Las Vegas morning update for Sunday, February 25th

Sunday’s headlines: Man injured after falling from escalator in downtown Las Vegas, Pot amnesty boxes greet travelers at Las Vegas airport (Rochelle Richards/Las Vegas Review-Journal)


Las Vegas morning update for Friday, January 26

Suspect in deadly south Las Vegas shooting killed by police, Teen accused of rape was disciplined for sexual deviancy at age 9, UNLV police increasing patrols after student assaulted


Las Vegas morning update for Monday, December 4th

Monday’s headlines: trash, lawlessness targeted at shooting range, California pot legalization not the biggest threat for Nevada, officials quiet on Amazon HQ2 proposal. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal


Las Vegas morning update for Friday, September 29th

Friday’s Headlines: CCSD saves jobs with less cuts, Nevada marijuana sales soar during first month, Las Vegas police investigating machete fight and shooting


4 suspects arrested in Las Vegas student’s death

Las Vegas police have arrested all four suspects in the shooting death of a 24-year-old nursing student.

Raekwon Robertson, 20; Davontae Wheeler, 22; and De’Mario Lofton-Robinson, 18, have been arrested.

The fourth suspect, Lofton-Robinson’s younger brother, was booked into Clark County juvenile hall.

Just after midnight on Aug. 9, Gabriel George Valenzuela pulled into his driveway, checked the mail, and got into a confrontation with four young men.

He was shot at least three times and died at the hospital.

Valenzuela was a nursing student at the College of Southern Nevada.


Disbarred Vegas lawyer wanted in pot dispensary scam

Authorities say a disbarred Las Vegas lawyer scammed people into investing in a fake pot dispensary.

Easton K. Harris and his childhood friend were indicted after at least three people were scammed.

In total, the pair collected about $166,000 from their duped investors.

An investigation revealed none of the money invested was used to create the company.

Instead, the funds were used for other expenses, including a trip to Belize.

Harris and Jonathan Peirsol face four counts of theft.

Peirsol is in federal custody, where he remains for a separate case. Harris is still wanted.


Las Vegas morning update for Saturday, August 12th

1. Goodwill is filing for bankruptcy. The nonprofit says recent expansions and higher costs to operate their stores led to thedecision. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday.

2. How does $3 in exchange for more than $11.8 million sound? Well, a lucky Californian hit the jackpot on Tuesday at theFremont. The Megabucks resets at $10 million.

3. A Michigan man shopping in a marijuana dispensary on Tuesday is now facing child abuse charges. Police say he left a baby alone in a running car and left the doors unlocked. Child Protective Services opened an investigation.


Nevada approves opening up marijuana distribution rights

Nevada has approved opening up marijuana distribution rights.

Nevada’s Department of Taxation has decided that there are an inadequate number of liquor distributors interested in transporting marijuana to retail establishments.

The decision came after a hearing on whether the alcohol industry alone is sufficient to distribute pot to points of sale.

The agency will begin processing distribution licenses to marijuana licensees, Deonne Contine said.

The alcohol industry was given the exclusive right for 18 months to distribute recreational marijuana under the ballot measure that legalized sales. But that exclusivity was based on having enough distributors to fill the need.