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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 now covers health care.

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‘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 …
Man tending to disabled vehicle is hit, killed on U.S. 95 at Summerlin Parkway
Monday, March 17, 2014
It appears the victim — a man in his mid- to late 30s — exited his white Ford Expedition, possibly to fix a flat tire, on the shoulder of the highway. Then, a green Dodge Durango struck ...
Drug-impaired driver gets up to 20 years in fatal accident
Monday, March 17, 2014
A marijuana-impaired driver who plowed into two teens, killing one of them, on New Year’s Day last year could spend 20 years behind bars. Judge Jerome Tao handed down the maximum sentence — eight to 20 years in prison — to Cristian Diaz during a hearing today in Clark County District Court. Diaz, 20, pleaded guilty last year to...
By shuffling offices, Metro hopes to save millions
Friday, March 14, 2014
Las Vegas residents living on one side of the valley might get another Metro Police substation at the expense of those living on another side ...
Teen arrested in shooting on Las Vegas street corner
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Metro Police have arrested a teen in connection with a fatal shooting downtown earlier this month. Alan Sosa, 18, is charged with...
Life lessons: The weird, happy and organized world of a really big family
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Multiple sleep-deprived months have taught Deon and Evonne Derrico a lot about themselves. What does it take to raise nine children, half of whom can't even walk yet? Meet the Derrico family ...
Winners, losers in Metro's new wreck policy
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Metro Police’s policy change concerning fender benders can be summed up in three words — fend for yourself.
Armed-robbery suspect critically wounded by Metro Police gunfire
Monday, March 3, 2014
The incident began with a report of an in-progress vehicle burglary in which a homeowner confronted a male suspect who produced a firearm and demanded money.
Las Vegas deadlier than Manhattan: Saving pedestrian lives on our streets
Sunday, March 2, 2014
In 2012, pedestrians died at a higher rate in Clark County than in the counties that include Manhattan, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Dallas. And the situation is getting worse.
Suspect in home invasion blames meth use, police report says
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
On a ride to Metro headquarters after his arrest Thursday, Sean Cordeiro told police he was "normally a good person" but his meth use was spurring poor decisions. He also lamented that officers...
Storm bringing moisture to valley by week's end
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
The first significant rainfall in three months could arrive this weekend, making for a wet beginning to March.
Coroner IDs deceased victim in triple shooting at downtown Las Vegas business
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
The man killed in a triple shooting on Sunday was identified as 42-year-old John Kraai, of Nevada, according to Clark County Coroner’s Office officials.
Five years later, spirit of slain teenager lives on through his donated organs
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Attendees of a gathering to remember Aric Brill said they hoped that in addition to increasing awareness for organ donation, the ceremony would renew interest in the cold case.
Newest copycat crime in Las Vegas? Impersonating a cop
Latest arrest – the third in a month – unraveled by Stratosphere security
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
His first mistake was impersonating a detective. His second mistake was mixing up his fake names. Metro Police determined “Detective Wolf” and “Detective Wilson” were, in fact, one man — 31-year-old Robbie English of Las Vegas — who has no law enforcement affiliation. Metro officers arrested English on Tuesday in connection with impersonating a public officer and booked him into the Clark County Detention Center, according to an arrest report released today.
Firefighter gets minor electric shock while helping with house fire
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
A firefighter received an electrical shock Monday afternoon while battling a fire at a vacant house, fire officials said.
Valentine's Day brings out the competition for wedding chapels
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
They call themselves wedding promoters. It sounds better than handbillers.

After all, they’re not smut peddlers trying to sell a one-night stand on the Las Vegas Strip. They’re in the business of love, which means Valentine’s Day could be lucrative.
With Metro workers watching, sheriff candidates square off in debate
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
The Metro Police unions put Clark County sheriff candidates in the hot seat Monday night, peppering them with questions during a two-plus hour debate at Cashman Center.
Her final hours: How a Luxor dancer's tumultuous relationship turned deadly
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
It's not unusual for two Las Vegas Strip performers to strike up a relationship. But this one ended with one of them dismembered, placed in a pair of plastic tubs and encased in concrete.
Man tries to break up fight after Super Bowl, gets stabbed in the face
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
A post-Super Bowl domestic dispute led to the stabbing of a man who tried to stop the argument, according to details in an arrest warrant released today.
Police arrest patron in fatal fight at Loose Caboose on murder count
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
A bar fight early Monday left one man dead and another man arrested in connection with murder, according to Metro Police.
Police say 48-year-old posed as vice detective and sexually assaulted escort in Strip hotel
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
A suspect wanted in a New York robbery and previously convicted of impersonating an officer is accused of posing as a cop and sexually assaulting a woman at a Strip hotel.
Holocaust Memorial Day: Former British officer recounts scene at Bergen-Belsen
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Nothing can quite capture the squalor of the Nazi concentration camp — the overwhelming stench inside the packed huts, the inhumanity of hundreds of dead corpses or the vacant looks in the eyes of the near-dead prisoners. Only those who were there know the full horrors, said Lt. Col. Leonard Berney, a former British military officer.
Woman gets nearly 5 years for stealing from government benefits programs
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 from the unemployment system, public housing authority and Social Security Administration was sentenced to federal prison today.
Bald eagle numbers down slightly at Lake Mead, midwinter survey finds
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
About 132 bald eagles have made the Lake Mead National Recreation Area their winter home this year. That figure is the result of an annual survey conducted by volunteers and biologists who spent Jan. 15 on boats ln Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, surveying the shoreline with binoculars to spot the raptor species. The National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation participated in the midwinter survey, officials said.
Entering final year of tenure, sheriff still overseeing Metro’s evolution
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie insists no single event deterred him from seeking a third term. Rather, the decision came down to what he considers most important — his family.
Sex-assault suspect posed as Cox cable worker, police say
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Metro Police are searching for a sexual assault suspect who might be impersonating a cable company worker to gain entry into residences.
Motorcyclist critically injured in crash with pickup
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
A motorcyclist was in critical condition today after colliding with a pickup truck in the north Las Vegas Valley.
Cantor says it's reached settlement with Gaming Control Board on 18-count complaint
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
CG Technology says it has reached a tentative settlement with the Nevada Gaming Control Board over allegations the company, formerly known as Cantor Gaming, was lax in its oversight of employees and kept inadequate records.
Henderson Police say 3 businesses sold alcohol to minors during checks
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Henderson Police officers and underage volunteers checked 64 convenience stores, grocery stores and liquor stores Saturday.

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