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Jazz in the Park Returns to Downtown

Jazz in the Park Returns to Downtown

Clark County kicks off its 22nd year of Jazz in the Park on April 23 with saxophonist Paul Taylor.

The free series will feature Taylor on April 23, Brenda Russell on May 7, Spyro Gyra on May 14, Jeff Lorber Fusion on May 21 and The Sax Pack on June 4. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 8 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food vendors also will be available on site. Parking is free.

Those interested can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at 455-8200.

Guests Packed Their Bags to Benefit Children's Literacy

Guests Packed Their Bags to Benefit Children's Literacy

Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit children’s literacy group, held its Second Annual Suitcase Party recently at Fletcher Jones Imports. Proceeds benefited the low-income children served at twenty-three elementary schools adopted by the organization. Since 2001, more than 187,000 youth in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District have been served. An average of 25,000 books are distributed each month through the Kids to Kids program.

Each entry purchased for the event included a raffle ticket to one of three local resort getaway packages, food, spirits, and live entertainment. Raffle winners for the getaway packages were: Raymond Wilmer, Grand Prize - Caesars Palace Las Vegas; Juan Carlos Garza - Ravella at Lake Las Vegas; and Heather Stanley - The Venetian Las Vegas.

Salvation Army in Need of Donations

Salvation Army in Need of Donations

Charity donations tend to suffer during any economic hard time and it’s no different right now for The Salvation Army in Las Vegas.

The Salvation Army’s Thrift Stores have not received many donations recently and officials are putting out a call for whatever the community can provide. The Thrift Stores support Army programs in southern Nevada.

If you can donate furniture, vehicles, household items, clothing or any other salable items, please call 649-2374 for a pick-up.

Child Dies After Falling Into Pool

LAS VEGAS -- A backyard swimming pool at a home near Alta Drive and Shadow Lane became the site of a tragedy Wednesday. A one-year-old boy – too young to understand the danger - fell into the pool and lost consciousness.

"We believe that they may have lost contact with the child for maybe five minutes, and that's all it takes, and sometimes even less," said Metro Police Officer Laura Meltzer.

The mother grabbed the submerged boy and quickly rushed him to nearby Valley Hospital, but it was too late.

Metro Police and the mother arrived at Valley Hospital at approximately the same time. The mother was scrambling to save her son's life. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police encourage people to place barriers around their pools to help prevent drownings, but barriers alone aren't enough. The pool in this case had a fence around it.

Busy Courts to Operate with Less

LAS VEGAS -- Budget cuts affect nearly every public service in Nevada, from schools to hospitals. Now, the court system faces cuts, potentially meaning delays in paperwork and trials.

The first changes will be to the hours at the court clerk's office. The clerks will cut their hours to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. That shaves off an hour from the open and closing times. But with some civil cases taking years to go to trial, further cuts threaten to delay justice for Las Vegans.

It may appear the majority of the court's work is done in the courtroom, in front of the judge. But the clerk's office is the true backbone of the court system.

Eighth District Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti says budget cuts forced her to make a tough decision.

"The personnel that are on the front counter need to be pulled back to process the approximately 3,500 filings a day that we have in the Eighth Judicial District Court," she said.

Murder Suspect to Victim's Daughter: "I'm Sorry"

LAS VEGAS -- The two people charged with the murder of a woman who died after undergoing a cosmetic surgery made their first appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday morning.

Ruben Matallana-Galvas and Carmen Torres-Sanchez appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court for their 72 hour hearing. Caro died after undergoing a procedure for buttocks enhancement. Matallana-Galvas is not a licensed doctor.

The family of 42-year-old Elena Caro was also in the court. Janet Villalobos, Caro's 17-year-old daughter, said Matallana-Galvas looked at her in court and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry."

"He thinks that sorry is going to bring my mom back and make everything better but it can't," said Villalobos. "I just shook my head, no. There are no words for him to get my forgiveness. We just want justice and he doesn't deserve to keep going with this. He could harmed anybody else, not just me."

New Traffic Signal on Rancho near Charleston Hits Monday

New Traffic Signal on Rancho near Charleston Hits Monday

A new traffic signal will go into effect at Palamino Lane and Rancho Drive at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 18. Following a short ceremony, the new signal will be placed in full red, yellow, green operation mode.