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Police: Employee punched during Palace Station robbery

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas aren't saying yet if anything was taken in a reported grab-and-run robbery during the weekend at the Palace Station casino-hotel.

Officer Laura Meltzer says robbery detectives are looking for a man who punched an employee trying to stop him behind a counter in a restricted area minutes before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Meltzer said the area wasn't a cashier's cage.

Police were reviewing security video after the suspect fled on foot from the casino-hotel off Sahara Avenue near Interstate 15.

Meltzer says he's described as being in his 20s, wearing dark clothing.

Police also are investigating whether a getaway vehicle was involved.

The casino, with about 1,000 rooms, is one of several owned and operated by Station Casinos that caters to local gamblers.

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Driver in Stratosphere crash freed pending charges

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge ordered a 40-year-old man released from jail while prosecutors prepare charges stemming from the crash of a pickup truck through the glass doors of the Stratosphere casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen released Ryan Brown without bail on Monday, with an Oct. 15 court date.

Police say Brown drove on a sidewalk past pedestrians and argued with at least one man near the valet area last Wednesday before accelerating through the front doors of the casino.

No one was hurt.

Police say Brown admitted using drugs for several days, and more than 1 gram of crack was found in the vehicle ashtray.

Police say Brown told officers he wanted to jump off the Stratosphere tower.

City seeks public input on proposed soccer stadium

LAS VEGAS - The City of Las Vegas is hosting a series of town hall meetings on a proposal to build a new downtown soccer stadium. The arena project would sit on land in Symphony Park near U.S. 95 and I-15.

Information on soccer stadium public meetings

The city predicts the project will generate a $300 million investment in downtown Las Vegas, $9 million in annual tax revenue for the state, county and City of Las Vegas and 700 permanent jobs.

Questions persist about who will pay for the project. City officials say the total cost of the project, including interest on bonds, will be $410 million over the next 30 years. The stadium's price tag is an estimated $200 million.

Police: Man killed in J Street shooting

LAS VEGAS-- A man is dead after being shot Thursday night.

According to Metro Police, officers were called to the Sherman Garden Apartments on J Street and Owens Avenue at around 7:40 p.m. Thursday on a report of shots being fired in the area.

When officers arrived, they found a man on the ground inside the complex courtyard, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was taken to University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

In its preliminary investigation, Metro Police found that the victim was in an argument with a woman, shortly before the shooting. An unknown man walked over to the victim and fired several shots, hitting the victim several times

The gunman fled the scene on foot.

This is the 92nd homicide in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

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Man indicted for 2013 murder

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted a man on charges connected to a murder in 2013.

The jury indicted Zuri Burton on several counts including conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and one count of murder.

According to Metro Police, Burton arranged to buy marijuana from the victim 35-year-old Sterling Niitsuma in August of 2013.

For some reason, during the transaction at a home near Torrey Pines Drive and Craig Road, Burton shot Niitsuma in the head, police said.

Witnesses identified him from a photo lineup just days after the shooting. Police arrested Burton this past August.

The judge set no bail in the case and ordered him back in court Sept. 25.

'Siegel Suites' fire displaces residents

LAS VEGAS-- Las Vegas Fire and Rescue worked a structure fire at Siegel Suites late Thursday night.  It happen a little after 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of S. MLK Boulevard. 
LV Fire said when they arrived on scene, smoke and flames could be seen from the first and second story of the building.

8 News NOW heard that the unit were fully engulfed and spreading to surrounding suites, but authorities were able to get a knock on the blaze.  The fire is out and some residents will need to be assisted by the Red Cross.

One person had to be checked out by EMS for smoke inhalation.  No word on any other injuries at this time. 

Coroner IDs man dead after shots fired into home

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a man who was killed after shots were fired into a Las Vegas apartment earlier this week.

Clark County coroner's officials say 23-year-old Las Vegas resident Derrell Martrise Carr died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck after the Tuesday night shooting.

Police say officers were called a little before 8 p.m. Tuesday to the Mirabella Apartments on East Bonanza Road.

Authorities say shots fired into the apartment hit two men and killed Carr on the scene.

A second man was hit in the leg and was taken to University Medical Center, but is expected to survive.