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October 19, 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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Las Vegas man who possessed, produced child porn is convicted
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Browsing a memory card that belonged to her ex-boyfriend in 2015, a Las Vegas woman discovered images of child pornography that included toddlers being sexually abused ...
Man, 32, critically injured when car crashes in yard
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
A 32-year-old Seattle man was critically injured today when the car he was driving went out of control and crashed in the ...
Motorcyclist killed in east valley when car fails to yield
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
A motorcyclist was killed late Thursday morning in a crash on an east valley roadway. A motorist in a car was making a left turn without yielding ...
Suspect arrested in North Las Vegas triple slaying
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
North Las Vegas Police say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of a mother and her two adult children over the weekend. Jose Easley Jr., 41, was taken into ...
Report: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run thought she’d hit a dog, not a pedestrian
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
Admitting to detectives she was behind the wheel of an SUV that struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this month, a hit-and-run suspect said she thought she’d hit a dog ...
Cousin arrested after man bludgeoned to death
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
A man was bludgeoned to death with a metal pipe Tuesday night at a southeast valley house, and a cousin of his was ...
Suspect in Henderson double slaying arrested in California after shootout
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
A suspect wanted in a double slaying in Henderson was arrested today in Southern California after allegedly shooting another person and getting into a chase ...
Man sought in armed robbery at Las Vegas convenience store
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
An armed suspect who on Monday morning robbed a southeast valley convenience store is being sought by authorities ...
Victims identified in triple-slaying outside North Las Vegas business
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Two women and a man fatally shot in public Sunday night at a North Las Vegas shopping center have been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office. When the gunfire stopped ...
Police: Driver left after woman hit by car, critically injured
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
A woman who was pushing a shopping cart in a northeast valley road overnight was critically injured when she and her dog were ...
Police: 3 killed, 1 wounded outside North Las Vegas business
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Three people were killed and a fourth was wounded when gunfire erupted outside a North Las Vegas business Sunday night, according to city police. Detectives late Sunday were searching for at least ...
Henderson Police: 2 slaying victims found during welfare check
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Henderson Police are probing the death of two people whose bodies were found late Friday ...
Motorcyclist dies in southwest Las Vegas crash
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
A motorist traveling on a southwest Las Vegas road on Friday afternoon clipped a motorcycle to cause ...
Police: Suspect arrested after pedestrian killed in hit-and-run
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
A motorist suspected in a hit-and-run crash Thursday that killed a pedestrian in the central valley has been arrested, according to Metro Police. Amy McDermont was taken into custody today, police said, but further ...
For domestic abuse victims, a stirring memorial and a call to 'do better'
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
Traditions observed during this Wednesday ceremony were nearly identical to previous ones, but by no means was the occasion any less somber ...
Police searching for driver in fatal central Las Vegas hit-and-run
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
A 60-year-old woman walking alongside her husband this morning near a central valley neighborhood was fatally injured when ...
Dozens of students pepper-sprayed after fight at Western High
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
An argument at Western High School this morning escalated into a brawl that led to dozens of students being pepper-sprayed, according to authorities. Between 45 and 50 students ...
Metro Police officer pulls driver from burning limousine after crash
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
A Metro Police officer was involved in a fiery crash this morning on Flamingo Road near Interstate 15 and pulled the other driver out of a limousine before it was ...
'The plague of our time': New Las Vegas billboards intensify opioid fight
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
If combined, the number of people killed in gunfire and vehicle crashes in the U.S. last year still trailed the 72,000 victims in fatal drug overdoses, and opioid abuse is the main assassin ...
Henderson man, 78, is killed in west valley crash
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
An elderly motorist was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on a west valley road ...
Police investigating wreck kill man who fired at officers
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Metro Police fatally shot a man who opened fire on officers this morning after he fled the scene as they investigated a traffic accident, authorities said. The man, who fired one ...
Nevada among states to call on feds to silence robocalls
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Nearly 6 billion robocalls were placed in the second quarter of 2018. To curb the trend, Nevada this week joined 33 other states to formally petition the government to ...
North Las Vegas Police seek suspect in beating, robbery
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
North Las Vegas Police today released surveillance photos of a man they say they suspect entered a home's garage last month, beating and robbing a resident. The incident occurred about 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 3700 block of ...
Former utility employee pleads guilty in $6.7 million office supply scheme
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
A former Las Vegas Valley Water District employee could face up to 23 years in prison for defrauding the utility company out of more than $6.7 million, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada. Jennifer J. McCain-Bray, 43, who also goes by ...
Metro Police investigating death of 1-year-old boy
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
Metro Police say they are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy this morning at an apartment complex near Swenson Street and Twain Avenue. The cause of death has not been determined, but Metro routinely ...
A year removed, panelists recount haunting images, lasting effects of mass shooting
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg somberly recalls food still cooking on grills at the festival grounds when he was ushered in more than three hours after the onslaught concluded ...
With fraud case tossed, father of Las Vegas quints feels vindicated
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
For four years, a real-estate fraud case against a Las Vegas father of 11 — counting quintuplets — weighed heavily on him and his sizeble family ...
Las Vegas man driving 110 mph in crash that killed 10-year-old nephew
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Accelerating 75 mph past the speed limit, a motorist likely did not see a park, a house and an apartment complex as he whizzed through ...
Woman, 58, mauled to death by family dog
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
A 58-year-old woman was mauled to death Monday by a family dog in a north valley neighborhood, according to Metro Police. Police responded about 11:40 p.m. to the 5000 block of River Splash Avenue, near ...
Passionate fans soak in Golden Knights' return to action
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
In a figurative “gold carpet” welcome Thursday afternoon, the suit-clad Vegas Golden Knights confidently paraded into T-Mobile Arena. A team flag hovered while their faithful fans elevated their phones and hollered ...
Las Vegas man gets 6 years in marijuana-trafficking scheme
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
A Las Vegas man who mailed marijuana to Pittsburgh, where it ended up in college campuses, was sentenced to six years in prison ...
Lawyers: Ronaldo accuser suffers from post-traumatic stress after rape in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
After partying at a Las Vegas resort nightclub in 2009, the revelers moved to the soccer star’s penthouse suite where several of them piled into an outdoor hot tub overlooking ...
New law requires ignition interlocks in DUI cases
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
Nevada motorists convicted of DUI who want to reinstate their driving privileges must now, in most cases, install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they operate, under a law that ...
Nevada groups receive federal money to fight opioid epidemic
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
The U.S. Justice Department awarded entities in Nevada $5.3 million to combat the opioid epidemic sweeping the country ...
Armed man sought in Henderson bank robbery
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
A man who appeared to show a gun as he robbed a Henderson bank Monday afternoon is being sought by authorities ...
Man accused of beating dog faces animal abuse, stalking counts
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
The 18 months of terror a man allegedly inflicted on the mother of his child and her family began when he sent a threatening photo to the woman of him holding ...
58 white doves released at sunrise ceremony for Oct. 1 victims
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
As sunlight first broke through scattered clouds this morning, it flickered off flapping wings of 58 white doves released in a solemn ceremony commemorating the lives lost on the Strip a year ago. Airborne, several of the birds — each with a name of one of the Oct. 1 victims attached to ...
Vegas Strong Resiliency Center offers coping tips for shooting anniversary
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
As the Oct. 1 shooting anniversary approaches, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center has offered coping tips for those still affected by the tragedy ...
Sides clash at anti-Kavanaugh protest outside Heller's Las Vegas office
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
More than 60 people have gathered outside a Las Vegas building that houses the office of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller to protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh ...
ICE operation nets 67 arrests in Las Vegas area
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
An operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Nevada this month netted 67 arrests in Clark County, mostly people previously convicted on serious and violent offenses, the federal agency ...
Police: 2 puppies stolen in pet store burglary
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
Two puppies were stolen this morning in the burglary of a pet store, according to Metro Police. The break-in was reported about 6:45 a.m. at the ...
Man arrested in home invasions in northwest valley
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
A man accused in a burglary spree near Summerlin this month has been arrested. Woodrow Marshall, 58, was taken into custody Tuesday in the central valley and booked at the Clark County Detention Center ...
Oct. 1 investigation closed without a motive
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Thousands of documents, video and audio released by authorities did not answer the most significant question: Why did a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler from Mesquite smuggle an arsenal to a 32nd floor hotel suite to indiscriminately end 58 innocent lives and wound hundreds more?
Henderson police say man robbed same jewelry store twice in a week
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
Henderson police say a man this month committed an armed robbery at a jewelry store, and then robbed it again a week later ...
Police: Man sleeping in vacant lot on south Strip run over by dump truck
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
A man who was sleeping between a mound of desert dirt and a large mesquite bush in a vacant lot south of the Strip died when a dump truck drove over him ...
Father charged after son took gun to school is Las Vegas corrections officer
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
A father of a 9-year-old boy who took a gun and ammunition to a west valley elementary school last week is a Las Vegas corrections officer. Bryan Kline is being held without bail ...
Man, 22, killed in North Las Vegas shooting
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
A fight escalated into a shooting that left a 22-year-old man dead Monday night in North Las Vegas, according to police. The shooting took place about 7 p.m. in the 400 block of ...
Victim, 5, in Henderson triple murder-suicide was gunman’s son
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
The suspect in last week’s triple murder-suicide in Henderson was the father of a 5-year-old boy who was slain in the attack. The suspect, Michael Franco, 27, turned the gun to ...
Henderson Police: 8 officers gun down suspect in 'violent armed robbery'
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
Eight officers opened fire on an armed suspect Saturday morning after a short foot pursuit near Auto Show Drive ...
Family: Boy killed in murder-suicide went back into house to rescue younger brother
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018
Many were so emotionally upset that their bodies shook as they cried uncontrollably. They hugged one another and released white balloons with messages written on them ...

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