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April 30, 2017

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez

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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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Group speaks out against Laxalt over background-check law
Saturday, April 29, 2017
While Attorney General Adam Laxalt addressed the National Rifle Association in Atlanta on Friday, proponents of the Question 1 background-check measure gathered locally to ask him to ...
Las Vegas murder suspect arrested in Colorado after manhunt
Friday, April 28, 2017
A Las Vegas suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting of a woman in January is in custody in Colorado after ...
Suspect in Trump hotel fires says he hadn't slept, was bent on mischief
Friday, April 28, 2017
A suspect who authorities say purposely started two fires Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel using toasters told investigators that he hadn’t slept the previous night and wanted to see ...
Police: Dad details boy’s death, says he dumped body in the desert
Friday, April 28, 2017
A father told detectives he dumped his 13-year-old son’s body in the desert after he slapped the boy, who hit his head on the floor and died, according to ...
'SlutWalk' event at UNLV promotes sexual assault prevention
Friday, April 28, 2017
Holly Ramella says she embarked on a life of advocacy when she'd felt sense of helplessness when a friend disclosed to her a sexual assault suffered ...
Police: Murder suspect arrested at U.S.-Mexico border acted out of revenge
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A man told detectives that Garcia-Leal had vowed revenge after the early-morning fight; another witness claimed he'd said he would kill Taitano ...
Surveillance video leads to arrest in slaying of woman outside shopping center
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Before the single blast went off, Latoya Norgina Woolen, who had just finished shopping and was sitting on a parking lot short wall, likely did not see the suspect approach her ...
Careless smoking might have sparked house fire, officials say
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A house fire in the historic west side caused about $25,000 in damage this morning, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials. The fire was reported about ...
Boy, 11, critically injured in bicycle-car crash
Thursday, April 27, 2017
An 11-year-old bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries when he collided with a car this morning in the area of Desert Sunrise Road and ...
Police investigate fatal shooting at apartment complex
Thursday, April 27, 2017
A person was shot and killed late Wednesday at an apartment complex near Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard, according to Metro Police. Officers and medical crews were ...
Police: Fires set at Trump hotel don’t appear politically motivated
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A security guard was injured and a man was arrested after a pair of small fires at the Trump International that apparently were started with toasters and linen ...
Father of missing boy avows innocence after human remains found
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Investigators have not determined the identity of a severely decomposed, small-frame body found in a desert lot Tuesday by family members of a missing teenager ...
Suspect in Las Vegas slaying arrested while entering US from Mexico
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A suspect wanted in a Las Vegas slaying was arrested by federal agents as he tried ...
Suspect in shooting on Flamingo Road, Maryland Parkway arrested in California
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A man connected to a slaying last month in which a woman was shot in the head in a shopping center ...
Californian arrested in rape of man after downtown event
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A California man led a drunken and stumbling concert attendee into a downtown Las Vegas hotel room and raped him ...
Police: Probation officer killed fiancee after wedding called off
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Glenda Freese and Steven Miller were set to get married this weekend. But sometime after they called off the wedding, the couple were found on Sunday in ...
Human remains found near Boulder Highway could be those from missing boy
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Homicide detectives are trying to determine if a decomposed body found in an east valley desert lot this afternoon is that of a 13-year-old boy who ...
Car wedged under semitrailer after crash near McCarran
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The driver of a car that ended up under a semitrailer after a crash near McCarran International Airport suffered life-threatening injuries. The wreck was reported about ...
Missing Henderson woman, 69, found dead in nearby neighborhood
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A Henderson woman reported missing Thursday afternoon was found dead four days later in a neighborhood about half a mile from her house ...
Science advocates rally, show support across Las Vegas on Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The rowdy, sign-toting crowd at the Arts District Saturday morning for the March for Science stayed true to its protest cry: “Science not silence!” ...
3 sought in robberies at Town Square, Downtown Summerlin
Friday, April 21, 2017
Three suspects who Metro Police say are connected to a string of robberies in which they've entered retail stores, taken merchandise and ran out, are being sought ...
Police: Suspect in random stabbings attacked man at jail
Friday, April 21, 2017
A man accused of randomly stabbing a customer to death at a convenience store on Wednesday attacked another detainee at the county jail with his fists as he was ...
Henderson Police searching for missing woman
Friday, April 21, 2017
Henderson Police say they are looking for a 69-year-old woman who went missing Thursday near Anthem Parkway and Atchley Drive. Iris Daniels was last seen walking away from her home about ...
Report: Ex-con, just out of prison, viciously beats man's grandma
Friday, April 21, 2017
A man who'd just gotten out of prison allegedly went with his girlfriend to the house of her other boyfriend. When they didn't find him, the man severely beat the missing man's ...
Man sought in east-valley convenience store robbery
Thursday, April 20, 2017
A suspect who Metro Police say simulated having a gun to rob an east valley convenience store earlier this month is being sought by detectives ...
Net-wielding authorities chase exotic rodent through parking lot
Thursday, April 20, 2017
A large South American rodent led Metro Police officers and volunteers on a chase through a central valley shopping center parking lot this afternoon before ...
No connection between morning fires, officials say
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Investigators don’t believe there’s a connection between two central valley fires about the same time this morning and within two blocks of each other, according to ...
Report: Las Vegas fire captain had sex with girl, 15, at fire station
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A Las Vegas Fire & Rescue captain arrested in a child prostitution case engaged in sexual activities with a 15-year-old girl at his assigned fire station ...
Man arrested in random Las Vegas stabbings that left 1 dead
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A man armed with a large "Rambo-Style" knife and accused of killing one person and critically wounding another in a pair of random east valley attacks Wednesday morning has been arrested after an hours-long manhunt ...
Pahrump officers attacked by pit bulls while serving warrant
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Bailiffs in Pahrump were attacked by a pair of pit bulls on Tuesday while serving an arrest warrant ...
Winds cause havoc for boat adrift near Lake Mead Marina
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Strong winds caused a triple-decker, paddlewheel boat that had lost power to drift at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this afternoon, according to the National Park Service ...
Henderson Police officer injured in traffic accident
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A Henderson Police motorcycle officer was injured in a crash with a vehicle at ...
Four arrested in 16 Las Vegas armed robberies
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Four suspects connected to 16 Las Vegas-area robberies to businesses and citizens have been arrested, according to ...
Las Vegas fire captain held in child sex trafficking case
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A Las Vegas Fire & Rescue captain was arrested Monday by Metro Police on a count of soliciting or engaging in child prostitution, according to arrest logs and a city official.
Richard Odell Loughry, 46, was also being held without bail at ...
Bicyclist loses control, is hit by tour bus in west valley
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A 51-year-old man was fatally injured when he lost control of his bicycle and veered onto the path of a tour bus Tuesday morning in the far west valley ...
For one local family, serving with Metro Police is more than a job
Friday, April 14, 2017
It’s a longstanding tradition in Metro Police academy graduation ceremonies — if a family member of a new recruit served in law enforcement, that officer gets to ...
Police: Man fatally wounded in altercation in vehicle
Thursday, April 13, 2017
A woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend during an argument and fight inside a vehicle in the area of ...
Police: Woman arrested in brother’s death said gun fired accidentally
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A woman accused of killing her brother on Monday said she grabbed a gun because she was angry he had stabbed her dog, but she didn’t mean to ...
Metro Police standoff in downtown Las Vegas ends with man in custody
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Metro Police say a wanted man who barricaded himself in a downtown Las Vegas residence for several hours today has been ...
Video: Metro officer buys boy new bike after old one stolen
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Moved after taking a report of a stolen bicycle, a Metro Police officer this week surprised a boy by showing up at his house and unloading a new bike from his patrol vehicle, a scene captured in ...
Man sought in armed robbery at Jones and Smoke Ranch
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Metro Police are trying to identify an armed suspect they say robbed a convenience store on Jones Boulevard near Smoke Ranch Road Monday night ...
Metro Police takes part in Easter festivities with community egg hunts
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
With the Easter holiday around the corner and local students on break from school, Metro Police and its community partners will host egg hunt events this week ...
Fire consumes boat, pickup at Lake Mead's Callville Bay
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A pickup truck and the boat it was pulling caught fire at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this afternoon and two people suffered minor injuries ...
Police: Shooting victim was wary of pot deal at vacant house
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Moments before she was fatally shot in the face, a small-time pot dealer told a friend on the phone that something was odd about the seemingly vacant house she had just pulled up to last month, according to Metro Police arrest report. Instead of meeting ...
Troopers to target I-15 speeders between L.A., Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Troopers will be keeping a close watch for speeders and distracted drivers on Interstate 15 from Southern Nevada to California over the next two weeks, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Nevada and the California highway patrols also ...
Person in wheelchair struck, killed by truck on Boulder Highway
Saturday, April 8, 2017
A person on a wheelchair was struck and killed by a truck on Boulder Highway and Nellis Boulevard on Saturday night, according to Metro Police. ...
One dead in shooting in southwest valley
Saturday, April 8, 2017
An ongoing dispute between neighbors escalated Saturday night into gunfire that left a man dead and another wounded near Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard, according to Metro Police. ...
Dust advisory issued after high winds hit the Las Vegas Valley Saturday
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Blowing dust floating through valley skies has prompted officials to issue a dust advisory the Las Vegas Valley through tonight, according to the Clark County's Department of Air Quality. ...
Police ask for help in identifying suspect in bank robbery
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Officers were dispatched to the Chase Bank on 2311 W. Charleston Blvd., near Rancho Drive, according to dispatch logs. ..
2 hospitalized, dog killed in south valley bee attack
Friday, April 7, 2017
Bee stings injured three people and killed a dog Friday evening in the south valley ...

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