Feds grant Nevada $5.6M for opioid crisis
CARSON CITY (AP) Nevada is receiving $5.6 million from the federal government to combat an opioid crisis largely stemming from addiction to prescription painkillers. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen Sandoval, have pushed for reforms in doctors’ offices and easier access to drugs that can counter the effects of an overdose. State health officials say the award announced Thursday will be used primarily for prevention and treatment programs, education for prescribers, enhanced data collection and the antidote naloxone.
Sandoval signed a law in 2015 requiring doctors to occasionally review a statewide computer system that tracks opioid prescriptions. Now, he wants to expand that database to include how long opioid prescriptions are expected to last and other states where patients are prescribed opioids. Funds will come from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Man arrested for setting fires in Trump hotel
LAS VEGAS (AP) Police say it’s not clear if a 28-year-old man accused of setting two fires at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas was motivated by the name on the building. Officer Michael Rodriguez said Thursday that Roger Michael Fraley told investigators following his Wednesday evening arrest that he wanted to create mischief. Fraley was jailed on $90,000 bail pending an initial court appearance on multiple felony arson and burglary charges that could get him decades in prison.
It is not immediately clear if he has a lawyer
Clark County fire officials say towels and toasters were used to ignite fires that were quickly doused in a pool deck restroom and a 17th floor hallway. Rodriguez says a hotel security guard received minor injuries detaining Fraley before firefighters and police arrived.
Utah Rep. Chaffetz will be out for foot surgery
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by announcing he will not seek re-election. He said in an Instagram post Wednesday he needs surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago. Chaffetz posted X-ray images showing the 14 screws and a metal plate in his foot. He said he injured his foot during a fall from a ladder at his home.
He said he was “sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington … but medical emergencies are never convenient.”
Chaffetz, 50, has not announced his future plans, although he says he’s considering private sector jobs. He is a possible candidate for Utah governor in 2020.
Idaho man sentenced for hate crime in gay man’s killing
BOISE, Idaho (AP) An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. KTVB-TV reports 23-year-old Kelly Schneider was sentenced Wednesday in connection with last year’s death of 49-year-old Steven Nelson.
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The sentence for the hate crime charge of willful assault based on sexual orientation is in addition to a life term Schneider received earlier this month for first-degree murder. He’ll serve at least 28 years behind bars before he’s eligible for parole.
According to court documents, Schneider lured Nelson to a remote area and used steel-toed boots to kick Nelson repeatedly while Nelson begged for his life. Nelson was then left alone and died after finding help at a home about half-mile away.
‘Mountain man’ granted parole in 1984 killing
DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) Self-described “mountain man” Don Nichols has been granted parole after serving nearly 32 years for kidnapping a world class athlete on a training run in the mountains of southwestern Montana in July 1984 and killing her would-be rescuer. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole granted parole to the 86-year-old after a hearing Thursday at the state prison in Deer Lodge.
Nichols was sentenced to 85 years in prison for kidnapping Kari Swenson in the mountains near Big Sky and killing Alan Goldstein as he tried to rescue Swenson. Swenson was shot in the chest by Nichols’ son, Dan, before the two escaped. Don and Dan Nichols were arrested after a five-month manhunt in southwestern Montana. Nichols told the board he plans to live in Deer Lodge.
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Jim Harbaugh gets scolded by security inside shopping mall for playing catch. https://t.co/cywWm8yPgm
The Wolverines head coach played catch in the middle of a shopping mall, which drew the ire of a security guard. He pointed toward the exit sign, either kicking Harbaugh out or asking him to toss the pigskin outside.
The typically uptight leader appears to be enjoying his time abroad. Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade also provided footage of Harbaugh fighting to keep his khakis clean in a paintball battle:
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Jim Harbaugh just bought a selfie stick. “Who wouldn’t want one of these things. This is awesome.” https://t.co/DJMSzuaktR
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A Nigerian refugee, talking with Jim Harbaugh, is utterly baffled at why it’s called football. https://t.co/KYCuEG8BZn
Paintball, selfie sticks and playing ball in the house. Just how everyone would envision a football getaway with Harbaugh.
While on the recruiting trail this week checking in on numerous prospects, the Florida Gators are expected to send area recruiter Tim Skipper by Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian to see five-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Army All-American has yet to name any formal leaders, but has talked up programs like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami, UCLA, and USC in the past. He’s visited Florida, Florida Atlantic, and Miami this spring. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently gives the Florida Gators the edge with 55% of the votes over Florida State and UCLA.
The 247Sports Composite currently ranks Johnson as the No. 17 overall player in the 2018 class and a five-star rated prospect.