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Man accused of killing Luxor dancer says she taunted, harassed him
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Jason Griffith dabbed tears from his face as he testified Wednesday that the ex-girlfriend he's accused of strangling and dismembering three years ago was a ...
Man accused of kidnapping mother, baby released from jail
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Gary Casupang, 59, of Las Vegas, had been behind bars since March 12 on kidnapping and extortion charges without bail before Judge William Kephart freed him. He he has been banned from ...
Coroner IDs shooting victim found dead on sidewalk
Monday, May 12, 2014
A man fatally wounded last week in a shooting at an apartment complex in Sunrise Manor has been identified as Dan E. Archie, 24, of North Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Archie was found dead about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on a sidewalk in...
Police investigate shooting in southern Las Vegas Valley
Monday, May 12, 2014
Metro Police are investigating a shooting late this morning in the southern Las Vegas Valley. Police spokesman Larry Hadfield said the shooting occurred...
Henderson man goes missing while swimming at Lake Mead
Monday, May 12, 2014
A search crew is looking for a Henderson man who went missing while swimming in Lake Mead on Saturday. A group of people saw the man...
Beheaded chickens a mystery for Las Vegas Animal Control
Monday, May 12, 2014
A group of beheaded chickens has left the Las Vegas Animal Control office with a mystery on its hands. Animal Control officers found 10 mangled birds on May 5 behind the...
Man killed in multiple shooting at hookah lounge identified
Monday, May 12, 2014
A man who was fatally shot at a hookah lounge over the weekend has been identified. Jean Claudel Mombo, 33, of Las Vegas, was one of four people shot
Teens cause disruption at San Gennaro Feast Saturday night
Sunday, May 11, 2014
A swarm of teenagers reportedly went charging through crowds at the San Gennaro Feast grounds late Saturday, startling families and drawing the attention of Metro Police.
Speed, alcohol eyed in fatal crash
Sunday, May 11, 2014
A suspected drunken driver died early Sunday during a rollover crash along the 215 Beltway near Sahara Avenue in the western Las Vegas Valley.
Metro search crew rescues Red Rock hiker
Sunday, May 11, 2014
A Metro Police search crew rescued a hiker who fell about 15 feet yesterday in a remote location at Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Woman killed while crossing Decatur
Sunday, May 11, 2014
A woman was hit and killed by an SUV Saturday night, Metro Police said.
Heavy winds topple trees, fan fire and leave thousands without power
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Howling north winds slammed the Las Vegas Valley overnight, toppling trees, fanning a downtown fire and knocking out power for thousands. The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a wind warning that has since been downgraded ...
Jury hears Griffith talk about slain Luxor dancer
Friday, May 9, 2014
Jurors listened to Jason Griffith, in a 90-minute police interview, reminisce over his stormy relationship with a Strip revue performer days before ...
US 95 on-ramp at Eastern Ave. to close for repairs
Thursday, May 8, 2014
A U.S. 95 ramp will be shut down early Friday while crews fix a damaged concrete barrier. The Nevada Department of Transportation will...
Metro seeks suspect in robbery of downtown convenience store
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Metro Police are asking for help identifying a suspect in the robbery of a downtown convenience store last month. Sgt. Steve Candelas said...
Fire does $250,000 damage to 3 houses under construction
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Fire ripped through three houses under construction in the southwest Las Vegas Valley this morning, causing an estimated $250,000 damage. Flames erupted about...
Suspect who fled fatal crash Wednesday surrenders to police
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
A man this afternoon surrendered to Metro Police and said he was the driver who fled from fatal traffic accident Wednesday evening. Edward Barber, 49, turned himself in at …
Trial getting underway in slaying, dismemberment of Luxor dancer
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Opening statements now are expected Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of a man accused of killing and dismembering a Las Vegas Strip dancer three years ago. Jason Griffith, 35, has been charged...
Judge: Dog killing may have been warning sign of more dangerous behavior
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Likening the actions of admitted dog killer Jeremy Espiritu to that of a budding serial killer, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski successfully persuaded a judge Tuesday to impose strict punishment on the 22-year-old to ...
Suspect in NLV double-slaying, dismemberment to undergo mental evaluation
Friday, May 2, 2014
Darius Sorrells, 30, will undergo the assessment at Lake's Crossing Center in Sparks, said his attorney Norman J. Reed, calling Sorrells …
Administrative dismissals of immigration cases in Las Vegas fall below national average
Increase in number would ease burden on federal courts, critics say
Friday, May 2, 2014
Of 4,534 cases closed in Las Vegas between October 2012 and March 31, about 3 percent were tossed administratively by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to ICE data surveyed by …
Efforts to drop kidnapping case against kindergarten teacher unsuccessful
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Despite his attorneys' efforts today, former Las Vegas kindergarten teacher Melvyn Sprowson will remain behind bars in the kidnapping case of a runaway teen whom he reportedly harbored for ...
‘Real dumb mistake’ brings 8- to 20-year prison sentence in Strip road-rage shooting
Monday, April 28, 2014
Brittanie Merritt-Burwell, 22, apologized to "everybody in Las Vegas" for the shooting as she addressed Judge David Barker this morning in...
Inmate with genital wounds sues state over medical treatment
Monday, April 28, 2014
Ference Farkas, 53, was reportedly working in the kitchen of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center on May 11, 2013, when he accidentally spilled oven cleaner on the front of his pants. The caustic substance seeped …
Suspect in NLV double-slaying, dismemberment indicted on murder charges
Monday, April 28, 2014
North Las Vegas Police believe Darius Sorrells, 30, killed his mother and sister in late March before taking a chainsaw to one of the bodies and cutting off …
Spurned in attempt to buy NFC Championship tickets, Las Vegan sues NFL, Seahawks
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A Las Vegas football fan has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $50 million because he couldn’t buy tickets to the NFC Championship game in Seattle due to …
2016 trial set in ‘Crazy Train’ suitcase slaying
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The trio accused last year of stuffing a homeless man inside his own suitcase and drowning him in a motel bathtub won’t be tried until early 2016. Attorneys representing the defendants said they needed …
Family law attorney warns high times might lead to loss of custody
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As Southern Nevada readies for expanded access to medical marijuana, legal experts have a warning for parents: One of the drug's myriad effects is its heavy sway on …
Teen gets prison time in hit-and-run outside NLV church
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
An 18-year-old Utah woman who drove away from a crash that injured eight pedestrians outside a North Las Vegas church last summer has been sentenced to...
Specialty court launches to help veterans ‘get back to a place where they feel good’
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Homeless, unemployed and struggling with the legal aftermath of a DUI arrest, Chante Fields never guessed her military veteran status would be the key to turning her life around last year. For more than two years, she agonized over fees for the misdemeanor offense until …
Desai ordered to federal custody for evaluation
Monday, April 21, 2014
A former Las Vegas doctor serving prison time in connection with a 2007 hepatitis outbreak has been ordered into federal custody for a mental competency evaluation in a separate health care fraud case. Desai lost his medical license after ...
Trio charged in ‘Crazy Train’ suitcase slaying of homeless man will likely be tried in 2016
Monday, April 21, 2014
A trio accused last year of stuffing a homeless man inside his own suitcase and drowning him in a motel bathtub likely won't face trial until 2016 while attorneys …
With inmate’s ashes finally in hand, family can consummate ocean burial plans
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Richard Ferst's long-awaited ashes sit on a bed at his mother's Las Vegas home, a temporary resting place before she finally buries them at sea in the Pacific Ocean this summer. For half a year since Ferst died inside a cell at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, his remains were in limbo because …
Owner pleads not guilty to insurance fraud in pet shop fire
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A woman accused of torching her Las Vegas pet shop and endangering 27 puppies in an alleged insurance scheme pleaded not guilty today to fraud and attempted theft charges.
Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 35, was...
Feds charge woman accused of chucking shoe at Hillary Clinton
Monday, April 14, 2014
Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Clinton gave a convention speech. The trespassing and violence charges lodged...
Flavor Flav pleads guilty in misdemeanor battery case, gets probation
Monday, April 14, 2014
Rapper and reality star Flavor Flav pleaded guilty this morning to charges stemming from a 2012 incident in which he was accused of...
Lane closures planned on Tropicana near the Strip
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The closure will run from 9 p.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Thursday. Crews will be pouring concrete on the street’s eastbound and westbound lanes ...
A month after Metro’s policy change on accidents, complaints are piling up
Friday, April 4, 2014
Metro’s unpopular new policy change on fender-benders has been a unifier of sorts, bringing together insurance agents, personal-injury attorneys and motorists to deliver an appeal to bring back the previous system. Under the new guidelines, officers no longer respond to most noninjury wrecks so they can concentrate on chasing down scofflaws. Now a month since the policy went into effect ...
Motorcyclist killed in collision on Desert Inn Road
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A motorcyclist died tonight after crashing with a pickup on Desert Inn Road. Metro Police Lt. Joe Martin said the crash happened about 9:40 p.m. on Desert Inn and Brentwood Street. Police don't know ...
Firefighter rescues partner who tumbled into raging North Las Vegas blaze
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A firefighter rescued a fellow crew member who fell into a burning North Las Vegas apartment building. The dramatic save happened while firefighters tackled a blaze that erupted ...
Police: Family friend unwittingly walked through home with decomposing bodies
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A family friend helping search for two missing North Las Vegas women over the weekend unwittingly walked next to their decomposing and mutilated corpses while looking for them at ...
Man critically injured in wreck near Wynn Golf Club
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Metro Police said a man was driving an Acura RSX on Desert Inn Road near Channel 8 Drive — just south of the news station’s studios — when he rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz and ...
Fire blamed for $40,000 in damage to NLV business
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
A fire erupted this afternoon at a North Las Vegas garage door business, causing an estimated $40,000 worth of damage. Capt. Cedric Williams with the North Las Vegas Fire Department said the blaze broke out about ...
Metro detectives investigating man’s death at Wetlands Park
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Metro Police said a tipster reported gunshots about 4:15 p.m. at the Wetlands Park in the east Las Vegas Valley. Another person spotted a man's body about 15 minutes later and called ...
Lane closures planned on Washington Avenue
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Prepare for a dozen consecutive days of lane closures on Washington Avenue starting Monday ...
GOP governors hit town to woo Jewish donors in Las Vegas
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Calling for a more assertive foreign policy and additional American support for Israel, three high-profile Republican governors descended on Las Vegas this weekend to draw support from a slate of Jewish donors that included ...
Raffle winner elated to welcome ‘arson puppy’ into the family
Friday, March 28, 2014
Kristi Liddle cooed and coaxed the trembling 2-pound dog, an unwitting Las Vegas celebrity, arson survivor and sought-after prize since going up for raffle. The white Maltese mix is one of 25 puppies ...
Man found dead in car outside convenience store
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Metro Police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body was discovered Thursday night outside a convenience store in the southwest Las Vegas Valley. The man was found...
Tropicana Avenue near Strip will close for repairs
Thursday, March 27, 2014
A portion of Tropicana Avenue will shut down near the Strip on Friday while crews fix a barrier along the busy ...
Officials: Police officer ordered woman to drop knife before shooting her
Thursday, March 27, 2014
A Metro Police officer who shot a knife-wielding woman last week had reportedly ordered her to drop the knife to no avail, department ...

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