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DNA test led police to accused rapist

A DNA test led police to arrest Joseph Warren for the sexual assault of a woman on March 1 in Freedom Park, according to his arrest report.

Warren, a register sex offender, had a DNA profile in the system from his prior offense in 2006.

The report said, in the March 1 case, the woman was walking near the park around 3:30 a.m. when Warren approached her and wanted to know why she was out walking so late.

The woman told him she was on her way to her boyfriend's home.

As they neared the gates to the park, Warren grabbed the woman and pulled her into the park where he sexually assaulted her, the report said.

DNA evidence collected from the victim matched Warren's DNA profile, the report said.

Warren is facing charges of sexual assault, kidnapping, battery and open and gross lewdness... Read More

Man arrested after attacking homeless man 'decoy'

Las Vegas Metro police are investigating if a man who attacked a "decoy" with a hammer might be connected to the deadly attacks on two homeless men earlier this year.

According to his arrest report, Shane Schindler, 30, was arrested on Feb. 22 after he was observed hitting a mannequin, disguised to be a sleeping homeless person, with a hammer.

Schindler told police he knew it was a mannequin.

The report said the mannequin was placed in the same spot 46-year-old Daniel Aldape was sleeping when he was killed. Aldape, a homeless man, was found dead on Jan. 3 at the corner of Ogden Avenue and City Parkway. The coroner said he had died from the blows to the head.

The mannequin was staged to resemble a homeless man sleeping and was completely covered with a blanket. ... Read More

Beer truck loses load sending beer flying

Take a look at this dash cam video taken as a beer truck loses its load on Interstate 15 near the Washington exit.

An NHP trooper had a vehicle pulled over for speeding. Just as he asks the driver, "Have you been drinking tonight?" A tidal wave of beer cans and bottles go flying at the officer and driver.

It turns out, a vehicle had cut in front of the truck causing an accident.

Luckily no one was hurt. The trooper did let the driver go without a ticket... Read More

Smith Center releases list of Broadway Las Vegas shows coming for 2017-2018 season

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts released Tuesday its highly anticipated 2017-2018 Broadway Las Vegas Series list. Sponsored by Southern Nevada Ford Stores, the upcoming season will feature nine Broadway marvels, including "Hamilton," one of the most revolutionary Broadway musicals to date.

Additional spectacular productions include: the hilarious "Something Rotten!," as well as the critically acclaimed play, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

Rounding out the season is Broadway veteran "Rent 20th Anniversary Tour," as well as "Love Never Dies" -- Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," and finally the stunning, re-imagined "The Color Purple."

Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2017-2018 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the Las Vegas engagement of "Hamilton" before tickets become available to the public... Read More

Casinos in Nevada win just over $1B in January

Nevada regulators say casinos in the state won just over $1 billion last month.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Tuesday reported the amount represents a 12 percent increase compared with a year earlier, when casinos reported a "gaming win" of $925 million.

The state benefited with $75.2 million in percentage fees based on the taxable revenues generated in January. That's down 8 percent from a year earlier.

The report says that for the first seven months of the current fiscal year, casino winnings are up 3.8 percent.

Downtown Las Vegas casinos saw a whopping 32 percent increase in casino gambling revenue in January compared with a year earlier.

North Lake Tahoe casinos lost almost 30 percent, and Elko County casinos posted a 12.7 percent loss during the same period... Read More

WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

Several people injured, rescued in downtown apartment fire

Five people were injured and several rescued during an apartment fire in downtown Las Vegas Friday morning.

The fire started around 6:20 a.m. in a second story apartment at the Parson's Place apartments on Stewart Avenue and 7th Street.

Two people were transported to the hospital with burns and three people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Several people have been displaced by the fire.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire... Read More