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Prosecutors seek Friday court appearance for Epstein pal

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors on Sunday asked a judge to schedule a Friday court appearance in New York for Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime associate to face charges she helped him recruit women to sexually abuse.

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, was arrested Thursday at a $1 million estate on 156 acres that she purchased last December in Bradford, New Hampshire.

She has been detained without bail after agreeing to be moved to New York. Prosecutors have labeled her an “extreme risk of flight” and said they want her jailed until trial.

In a letter to a judge Sunday, prosecutors said they have communicated with Maxwell’s defense lawyer, Christian Everdell, who would like a Friday bail hearing after written arguments are submitted by both sides Thursday and Friday. She will also be arraigned at the hearing.

An email seeking comment was sent to Everdell... Read More

Places of worship told to stop singing, chanting as COVID-19 cases spike in California

LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — Churches and places of worship have already had to change how they have service because of the pandemic and now they’re being asked to make more changes.

State guidelines for places of worship now say to stop all singing and chanting during in-person services because it can increase the likelihood of spreading the virus. 

“Immediately, I thought that’s wrong. You can’t … we can’t do that,” said Jenny Miller, who attends Cross Culture Community Church in Lodi.

Congregants of the Cross Culture Community Church were locked out of their building after defying stay-at-home orders.

Miller said the governor has gone too far. ... Read More

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

(AP) — The NHL and NHL Players’ Association agreed Sunday on protocols to resume the season, a major step toward the return of hockey this summer.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press there was an agreement on protocols for training camps and games and the sides are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, which is crucial to the process. 

A person with knowledge of the situation said the return-to-play protocols would only go into effect if each side votes to approve the full package of the CBA extension and return-to-play agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because CBA talks are still ongoing.

To complete a return, two-thirds of the league’s board of governors and majorities of the players’ executive committee and full membership must vote in favor. ... Read More

‘GALS’ middle school prepares for opening amid COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s first all girls school plans to open this fall, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a charter middle school, located on the campus of UNLV. 

It is called Girls Athletic Leadership School or “GALS” Las Vegas. The middle school plans to welcome sixth and seventh graders this fall.

School leaders continue to accept applications and noticed a recent uptick following the Clark County School District revealing its back to school COVID-19 plan.

“Our enrollment has increased enormously,” said Krista Yarberry, Head of School for Girls Athletic Leadership School.

Angelina Ortiz is part of the inaugural “GALS” class. She chose to come here this fall after attending a CCSD middle school.

“I’m really looking forward to everything that they’re looking to teach me,” Ortiz said. “There was a lot of boys where I couldn’t really get a good education, they were really loud.”... Read More

4th of July fires cause damage across Las Vegas valley, keep fire crews busy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Fire crews had their hands full overnight, battling blazes across the valley on the Fourth of July. Some houses were impacted by those fires, leaving people without a place to stay.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says they got around 175 calls — the most they’ve ever received during the Fourth of July.

“We were only sending one or two engines on each call because we were stretched so thin,” said Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

At least five homes across the city were damaged, including this one near Jones & 95. 

We’re told palm trees caught fire, allowing the blaze to char part of the house.

“We went for about four years without any structures being damaged to the point that people were displaced or they couldn’t stay in overnight,” Szymanski said.

While many fires are still under investigation, one thing is pretty clear for those that began on the roof... Read More

Road improvement project on Jones begins Monday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Construction begins Monday, July 6 on a nearly $6 million road improvement project along two miles of Jones Boulevard.

The upgrades from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will start at Smoke Ranch Road and work southbound, ending at Upland Boulevard. There will be lane restrictions in place through the construction process.

That 2-mile stretch of a bumpy ride will soon become smooth for drivers.

Photo Courtesy: NDOT

Those who live nearby say the upgrades are long over due.

“I exercise and I run these streets. I’ve lived in this area for ten years and these streets are a disaster,” Las Vegas resident Jimmy Melville said. “From what I’ve learned, they are going to repave them, the sidewalks, everything which is great!”... Read More

Procession honoring NHP Sgt. Ben Jenkins set for Wednesday

ELKO, Nev. (KLAS) — A Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant who was killed in the line of duty will soon receive his final send off. The Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Jenkins Family will be hosting a celebration of life, followed by a procession Wednesday morning in Elko.

Sgt. Jenkins was killed in the early morning hours of March 27 while trying to help a stopped motorist on US 93 in White Pine County. That’s when 65-year-old John Dabritz opened fire on Jenkins, who was hit and killed. The motorist then stole Jenkin’s uniform and drove away in Jenkin’s patrol vehicle... Read More