Troubled Nevada lawmaker banned from legislature

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Police said Ada Brooks had a cut lip that she said she may have gotten when Steven Brooks pushed her face against a kitchen counter.

The couple also spent time together upstairs in the house before Ada Brooks ran out the door to a neighbor’s house to summon police.

Officers found Brooks in the driveway, allegedly refusing to remove his hands from his pockets and resisting efforts to arrest him.

In his phone interview with the AP, which lasted less than three minutes, Brooks didn’t answer a question about whether he tried to take an officer’s gun. He pleaded for someone to help him, then hung up. He didn’t accept a follow-up telephone call.

The arrest came with Brooks free on $100,000 bail on the Kirkpatrick threat allegations. In that case, police said they began looking for Brooks after being told he was angry with Kirkpatrick and was driving around North Las Vegas with a gun and ammunition in a shoebox in his car a little more than two weeks before the Legislature convened. Charges haven’t been filed, and Brooks has denied wrongdoing.

The prosecutor in that case, Deputy Nevada Attorney General Thom Gover, said Monday he was reviewing the North Las Vegas police investigation.

On Jan. 25, five days after posting bail in the threat case, Brooks was detained and hospitalized for five days for a mental evaluation. Las Vegas police reported summoning medical personnel after officers responded to a disturbance at Brooks’ grandmother’s house that officials say involved a sword. No injuries were reported.

Contact Ken Ritter at http://twitter.com/krttr

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