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Golden Nugget spokeswoman Amy Chasey says about 60 people evacuated from the 21st floor, and nine left suites on the top floor, the 25th. Three floors in between are unoccupied.


Ex-Fiesta Bowl exec pleads guilty to conspiracy

PHOENIX | The former chief operating officer of the Fiesta Bowl pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony federal conspiracy charge for her role in a fraudulent campaign-contribution scheme.

Natalie Wisneski entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and could face up to a year in prison when she’s sentenced on June 16. She also could receive probation.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss eight other felony counts as part of the agreement. Wisneski must cooperate with federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service in continuing investigations into the bowl scandal.

Wisneski resigned from her job at the bowl last March and was indicted by a federal grand jury in November.

Wisneski’s ex-boss, former Fiesta Bowl chief John Junker, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the scheme earlier this week. Last month, he entered a plea agreement with state prosecutors, entering a guilty plea to a felony charge stemming from a political donations scandal that nearly jeopardized the bowl’s role as a regular host of college football’s national championship game.


Fatal accident at Jell-O Museum brings lawsuit

ROCHESTER | The estate of an 81-year-old man who died after falling off a lift at the Jell-O Museum in western New York has filed a lawsuit.

Rochester media outlets report that the lawsuit filed in federal court in Rochester earlier this week by Frank LaMont Jr.’s estate names the defendants as the U.S. government; the Le Roy Historical Society, which owns the museum; and the companies that serviced, sold and installed the lift.

LaMont was living at the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Center in October 2010 at the time he visited the museum. He was fatally injured when the scooter he was sitting on rolled through the back door of the museum’s wheelchair lift.

The lawsuit claims his death was the result of negligence by the VA and the defective design and maintenance of the lift.


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