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Police Search for 2 Men in Armed Robbery

Police Search for 2 Men in Armed Robbery


Metro Police are searching for two men who robbed a business near Jones Boulevard and Vegas Drive.

According to police, the men walked into the business at about 7:45 p.m. February 19. Once inside, one of the men pulled out a gun and demanded money from the employees.

The employees gave the men money and several pieces of property.

The first man is described as a white man, who is 5-foot-11 and between 200 and 230 pounds. The second man used a bandana to cover his face, but he is a white man, who is 5-foot-8 and between 160 and 180 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Metro Officer Nominated for National Award

Metro Officer Nominated for National Award


A Metro Police officer is nominated for “Officer of the Year” on a law enforcement website and needs votes from the community to win the honor.

Sgt. Chris Curtis of the LVMPD Downtown Area Command is one of nine national nominees. Curtis’ nomination is available to view here. A video about Curtis' efforts can be seen at the site.

His candidacy is being supported by UNLV’s Safe Community Partnership.

Construction Underway on SLS Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - One of the Strip's most iconic hotels is undergoing a makeover. Construction has begun at the former Sahara to transform it into the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Crews this week removed the old neon lights from the Sahara and put up new billboards that showcase what's to come.

A spokesperson for SLS Las Vegas says the property will be transformed inside and out to become more like the swanky boutique hotels SLS has across the country.

The basic structure of the building will remain intact, but all ties to the Sahara will be removed. The Sahara closed in 2011 after nearly 60 years on the Strip.

Nearby businesses like the Strip Gun Club say the redevelopment is great for the neighborhood. They hope SLS Las Vegas thrives and expect more foot traffic once the hotel and casino is finished.

Garden Celebrates Struggles, Success of Civil Rights Movement

LAS VEGAS -- Freedom. Equality. Justice. Not mere words, but a movement that made civil rights mandatory in America.

Now, a new monument on the grounds of Palms Downtown Mortuary in Las Vegas is showcasing the struggles and successes in the country's journey towards liberty.

Dozens of people gathered Tuesday as Palm Mortuary unveiled the Garden of Dreams.

The monument features a majestic rock-pitched torch with a multicolored granite flame representing the ideals of our country.


For Daniel Chalk, the new monument is bittersweet. His grandmother, Luella Clark, died of natural causes just weeks ago, and her family asked that she be laid to rest next to the new Garden of Dreams.

Coroner ID's Woman Killed When Struck by Car

Jason Manuma

LAS VEGAS -- A woman struck and killed by a car Sunday has been identified by the Clark County coroner as 52-year-old Brenda Kay Smiley of Las Vegas.

Smiley was walking on the sidewalk of Valley View Boulevard near Sahara Avenue when a car drove up onto the sidewalk hitting Smiley and another pedestrian.

The driver of that vehicle, Jason Manuma, left the scene and was later arrested for DUI. According to the arrest report, police said, Manuma could hardly stand up and was slurring his speech during his arrest. Officers said they found marijuana paraphernalia in his truck.

One Pedestrian Killed, Another Injured in Hit-and-Run

Jason Manuma

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A woman is dead and a man is injured after they were struck by a truck that drove up on a sidewalk in Las Vegas.

Police say the crash happened about 5 p.m. Sunday on Valley View Boulevard, south Sahara Avenue.

Authorities say a Nissan Titan was traveling eastbound on Sahara when it made an abrupt right turn and drove into oncoming traffic on Valley View. It then drove up onto the sidewalk and hit the two people before fleeing the scene.

A 52-year-old woman was pronounced dead at University Medical Center, while a 39-year-old man was treated for moderate injuries.

Truck driver Jason Manuma was found about 2 1/2 miles from the scene and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Special Agents Raid Counterfeiting Operation

LAS VEGAS -- Special agents for Homeland Security raided a house near Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue Friday.

According to a special agent, the house, in the 2000 block of Walnut Avenue, was raided for running a high-quality counterfeit document operation. The operation was providing such fake documents as driver's licenses, residency cards and college degrees, the agent said.

The agent said the operation was considered a national threat because of its ability to produce the quality fakes.

The federal department has been aware of the operation for a couple of weeks and sent in an undercover agent to buy a fake residency card, the agent said. Two men and a woman are being questioned.

As of 1:45 p.m., the scene on the street is quiet, with no obvious police presence. Agents are working from unmarked cars and have started assembling file boxes that read "evidence" on the outside.