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Curran arraignment pushed to Tuesday

The hearing for Clifford Curran III, a Boulder City man arrested and charged with numerous counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, was postponed until Tuesday.

Curran’s hearing was scheduled for Friday in District Court but was continued until Tuesday, court records show.

Curran waived his preliminary hearing Aug. 12 in Boulder City Justice Court.

He faces 10 counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, three counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, three counts of open and gross lewdness, and three counts of indecent exposure, according to the district attorney’s office.

He is being held on $475,000 bail.

Curran’s wife, Bernice Smith, pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in District Court. Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Body found in Lake Mead identified as missing Henderson man

The body recovered in Lake Mead on Aug. 18 was a Henderson man whose unoccupied boat was found Aug. 10 in the Virgin Basin.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the man as 67-year-old James E. Schafer of Henderson.

Search and rescue teams located Schafer’s body Tuesday at 8:35 a.m. near Middle Point in the Virgin Basin, the National Park Service said.

Lake Mead officials received a call between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10 about an occupied vessel floating in the Virgin Basin, the Park Service said. Rangers located the vessel, but nobody was on board.

Volunteers from Earth Resource Group eventually found Schafer’s body using an underwater camera, the Park Service said.

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