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December 12, 2017

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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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One dead in northwest Las Vegas shooting
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
A person was killed and another was wounded in a northwest valley shooting Saturday afternoon ...
Robbery suspect shot in leg by Las Vegas police expected to recover
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
A baseball-bat-wielding suspect was shot by a Metro Police officer this morning outside a central valley convenience store after he refused to ...
Las Vegas shooting survivors thank first responders with hugs, tears and baskets
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
During a meeting with a peer support group back home in Colorado the next day, the Robertsons spearheaded a plan to thank first responders, such as the still-unidentified officer who urged them to run or the SWAT personnel who ushered them to safety ...
Henderson day care worker arrested over video of naked toddler
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
A worker at a Henderson day care was arrested after an anonymous tipster directed authorities of a video she’d posted online of a nude child whose diaper was being changed by ...
Motorcyclist killed in crash with limo leaving Las Vegas welcome sign lot
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
A motorcyclist died after crashing with a limousine that was leaving the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign parking lot just south of the Strip ...
Metro hoping to take down pharmacy burglary ring
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Metro Police are trying to identify a ring of suspects they say has burglarized at least 20 Las Vegas-area pharmacies, stealing prescription drugs such as ...
Henderson man could face life in prison on child porn conviction
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
In 2014, a former family and marriage counselor messaged with who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, telling her that he wanted to engage in a ...
Police seek to ID suspects in 2 business robberies
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Metro Police are trying to identify two suspects in two separate robberies earlier this year. Officers were dispatched about 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 to a business in the 5700 block of Centennial Center Boulevard, near ...
Suspect in Camo Bear robberies hit 17 stores over a year, police say
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
In every robbery, he brandished a gun and demanded cash while telling the victims and witnesses to place their phones on the counter, go to the bathroom and ...
Police release video of robber who gunned down good Samaritan
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Metro Police on Wednesday released surveillance footage of an armed man they say shot and killed a good Samaritan who had pursued him after a daytime robbery ...
Man shot dead by storage facility manager was trying to flee, police say
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
The live-in manager of a west valley self-storage facility told detectives he fired the fatal .40-caliber round because the man he’d just caught burglarizing a motorhome was driving ...
2 men arrested in Las Vegas-area retail theft ring
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
The suspects would rush out of stores with shopping carts full of stolen items including electronics and food, and one of them would use a baton or a stun gun to ...
Man accused of setting mom's NLV house on fire said they'd argued over laundry
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
After a heated argument with his mother over laundry, a man set her front door on fire, trapping the woman with toxic smoke that blanketed her North Las Vegas house ...
Police investigate after woman found dead at Wetlands Park
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Metro Police are investigating after a woman’s body was found this afternoon partially submerged in water and tangled with tree branches at the Clark County Wetlands Park ...
Separate Las Vegas shooting deaths under investigation
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Metro Police Friday night were investigating two separate slayings, which mark the second and third fatal shootings in Las Vegas of the day ...
Henderson man sentenced to 8 years for child porn possession
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
A man on Thursday was sentenced to eight years in prison in a case in which federal investigators found about 900 photos and videos of child pornography at his Henderson home ...
School locked down as police investigate nearby fatal shooting
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Metro Police say they are investigating after a person was found dead with a gunshot wound in the central valley. Police were dispatched about 1 p.m. to the 1900 block of Allen Lane, near ...
Police: Man set house on fire with mother inside
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
A man who got into an argument with his mother set the front door of a house on fire, trapping the woman inside, according to North Las Vegas Police. Timothy Colton, 28, was subsequently arrested and booked on ...
‘True hero’: Homeless man rescues children from apartment fire
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
A homeless man rescued a baby and a toddler from an east valley apartment kitchen fire that ravaged through the unit Friday morning. The man, who officials identified as ...
Jeri Packe, Las Vegas showgirl and entrepreneur, dies at 72
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
In her nearly 50 years as a Las Vegas resident, Jeri Packe unconditionally adored her city, which she saw evolve from a chic gambling destination to the modern entertainment mecca it’s become ...
2 home invasion suspects sought in west-valley attack
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Metro Police are searching for a pair of armed and masked suspects they say beat a victim inside a west valley house during a Tuesday night burglary ...
Scam seeks money from victims by citing bogus arrest warrant
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Scammers are contacting would-be victims and pretending to be a cop, lawyer or bounty hunter, telling them that there is a warrant out for their arrest while demanding payment ...
Police release surveillance video of Bellagio robbery
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Metro Police today released surveillance video in hopes of identifying an armed man they say robbed a cashier’s cage at the Bellagio on Tuesday. The video shows a car ...
More than 160 Pomeranian dogs rescued from truck
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Metro Police say they have rescued more than 150 Pomeranian dogs found in a box truck Wednesday evening south of Las Vegas. The puppies were taken to ...
Suspected DUI driver jumps UNLV curb, hits student
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
A driver suspected of being impaired jumped a vehicle over a UNLV sidewalk, striking and injuring a student Wednesday evening ...
Driver sought after girl, 8, hit crossing street in Henderson
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Henderson Police say they are searching for the driver of a silver Dodge Charger who hit and critically injured an 8-year-old girl Tuesday night. The driver did not call 911 and ...
UNLV calls police intrusion after student event ‘unacceptable’
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
North Las Vegas Police are blaming poor communication for motorcycle officers circling around a pedestrian area at UNLV without notice Tuesday night following a poetry reading partly sponsored by a Black Lives Matter group. The student group said ...
Missing Utah father, daughter spotted in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a Utah man and his daughter who are missing, have medical issues and were believed to be ...
Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend to death: 'I did it. It’s all my fault'
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
A man was fatally stabbed as he tried to stop his girlfriend, who’d threatened suicide, from cutting herself during an argument and struggle outside an east valley house earlier this month ...
Police seek armed man who robbed Bellagio cashier
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
A man who was armed with a small-frame, black gun robbed a cage before fleeing in a silver Chevrolet Cruze, Nevada plates 37D147. No one was injured ...
Police release sketch of suspect in attack at park
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Metro Police today released a sketch of suspect they say tried to sexually assault a jogger at Desert Breeze Park earlier this month. The victim convinced the man to ...
Police investigating bank robbery near Jones, Spring Mountain
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Metro Police say they are investigating a bank robbery this afternoon near Jones Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road. About 12:20 p.m., a person went into the bank in ...
RTC warns drivers heading to California on I-15 to expect heavy traffic
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Travelers driving back to California this afternoon should expect heavy traffic on southbound Interstate 15, according to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. ...
Boy, 8, on bicycle is struck by car in Henderson
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
An 8-year-old boy on a bicycle suffered broken bones when he was hit by a car in a Henderson neighborhood this afternoon. He's expected to recover ...
Fire officials in Las Vegas respond to 3 oven fires on Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Typically, U.S. fire departments respond to three times more cooking fires on the holiday than any other day ...
Metro says ‘missteps’ made locating child victims in stabbing
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
A man called 911 on Sunday and told dispatchers police would find a badly beaten woman and a man shot in the head at a northeast valley extended-stay hotel, according to a Metro Police arrest report. Marcus Denzel Maddox, 30, was then ...
Henderson Police: Escapee from mental health facility captured
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
California authorities have arrested a man who escaped a Las Vegas-area mental health facility on Tuesday and carjacked a ...
Area police step up patrols for holiday shopping season
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Las Vegas-area police departments have increased patrols around shopping areas throughout the valley and implemented a command center to monitor and deter property crimes during the holiday season ...
Man dead, girlfriend arrested in east valley domestic dispute
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
An argument between a couple in an east valley home Tuesday morning was followed by a cry for help after a man was stabbed ...
Henderson Police seek ‘dangerous’ escapee from mental health facility
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Henderson Police say they are searching for a “dangerous” man who escaped a local mental health facility and carjacked a motorist today. Daniel Heller, 30, “has violent tendencies and is suicidal and has had ...
Teenage girl killed in stabbing had alleged sex abuse against father
Questions arise about how CPS handled investigation
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Clark County Child Protective Services personnel searching for two children after a failed Sunday night murder-suicide attempt involving their parents found ...
Man shot prior to crash expected to survive
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
A man was shot at an unknown location and later crashed his vehicle in the northwest valley Saturday, according to Metro Police. ...
Police arrest suspect in connection with fatal shooting
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Metro Police on Friday arrested a man linked to the death of a man officers found fatally wounded after north valley single-vehicle crash a week earlier, according to booking logs.
Over 100 fire personnel respond to fire in auto yard Friday night
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Roughly 100 fire department personnel responded to the incident in which no buildings caught fire and no one was injured near Industrial Road near Western Avenue, officials said. ..
Hiker falls, dies near Red Rock Canyon Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
A hiker fell and died near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area this morning, and rescuers are working to recover the body, according to Metro Police. ...
Longtime Las Vegas performer Joey Scinta dies at 69
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Joey Scinta of the long-running “The Scintas” resident act has died, according to the Plaza and reports. He was 69. Frankie Scinta took to Facebook on Nov. 11 to ask for ...
Resident returns home to find burglar parked in driveway
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
A homeowner who received a security alert returned home to find a man who'd just broken into the east valley house and was sitting in the driveway in a car packed with belongings taken in the burglary ...
Former Clark coach charged with felony lewdness with child
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
A former Clark High School soccer coach was arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to hug and kiss a 14-year-old female student on campus last month ...
Metro Police to begin using high-tech system to detect gunshots
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
A blast goes off in the middle of a crime-ridden neighborhood, and by the time someone deems it a possible gunshot and calls 911, valuable investigative time and the likelihood of catching the shooter diminish ...
Man arrested in wife's death claimed shooting was accidental
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
A man who told detectives his estranged wife was wounded in an accidental shooting during a struggle over a gun in her southwest valley house ...

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