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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 ...
Jury to deliberate Strip dancer's fate in death, dismemberment case
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
After two weeks of hearing dramatic testimony, a jury is expected to begin deliberations Wednesday to decide if Las Vegas Strip dancer Jason Griffith ...
Twice-fired, arrested Bellagio cocktail waitress sues casino
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Lindsay Gambit, who first submitted the case last summer in Clark County District Court, is suing Bellagio on allegations that include false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and …
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 …

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