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Tiny Footprints, Big Discovery: Reptile Tracks Oldest Ever Found in Grand Canyon

Numerous hikers every day pass by the fallen boulder along the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

It may otherwise go undetected except for the 28 indentations– sloping footprints left by a little, reptile-like creature about 310 million years earlier– that cover the rock’s extensive surface area.

“It’s the earliest trackway ever discovered in the Grand Canyon in a period of rocks that nobody idea would have trackways in it, and they’re among the earliest reptile tracks in the world,” stated Steve Rowland, UNLV professor of geology who is studying the fossil trackways.

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Grand jury decreases to arraign former Las Vegas officer in chokehold death

LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) –

A grand jury decided not to indict a previous Las Vegas City policeman implicated of killing a man on the Las Vegas Strip with an unapproved choke hold, according to a lawyer.

Andre Lagomarsino, the attorney for Tashii Brown’s case, confirmed the decision to FOX5 Thursday. Brown is likewise known as Tashii Farmer.

Kenneth Lopera was previously charged with involuntary murder and oppression under color of office in connection with the May 2017 death. It was not instantly clear if the grand jury decided not to indict Lopera on both charges.

Lopera was implicated of asphyxiating Brown, 40, after a chase through The Venetian ended outside. Lopera apparently utilized an unapproved “rear-naked chokehold” on Brown for more than a minute. He was told to “let go”of Brown, inning accordance with a report. An officer administered chest compressions on Brown until paramedics arrived. He was taken to Sunrise Healthcare facility where he was pronounced dead.

Tashii Brown’s mother, Trinita Farmer launched a statement following the statement.

City Officer Lopera eliminated my child, Tashii. Tashii was unprotected on his back prior to Lopera utilized a taser seven times on him. When that wasn’t enough, Lopera started beating Tashii with a fist on his head. Not satisfied with the beating, Lopera choked Tashii to death and bragged to an officer that he “choked him out.” After eliminating my kid in public, the grand jury covertly exonerated Lopera. Invite to Vegas, where cops can eliminate a helpless human being, extol it, and then get away scot complimentary. I hope the general public is as outraged as our household is at the killing of our boy, father and brother. For no reason! No reason at all! Tashii was a good male. He did not deserve this.

[RELATED: Officer used inappropriate rear-naked choke on innocent guy before his death]

The ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Tod Story likewise provided a declaration on the case.

The decision not to prosecute previous officer Kenneth Lopera is a travesty of justice. It is mysterious that a jury would watch a video of Lopera choking Mr. Brown to death and not hold him accountable. As we have actually said given that the death of Mr. Brown, who did not devote any criminal activity the night he was killed, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Cops Department need to follow the examples of Henderson and North Las Vegas and prohibit making use of the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint. If LVNR remains an alternative on the use of force continuum, there is a probability of more deaths.

The Clark County Coroner ruled Brown was inebriateded on methamphetamine and had an enlarged heart. Nevertheless, he passed away due to a chokehold.

Steve Grammas, a union authorities representing Lopera formerly stated evidence from the coroner showed he didn’t kill Brown.

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for advancements.

Copyright 2018 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights scheduled. The Associated Press added to this report.

Weekend Rewind: Mel Brooks at Wynn, Pitbull at MGM Grand, Cardi B at Drai’s and more

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Pitbull postures with Larry and Camille Ruvo on the red carpet prior to the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand on April 28.

Tuesday, Might 1, 2018|2 a.m.

. This previous weekend was a pointer of why I compose the Rewind on Monday– the principle of the Vegas weekend is flexible; it can start and end whenever it desires. In this case, it appeared to begin Wednesday when Intrigue Club at Wynn Las Vegas opened its two-year anniversary event with a record-setting night anchored by pop-dance hitmakers The Chainsmokers.

There was no decreasing on Thursday when the first-ever Signboard Latin Music Week market conference in Las Vegas culminated in the 20th annual Signboard Latin Music Awards at Mandalay Bay Events Center, where global super stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Maluma racked up trophies and lit the stage on fire.

Friday night brought a return to the Repetition Theater phase for the legendary Mel Brooks, who easily charmed a jam-packed house with tales of his Brooklyn training, his time in the Army, some behind-the-scenes stories of making funny magic with Sid Caesar, Gene Wilder and No Mostel and repeat efficiencies of the best cat-noise sound effect ever. The 91-year-old icon did a couple of dates here last year and was encouraged to come back for two more shows–“They used me more money,” he riffed– and if Brooks finds time for another Wynn run, put it on your agenda.

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Tony Tran Photography Cardi B at Drai’s. Saturday was one of the biggest nights of the year in Las Vegas and I’m not discussing video game two of the Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks. Nevertheless, hockey was on the minds and streaming screens of many at the 22nd annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, participated in by stars including Marcia Gay Harden, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Carrot Top, Matt Goss and more. The voice of the Golden Knights Mark Shunock in fact started his night hyping up the T-Mobile Arena crowd and cranking the pregame siren with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons prior to bolting over to MGM to host the gala. There was some Power of Love-Latin Billboards crossover, too, as Zappos Theater resident Pitbull and globetrotting DJ Steve Aoki popped up at both occasions.

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Golden Tiki. Despite all this partying, I was outshined … by a pregnant woman. Social network hip-hop experience Cardi B attended those Billboard Latin awards with fiancé Offset of Atlanta rap attire Migos and performed with Puerto Rican reggaeton star Ozuna, then struck Drai’s Bar at the Cromwell Friday night to party and carry out with Migos throughout the group’s Drai’s Live residency program. The club crowd– that included Denver Broncos star Von Miller– went wild when she grabbed a mic for her verse of “Motorsport,” the Migos hit that likewise features Nicki Minaj.

Chinatown’s tropical favorite The Golden Tiki has added to its collection of shrunken heads. The Man of a Thousand Voices Rich Little is the latest celebrity to be memorialized at the drinking destination and his head was sculpted by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr. Little split a few jokes onstage and chilled with fellow comedian Murray Sawchuck, who has likewise been shrunk at the GT.

Condition improves for victim in Grand Canyon copter crash

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Teddy Fujimoto through AP In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, emergency situation personnel reach the scene of a lethal trip helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. The moms and dads of a British tourist who passed away after the crash have actually submitted a claim.

Monday, March 5, 2018|6 p.m.

Authorities state a British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon has actually been updated to reasonable condition at University Medical Center.

They say 29-year-old Jennifer Barham had been in critical condition given that the sightseeing helicopter from Las Vegas decreased Feb. 10 on tribal land outside Grand Canyon National Forest.

A UMC representative says the 42-year-old pilot stays in vital condition.

Three other British travelers aboard the helicopter were killed the day of the crash and 2 others died weeks later after being hospitalized.

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board states the helicopter made at least 2 360-degree turns before crashing.

Air travel professionals say that indicates the tail rotor wasn’t operating properly.

Traveler'' s parents submit suit in Grand Canyon copter crash

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Teddy Fujimoto through AP In this Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, file picture, emergency personnel get to the scene of a lethal trip helicopter crash along the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. The moms and dads of a British tourist who died after the crash have submitted a lawsuit.

Friday, March 2, 2018|10:35 p.m.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.– The moms and dads of a British traveler who died after the Grand Canyon sightseeing helicopter he was in crashed have actually filed the first wrongful death claim associated to last month’s crash.

The problem filed Friday in Clark County District Court in Nevada accused helicopter owner Papillon Airways and maker Airbus of carelessness in failing to equip the helicopter with a crash-resistant fuel system.

The systems have fuel tanks that expand, instead of rupture, on impact and self-sealing elements to keep fuel from dispersing. They are meant to prevent aircraft from catching fire and minimize the possibility that individuals on board get burned.

Jonathan Udall, of Southampton, was burned on more than 95 percent of his body in the crash and died Feb. 22 in a Las Vegas injury center– 10 days after the helicopter crashed at the bottom of the canyon on the Hualapai booking outside the national park.

His moms and dads, Philip and Marlene Udall, declared in the claim that their son could have endured if not for the post-crash fire and wish to avoid others from suffering deadly burns, their lawyer, Gary C. Robb, informed The Associated Press. The lawsuit looks for more than $195,000, other unspecified damages, lawyers’ costs and a jury trial.

” There is no possible reason for any helicopter not to have this basic but entirely effective innovation, no excuse. None,” Robb said. “If any helicopter executive spent 5 minutes with any of these burn victims, I ensure every helicopter in their fleet would have it.”

Representatives of Papillon and Plane did not immediately return email and phone messages looking for remark late Friday.

The National Transportation Security Board repeatedly has urged the Federal Air travel Administration to need that all helicopters have the systems. The FAA is considering it however today they are needed just for helicopter models that are recently accredited after 1994, a requirement that aviation specialists have called a major loophole. The Airplane EC130 B4 that crashed in the Grand Canyon was produced in 2010 but it is a version of helicopter that was designed before 1994.

Jet representative Bob Cox said earlier this week that all single-engine helicopters the business has actually sold in the U.S. since 2016 include the systems.

Papillon revealed Monday that it would retrofit 40 of its Plane EC130 B4 and AS350 B3 helicopters with the new fuel systems beginning in April– a move Robb stated came far too late.

Robb has actually represented others who were burned after helicopter difficult landings and crashes, including a flight nurse who just recently settled a claim against Airbus and Air Techniques Corp. for $100 million. Because case, the nurse invested 13 months in the healthcare facility for burns over 90 percent of his body, kidney failure and internal bleeding after the medical helicopter he was in crashed soon after launch in Frisco, Colorado, and emerged into flames.

The helicopter pilot was eliminated in the 2015 occurrence and another flight nurse was hurt. The NTSB discovered that the pilot switched off a switch that cut hydraulic pressure to the tail rotor.

The NTSB report on the Grand Canyon crash won’t be out for more than a year. An initial report released last month stated the helicopter made at least 2 360-degree turns prior to crashing with Udall, his 5 good friends and the pilot aboard. Air travel specialists stated that shows the tail rotor wasn’t operating appropriately.

3 of the travelers– veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her partner and car salesman Stuart Hill, 30; and Hill’s brother, 32-year-old legal representative Jason Hill– died at the crash website. Udall’s partner of three months, Ellie Milward Udall, later died at a hospital. All them were British and on the trip to celebrate Stuart Hill’s birthday.

Robb stated Jonathan Udall suffered third- and fourth-degree burns, and his wife had burns over 35 percent of her body.

A 6th guest, 39-year-old Jennifer Barham, and the 42-year-old pilot, Scott Cubicle, stayed in important condition Friday.

3 dead in helicopter crash in Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL FOREST (3TV/CBS 5/AP) –

Three people have been eliminated in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon, according to Hualapai Nation police Chief Francis Bradley.

6 travelers and a pilot were on board the Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around 5:20 p.m. Saturday on the Hualapai Country near Quartermaster Canyon, Bradley stated to The Associated Press.

3 of them were verified dead.

The 4 who were hurt were level 1 injury clients and were being dealt with at the scene. Officials state they were then airlifted to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in critical condition.

The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC130, crashed under unidentified circumstances, according to Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Workplace of Communications.

The airplane sustained significant damage, inning accordance with Kenitzer.

Papillon’s site states it flies roughly 600,000 guests a year on Grand Canyon and other tours. It also keeps in mind that it “abides by flight safety guidelines and policies that significantly exceed the regulations required by the Federal Aviation Administration.”

Papillon’s CEO Brenda Halvorson launched a declaration on behalf of the business Sunday afternoon.

“It is with severe sadness we extend our genuine compassion to the households associated with this accident. Our top concern is the care and needs of our guests and our personnel. Member of the family seeking immediate assistance, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are working together fully with NTSB detectives and regional authorities.” -Brenda Halvorson, Ceo, Papillon Group

Longtime helicopter crash attorney Gary C. Robb represented a female terribly burned in a lethal Papillion crash at the Grand Canyon in 2001. He said the business has actually made huge improvements since that crash.

“They’ve enhanced their piloting credentials along with their upkeep over the last 10 years and as far as I understand they’ve not had a crash given that 2001,” Robb stated to the Associated Press. He stated flying in the Grand Canyon can be treacherous just because of the variety of helicopters there.

Robb stated his heart went out to the victims.

“This is not just the fact that a helicopter crashed, this is a human disaster. Individuals passed away and were badly hurt. It’s a tragedy for humans,” Robb stated.

First responders were on the scene. The FAA and the NTSB are examining the crash.

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Enduring victims, consisting of pilot, of Grand Canyon helicopter crash flown to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

The four making it through victims, including the pilot, of the Grand Canyon helicopter crash were airlifted to a Las Vegas healthcare facility.

They were confessed to University Medical Center and listed in critical condition, according to UMC representative Danita Cohen. The 3 other travelers in the helicopter were killed in the crash on Saturday. RELATED: 3 dead in helicopter crash in Grand Canyon

Arizona Hualapai Nation cops Chief Francis Bradley stated an overall of 7 individuals, consisting of the pilot, remained in the helicopter at the time of the crash. As of Sunday early morning, recovery and rescue efforts are still in progress to reach the 3 deceased victims, Bradley verified.

Bradley stated the National Transport Security Board is expected to come to the crash website Sunday afternoon to continue the investigation.

“All the guests are from the UK. Everybody has been recognized. The next of kin have actually been informed. And we have three validated fatalities,” Bradley said. “The other day, we were hampered by severe weather. We had gusts approximately 50 miles an hour. The surface where the crash happened in Quartermaster Canyon is extremely rugged. It’s just accessible by airplane and our fist responders had a 20– minute hike, 20-minute walking, to get to the scene.”

The survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas health center by around 2 a.m. Sunday, Bradley said, as reported by KPHO. The survivors were later recognized as Scott Booth, who was the pilot, 42, Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39.

The guests who were killed were determined as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32 and Stuart Hill, 30.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also examining the occurrence, according to FAA representative Allen Kenitzer.

Papillon Airways, the company that runs the Grand Canyon flight trips, released the following statement:

“It is with severe unhappiness we extend our wholehearted compassion to the families involved in this mishap. Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff. Relative looking for instant support, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are working together fully with NTSB detectives and regional authorities.” -Brenda Halvorson, Ceo, Papillon Group

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The 18th annual Latin Grammys captivate MGM Grand Garden Arena

Nobody at MGM Grand Garden Arena was amazed when “Despacito” took 4 trophies at the Latin Grammy Awards on November 16– the greatest night in Latin music was definitely going to recognize one of the biggest Spanish-language singles ever to strike the worldwide charts. But the rest of the musical event had lots of remarkable performances, astonishing award presentations and memorable moments– including some extremely Vegas team-ups. Henderson resident Steve Aoki and Marquee Club artist French Montana helped amp up an efficiency by J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and Wynn Nightlife super star Diplo became part of a show-closing ensemble (along with Bomba Estéreo and Victor Manuelle) that carried out Luis Fonsi’s smash “Despacito.”

Bringing awareness and aid to Puerto Rico was the focal point of the 18th-annual awards event, which opened with a minute of silence followed by Puerto Rican rap phenom Residente– who scored nine nominations and won two awards– performing “Hijos de Cañaveral.” Alejandro Sanz received the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Individual of the Year award, and Hamilton playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda was granted the President’s Benefit Award.

Among the surprises were bachata-pop singer-songwriter Vicente García snagging 3 Latin Grammys and actor-salsa vocalist Ruben Blades winning two times for the album he recorded with Roberto Delgado & & Orquesta– consisting of the coveted Album of the Year award, where the veteran performer won out over stiff competition from Juanes, Shakira, Nicky Jam and Residente.

Town near Grand Canyon turns down push for taller structures

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Felicia Fonseca/ AP In this Tuesday, oct. 31, 2017 image, Clarinda Vail stands outside the lodge her family owns in Tusayan, Ariz. Vail opposes a tally measure to increase structure heights in the town outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017|11:49 a.m.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.– Citizens in Tusayan declined a ballot measure Tuesday that would have caused big changes for the entrance town to Grand Canyon National Park.

The all mail-in election asked locals to decide whether they desired structures heights as much as 65 feet (20 meters). Of the 131 people who cast ballots, 60 supported the procedure, while 71 opposed it.

Italy-based Stilo Development Group U.S.A asked the Town Council for the modification after the U.S. Forest Service obstructed access to two Stilo properties in the area.

The company coordinated with another landowner, Elling Halvorson, in promoting the higher structures to establish their property at the edge of town. It has prepare for apartment buildings, retail shops and accommodations at the site.

Challengers have said it’s the wrong type of development for a town that counts on Grand Canyon tourism. They say Tusayan must support, not diminish the national forest, and were stressed over impacts to water, traffic and the skyline.

“I’m just really pleased that it appears like the Tusayan citizens care more about the Grand Canyon than fulfilling every desire of the Italian designers via the Town Council,” stated Clarinda Vail, whose household settled the area in the 1930s.

The Town Council all approved the increased structure height previously this year however was challenged in a petition drive led by Vail. The town clerk and Coconino County officials at first rejected the petition over a signature a judge later on considered to be legitimate.

Months later on, the Town Council voted to settle the question through a ballot step.

Indications went up around town prompting citizens to say yes to higher buildings to bring jobs, self-reliance and real estate to the community of about 550 individuals. Other indications asked citizens to decline the procedure to protect the Grand Canyon.

Andy Jacobs, a spokesperson for Stilo, stated the company knew the campaign would be an uphill struggle.

“Exactly what we spoke with citizens, and we did a lot of outreach, particularly in the last few weeks, is they still support brand-new opportunities, particularly real estate in town,” he said Wednesday. “They just weren’t sure the height limit was the proper way to set about it.”

A political action committee funded by a Stilo and Halvorson company, Logan Luca LLC., invested numerous dollars on voter lists and the indications, and about $100 on promoted posts on Facebook, Jacobs stated. Much of the $12,000 reported in campaign financial resources went to the consulting firm that uses Jacobs.

A different committee on which Vail acts as treasurer spent $22,000 on lawyer’s charges for the legal battle against the regulation approved by the Town Council, inning accordance with project financing reports. About $100 went to obtain the names of registered citizens.