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April 20, 2014

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Bethany Barnes

Crime reporter

Bethany joined the Las Vegas Sun in 2013 after finishing up a master's in journalism at the University of Arizona. She became addicted to journalism while  working on her bachelor's in creative nonfiction. What started out as a midnight response to a job posting at her student paper became a calling. Before joining the Sun, Bethany covered the Arizona Legislature as the Don Bolles Fellow. Bethany's reporting has appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Weekly, Tombstone Epitaph, Sierra Vista Herald, Green Valley News, Sahuarita Sun, Homeless Voice (Fort Lauderdale) and the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

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Why one inmate costs taxpayers more than $400,000 a year
Sunday, April 20, 2014
The family of convicted murderer Jamie Hein has been denied its request to care for her at home. Hein, who suffers from a rare condition that inflames with stress, needs multiple drug infusions per week, and the state foots the bill for it ...
Crash into signal control box and light pole injures 2 in car and pedestrian
Saturday, April 19, 2014
A driver slammed into a signal control box and light pole this morning, showering a 53-year-old woman who was waiting to cross the street with debris and fluid from ...
Brush fire consumes 6 acres near Overton
Friday, April 18, 2014
Firefighters battled a large brush fire in Overton from late afternoon into the early evening, according a release from the Clark ...
One dead, one injured in NLV shooting
Friday, April 18, 2014
A 60-year-old man is dead after a double shooting in a North Las Vegas home, according ...
Two hospitalized after stabbing
Friday, April 18, 2014
A double stabbing this afternoon sent two people to the hospital, according to ...
Work to impact downtown traffic starting next week
Friday, April 18, 2014
Drivers can expect some traffic delays downtown starting next week and continuing into the summer.
2-year-old girl killed by van after wandering into street
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A 2-year-old girl died late Thursday after wandering into the street and being struck by a minivan, according to Metro Police. The accident happened...
Real estate developer pleads guilty after not filing taxes
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A real estate developer with ties to a former North Las Vegas mayor pleaded guilty in federal court today to one misdemeanor count of failing to file a tax return for the year 2007, according to court records.
Pedestrian injured by moving truck
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A pedestrian is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after darting in front of a moving truck, according to Metro Police.
Las Vegas has three fatal stabbings in 24 hours, but police say not to worry
Thursday, April 17, 2014
There have been three fatal stabbings in the Las Vegas Valley in less than 24 hours, according to Metro Police. It's unusual — but not cause for concern — said ...
Man arrested after fatal stabbing outside a Las Vegas McDonald’s
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A man was stabbed to death today outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Sahara Avenue near Rancho Drive. Metro Police responded about 8:25 a.m. to the stabbing in...
Man dead after screwdriver stabbing
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
One man is dead and another behind bars after an afternoon fight outside a thrift store ended with someone taking a screwdriver to ...
Domestic dispute leads to stabbing, arson, police say
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A couple’s quarrel launched an arson investigation and sent a man to the hospital Tuesday night. A man dumped gasoline on his apartment and set it on fire after ...
Metro investigates burned body found in LV backyard
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Homicide detectives are investigating a burned body found late Tuesday afternoon in the backyard of a western Las Vegas Valley home. The body was discovered after ...
Eastside carwash to help raise money for stabbing victim’s funeral
Friday, April 11, 2014
Ambrosio Trujillo Martinez, 60, was stopped in his Ford pickup at Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive when a man approached him, whipped out a knife and began stabbing ...
Nevada inmate who died six months ago is finally identified
Friday, April 11, 2014
In an email to the Sun today, the Nevada Department of Corrections revealed that the man who died Oct. 21, 2013, was ...
Suspect sought in fatal West Las Vegas shooting
Friday, April 11, 2014
The victim had stopped to talk to an unknown man when the suspect approached, fired several shots and fled the scene. The gunman remains ...
Firefighters battling blaze at North Las Vegas recycling center
Friday, April 11, 2014
North Las Vegas firefighters were battling a fire at recycling center this afternoon.
Firefighters were called about 3 p.m. to...
Man gets 20 years in final sentencing of mortgage fraud scheme
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The case of a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme came to a close today with the final sentencing in the 10-member operation. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro sentenced Jabari Marshall to ...
Metro investigates fatal shooting in West Las Vegas
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A shooting on Curran Way near H Street and Owens Avenue today landed a man in the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. Police said no suspects ...
Six months after death, Nevada inmate’s identity still under wraps
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Nearly half a year after an inmate died at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, officials still have not released his identity. The name was being withheld while the department …
Pedestrian struck in hit-and-run is critical
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A white Ford Explorer struck the man near Las Vegas Boulevard North and Walnut Road. The driver fled the scene, police said. The victim was transported to ...
Report details erratic behavior of suspect in eastside stabbing spree
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It wasn’t a typical call that went out over the Food 4 Less PA system. A suspicious man had been spotted in the meat department, knocking items off shelves and trying to devour ...
One killed in motorcycle crash on Lake Mead Boulevard
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly motorcycle crash on westbound Lake Mead Boulevard under the Interstate 15 overpass. Highway Patrol is trying to determine what ...
Mother of ‘Thunder’ suspect wonders why strippers weren’t arrested in son’s beating
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The mother of the man accused of sparking a backstage brawl last month with cast members of Thunder From Down Under worries that the investigation is pinning everything on her son when perhaps …
Grand jury indicts suspect in ruckus with ‘Thunder From Down Under’
Friday, April 4, 2014
A man arrested in a backstage brawl with dancers from the Excalibur’s Thunder From Down Under all-male revue was indicted today on 17 criminal counts. Joey Kadmiri faces charges including...
Woman accused of burning pet store faces new charges
Friday, April 4, 2014
A woman accused of setting fire to her Las Vegas pet store full of puppies was indicted today on several new charges, including insurance fraud. A Clark County grand jury also indicted shop owner Gloria Lee on...
Court hearing on fraud-related charges for father of quints delayed until June 20
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Deon Derrico, the father of a set of Las Vegas quintuplets, will wait to have his day in court on real-estate fraud charges. This morning in North Las Vegas Justice Court, a preliminary hearing for Derrico was continued until …
More details emerge in wedding reception shooting as case heads to trial
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
After hearing testimony from several wounded wedding guests today, Las Vegas Township Judge Diana Sullivan found enough evidence to send Peter Andrade Jr. to ...
The Sun’s March nine: Highlighting last month’s top crimes in Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
March, the saying goes, roars in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But throughout the month in Las Vegas, crimes were hardly of the gentle lamb variety. Headlines include a mother who reportedly told police…
Teacher taboo: Legal woes mount in cases alleging inappropriate relations
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Allegations of inappropriate student-teacher relationships can land a teacher behind bars and out of a job in short order. A criminal case against a teacher draws headlines and …
Man accused of posing as cop, raping 2 women on Strip pleads not guilty
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Metro Police arrested Mark Picozzi in January for allegedly posing as a vice officer and assaulting an escort at the Cosmopolitan. Shortly after news broke of Picozzi’s arrest, a prostitute came forward and said ...
Arson Puppies raffle closes; no Arson Orphans in this litter
Monday, March 24, 2014
Organizers have closed the book on entrants in the raffle for the “Arson Puppies," and all of the dogs received multiple bids and should be...
Man arrested in backstage brawl with male strippers appears in court
Monday, March 24, 2014
A man arrested after a backstage brawl with members of the Thunder From Down Under all-male revue appeared today in court, where a judge set a preliminary hearing for April 7. Joey Kadmiri, 24, is accused of...
Attorney turns recovery into a resource
After her experience getting arrested for drunken driving and going through rehab, Quillin sets sights on helping others through the process
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Conversations between attorneys and their clients are privileged; the ones between Quillin and her clients may be privileged in a different sort of way ...
Suspect blames ‘mental trip-out’ for brawl with male dancers
Friday, March 21, 2014
Joey Kadmiri says he doesn’t belong in a jail cell for his backstage run-in with the dancers from the Thunder From Down Under. What he needs, he insists, is outpatient therapy for ...
Suspect in ‘Thunder’ shooting case refuses to attend court hearing
Friday, March 21, 2014
A man accused of firing a gun during a backstage scuffle with members of the “Thunder From Down Under” male revue refused to go to court this morning for an arraignment hearing.
Joey Kadmiri, 24, was scheduled to...
Suspect in 'Thunder From Down Under' case had failed to show for court date in domestic violence case
Thursday, March 20, 2014
It’s possible the man accused of trying to steal costumes from the male strip revue "Thunder From Down Under," then shooting a gun when he was confronted was just in need of a good disguise. A judge issued a warrant for 24-year-old Joey Kadmiri’s arrest in December when he …
Metro seeks public assistance in locating 2 people
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Metro Police is asking for the public to help officers find two people who went missing on March 19. One is Destiny Kellogg, 11, and the other is 42-year-old Mark Rock.
Police ID suspect in shooting during fight with male revue dancers
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A Metro arrest report provides a dramatic account of the behind-the-scenes confrontation Tuesday at the Excalibur between the dancers and a man...
Judge sets preliminary hearing in case involving woman who died of injuries after spanking, beating
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A May preliminary hearing is scheduled for the Las Vegas man accused of murder in the weekend death of his girlfriend. Las Vegas Township Judge Melanie Tobiasson today set a May 16 court date for Edward Edgerton, 26, who told the court …
‘Thunder’ performers subdue shooting suspect at Excalibur, police say
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The man lurking behind the scenes at Excalibur might have targeted a better employees locker room than the one used by the performers in the...
Man charged with DUI in fatal U.S. 95 crash
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Initially, Nevada Highway Patrol thought the driver, Gary Richard Adair Jr., was suffering from a diabetic episode. Upon further investigation, it became clear Adair was impaired and...
Mesquite mom sentenced to a year in jail for cancer scam
Monday, March 17, 2014
A Mesquite woman was sentenced to a year in jail today for tricking community members into thinking she needed money to help her 7-year-old fight cancer. According to a police, she staged…
Charges filed against substitute teacher for alleged inappropriate relationship with student
Monday, March 17, 2014
Allegations that lunchtime tutoring turned into 12 days of dating has a substitute teacher behind bars, facing more criminal charges than days she and the student allegedly were together. Tanikka S. Queen, 22, Las Vegas, is charged with 29 criminal counts that stem from an alleged relationship with a 15-year-old …
Here’s the ticket: Fewer citations causing hurt for specialty courts
Monday, March 17, 2014
When officers write fewer traffic tickets, it means trouble for the courts, which build their budgets on the business of busting mischievous motorists. A drop in fines and court costs collected from traffic cases and other misdemeanors is translating into budget cuts that could wind up costing …
Convicted cop impersonator's sexual assault case advances
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A convicted cop impersonator will stand trial on allegations that he posed as a vice officer and forced himself on …
As Arson Puppies await court outcome, Animal Foundation sees other adoptions increase
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
While the fate of the “Arson Puppies” is still up in the air, the dogs’ celebrity status may be helping their comrades in cages find homes. For each dog that was rescued from a January pet shop fire, one shelter dog has found an owner — at least that’s what an uptick in adoptions at the Animal Foundation implies.
Fate of puppies rescued from fire remains up in air
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The 27 dogs at the center of an arson case remain in legal limbo while Clark County and a pet shop’s owner fight in court about how the animals should be adopted.
In court of public opinion, cases involving animals pushed to center stage
Monday, March 10, 2014
When animals end up at the center of legal battles, they also seemed to be pushed to the center of the public's fascination. Here are four such cases that attracted attention recently.

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