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Man in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Police

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police shot and critically injured a suspect outside a Dotty's casino Tuesday night.

Police say the suspect, identified by police as 29-year-old Jason Mahe, was trying to use counterfeit money at a nearby convenience store and then fled to a nearby Dotty's Casino on N. Rancho Drive near Vegas Drive.

Police say after they caught up to Mahe, he pulled a gun and police shot him.  Police say Mahe was wanted in Ohio and has a history of attempting "suicide by cop."

Mahe was taken to the hospital in critical condition. This is the second officer-involved shooting for the department in two days.

 

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Gambler Sues, says he lost $500,000 Playing Drunk

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada gamblers lost nearly $20 million on Super Bowl bets last month. But one man, who was playing table games while others were focused on the football championship, is trying to get back $500,000 he lost at a Las Vegas casino that weekend.

Southern California retiree Mark Johnston is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and allowing him to play while he was blackout drunk.

Nevada law bars casinos from allowing visibly drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.

Johnston's attorney Sean Lyttle says the Grand, which opened late last year, is countersuing Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts. The Grand did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.

Seventeen Magnet Schools Recognized by National Group

A national magnet school organization has recognized 17 of the magnet schools in the Clark County School District.

The Magnet Schools of America or MSA recognized the schools for their overall excellence in programs and achievement.

Seven CCSD schools were named a School of Excellence, the highest designation. The schools include:

  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Jim Bridger Middle School
  • James Cashman Middle School
  • Ed W. Clark High School
  • Rancho High School
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Valley High School.

Ten more schools were given the second highest designation of School of Distinction. Those schools were:

Las Vegas Middle School Headed to National Science Competition

LAS VEGAS -- A team of students from Hyde Park Middle School in Las Vegas are among 27 schools selected to compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the schools Tuesday who won their regional championships and will go to the finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

"The National Science Bowl challenges students to excel and heightens their interest in fields vital to America's continued scientific advancement," Energy Secretary Moniz said. "Congratulations to these students for advancing to the National Finals. I wish them the best of luck in the competition."

The students will compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions related to biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics and math.

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Police Looking for 'People of Interest' in Man's Killing

LAS VEGAS  -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan is hoping someone can identify individuals whose images were captured on a security camera around the same time a man was shot outside a convenience store over the weekend.

Clark County coroner's officials say 28-year-old Juan Edward Cervantes died of gunshot wounds after the incident Saturday evening at the corner of 21st Street and Elm Avenue.

Investigators say Cervantes and his wife were confronted by a group at a convenience store, then encountered the same group again as they walked out of the store. Someone opened fire on Cervantes, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police are looking for three Hispanic males and a Hispanic female, all between the ages of 15 and 21. One of the males was seen wearing a black-and-white cap, while another was wearing a red cap. Police say the female suspect has long, dark hair.

Power Back On Near Washington and Decatur

LAS VEGAS -- The power is back on for the more than 1,200 NV Energy customers in the area of Washington Avenue and Decatur Boulevard that lost power at around 3 p.m. Friday.

According to the power company, the wind blew a palm frond into a transformer causing the outage.

Monthly Gaming Win Drops in January

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Friday that the state's monthly gaming win dropped in January compared with the same month a year ago.

Nevada casinos won more than $884 million from gamblers last month but that was a drop of 2.76 percent from the same month in 2013. Clark County casinos fared worse with a decline of 3.15 percent compared with the same month a year ago based on a gaming win of $777.2 million.

Despite the drop, the state collected more than $69 million in fees this month, an increase of 1.7 percent from a year ago.

A closer look at gaming numbers shows that the Las Vegas Strip won $499.8 million from gamblers in January, a 1.4 percent decline from the same month in 2013. There were also gaming win declines of 3.4 percent in downtown Las Vegas, 13.5 percent in North Las Vegas and 18.2 percent along the Boulder Highway Strip.