State Lawmaker Who was Arrested Returns to Legislature
Police say a Nevada state Assembly member had a gun in his car when he was arrested during the weekend on allegations that he threatened at least one Assembly party leader.
North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell wouldn't disclose the caliber of the weapon that Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks had when he was arrested Saturday, or whether it was loaded at the time.
Sgt. Bedwell identified incoming Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick as the target of the alleged threat. He said police were investigating whether other lawmakers also were threatened.
The Las Vegas Sun, citing a law enforcement report, said Brooks' family members told police that Brooks said he was "willing to have a shootout" and was "not afraid to die."
The revelation came after Brooks' lawyer, Mitchell Posin said Brooks was hospitalized in Las Vegas for treatment of internal bleeding.
Posin says the bleeding may stem from a pre-existing condition.
Wednesday Brooks returned to the state Legislature.
The Associated Press says Brooks was wearing a dark overcoat and hooded sweatshirt. He kept his head down, his face largely concealed, and walked with a cane. He was accompanied by some family members.
Legislative Director Rick Combs told Channel 2 Brooks asked for assistance to find an apartment and furniture in preparation of the upcoming session that begins Feb. 4. He says Brooks indicated he planned to be in attendance when the session begins. He also told us Brooks said he wasn't feeling well and planned to return to Las Vegas.
His arrival came as members of legislative money committees were meeting upstairs to begin a review of the governor's budget proposal.
Brooks faces a court hearing on Monday in Las Vegas.
He's charged with intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence. He's due in court next Monday. (AP)