Teen arrested in Vegas in deaths of mom, brother
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a Las Vegas-area teenager accused in the stabbing deaths of his mother and 9-year-old brother last week.
Henderson police issued a statement saying 16-year-old Adrian Navarro-Canales was found sitting in an open-air food court near the Las Vegas Strip and taken into custody late Wednesday morning.
Police found Elvira Canales-Gomez and 9-year-old Cesar Navarro dead Friday in a bloody bathroom in the suburban apartment where they celebrated Navarro-Canales' birthday just days earlier.
Police say Navarro-Canales dropped out of high school last November, and his cousin told police the teen has said he wanted to return to Mexico.
Navarro-Canales was first sought as a possible victim, then named Monday in a murder warrant.
Henderson police investigators think the killings happened Sept. 17.
VEGAS POLICE-FEDERAL PROBE
Feds: Vegas police better at tracking use of force
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal oversight agency says Las Vegas police are keeping better track of officers using deadly force, and are close to putting cameras on the uniforms of some officers.
Justice Department Community Oriented Policing Services officials are making a mid-term report Wednesday about Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department use of force policies and practices.
COPS officials reported last November that the department needed an organizational transformation, and said officers needed better training to resolve crisis situations without firearms.
The update credits the department with keeping annual statistics on deadly use of force, and improving use of force reviews and public communications.
It says the department has made progress on all but four of the 75 recommendations that the reviewers made 10 months ago.
ZOO OWNER BATTERY-REPORTER
Zoo owner accused of battery against TV reporter
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The owner of an embattled Las Vegas zoo is accused of attacking a TV news reporter who was at his door seeking an interview.
Las Vegas police say they responded about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home on Madre Mesa Drive, northwest of downtown.
Video from KSNV-TV shows reporter Amber Dixon knocking on zoo owner Pat Dingle's door. The video appears to show Dingle answering the door, then slamming it on Dixon and a videographer.
Dixon knocks again, and the video appears to show Dingle swinging an arm at her.
Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer tells the Las Vegas Sun Dingle was issued a misdemeanor battery citation.
Dingle's zoo was closed to the public Tuesday. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say inspectors visited this week after an unspecified complaint.
DEADLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-NEVADA
Nev. drops from top on list of women killed by men
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada has dropped from the dreaded top spot in rankings of how often women are killed by men.
A Violence Policy Center list released Wednesday shows Nevada has the 16th highest rate in the country. That comes after the state spent the previous three years in the No. 1 spot.
The rank is based on data from 2011, when 20 women were killed by men in Nevada in single-victim, single-offender homicides. That's a rate of 1.48 deaths per 100,000 females, and is still above the national average.
The three states with the highest ranking in the latest report were South Carolina, Alaska and Oklahoma.
Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center says elected officials are working hard to curb domestic violence, but the amount of crime remains unacceptably high.
RENO ARSON-UPSET TEEN
Police: Boy upset about school lit Reno house fire
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old who was upset about school has been taken into custody after apparently starting a small fire in his Reno home.
Police say the boy was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of arson, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic battery and shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Reno police Lt. William Rulla says the boy was apparently upset about his grades and which school he would attend when he reportedly spread gasoline in the home and lit a fire.
Police say he also shot twice at his dad. Nobody was injured.
Rulla says firefighters arrived to find the teen with a gun, and waited for police to secure the area.
The gun was recovered, and the boy was taken to juvenile hall.
DEER POACHING-SPRING CREEK
Elko County poacher sought in killing of mule deer
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities in Elko County are looking for the poacher who left a bloody mule deer to rot with its back sliced open at a golf course in Spring Creek.
A golfer found the doe under a tree Sunday morning with a bullet hole in its head and a clean gash down its back.
Joe Doucette of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says the shooter apparently removed the back straps of the deer, which are considered a choice piece of meat and the easiest to cut out.
Game Warden Jason Jackson says neighbors heard a gunshot about 3 a.m. He says they are pursuing leads but welcome tips to the Operation Game Thief hotline, 1-800-992-3030.
Poaching is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
BANK OF AMERICA-DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Bank of America sued after firing of deaf employee
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bank of America faces a lawsuit after federal officials say the company failed to provide a sign language interpreter for a deaf employee in Las Vegas and eventually fired her due to her disability.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Melchora Lee, who was dismissed from the bank in 2010. The suit seeks back pay and unspecified damages.
Commission officials say Lee started working as a cashier in 1998 and had a supervisor who could communicate with her in sign language. But starting in 2003, she was supervised by managers who didn't know ASL.
The suit claims the bank ignored her requests for an interpreter, hurting her performance and leading to her firing.
Bank of America didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lawsuit challenging Reno-Sparks bypass dropped
(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A citizens group has dropped its lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of part of a major road bypass project linking southeast Reno to Sparks.
A lawyer for the Upper Southeast Communities Coalition says the group instead intends to focus its energy in coming up with alternative routes for the arterial road dubbed the "Southeast Connector."
Attorney Winter King told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday the group remains concerned the second phase of the up-to $250 million project could increase flood danger to nearby neighborhoods, impact sensitive wetlands and cause mercury contamination.
But he says they've received assurances from the Army Corps of Engineers that completion of the first phase won't preclude additional changes during the second phase and that they'll continue to examine alternative routes.
Nevada black bears on the prowl for food
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's black bears are on the prowl for high calorie comfort food to pack on pounds before winter.
The increased bear activity is keeping biologists with the Nevada Department of Wildlife busy to make sure the hungry bruins don't get into trouble by getting too close to people.
The agency on Wednesday said bears are expanding beyond their normal territories in search of easy pickings such as trash or ripened fruit.
NDOW biologists have set four bear traps around northern Nevada, hoping to capture marauding bears before they get into trouble and become a nuisance.
The plan is to release captured bears with a send-off of rubber bullets to discourage them from venturing into neighborhoods.
Fernley girl, 8, hailed as hero, rescued sister
FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — An 8-year-old Fernley girl is being hailed as a hero for rescuing her sister in a traffic accident near Fallon last month.
The Nevada Highway Patrol plans to recognize Rylee Sweetser during a ceremony on Friday at East Valley Elementary School. The patrol says her determination to save her family "outweighed her own fear."
Sweetser, her brother and sister were passengers in an SUV driven by their mother, Jamie Sweetser, that was struck Aug. 14 by another vehicle on U.S. Highway 50.
The SUV rolled onto its roof and the mother crawled out a side window but couldn't get any doors open so pulled out the rear window.
Hanging upside down, Rylee unhooked her own seat belt then helped her sister to safety before heading back to help her brother.
LAS VEGAS BOWL-SPONSOR
Synthetic oil maker to sponsor 3 Las Vegas Bowls
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Bowl officials say synthetic oil and lubricant maker Royal Purple will be the game's title sponsor for at least the next three years.
ESPN Regional Television announced Wednesday in Las Vegas that the Dec. 21 event will be called the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
Bowl executive director Dan Hanneke says the afternoon game at Sam Boyd Stadium will feature a top Mountain West Conference team against the fifth-place finisher from the Pac-12. It'll be televised on ABC.
More than 33,000 turned out for the 21st annual Las Vegas Bowl in 2012, when No. 15 Boise State beat Washington 28-26.
Royal Purple is based in Porter, Texas. It's a subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indianapolis.
Created: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:15:38 PST
Updated: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:15:38 PST