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Bail set at 50K for former Nevada lawmaker

LAS VEGAS -- A former Nevada lawmaker was in court Thursday on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from his Feb. 2013 arrest.

Steven Brooks, 42, a Democrat from North Las Vegas, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Tuesday on charges of domestic battery, false statement, resisting a public officer with a firearm and assault on a protected person.

He has spent the past 16 months in jail for fighting with California police after a high-speed freeway chase and returned to Las Vegas to face the criminal charges.

Bail was set at $50,000 and the judge said he was also open to having Brooks under house arrest. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 21.


Former NV lawmaker booked into jail in Las Vegas

Steven Brooks

LAS VEGAS -- A former Nevada lawmaker, who has spent the last several months behind bars in California, is back in Las Vegas to face charges here.

Steven Brooks was booked into the Clark County Detention Center Tuesday on charges of domestic battery, false statement, resisting a public officer with a firearm and assault on a protected person.

Brooks was an assemblyman from North Las Vegas. However, in January 2013 he was arrested on charges of threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

From there he had several other run ins with the law, including a domestic dispute with his wife, which is where the charges he is facing now are coming from.

In March 2013, he was removed from office by the Legislature.

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Worker dies after toxic vapors detected

NORTH LAS VEGAS-- A man is dead following a workplace accident early Saturday morning.

Around 1 a.m., the North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a railroad track in the 5000 block of El Campo Grande near I-15 and Lamb. They found a tanker car with the top hatch open. Witnesses told them their co-worker had lost consciousness inside the tanker and could not climb out.

Firefighters then found atmosphere inside the tanker contained highly volatile ethanol vapors. Multiple teams secured the area to make sure it was safe for fire crews to work.

Crews were able to clear the tanker of the hazardous vapors and remove the man's body. He has not yet been identified.

OSHA is investigating the incident.  

Records: Accused animal hoarder has done it before

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. —  Animal control officers in North Las Vegas have issued a misdemeanor animal cruelty citation to an alleged animal hoarder for living in deplorable conditions with 115 cats. 8 News NOW has uncovered she's done this before.

Forty-seven-year-old Nathalie Beck was hauled off in ambulance after Thursday's disturbing discovery at her North Las Vegas home.

"Right now the woman has been charged with one count of animal cruelty, and the investigation continues, so she could potentially face additional charges at the conclusion of the investigation," said Officer Aaron Patty of North Las Vegas Police.

Traffic lanes closed due to crash on Lake Mead Blvd.

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A crash involving a commercial crane in North Las Vegas is impacting traffic.

Westbound traffic lanes on Lake Mead Boulevard near Las Vegas Boulevard are closed to traffic and northbound and southbound lanes on Las Vegas Boulevard are restricted.

According to North Las Vegas Police, the construction vehicle had its boom extended and it struck a light pole. No serious injuries are reported and drivers are asked to avoid the area for the next few hours.

1 dead in accident in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - One person is dead following an accident near Craig Road and Losee Road.

The accident happened at approximately 7 a.m. North Las Vegas Police say a motorcycle and truck collided. One person was taken to University Medical Center and died a short time later.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.