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May 22, 2018

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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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Staying at Camp EDC 'way worth it' for festival attendees in Las Vegas
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Hours before the Electric Daisy Carnival kicked off a second night of utopia on Saturday in Las Vegas, some revelers took shelter in their ..
How detention center is working to treat, not just confine, the mentally ill
Saturday, May 19, 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, the inmates slept, read and chatted in one of the open housing units. In another, a medic accompanied by two officers went room to room, administering medication ...
Solemn ceremony pays tribute to slain officer from Oct. 1 shooting
Friday, May 18, 2018
Each holding a white rose, loved ones of fallen officers marched behind the multi-agency honor guard. Bagpipes and drums produced solemn notes, staccatos and thumps ...
Police arrest suspected masked gunman who caused Boulevard mall scare
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Metro Police swarmed the Boulevard mall Thursday evening, responding to reports of a masked man carrying a rifle. No shots were fired, no one was injured, and late into the night, officials announced that the gunman was finally located and arrested ...
State Assembly candidate arrested on 9 felony counts
Thursday, May 17, 2018
A candidate for state Assembly is in jail on counts of burglary, forgery and offering a false document in a case unrelated to his election bid, according to ...
Las Vegas Lights' leader refuses to hide his passion for the game
Thursday, May 17, 2018
“We are all professionals, artists,” Chelís says when asked about his players. “They all know how to play soccer. We don’t have an accountant here, or a mechanic—they’re all soccer players."
Fan frenzy: Golden Knights have passionate supporters outside the arena, too
Thursday, May 17, 2018
It’s unlikely the legion that roared for the Golden Knights Wednesday evening had imagined months ago that Las Vegas would be a competitive hockey town so soon, and that the Toshiba Plaza in the middle of the Strip playground would become a shrine for a historic run ...
County vote likely wards off closure of Las Vegas detox clinic
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The area’s lone detox treatment facility of its kind is a step closer to averting closure at the end of the month after a favorable Clark County Commission vote Tuesday ...
County recognizes officers who aided victims of park shooting
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Clark County Commission today recognized two police officers who rushed to the scene of a shooting last month at Sunset Park and provided first aid to a ...
Police seek suspects in Las Vegas Strip thefts
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Metro Police are searching for two men they say are responsible for three thefts last month on the Las Vegas Strip. The first incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. on April 22 in a ...
Unstable funding jeopardizes clinic serving mentally ill, addicts in downtown Las Vegas
Monday, May 14, 2018
The 50-bed facility at 323 N. Maryland Parkway is credited with helping 5,000 patients annually. But it is also struggling with funding and could shutter in the coming months, leaving Southern Nevada without the area’s lone detox treatment facility ...
Police release photo of suspect in shopping center shooting that injured girl
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Metro Police today released a photo of a wanted suspect they say was involved in a Tuesday shooting at an east valley shopping center that injured three innocent bystanders ...
Metro Police investigating fatal shooting in central valley
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
A fistfight in a central valley neighborhood escalated into a shooting that left one man dead and another on ...
Nevada disposes of 8,000 pounds of unused drugs for Take Back Day
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Out of the roughly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs dropped off to be safely destroyed during the national Take Back Day, Nevadans contributed more than 8,000 pounds ...
North Las Vegas police chief set to retire after 3-year stint
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Upon completing a three-year commitment as he promised, North Las Vegas Police Chief Alex Perez will be retiring at the end of this month ...
Girl, 10, among bystanders shot outside east valley shopping center
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
A shootout between two men at a busy east valley shopping center left four people with bullet wounds, including three innocent bystanders, among them a 10-year-old girl ...
Police: Suspects in Henderson store robbery beat elderly clerk
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Henderson Police are searching for two suspects in a violent robbery at a convenience store early this morning in which ...
Suspected impaired driver arrested in death of Las Vegas bicyclist
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
On Saturday, the remains of the wall, which were still surrounded by yellow police tape, were spray painted with the message ...
Program saving people from the streets, changing lives
Monday, May 7, 2018
In a city often noted for its excess — lavish hotel suites and multimillion-dollar homes — Michael Overton’s modest, one-bedroom apartment might not seem like much. But for Overton, who has lived on the streets on and off since 2008, it means everything. It is an escape from a “dog-eat-dog” lifestyle and gives him a sense of ...

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Argument between roommates in North Las Vegas escalates to suspected homicide
Saturday, May 5, 2018
A spat between two roommates late Friday in North Las Vegas erupted into a stabbing that left one of them dead and the other arrested ...
Lights' Chelis receives 7 game ban for incident with official
Friday, May 4, 2018
Sanchez Sola, also known as “El Chelis,” said in a statement: “My finger did make contact one time with the referee, for which I want to apologize many times. But my action and my only intention was to point to him ...
Man faces arson charge in fire at unfinished north Strip resort
Thursday, May 3, 2018
A Las Vegas man who authorities allege intentionally sparked a fire at an unfinished resort on the north Strip, causing about $10 million in damage, today was charged with arson ...
Cooking fire in northwest valley hospitalizes man, kills 3 dogs
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Unattended food left cooking in a northwest valley house Wednesday evening caused a series of events that injured an elderly man and killed three dogs ...
Man arrested in Henderson car break-ins linked to slaying
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Officers responding to a call of a man trying to break into vehicles in a Henderson neighborhood Tuesday morning determined they’d found a slaying suspect they’d been looking for ...
Las Vegas man, 45, killed in single-vehicle crash
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
A motorist was killed Tuesday night when a pickup truck veered off a south valley road and overturned in a dirt lot, according to Metro Police. The 45-year-old Las Vegas man, who was ...
Suspected reckless driver arrested in fatal northwest valley crash
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
A motorist who police say plowed his vehicle into another car last week, killing the driver, has been ...
Man arrested in Henderson standoff was longtime fugitive; hostage OK
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
An Arizona man, who'd been a fugitive for more than a decade, on Tuesday afternoon barricaded himself and took a person hostage at ...
Metro Police to release video from Oct. 1 mass shooting
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Metro Police will release video recordings from the Oct. 1 mass shooting investigation, but it will be costly for the department and the footage may be upsetting for victims and their families, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said today. Metro had sought to delay the release of video recordings, 911 tapes and documents, but the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday ruled the information be made public after ...
Henderson firefighter wins top award, living boyhood dream
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Mark Lester politely brushes aside congratulations for being named Henderson’s Firefighter of the Year. The real reward, he says, is in the faces of a small group of cardiac arrest survivors invited to a recent awards ceremony to ...
Apartment complex video helps Las Vegas police make arrest in fatal shooting
Saturday, April 28, 2018
A surveillance camera pointing toward the area of a fatal shooting at a central Las Vegas apartment complex helped detectives quickly unravel misinformation provided by ...
Man suspected of taking cash from gaming area at Las Vegas grocery store
Saturday, April 28, 2018
A suspect who Metro Police say forced his way into a cash register at a gaming area of an east valley grocery store ..
NHP caught up in Golden Knights fever as cruisers get gear
Friday, April 27, 2018
To honor the Vegas Golden Knights in their still-undefeated run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a couple of Nevada Highway Patrol cruisers have been outfitted with large decals of ...
Las Vegas special-ed teacher accused of stealing, pawning iPads
Friday, April 27, 2018
In an attempt to conceal the “Property of the Clark County School District” etchings on the stolen Apple iPads, the suspects accused of pawning them — one a teacher — placed stickers over ...
Metro seeks driver in fatal pedestrian crash
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Metro Police say they are looking for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian Wednesday night in the central valley. The motorist ditched a 1999 Chrysler LHS sedan about ...
Police: Suspect in roommate slaying had brandished gun in prior argument
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Two weeks before a fatal blast from a revolver ended an ongoing spat between roommates in the southwest valley, the suspect pointed the same handgun at the victim ...
Suspect in rape previously sought sex at Las Vegas massage parlor, police say
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
When Nicholas Pino walked into an east valley massage parlor last week, it wasn’t the first time he’d asked an employee for sex ...
Police: Suspect arrested in fatal shooting in alley
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A suspect in the fatal shooting of a man Friday in an alley near Twain Avenue and Swenson Street was arrested today, according to Metro Police. A passerby who stumbled upon the scene summoned ...
Pilot ejects from Arizona-based fighter jet south of Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
A pilot was in good condition after ejecting from an F-16 fighter jet while attempting to land this morning in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., about 150 miles south of Las Vegas, according to ...
Police ID man in fatal shooting of roommate
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Metro Police today identified a man arrested in the fatal shooting of a roommate in the backyard of their southwest valley house Monday morning. Officers arrived about ...
Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition pushing for safety, searching for new members
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Membership to the Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition is free. And joining includes ...
Vegas hotel window washers unharmed after tangled in ropes
Friday, April 20, 2018
Windy conditions earlier today caused the ropes of two window cleaners to become tangled outside ...
Man's gun misfired before shooting 2 Vegas casino executives at company picnic
Friday, April 20, 2018
The first pull of Anthony Wrobel’s gun did not produce a bullet and the second fired an accidental round to the ground ...
Fire officials: Camper blaze leaves 1 with serious injuries
Friday, April 20, 2018
A camper fire in a neighborhood near Harmon Avenue and Jones Boulevard this morning left a person ...
2 armed men sought in central Las Vegas armored vehicle robbery
Friday, April 20, 2018
Metro Police say they’re searching for two armed men who this morning robbed an armored vehicle ...
Man arrested in death of girlfriend’s toddler in Las Vegas
Friday, April 20, 2018
A man who last week tried to abandon his girlfriend’s toddler at University Medical Center has been arrested in ...
Las Vegas man charged in illegal sales of firearms that were used in crimes
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Sylvester Mitchell, 47, appeared in court today, where he was charged with one count of dealing in firearms without a license ...
Video helps police arrest sexual assault suspect in Las Vegas
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Hours after Metro Police released surveillance video to the public, which purportedly showed a sexual assault suspect walking into an east valley business ...
Henderson police investigate homicide of man found at mobile home park
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The death of a man whose body was found inside an RV in a Henderson mobile home park Tuesday night is being investigated ....
Man accused of fondling UNLV student arrested
Thursday, April 19, 2018
A man accused of fondling a UNLV student in a campus parking lot Tuesday morning has been arrested ...
Suspect in casino picnic shooting fled in car he planted 3 days earlier, arrested at Texas rest stop
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Authorities in the Texas Panhandle this morning arrested a "disgruntled" dealer suspected of shooting two Strip hotel-casino executives. Anthony Wrobel, 42, was taken into custody without further incident in ...

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