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Hostage situation at lake is unfounded

Las Vegas police responded to a mobile home in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Saturday afternoon after a man called the National Park Service and said he was being held hostage.

The National Park Service received the call about 4:15 p.m. and requested Metro’s SWAT unit to the Las Vegas marina where a man said he was being held captive, according to Metro spokesman Sgt. John Sheahan.

SWAT entered the mobile home a couple of hours later after there was no response to Metro’s commands, Sheahan said. There was no suspect or victim inside the mobile home when SWAT entered.

Residents appear in court on assault, drug charges

Four residents appeared in Boulder City Township Court on Tuesday.

Scott Davis, 39, was arrested Feb. 28 and was charged with sexual assault against a minor younger than 16 and statutory sexual seduction, according to police.

In another case, he is charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a dangerous weapon. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on April 24.

Garry King, 62, who was arrested Feb. 26 on charges of operating a marijuana grow house in his home, pleaded guilty in District Court for the sale of a controlled substance, police said. He did not appear in court during his preliminary hearing March 25 because of an illness.

Judge Victor Miller released him because of his medical issues. He is scheduled to appear in District Court again April 24.

Dexter Fass, 29, was arrested March 8 and charged with sexual assault against a minor younger than 16 and giving a controlled substance to a child, according to police. He pleaded guilty to coercion and burglary and is scheduled to appear in District Court on April 24.

Curtis Shafer, 34, was arrested Feb. 28 after police said he sold methamphetamine to an informant. Police then searched his house and found items believed to be stolen from an off-duty police officer, they said.

On March 25, Miller sentenced Shafer to 25 days in jail for disorderly conduct, but said he was more concerned with the possession of stolen property and sentenced Shafer to 60 days in jail for the charge. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

United Methodist to take over annual egg hunt

Annual visits to Boulder City by the Easter bunny will continue thanks to United Methodist Church of Boulder City, which has agreed to take over the 60-year-old egg hunt.

“It made sense for a church to take on this event. Our fellowship is about bringing members of the community together using these types of events,” said the Rev. Sandy Johnson of the church. “I know our volunteers and community partners will create a fun event for both adults and kids.”

Cheryl Bruce, a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, which has sponsored the egg hunt since its inception, said sorority members’ ages and the rising costs made it impossible for the group to continue.

Additionally, the Lambda chapter which began the event, has disorganized, leaving members from other chapters in the city to join forces and present the event this year.

Bruce said a sorority member also belongs to the church and brought the proposal to fellow congregants after learning the sorority would not continue sponsoring the event.

The two organizations are working together this year and into next year to create a smooth transition, she said.

“Our congregation loves to serve. Our members are involved and very hands-on with everything they do as a group and individually here in Boulder City. We will continue to reflect the integrity of this event in the same manner as Beta Sigma Phi has in years past,” Johnson said.

This year’s egg hunt will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wilbur Square Park in downtown Boulder City. In case of rain, the hunt will be at 9 a.m. April 19, Bruce said.