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Judge Steven Jones Suspended

Judge Steven Jones

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has suspended family court Judge Steven Jones without pay for three months.

The embattled judge was found to have violated judicial ethics in a case involving his now-deceased girlfriend Lisa Willardson.

Her death came the same day that the commission found the judge broke ethical rules because he presided over cases handled by Willardson, a former prosecutor, while the pair were dating.

She was found dead in her home the day after Christmas. The Clark County Coroner has yet to release her cause of death.

 

Man Indicted for Murder in Shooting Death

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury indicted a Las Vegas man on one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of a man earlier this month.

The grand jury indicted Raul Gonzales on one count of murder in the shooting death of 35-year-old Eric Paul Montoya. According to Metro Police, Gonzales went to Montoya's home on White Skies Court, which is near Nellis Boulevard and Owens Avenue, in the early morning of Jan. 14 and fired four shots through the door.

Montoya was on the other side of the door and was hit twice. He was taken to the hospital and died from his wounds later in the day.

Gonzales told police that he had set up with Montoya to rob a taco vendor the morning of the shooting. However, when Montoya didn't show up for their meeting, he felt that Montoya was setting him up to be beaten. So, he decided to shoot him first.

Driving You Crazy: Red Arrow at Nellis and Stewart

LAS VEGAS - Drivers say the flashing yellow arrow at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Nellis Boulevard is stuck on a red arrow. They ask if the yellow light can be restored.

Traffic officials say the light is fixed on red for a reason. This is a high crash zone. According to Metro Police, Stewart and Nellis is the worst intersection in the valley for injury accidents. Within a six-month period in 2013, 17 injury accidents occurred at this intersection. In 2012, 45 accidents took place there.

In the interest of safety, traffic officials eliminated permissive left turns on a flashing yellow light.

Crews also took other safety measures. They extended the median island on Stewart east of Nellis to avoid conflicts for those entering shopping centers. They are testing signal phasing and considering adding dual left turn lanes.

The intersection sees too many accidents, however, to restore the flashing yellow arrow.

Man Arrested in Connection with Murder in December

Man Arrested in Connection with Murder in December

A Las Vegas man is under arrest nearly a month after an arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with a murder.

Metro Police arrested Jessie Charles Washington Monday on charges of murder with use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substances act.

According to police, Washington shot and killed Anthony Walker on Dec. 22, following an argument over a drug deal. Walker was going to sell Washington marijuana but they got into an argument, police said.

Walker was shot and killed in his garage at his home near Hollywood Blvd. and Carey Ave.

 

Questions Arise Following Fire that Killed 2 Boys

LAS VEGAS -- More details are emerging about two boys killed in a trailer fire over the weekend. It appears both boys, a 15-year-old and possibly an 11-year-old, were alone.

Family members of Jerry Slayden Junior believe the other fire victim is Slayden's friend, Andrew Njera who is 11 years old. Both were killed in an early morning fire Sunday in a small travel trailer.

An investigation is underway as to why the boys were left alone and who was responsible for them. A little more than 24 hours after the trailer went up in flames, family members and friends set out candles and crosses in memory of the two boys who died. While aunts and uncles were at the scene, there were no parents.

Alan Brown was there so he could pay his respects to his deceased nephew, Jerry Slayden.

"Somebody's got to get it going," he said.

Family IDs Young Man Killed in Fire

Jerry Slayden, Jr.

LAS VEGAS-- The family of one of the people killed in an overnight fire has identified him as 15-year-old Jerry Slayden, Jr. 

Slayden and another person were found dead inside a trailer early Sunday morning.

The Clark County Fire Department responded to the fire at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a neighborhood near Carey Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

Officials say when crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the trailer, which was parked on a residential lot next to an occupied home. The family tells 8 News NOW that the home belonged to Slayden's grandmother.

Once the fire was out, Clark County and North Las Vegas firefighters discovered the two bodies inside.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The identity of the second victim has not been identified.