videoconference from inside the Clark County Detention Center, she said her actions were just "a blonde moment," and that "that was the only thought that came to mind."

Clermont had a long-standing feud with Mackey officials and the district over concerns of inappropriate classroom content and safety issues, even writing a 17-page letter to voice her worries.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

North Las Vegas Police Search for Robbery Suspect

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - North Las Vegas Police are searching for a suspect in a robbery that took place February 21st.

Police say two Hispanic males attacked a couple at a Sinclair gas station at 3815 East Craig Road. Police say one of the suspects struck the male victim in the head and got into his vehicle. The female victim was in the vehicle at the time. The suspect grabbed the keys from her before she exited. The suspect then drove away from the scene. The vehicle was later involved in a car accident, and police arrested the driver, 36-year-old Joseph Brady.

The second suspect fled the gas station on foot and is still at large. Police say he is a bald Hispanic male, in his late 20's to early 30's, 5'10" tall and about 200lbs. He was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

If you have information, contact CrimeStoppers at 385-5555.