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April 25, 2015

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City closes James Gay Park after second stabbing in 4 months

An overnight stabbing has led the city of Las Vegas to indefinitely close one of its downtown parks, a city spokeswoman said Saturday.

The 5-acre James Gay Park, near Owens Avenue and B Street, is closed until further notice after the stabbing Friday night, according to a statement from the city.

Metro Police are investigating the incident, which reportedly occurred near a child’s play area.

It is the second stabbing at the park in the past four months, prompting city officials to close it until public safety can be ensured, the statement said.

Because the park is a frequent gathering spot for Las Vegas’ homeless population, the city is working with local homeless-services providers to mitigate the effects of the park’s closing, the statement said.

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  1. How about sensible drug laws? Our good police officers could focus on public safety instead of racking up hundreds of penny-ante drug busts in hopes of a faster promotion.

  2. Is it bad that based on the location of the park, I'm actually shocked that there were ONLY 2 stabbings at that park in the past four months?

  3. Where are the lunkheads of the ACLU now? Why weren't they at the park protecting people from the downtrodden homeless they love so much? There are real consquences to the public by the moronic stances the ACLU takes in its never ending battle to protect the criminal and crazy elements in our society. Your safety and mine have been compromised by the loons who run that stupid organization!

  4. The homeless problem across the country seems to be out of control, especially in Las Vegas. Of course we exclude the Strip, but the adjacent areas have what appears to be a rather even distribution of homeless wondering around like zombies. I've never seen anything like it in the western United States. A few blocks away from billion dollar structures, thousands of poor and homeless people dwell. From what I can see that the city is only concerned protecting it's cash cow, The Strip. And as wrong as it may seem, I can't blame them.