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Henderson police arrest couple accused of abducting child

Virginia Lynch

HENDERSON, Nev. --  Police in Nevada say a 50-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman are jailed as fugitives pending extradition to Florida, where they're accused of abducting the woman's 3-year-old son and heading to Las Vegas.

Henderson police say Karl R. Menz and Virginia M. Lynch were arrested Thursday after police and the FBI learned they were in southern Nevada in a moving van that had been reported stolen.

The child was found unharmed in the back of the vehicle.

Police say Menz and Lynch don't have custodial rights to the boy, who authorities say is autistic and unable to speak.

He was allegedly taken March 6 from a fast-food restaurant in Crestview, Fla.

Police say the boy was placed in temporary custody with Clark County Child Protective Services.

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

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Retrial for Henderson man convicted of killing newborn

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Supreme Court says a man convicted of killing a newborn deserves a new trial because the trial judge didn't allow two defense witnesses to testify.

Rayshaun Coleman of Henderson was convicted of first-degree murder by child abuse for the 2009 death of his girlfriend's 6-week-old son, Tristin Hilburn. The baby had burns on his body and a fractured skull.

Justices on Thursday agreed with defense arguments that two woman who were in jail with the boy's mother, Christal Hilburn Gaynor, should have been allowed to testify at trial.

The women claimed Gaynor told them the baby suffered burns when Gaynor's brother was cooking methamphetamine and the pot exploded. The boy died a few days later.

Coleman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

$1.1 billion award will remove chemical in Henderson water

LAS VEGAS -- A settlement reached Thursday will provide billions to clean up chemicals used to make rocket fuel from a site in Henderson.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice settled with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the parent company of chemical maker Kerr-McGee, for $5.15 billion. Of that settlement, $1.1 billion will go to clean up contaminated groundwater at the site of an old Kerr-McGee chemical manufacturing facility in Henderson.

The area is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and perchlorate, which are chemicals used to make rocket fuel.

The chemicals have been found in Lake Mead. Perchlorate is known to interfere with thyroid function. The perchlorate plume in Henderson is the largest groundwater plume in the country, according to the EPA.

I-Team: Mystery device possibly used in car burglaries

This image of the burglary was captured on surveillance video.

HENDERSON, Nev.  -- Technology is helping thieves grab your property fast, for a quick getaway. It's possible the technology was used in a recent string of break-ins in Henderson. 

A Henderson home security video shows a young man approaching a high-end SUV and, after pausing for a second with his hand on the door handle, opens the door and starts rifling through the interior.

The method used is similar to those used in a rash of thefts around the country where burglars got inside cars using a mysterious electronic device to bypass the alarms and trip the locks.

"It appears consistent with the mystery device that's being reported throughout North America as far as unlocking the car," said Mike Bender, an insurance investigator.

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Jury awards $10 million after young mom dies in DUI crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Clark County jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a 28-year-old woman who died when her friend drove drunk after a birthday party.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports James LaPelusa and his two sons won the damages Friday in the 2010 death of their wife and mother.

Shanna LaPelusa had split several bottles of wine with friends at the now-closed Half Shell seafood restaurant before she and two friends headed home Nov. 6, 2010.

The car crashed down an embankment, and LaPelusa was thrown from the vehicle and died.

Driver Summer Mackie was convicted of DUI after her blood alcohol content measured more than twice the legal limit.

The jury decided LaPelusa was 25 percent responsible and Mackie was 75 percent responsible for the death.

Police say attempted-robbery suspect struggled with clerk

Police say attempted-robbery suspect struggled with clerk

Henderson Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a convenience store near Boulder Highway and Lake Mead Parkway.

According to police, the man walked into the store at around 5 a.m. March 21 and showed the clerk a firearm, demanding money. The clerk resisted and the two struggled before the man ran from the store.

No one was hurt during the incident.

The man police are looking for is described as a white man about 20 years old, unknown height and weight with a shaved head. He was wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Henderson Police at (702) 267-4793, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.



Police hand out hundreds of tickets during special enforcement

Police hand out hundreds of tickets during special enforcement

An effort by Henderson Police this past month to stop speeders nabbed nearly 400 motorists.

Henderson Police were joined by officers from Nevada Highway Patrol, Boulder City Police and Mesquite Police for a special enforcement that ran from March 1 through March 10.

According to police, officers stopped 390 drivers and handed out 273 speeding tickets. They issued tickets for not wearing seat belts, cell phone use, registration violations and no insurance.

The department was able to hold the special Joining Forces enforcement because of a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the Joining Forces program.