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Wife of state assemblyman worried about his stability

Reported by: Gerard Ramalho
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Updated: 1/22/2013 10:15 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3 & AP) -- A news conference scheduled for this morning that was to feature Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks to explain his arrest over the weekend was canceled.

His attorney said that Brooks has been hospitalized in Las Vegas for internal bleeding.

Brooks' wife told police she was worried about her husband's mental stability.

Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks of Las Vegas was arrested Saturday night on a felony charge of intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence.

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."

At a news conference Tuesday, North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim 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.

A public relations spokesman says he's not heard from Brooks at all today. The last time they spoke, he was told to relay the message to media that Brooks is innocent.

On Saturday, Brooks was arrested by North Las Vegas police for reportedly making physical threats against Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Brooks and Kirkpatrick both sit on the ways and means committee and were scheduled to participate in a pre-session budget hearing Wednesday.

Brooks said to News 3 on Monday that he was very "prayerful" and wanted people to respect his privacy.

It is not known the extent of his sudden illness or even which hospital he's in.

His website and campaign sites have been taken down. A copy of his arrest report, which might shed some light on the allegations, may be released this afternoon.
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