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WARNING: Scammers use NHP and names of charitable groups to seek donations

Scammers are preying on the kind hearts of Nevada residents, and they're using the Nevada Highway Patrol to do it.

NHP said it had received several complaints from citizens who said they were being solicited for donations on behalf of various police charitable originations.

NHP said the scam artists use a local phone number to conduct the con, and according to some callers, they were solicited from someone posing as a representative of the American Association of State Troopers, along with the Officer Down Charities for the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nevada Highway Patrol itself.

When a person refuses to donate, NHP said witnesses told them the scammer would threaten unfair treatment from Troopers in the future.

"We want the community to be aware of this fraudulent activity and be sure to protect their personal information," NHP said... Read More

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Man killed by limo identified as ex-UNLV football player

Authorities have identified a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a limousine in Las Vegas as a former University of Nevada Las Vegas football player.

Authorities say 30-year-old Jeremy Geathers died Saturday morning after he was struck by a limo on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Geathers, a defensive lineman, played 33 games at UNLV in 2007-07. He went on to play in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. He is the son of former NFL defensive lineman James "Jumpy" Geathers, who played 13 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the New Orleans Saints.

Police say Jeremy Geathers stepped in front of the northbound limousine outside of a crosswalk or intersection... Read More

"Absinthe" cast member, Melody Sweets, heading to the Smith Center

Las Vegas entertainer, Melody Sweets, is taking her burlesque act to the Smith Center.

Her new show is called, The Sweets' Spot: Love Edition. Tickets are between $25 and $40.

Currently, she stars as the Green Fairy in "Absinthe" at Caesar's Palace... Read More

Super Bowl related memorabilia gets attention at Pawn shop

It promises to be a busy weekend at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard.

There's a whole lot of bling in the glass cases and some of it's Super Bowl related.

Depending on which player it once belonged to, it's worth tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"This is pretty cool, but I've already sold it," said Rick Harrison, Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. "You can see the little sign right there, sold it to a Patriots fan. This is a flag when they won their first Super Bowl in 2002, went around and got every single player to sign it."

To any hardcore football fan, this place is like heaven.

Pawn star Rick Harrison says he recently sold the last Super Bowl ring he had, but he has a lot of other things.

An original program from the first world championship game. It cost $1 in 1967, today it's priced at $450... Read More

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Las Vegas showgirl celebrates her 90th and more

A former Las Vegas showgirl received a special celebration on Fremont Street over the weekend.

Gloria Mancilla Batter, known by her stage name Gloria White, was inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame as the first showgirl in history.

She also happened to be celebrating her 90th birthday.

In her 65 years in the Las Vegas valley, she has seen Las Vegas grow from a small oasis in the desert to the global landmark it is today.

She worked with big name Strip headliners like Sammy David Jr. and Frank Sinatra and even had three dates with Howard Hughes.

She said he was the perfect gentleman.

Some other favorite memories include going to breakfast with the Rat Pack after her shift and spending time at the classic Strip landmarks like the Flamingo, the Dunes and the Stardust... Read More

Firefighters investigate fire at Mandalay Bay Hotel

A fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, fire officials said.

Clark County Fire and Rescue said around 3:45 p.m., firefighters received a call about a fire at the hotel located on the Strip at 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd, so five engines, two trucks, two rescue crews, and two battalion chiefs arrived at the hotel to investigate.

When they arrived, crews received reports that there was a fire in a garbage chute on the 35th floor. Firefighters said there was a light haze of smoke showing from the laundry chute which stretched from the 35th floor to the 39th floor, but an active fire was never found.

Hotel workers used ventilation systems to remove the smoke from the hotel. No one was hurt, and none of the hotel guests had to be evacuated. ... Read More

Willie Nelson cancels 2 of 5 Las Vegas shows due to illness

Country music icon Willie Nelson is canceling two Las Vegas shows due to illness.

Nelson's publicist, Elaine Schock, said Thursday that Nelson has a bad cold and won't play Saturday or Sunday.

He plans to play the remaining three shows -- Feb. 1, 3 and 4 -- at The Venetian resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The canceled shows have not been rescheduled, and ticket-holders were advised to seek refunds from the point of purchase.

Nelson is 83 and lives in Austin, Texas.

The singer-songwriter behind hits such as "On the Road Again" and "Always On My Mind" told The Associated Press recently that he will have a new album out this spring, called "God's Problem Child."... Read More