Vicki Louise Hall Clauson, 1955-2018


There is nothing like the loss of a parent to leave a child overwhelmed with all the responsibilities and duties of taking care of that parent's final arrangements. That's what is happening to three women I've known since they were preschoolers. Elyse, Lauren and Renee are the daughters of my son's God-father, Gene, who passed … Continue reading Vicki Louise Hall Clauson, 1955-2018

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Las Vegas Shooting: the Queen’s Dragoon Guard


From my notes:  "The murderer in the Las Vegas shooting legally purchased firearms from Nevada, Utah, California, and Texas." They were on leave in Las Vegas during the mass shooting. The ‘they’ are six soldiers from the UK’s Queen’s Dragoon Guards. The half-dozen men had been taking part in a training exercise in the Nevada … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: the Queen’s Dragoon Guard

Las Vegas Shooting: Nurse Vanessa


From my notes:  "In the last three years alone, more than 200 reports about the Las Vegas murder's activities -- particularly large transactions at casinos -- have been filed with law enforcement authorities." An off-duty nurse from Orange County, California, who only identified herself as Vanessa, ran back amid the danger to help rescue those … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Nurse Vanessa

Las Vegas Shooting: UNLV Assistant Hockey Coach Nick Robone


From my notes:  "When police officers closed in on the gunman at Mandalay Bay, he may have been watching their every move through cameras placed in the hallway." University of Nevada, Las Vegas assistant hockey coach Nick Robone was at the Las Vegas concert with his brother, Anthony, a Henderson, Nevada Fire Department paramedic. Initially, … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: UNLV Assistant Hockey Coach Nick Robone

Las Vegas Shooting: Lindsay Padgett and Mark Jay


From my notes:  "Jimmy Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, blames Congress for the Vegas shooting, claiming they're in the pocket of the NRA." Lindsay Padgett and her fiancé Mark Jay were at the Las Vegas music festival Sunday night when the shooting started. After dropping to the ground, they made a break for … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Lindsay Padgett and Mark Jay

Las Vegas Shooting: Amy McAslin and Krystal Goddard


From my notes: "They shut the lights off on the concert field while first responders were assessing shooting victims, claiming everyone laying the field was deceased even though some were breathing and crying for help." Roommates Amy McAslin and Krystal Goddard dived under a table as the gunfire began in Las Vegas on Sunday night. … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Amy McAslin and Krystal Goddard

Las Vegas Shooting: Photographer Brandon O’Neal


From my notes:  "Australia’s Courier-Mail reporters having spoken to Brian Hodge, who was in the room next to the Las Vegas murder. He states: “There were multiple people dead and multiple shooters. I was just hiding waiting for police to come get us. I got outside safely and was hiding in bushes. My floor is … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Photographer Brandon O’Neal

Las Vegas Shooting: Dr. Heather Melton


From my notes: "The Vegas murderer's 'companion' is documented as Marilou Natividad-Bustos, in California, with a birthday of January 1962 -- making her 55 years old. In Nevada, she's registered as Marilou Lou Danley, with a birthday of December 1954 -- meaning she would be 62. She also has two social security numbers." As an … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Dr. Heather Melton

Las Vegas Shooting: Auburn, Washington Firefighter Dean McAuley


From my notes:  " FBI is suggesting the Vegas murderer’s mental state was deteriorating, that he had significant weight loss, an increasingly slovenly physical appearance and obsession with his girlfriend’s ex-husband." Visiting from Auburn, Washington, off-duty firefighter Dean McAuley was in Las Vegas to see a concert. Instead he ended up saving lives during the Sunday night … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Auburn, Washington Firefighter Dean McAuley

President Trump, MAGA Rally, Elko, Nevada


After attending a 2012 rally in Reno, Nevada for Mitt Romney, I promised myself that I'd never attend or even photograph a political event ever again. That's how disgusted I was with Romney after he'd tossed the last debated to then-President Obama. Well, I broke that promise to myself today. This is my favorite picture … Continue reading President Trump, MAGA Rally, Elko, Nevada

Las Vegas Shooting: Brian Rogers and EMT Kaitlyn Rogers


From my notes:  "A source has let me know that law enforcement has a video of the Vegas murderer shooting from the hotel room. Apparently he set up a system to tape himself in the act. What a disconnect." It was a few minutes after 10, Sunday night when Brian Rogers’ cellphone went off. It … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Brian Rogers and EMT Kaitlyn Rogers

Las Vegas Shooting: EMT Glen Simpson


From my notes:  "Investigators are now trying to identify the mystery woman seen with the murderer in the days before the Las Vegas massacre." For Glen Simpson, Sunday night hadn’t been particularly eventful. An emergency medical technician, he was hired to provide medical services at the event. “I got a radio call to go over … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: EMT Glen Simpson

Las Vegas Shooting: Las Vegas Firefighter Ben Kole and EMT Rachel Kole


From my notes:  "Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Charleston Hartfield was shot and killed during the Las Vegas mass-shooting. Hartfield was a military veteran, a youth football coach and recently published author." Off duty, Las Vegas firefighter Ben Kole was enjoying the Sunday evening concert. He knew his daughter Rachel was working as an EMT … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Las Vegas Firefighter Ben Kole and EMT Rachel Kole

Las Vegas Shooting: Linda and Donnie Proctor


From my notes:  "Authorities have recovered over 40 firearms from the Las Vegas murders hotel room and his home." Linda and Donnie Proctor went to Las Vegas with their daughter and son-in-law to see country music artist Jake Owen, a family friend perform. He gave them backstage passes. At first she was confused about the … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Linda and Donnie Proctor

Las Vegas Shooting: Nevada State Trooper Travis Smaka


From my notes: "Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has postponed plans to announce his candidacy for governor in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas." Sunday night, Nevada State Trooper Travis Smaka’s life changed forever. Sitting down for his shift briefing, the call came through on the radio saying there was a shooting … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Nevada State Trooper Travis Smaka

Las Vegas Shooting: Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones


From my notes:  "Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw predictably claims, “Well, I think this is time for a national dialogue that we can have in a calm and reasoned way in which the country can figure out how come we have so many mass shootings in this country.”" Former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones

Las Vegas Shooting: Mandalay Security Officer Jesus Campos


From my notes:  "AP News reports the Las Vegas murderer had two “bump-stocks” that could have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones. They also had to point out that California Senator Dianne Fienstien has been 'railing against' bump-stocks." Security officer Jesus Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls and was sent to … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Mandalay Security Officer Jesus Campos

Las Vegas Shooting: Jan Lambourne and Justin Uhart


From my notes:  "Esquire columnist Charles Pierce claims the shooting in Las Vegas is, “The massacre of country music fans is....the 273rd blood sacrifice to that one provision of the Constitution this year.” He also blames the massacre on gun owners, Wayne LaPierre, Donald Trump and Christians." On Sunday night in Las Vegas, Justin Uhart … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Jan Lambourne and Justin Uhart

Las Vegas Shooting: Anthony Chavez


From my notes:  "Hayley Geftman-Gold is an attorney for CBS. She tweeted that she was “not even sympathetic” to the the Las Vegas shooting victims because “country music fans often are Republican.”" Anthony Chavez was simply known as the "hero in the red hat," He he would have remained unknown if Larry Rorick hadn’t searched him … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Anthony Chavez

Las Vegas Shooting: Jonathan Smith


From my notes: "President Trump and the first lady will visit a hospital in Las Vegas to meet with shooting survivors, first responders and other medical professionals." Jonathan Smith saved at least 30 people before being shot in the neck during the Las Vegas mass-shooting. He had driven to Las Vegas from Orange County, California … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Jonathan Smith

Las Vegas Shooting: Paige Melanson and Don Matthews


From my notes: "LVMPD officers ordered to shut off body cam's while reponding to shooting." Miss Las Vegas 2016 got the chance to thank the retired firefighter who saved her, her mother, her sister and two girlfriends during the Las Vegas shooting Sunday night. She also describes how everthing unfolded for her. "My mother is … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Paige Melanson and Don Matthews

Las Vegas Shooting: Renee Cesario and Brendan Kelly


From my notes:  "ISIS is claiming responsibilty for the Las Vegas mass shooting." Twenty-three year old Renee Cesario describes how 21-year-old U.S. Marine Brendan Kelly saved her life in the opening moments of gunfire in Las Vegas, on Sunday night. “Brendan and I met only 2 hours before the Jason Aldean show. I left my … Continue reading Las Vegas Shooting: Renee Cesario and Brendan Kelly