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Fired Nurse Wins Arbitration Against Sunrise Hospital

LAS VEGAS -- An arbitrator has ruled that a neonatal nurse should get her job back, more than 18 months after she was fired during an investigation into a baby's death.

According to the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Sharon Ochoa-Reyes and against her former employer Sunrise Hospital.

Ochoa-Reyes did file a lawsuit against the hospital seeking damages. She, along with fellow nurse Jessica Rice, were accused of intentionally interfering with medical equipment in the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit. 

Resident Hospitalized after Mobile Home Fire

Resident Hospitalized after Mobile Home Fire

 

Authorities say a mobile home resident is hospitalized after being overcome as firefighters doused a blaze that destroyed his home.

A Clark County spokeswoman says county firefighters found the mobile home ablaze when they arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday off Vegas Valley Drive and Lamb Boulevard.

Spokeswoman Stacey Welling says no one was home when the fire started, but one of the two people was treated by paramedics after being overcome by a medical condition when the couple arrived home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials called the mobile home a total loss and estimated damage at $70,000.

American Red Cross spokesman Lloyd Ziel says his organization is helping the couple find another place to stay.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Woman and 2 Children Escape Apartment Fire on Katie Ave.

LAS VEGAS -- A family lost most of its belongings after a fire forced them out of their apartment Tuesday morning.

Clark County firefighters were called to the blaze near Katie Avenue and Maryland Parkway at around 6:20 a.m. More than two dozen firefighters fought the fire.

It's believed the fire may have started near a water heater. A woman and her two children, ages 2 years old and 16 years old, escaped the apartment after neighbors alerted them by banging on the door.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.

 

 

One Person Hurt in Monday Afternoon Accident

LAS VEGAS -- One person was seriously hurt after a crash near Desert Inn Road and Lamb Boulevard.

Metro Police say a Jeep crashed into two parked cars, ejecting the driver. He was taken to Sunrise Hospital with critical injuries. Police do not know why the driver hit the parked cars but do not suspect he suffered a medical episode.

 

Cause of Death of Baby Found in Dumpster Undetermined

Cause of Death of Baby Found in Dumpster Undetermined

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner cannot confirm that a newborn found in a dumpster was stillborn or born alive.

The determination comes after a three-month investigation into the child's death. The coroner says the cause of death for the infant is undetermined. The manner of death is listed as fetal death.

The baby girl was found in a dumpster near Twain Avenue and Nellis Boulevard in October by a homeless person. Her umbilical cord was still attached. Metro Police have so far made little progress in finding who left the child there.

Las Vegas Convention Business on the Rise

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is a city where people come to play and work hard. According to a recent study, Las Vegas rolls out the red carpet to most of the nation's top trade shows and exhibitions - making this the center of commerce for some industries and the convention capitol for others.

"I've been coming to this convention for 13 years, and my associates have been coming here probably about 18 years," said MAGIC show exhibitor Jenifer Bitran. "Dinner every night, lunches, I mean we are always spending – taxis, you name it."

At least 20 events are taking place here this week alone. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, the MAGIC fashion exhibition expanded this year - drawing 70,000 visitors and 4,000 exhibitors.

I-Team: Sunrise Hospital Sued for Refusing to Rehire Nurse

LAS VEGAS - The Service Employees International Union Local 1107 has filed a lawsuit against Sunrise Hospital over the hospital's alleged refusal to rehire a nurse who was wrongfully terminated.

Jessica Rice was fired in 2010 during an investigation into a baby's death. Sunrise identified Rice and her former co-worker Sharon Reyes as possible suspects in an investigation into a series of broken catheters in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

After more than a year and a half, neither nurse faced any formal charges. In December 2011, an arbitrator ordered Sunrise Hospital to reinstate Rice, saying the hospital lacked cause to terminate her. The arbitrator's decision requires Sunrise to reinstate Rice and to pay back wages.

The lawsuit claims the hospital refused to rehire Rice. The union is seeking a court order confirming the awards granted by the arbitrator and attorneys' fees.