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DUI Teen Suspect Anita Mann Appears in Court

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Anita Mann, the 19-year-old accused of driving drunk and killing two people, appeared in a Henderson courtroom Wednesday morning.

Her bail was set at $225,000 and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11th. When asked if she understood the charges against her, Mann said she did.

She is facing two counts of felony DUI for the deaths of 66-year-old Louis Madden and 65-year-old Karen Hicks who were killed on February 16th. The couple was headed home from lunch when Mann's car rear-ended their car. Police say Mann's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

"This is a tragic case for everyone concerned, all the families, certainly the families involved in the accident and their loved ones and Anita and her family. It's tragic and it's terrible for everyone," said Steve Wolfson, Mann's attorney.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Accident Identified

LAS VEGAS - The motorcyclist killed Monday night near Eastern and Sunset has been identified as 20-year-old Aaron Bhim from Henderson.

Police say two motorcyclists were traveling southbound on Eastern at a high rate of speed when a truck turned in front of them. Bhim hit the truck.

The truck left the scene of the accident but police found the vehicle and driver a short time later. There is no word on what charges that driver will face. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Both directions of Eastern were closed for several hours while police investigated the accident.

19-Year-Old Charged with DUI in Henderson Double Fatal Crash

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred near Horizon Ridge and Shaded Canyon, just east of Gibson Road. Two people are dead.

Investigators say 19-year-old Anita Mann was arrested for DUI after crashing into another car and killing the driver and passenger inside.

Police say Mann was headed eastbound on Horizon Ridge Parkway, just east of Gibson Road when she rear-ended the car. That car rolled over and both the driver and passenger died at the scene.

Mann sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Prior to the crash, a citizen reported a drunk driver in the area of Horizon Ridge and Stephanie. Officers were heading to the area to investigate when the collision occurred.

Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

This was the first fatal accident in Henderson in 2010.

State Warns of Census Scams

LAS VEGAS -- State officials are warning Nevadans to be on the look out for scams involving the 2010 Census.

Secretary of State Ross Miller and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued a consumer advisory Wednesday morning.

They say the scams include official looking requests for personal financial information and they may come in the form of a direct mail, email or even someone visiting your home.

"Nevadans must know that the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking only demographic information and would not ask for personal information like social security, bank account of credit card numbers," Masto said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the census forms will be mailed out to people starting in early March. Workers will begin knocking on the doors of single family households around May 1, 2010 if they didn't get the form mailed back to them.

 

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Father of Teen Accused of Fatal DUI Accident Speaks Out

LAS VEGAS - The father of the 19-year-old who is accused of driving drunk and killing two people is speaking out for the first time since the accident.

Henderson Police say on Tuesday Anita Mann crashed into a Hyundai SUV at Horizon Ridge Parkway and Shaded Canyon Drive, causing the Hyundai to roll over. The couple inside, 65-year-old Louis Madden and 65-year-old Karen Hicks, died at the scene. Authorities say Mann's blood-alcohol level was .26. That is three times the legal limit.

President Obama Arrives in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama arrived in Southern Nevada at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The visit is his second since becoming president last year and his first since making controversial comments about Las Vegas at a New Hampshire rally. "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college," the president said at the time.

When President Obama arrived in Las Vegas Thursday evening, he received a warm welcome from state and national leaders including U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Shelley Berkley. Notably absent was Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who criticized the president's Las Vegas comments. Goodman wanted a meeting with the president and an apology. So far, he has received neither.

Salvation Army Sees Drop in Donations

LAS VEGAS --  The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada relies on the proceeds from its seven thrift stores to fund many of the programs and services it provides to members of the community. But right now, thrift shop donations are down significantly because of the economy.

One look at these sparse clothing racks and the problem is easy to see.

"When the economy is bad like this, people cannot go out and buy that new couch, so we don't get the old one," said Charles Desideiro, Salvation Army of So. Nevada.

The Salvation Army says donations to their thrift shops around the valley are down by 35 to 40 percent.

"All the merchandise that does come in is rushed right off to the stores so our trucks are making extra trips which also means more gas and more labor hours,"said Desideiro.