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Jackie Valley


Jackie has lived in northwest Indiana, South Carolina, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. A Cleveland girl at heart, she graduated from Kent State University, where she was the student newspaper editor. She completed a Dow Jones copy editing internship at the Virginian-Pilot in summer 2009 and a year later joined the Sun, where she covers crime and courts.

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Blistering days ahead prompt excessive heat watch
Monday, June 30, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs up to 114 degrees in the Las Vegas area and dangerously hot weather throughout ...
Another person in Las Vegas for Electric Daisy reported dead
Friday, June 27, 2014
A man visiting Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival died in the hospital without ever making it to the music festival, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. It is the third reported death among...
Metro officer trades shots with suspect in NE valley
Friday, June 27, 2014
Metro Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Friday morning in the northeast valley. According to police scanner communication ...
Woman killed in head-on crash in Henderson
Friday, June 20, 2014
A woman who drifted into oncoming traffic while driving near Lake Las Vegas this morning died in a head-on collision, according to Henderson Police. The Henderson woman was driving a Toyota Camry west when the vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a...
1 killed, 3 wounded in door-knock shooting
Friday, June 20, 2014
A man is dead and three women are wounded after a shooting involving at least two assailants who police say knocked on the door of an eastside Las Vegas town house. Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber says...
Pedestrian hit by taxi near Las Vegas Strip critically injured
Friday, June 20, 2014
A pedestrian was hit by a taxicab and seriously injured early today near the Las Vegas Strip, Metro Police said. The accident happened...
Police: Shooting in parking lot might be gang-related
Friday, June 20, 2014
A shooting Thursday night in a parking lot that wounded two people might be gang-related, Metro Police said. The incident happened...
Firefighters battle second blaze when wind reignites embers at home
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Firefighters thought their hard work battling a house fire was almost done — until the wind decided to flare up the blaze again this afternoon. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews sounded a second alarm about 1 p.m. when ...
CiCi’s event brings community together, raises money for families of slain officers and civilian
Sunday, June 15, 2014
A cheerful greeting rang out nonstop this afternoon at CiCi's Pizza on the corner of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, where, a week ago, two Metro Police officers were fatally shot. Today, the restaurant doors reopened to a large crowd of community members — including Metro Police officers and their families — whose tribute to the fallen men was ...
What now? Three mass shootings in a week leave communities wondering how to react
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The murders of two police officers and a shopper at Wal-Mart are only the most recent examples of public killings, part of a troubling national trend that has left communities wondering how to...
Hate speech, concealed carry and the Joker: Three questions from the Miller murders
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Has society become deaf to hate speech? Is concealed carry helpful or harmful? And why so some mass murderers draw inspiration from Batman's archenemy?
For grief comforters, a trying week ends with a galvanized community
Saturday, June 14, 2014
People providing emotional support tend to walk through life empty, drained by the demands of comforting others. In a ceremony Friday, it was their turn to ...
Coroner IDs man killed in shootout with Henderson Police
Friday, June 13, 2014
A Henderson man killed in a shootout with Henderson Police on Wednesday morning has been identified as 36-year-old Ryan Marone, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Marone, who shot and wounded an officer in the exchange, died of...
West valley homeowner fights fire with garden hose
Friday, June 13, 2014
A house fire Thursday night in the western valley displaced five people and caused $125,000 damage, officials said. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue received...
Police take proactive approach to prevent violence on last day of school
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The last day of school in Clark County used to be marked by major brawls and raucous water-balloon fights or shaving-cream wars. Now, as students make their way to the last day of class, law enforcers are gearing up for a safety blitz ...
Suspect in Illinois slaying arrested in Las Vegas
Friday, May 30, 2014
A U.S. Marshals Service task force in Las Vegas has arrested a suspect in an Illinois slaying, officials said. Turhan Robinson, 37, was...
Amber Alert issued for boy reported missing out of California
Friday, May 23, 2014
An Amber Alert out of California has been expanded to Nevada, as authorities search for a missing 2-year-old boy, authorities said. Authorities are looking for the boy, Edwin Vargas, and...
Police seek suspect in robbery at downtown casino
Friday, May 23, 2014
Metro Police are seeking a man suspected of a beating and robbery at a downtown casino last week. The incident happened about...
Police: Driver suspected of DUI collides with motorcycle
Friday, May 23, 2014
A man suspected of drunken driving plowed into a motorcycle Thursday night, seriously injuring the rider, Metro Police reported.
Police: Siblings argued before older brother was fatally shot
Thursday, May 22, 2014
A younger sibling shot and killed an 18-year-old man in a southwest valley home Thursday night, according to Metro Police. The teen fatally shot has been...
Police: Woman carjacks taxi, crashes it and steals another car
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Metro Police are on the hunt for a woman who carjacked a taxi, ran over its driver, wrecked the cab and then stole another car in order to make her escape. A taxi from ...
Metro Police investigating fatal shooting
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting this afternoon in central Las Vegas. Police received several reports at 3:05 p.m. of...
Metro implements reforms after federal review of shootings
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Metro Police are close to fully implementing dozens of recommendations issued by the Justice Department more than 18 months ago, after questions were raised about the number of officer-involved shootings. The Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office today released...
Police face rising Tide of laundry detergent thefts
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Retail thieves are snatching an increasingly hot item on the black market that’s not located anywhere near the electronics or jewelry sections. In fact, it’s probably closer to...
Suspect sought in armed robbery of Henderson casino
Friday, May 16, 2014
The suspect entered the casino about 2:30 a.m. May 4 and approached a female employee, police said. Armed with a handgun, the man threatened the employee and forced her to …
2 pedestrians injured in separate accidents
Friday, May 16, 2014
Two pedestrians were struck and injured, one critically, while crossing Las Vegas valley streets, according to Metro Police. A man suspected of driving under the influence hit a 53-year-old pedestrian who was walking...
Police: Fight preceded fatal shooting at Palms
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A fight inside a Palms suite Thursday night led to a shooting that left a Henderson man dead. The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. in the off-Strip resort’s Fantasy Tower, where people had gathered for a party in ...
Opportunity Village kicks off capital campaign with $10M donation, $35M challenge gift
Thursday, May 15, 2014
he nonprofit organization that helps Southern Nevada residents with intellectual disabilities has set a goal of raising $136 million, which would fund …
‘Kids don’t know what drowning is’
Sunday, May 11, 2014
There are more than 100,000 pools in the valley, so with the weather heating up, it’s a good time to get reacquainted with drowning prevention measures.
July selection underway in case of Luxor dancer’s death, dismemberment
Monday, May 5, 2014
Jury selection began today for the trial of the man accused of killing and dismembering a Las Vegas Strip dancer more than three years ago. Defendant Jason Griffith, 35, appeared in ...
Metro seeks clues in fatal stabbing of man found near UNLV
Friday, May 2, 2014
Metro Police are searching for leads in the death of a man found stabbed Thursday night on a sidewalk near UNLV. A driver spotted the man in the...
Roommate of shooting victim arrested on murder count
Friday, May 2, 2014
The roommate of a man found shot to death Thursday night has been arrested on a count of murder, Metro Police said. The shooting happened about 8:10 p.m. Thursday in...
Runaway returned unharmed to Henderson behavioral institute
Friday, May 2, 2014
A 16-year-old who ran away from the Seven Hills Behavioral Institute on Thursday has been located, according to Henderson Police. Authorities issued an alert Thursday asking...
With Southern Nevada outgrowing 702, new code being introduced
Friday, April 25, 2014
Starting May 3, local callers must dial the area code followed by the seven-digit telephone number. The change is tied to the introduction of Clark County’s new 725 area code, which will begin ...
Three takeaways from health care symposium
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Medical professionals hope to better Nevada's health care rankings by better understanding our state's problems.
Argument may have led to fatal shooting in Las Vegas parking lot
Monday, April 21, 2014
The fatal shooting happened at 7:24 p.m. in the 1500 block of Harris Avenue, near Bruce Street and Maryland Parkway. It appears two males were arguing in a parking lot when one pulled a gun and ...
‘Ice Road Truckers’ star kidnapped Las Vegas prostitute, police say
Monday, April 21, 2014
A reality TV star who braved treacherous terrain on the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads" allegedly lured a prostitute to his Las Vegas apartment and held her there against her will because ...
Corner IDs victims in 2 unrelated stabbing deaths
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified two men stabbed to death earlier this week in separate attacks. Bruce Charles Reid, 52, of North Las Vegas, died Wednesday after he was...
Police: Man fatally stabbed with stick in argument about phone
Friday, April 18, 2014
An argument over a cell phone led to a fatal stabbing with a pointed stick Thursday morning outside a McDonald’s on Sahara Avenue, according to Metro Police. Witnesses told police...
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...
Martinez family settles into work, school routine in North Las Vegas
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
It's been two years since the killings of Yadira Sanchez and her 10-year-old daughter Karla in their home on Robin Street. Husband and father Arturo Martinez-Sanchez survived a brutal bludgeoning, and his young sons were unharmed in the intruder's attack on the family. Last year, the Las Vegas Sun told the family's story of forgiveness and recovery in a series called "Grace through Grief: A Shattered Family Recovers." Here's an update on the family.
Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic
How your medicine cabinet can lead you to a back alley drug
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Not even the funeral of his beloved older brother, dead from a lethal injection of their shared drug of choice, could put the brakes on Dylan Engle’s downward spiral. Death didn’t scare him. He made daily trips ...
Four indicted in alleged heroin-smuggling scheme
Friday, April 11, 2014
Four accused drug traffickers have been indicted by a Clark County grand jury stemming from a 14-pound heroin seizure last month. Armando Vizcarra, 43, who authorities allege was ...
Fatal shooting at North Las Vegas apartment complex under investigation
Thursday, April 10, 2014
North Las Vegas Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left a 20-year-old man dead. The shooting was reported around 12:07 a.m. today at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of …
Suspects sought after man is shot in Stratosphere parking lot
Monday, April 7, 2014
A man who was shot multiple times Monday evening in the Stratosphere’s north parking lot was taken to University Medical Center with injuries ...
Suspect in standoff charged in fatal Wetlands Park shooting
Monday, April 7, 2014
A man involved in an apartment barricade situation Wednesday has been arrested in connection with a homicide at the Clark County Wetlands Park. Robert Williams, 27, has been charged with ...
Downtown motel fire leaves one person injured
Monday, April 7, 2014
One person was treated for minor smoke inhalation after a fire this afternoon at the Downtowner Motel. Firefighters responded at 4:05 p.m. to the motel, 129 N. 8th St., where they found ...
Police: Robbery target turns tables, becomes assailant in deadly shooting
Friday, March 28, 2014
A man found shot to death outside a convenience store Thursday night had been attempting to rob the suspected shooter, who has not been located. The deceased man’s alleged accomplice also was …
Unclear what caused fire at county Wetlands Park
Monday, March 24, 2014
The Clark County Fire Department received multiple calls about a fire starting about 2:40 p.m. today in the county Wetlands Park. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a blaze in the...
Disruption at restaurant escalates into attack on Metro officer, police say
Monday, March 24, 2014
He could have left the Jack in the Box a free man. Instead, Curtis Traupman turned on the officer who was escorting him outside and became violent — at one point …

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