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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

Vegas police: Killings of 2 homeless men downtown connected

Police say they believe the beating deaths of two sleeping homeless men near downtown Las Vegas are connected, and they're going to need public help to find the killer.

Police Lt. Dan McGrath told reporters Monday that 46-year-old Daniel Aldape was killed Jan. 4 and 60-year-old David Dunn was slain last Friday in a vacant lot area near City and Grand Central parkways.

That's near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, west of the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

Police Capt. Andy Walsh says neither man was robbed, and it's possible the assailant is also homeless.

Walsh says police combed the area after Aldape's death for witnesses and clues, and warned people who live on the streets about the slaying.

He says investigators are doubling their efforts following Dunn's death. ... Read More

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Matt Kelly Elementary School

Metro Police lifted the lockdown at Matt Kelly Elementary School. Authorities put the school on lockdown as Metro Police searched for three suspects who bailed from a stolen vehicle.

The incident started at 8:47 a.m. on Friday when a vehicle failed to stop for an officer in the area of H Street and Owens Avenue, said police. The vehicle crashed into a light pole when the suspects ran off.

Metro Police requested a lockdown of the school while officers canvassed the area. ... Read More

Police investigate suspicious death near downtown

Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating a suspicious death in the area of South City and Grand Central parkways.

According to police, a dead man with a head injury was found by a passerby.

Westbound Grand Central Parkway is closed to traffic... Read More

Firefighters battle blaze near Oakley and Rancho

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue battled a fire at an abandoned house Thursday afternoon.

It started around 12:30 p.m. at 2504 Callita Court near W. Oakley Boulevard and Rancho Drive. When firefighters arrived at the scene, heavy flames and smoke could be seen showing from the attic of a 1-story home.

Firefighters got the bulk of the fire under control and out around 1 p.m.
Two dogs were rescued; no one was hurt.

No word on what caused the fire... Read More