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


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.


$11.8 million jackpot won in Las Vegas

A Las Vegas visitor has won a Megabucks jackpot valued at about $11.8 million.
The winner, identified only as Rodolfo T., hit the jackpot about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas. He made a max-bet wager on the IGT Megabucks Double 3X4X5X Pay game to win the prize.
“The Fremont has awarded many thousands of jackpots throughout its 60-year history in Las Vegas, but none quite like this,” said Vice President and General Manager of Fremont Jim Sullivan said in a email.“We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this amazing jackpot.”
IGT progressive jackpots typically offer a lump sum payment less than the actual jackpot or they can be paid out in annual installments over a number of years.
Megabucks resets at $10 million.


Marijuana companies in Las Vegas area warned by county

Clark County issued a stern message to Southern Nevada marijuana businesses: Stop advertising stoned yoga, or we’ll yank your license to sell weed.
In a letter sent Monday, Clark County Business Licensing Director Jacqueline Holloway told cannabis companies to stop advertising events that promote public marijuana consumption — including events held at a person’s home.
“We write to remind you that public consumption of marijuana is unlawful,” the letter reads.
“It is unlawful to advertise and invite the public to consume marijuana at parties, dining events, recreational events such as yoga and swimming, and other types of events, even if events are held in a private residence.”
Holloway also noted that any pot business found to be sponsoring or even affiliated with an event or business promoting public consumption “risks the suspension or revocation of their business license.”
County spokesman Erik Pappa said some of businesses were recently listed as sponsors for events that paired yoga and karate with marijuana consumption.


Crime at Blackjack Collective Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Las Vegas

Around 4 a.m. on July 29th, three men armed with crowbars broke into Blackjack Collective Medical Marijuana Dispensary, while one waited in a red sedan. One man was arrested near the dispensary, while two were arrested near Interstate 15 and West Sahara Avenue.
The fourth was caught at a traffic stop in downtown Las Vegas, where the stolen property was recovered. Officer Lazar Siroyan fired one round from a personal shotgun at one of the men, but missed. Nobody was injured. Officer Siroyan has been placed on administrative leave as the Las Vegas Metro Police Department investigates the incident. Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Las Vegas Review-Journal


Snapchat Spectacles vending machine hits Las Vegas

Snapbot, the vending machine/kiosk for Snapchat Spectacles, arrived at The Linq Promenade Tuesday morning. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal


Las Vegas morning update for Monday, July 31st

1. A man went missing while swimming at Lake Mead Sunday. Two men were swimming near a boat at around 10:45 a.m. near Hoover Dam. The men began to struggle and volunteers rescued one man and one man went underwater. The investigation is ongoing.

2. Police have identified four suspects in a marijuana dispensary robbery Saturday. Semaj Brown, Cory Ervin, Willik Mosbey and Justin Raaymakers were all booked Saturday in connection with the robbery. Surveillance video shows four men robbing the dispensary around 4 a.m. Saturday and an officer fired at the men at 4:20 a.m. All men were arrested shortly after.

3. Prosecution mistakes allowed a known felon to walk free on robbery charges, and now authorities say the man has reoffended. Brian Wright was charged in a series of 2014 robberies but prosecutors failed to notify Wright of the witnesses testifying in his trial as Wright was representing himself. The prosecution was forced to make a deal with Wright which set him free. Prosecutors filed charges against Wright two months ago in connection with a January robbery. Prosecutors say they plan to file more charges.