Bill seeks to outline rights for sex assault survivors
CARSON CITY — Nevada legislation seeks to enact a bill of rights for sexual assault survivors.
The bill was introduced Monday in the state Assembly. It would allow a sexual assault survivor to consult with a sexual assault counselor during a forensic medical exam or an interview with a prosecutor, defense attorney or law enforcement official.
The survivor under the bill would have the right to know whether an analysis of a sexual assault evidence kit yielded DNA from a defendant.
The legislation says the survivor also has the right to choose the gender of the law enforcement official who interviews them and stipulates that a survivor will not be required to pay any cost tied to a forensic medical exam.
Democrat wants to update Nevada abortion consent laws
CARSON CITY — A Nevada lawmaker said Monday that she wants to change the state’s informed consent laws for abortion.
Nevada Sen. Yvanna Cancela told members of NARAL Pro-Choice Nevada that she’s planning to introduce the Trust Nevada Women Act to update antiquated abortion laws.
She called the state’s informed consent laws “outdated” and said the bill will bring those statutes in line with 2019 medical standards.
Nevada state law requires physicians to describe the medical procedure to patients and tell them about the emotional and physical impacts. It also requires physicians to tell the woman how far along she is into the pregnancy.
Elko woman facing up to 10 years in prison for stabbing dad
ELKO — Prosecutors say a woman is facing up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing her 78-year-old father at their Elko home.
The Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Jean Angela Ortega pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault resulting in serious bodily harm.
Authorities say Ortega is a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone nation.
According to a federal complaint, an officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs found Ortega’s father sitting on the living room floor covered in blood last February.
The man suffered non-fatal stab wounds to his back, abdomen and left arm.
Before being taken to a hospital, the man told first responders that his daughter had stabbed him.
Ortega has a May 29 sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in Reno.
Flight headed to Las Vegas diverted to nearby military base
LAS VEGAS — American Airlines says one of its jets inbound to Las Vegas’ airport was diverted to a nearby military base to refuel after experiencing weather-related delays in the area.
Airline spokesman Josh Freed said Flight 671 from Dallas landed safely Saturday at Nellis Air Force Base, which is on the outskirts of metro Last Vegas and about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northeast of McCarran International Airport.
Freed says he didn’t immediately have details about the weather-related circumstances and said the jetliner was expected to depart Nellis soon to make the short hop to McCarran.
He says the jet was an Airbus A321 and had 194 people on board, including six crew members.
High winds force emergency landing in Reno, 5 minor injuries
RENO — Five passengers suffered minor injuries last Wednesday when a Delta Air Lines flight headed from Southern California to Seattle encountered severe turbulence in a winter storm and was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno.
Three of the passengers were transported to a local hospital, where their conditions were not immediately known, Reno-Tahoe International Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said.
The other two didn’t require additional medical attention. Emergency crews said all the injuries were minor.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Compass Flight 5763 flying under the Delta banner out of John Wayne Airport in Orange County was diverted to Reno and landed without further incident about 1 p.m. after the crew reported the turbulence at about 34,000 feet.
One passenger tweeted the plane did two nose dives in “crazy turbulence” but the Delta crew “handled it perfectly.”
Video taken by a passenger shows a toppled snack cart and snacks littering the cabin floor.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through 11 p.m. Thursday for most of the Sierra Nevada, including Lake Tahoe, where 2 to 5 feet (61 centimeters to 1.5 meters) of snow is possible in the highest elevations.
The service reported earlier Wednesday that overnight winds gusted over Sierra ridgetops near Reno in excess of 130 mph (209 kilometers per hour).
There were 59 passengers and four crew members on board, Compass Airlines said.
Vegas police: Man dies after fall from Strip viewing wheel
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police say a 23-year-old man was fatally injured when he fell down approximately 50 feet of stairs after apparently running around the loading area of an observation wheel on the Strip.
Police say the man apparently fell accidentally Friday night at the High Roller Observation Wheel and that he was pronounced dead at a hospital.
His identity was not released.
The immediate area where the incident occurred was closed to the public while police investigated but the High Roller remained open.
Police Lt. Richard Meyers said officers believed the man fell after entering an unauthorized area on the property, which is located at The Linq Hotel operated by Ceasars Entertainment.