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Pink flamingos draws inspiration for Medical Center patients

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A lightning-caused a wildfire that menaced nearby citizens, homes and a hospital on Sunday, August 6, was no match for a horde of seven pink flamingos.

The lawn ornaments, on the hillside just behind the Northern Nevada Medical Center, have become a symbol of hope for the patients and staffs of the hospital and were threatened when a fire on Sunday scorched thousands of acres.

The pink flamingos still stand. It was pretty good news for Lita McCaw, the director for case management for inpatient rehabilitation at the Northern Nevada Medical Center.

McCaw said that the group of seven pink flamingos has become a source of inspiration for families since they appeared two years ago.

It was fall back in 2015 when two daughters of a patient in his 70s put the flamingos out on the hillside.

The man had been suffering from stroke and was depressed, McCaw said.

“His two amazing daughters bought all these flamingos and put them out so their father could see them from his hospital window,” McCaw added.

McCaw further said that they would move the flamingos around on the hillside, and it became a ritual for the man, staying on the sixth floor, to find them everyday. Soon other Northern Nevada Medical Center employees and patients eagerly started looking for and talking about the flock of flamingos.

“It’s a huge part of the hospital now,” said McCaw. She added that the flamingos become a way to start a discussion with patient, many who are sadden after suffering a medical emergency.

The man ended up making an amazing recovery and left weeks after suffering from stroke, but the flamingos stayed behind to inspire the other patients in the Northern Nevada Medical Center.

It’s what Lisa Boote of Sparks City did for after her own stay at the hospital for an appendectomy. “I remember looking outside and seeing these pink flamingos and it just made me happy,” Boote said.

When Boote got out of the hospital, she and her husband bought costumes for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day and dressed them up.

“I have to tell you I wanted to see with my own eyes,” McCaw said of seeing that the flamingos survived from Sunday’s fire.

“I truly can’t understand how they survived when fire was all the way around them,” McCaw said.

McCaw said that the staff from Northern Nevada Medical Center talked about dressing the flamingos up as firemen. “The firemen truly saved the hospital,” McCaw said. “They truly saved something that has become a symbol of hope.”

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Ethics Complaints Filed Against Henderson City Mayor, Councilwoman

Ethics complaint accuses Henderson City Mayor Debra March and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder of not succeeding to abide with transparency policy.

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Debra March mostly prioritized on government transparency during her electoral campaign for city mayor. Now, less than three months after taking the seat and governing the city, an ethics complaint accuses her and Councilwoman Gerri Schroder of not succeeding to abide with transparency policy.

The moral code complaint reads that both March and Schroder failed to make public their links with the Henderson Community Foundation during the Henderson City Council votes related to the foundation.

A City of Henderson resident who wishes to remain anonymous filed the complaint last week before the Nevada Commission on Ethics.

“This is an inherent conflict of interest,” the ethics complaint says. Mayor March and Councilwoman Schroder could not be reached for their respective comment.

“No one at the city of Henderson or any elected official has been notified by the Nevada Commission on Ethics about any actions being taken,” the Henderson spokesman David Cherry said.

The ethics complaint filed to the Nevada Commission on Ethics against the city mayor and councilwoman centers on a June 6 City Council meeting when March and Schroder “insinuated they had an arms length relationship” with the Henderson Community Foundation. The complaints also claims March only disclosed her ties with the foundation because she had commenced an investigation into the Friends of the Henderson Police Department Foundation.

Back in May, March told the Centrio News that the investigation into former Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers was started after she have seen a mailer sent by Moers to local business possessors. The mailer included Moers’ photo and a picture of a City of Henderson police badge.

“Debra March intentionally and willfully failed to disclose her 15-year relationship with the Henderson Community Foundation in order to benefit and further her political agenda and the standing of the HCF over the Friends of the HPD Foundation.”

“March intentionally disparaged the reputations of the foundation and the former police chief and deputy chief,” the complaint wrote.

Election campaign finance records show that Schroder’s campaign donated more than $7,500 to the Henderson Community Foundation, while March’s campaign donated $1,650.

Back in 2015, both March and Schroder became members of the Henderson Community Foundation’s chairman’s council.

“We’ve never asked Debra or Gerri to fund raise for us in any way,” said vice president of the Henderson Community Foundation and founding member James Green. “They’ve never been involved in our conversations regarding funds with the police department.”

Meanwhile, the Ethics Commission Executive Director Yvonne Nevarez-Goodson said that she could not verify or renounce the ethics complaint because the are confidential until the jurisdictional review panel rules whether a violation have occurred.

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Nevada Supreme Court disbars Vegas lawyer who embezzled clients’ money

The Nevada State Supreme Court justices has formally disbarred the longtime Las Vegas estate lawyer Robert Graham.

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The Nevada State Supreme Court has formally disbarred the longtime Las Vegas estate lawyer Robert Graham, who admittedly embezzling millions of moneys from his clients.

In a four-page document filed on Monday, September 11, the chief and associate justices of the Nevada Supreme Court said that the disbarment was irreversibly permanent, and they directed Graham to shell out money and pay $17.2 million compensations to the victims as well as a $1 million fine.

“Because the amount of misappropriated client funds is staggering and Graham exploited vulnerable people, disbarment is the only appropriate discipline,” the Nevada State Supreme Court justices wrote on the document.

Graham, who is in custody of the Clark County Detention Center, pleaded guilty last Thursday in District Court for five felony counts, including theft and exploitation of vulnerable people most of whom depended on financially on trust funds he supervised, while hesitantly admitting he embezzled more than $16 million.

The 52-year-old Graham faces a 16 to 40 prison years and will be sentenced on January 11.

At a disciplinary hearing last March, a prosecutor with the State Bar of Nevada recommended seizing Graham’s license, alleging his embezzlement topped $17 million over the past 10 years.

The Supreme Court concluded that the Nevada State Bar had settled its case.

The State justices learned that he exhibited egocentric intentions, declined to concede his wrongdoings and did not care about making restitution.

Graham was charged by a county grand jury in associated with the stealing in January.

Graham stealthily stole an average of $187,000 per month from his client funds over the several to a special bank account to fund his law firm and dish out personal bills.

Additionally, the indicted lawyer used his client funds to pay $244,000 in his professional taxes and $700,000 per annum in advertisement expenses for his law firm. Graham also used the stolen funds to make thousands of dollars more in charitable donations to numerous non-profit organizations, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boys Town of Nevada, the document reads.

Eric Hawkins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City issued a statement back in January claiming that the church would turn over any donations that may have been donated to them fraudulently.

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