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Motorcyclist injured in crash dies at hospital
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
A motorcyclist injured last week​ in a wreck has died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Metro Police said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office notified ...
FBI stats show jump in violent crimes, drop in property crimes for Las Vegas area
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Violent crime in the Las Vegas Valley inched up in the first half of 2014, while property crimes dropped. About 365 incidents occurred for every 100,000 people in ...
Lawsuit over Obama immigration action divides Sandoval, Laxalt
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced today that Nevada will join a multistate coalition suing President Barack Obama’s contentious deportation deferral program ...
Northeast storm triggers cancellations of Las Vegas flights
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Dozens of flights between Las Vegas and the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor were cancelled today as the Northeast braces for a powerful winter storm expected to dump as much as 3 feet of snow.
According to McCarran International Airport’s website, more than ...
Boy, 4, shot in leg at northwest valley home
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
A 3-year-old boy shot himself in the leg with a handgun Sunday night at a home in the northwest valley, Metro Police said. Officer Larry Hadfield said ...
Officials warn of scammers posing as Las Vegas airport workers
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Scammers are posing as airport employees via email to lure people into sending them money, Clark County officials said this morning. In the scheme, recipients are told ...
Think tank: Nevada has eighth-highest rate of women killed with guns
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The group found that women in Nevada face a higher risk of gun violence than men in the state — women were shot dead at a rate that is 38 percent higher than ...
Mobile home fire displaces adult, two children
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
A mobile home fire on the east side of the valley this morning displaced three people, including two children. The blaze erupted about ...
Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
An Allegiant Air plane carrying 160 people made an emergency landing this morning in Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded aboard the aircraft. The alarm went off shortly after ...
Study gives Las Vegas low ranking on effectiveness of its police spending
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
When it comes to spending police money efficiently, Las Vegas ranks near the bottom of a list of the country’s biggest cities, according to a survey released today by ...
Obama’s address gets mixed response from Las Vegas’ immigrant community
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
To the surprise of Las Vegas’ immigrant community, President Barack Obama’s hourlong address to the nation Tuesday scarcely mentioned the deportation deferral program he zealously touted just two months ago ...
Traffic safety group talks DUIs, hit-and-runs, pedestrian deaths
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Tackling topics like hit-and-run wrecks, pedestrian deaths and DUI arrests, a group of traffic safety experts gathered today to ...
Las Vegas area police hosting ‘Coffee with a Cop’
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Five police departments in the Las Vegas area are joining nearly 200 other agencies across the country in inviting people to “Coffee with a Cop.” Thursday’s event is hosted by ...
Body in wash that of missing man with Alzheimer’s
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
A body found Wednesday morning in a northeast valley wash has been identified as that of a missing North Las Vegas man who had Alzheimer’s disease, authorities said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the ...
Study: Nearly half of Clark County’s unauthorized immigrants qualify for deportation relief
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Almost half of all undocumented immigrants in Clark County qualify for deportation relief through President Barack Obama’s deferral programs, according to ...
Former U.S. attorney gets prison time for income tax charges
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
A Las Vegas lawyer who once served as Nevada’s top federal prosecutor was sentenced today to more than a year in prison for neglecting to file income tax returns. Lawrence J. Semenza II, 72, pleaded guilty in August to ...
Rancher Cliven Bundy’s son arrested on federal land outside Las Vegas
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
The son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested over the weekend, records show. Clark County jail records show Cliven Lance Bundy, 35, was arrested Sunday on ...
Child, 3, hit and injured as vehicle backs up
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
A 3-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries this morning when a vehicle backed into the child, Metro Police said. The incident was reported about 9:20 a.m. in the 6300 block of West Tropicana Avenue, officials said. The child was ...
Police seeking leads in fatal hit-and-run
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Metro Police are investigating the pre-dawn death of a man killed in a hit-and-run in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, officials said. Officer Larry Hadfield said the man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, was found dead about ...
Man found dead in West Las Vegas residence after shots heard
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Metro Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday night at an apartment near downtown Las Vegas. Officers were called to ...
Appellate court rejects efforts to revive ban on same-sex marriage
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request for a review of its ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Nevada last year. ​In an order issued Friday, the court rejected ...
Police searching for brothers wanted on felony counts
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Metro Police are asking for help finding two brothers wanted on felony counts who are believed to be armed and dangerous, officials said. Antonio Woods, 34, and Edward Woods, 36, are believed to be ...
Las Vegas drinking laws explained
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
This party town’s love for libations runs deep. Still, revelers are subject to some city ordinances, county regulations and state laws — and they can be confusing for visitors and locals alike. Here’s a rundown of what's legal and illegal if you're drinking in public ...
Family of suspect in slaying of can collector aided police in arrest
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
A man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a woman behind an east valley bar over the weekend was arrested today based in part on ...
Fire apparently set after break-in at restaurant
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Metro Police are investigating a fire at a restaurant just south of downtown Las Vegas that appears to have been set to conceal a crime, officials said. A passerby noticed the small fire about 4 a.m. at Chuy’s Tacos in the 2200 block of ...
Firefighters rescue dogs from Mesquite house fire
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
Firefighters rescued two dogs from a burning house in Mesquite Monday evening. The fire started about 5 p.m. outside the house near ...
Trio of judges sworn in for new Nevada appeals court
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
A trio of judges was sworn in today for the state's newly formed appellate court. Jerome Tao, Michael Gibbons and Abbi Silver took the oath of office ...
What to look for from new Sheriff Joe Lombardo
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Joe Lombardo, the former assistant sheriff and self-described policy wonk who succeeds Doug Gillespie, has big plans for the job. Here ...
Suicidal teenager plunges from I-15 pedestrian walkway
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said emergency responders received a call about the suicidal girl about 6:20 a.m. She had been ...
Party prep: A guide to New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The New Year's Eve celebration in Las Vegas can be daunting for newbies and veteran partygoers alike, but here are some of the basics ...
Forecasters temper call for New Year’s Eve snow in Las Vegas
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Forecasters today said the chance of a New Year’s Eve snow looks less certain as updated weather models show less moisture in the area for the next few days. Instead, the brunt of the winter storm will likely hit Mohave County in Arizona. However, there is one thing forecasters are certain about — the cold will continue. The mercury dipped to 30 degrees at McCarran early today, making this the coldest night of the winter season ...
Hate crimes down, but stat can be deceiving
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
There is little incentive for law enforcement to classify acts as hate crimes, given the difficulty in proving them.
How Clark County’s jail deficit tripled in three years
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
When the demand for services at the Clark County Detention Center seems to be falling, how can the cost to deliver those services be on the rise? The reasons behind the financial crisis are complicated and varied. Inmates are staying behind bars longer than before and renovations at the facility’s crumbling north tower are driving overtime costs ...
Second information session set on new immigration rules
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Legal experts and Latino advocates will hold an information session next month for people navigating upcoming changes in immigration policy. The event, hosted by Latino advocacy group ...
How President Obama’s immigration order might affect Las Vegas labor
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The people said to benefit most from President Barack Obama’s recent immigration order are undocumented parents of children living in the country legally. But in Las Vegas, another group stands to win big from Obama's directive — exploited workers toiling on the fringes of the city's massive tourism industry. “Labor trafficking doesn’t ...
Explaining the More Cops tax: Where it’s been, where it’s going
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Over the past year, a proposal to raise Clark County’s sales tax rate to pay for more Metro Police officers has taken on so many incarnations, it’s easy to get lost following its political path.
Hate crimes drop across Southern Nevada, FBI reports
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Law enforcement agencies throughout the Las Vegas Valley had a drop in hate crimes last year ...
After five-year hiring freeze, NLV to enlist three new police officers
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The cash-strapped North Las Vegas Police Department, which hasn't hired a new officer in five years, will enlist three recruits to join its ranks ...
Nevada politicians, advocate react to shift in Cuba policy
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Nevada’s reaction to President Obama’s announcement on re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba has been mixed. Some expressed concern over Obama’s efforts to weaken the country’s embargo against Cuba, while others ...
Report: Nevada Hispanics increasingly helping drive state’s economy
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Hispanic community is a growing force driving Nevada's economy, garnering more than $8 billion in after-tax income during 2013 while also ...
Study: Better tourist visa laws could boost U.S. economy
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Better tourist visa laws would boost the country’s revenue by at least $7.6 billion and create 50,000 jobs within five years ...
Advocates warn scams will intensify in wake of Obama’s immigration reforms
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Confusion over the immigration reforms ordered last month by President Obama is likely to trigger increased activity by scammers, say immigration advocates, who warn that ...
Why Nevada has become a leader in immigration reform
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
When President Barack Obama gave Astrid Silva a shout-out last month, he did more than put a face on his new immigration plan. He helped thrust Silva, and her home state of Nevada, into ...
Classes offered by nonprofits help foreign-born entrepreneurs achieve their dreams
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Business classes sponsored in part by the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Small Business Development Center offer a road map for immigrants hoping to ...
Deadline to apply for Metro Police academy is Friday
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Metro Police recruiters are seeking applicants for officer positions. To apply, visit Metro's employment page or call ...
Astrid Silva, face of Obama’s immigration plan, to speak before Senate committee
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Newly famous Las Vegan Astrid Silva, the face of President Barack Obama's go-it-alone immigration plan, will speak at a Senate hearing today to sell the president's contentious ...
Metro to graduate 15th Hispanic Citizens Academy class
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Metro Police will hold a graduation ceremony Wednesday for its 15th Hispanic Citizens Academy class, which aims to teach Spanish-speaking Las Vegans about ...
Legal experts, advocates to hold Las Vegas forum on immigration law changes
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
"Right now, each part of the action that the President mentioned is a little grey," said Ebeth Palafox, Nevada director for Mi Familia Vota. "We still don't know how ...
Real estate blog ranks Henderson fifth safest city in U.S.
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Using Census data and FBI statistics to survey the country's 100 biggest cities, the blog placed​ Irvine, Calif., at the top of the list, followed by ...
Why a Las Vegas body camera study could have national impact
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
The reasons for police departments to equip their officers with body cameras seem obvious: video documentation of incidents, fewer complaints against officers and, ultimately, a better relationship with the public. Amid the aftermath of two controversial deaths involving officers in Missouri and ...

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