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News briefs for March 22, 2002

Man gets 25 years in girlfriend's death

A 22-year-old man convicted of shooting his girlfriend during a game of Russian roulette was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday.

Trent Dirden will have to spend at least 10 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole. He will receive 530 days' credit for jail time.

Dirden shot his 22-year-old girlfriend, Brendan Humphrey, in October 2000. Defense attorneys argued that Dirden was joking when he pulled the trigger on his .38-caliber revolver and shot Humphrey in the head.

Dirden claimed to have miscounted the number of shots he could make before releasing a bullet from the revolver's cylinder.

But prosecutors argued that the couple's relationship was on the rocks and Dirden was upset about Humphrey's plans to leave him. They had asked for a first-degree murder conviction but a jury returned with a second-degree murder verdict.

Dirden showed no signs of emotion as District Judge Jeffrey Sobel announced the sentence. Neither defense nor prosecution lawyers spoke at the sentencing.

One dead, one injured in shooting

A Las Vegas resident fatally shot one man and wounded another in what appears to be an act of self-defense after two men forced their way into an apartment Thursday night.

About 9 p.m. Metro Police got reports of gunshots at the Polo Club Apartments, 4201 S. Decatur Blvd.

Police found Morgan Sean Crockett, 20, shot in the chest and another man shot in the arm at the apartment. Both were taken to University Medical Center, where Crockett died.

Crockett, the second man and a woman reportedly went to the apartment near Flamingo Road to settle a dispute with the resident, Lt. Tom Monahan said.

When the resident wouldn't let the group inside the two men climbed a tree onto the apartment's terrace and made their way inside. A struggle ensued in the apartment, and the two suspects were shot by the resident, Monahan said.

The resident injured his head in the struggle and was treated at the scene.

There have been no arrests in connection with the incident, but charges could be filed after a review of the case by the district attorney's office.

Officer identified in shooting of man

A Metro Police SWAT officer who shot a man in the leg while serving a search warrant earlier this week was Officer Mark Mills, police said.

Mills, 43, shot Enrique Flores, 22, once in the leg Monday about 10:15 p.m. when SWAT officers were called to serve the warrant on a home on Statz Street near Lake Mead Boulevard and Civic Center Drive.

Flores is accused of pointing a handgun at the officers when they entered the home, police said.

SWAT was serving a warrant for narcotics detectives after an investigation into drugs being traded for guns, police said.

Mills has been a Metro officer since September 1990.

Evidence clerk quits department

A North Las Vegas Police clerk accused of stealing cocaine from the evidence vault quit the department Thursday.

Geneva A. Kincaid, 40, was charged Wednesday with drug trafficking and embezzlement. She will be issued a summons to appear in North Las Vegas Justice Court May 1 and is accused of stealing 57.7 grams of powder cocaine.

Police started investigating Kincaid after her stepson was arrested in Henderson last month and told police he took the cocaine from Kincaid's bag.

The drug evidence Kincaid is accused of stealing was no longer needed for criminal prosecution and was slated to be destroyed, police said.

Suspects sought in casino robbery

Henderson Police are looking for two men in connection with a Thursday morning robbery at the Klondike Sunset Casino.

The robbery happened about 1:45 a.m., when two men armed with assault rifles and handguns entered the casino and took about $7,700 from a cashier, police said.

As the two men were leaving, one fired a shot from a rifle into the floor. A third suspect was waiting outside in a Dodge Neon, and all three attempted a getaway.

Police spotted the Neon, and after a short chase stopped the car near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bonanza Road. After a foot pursuit Jesse James Cooper, 28, was arrested on two counts of robbery, burglary and possession of stolen vehicle.

A large amount of cash, an assault rifle and a handgun were found in the car, police said.

Police have no description of one of the outstanding suspects, and the other is described as black, 6 feet and 220 pounds.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 565-8933 or Secret Witness at 385-5555.

Second Las Vegan charged in sting

A second Las Vegas man has been charged in "Operation Candyman," a nationwide child pornography sting.

Matthew Shawn McMullen, 41, surrendered to authorities Thursday and is charged with receiving and possession of child pornography, FBI officials said.

McMullen, a maintenance man at a local apartment complex, is facing the same charges as Beckham Baker, 23, who was arrested on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas. Baker worked as an aide at a local day care center.

Woman found dead in parked car

A 40-year-old woman found dead in a parked car Wednesday morning near Owens Avenue and Bruce Street has been identified.

Martha Hill was spotted slumped in the car in the 1700 block of Hoover Street at 10:49 a.m., North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Frank DeMartino said.

Police are awaiting for the results of a toxicology report .

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