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July 20, 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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Police ID security guard arrested in fatal shooting
Friday, July 20, 2018
A man arrested in a fatal shooting Thursday outside a motel north of the Strip was identified today by Metro Police as 29-year-old Spencer Trevathan. Trevathan, an armed security guard, was being ...
Thunderstorm leaves 24,000 residents without power
Thursday, July 19, 2018
While a lightning storm was illuminating valley skies late Thursday, roughly 24,000 NV Energy customers were without power ...
Wife questioned after man shot dead in domestic dispute
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Following the fatal pull of a trigger in a southeast valley backyard shed, the woman grabbed a phone and in a disconcerted tone told a 911 operator that she’d just wounded her husband, who’d threatened her with a gun. “From listening to the phone call, she was obviously upset,” said Lt. Ray Spencer ...
Police: Security guard arrested after man fatally shot in alley after scuffle
Thursday, July 19, 2018
A brief scuffle led to a fatal shooting today in an alley adjacent to a motel north of the Strip, according to Metro Police. Fewer than five seconds after two men started ...
Police: Suspects casually left murder scene before wild chase, shootout
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Once gunfire exploded just outside a car wash bay in broad daylight, the pair of slaying suspects were so nonchalant about fleeing that it gave witnesses time to ...
Correctional officer suspected in ex-girlfriend's murder found dead in Idaho
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Christopher Caggiano, a Nevada Department of Corrections officer who eluded Metro Police since Saturday morning, turned up dead Tuesday evening in a remote Idaho town ...
Poker pro in $6 million ticket flipping scam could spend 20 in prison
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Instead on investing in Super Bowl 2017 and 2018 World Cup tickets — as he’d agreed to — Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli used the funds to gamble in Las Vegas and ...
Man arrested on suspicion of homicide in death of homeless Laughlin woman
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Metro Police have arrested a man suspected in the slaying of a homeless woman whose body was found ...
Suspect sought in southwest valley armed robberies
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
A man suspected in three armed robberies in the southwest valley is being sought by Metro Police, who today released surveillance images of him ...
Video: In Hollywood-style chase and shootout, bystanders 'very lucky' they weren't hit
Monday, July 16, 2018
By the time Wednesday’s rampage concluded in front of a central valley elementary school and the camera was shut down, two men would have fatal wounds, and a pair of suspects and a Metro Police officer would have exchanged dozens of rounds ...
Police: Man put in chokehold dies; stepson detained
Monday, July 16, 2018
A man who got into an altercation with his stepson died Sunday night after being placed in a chokehold at a west valley house, according to Metro Police. The man, in his late 40s, died at ...
Woman's slaying prompts search for the father of her children
Saturday, July 14, 2018
A woman was found slain in a southeast valley neighborhood this morning and detectives are searching for the possible suspect, the father of her children, according to Metro Police. Officers responded to the 4600 block of Dealers Choice Way, near ...
U.S. 95 reopens after train derails near Nevada-California border
Friday, July 13, 2018
U.S. 95 near the Nevada-California border has reopened after a train derailment shut it down. Before the incident, in which 15 train cars overturned this afternoon ...
Prisoner walks away from work detail in Las Vegas
Friday, July 13, 2018
A minimum-security state prisoner walked away while working with a clean-up crew this morning near Lake Mead Boulevard and Torrey Pines Avenue, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. Jason White, 37, was serving ...
Pedestrian hit, killed crossing street in central valley
Friday, July 13, 2018
A vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian outside of a crosswalk this morning in the central valley, according to Metro Police. The accident happened about 4:50 a.m. on Sahara Avenue, near ...
Push to name new school after officer slain in Oct. 1 shooting strikes chord with community
Friday, July 13, 2018
Hartfield, a Metro Police officer and a Nevada National Guard first sergeant, was out enjoying an open-air concert on Oct. 1 when he transformed from fan to first responder, ushering others to safety. Nine months later, names are being sought by CCSD for new campuses ...
Man accused of embezzling from ATM at Hof brothel in Pahrump
Thursday, July 12, 2018
A former employee of an asset management company that dealt with finances for some of brothel owner Dennis Hof’s companies in Pahrump is accused of embezzling more ...
Henderson hit hardest in afternoon storm
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Heavy rain triggered a flash flood warning for southwest Clark County, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding closed some major roads and the storm delayed flights into and ...
Suspect arrested in fatal shooting in North Las Vegas
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
A suspect has been arrested on a count of murder in the slaying of a man found gravely wounded Sunday at a convenience store, according to North Las Vegas Police.
Kerry Brock, 42, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon about ...
Police: 1 suspect dead, 1 wounded after chase, shootout
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Officers got into a high-speed chase and a running gunfight after spotting an SUV linked to a fatal shooting this morning at a central valley car wash, according to Metro Police. One suspect was killed and one was ...
Execution manual details how Dozier will spend final hours
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
In his final hours, Scott Raymond Dozier’s new state-issued jeans, short-sleeved, buttoned-up shirts and sneakers will differentiate him from the rest of the Ely State Prison population. His dinner will be that of his choosing. That’s if his scheduled execution goes as planned ...
Police: Lawyer had stashed phone of woman killed by gang in 'snitch' case
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
After a Metro Police informant was gravely injured in an April attack allegedly coordinated by a gang that saw her as a “snitch,” investigators found that her phone had gone missing ...
Shooting scare at Town Square prompts big police response
Friday, July 6, 2018
Metro Police swarmed Town Square after reports of a possible shooting near the movie theater complex Friday night ...
Pedestrian hit by vehicle, killed in east valley
Friday, July 6, 2018
A pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle today in the east valley, according to Metro Police. The incident, which occurred at Eastern and Billman avenues, near ...
Police seek suspect in connection with attempted sexual assault
Friday, July 6, 2018
Metro Police say they are looking for a suspect in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a teenager this morning in the east valley. Police this afternoon released ...
Southeast valley shooting leaves 3 hospitalized
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Gunshots blasted in the southeast valley Thursday night, leaving three people wounded ...
Man suspected of shooting elderly woman in face after entering her home
Thursday, July 5, 2018
It was a noise that alerted an elderly victim that she wasn’t alone as an intruder made his way through her modest house near downtown Las Vegas ...
Suspects sought in theft of motorcycle cop's radar gun in west valley
Thursday, July 5, 2018
A traffic cop returning to his motorcycle at a west valley gas station last month realized that he’d become a victim of a brazen crime ...
2 children dead in separate drowning incidents in Southern Nevada
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Two children have died in apparent drowning incidents at Southern Nevada locations in the past 24 hours ...
Pedestrian killed after being hit by car on Flamingo and Maryland
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
A man walking against a “don’t walk” signal early today at Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road was fatally injured when he was ...
Man struck by vehicle, killed on St. Rose Parkway in Henderson
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
A car struck and killed a man crossing a Henderson roadway outside a designated area ...
Man sentenced to nearly 6 years for possession of child pornography
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
After receiving a tip from a Las Vegas woman in 2016, authorities found more than 15,000 files of child pornography on her husband’s electronic devices, including some that ...
Protesters flood downtown Las Vegas to fight Trump immigration policy
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The sun's rays danced off foil blankets worn by a couple of demonstrators outside a downtown Las Vegas courthouse Saturday morning. They, along with hundreds more, showed up to protest federal immigration policies that have roiled the country ...
Police: Gang suspected Las Vegas woman was 'snitch,' then killed her
Friday, June 29, 2018
Members of a local gang believed that Bailey Kay Beck was a “snitch,” a betrayal that could be punished by death. At least that’s what Beck, 30, was told at a party attended by ...
Henderson Police: Suspect wore wig, surgical mask in bank robbery
Friday, June 29, 2018
Henderson Police say they are searching for a suspect who wore a surgical mask and wig in the robbery of a U.S. Bank branch this week. The man passed a note to a teller about 7 p.m. Wednesday at ...
Prison guards accused of using ‘unjustified force’ on inmate
Friday, June 29, 2018
A pair of Nevada corrections officers could go to prison if found guilty of allegedly using “unjustified force” on an inmate and falsifying reports regarding the ...
Garbage truck fire spreads to house, does $100,000 damage
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Embers from a garbage truck fire this morning ignited the roof of a south valley house, causing about $100,000 in damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department. Firefighters responded about 1:10 p.m. to ...
Woman faces DUI count after crash with Highway Patrol vehicle
Thursday, June 28, 2018
A woman suspected of driving under the influence sideswiped a Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle early this morning, authorities said. The driver, Lanita Janae Williams, 30, who was ...
Troopers to carry drug to reverse opioid overdoses
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers will soon begin carrying Narcan, a drug to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, the agency announced today. Troopers are still being trained on how to ...
NLV Police: 1 man killed, 1 wounded in shootout
Thursday, June 28, 2018
A shootout between two men in North Las Vegas left one dead and the other hospitalized, according to police. Officers responded about 12:20 a.m. today to the 600 block of ...
Lombardo doesn't see a motive emerging in Oct. 1 mass shooting
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A motive as to why a high stakes gambler armed with an arsenal of high-power rifles killed 58 concert attendees at the Las Vegas Strip Oct 1 hasn’t been established ...
2 firefighters injured while battling southeast valley blaze
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A blaze at a southeast valley business Tuesday afternoon sent two firefighters to the hospital and caused about $75,000 in damage ...
Man, 22, killed in crash with semitrailer
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A 22-year-old motorist was killed this morning when he crashed his car into the back of a semitrailer in the southwest valley, according to Metro Police. The crash happened about 4:10 a.m. at Rainbow Boulevard and ...
Operators of revenge porn website ordered to pay $2 million
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Operators of a now-defunct revenge porn website have been ordered to pay $2 million and destroy images depicting the victims and their personal information, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced. The site, MyEx.com, allowed users to ...
Teacher repeatedly hit autistic boy with stick until it broke, police say
Thursday, June 21, 2018
When a teacher accused of child abuse struck a young nonverbal autistic boy on his legs with a wooden pointer, she not only broke it, but swung it hard enough that a witness heard the air hiss ...
Police: Suspects who fatally shot man on moped were turned in by friend
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jonathan Dean was sitting at a red light in a north valley roadway when he caught the attention of armed men in a car who’d decided they wanted his moped ...
Possible hate crime investigated after gay man beaten outside off-Strip resort
Thursday, June 21, 2018
A group of men attacked a man at an off-Strip parking garage over the weekend, yelling homophobic slurs as they kicked and punched him ...
Police seek leads in fatal drive-by shooting
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Raheem Rice was walking to a house party earlier this month when a car pulled up and someone opened fire, killing him and wounding a teenager, according to Metro Police. Police today made an appeal for ...
Police: Suspect in death of woman at Las Vegas apartment refused lie detector test
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
A man suspected in the slaying of a woman earlier this month inside a Las Vegas apartment was taken into custody ...
Officials promise aggressive valley crackdown on illegal fireworks
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Clark County is warning of a crackdown on illegal fireworks this Fourth of July the likes of which “hasn’t been seen in more than two decades.”

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