Bullet-Maker Takes Plea in Vegas Shooting Case
A man whose home-loaded bullets were found in a suite where a gunman unleashed the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally manufacturing ammunition.
Douglas Haig admitted Tuesday that he made tracer and armor-piercing bullets at home in Mesa, Arizona, and sold them under a business called Specialized Military Ammunition.
The 57-year-old aerospace engineer wasn’t accused of a direct role in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds at an open-air music festival.
Haig’s plea avoided a trial. He is free pending sentencing Feb. 19. He could get probation or up to about two years in federal prison.
Defense attorney Marc Victor maintained that Haig couldn’t get a fair trial before a jury in traumascarred Las Vegas.
Woman: Siste Injured in 2017 Las Vegas Shooting has Died
The sister of a woman injured in the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas Strip hotel says the woman has died.
KPTV reports that Kim Gervais was left paralyzed by bullets Oct. 1, 2017, at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds.
Dena Sarvela of Vancouver, Washington, says her sister, Gervais, died Friday night in California.
Unvaccinated Students Unenroll from School due to Outbreak
RENO — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough.
Unenrolling during the disease’s 21-day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as chronically absent.
The 19 affected students claimed a religious exemption from the vaccine for whooping cough. The Washoe County Health Department says they should avoid going to school until 21 days after the last student was diagnosed.
A school district official tells the Reno Gazette Journal that the students will be in touch with their teachers and won’t be held back. She says absences because of a lack of vaccination can’t be excused under federal law.
Three students at the school have been diagnosed with whooping cough.
Early Enrollment in Nevada Insurance Marketplace tops 60,000
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s new health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 60,000 people in a health plan during the first third of the 45-day enrollment period.
Nevada Health Link said Friday that many of the 65,000 people with existing coverage were automatically re-enrolled for 2020.
Nevada Health Link sells insurance to people who buy their own policy rather than getting health coverage from their employer, Medicare or Medicaid. It is the only place where consumers can qualify for subsidies under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act.
Nevada is running its own insurance marketplace for the first time this year after breaking from a system run by the federal government.
Consumers in Nevada have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage during 2020.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens off I-15 in Nevada
LAS VEGAS — Electric vehicle owners have a new place to charge batteries on the heavily-traveled freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
State and local officials on Thursday marked the start of use of two rapid chargers at a Terrible’s Road House service station in Jean.
That’s off Interstate 15, about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) south of Las Vegas.
It’s the first of its kind on I-15 in Nevada and the fifth site in the state under a program launched in 2016 by the Governor’s Office of Energy, Nevada utilities and local businesses.
The aim is to put charging stations at strategic locations around the state.
Other charging stations are on U.S. 95 in Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Beatty (BAE’-tee).
Officials say one is scheduled to open in Indian Springs in February.
Ex-Casino Worker Facing Prison in Vegas Picnic Killing Case
LAS VEGAS — A former Las Vegas Strip casino card dealer will seek leniency when he’s sentenced for killing a resort executive and wounding a co-worker at a company picnic in April 2018.
Anthony Wrobel could get life without parole but won’t face the death penalty Thursday in the shooting death of Venetian executive Mia Banks and wounding of Hector Rodriguez.
Wrobel’s court-appointed attorney, Joseph Abood, says court officials are recommending Wrobel spend 30 years behind bars.
Wrobel avoided trial by pleading guilty in September.
Authorities say he acted alone in the shooting and left a note at home expressing anger at Venetian management.
He was arrested days later in a car with stolen license plates at a rest area off Interstate 40 in Texas, not far from the New Mexico state line.
Sheriff’s Office: Burglary Suspect Fell to Death in Business
CARSON CITY — Nevada authorities say a burglary suspect fell to his death through a Carson City hair salon’s ceiling after cutting through the roof of the business.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office identified the man found dead Sunday as 56-year-old Ronald Edward Kidd of Travis, California.
According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, burglary tools were found in a bag at the scene and Kidd had “an extensive record for theft and robbery.”
Det. Christopher Rivera said an employee found a man dead on the floor. ‘
Welcome to Nevada’ Sign Coming to I-11 at Arizona Border
LAS VEGAS — Nevada transportation officials have announced plans to install a “Welcome to Nevada” monument sign along Interstate 11 at the Arizona border.
The Nevada Department of Transportation has said the $396,090 sign features an extruded state silhouette constructed from stainless steel, concrete and other materials and remain lit at night.
Officials say the sign would stand about 20-feet (6-meters) tall and 8-feet (2-meters) wide.
Transportation officials say sign construction started Monday and is expected to continue weekdays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Jan. 5 with a holiday break between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2.
Officials have urged motorists to use caution while traveling.
Officials say the special monument signs are being placed at a few major gateway locations, with the first two up in Northern Nevada and Crystal Bay