A Elko doctor has become the first in the state to face criminal drug distribution and health care fraud charges under a federal push to stem so-called “pill mill” physicians dispensing large amounts of powerful opioid medications with no legitimate medical purpose, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Devendra Patel, 58, was arrested in Elko and was being transported in custody to Reno, where he was due for a detention hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court, said Trisha Young, spokeswoman for Steven Myhre, the acting U.S. attorney in Las Vegas.
Patel is a cardiologist who also uses the name Devendrakumar Patel. He was the first person charged in Nevada under a U.S. Justice Department effort announced in August that made the state one of 12 with a federal prosecutor focused specifically on opioid fraud and abuse, Myhre said.
Education advocates argue that current funding levels are inadequate to serve this changing and challenging population, let alone all students.
“At the end of the day, no kid is funded at a sufficient level in Nevada for that kid to be able to have an opportunity (for) a successful education,” said Sylvia Lazos, policy director for the education policy organization Educate Nevada Now.
Although recent investments in education have helped, the advocates say they are only a fraction of what’s needed.
Critics respond that the state has pumped millions into education in recent years, targeting specific challenges faced by schools in Clark County. Now, they’re waiting to see academic improvement.
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A Clark County School District police officer deployed pepper spray Friday night to break up a fight between two girls following a basketball game between Canyon Springs and Legacy high schools.
CCSD police Capt. Ken Young said multiple officers attended the game at Canyon Springs High School, but Young wasn’t sure how many responded to break up what he called a “straightforward” fight.
The girls were both district students. One attends Canyon Springs, and the second attends another school.
The second student was taken to a juvenile detention center on a count of battery, Young said.
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Clueless Jacky Rosen slammed Senator Dean Heller over his tax vote in a tweet last evening.
Citing a dubious Washington Post story that read more like a campaign ad for Democrats than a legitimate piece of journalistic work Rosen tweeted:
.@DeanHeller how can you say you’re fighting for the middle-class when you just voted last night to increase their taxes and health care premiums? Seems like you didn’t read the bill after all… Washington Post
Always the gentleman, Heller responded:
.@RosenforNevada I not only read the bill, I wrote it. And it cuts taxes for every bracket for the 1.4 million tax filers in NV. It also eliminates the tax on 90,000 Nevadans that can’t purchase health insurance because they can’t afford it.
Rosen is apparently pretty clueless. It’s pretty obvious she hadn’t read the bill. One can only wonder about her mental state.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on a freshman House lawmaker considered a rising star in the party to resign his seat after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed one of his campaign aides.
Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward his then-campaign finance director in an article published Friday by BuzzFeed. The woman, identified only as Samantha, told BuzzFeed that Kihuen propositioned her for dates and sex and twice touched her thighs without consent.
In a statement, DCCC Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., said politicians “guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault … should not hold elected office.”
“Members and candidates must be held to the highest standard,” Luján stated. “Congresman Kihuen should resign.”
With these allegations, Kihuen becomes the latest figure on Capitol Hill whose political future is in doubt because of accusations of misconduct.
Kihuen, a protege of retired Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds a seat previously represented by Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy.
Asked for a response to the BuzzFeed story, a spokesperson for Kihuen did not reply.
San Jose Mercury News
A Clark County district judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that prohibits the Metropolitan Police Department from forcing officers to work overtime.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association sought the restraining order in a lawsuit filed Oct. 31 against the department. The complaint made no mention of the more than 50,000 overtime hours logged by the agency in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 massacre.
The complaint instead highlighted an ongoing issue of forced overtime by the Police Department, including an August decision requiring correctional officers to work overtime due to reduced staffing. The union also claims Metro forced mandatory overtime on Halloween.
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