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Bail set at $75K for Metro Police officer

Bail was set at $75,000 for Metro Police Officer James Burt who appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court Thursday morning.

Burt is charged with domestic violence/strangulation and kidnapping in the beating of his live-in girlfriend. He was arrested Jan. 11.

Justice Court Judge Melanie Tobiasson also issued a No Contact order and ordered Burt to give his weapons to police.

His next court date is Feb. 5 when he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing.

This is not the first time Burt has been arrested for domestic violence. He also had an arrest in 2011 with another woman... Read More

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Former commissioner Tom Collins pleads no contest to DUI

Former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins pleaded no contest Tuesday morning to a DUI case from a December car crash.

Collins, 65, had been at the National Finals Rodeo prior to the crash on Dec. 11, 2015 at Flamingo Road and Koval Lane.

His attorney said that Collins completed DUI school and a victim impact panel. Collins received a suspended sentence of 30 days.

In August 2015, the outspoken politician resigned from his commission seat citing family matters.

This was not the first incident Collins had involving alcohol and authorities. He was cited for firing a gun into a tree stump he had trouble removing from his property... Read More

Body found at Las Vegas Academy High School

Metro police are investigating after a body was found at Las Vegas Academy High School in downtown Las Vegas.

Investigators say an adult male committed suicide outside a building on campus early Monday morning.

The school is located at Bridger Avenue and South 7th Street. Police received the call about the body around 5:30 a.m.

Some students arrive at the school as early at 6:30 a.m. Classes which started at 7 a.m. are expected to continue as normal.

The Clark County Coroner's office will identify the man and his cause of death... Read More

Casinos tally more, lose less in 2015; closer to 2008 peak

Nevada casinos collected almost 3 percent more revenues in fiscal 2015 than a year earlier, but logged an overall loss in income for a seventh straight year.

State Gaming Control Board statistics released Thursday show the $24.6 billion that casinos statewide collected in gambling and non-gambling revenues in the 12 months ending June 30 represented a net loss of almost $662 million. But that's less than the $744 million loss reported in fiscal 2014, when casinos took in $24 billion.

Casino gambling-only revenues were $10.6 million this year, down 0.2 percent from 2014. Board analyst Mike Lawton sees an overall upward trend, with revenues almost back to the $25 billion last seen in 2007 and 2008.

Revenues statewide from non-gambling categories increased in fiscal 2015 compared with a year earlier... Read More

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Powerball lottery numbers revealed

Powerball jackpot climbed to an estimated $500 million as more people across the country bought a ticket Wednesday for chance at the biggest prize in nearly a year.

The Powerball numbers are 47, 2, 63, 62, 11 -- the Powerball is 17.

For the complete list of all of the lottery numbers go here.

The jackpot ranks as the sixth largest offered in North America and the biggest since a $564.1 million Powerball prize shared by players from North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico last February.

A winner of Wednesday's jackpot could claim the pre-tax $500 million prize through an annuity over 29 years or in a single pre-tax payout of $306 million. Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico... Read More

Metro responding to non-injury crashes again

Metro Police are doing a 180 on their car crash response policy. Officers are once again responding to non-injury crashes.

The old policy of not responding to non-injury crashes allowed the department to beef up the enforcement end, but that proved to be less effective than they hoped.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo asked the traffic division to change the policy.

Here is the new protocol for non-injury accidents:

Clear the vehicles from the road.

If you can handle it yourself, do so.

If there's a problem, and you need an officer, call the non-emergency line 3-1-1.

In February 2014, The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced it would stop sending officers to non-injury accidents.

The new policy was a shock to valley residents who'd always relied on officers to settle disputes, document wrecks and record who was responsible... Read More

PD: Woman taken into custody following several hit-and-run incidents

A woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting several vehicles near the downtown area.

According to Metro Police, it first unfolded near N. Main Street and W. Bonanza Road around 12:13 p.m.

Metro said the woman who was driving a white pickup truck, hit a light pole in that area. Around 15 minutes later, police said they received calls about several cars that were hit in the area of N. Pecos Road and Stewart Avenue.

Officers said the same woman also hit a parked semi-truck in a parking lot at E. Sahara Avenue and S. Lamb Boulevard.

The woman was eventually taken into custody in the 3100 block of E. St. Louis.

There weren't any other details released. ... Read More