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Family, Friends Remember Slain Cab Driver

LAS VEGAS -- Less than a week after the death of a Las Vegas taxi driver, a group of cab drivers are concerned and are paying closer attention to who is in their backseat.

Thirty-year-old Tesfaye Arze was shot and killed after an apparent robbery last Friday. A candlelight vigil was held in his honor Wednesday. Arze's family and fellow drivers honored his life as many put a spotlight on his profession.

"We have funny people, aggressive people," said driver Asiwome Fiati.

It's not his dream job, Fiati drives a taxi out of necessity. He shares the threats he sees everyday on streets while driving his cab.

"Any particular time for a cab driver can be dangerous. Whoever wants to commit a crime can choose anytime," he said.

Alleged Child Abuser's Run from the Law Over

LAS VEGAS -- A woman accused of beating her adoptive children will face a judge Wednesday. Police say Elsie Mae Taylor's day in court is long overdue because she has been hiding from the law.

Taylor is accused of physically torturing her adopted children. The children were placed in safer hands three years ago but Taylor remained on the run knowing she was wanted.

Sgt. Greg Schultz with Metro's abuse and neglect detail says what the children endured was horrific.

"There were marks and injuries and scars of different sizes and different shapes throughout their body, on their back, their chest, their arms, their legs," he said.

Police Say 12-Year-Old Shot Man in Thigh

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police say a fight involving two 12-year-old boys resulted in the father of one of the boy's being shot.

Police say a 12-year-old was getting hit in the face by another 12-year-old when the victim's father intervened. According to police, the other 12-year-old pulled out a gun and shot the victim's father in the thigh. The man's injuries are not life-threatening. The two boys are not related. The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. near Fremont St. and Eastern Ave.

Police are searching for the 12-year-old suspect.

Stanley Rimer Bail Revoked by Judge

LAS VEGAS -- A judge has revoked the $250,000 bail for Stanley Rimer after the prosecution successfully argued that he is a flight risk. Rimer will remain in jail until his sentencing.

The bail for Colleen Rimer remains at $250,000. The couple was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of their 4-year-old son. The judge also took possession of a briefcase containing jewels that Stanley Rimer wanted to use to post bail.

Their sentencing is set for May.

Suspect Uses 3 Household Items to Target Drop Boxes

LAS VEGAS -- A local property manager says she's been targeted twice by someone trying to steal rent checks from the drop box at her office.

On the surveillance video the thin-built man can be seen walking up to the drop box on the property of Avalon Realty and Oaktree Management. The suspect lowers a key on a string, covered in sticky glue, and tries to snag money orders and checks. This time there are none in the box but owner Laura Barberini says it has happened before. 

"December 4th was the first time it was broken into," she said. "I was very upset because I have tenants dropping off rent checks to me. Two of the tenants had their money orders stolen from the box and cashed in North Las Vegas," Barberini said. She said it is hard for some of her 300 tenants to stop by the office during business hours so they rely on the drop box.

Vince Neil Turns Himself into CCDC

LAS VEGAS -- Motley Crue singer Vince Neil showed up at Clark County Detention Center Tuesday to begin serving his DUI jail time.

Neil took a plea deal to serve two weeks of jail time plus two weeks of house arrest for driving drunk in his Lamborghini near the Las Vegas Strip.

Neil agreed to plead guilty after his arrest last June. 

Surveillance Video Shows Recovery of Kidnapped Boy

LAS VEGAS -- We have heard testimony in the courtroom, but for the first time, surveillance video from the night a Las Vegas boy was found has been released. Defense lawyers say it is the key to proving their case that his family staged Cole Puffinburger's kidnapping.

Puffinburger's family says he was kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel for ransom after Cole's grandfather stole millions from them. But defense lawyers say the whole thing was a hoax so they could keep the money.

Three days after Puffinburger disappeared, he was found by two elderly passengers aboard this para-transit bus. The bus stopped near Oakey and 17th Street and Puffinburger stepped on board.

"Are you ok? Where are you going?" asked the driver.