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16-year-old dies in skateboarding accident

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A 16-year-old boy from Henderson is dead after a skateboarding accident this past weekend.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Michael Vaughn died Sunday from blunt head trauma. Henderson Police say he was wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

 

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Hearing delayed for cop held on Las Vegas DUI charge

Hearing delayed for cop held on Las Vegas DUI charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Henderson police officer is accused of having a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he was arrested driving a pickup truck the wrong way on a northwest Las Vegas freeway.

Joseph Lawrance also is accused of having a bottle of whiskey, prescription pills, a loaded gun and another person with him when he was stopped in a Toyota Tundra a little before 1 a.m. Oct. 23 on U.S. 95.

Defense attorney Joshua Tomsheck asked a judge Thursday for time to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors.

Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum reset Lawrance's arraignment for Monday.

Prosecutor Brian Rutledge says the 31-year-old Lawrance had a blood-alcohol percentage of .185.

Rutledge says he's awaiting Nevada Highway Patrol dashboard video that may show Lawrance fighting with troopers.

 

 

Man high on meth during hammer attacks, report says

Nicole Thompson had to have surgery for her injuries.

LAS VEGAS -- A man who is facing numerous counts of attempted murder -- for attacking people with a hammer -- was high on methamphetamine, a police report said.

Damien Robins, 37, is accused of attacking several people in Boulder City and Henderson on Friday evening.

Robins' wife told police that he has an addiction to meth and would disappear for days at a time if he was high. He also had been fired from his job the day before the attacks.

His wife said he had disappeared a few days prior to the attack but contacted her and asked if he could visit her on Friday. When he stopped by the home, the woman told police she could tell Robbins was on meth and he told her he wanted to "kill and burn (her) body." Robbins would not allow his wife to leave the house, the report said.

Report: Chemical plant puts thousands of kids at risk

LAS VEGAS -- Twenty-six years after a major chemical explosion rocked Las Vegas, more schools than ever before are now at risk.

It was 1988 when the Pepcon explosion shook the valley.

A map shows dozens of schools in southern Nevada that are vulnerable to potential chemical catastrophe from just one plant in town.

The map is based on a report by the Center for Effective Government which found companies like Olin Chlor Alkali in Henderson which makes bleach, can be dangerous because of the amount of chemicals they process.

The report found 60 percent of schools in Nevada are close to a facility that uses chemicals.

Some people didn't know some of these companies are right down the street from where they live.

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Charges yet to come in Henderson officer DUI case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors got more time to file criminal charges against a Henderson police officer jailed after authorities say he was stopped driving the wrong way on a Las Vegas freeway.

Prosecutor Brian Rutledge says Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum on Monday gave him until Thursday to obtain results of blood tests on samples drawn following Officer Joseph Lawrance's arrest early Thursday.

The Nevada Highway Patrol alleges the 31-year-old Lawrance was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Man with sledgehammer attacks 10

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police said the number of people attacked by a man wielding a one-handed sledgehammer has grown to 10 after a bizarre attacking spree on Friday. Police said a few more people came forward and claimed 31-year-old Damien Robins attacked them.

Robins was arrested late Friday evening by Henderson Police, but police say he's also accused of attacking people in  nearby Boulder City.

Officers say the attacks spanned an hour and began in Boulder City around 8 p.m. Friday when Robins allegedly ran another driver off the road on U.S. 93. Robins reportedly struck the man several times with a sledgehammer before driving away.

A short time later, officers said Robins ran another driver off of the roadway and also attacked that driver.

Police said Robins then drove to Henderson, cut off a driver at Greenway Road and Horizon Drive, and then went after him with the sledgehammer. 

Report: Whiskey, pills found in arrested officer's truck

HENDERSON, Nev. --  There are new details about the arrest of a Henderson Police officer on several charges, including driving under the influence.

According to the arrest report released Friday, 31-year-old Joseph Lawrence was arrested early Thursday morning after a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper say him driving recklessly near U.S. 95 and Centennial Parkway.

The trooper responded to a report of a driver traveling the wrong way on U.S. 95. The trooper says he saw Lawrence driving his pickup truck southbound on the northbound side of the freeway. He also says he saw him driving erratically along Centennial Parkway, including driving onto the dirt shoulder, running a red light and speeding through a parking lot and jumping the parking lot medians.

He also says he saw Lawrence drive the wrong way on Tropical Parkway. The truck eventually stopped in front of a store on Centennial Parkway.