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Golfer's Father Still Waiting to Learn Cause of Death

LAS VEGAS -- Wednesday would have been the 26th birthday of Erica Blasberg, the up and coming golf sensation from Henderson. Back in May, she was found dead in her home. Police have released little information on their investigation and are still waiting for toxicology reports to return.

But there is new information about the case. Blasberg was allegedly having an affair with Dr. Thomas Hess. He was her doctor and writing prescriptions for her.

Her father, Mel Blasberg, talked about their affair that he says he had no idea about it until recently.

"There's no doubt that Erica and this Doctor Hess had something other than a professional patient-doctor relationship. I'm not implying anything beyond than the fact that I know for a fact that they played golf," he said.

Colorado Couple Arrested in Henderson

HENDERSON -- A couple who had custody of a girl whose body was found in a vacant Colorado home were arrested Wednesday in Henderson.

Police say Hanif Sims and his girlfriend, Monique Lynch, were arrested at a Henderson motel.

Sims is the father of 9-year-old Genesis Sims, whose body was found May 14 in the crawl space of a vacant town house in Monument, Colorado. Construction workers doing renovations found the girl's body. The cause of death hasn't been determined.

Investigators had been looking for the couple, who moved out of the home early last year. An arrest warrant was issued for Hanif Sims on child abuse and second-degree assault charges on June 4 as part of the investigation, Sheriff's Lt. Lari Sevene said. The warrant was sealed, and Sevene said she couldn't provide further details about it.

Lynch and Sims are due to appear in court on July 15.

Officer Identified in Henderson Shooting

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police have identified the officer involved in a shooting on Saturday.

Officer Brian Pollard shot and killed 42-year-old Richard Nolton after a domestic dispute. Officer Pollard has been on the Henderson Police force since 1994.

Officers were called to Nolton's home on Severn St., near Horizon and Greenway Rd., around 6:50 a.m. Police say he was threatening his wife. The woman was able to escape the house but her 15-year-old son was still inside with her husband. For nearly an hour, officers repeatedly asked Nolton to come out of the house and surrender.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., Nolton came out of the home and confronted officers with a handgun. Police say officers repeatedly ordered Nolton to drop the weapon and surrender, but he refused.

Man Arrested for Death of his Uncle

HENDERSON -- A  Henderson man is under arrest in connection with the stabbing death of his uncle whose body was discovered lying on a street.

Thirty-four-year-old David J. Garcia was arrested Wednesday night and is facing murder charges. 

The family of the victim identifies him as 46-year-old  Roy Butanda. His body was found Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. on Copper Street.

Police say Garcia said the two got into a fight over a cell phone and the fight escalated with him stabbing his uncle several times. Garcia claims he acted in self defense.

The man's death is the second homicide in Henderson this year.

 

 

FBI Report: Assaults Rose in 2009 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- An FBI report found the number of aggravated assaults reported by police in Nevada's major metropolitan areas increased from 2008 to 2009.

But the FBI's preliminary annual Uniform Crime Report released Monday found most other categories of crime decreased in 2009 in and around Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno.

North Las Vegas saw a 3 percent increase in violent crime -- including a jump from 11 to 17 in the number of murders between 2008 and 2009. Henderson reported a 21 percent increase in robberies, a 33 percent increase in aggravated assaults, and an 18 percent increase in arson cases.

The FBI report is a snapshot of the number of crimes reported by police agencies around the nation. Nationwide, it found a 5.5 percent decrease in violent crimes in 2009.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

More Come Forward Alleging Doctor was Inappropriate

LAS VEGAS -- Dr. Karl Fazekas has been accused of sexually assaulting two female patients.

Court documents detail two separate incidents: one in which he's accused of fondling a senior citizen heart patient who went to the hospital complaining of chest pains. Reports on the second show a woman went to his office for back pain and tingling in her legs, but Dr. Fazekas began examining her pubic area.

Fazekas awaits trial on criminal charges, including attempted sexual assault, coercion and lewdness. Two alleged victims claim Fazekas was not doing what he was supposed to.

In a report, patients claim the doctor did not pay attention to the ailments they were there for, but that the doctor's actions were sexual in nature.

Henderson Teen Accused of Trying to Kill Newborn

HENDERSON -- A Henderson 19-year-old is accused of trying to kill her newborn baby shortly after giving birth in April.

Henderson police say Sarah White concealed her pregnancy from her parents and then attempted to dispose of the child after giving birth in the family's bathroom.

According to police, White's mother found the baby in the bathroom tub in a plastic bag and the child had no signs of life. White's father, a paramedic, resuscitated the baby.

White's parents told police they suspected the teen was pregnant but whenever they asked her, she denied it and said she had just gained some weight. 

White is facing charges of attempted murder and child abuse and neglect.