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Man Accused of Deadly Ax Attack Appears in Court

LAS VEGAS -- The man who police say went on a deadly rampage with an ax last week made his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

Harold Montague who is charged with murder and attempted murder had a bruised and swollen face from his scuffle with police when he was arrested last week.

Police say he stabbed his sister-in-law Monica O'Dazier more than 20 times last Thursday. They say he then went outside the house and attacked a mother and her 4-month-old son with the medieval-style ax. The infant was killed and the mother was critically injured.

Read the Arrest Report for Harold Montague

Montague was in court for his 72 hour hearing. His public defender Norm Reed asked the court for more time to explain to Montague the charges he is facing. He also indicated that his client may not be in the right state of mind.

Town Hall Meeting on Budget Draws Big Crowd

LAS VEGAS -- Valley residents showed up in force Saturday to voice concerns about the prospect of more budget cuts for the state of Nevada. 

There were hundreds of people at town hall meeting orchestrated by legislators. Lawmakers will hold a special session later this month to close the gap on the $881 million shortfall.

The state of Nevada is facing some dramatic cuts to many programs and services. Education makes up a little more than half the state's budget, one-third goes to health and human services and 10 percent to public safety. Governor Jim Gibbons says cuts have to be made in all areas in order to balance the state's budget.

"The fact that they're talking about laying off 2,000 teachers; it's already an economically depressed economy. I cannot fathom what that will do for our students," said Colleen Case, teacher.

Former Bailiff for Judge Halverson Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. --  A former bailiff for Elizabeth Halverson was arrested early Sunday morning in North Las Vegas and booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center for sexual assault and lewdness with a minor.

Forty-year-old Johnnie Jordan was arrested after police received a report that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at her home Saturday evening.

Jordan was arrested a short time later and has been charged with two counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual assault.

Jordan was the bailiff for former District Court Judge Elizabeth Halverson. He helped file the complaint that led to Halverson being removed from the bench.

Wife of Accused Ax Killer Speaks Out

LAS VEGAS -- The wife of the man accused of attacking a mother and her baby says her husband needs help.

Police say 33-year-old Harold Montague is the man facing murder and attempted murder charges after allegedly attacking a woman and her 4-month-old baby boy with a medieval-style battle-ax.

The child, identified as Damian Avila Castro, died. His mother, who suffered severe injuries, is in critical condition at Sunrise Hospital.

"I just want to tell the family I'm very sorry. Just please find it in your heart to forgive him. He didn't know," said Montague's wife, who did not want to be identified.

Montague's wife spoke about the crime on Friday. She says her husband, who she has known since she was 14-years-old, has never been a violent man. But during the past two days, she says he has not been sleeping and had a couple of blackouts.

Nevada Gaming Revenues Suffer Biggest Percentage Drop

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada casino revenues plunged 10.4 percent in the 2009 calendar year, when casinos reported a total gambling win of $10.4 billion.

A report by the Nevada Gaming Control Board released Thursday shows last year's steep decline followed a 9.7 percent drop in 2008.

For December, casinos statewide reported a win of $859.3 million, down 3.2 percent from the same month a year ago. The state collected $33.4 million in taxes, down 6.7 percent.

Taxes paid by casinos make up about a third of the state's general fund. Nevada's gambling industry has been especially hard hit in the recession as tourists and residents keep a tighter hold on discretionary spending that historically fueled the state's economy.

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Man With an Ax Kills Child, Critically Injures 2 Females

LAS VEGAS -- A Downtown Las Vegas neighborhood is in shock after a women was attacked in the middle of the street.

Police arrested 33-year-old Harold Montague for allegedly attacking two adults and killing 4-month-old Damian Avila Castro near Sahara and Maryland Pkwy. Police believe the attack may have been random.

Officers say a woman was pushing a her baby in a stroller on San Pedro Avenue when Montague came out of a house with an ax and started attacking her.

A neighbor named Teresa watched Montague kill the infant and bludgeon the child's mother with the ax.

Read Harold Montague's arrest report

Department of Family Services Facing Job Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- 8 News Now has learned that layoffs could be on the table within the Department of Family Services.

The information came out of the Nevada Interim Finance Committee meetings being held in Las Vegas.

The head of Child and Family Services says around 100 workers could lose their jobs due to the latest round of proposed budget cuts. 

If layoffs were to happen this could delay licensing of foster homes. Currently 266 case managers are working with foster and adoptive parents.

The current foster care caseload in Clark County is 31 families per case worker. This exceeds the national average which is 15 families per worker.

Further layoffs will create what the director of family services calls "chaos."