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Nevadans Prepare for a Major Earthquake

LAS VEGAS -- A killer earthquake could strike Nevada at any given moment, with no notice.

How a person acts in those few seconds of panic could mean the difference between life and death.

Las Vegas is crossed and surrounded by tectonic faults considered active. Earthquake preparation is key because Las Vegas is on shaky ground.

Thursday the Great Nevada Shakeout educated thousands of Nevadans on what to do when the ground rumbles, including at UNLV's applied geophysics center.

They study the science behind earthquakes in the lab, and Thursday the group learned a simple life-saving lesson: drop, cover and hold on.

"Objects fall over, and that is one of the biggest dangers in an earthquake in your home," lab manager Chris Cothrun said.

One day, Nevadans could feel a huge jolt, but no one knows when.

Judge Isolates Ex-Con in Las Vegas Child Rape Case

Judge Isolates Ex-Con in Las Vegas Child Rape Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge in Las Vegas has ordered jail isolation for a Southern California ex-convict accused of plotting from behind bars to kill a 13-year-old schoolgirl he's accused of abducting and raping at knifepoint.

Prosecutor James Sweetin said Tuesday that 48-year-old Richard Martin Schlacta plotted with another Clark County jail inmate to attack the girl who said Schlacta attacked her Aug. 28.

A Las Vegas judge on Friday ordered Schlacta held in isolation, with no contact with other inmates, no visitors, and no telephone calls or mail. Schlacta is being held on $1 million bail.

Schlacta's attorney, Mace Yampolsky, didn't immediately respond to messages.

Schlacta faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 21 on charges including kidnapping and child sexual assault that could get him life in prison.

2-year-old Falls out of Vehicle, Hit by SUV

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating an accident that left a 2-year-old with serious injuries.

They say around 6 p.m. Sunday, a mother was driving home with her child in the back of their SUV. The child was sitting with the bicycles and not riding in a car seat.

The mother stopped at the intersection of Russell and Palm, near Mountain Vista. When she accelerated the hatch of the SUV flew open and the child and bikes fell out.

The 2-year-old started running after the SUV when another vehicle hit the child. The child was taken to Sunrise Hospital with a broken femur and some serious facial fractures.  The child underwent surgery Sunday evening.

Metro Police say they have not decided whether or not to cite the mother in this incident. Speed was not a factor in the accident. The crash remains under investigation.  

Woman Indicted In Connection with 24-Hour Standoff

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted the woman involved in a 24-hour standoff with police in August.

On Friday, the jury indicted 29-year-old Sara Jones on several charges, including six counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, two counts of resisting an police officer with a firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery with a deadly weapon and child abuse or neglect.

The judge set bail at $1 million.

The incident started after a domestic disturbance call at Jones' home near Tropicana Avenue and Mountain Vista Street.

When officers arrived, Jones refused to leave the home. She barricaded herself inside with two of her children. 

After 24 hours, SWAT officers entered the home. Jones then barricaded herself in a bathroom with her 1-year-old child. Police say she then fired six shots through the bathroom door, hitting and wounding one officer. Another officer was hit by shrapnel.

UNLV's Coaches Rally Support for Longtime Rebel Supporter

LAS VEGAS -- Every UNLV head coach met with school President Neal Smatresk and threw support behind athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy.

Kunzer-Murphy becomes UNLV's first female AD.

The 60-year-old will come up with a strategic vision for UNLV's future athletic goals by the end of the year. She beat out four other finalists for the job, all who had previous experience in Athletic Administration.

"What she's put on the ground in 3 months is really good, Tina's a hard worker," Smatresk said.

All 18 head coaches met with Smatresk in support of Kunzer-Murphy.

UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck also expressed support for the move.

"I think that coach in the department feels like Tina replaced a guy who's nationally known in that job and she took the ball and ran it smoothly for the last couple of months," Hauck said.

"American Idiot" Coming to Judy Bayley Theatre

"American Idiot" Coming to Judy Bayley Theatre

A Tony-award winning musical "American Idiot" will start a residence at the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV starting Oct. 21 through Nov. 9.

The critical and popular hit musical tells the story of three friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of their suburban lives. It is based on the music and lyrics of Green Day's Grammy-Award winning album of the same name.

There will be two special performances, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, to benefit the Nevada Conservatory Theatre.

Tickets are $30 and $35 for students, seniors and military.

For show times and tickets, go to pac.unlv.edu or call 895-ARTS (2787). 

Authorities Locate Sister of UNLV Student, 58, Who Died in Dorm Room

The sister of a UNLV student found dead in her dorm room has been found after a month of looking.

After a month of searching, the Clark County coroner’s office have tracked down the family of a 58-year-old UNLV student who died in her dorm last month.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.