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False Text Message Claims Kidnapping

Henderson police say a text message circulating in Southern Nevada over the weekend was a fake Amber Alert that created a lot of unnecessary concern.

The text message was forwarded again and again making its way around the community and eventually to a Henderson police officer. It read: "A 3-year-old boy taken from Anthem Park by a man driving a 2006 Mitsubishi." It even provided a license plate number. Police are now investigating the origin of the fake Amber Alert message.

"It's not the first time this has happened," said Robert Fisher, Nevada Amber Alert. He also adds, it probably won't be the last. He says it is important to remember that real alerts come from police.

For an Amber Alert to be issued, certain criteria must be met.

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Man Charged with DUI in Accident that Killed Runner

Henderson Police say 25-year-old Joshua Salayich is facing several charges including, DUI with death, leaving the scene of an accident and resisting an officer. Police say Salayich hit and killed a 33-year-old Jeremy Kunz from Utah.

Kunz was among 2,400 runners in the Ragnar Relay Las Vegas Race. He was struck by Salayich and killed early Saturday morning, relay officials confirmed in a statement released Sunday. 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Stephanie and Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson. Police and rescue vehicles responded immediately. Ragnar Relay co-founder Dan Hill said, "Our deepest sympathy goes out to the runner's family."

"We appreciate the rapid response from Las Vegas authorities and ask that all our runners keep the family in their thoughts and prayers," said Hill.

Amy Brewster was part of a team also participating in the race.

2,500 Students Take Part in KidsVention

Should the U.S. guarantee healthcare for all its residents? Should schools perform random drug-test on student-athletes? These were some of the question posed to fifth and seventh graders at an event aimed at teaching them about voting, politics, and democracy.

More than 2,500 students from across Clark County schools attended the political convention for kids. It's an effort to show students how democracy works and get them to become voters when they turn 18.

It's pretty normal to see energy and passion at political conventions, and the Kidsvention was no different. The annual event brings students from across the Las Vegas valley listen to debates, vote on the issues and learn about politics.

"Voting is important because kids don't normal have a say in what they should speak or how they should speak it.

UFC Fighter Accused of Assaulting Nurses

Henderson police say a UFC fighter has been arrested and accused of assaulting three nurses at a hospital.

Police say 24-year-old Junie Browning was taken to the hospital by friends after attempting to harm himself by taking 16 anti-anxiety pills. UFC President Dana White says Browning has been released from his contract.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police Officer Cleared in Shooting Death, Resigns

A Henderson police officer cleared in the slaying of an ice cream truck driver in 2008 but shadowed by allegations of inapproprieties with a teenage family member has resigned.

A city official called 24-year-old Luke Morrison's departure a personnel matter. His resignation was announced Tuesday. Morrison had been on paid leave since July 21 following accusations of inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old female family member.

City spokesman Bud Cranor said police investigated an allegation against Morrison, but found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. A coroner's inquest jury ruled last year that the February 2008 slaying of 42-year-old Deshira Selimaj was justifiable.

Police said she wielded a knife during an argument that began after her Albanian-born husband was stopped for a traffic infraction.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

Motorcyclist Killed in Morning Accident

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning in an accident near the intersection of Rainbow and Russell.

Police say speed may have been a factor in the accident. Witnesses told police that the rider was rapidly approaching a truck and attempted to slow down. The truck's driver moved out of the way but the bike went down and so did the driver who slid into another lane and was hit by a semi-truck.

Police: Excessive Speed Leads to Deadly Teen Crash

One teenager is dead and two others badly injured following a crash that may have been caused by excessive speed.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Friday on Gateway Rd. near E. Russell Rd. and Mountain Vista St. Police say there were three teenage boys in the SUV. The 16 year old driver, Corey Knight, died at the scene. The two other teens, one 16 and the other 17 years old, were transported to Sunrise Medical Center in serious condition.

Police say witnesses at the scene told them they heard what sounded like a vehicle racing just before they heard the impact. Police say the driver was heading north on Gateway Rd. when he lost control, hit a tree and then impacted a neighborhood wall.