Past Headlines 10/12 | NevadaAppeal.com

Past Headlines 10/12

Headlines from a year ago:

Teacher’s aide accused of having sex with student

A warrant was issued Wednesday for a Fernley teacher’s aide accused of having sex with a former student in front of other juveniles and providing the boys with alcohol.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Hall said the criminal complaint filed in Canal Township Justice Court charges Tracie Nelson, 37, with felony statutory sexual seduction for the alleged sex act, open and gross lewdness for allegedly in the act in front of the other juveniles and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nelson is currently in the hospital recovering from an alleged suicide attempt, Hall said.

On Monday, “concerned parents” called the sheriff’s office to report Nelson was allegedly getting too close to a group of juvenile boys.

Update: As of Oct. 27, Nelson was expected to plead guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old boy and had been fired.

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Higgs returns to Reno to face murder charges

Held in Virginia since arrest on suspicion of killing wife, Controller Kathy Augustine

Three months after he claimed that his wife and former state Controller Kathy Augustine had suffered a severe heart attack, Chaz Higgs returned to Nevada Wednesday night to face charges that he poisoned her.

Higgs, 42, is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Friday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Augustine, who police say died on July 11 after Higgs had allegedly injected her with a paralyzing drug.

The critical care nurse was arrested Sept. 29 in Hampton, Va., where he waived extradition. He arrived at the Washoe County Jail in Reno Wednesday shortly before 11 p.m.

His defense lawyer, Alan Baum, said Higgs maintains his innocence.