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I-Team: Most locals never see Strip's gritty underbelly

If you haven't been to the Las Vegas Strip in awhile, be forewarned.

While most visitors and locals have enjoyable experiences at the hotels and restaurants, a new crime wave is underway, including an explosion of prostitution-related robberies, gangs, drugs, even pickpockets.

The I-Team was allowed to tag along with both uniformed and plainclothes teams who have their hands full trying to keep the Strip safe.

The first line of defense is the uniformed officers who project a strong police presence on the streets and sidewalks.

The more sinister and sophisticated crime groups are a whole different challenge. They have their hands in drugs, robberies, human trafficking, auto thefts and a range of often violent, highly-organized crime... Read More

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I-Team: Prostitution linked to serious crimes on the Strip

Super Bowl weekend meant huge crowds of visitors and locals on the Las Vegas Strip and other properties.

Visitors see the neon and the spectacle of Las Vegas, but the police who work the tourism corridor see something else entirely.

As the economy has rebounded, so have criminal organizations which target tourists. More visitors means more criminals to rob them.

Metro Police are out there every night, but they need help.

The I-Team was given total access to tag along with the teams who are on the front lines.

Veteran officers say they've never seen anything like it. There's a new breed of criminal on the Strip. They're highly organized, relentless, and ubiquitous. Metro is out there every night, but at times it feels like trying to hold back the ocean with their fingers. It takes a special breed of cop to handle this work... Read More

I-Team: New breed of criminal on the Las Vegas Strip

Trick rolls that turn into assaults and robberies. It's happening every single night on the Las Vegas Strip. Metro Police are struggling to cope with a new wave of serious crime in the resort corridor. Officers and detectives are stretched to the limit because of organized thievery and violence.

To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobi ... "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

Over the weekend, visitors in town for the Super Bowl were being eyed as targets by a new breed of criminal that preys on the tourism corridor.

The I-Team tagged along for a few nights as seasoned officers tried to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

"Walking on bridge, it's kind of a circus up here man," said Officer Calvin Wandick, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

For him and the other uniformed officers who patrol the Strip every night, on the bridges, the sidewalks, and the streets, it's like a convention of thieves and lowlifes. ... Read More

Hearing postponed for woman in fatal Las Vegas Strip crash

A 24-year-old woman accused of intentionally plowing a car into a crowd of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk never made it into court, and a judge postponed her appearance.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure says Lakeisha Nicole Holloway wasn't present Thursday when a judge reset her court date to Feb 18.

Holloway's attorneys didn't immediately respond to messages. They've said she plans to plead not guilty.

Holloway faces 71 felonies, including murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the Dec. 20 crash that killed one woman and injured at least 34 other people.

Police say Holloway was from Portland, Oregon, and told investigators she and her 3-year-old daughter had been living in her car for more than a week before the crash... Read More

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Street Talk: Safari Club International

The Safari Club International is taking place at Mandalay Bay this week. I-Team Chief Investigator George Knapp offers his commentary on the controversial show... Read More

Animal roles in Vegas Strip shows are starting to diminish

When it comes to having animals on the Strip, the City of Las Vegas isn't a stranger to the controversy surrounding the idea.

For decades, animal acts on the Strip have drawn crowds and criticism. There's even an act there is an active campaign to release the dolphins at the Mirage.

And when Dirk Arthur and his big cats returned to the Riviera, protestors were awaiting their arrival. His show has since moved to the Westgate.

According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Arthur is one of only three illusionists in the country that use big cats. Arthur has been cited several times for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

Many show producers have found ways to entertain guests with live music or impressive acrobatics instead of using wild animals.

David Saxe has been producing shows in Las Vegas for more than twenty years.

"I've had animals in the shows, I've had tigers and lions -- everything," Saxe said... Read More

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."... Read More