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Drug raid nets 2,300 pot plants in Nye County

RAILROAD VALLEY, Nev. (AP) — Nye County sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspected drug-traffickers following a state and federal drug raid at an illegal marijuana farm on national forest land in a remote part of Nevada’s high desert about 250 miles north of Las Vegas

The sheriff’s office says authorities confiscated more than 2,300 pot plants from a mountainside in the Railroad Valley about 60 miles southwest of Ely on Sept. 29.

Two suspects who fled on foot remain at large, but investigators say they collected a DNA sample from their camp.

The sheriff says it took about a dozen helicopter flights to remove all the plants and bury them in a large pit.

The U.S. Forest Service led the raid, with help from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, sheriff’s office and state game wardens.

Nevada to send 200 inmates to Arizona prison

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada will send 200 inmates to an Arizona prison after state officials approved a $9.2 million contract with a private corrections company.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the state board of examiners on Tuesday approved the two-year agreement with CoreCivic Inc. The contract comes as the state’s overburdened corrections system is facing a bed shortage.

Officials with the state Department of Corrections say the more dangerous and destructive inmates have been targeted for relocation to the Saguaro Correctional Facility in Eloy, Arizona. Most of the inmates will be transferred by late November.

Nevada will pay $72.58 per inmate per day during the first fiscal year, and the rate changes to $74.40 in the next fiscal period.

Deputy injured during Idaho escape attempt

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho jail deputy sustained head injuries after two inmates assaulted the deputy during an escape attempt.

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office said in a prepared statement that the deputy was treated and released from a local hospital after the incident early Monday.

Other deputies intervened and prevented the inmates from escaping the main jail building.

The sheriff’s office says the incident remains under investigation.

Several inmates have escaped from the jail in Caldwell in recent months, most of them cutting through the side of a minimum security tent facility near the main building. The tent jail was originally meant to house work-release inmates, but officials started using it for minimum security inmates to reduce overcrowding, in part because voters have rejected attempts to rebuild or expand the regular jail building.

7 hurt in fire at Reno apartment complex

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RENO (AP) — Fire officials in Reno are investigating the cause of a late-night fire that injured seven people at an apartment complex near the Washoe County Golf Course.

Fire crews say they helped rescue five people from a balcony and had to evacuate residents from all three floors after the blaze broke out at the complex south of downtown at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

One man was taken to a local hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.

Six other people, including two Reno police officers, were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene and released.

Fire officials say at least 15 people have been displaced. Two apartment units burned completely and at least eight others suffered significant smoke and water damage.

Not guilty plea in big wildfire near Brian Head

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man is pleading not guilty to criminal charges in a massive Utah wildfire that destroyed 13 homes and cost some $40 million to fight.

Court records show Robert Ray Lyman entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless burning and burning without a permit counts filed in the fire that torched more than 100 square miles this summer.

Authorities say the fire that forced some 1,500 people to evacuate was started by weed burning at a cabin near the southern Utah ski town of Brian Head, a popular getaway for Las Vegas residents.

A lawyer for the 61-year-old Lyman has questioned the evidence for the charges. Attorney Andrew Deiss has said his client is a former high school basketball coach who fully cooperated with the investigation.


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