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CCSD Police have confiscated 6 firearms since beginning of school year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District Police Department has confiscated six firearms since the beginning of the school year. Five of them were on school campuses, and the other was found during a traffic stop.

The department’s most recent arrest happened the night of Sept. 17 at Desert Pines High School. Three guns were found in a car while an officer was doing a property check. Three adults were arrested.

According to Sgt. Bryan Zink, the other two firearms were recovered at Southeast Career Technical Academy and Orr Middle School on different dates.

All of the incidents happened after school hours. Those involved were not CCSD employees.

Firearms are turned over to the joint Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force. They undergo forensic testing to see if they are connected to other crimes. ... Read More

Las Vegas remembers U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) —As the world mourned the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday, members of the Las Vegas community shared the ways she has impacted their lives. 

“As soon as I heard I just started screaming no,” Claudia Aguayo, President-Elect of the Latino Bar Association said while fighting back tears. “It was really hard.”

It was a monumental moment felt around the world. After 87 years of moving some of society’s mountains, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s loss was especially felt in Las Vegas.

“It was universal, everyone was looking down at their phones,” local attorney Mary Bacon said of Friday’s news. “Everyone had tears in their eyes.”

The defender for women’s rights also worked as an attorney and a professor. Her influence embodied the landscape of Las Vegas, unlocking countless doors and manifesting dreams across the legal community... Read More

59-year-old basic training grad set to join son’s Army unit

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (NEXSTAR) — Like father, like son. Or in this case, like son, like father.

In a story that reads like a movie script, 59-year-old Staff Sgt. Monte Gould is planning to join his son’s unit after becoming the oldest-ever graduate of the US Army’s Basic Combat Training.

According to the Army, Gould finished in the top 10% of his class in the 1st Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment. The Marine Corps and Army National Guard veteran now plans to start this new adventure with the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion’s detachment out of Las Vegas at a time many of his peers are well beyond military retirement.

“After the first two weeks (here) I said to myself, ‘This isn’t going to be hard,'” he said in an interview released by the Army. “And anytime it did get a little bit hard, I just said, ‘Dude, what are you whining about? You’ve been through way worse than this.'”... Read More

McConnell says he plans to push forward with Trump Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR/NewsNation Now) – Within hours of news breaking that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement indicating that a Trump Supreme Court nominee will receive a vote by the full Senate.

The death of the nation’s second female Supreme Court jurist instantly set off speculation about the balance of the court and the Senate’s ability to confirm a justice prior to the instillation of a new president.

Ginsburg’s death could dramatically alter the ideological balance of the court, which currently has a 5-4 conservative majority, by moving it further to the right... Read More

Man charged in March 2019 death of Faiss middle schooler pleads guilty; sentencing date set

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man charged in a March 2019 crash that left a Faiss Middle Schooler dead has pleaded guilty, court records indicate. Angel Lopez’s sentencing has been set for January 12, 2021.

Lopez is charged with:

  • 1 count felony reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm
  • 1 count misdemeanor reckless driving with disregard to safety of persons or property

He was arrested in February 2020, almost a year after the crash that claimed the life of 12-year-old Jonny Smith. Smith was walking home from school near Fort Apache and Maule when he was hit.

Police said Lopez was driving more than 60 mph in a 35-mph zone. In a declaration of warrant, they noted Smith was not in a crosswalk but that the area had a large community park, Faiss Middle School and several juvenile pedestrians and vehicles.

A new traffic signal has gone up since that crash... Read More

Biden reacts to death of Justice Ginsburg, rejects quick vote on her successor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden vigorously disagreed, declaring that “voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice to consider.”

McConnell, in a statement just over an hour after Ginsburg’s death was announced, declared unequivocally that Trump’s nominee would receive a vote, even though he had stalled President Barack Obama’s choice for months ahead of the 2016 election, eventually preventing a vote... Read More

Can a Supreme Court vacancy be filled during election year?

WASHINGTON — Can a U.S. Supreme Court justice be appointed and confirmed during an election year?

The answer is yes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday the Senate will vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, even though the 2020 election is 46 days away.

The Republican Senate leader issued a statement about an hour and a half after the Supreme Court announced the liberal justice’s death from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

To fill a Supreme Court vacancy, the sitting president nominates a candidate and the Senate votes to confirm the nominee by a simple majority. ... Read More