Mom accused of killing daughter to be arraigned
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal inn goes to court Monday.
Authorities arrested 40-year-old Jessica Smith of Goldendale, Washington, on Sunday in the woods east of Cannon Beach. She’s accused of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.
On Friday, a housekeeper found Smith’s 2-year-old daughter dead in a room at a Cannon Beach resort. Authorities said Smith’s 13-year-old daughter was badly cut, but is expected to recover.
Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis (mahr-kee) says Smith’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday afternoon. He says she'll appear by a video feed from jail and is not expected to enter a plea.
He says a defense lawyer may be appointed, and the county grand jury is expected to hear the case this week.
Coast Guard rescues boaters in Hawaii waters
HONOLULU (AP) – The Coast Guard says eight people were rescued in Hawaii waters after their vessel sank.
The Coast Guard says no injuries were reported among those rescued. The group was able to tie three kayaks together and cling to them before rescuers arrived Sunday.
Those on board the 21-foot recreational vessel were wearing lifejackets at the time of the sinking in Kaiwi Channel.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received a signal that people could be in trouble about 12 miles West of Molokai. That was followed by a call from a father saying his son and seven others were in distress in the area of the signal.
The boaters were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew. A boat crew also was dispatched to the scene.
Vegas resort planned at ex-New Frontier site
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A new resort could soon spring up on the vacant Las Vegas Strip site of the former New Frontier casino, thanks to a partnership between Australian billionaire James Packer and former Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal.
The two announced Monday that they’re forming a new company and acquired a controlling interest in the 35-acre parcel, which has remained undeveloped since the storied New Frontier was imploded on Nov. 13, 2007. Groundbreaking is planned for 2015, while the resort could open as soon as 2018.
“You can’t be in the gaming industry and not have a special reverence for Las Vegas – that’s where it all began,” said Packer, whose company, Crown Resorts Limited, has successful casinos in Australia, Macau and London. “While we fell short in past attempts to enter that market, we now have the ideal opportunity.”
The New Frontier opened in 1942 and was known as the site of Elvis Presley’s first Las Vegas performance in 1956. The implosion was meant to make way for a $5 billion hotel-casino based on the Plaza Hotel in New York City, but the project died when the recession hit, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The deal to redevelop the land has financial support from Oaktree Capital Management.
“We believed it was the best piece of undeveloped land on the Las Vegas Strip,” Oaktree President Bruce Karsh said in a statement.