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Man Found Guilty in 2007 Machete Attack

LAS VEGAS -- A 33-year-old man on Thursday was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the 2007 killing of a woman and slashing of her son and daughter.

Victor O. Cruz-Garcia was arrested in December 2007 after attacking the woman and her children with a machete at an apartment building a few blocks northeast of downtown Las Vegas.

His sentencing is schedule for next week.

Hawaiian Places $66,200 Roulette Bet, Cashes In

Hawaiian Places $66,200 Roulette Bet, Cashes In


A Hawaii man tested his luck Wednesday with an odd bet on even at the roulette table at Binion’s.

A few tense seconds later, he walked away with more than $132,000.

The 31-year-old man contacted Binion’s casino director Glenn Casale in advance to ask if he would take the unusual, one-shot $66,200 bet.

“It’s not every day you get a call from a guy who’s asking about that kind of wager,” Casale said. “After a few conversations I realized that this man was serious.  I discussed the situation with (owner) Terry Caudill, who said he would book the bet.”

Dead Baby Body Found in Apartment Trash Bin

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the discovery of a baby's body in a trash bin at an apartment complex.

According to police, the body was found Wednesday around 8 a.m. by a maintenance person at the Rancho Mesa Apartments. Police said it appears the child is between 3 months and 6 months old. The baby's race and gender have yet to be determined.

"It's just absolutely horrible," neighbor Jan Gunter said.

The complex is located in the 2800 block of N. Rancho Drive, between Cheyenne Avenue and Smoke Ranch Road. Homicide detectives are investigating. They canvassed the apartment complex and talked with residents.

"It's our intention to identify this child as soon as possible," aid Metro Lt. Ray Staiber

Las Vegas Opens New Fire Station


The city of Las Vegas opened a new fire station Tuesday to serve the downtown area.

The station is at 1888 Stella Lake Street, which is near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King Boulevards. City Councilman Ricki Barlow, who represents the area on the city council, joined Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers for the opening of the new station.

The facility is 7,800 square feet and includes two bays. One engine and one rescue unit will be housed at the station. Six paramedics, six firefighters, three captains and three engineers will also be assigned to the station. The project cost about $4 million to complete.

Police: Woman Used Meth Before Taking Son Hostage

LAS VEGAS -- The woman who took her 1-year-old son hostage over the weekend initially called police to tell them she was self-diagnosed as crazy and depressed.

Kimberly Kardell, 34, called 911 and identified herself as Sophia Marie Banana Hammock and told the dispatcher she had been in an abusive relationship.

When police arrived at the Budget Suites in the 2200 block of N. Rancho Road, she could be seen through a window holding a small boy and a knife. She refused to open the door and told officers she wanted to harm herself and her child, according to the arrest report.

Mother Arrested After Taking Son Hostage

Jury Being Picked for Hells Angels Trial

Jury Being Picked for Hells Angels Trial


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Trial is beginning in Las Vegas for eight of 13 men charged in a December 2008 wedding chapel brawl between Hells Angels motorcycle club members and rival Mongols.

Court officials say jury selection began Monday before Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani. Trial is expected to take four weeks. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty in July 2010 to felony and misdemeanor charges including attempted murder, battery, assault, conspiracy and taking part in activities of a criminal gang.

Authorities say the brawl broke out as Hells Angels who were leaving a wedding encountered three Mongols members. Six people were hurt.

Two defendants are accused of stabbing a Mongols member who planned to be married. Defense attorneys say the men were acting in self-defense.

Witness Describes Saturday's Gang-Related Shooting

Witness Describes Saturday's Gang-Related Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man who witnessed a gang-related shooting is speaking out in hopes of finding the gunman.

Metro Police say the shooting happened Saturday near Owens Avenue and J Street in a car wash.

Detectives say an older model, white Ford Taurus, pulled into a nearby parking lot and several shots were fired, critically injuring one man.

An eyewitness, who did not want his name used, says he was getting ready to pull out of the parking lot when the vehicle pulled in, stopping next to him in the middle of the driveway.

He says the gunman precisely pin-pointed a mobile car detailer.

"He was firing directly into the crowd right at that one specific individual who happened to be on the driver's side of a Dodge Magnum that he was detailing," he said.

Even more alarming, he says, was how the vehicle left the scene.