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December 16, 2018

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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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Metro brings holiday joy to kids at Las Vegas area Boys & Girls Club
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018
Children played carnival-style games, slid from a pair of massive bounce houses, ate food and perhaps even more significantly, received gifts many of the underprivileged might have gone without ...
Man arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal Las Vegas crash
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
A motorist was arrested on suspicion of DUI in a fatal crash early this morning on a central valley roadway, according to Metro Police. Police arrested ...
Suspect in parking-lot stabbing death acted in self-defense, court logs show
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Soon after the fatal confrontation, testimony from a man’s associates convinced detectives that he’d been victimized when he ...
Man sought in string of west valley package thefts
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
'Tis the season for an increased number of package deliveries to home doorsteps — and videos capturing porch pirates in the act ...
Man found with 500 fraudulent credit and debit cards in Las Vegas heading to prison
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
A man arrested last year in possession of more than 500 fraudulent credit and debit cards, which he used to rip cash from legitimate accounts, will serve five years in prison ..
Las Vegas motorcyclist dies in crash with excavator
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
A motorcyclist was killed Thursday afternoon when he slammed into an excavator in a north valley neighborhood ...
Impaired Las Vegas drivers in the crosshairs of new DUI strike team
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
Impaired motorists hitting Las Vegas Valley roads likely won’t immediately spot the discreetly marked vehicles occupied by ...
Metro Police: Nationwide bomb hoaxes reach Las Vegas
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018
A series of bomb threats across the United States today reached Las Vegas, according to Metro Police. The threats were sent to various local businesses ...
School security footage led to arrest of CCSD cop in theft case
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
It wasn’t long before evidence linking a police officer to stolen equipment at in Las Vegas school began to mount ...
Police: Suspect had kids in car when he exited to stab victims
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
Two children, ages 2 and 5, sat in a man's vehicle as he exited, got in a fight and allegedly stabbed a married couple ...
Las Vegas doctor pleads guilty in illegal prescription case
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
A pain management doctor linked to the accidental death of a Henderson judge will serve up to 20 years in prison for unlawfully prescribing opioids ...
Pedestrian, 78, killed by suspected DUI driver on Boulder Highway
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
A 78-year-old pedestrian in an east valley crosswalk Monday night was fatally struck by a car, whose driver was subsequently arrested ...
Triple-A baseball team to be known as Las Vegas Aviators
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Las Vegas' minor league baseball team is in the midst of a renaissance. And now, there's a new name and colors that fans can identify with . The team, formerly the Las Vegas 51s, is now the Las Vegas Aviators. The brand is a homage to the namesake of ...
Ex-convict shot dead after firing at officers on his Pahrump property
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
A man acting erratically and shooting a rifle from the yard of his Pahrump home was shot and killed Thursday night by an officer he pointed his weapon at, according to ...
Burglary suspects nabbed in Boulder City, stolen gun recovered
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Three people suspected in burglaries across Southern Nevada and California were arrested Thursday in Boulder City ...
Parents, Metro officer share personal tragedies of accidental child shootings
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
After Brooklynn’s death, her parents became advocates of safekeeping weapons. “There is a discussion that can be had about guns that’s not political,” Jason Mohler said. “This is not about rights, this is not about anything other than trying to keep kids in a safer situation.”
Amazon shows off new North Las Vegas fulfillment center
Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
By next year, the site will house a massive four-floor Amazon fulfillment center, replacing construction crews and their equipment with about 1,000 full-time workers and ...
Man arrested in parking-lot stabbing had made threats earlier, police say
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
A man walking his cousin to her car Wednesday night was fatally stabbed by the man who’d threatened her and prompted her to ask for her cousin’s company in the first place ...
Man stabbed in neck after argument at south valley park
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
An altercation at a south valley park Wednesday afternoon left a man with a life-threatening stab wound to his neck ...
4 teenage suspects arrested in Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
Four suspects accused of kidnapping, robbing, beating, and trying to extort a victim early Wednesday have been arrested ...
CCSD police officer accused of campus theft
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
A theft at a Las Vegas Valley magnet school prompted the Clark County School District Police Department to ...
Man arrested in death of woman dumped in Las Vegas driveway
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Pulling into his central valley house after work, a casino dealer noticed a bundle wrapped in a white sheet in his driveway. Someone had dumped trash there, he thought ...
Last suspect arrested in mistaken shooting of NLV girl
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
The final suspect in a November slaying of an 11-year-old North Las Vegas girl in a mistaken shooting was taken ...
Police: Arrests cripple violent gang’s drug network
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
More than two dozen members of a violent street gang, including the regional boss, have been arrested in the Las Vegas Valley, crippling its drug distribution network, according to Metro Police. The suspects The suspects, members of the 18th Street gang, are responsible for some of the most violent crimes in ...
North Las Vegans huddle on how to combat violent crime
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Simply reacting to acts of violence like one that recently victimized North Las Vegas youth may not be enough to address the core issues behind the incidents. That was a theme during a community meeting at City Hall hosted by police, elected officials and ...
Video: Man shot dead after being pulled over had attacked officer
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
After a “close quarter” fight with a traffic cop in a central valley neighborhood Saturday morning, the suspect lay on the ground — apparently subdued ...
Metro: Suspect dead after shooting by officer near downtown Las Vegas
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
A reckless driver was fatally shot by a Metro Police officer he disobeyed and fought during a traffic stop this morning ...
Las Vegas sex offender convicted again, faces 60 years in prison
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
A Las Vegas man with an extensive history of sex crimes against children will serve up to 60 years in prison for ...
Police: Video captures suspect, car in fatal shooting
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
A man who was critically wounded in a shooting earlier this month near Decatur Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue died Tuesday, according to Metro Police. Police today released surveillance video of ...
Police in NLV searching for missing 2-year-old girl
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Detectives are looking for a missing 2-year-old girl last seen in August with her parents, who were later located but didn’t have the child, according to North Las Vegas Police. Officers were ...
Wanted Ohio fugitive is known to frequent Las Vegas, authorities say
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
A fugitive indicted in a widespread racketeering case in Ohio — which includes slayings — is known to frequent Las Vegas ...
Woman's 1993 death in Las Vegas may be the work of serial killer
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
If Samuel Little is telling the truth, he may very well become the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, a badge of infamy that has an uncorroborated connection to Las Vegas ...
Man arrested in shooting of 7-year-old girl in car
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
A man accused of shooting into a car and wounding a 7-year-old girl earlier this year has been arrested in California, according to Metro Police ...
October the busiest month ever for Las Vegas airport
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
More than 4.4 million travelers passed through McCarran International Airport in October, making it the busiest month in the facility's history, according to the Clark County Department of Aviation ...
Rain in valley expected to move out this evening
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Showers across the Las Vegas Valley were expected to move out by this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Rain accumulations across the valley so far have ...
Tech, transit innovations crucial to Las Vegas' future, experts say
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
Smooth and timely commutes on Las Vegas roadways will only be viable through innovation in technology and transportation options as the city continues to grow ...
Patrol: Wrong-way freeway driver faces DUI count
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
The Nevada Highway Patrol said troopers averted a possible serious crash when they stopped a wrong-way driver suspected of DUI on U.S. 95 in the east valley. The Thanksgiving Day incident was ...
Police: Man accused of fatal beating said he ‘blacked out’
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
A man accused of sexually assaulting and fatally beating a woman in a vacant apartment Saturday told detectives he “blacked out” and didn’t remember what happened, according to a Metro Police arrest report. Responding to a ...
Police: Woman posed as social worker in attempt to kidnap baby
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
A woman was arrested Monday when her plan to kidnap a newborn while posing as a social worker was foiled, according to Metro Police. Joanna Boyd, who told investigators she intended to keep the 3-week-old baby because her ...
Man changed story in slaying of girlfriend, 17, police say
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
A man arrested in the slaying of his teenage girlfriend in North Las Vegas concocted two stories on how she ended up with a gunshot wound to her neck ...
Police: Suspect in teen's NLV slaying had boasted of 'wanting to shoot someone'
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Walking to a North Las Vegas shopping center in a group, the teenage suspect brandished a gun and spoke about “wanting to shoot someone.” It wasn’t long before ...
Las Vegas man sentenced to 11 years for possession of child porn
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
A registered sex offender who in 2016 was found for the second time in possession of child pornography was sentenced Monday to 11 years in federal prison, according to the office of the ...
Terrible Herbst founder Jerry Herbst dies at 80
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Jerry Herbst, philanthropist and founder of the convenience store chain that bears his name, has died at age 80. Herbst, who in 1959 founded Terrible Herbst Inc., a business empire with more than 160 convenience stores, car washes and oil-change locations throughout Southern Nevada, died peacefully today at his home, the company said in a statement. This summer, Terrible’s Road House, a ...
Stretch of Interstate 15 closing for Project Neon
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
The northbound lanes of Interstate 15 in the central valley will close for several hours tonight while crews install traffic management signs as part of ...
New officer brings degrees, global experience to Metro
Monday, Nov. 26, 2018
As a recent graduate of the Metro Police Academy, many opportunities lie ahead for Officer Monica Alnes, although, she’s chosen to set her path day-to-day. It’s not that she doesn’t look ahead. Wearing her tan patrol uniform at Metro’s ...
New Las Vegas driving experience puts participants in police chase
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018
Blue and red lights flashed in the rearview mirror of a convertible at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Then suddenly, the red Ford Mustang spun out and came to a stop, tires smoking and the smell of burning rubber wafting through the air. The demonstration of the ...
Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of teen outside strip mall
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
A suspect has been arrested in the Nov. 13 fatal shooting of a boy outside a North Las Vegas strip mall, authorities said. The FBI and North Las Vegas Police on Tuesday tracked down ...
Girl, 17, fatally shot in North Las Vegas; boyfriend arrested
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
North Las Vegas Police have arrested the boyfriend of a 17-year-old girl he dropped off at a hospital with a fatal gunshot wound early ...
Woman to serve time for dealing fentanyl-laced pills that caused death
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
A Henderson woman will serve up to 15 years in federal prison for selling prescription-type pills mixed with fentanyl, which last year caused a fatal overdose of one of ...
Car identified in retaliatory broad-daylight shooting
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Metro Police detectives continue to investigate the slaying of a male pedestrian shot by a gunman, who ran up from behind, opened fire, and then pumped more bullets into him ...

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