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Teen found mentally incompetent for trial in brother’s slaying
Friday, July 25, 2014
A teen charged with murder in the death of his older brother is not mentally competent to stand trial, a Clark County District Court judge ruled...
Former Strip performer gets life in ‘Fantasy’ dancer’s murder, dismemberment
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Jason Griffith was sentenced today to a maximum of life in a Nevada prison, the latest chapter in a headline-grabbing case involving two former Las Vegas Strip performers, one of whom ...
Two mothers brace for sentencing in killing of Luxor dancer
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A suspenseful day awaits two mothers preparing to meet on opposite ends of a Clark County courtroom on Wednesday for the sentencing of Jason Griffith, a performer convicted of killing his ...
Five, including former program director, indicted in case involving misuse of CCSD funds
Friday, July 18, 2014
Priscilla Rocha, director of the district's Adult English Language Acquisition program, is one of five people named in the indictment issued today by a county grand jury. Rocha faces charges that include burglary, theft …
New trial set for suspect in Thunder From Down Under shooting
Thursday, July 17, 2014
A man accused of firing a gun at the Excalibur during a scuffle with members of the Thunder From Down Under male revue ​will face trial for a second time in...
Trial set for man facing death penalty in elderly woman’s slaying
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A man facing the death penalty in the robbery, pistol-whipping and fatal shooting of a 75-year-old woman will be tried next year in Clark County District Court. Bayzle Morgan, 22, is accused of...
Gang informant facing life imprisonment after judge’s ruling on plea deal
Monday, July 14, 2014
A Clark County judge today rejected a police informant's efforts to back out of a controversial plea deal that led to ...
Tangled in legal web, informant scrambles to stay out of prison before murder trial
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The legal web in which Raul “Sparks” Gonzalez is entangled is a complicated one, bound together by his lengthy criminal history that includes a voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1999, alleged gang ties and his willingness to …
2 at Metro removed from task force after freeing violent felon from jail
Friday, July 11, 2014
An internal investigation showed they improperly orchestrated the release of convicted killer Raul "Sparks" Gonzalez from jail weeks before he allegedly killed another man ...
Las Vegas stripper pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Dabbing tears from her eyes, a former Las Vegas strip club dancer pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of alcohol on her way home from work when her Hummer H2 collided with another vehicle last year, killing ...
Mistrial declared in ‘Thunder’ trial
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said Judge Jerome Tao stopped the trial after jurors admitted to talking about …
Woman sentenced in son's shooting: 'Once again, I was made the victim'
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Characterizing herself as a virtuous, doting mother who is routinely victimized by loved ones, Linda Cooney stood shackled in a Clark County courtroom this morning and pleaded for ...
Lawsuit alleges Wynn Elementary staff bullied girl, 10, for being black
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The complaint comes less than three months after a pair of families sued the district for allegedly failing to protect their children from chronic taunting by other students. One of the families said their son considered …
Dancer testifies of defendant’s ‘animal strength’ in ‘Thunder’ shooting trial
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A dancer in Excalibur's male strip revue “Thunder From Down Under” testified that he and at least five other performers struggled to subdue a man accused of breaking into ...

Opening statements set to start in ‘Thunder’ shooting trial
Monday, July 7, 2014
Opening statements in the trial of a man accused of sparking a scuffle and firing a gun as he tried to steal costumes and props from members of the "Thunder From Down Under" male revue are expected …
Living his primary lesson: Teacher gets second chance after felony conviction
Friday, July 4, 2014
The greatest lesson Edward Bevilacqua has given his ex-felon students likely came when the instructor nearly lost his teaching job over his own criminal past. The lesson for Bevilacqua's students? Second chances …
Trial delayed for men accused of posing as Mormon missionaries in robbery
Thursday, July 3, 2014
The trial for a pair of men accused of posing as Moron missionaries and muscling their way into a Las Vegas house to carry out an armed robbery has been delayed for a second time. At the request of prosecutors...
Court overturns decision to dismiss Metro suit over fatal dog shooting
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Three Las Vegas families are entitled to a trial on their claims that Metro Police officers violated their constitutional rights by entering a home without a warrant, holding a group of teenagers inside at gunpoint and fatally shooting ...
Federal judge: Liquor ordinances will be enforced on Fremont
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
A judge rejected efforts to halt a trio of newly passed liquor ordinances, dealing a blow to a lawsuit filed against Las Vegas by a souvenir and liquor shop at ...
Man who pleaded guilty to police kidnapping plot violates probation conditions
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A man sentenced to five years' probation for plotting to kidnap Metro Police officers in order to advance his anti-government ideologies was arrested last month for obstructing a sidewalk with ...
Dissecting Nevada’s statute of limitations
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Among the more surprising ways Nevada's two-year statute of limitations protects defendants from excessive litigation is by actually dissuading potential plaintiffs by giving them …
Days before trial, man accused of beating limo driver is no-show for court
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A man who has been free on bail while awaiting trial in the beating of a limousine driver failed to show up for a court hearing today, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. Emilio Ruvalcaba, who faces charges of...
Trial set for suspect in 2009 slaying of Metro Police officer
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The trial of a man accused of gunning down a Metro Police officer during a botched robbery at the officer’s home in North Las Vegas has been set for Nov. 10, nine days short of the fifth anniversary of...
Suit against Metro over 2010 officer-involved shooting is allowed to proceed
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
A federal judge today ruled that a lawsuit against a Metro Police officer who shot a man in his garage four years ago may proceed, rejecting efforts from the police department's attorneys to ...
Clerk’s creation cuts paperwork at federal courthouse in Las Vegas, is adopted nationwide
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Processing each payment manually as the documents traveled from judges to attorneys to court staff was once a cumbersome, headache-inducing process that …
Puppy arson trial reset for October
Friday, June 20, 2014
Clark County District Judge David Barker today set a new trial date for Gloria Lee and Kirk Bills, who are accused of setting the Prince and Princess Pet Boutique ablaze on …
As hearing gets underway in fatal shooting of soldier, one suspect ready to accept plea
Friday, June 20, 2014
Under the deal, Adrian McClintock, 22, would be convicted of conspiracy to commit a robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He and co-defendant Julio Renteria, 20, are charged with one count each of murder and two counts of …
Summerlin Hospital sues attorney for defamation
Lawsuit charges news conference comment regarding TB was false
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The lawsuit points to a May 13 news conference in which Cottle implied the hospital may have avoided diagnosing Vanessa White and her baby with tuberculosis in order to skirt …
The basics on Nevada’s gun laws
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The gun-control debate took center stage last week in the wake of a Las Vegas shooting that left five people dead at the hands of a heavily armed couple on an anti-government rampage. Gun-control advocates say...
Going after deep pockets: Six employee lawsuits against Strip casinos
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Workplace lawsuits are a common headache for most large employers, including Las Vegas' booming Strip casinos. Last year alone, 18,492 lawsuits were filed in federal courts nationwide over perceived labor law violations. The total makes up nearly 7 percent of all civil cases submitted. From Mandalay Bay to Circus Circus, each Strip casino gets caught up in...
A year after massive salmonella outbreak, legal cloud still lingers over Firefly
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Unresolved claims remain against the restaurant, and potential plaintiffs have plenty of time to seek damages before Nevada's two-year statute of limitations runs its course. Lawsuits spawned by the outbreak accuse ...
Officer’s death leaves friends speechless
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
A stunned community began to cope with the tragedy's aftermath Monday, flooding social media with condolences and tributes for the men …
Man accused of killing grandfather ordered to undergo mental evaluation
Monday, June 9, 2014
A Las Vegas man accused of fatally stabbing his elderly grandfather after escaping from an Oregon psychiatric facility refused to attend an arraignment for the fourth time today, prompting a judge to order a mental evaluation. Steven Woodard, 43, was to...
The impact of specialty courts: ‘I’ve seen girls go from prostitution to college’
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Some of the community’s most needy and neglected can find help in the court system. “A lot of these people, they don’t know that there is another option. They don’t believe other options and opportunities exist,” said Beverly Golston, who oversees alternative sentencing and education programs ...
Sections of MLK Boulevard to close for construction
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Sections of Martin Luther King Boulevard will shut down the next four weekends as construction crews fix median islands. The street’s inside northbound and southbound lanes will...
Man in police gun battle killed himself, coroner says
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A man involved in a shootout with Metro Police after a robbery high-speed chase last week killed himself during the confrontation, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Danny Michael Wadsworth Jr. pulled a gun and...
Excessive heat watch issued for Las Vegas; temperature could hit 112
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Weather officials have issued an excessive heat watch starting Sunday for the Las Vegas Valley, with temperatures expected to peak as high as...
Man critically injured in shooting at his home
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A man was critically injured in a shooting late Wednesday at his home, Metro Police said. Lt. Ted Glaude said the man was...
Police: Homeowner shoots man knocking on wrong door
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A man who accidentally banged on the door of a stranger’s house early this morning was shot by the homeowner, Metro Police said. Lt. Ted Glaude said the victim...
Bail reduced for man accused of posing as Mormon missionary in robbery
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A Clark County judge reduced bail this morning for a man accused of posing as a Mormon missionary and muscling his way into a Las Vegas home to rob a man at gunpoint.
During a pretrial conference this morning...
Suspicious package found at federal courthouse
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Metro spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said a caller notified the agency about the package at 1:19 p.m. A specialized unit has been sent …
No reduced bail for suspect in pet store fire
Monday, June 2, 2014
Attorneys representing Kirk Bills, a suspect in a Las Vegas pet shop fire, unsuccessfully tried today to have his $310,000 bail reduced. Calling the amount excessive and...
Man accused of fatally beating girlfriend pleads not guilty
Monday, June 2, 2014
A Las Vegas man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend after spanking her with a belt as punishment pleaded not guilty today to a count of murder. Edward Edgerton was arrested...
Time is money in class-action suit
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Courts will have to sort out archaic and ambiguous laws regulating overtime pay.
Bail set at $1 million for mom in shooting of son, 11
Thursday, May 29, 2014
A judge today set $1 million bail for a mother accused of shooting her 11-year-old son in the head. Shavon Aguilar, also known as...
Memorial Day service in Boulder City is reminder that families aren’t alone
Monday, May 26, 2014
Jan Lukac crouched over the bouquets of flowers adorning his son's grave, squinting hard to shield his eyes from the searing mid-afternoon sun. Joined by his wife at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, he was among at least 600 who gathered there Monday afternoon for the town's annual homage to patriots ...
Boy, 11, shot in the head
Monday, May 26, 2014
An 11-year-old boy was shot in the head this morning near Vegas Drive and North Michael Way. Homicide detectives don't know yet if the boy was shot intentionally.
Police: Motorcyclist was speeding before fatal crash
Monday, May 26, 2014
Officials have identified a motorcyclist who died Sunday afternoon in the northwest Las Vegas Valley ...
Guilty verdict delivered in death, dismemberment of Luxor dancer
Prosecutors had sought first-degree murder conviction, settle for second-degree murder guilty verdict
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jason “Blu” Griffith, 35, a former dancer in “The Beatles Love,” sat motionless as the verdict was read. Family of his dancer ex-girlfriend sobbed and hugged one another as they …
July trial set for ‘Thunder’ suspect
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A July trial has been set for the Las Vegas man accused of sparking a scuffle and firing a gun as he tried to steal costumes and props from members of the "Thunder From Down Under" male ...

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