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PLANE CRASH-TRUCKEE

1 survivor, 1 dead in plane crash near Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers say one person is dead and one is alive after a single-engine plane crashed a few miles from California's Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Placer County sheriff's Capt. Jeff Ausnow says the survivor was being taken to the hospital Monday afternoon, and another person aboard was pronounced dead on the scene. He described the occupants as a man and a woman, but declined to say which had died and where they were headed until next of kin were notified.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer described the aircraft as a Piper PA-46 Malibu. Ausnow says it went down near Martis Peak in a rugged area about six miles southeast of the airport.

It was unknown why the plane crashed.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

PUPPIES SAVED-ARSON CHARGES

2nd store owner claiming Vegas arson case puppies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A second pet shop owner is claiming 27 puppies rescued from a Las Vegas business that authorities say a woman and a man tried to torch.

Attorney Amy Chelini said Monday that Prince and Princess pet store owner Donald Thompson wants to turn the dogs over to a nonprofit animal rescue group called A Home 4 Spot.

Clark County officials say they're reviewing Thompson's ownership claim.

With store co-owner Gloria Lee in jail awaiting trial, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said last week he wanted to turn the animals over to the non-profit Animal Foundation in Las Vegas.

Lee and Kirk Bills are being held on arson, conspiracy and attempted animal cruelty charges.

They're accused of trying to torch the store early Jan. 27 for the insurance money.

BAT ATTACK-JAIL GUARD

Man gets prison in Vegas jail guards bat attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old diagnosed schizophrenic has been sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for attacking guards at a Las Vegas jail and with a baseball bat last September.

Michael Marcel Law told Clark County District Court Judge Carolyn Ellsworth on Monday that he didn't think he hit anyone in the Sept. 11 attack at the Clark County Detention Center.

Law's public defender, Sonny Bonaventure, says Law is a diagnosed schizophrenic who was off his medication and wasn't thinking straight when he armed himself with a bat and a knife and went to the jail.

Law later told police he was upset about how police handled a complaint that he'd been robbed.

Law pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to battery with a deadly weapon in a plea deal that avoided trial.

CONVENIENCE STORE KILLING-VEGAS

Coroner IDs man fatally shot near Vegas mini mart

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot outside a Las Vegas convenience store over the weekend.

Clark County coroner's officials say 28-year-old Juan Edward Cervantes died of gunshot wounds after the incident Saturday evening at the corner of 21st Street and Elm Avenue.

Investigators say Cervantes and his wife were confronted by a group at a convenience store, then encountered the same group again as they walked out of the store. Someone opened fire on Cervantes, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police are looking for three Hispanic males and a Hispanic female, all between the ages of 15 and 21. One of the males was seen wearing a black-and-white cap, while another was wearing a red cap. Police say the female suspect has long, dark hair.

NATIONAL PARKS-NEVADA

Lake Mead visitation off 43 percent in shutdown

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada saw a 43 percent drop in average visitation during the 16-day government shutdown last fall.

A report released Monday by the National Park Service says the number of visitors in October fell to about 267,000, down from a three-year monthly average of 473,000.

The analysis says that decline resulted in a drop of $8.4 million in visitor spending.

Not every national park in the country was included in the report, so it's unknown what affect the shutdown had on Great Basin National Park along the Nevada-Utah line.

A separate report on national park visitations in 2012 shows nearly 95,000 people visited Great Basin that year, spending nearly $5 million.

SHOOTING-VEGAS STRIP CLUB

New court date in Vegas strip club slaying case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge postponed naming a lawyer for a 27-year-old ex-convict facing murder and other charges in the shooting death of a man in a vehicle outside a strip club.

A special Clark County public defender, David Schieck (SHEEK') said Monday that he's checking whether his office can represent Christopher Mallett.

Judge Diana Sullivan reset a hearing for Wednesday.

Mallett hasn't been asked to enter a plea. He faces murder, robbery, burglary and weapon charges in the Jan. 11 shooting of 28-year-old Antonio Darrnell Logan outside the Crazy Horse III nightclub.

Las Vegas police say Mallett is a gang member who had a prior dispute with Logan.

Records show that Mallett served time in state prison on a December 2008 theft conviction in Las Vegas.

FLYING PLANE WHILE DRUNK

Man accused of flying under the influence in Nev.

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 47-year-old man who they say took a plane on a drunken joyride in Nevada.

Boulder City police say they arrested Paul Michael Weddle on suspicion of piloting an aircraft while under the influence, taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and making a false statement to an officer.

Police say an employee with sightseeing company Scenic Airlines reported someone stole the plane and had been taking off and landing repeatedly at the airport Sunday night.

Authorities say Weddle was arrested after a struggle and had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent.

Weddle reportedly told police he took the plane to complete the take-off and landing portions of his pilot's license. Boulder City Airport Director Brok Armantrout says Weddle was apparently a former airline employee.

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