Nevada to appeal judge’s decision not to block plutonium
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s attorney general is appealing a federal judge’s decision not to immediately block any future shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a national security site north of Las Vegas.
Attorney General Aaron Ford filed Monday afternoon a notice of his intent to appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal judge in Reno last week denied the state’s request for a temporary restraining order after the Energy Department revealed it already shipped one-half metric ton of the highly radioactive material from South Carolina to Nevada.
U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du says she will allow court proceedings on a regular schedule in the case.
Ford said in a statement that his office will exhaust every legal avenue to oppose any future shipments to the state.
Man who sold ammo to Vegas shooter seeks dismissal of charge
LAS VEGAS — A man who provided ammunition to the gunman in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting is asking a federal judge to dismiss a charge of illegally manufacturing armor-piercing ammunition.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a defense motion filed Thursday on behalf of Douglas Haig of Chandler, Arizona, contends that the charge alleging he engaged in manufacturing ammunition without a license is unconstitutionally vague.
Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds from a Mandalay Bay hotel suite into a crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
Reloaded armor-piercing rounds sold by Haig were found in Paddock’s suite, but authorities haven’t alleged that any were used in the attack.
Prosecutors have until Feb. 14 to respond to the motion.
Number of registered Nevada voters grows slightly in January
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske says the number of registered voters in the state grew in January by less than 1 percent.
Cegavske’s office announced Friday that 7,754 more voters were enrolled last month than in December 2018.
Overall there are almost 1.6 million active, registered voters in the state.
Democrats make up 38 percent of those voters and Republicans make up 34 percent. Nonpartisan comprise 22 percent of the electorate.
Boarding school teacher arrested, accused of child abuse
PAHRUMP — A teacher at a southern Nevada private rural boarding school for troubled teens has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse and accused of using excessive force.
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that 29-year-old Caleb Hill of Pahrump’s arrest stemmed from an investigation launched after a former student at Northwest Academy in the Amargosa Valley reported being picked up and slammed to the floor several times by Hill.
It’s not immediately known whether Hill has a defense lawyer who could comment on the allegation. A call Saturday by The Associated Press to a phone listed for Hill was not immediately returned.
KSNV reported that school Administrator Monica Sanchez said claims of child abuse at Northwest Academy are false and there is no child abuse taking place.
Nevada AG names former public defender as a legal adviser
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s attorney general is naming a former Washoe County public defender as a top legal adviser.
State Attorney General Aaron Ford on Friday announced Christine Brady as his office’s second assistant attorney general. Her responsibilities will include overseeing consumer protection and criminal prosecution.
Ford released a statement saying Brady has “vast experience in public service” and has served her community and country “in diverse capacities.”
Brady is a graduate of the law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent 10 years working at the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office.
Man fatally shot by officers at nuclear site ID’d as Iowan
MERCURY — A person fatally shot by law enforcement officers during a confrontation at a U.S. nuclear security site in Nevada has been identified as a 27-year-old Iowa man.
Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly (WER’-lee) said Thursday that the man killed Monday was Nekiylo (nuh-KEE’-loh) Dawayne Graves from Waterloo, Iowa.
Wehrly said in a video news release that a sheriff’s deputy and a security officer shot Graves when he refused commands and continued to approach them following a pursuit after Graves’ vehicle failed to stop at the security gate at the Nevada National Security Site.
The site is located 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Las Vegas.
Wehrly said the FBI and the Nevada Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident and that her agency is conducting an internal affairs investigation.
Las Vegas Aviators’ ballpark gets massive LED video display
LAS VEGAS — The ballpark of the recently renamed Las Vegas Aviators now features a massive LED video display that the team says is the largest of its kind in the Minor Leagues.
Team owner The Howard Hughes Corp. on Monday said the display is approximately 31 feet (9.45 meters) high and 126 feet (38.4 meters) wide. It will show live video, instant replays, statistics and animations.
The minor league baseball team formerly called the 51s will debut at its new suburban ballpark in April. The 10,000-seat stadium is in the company’s commercial center near the Red Rock casino-resort.
Rusty Lenners is a sales representative for video display manufacturer Daktronics. He says the display “will excite and engage fans for years to come.”
The team recently changed its Triple-A affiliation from New York Mets to Oakland Athletics.