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December 20, 2014

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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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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.
Police nab man suspected of exposing himself to teenagers
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Metro Police have arrested a man accused of exposing himself to teenagers who were on their way to a school function in November.
Henderson party shooting leaves two injured
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
A shooting Thursday night at a party in Green Valley left two teens injured, Henderson Police reported.
Metro: Captain, officer violated policy with Guns N Roses helicopter ride
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
A Metro Police captain and an officer violated department policy when they took a Guns N Roses guitarist and his girlfriend on a helicopter ride as part of an elaborate marriage proposal earlier this year. An investigation revealed Capt. David O’Leary and Officer Ray Horsley misused department resources.
Police: Woman arrested in road rage shooting on Las Vegas Strip
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
A 21-year-old woman has been arrested on a count of attempted murder in a road rage-fueled shooting on the Las Vegas Strip last week, Metro Police said.
Tax preparer arrested in filing of false returns
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
A Las Vegas tax preparer was arrested Monday after being indicted earlier this month on charges of filing false tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Man shot after 'words exchanged' at apartment complex
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
A shooting Monday night at a northwest valley apartment complex left one man injured, Metro Police reported.
Las Vegas lawyer scratches dormant itch leading adult acting class
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
A casino chef, a retiree and an Internal Revenue Service employee enter this high-ceiling room, which boasts light oak floors and a wall of mirrors, with three missions in mind. One dreams of becoming an executive. Another wants to tone down his kitchen scowl. And the third hopes to unleash her inner ham. “Everyone comfortable? Ready to move?” instructor Telia Williams asks the trio as she scans their wardrobe choices. “You might want to take off your sweater.”
Lawmen focus on biggest drug problem: overdoses of prescribed meds
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
A drug-trafficking task force is focusing on how to reduce drug overdoses — and their efforts have them looking at people other than street-level pushers.
Local firefighter's image, deeds will be celebrated in Rose Bowl Parade
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
A local hero will be portrayed on a floragraph — an image constructed of natural materials — that will ride aboard the Donate Life America float for the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Attic fire burns NLV house; no one injured
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
The North Las Vegas Fire Department responded at 6:54 p.m. to reports of a fire at 3015 Harewood Ave., which is near Cheyenne Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Missing man with Down syndrome is found safe
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
The 20-year-old man with Down syndrome who went missing Friday from a North Las Vegas group home has been found and safely returned to his residence.
Suspects who shot at officer amid car chase are arrested, police say
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Two males suspected of committing an armed robbery and carjacking early Monday morning led police on a brief vehicle pursuit as they fired at a patrol officer, Metro Police reported.
Roadwork to interrupt traffic on I-15 during overnight hours
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Roadwork this week on Interstate 15 will result in lane closures at night, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced today.
Hey all you whiners, you think this is cold?
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Stop the whining. We get it. It’s cold outside. In fact, it’s downright frigid by notoriously thin-skinned Las Vegas standards.
Longtime Metro captain announces retirement a month after kicking off run for sheriff's office
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns, who last month kicked off his campaign to become sheriff of Clark County, will retire from the department Friday. A message posted on Burns’ Facebook page for his campaign explained his decision: “After much consideration Capt. Burns decided this would be best for him and his family and plans to use his time to focus fully on the campaign and becoming the next Sheriff of Clark County.”
Las Vegas man faces life sentence for sex trafficking
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
A Las Vegas man accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl from Utah into prostitution has pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today.
Temperatures plunge into the 20s; snow in forecast
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
A cold front gripping a large swath of the country caused temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley to plummet into the mid-20s overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Metro Police veteran Joe Lombardo jumps into race for sheriff
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Metro Police Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo today added his name to the list of candidates campaigning to replace Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who is not seeking a third term.
Holiday shopping season hits full swing but with fewer days till Christmas
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
If you’re done holiday shopping, sit back, relax and sip hot cocoa. For everyone else: Gear up for a mad scramble to the finish line. Here’s your guide for making it through the busiest shopping season unscathed.
Red Rock Canyon officials may curb access to scenic drive over holiday weekend
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
The 13-mile scenic drive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area may be temporarily closed during periods of high visitation Thanksgiving weekend, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
School bus, pickup truck collide; no children injured
Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
A school bus and pickup truck collided this afternoon at a ramp to Interstate 15 from Blue Diamond Road, but no children were injured, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
NLV Police continue to make do with less, would welcome 'More Cops' funds, chief says
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Like other Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies, the North Las Vegas Police Department was riding high five years ago. Staffing was at its peak then, with the department boasting about 335 commissioned police officers and 850 total employees, but the ensuing recession in Southern Nevada forced the city to slash those staffing levels.
Out of the blocks, sheriff candidates scramble for campaign funds
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
The job itself pays a healthy annual base salary of about $133,500, but getting there could cost candidates a couple million dollars. Welcome to the world of politicking for Clark County sheriff — an elected position widely regarded as the second-most influential in Nevada, behind the governor.
Woman dies after wreck on Spring Mountain
Another motorist being extracted from vehicle in separate incident
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
A woman was killed and a child was injured today in two unrelated wrecks on opposite ends of the Las Vegas Valley.
Henderson collision center owner pleads guilty to tax evasion
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
The owner of Sunset Collision Center in Henderson pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of tax evasion, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Five ways to ‘green’ your home — and save money
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Turning off the lights. Unplugging electronics. Closing the blinds on a blazing-hot day. Those are the hallmarks of energy conservationism, slight changes in behavior that can reduce energy consumption and save money. With a little extra investment, however, homeowners can decrease their energy use even more with simple energy-efficient upgrades. “Energy efficiency is really simple stuff you can do in your home without spending much,” said Denee Evans, executive director of HomeFree Nevada, a nonprofit that seeks to improve energy efficiency and conservation in Nevada homes.
'We need more people to pray': Filipinos in Las Vegas bow heads, raise money for a homeland struck by disaster
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
They started gathering by 7 p.m. Monday, quietly entering the adoration chapel and slipping into pews. Mass wouldn’t begin for another hour. But in this octagon-shaped room at St. Bridget Catholic Church, Filipinos living in Las Vegas bowed their heads and prayed.
Man collapses, dies while hiking at Red Rock Canyon
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
A man who collapsed while hiking today at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has died, Metro Police reported. The incident happened about 1:45 p.m. along Ice Box Canyon Trail.
Mentally disabled teen still suffering emotional effects of attack, mother says
Teens who robbed him will get counseling and are placed on probation
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
The mother of a mentally disabled teen who was beaten and robbed says his attackers — boys ages 14 and 15 — stole more than his hat, Converse shoes and BlackBerry. They took away her son’s confidence, too. “After the attack, he didn’t want to go to school,” Tonia Bissell said. “He didn’t want to be in crowds.” Her son, 16-year-old Jeffrey Ford, is now in counseling. At the request of a judge, Ford’s attackers, now considered juvenile criminals, also will undergo counseling.
Assistant sheriff may join race for top Metro job
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
A new candidate might be emerging in the race for Clark County sheriff.
Fugitive wanted by Metro dupes deputies with false ID
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
The 22-year-old woman handed Nye County deputies a California driver’s license and told them her name was Mary Moriarty.
'I was scared; I was panicking': Unarmed shooting victim sues Metro
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
A quick trip to 7-Eleven turned into a nightmare for the man mistaken as a homicide suspect and shot by a Metro Police officer. “I constantly have flashbacks,” Antoine Hodges said. “It’s hard to sleep at night.”
Video shows encounter before Metro officer shot man mistaken for suspect
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Metro Police have released surveillance footage from inside a 7-Eleven that shows the seconds leading up to an officer shooting an unarmed man he mistakenly believed to be a homicide suspect.
As Strip welcomes costumed characters, Metro guards against real criminals
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
It’s not unusual to spot a costumed character roaming the Las Vegas Strip and posing with tourists. But as the number of people in costume grows Halloween week and day, police officers keep their antennae up a little higher.
Billboard campaign draws attention to plight of human-trafficking victims
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
A handful of Las Vegas billboards will be carrying messages aimed at helping victims of human trafficking, a crime authorities say often goes unreported. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced the initiative Tuesday, calling sex trafficking a “serious international and local problem” that demands more awareness.
Stanley Gibson's widow says Metro settlement will allow her to help others
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
The black leather jacket sports bullet holes and military medals. It’s the garment 43-year-old Stanley Gibson, a Gulf War veteran, was wearing in December 2011 when a Metro Police officer fatally shot him.
Metro, widow agree to $1.5 million settlement in 2011 shooting death of unarmed veteran
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee has agreed to pay a $1.5 million settlement to the widow of Stanley Gibson, the unarmed Gulf War veteran shot to death by police in December 2011. The action this morning clears the way for Rondha Gibson to end a federal lawsuit.
Man stabbed to death during camping trip at Lake Mead
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
An argument among friends camping Monday night in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area led to the stabbing death of a man, Metro Police reported.

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