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Ax-wielding woman climbs fence, threatens children on North Las Vegas playground
Posted: Feb 27, 2018 3:30 PM PST
Updated: Feb 27, 2018 3:58 PM PST
Written by Joe NelsonCONNECT
Kisstal Killough, holding a pick ax and screaming threats climbed a chain link fence at a North Las Vegas elementary school Tuesday, according to North Las Vegas Police. (Photo: NLVPD)
A woman holding a pick ax and screaming threats climbed a chain link fence at a North Las Vegas elementary school Tuesday, according to North Las Vegas Police.

It happened at Williams Elementary on the 3000 block of East Tonopah Avenue in North Las Vegas at around noon, NLVPD public information officer Eric Leavitt said. There were about 200 kids on the playground at the time.

Officers arrived in a minute and the woman, 33-year-old Kisstal Killough, jumped down, dropped the pick ax and surrendered peacefully.

The principal of Williams Elementary sent the following letter to families:

February 27, 2018

Tom Williams Families,

The safety of our students is the number one priority at Tom Williams Elementary School. As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community.

We want to let you know that earlier today, an adult, not associated with our school, attempted to climb a fence to trespass on our campus. Staff and students noticed the woman and law enforcement was called.

Officers from the North Las Vegas Police Department responded immediately and took the woman into custody before she could access the playground area. The woman did not harm anyone or cause any damage to the school.

I would like to thank the North Las Vegas Police Department for their amazing response time to our call, and I would also like to thank our staff and students for being alert and taking the appropriate actions.

This incident serves as an important opportunity to remind our parents and students of safe practices and to look out for each other. If you or your child notices something suspicious or a person on campus who does not have a CCSD ID, please notify one of our staff members immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our school at 702-799-7179.

Thank you,

Kristie Cole


Leavitt said she was either mentally impaired or was under the influence of drugs.

Yukon River ice jam Threatens Alaska Town

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Yukon River ice jam Threatens Alaska Town

A huge 30-mile block of ice his causing chaos in an Alaskan town as water has been flowing onto the land.

The colossal river ice jam, which is when water builds up behind a block of ice, was starting to rotate Wednesday as water finally chewed ice chunks away from the stubborn, frozen mass after most of the residents were forced to flee from the rising water.

An aerial survey Wednesday afternoon revealed chunks of ice have broken off at the front of the 30-mile ice jam on the Yukon River, National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb said.

That means the jam will move soon and waters will begin to recede in the waterlogged town of Galena, 20 miles upriver.

The flooding lifted homes off foundations and has threatened to break a dike protecting the airport, virtually the only dry spot left in the community of 500 where floodwaters washed out roads and submerged homes. There are no reports of injuries.

The National Guard flew 32 more people and 19 dogs to Fairbanks Tuesday night. Other residents were evacuated earlier.

Kevin Ray, a state worker who moved to Galena four months ago, was among the human evacuees who flew in on a Guard C-130 transport plane to Fairbanks, 270 miles east of Galena. Ray said the flight was noisy, with the constant barking of frightened dogs.

In Galena, Ray’s office is gone. His apartment and all his possessions are under water.

‘So basically, I’m kind of a homeless guy,’ Ray, 65, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday from an American Red Cross shelter set up at a local church. ‘I never thought I’d be a victim. But hey, life is life.’

Now that the water is trying to push through the jam, conditions could change quickly. When the jam breaks, the downriver community of Koyukuk will be at risk of flooding.

In an earlier flight Wednesday, Plumb said, the ice was locked firmly in place, despite 80 degree temperatures. The hot weather is expected to last a couple days before cooling slightly.

In Galena, water went over low areas of the dike Tuesday, then the water level fell. With the threat of water topping the dike again, the state took the step of bringing in military aircraft to aid in the evacuations of those who wanted to leave. State emergency spokesman Jeremy Zidek said 76 residents chose to stay in a former Air Force barracks.

The water was rising again Wednesday morning close to the edge of the dike, which protects the runway and some buildings including former barracks, then levels fluctuated without rising more, Plumb said. Outside the dike, everything has been hit by flooding, according to Plumb, who has worked for the weather service for 13 years.

‘I’ve never seen anything like this before,’ he said. ‘And I don’t think these people here (have) either. The ice jam is amazing.’

The damage has left the town without power, fresh water and cell phone reception. When the ice jam knocked out the bridge leading to the airport, evacuees had to be taken there by boat or helicopter, according to Ray, who said the flooding began with a trickle Sunday. In a place where spring flooding is nothing new, many homes are built on stilts, but the fast rising water reached them, too.

An ice jam occurs when water builds up behind a blockage of ice.

That includes a glacier blocking an unfrozen river, as is happening in Alaska, and a thawing river being blocked by a still-frozen section further on.

After the ice dam breaks apart, the sudden surge of water floods areas downstream.

The disaster has left people feeling traumatized and vulnerable, Ray said.

‘We didn’t have any idea how vast the flood was going to be,’ he said.

Zidek said the damage is being assessed and a disaster policy cabinet will forward recommendations to Gov. Sean Parnell, who visited the area Tuesday.

Recommendations are likely to include issuing a disaster declaration.

Parnell surveyed the damage on Tuesday and had the Alaska National Guard help evacuate the estimated 75 residents still in town.

‘We expect the flooding to become worse before the waters start to recede,’ Parnell said.

‘Ensuring the safety of those impacted by the flooding remains my top priority.

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