Ex-Nevada lawmaker sentenced in California
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A former Nevada lawmaker who led California police on a high-speed chase on the day he was expelled from the state Assembly has been ordered to two years and eight months in prison.
Steven Brooks was sentenced Friday, after pleading no contest in March to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest in the March 28, 2013 pursuit along Interstate 15. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges alleging he threw an object out of his SUV and attacked a police dog.
Brooks is being held in a San Bernardino jail.
The freeway confrontation came hours after he was ousted from the Nevada Legislature by colleagues who cited a pattern of bizarre behavior, and said they didn't feel safe around him.
SHUTTLE CRASH-VEGAS AIRPORT
Shuttle hits height bar at Vegas airport; 3 hurt
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas airport spokesman says a Holiday Inn Express driver involved in a crash made a wrong turn into a non-shuttle area.
Officials say the shuttle driver collided with a height bar just before 4 p.m. Thursday while driving into a passenger pickup area at McCarran International Airport.
Airport spokesman Glenn Gardner says three people were transported to the hospital with non-critical injuries. One of them was a shuttle company employee.
The first floor of the passenger pickup area was shut down for over an hour.
Nevada gambling revenue jumps 14 percent in June
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada officials say casino revenues shot up more than 14 percent in June thanks to a banner month on the Las Vegas Strip.
The state Gaming Control Board reported Friday that Nevada casinos brought in about $907 million in June.
Las Vegas Strip casinos pulled in $532 million in June, up more than 22 percent from the same month a year ago. Downtown Las Vegas casino revenues of $41million were up 12 percent.
Reno casino revenues of $48 million were down 3 percent compared with June 2013, while South Lake Tahoe casinos brought in $12 million and were down 2 percent.
The state collected $44 million in taxes based on the June winnings, which is up less that 1 percent compared with a year earlier.
GAMBLING MONITORS BLOCKED-ARIA
Regulators OK $100K fine after Aria shooed agents
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Regulators have approved a $100,000 fine for the Aria casino on the Las Vegas Strip after state agents said they were shooed away from a high-stakes roulette table.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Nevada Gaming Commission approved the settlement with the resort on Thursday.
A complaint filed in February said two state agents who had not identified themselves were watching high rollers play roulette when a supervisor told them that the players didn't want to be watched, and threatened to call security. State law requires all gambling to be open to the public.
The complaint said regulators previously encountered similar issues at MGM properties.
The casino faced a fine of as much as $500,000.
Aria said it educated employees about the law after the complaint was filed.
WASHOE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT OUT
Reno newspaper wants probe of school boss ouster
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno Gazette-Journal is asking Nevada's attorney general to investigate whether the Washoe County school board violated the open-meetings law when it ousted school superintendent Pedro Martinez.
The school district's board of trustees issued a statement Tuesday announcing Martinez had been "relieved of his duties" effective immediately, then clarified a day later he had been placed on paid administrative leave pending any formal action.
The board plans to address the matter at a meeting next week.
Martinez says he was fired after an illegal, private meeting of six of the seven board members who accused him of lying about whether he was a certified public accountant, which he maintains he is.
Board member Howard Rosenberg is defending the move. He says the public doesn't know the whole story.
WESTERN FOLKLIFE-SEEMANN RETIRES
Longtime Folklife Center director retiring in Elko
ELKO, Nev. (AP) - The long-time executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko has announced he's stepping down.
Charlie Seemann says he'll retire effective July 31 after 16 years on the job.
But he tells the Elko Daily Free Press intends to continue to be a regular at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering he's helped oversee each January for a decade and a half.
Seemann says he plans to work on a few book projects, play some music and enjoy retirement.
Folklife Center Board Chairman Gail Steiger says he will be missed. She says Seemann has shepherded the center through good seasons and dry times alike, and leaves the outfit in much better shape than he found it.
The center is launching a national search for a new director.
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