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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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New law helps victims make safe getaway from abusive relationships
Legislation signed this year lets domestic-violence victims break leases without penalty to start life anew
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
The Nevada Legislature this year passed what is known as the “safe getaway law,” which allows for the early termination of rental agreements involving victims of domestic violence, under certain circumstances. The law seeks to unburden domestic-violence victims from a common financial worry — breaking a lease — that often serves as a barrier preventing their escape. Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores and Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, both D-Las Vegas, sponsored the bill, which won the Legislature’s approval, was signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval and went into effect July 1.
Downtown's top cop takes a look at how crime's changing with area's renaissance
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
For the past nine months, Metro Police Capt. Shawn Andersen has been the guy in charge of police downtown, which includes the ever-popular and growing bar scene. This spring, East Fremont Street welcomed several new hangouts; later this year completion of the Downtown Container Park will add more choices to the mix. Police estimate downtown events and bars draw thousands more people to the area — with a palpable increase in just the past six months. Downtown’s renaissance has sparked excitement along with safety fears, propelling police and city leaders to look for solutions.
Dust advisory in effect through Saturday
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Expected high winds have prompted Clark County’s Department of Air Quality to issue a dust advisory for tonight through Saturday afternoon.
District Attorney: Police 'acted reasonably and lawfully' in shooting man who was 'a threat to officers and citizens'
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Metro Police officers who fatally shot 52-year-old Ronald Morrison, a suspect in a shooting of a homeless man, “acted reasonably and lawfully,” the Clark County District Attorney’s Office has determined.
Suspect in armed robbery who met victim on social media being sought by police
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Metro Police continue looking for a suspect in a late August armed robbery who met his victim through social media.
Motorcyclist killed in crash with car in Henderson
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
A 51-year-old man riding a motorcycle died this morning in a crash with a car in Henderson. Henderson Police said the accident happened at 7:01 a.m. at the intersection of Horizon Ridge Parkway and Rich Perez Jr. Drive.
3 hurt in 4-car crash at Spring Mountain and Cimarron
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
A four-car accident in the western valley sent three people to the hospital this morning. The wreck happened at 7:08 a.m. at the intersection of Spring Mountain and Cimarron roads, Metro Police Lt. Glen Lowe said.
Child Protective Services team keeps watchful eye on community's most vulnerable
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Kisha Earhart, a senior family services specialist with Clark County's Child Protective Services, has seen emaciated babies, bruised and scratched infants and even a child covered with bite marks. Those are the cases that have left lasting mental images. But, as a member of the five-and-under team, Earhart also responds to any near-fatality or fatality call involving a child, including accidental death cases such as drownings.
Latest candidate to join sheriff race says he’s a ‘team builder’
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Metro Police Capt. Larry Burns announced he was running for sheriff, making him the second internal candidate and fifth person vying for Las Vegas’ top police job. Burns, a 27-year veteran of the department, has served as captain of the Bolden Area Command in west Las Vegas for almost three years. “It was a surprise to me that Sheriff Gillespie made the decision not to run for that third term,” Burns said today. “I hadn’t thought about it in any serious way until he made that announcement.”
Court agrees to delay hearing for mother accused of arson, child abuse
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
The mother charged with arson in a fire that badly injured her 11-year-old son will return to court later this month for her preliminary hearing. Citing the need for more time to collect evidence, attorneys for the defense and prosecution today agreed to delay the hearing for Juanita Carr until Oct. 22.
One killed in crash involving SUV, motorcycle
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
A crash involving two teen drivers this morning in the northwest valley left one of them dead.
New law lets cyclists go through stalled red lights
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
A law taking effect Tuesday allows riders of bicycles and motorcycles — which don’t always activate sensors that change traffic signals — to proceed through stalled red lights when it’s safe.
Woman dies in fire in converted garage apartment
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
A woman died in a house fire early this morning, but her three children and mother escaped without injury, fire officials said. One of the victim’s children called 911 at 1:24 a.m. to report the blaze, which was inside a garage converted into an apartment. The house is located at 716 Brenner Way, near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews arrived to find smoke coming from the garage, spokesman Tim Szymanski said. Firefighters had to force entry through a metal-bar security door, which was the only way into the garage apartment.
After teacher arrests, district considers how much social media interaction to allow
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
The path to inappropriate conduct often begins with an electronic message. The communicators are students and teachers or school staff, who are linked by classes, sports or extracurricular clubs.
Teacher at Lied Middle School accused of attempted lewdness with student
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
A second Lied Middle School teacher has been arrested on sex-related allegations involving a student, officials said Wednesday.
Teen accused of killing mother, brother apprehended at food court
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
The 16-year-old accused of killing his mom and brother was found at a Las Vegas Strip food court, Henderson Police announced this afternoon.
Three-car accident seriously injures two drivers
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
A three-car accident caused by a driver who fell asleep sent three people to the hospital, including two with serious injuries.
Mesquite woman facing 95 misdemeanor counts in cancer scam
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
A Mesquite woman who solicited donations while falsely claiming her son had cancer has been charged with 95 misdemeanor counts, officials said.
Metro releases video of robbery, attempted sexual assault
Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Metro Police have released surveillance camera footage of a robbery and attempted sexual assault in hopes of locating the suspect.
Newborn Derrico quintuplets arrive in Las Vegas
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
A private jet served as stork today — delivering a Las Vegas family and their newborn quintuplets home. Evonne Derrico, Las Vegas, gave birth to the quintuplets Sept. 6 at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., where she had temporarily relocated while awaiting the babies’ arrival. Her husband, Deon Derrico, made frequent trips back and forth. Today, the quints — two boys and three girls — begin their stay at Summerlin Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Las Vegas sees uptick in crime in 2012, FBI reports
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Las Vegas became less safe last year, courtesy of increases in both violent and property crimes, according to crime data released Monday in an annual FBI report.
Semitrailer rolls onto car on I-15 at St. Rose Parkway, killing two
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Two people died tonight when a semitrailer rolled onto a car on Interstate 15 near the St. Rose Parkway exit, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Las Vegas man who said he could carry out a mass casualty attack pleads guilty
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
A Las Vegas man who had bragged that he could kill many people because of his stockpile of weapons and ammunition has pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing and making explosives at his home.
Smoke forces evacuation of Allegiant jet in Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
An Allegiant Air flight at McCarran International Airport was evacuated this afternoon after reports of smoke on board.
Photographer accused of producing child porn is no-show in court; warrant issued for his arrest
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
A Las Vegas photographer accused of producing child pornography failed to show for a court hearing this week, prompting the judge to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
As big weekend beckons visitors — and criminals — to Strip, police offer tips to avoid being a target
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
Highly anticipated boxing match? Check. More tourists? Check. More crime? Possibly. Authorities are asking Strip-goers to hold their belongings extra tight this weekend along Las Vegas Boulevard, which is expected to be packed with people in town to watch undefeated champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez face off Saturday night. If a championship prizefight isn’t enough of a draw, thousands of people also are expected all weekend for events commemorating Mexican Independence Day, which is Monday. “Any time you have an increase of people on the Strip, you’ll have an increase of crooks,” said Metro Police Capt. Robert DuVall, whose area command includes the Strip. “It never fails.”
Court marshal announces bid to become sheriff
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Angel Barboza could be knocking on your door soon. The 51-year-old District Court marshal announced this week his intention to seek the office of Clark County sheriff.
Births of quintuplets bless, humble Las Vegas family
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
Mother and babies — all five of them — were resting quietly Tuesday afternoon, at least for the time being. But Deon Derrico, the quintuplets’ father and husband of the babies’ mother, Evonne Derrico, has a lot of work to do starting now.
Las Vegas family nearly doubles with birth of quintuplets
Babies are fifth set of out-of-state quints born at Arizona hospital
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
A Las Vegas family just grew by five. Evonne Derrico, 33, gave birth to quintuplets — three girls and two boys — Friday at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., the hospital announced today.
Severe thunderstorm brings rain, lightning, power outages to valley
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
A severe thunderstorm packing heavy rain and lightning swept through Las Vegas Monday evening, leaving power outages and flooding along parts of the Las Vegas Strip in its wake.
Sheriff's race draws interest from officer, former constable
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Two people have thrown their hat in the ring to become the next sheriff of Clark County.
Most roads reopened after storms; portion of Grand Teton still closed
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Most northwest valley roads affected by weekend flooding have reopened to traffic.
Police lift school lockdowns prompted by reports of nearby shooting
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Metro Police have lifted lockdowns ordered at four elementary schools in the northeast valley while officers investigated a reported shooting nearby.
Man jailed after child dies from injuries allegedly related to abuse
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
A 5-month-old baby allegedly abused by his caretaker last week has died, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Surveillance video posted on social media helps solve home burglary
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
Metro Police credit social media with helping solve a recent home burglary that became the talk of the town when the victims posted surveillance footage of the suspect online.
No one injured in flash floods; Rainbow Canyon Boulevard is washed out
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
Tree limbs, logs and rocks that washed downhill during the flooding caused much of the damage to homes and vehicles in Mount Charleston's Rainbow Subdivision, said Deputy Chief Fernandez Leary of the Clark County Fire Department. The rush of the water even washed one vehicle 200 yards down the street, Leary said.
Bail set at $1 million for Californian accused of assaulting Las Vegas middle-schooler
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
The man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a middle school student earlier this week must post a $1 million bond or remain in jail, a judge ordered this morning.
UNLV's Goodman arraigned on theft charges; preliminary hearing set for Nov. 12
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
UNLV men’s basketball player Savon Goodman was arraigned this morning on charges related to a May incident in which he is accused of breaking into an off-campus apartment and stealing a pair of coveted Nike Sneakers, $500 and an assortment of video games.
Departments out in force this weekend to catch drunken drivers
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
Law enforcers will be swarming Las Vegas Valley roadways this Labor Day weekend, hoping to nab drunken drivers before a tragedy occurs.
Portion of Sahara Avenue closed following motorcycle accident that left driver in critical condition
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
A motorcyclist suffered critical injuries this afternoon after colliding with a pickup truck, Metro Police said.
Woman claiming to provide home health care services sentenced for Medicaid fraud
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
A personal care assistant who committed Medicaid fraud will spend 30 days in jail and pay $1,250, the Nevada Attorney General announced today.
Man arrested in kidnapping, sexual assault of middle school student
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Metro Police arrested a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a middle school student this morning.
Middle school teacher arrested on lewdness charges
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
A girls basketball coach at Lied Middle School has been charged with two counts of open and gross lewdness. Alfphonso Washington, 47, appeared Tuesday in Las Vegas Justice Court, where he was arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center.
Metro looking for 'cab crook' who pulled gun on driver, stole taxi
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Metro Police are looking for a man who stole a cab Thursday after threatening the driver with a gun.
Coroner identifies two men killed in scooter, motorcycle accidents
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified two men who died in separate crashes Monday afternoon.
Abducted Swedish boy found in Southern Nevada, returned to father
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
A 3-year-old Swedish boy abducted by his mother last year has been found in Southern Nevada, according to the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.
Fallout from weekend flooding could hamper drive from SoCal to Las Vegas
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Motorists driving from Southern California to Las Vegas may encounter slowdowns near the Nevada border through Friday, according to the California Department of Transportation.
Nine headline-grabbing capital murder cases still pending
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
It takes time for justice to be served — and, with death-penalty cases, that can mean years. There are currently 65 defendants in Clark County who are awaiting trial on capital charges, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. Some of the cases are retrials; most are not. At one time, many of those defendants’ names were splashed across headlines and newscasts as the community clamored for more information about the latest grisly crime. Then months, and maybe years, passed.
Defense attorney uses mandated legislative study in bid to toss capital charges against four clients
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
Several alleged killers’ lives could be spared if Las Vegas judges rule in favor of defense requests to drop the prosecution’s bid for the death penalty. The motions come in light of the Nevada Legislature's approval of a bill that calls for an audit of the state death penalty.
State Route 157 reopens after storm damage, but delays still expected
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
State Route 157, which leads up to Mount Charleston, has reopened to all traffic, the Nevada Highway Patrol announced this afternoon.

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