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Trucking company lawyers renew tampering claims
(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for a trucking company involved in a collision with an Amtrak train are renewing their claims of evidence tampering by Union Pacific Railroad and say the matter warrants a criminal investigation.
The allegations were raised in new court documents filed by attorneys for John Davis Trucking Co. over the 2011 collision east of Reno the killed six people and injured 15.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports trucking company attorneys are questioning whether a senior Union Pacific official ignored a National Transportation Safety Board directive to secure the crash site until investigators arrived.
A Union Pacific spokesman denies the allegations.
NTSB investigators say an inattentive truck driver and faulty brakes were the likely cause of the crash.
Coroner IDs boy possibly drowned in tub by mom
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified a 3-year-old boy who police say may have been drowned in a bathtub by his mother, who is due in court Monday.
Clark County coroner's officials say Noah Lane Allen was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital after being taken there Saturday evening. An official cause of death has not been released.
Police Lt. Ken Romine says the boy's mother, 30-year-old Christine Allen, called 911 just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters tried to resuscitate Noah at the home in Rock Springs Vista Condos, near Buffalo and Vegas Drive, but he later died.
A preliminary investigation indicates Allen may have been experiencing a medical crisis when she allegedly drowned the boy in the bathtub.
No other children were home at the time.
Allen was jailed and scheduled for a court appearance Monday.
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING-NORTH VEGAS
1 dead in North Vegas officer-involved shooting
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting overnight in a North Las Vegas neighborhood.
The incident happened about 1 a.m. Monday near Woodard Street and Tonopah Avenue.
Officer Chrissie Coon says dispatchers were told the officer planned to stop a pedestrian, and then were told a few minutes later that there was a shooting and medical help was needed.
Coon says police are investigating the events that led up to the shooting.
The names of the officer and the person who was shot have not yet been released.
PLANE CRASH-CARSON CITY
1 dead in small plane crash outside Carson City
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say they found one person dead after a small plane crash outside of Carson City.
Officials with the Carson City Sheriff's Office say they were informed of the crash about 2 p.m. Sunday when a sheriff's pilot spotted wreckage in the Pinion Hills.
Rescuers confirmed one person was dead at the site.
Recovery efforts were expected to resume on Monday.
SPARKS DOMESTIC DISPUTE
Sparks man charged in strangling of woman
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A Sparks man accused of strangling a woman and endangering a child has turned himself in to police.
Police say 27-year-old Andrew Dovichi was booked into the Washoe County jail on Sunday on suspicion of domestic battery, false imprisonment and child endangerment.
His bail was set at $37,500.
Police said they were called to a business about 4:20 a.m. Saturday to meet with a woman who said Dovichi attacked her at her home on F Street.
She told investigators he beat her after she accused him of infidelity.
She said her 10-month-old child was still in the home.
Police forced their way into the home after they heard the child crying, but Dovichi was gone. He surrendered to police Sunday morning.
COLORADO RIVER-FLOOD EXPERIMENT
Colorado River dam opening for flood experiment
(Information in the following story is from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water will once again flow in an old Colorado River channel in Mexico that's been sucked dry by farms and cities.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the gates of Morelos Dam a mile south of the border will open March 23 to release a man-made flood expected to last eight weeks.
It's part of an experiment that will be closely watched by a team of Mexican and American researchers.
The so-called "pulse flow event" mimics the floods that happened each spring before the Colorado River was dammed up and its waters stored in reservoirs such as Lake Mead.
It's meant to spur the growth of plants and trees in the now-dry river delta.
The project was authorized by a 2012 amendment to a treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.