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February 24, 2018

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez


Ricardo Torres-Cortez is a public safety reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Though he was born in Mexico and lived in Texas, he considers the Las Vegas Valley home. He previously covered breaking news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and started at the Sun after graduating from UNLV in December 2015.

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Student arrested after threats against northwest valley middle school
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
A 14-year-old student accused of making threats against Ralph Cadwallader Middle School was arrested on Friday ...
Snow falling as cold front pushes through valley
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
A cold front moving through the region is bringing snow flurries to the Las Vegas Valley, according to the National Weather Service. No accumulations were reported in the valley, but ...
Police scouring for leads in fatal December shooting
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Metro Police today released a photo of a shooting victim killed in December in hopes of drumming up leads and identifying the gunman. Officers responded shortly before 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 to the 4000 block of East Bonanza Road, near ...
Police seek suspect in fatal beating of woman
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Metro Police are trying to identify a suspect in last month’s beating of a 59-year-old woman who died last week. Shelley Toyama’s death was due to ...
In fight against human trafficking, law enforcement has had to evolve
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
As technology and syndicates have evolved, so has the way these criminals operate.
Video shows shooting that killed man in SUV at apartments
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Metro Police on Wednesday released video footage of a man they say shot and killed a man whose body was found inside an SUV at an east valley apartment complex Monday morning ...
NLV man facing pipe-bomb charges had threatened landlord, police say
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
A man who built a pipe bomb and in January threatened a North Las Vegas homeowner that he’d “blow up the house” was charged today with possession of the artifact ...
Couple accused of stealing $9K from Vegas casino cage arrested
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Hours after images of a female robbery suspect at the South Point were plastered in Las Vegas media, authorities received tips from her father, sister and ex-partner stating that they knew the perpetrator ...
Suspect in attacks on homeless men was spotted by police sleeping in car
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Less than three days after Joshua Emmanuel Castellon went to a Las Vegas gun store to pick up a Taurus .357 revolver he'd illegally purchased online for $388, he randomly targeted his first victim, according to authorities ...
Coroner IDs woman hit by vehicle near Las Vegas welcome sign
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified two women who Metro Police say died in separate domestic-violence-related slayings Saturday night. Crystal Lynn Felipe, 42, was found about ...
NLV Police write 232 tickets during distracted driving crackdown
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
An operation to deter distracted driving last month in North Las Vegas led to 232 traffic tickets and 65 warnings, according to city police. Officers made 225 traffic stops during ...
Booth at Convention Center catches fire, prompts evacuation
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
A quickly extinguished electrical fire at a Las Vegas Convention Center booth this morning led to evacuations, according to the Clark County Fire Department. The fire was ...
Man, 56, killed when van runs onto sidewalk
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
A 56-year-old man pushing a shopping cart on a south valley sidewalk this morning was hit and killed when a van ran off the road, according to Metro Police. The incident happened about 7 a.m. along ...
The ideal LV Lights fans: They wore Mexico national team shirts, Lights scarfs
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Wearing neon-colored, player autographed Las Vegas Lights FC scarfs draped on top of their green Mexican national team shirts, Felipe De La Cruz and his 13-year-old son say they are enthusiastic about ...
Flu season continues to rack up deaths in Clark County
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
With 22 casualties so far, the influenza season in Clark County has proven increasingly deadly, according to the Southern Nevada Health District ...
Woman, 92, dies after being struck by truck in east Las Vegas
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
An initial investigation determined the woman was hit by a 2002 Dodge Ram ...
Fire causes up to $100K in damage at Las Vegas mobile home park
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Four residents, who are being assisted by the Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross, were able to escape the home without injury ...
No injuries in fire at vacant building in downtown Las Vegas
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
The building was being used by squatters ...
Half-dozen cats die in central valley house fire
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
Six cats were killed and a dog was missing after a Friday afternoon central valley blaze, which also caused about $25,000 in damage ...
Las Vegas doctor accused of illegal distribution of opioid
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
A Las Vegas doctor arrested on Thursday is accused of falsifying information to prescribe a Fentanyl-based cancer drug ...
Driver critical after being ejected from vehicle near U.S. 95 and Jones
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
A driver who was thrown from a vehicle in a crash near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard Thursday afternoon suffered critical injuries ...
Clark County schools address safety after Florida shooting
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Citing Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, Clark County School District Police today sent out email and phone alerts to parents outlining security measures in place in ...
Police searching for man in sexual assault of 71-year-old woman
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Metro Police say they are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 71-year-old woman in her northeast valley garage as she brought in the ...
Suspect held in shooting at north valley park
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Metro Police say they have a suspect in custody in a shooting at a north valley park that left a male victim with survivable injuries ...
Video shows man in altercation that led to fatal shooting
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Metro Police released a video that purportedly shows a confrontation between two men inside an east valley market, which escalated into a fatal shooting that left one of them dead ...
Shooting claims life of man in North Las Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Authorities are investigating Wednesday night after a man was shot and killed in a North Las Vegas neighborhood ...
Patrol: Ambulance in fatal crash was going too fast
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
The driver of an ambulance that crashed late Monday, killing a patient and an attendant, was going “too fast for the wet road conditions,” according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The Patrol today also identified the ...
Las Vegas first-grade teacher arrested on suspicion of grabbing student's neck
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
An elementary school teacher was arrested Tuesday on a felony count of child abuse after an incident in November in which she allegedly grabbed one of her first-grade students by his neck, according to the ...
Metro officer one of four charged with exploiting elderly couple
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
A Clark County grand jury today indicted a Metro Police lieutenant and three others on charges of exploiting an elderly couple, according to the ...
Minivan crashes head-on into school bus; no students on board
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
A distracted driver crossed into opposing traffic this morning, crashing a minivan head-on into a Clark County School District bus in Moapa Valley, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
No students were on the bus, Trooper Travis Smaka said. The minivan driver ...
Innocent bystander killed in central valley shootout
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
A stray bullet that originated from an apparent drug-related shootout between two groups struck and killed a man who’d just stepped outside his apartment to ...
Police release sketch of man who tried to snatch 2 young girls
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Metro Police on Tuesday released a sketch of a man they say tried to snatch two little girls in east valley neighborhoods a week ago ...
Retired NLV cop enters race to challenge Sheriff Lombardo
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Vowing transparency and accountability at Metro Police, Tim Bedwell — a recently retired North Las Vegas police lieutenant — today launched a bid to become Clark County’s next sheriff, becoming the first candidate to ...
Company IDs ambulance tech killed with patient in crash
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
An ambulance technician killed with a patient late Monday when the vehicle lost control and rolled off the highway was identified today as Garry John, 57. The patient has not yet been identified. The crash happened about 11:50 p.m. on the 215 Beltway as the American Medical Response ambulance was transporting the patient from ...
Man flags down cop to confess to 2013 slaying near downtown Las Vegas
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Last month, Eric Jesus Martinez flagged down a Southern California sheriff’s deputy, asking him for his phone number “so he could contact him if he needed to talk.”
New Henderson deputy police chief was investigated over fatal shooting
Texas cop was off-duty when he killed a man after party-bus outing
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
According to the civil lawsuit against Andres and the Arlington Police Department, both men were part of a group on a party bus when an argument turned into a scuffle ...
Man, 21, accused of trapping boy in store bathroom, lewdness
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
A 21-year-old man Metro Police say trapped a boy inside the bathroom of a west valley store in November was booked Thursday on a count of lewdness with ...
Las Vegas teacher accused of sending nude photos, lewd texts to teen
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
A high school teacher's chronic harassment of a student began as light touching and flirting and escalated to unsolicited explicit messages and nude photographs ...
Man hospitalized after officer-involved shooting had shot himself, police say
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Six seconds after a man Metro Police say pulled out a revolver from a bathrobe and pointed at them — prompting an officer to fire at him — the suspect turned the gun to his head and pulled ...
Video: Man sought in attempted kidnapping of 2 young girls
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
A suspect on Tuesday night tried to snatch two little girls in two east valley neighborhoods before being spooked away by a family member and good Samaritans, according to Metro Police ..
Metro: Man kicked down door, gunned down man before kidnapping ex-girlfriend
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
After kicking in the front door of his ex-girlfriend’s west valley house early Wednesday and fatally shooting a man inside, the gunman dragged the woman by the hair and drove her to a secondary ...
Women accused of trying to smuggle meth into prison
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Authorities on Sunday arrested two North Las Vegas women they say attempted to smuggle methamphetamine into an Ely prison, the Nevada Department of ...
Police: Metro officer accused of sex assault against a child
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
A veteran Metro Police traffic officer has been arrested on counts of sex assault against a child and kidnapping, according to North Las Vegas Police. Bret Thiel, 38, was taken ...
Police seek clues in slaying of homeless man found in desert
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Metro Police are seeking clues in the slaying of a 25-year-old homeless man whose body was found Saturday in the far northwest valley. People riding horses in the desert near ...
North Las Vegas council votes to terminate ex-city manager without pay
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
The North Las Vegas City Council terminated embattled former city manager Qiong Liu for cause and denied her proposed severance deal, which would have cost the city ...
Police: Suspect arrested in kidnapping of ex-girlfriend, fatal shooting
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
A man with a history of stalking his ex-girlfriend shot and killed a man at the woman’s west valley house and kidnapped her before he was arrested following ...
East valley shooting leaves 2 men dead, 1 hospitalized
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Two men were killed and another was wounded in a shooting at an east valley neighborhood Tuesday night ...
Man arrested in suffocation death of baby daughter
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
A man who Metro Police say smothered his baby girl until she was unconscious is accused in her early Monday death ...
Police: Same gunman targeted homeless victims in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
Metro Police say the same gunman is responsible for fatally shooting two homeless men and wounding two other people in the past nine days. Three of the four victims ...
Police fire on inebriated, suicidal man in northwest valley
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
A Metro Police officer opened fire on a man said to be suicidal and under the influence of alcohol who they say pointed a gun at them Tuesday afternoon in ...

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