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Nurses charged with abuse located by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff Officials with the state Attorney General's Office say they are closer to apprehending the other two individuals charged with the criminal neglect and abuse of an elderly patient at Nye Regional Medical Center (NRMC). Former nurses Jane Rudolph and Bernice Fay Anderson are reported to be out of the state at this time, one apparently out of the country. Both are wanted in connection with an alleged dropping of a patient and subsequent cover-up of improper transportation procedures that took place in late November of last year. According to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Director Timothy Terry, the Attorney General's Office is aware of each of the nurses' whereabouts and is working on a way to get them back to Nevada. Each have been charged with Crinlinal Neglect of a Patient in violation of NRS 200.495 and Abuse Neglect and Exploitation of Older Persons in violation of NRS 200. 5099, both felony counts. Rudolph is also being charged with a misdemeanor for failing to notify authorities. "We're hoping to get them back here and in custody as soon as possible," Terry said. "We would like to see them choose to come back voluntarily. If they choose not to, then we will be faced with extrictlhg them back to stand trial." A third nurse, Patricia Perry Paul was arrested in Tonopah on Novembel: 25. She faces the same charges as Rudolph and Anderson. Paul was arraigned and later released on her own recognizance. A December 10 preliminary hearing date was set for her, but according to officials at the Justice Continued on page 14 CLOSE CALL - Luis Morales, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., lost control of his '93 Nissan Maxima on December 7, about 9 a.m. while traveling southbound on Highway 127, 2 1/2 miles North of Shoshone. Morales rolled his car twice and the passenger, Aurora Gonzalez of N. Hollywood, Calif. was ejected due to misuse of seat belts. She was transported with moderate injuries to Pahrump Medical Center. photo by Ethel &lesser Highway 160 to see four lane future by Geoff Kreis PVG Staff Soon people will be able to drive safely between Las Vegas and Pahrump thanks to $10 million in funding that was given by the Federal Government to expand Highway 160 to four lanes. President Clinton signeda six month extension last week of the Inter-model Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) highway bill. The $10 million was secured by Nevada politicians for the Pahrump road project through the Public Lands Highway Program last year, but the funding has been delayed. "Now that more people are living in Pahrump and using Highway 160 to get to Death Valley, we needed to make the highway safer for those who travel on it," said Senator Harry Ried. "This long awaited funding will make it easier for people to go sightseeing or hiking in the Spring Mountains and will give them an alternative to the heavy traffic on U.S. 95." An average of one severe automobile accident occurs on the highway per month according to estimates by Emer- gency Medical Service Officials. In 1995 both state offi- cials and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) agreed that widening the highway was the best option to deal with several travel delays and safety concerns. "The people who travel that road on a regular basis have done a great job of making their concerns about safety known," said Congressman John Ensign, "Safety has to be a primary concern when making transportation improve- ments, and this project will make travel in southern Nevada considerably safer." Nevada is the fastest growing state in the nation and needs grants like these to keep up with the population's growth. "This project will provide for the construction of a new two lane roadway that will lead to increase safety," Bryan said. "It will also serve to decrease congestion in Pahr- ump and to provide safer access to the Toyabe National Forest and the Spring Mountian Range Recreational Area." NDOT studies conducted in 1996 estimated that an average of 5,225 vehicles a day traveled Highway 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump. The statistics for 1997 have not been released as of yet, but with the growth ot Pahrump and Las Vegas the numbers have most likely increased, according to officials. On May 1, 1998, the tate will be accepting bids from contractors and construction crews to take on the High- way 160 project. All bids will be subject to final approval. "Usually the construction begins two and a half months after the bids are announced," said David Cherry, a public information officer from Reid's Washington D.C. office. "The highway construction should start in August ot Continued on page, The Country Mint Band DN. & Dea. l00t& 8pro - Midnight