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Chemical reaction caused fatal fireworks blast

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., say a chemical reaction between fireworks and mixing compounds being transported in a car caused an explosion that fatally injured a California man.

Lake Havasu City Fire Marshal Chip Shilosky says the explosion occurred as 59-year-old Randy Feldman of Menlo Park and another man were driving on State Route 95 in Lake Havasu City on Feb. 12.

Feldman was severely burned by a secondary explosion of fireworks in the car's trunk, and he died Feb. 27 at a hospital in Las Vegas.

According to the Today's News-Herald, Feldman was in Lake Havasu City for a Western Pyrotechnics Association event.


Man arrested in North Las Vegas stabbing case

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A 52-year-old man has been arrested in the stabbing death of another man at a North Las Vegas apartment.

Records show that William K. Robinson is being held at the Las Vegas City Jail on a murder charge in the Monday afternoon slaying.

The Clark County coroner hasn't identified the 54-year-old man found dead after his roommate called police to an apartment on Webster Street, near Las Vegas Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

Police said Robinson and the dead man were acquaintances, and it looked like there was a struggle in the apartment before the man died.


Sentencing due for ex-con in Mesquite shootout

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 41-year-old ex-convict from Richfield is due for sentencing in Las Vegas on a reduced charge in a shooting that wounded a Mesquite police officer last year.

Daniel Wesley Runyon faces one to six years in prison for his guilty plea in November to being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.

Runyon also spells his last name Runyan. His plea avoided trial on multiple charges including attempted murder and assault with a weapon and drug transport and trafficking.

Runyon and Mesquite police Officer Craig Empey were each wounded in the shootout during a traffic stop last March 21.

A Utah woman with Runyon wasn't wounded. Police later reported finding methamphetamine in their car.

Runyon lived in Richfield and has served prison time in Nebraska, North Dakota and Utah.


Man in critical after being shot by Vegas police

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a man is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting in Las Vegas.

Police say the incident happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday near Rancho and Vegas drives.

Officers say a man had tried to pass counterfeit money at a 7-11 store, and then fled to a nearby Dotty's casino. Police say that after they caught up with him, the man pulled out a gun.

That's when police say they shot him.

Police Capt. Csaba Maczala (CHA'-buh mick-ZAH'-luh) tells KVVU-TV the suspect was wanted in Ohio and had a history of attempting "suicide by cop."

The incident was the second officer-involved shooting for the department in two days.


Carlin mayor running for Elko County Commission

(Information in the following story is from: Elko Daily Free Press,

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Carlin Mayor Cliff Eklund is throwing his hat in the ring for a seat on the Elko County Commission.

The two-term mayor is being forced to seek a new job at the end of the year due to term limits.

Eklund also served four years as a city councilman. He ran a safety consulting business for more than 15 years before he retired in 2009.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports he's seeking the seat being left vacant by Commissioner Jeff Williams, who said he was sticking to a campaign promise to serve only one term.

The fourth district he represents includes areas in and around Carlin, Jack Creek, Ryndon, Osino and parts of Spring Creek.


Nevada ads aim at red light, stop sign crashes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State police and transportation officials are launching a drive to tell Nevada motorists to pay attention to red lights and stop signs.

The Nevada Highway Patrol and state Department of Transportation say 371 people died and more than 3,000 were seriously hurt in crashes at intersections between 2008 and 2012.

Officials say more than 80 people died in 2012 alone in 10,000 crashes at Nevada intersections.

The safety campaign features billboards, TV and radio public service announcements, and on-line ads featuring Reno mother Cheryl Johnson.

Johnson's daughter, Jayme, was killed in 2010 when her vehicle was hit broadside by a vehicle speeding through a stop sign.

Nevada DOT chief Rudy Malfabon says that, too often, drivers run red lights or stop signs — leading to deadly consequences.


Furlong files for 4th term as Carson City sheriff

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong is hoping for a four-peat.

Furlong filed for re-election Tuesday, seeking a fourth, four-year term in office.

He was first elected in 2002 and was the capital city's top law enforcement officer during the recession that brought deep budget cuts.

He says in the year following the deepest cuts, the department was able to improve response times without eliminating services.

Furlong says Carson City's crime index in 2013 fell to its lowest level since 1997.

Candidates for public office have until March 14 to file for this year's election.

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