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Report: McDonald's stabbing suspect used a stick

LAS VEGAS -- The man arrested after a fatal stabbing outside a McDonald's restaurant used a sharp stick to cause the fatal injury, according to the arrest report.

The suspect, Asa Funderburk, 31, had gone to the restaurant on Sahara Avenue and Paseo Del Prado with the victim, Brandon Pickford, and two other individuals Thursday morning. After leaving the restaurant, Funderburk and Pickford began arguing, witnesses told police. Funderburk said, Pickford would not let him use his cell phone and pushed him into the street (Sahara Avenue) and spit on him.

Funderburk had a 6-inch long pointed stick in his pocket and used it to stab Pickford in the neck, the report said. Pickford, who was bleeding heavily, made his way back toward the restaurant where he collapsed and died.

Police arrested Funderburk at a nearby vacant house. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center on one count of murder with a deadly weapon.







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Kevin James films ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ in Vegas

The Wynn will be home to a film crew for a new movie starring Kevin James.

On Monday, Kevin James will begin filming the art-heist comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” at the Wynn for eight weeks — the first full feature Steve Wynn has ever approved on the property.

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Driving You Crazy: Traffic lights on Tropicana Avenue

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says traffic along Tropicana Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard is a nightmare with numerous traffic lights.

The viewer says one of the worst lights, Tropicana at Wilbur Street, routinely backs up traffic to Maryland Parkway. He says similar problems arise at Koval Lane and Eastern Avenue. Many of these problem lights take multiple cycles to get cars through, resulting in road rage for many drivers.

FAST technicians monitored the area and discovered the problem. A broken controller at Duke Ellington Way is causing delays along the entire corridor.

FAST crews, along with Clark County workers, are rebuilding the controller. They expect to have the work completed by the end of the week.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.

Court date reset in Strip bird death case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A court appearance was postponed Monday in Nevada for a University of California, Berkeley, law school graduate completing prison boot camp for beheading an exotic bird during a drunken chase at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Prosecutor Frank Coumou says Justin Alexander Teixeira's court date was rescheduled to May 5.

Teixeira is facing three to five years' probation before he can ask to have his felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.

Whether Teixeira is admitted to practice law in California could on depend on whether a felony remains on his record.

He pleaded guilty last May to killing another person's animal in the October 2012 death of a helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo hotel-casino.

Two other Berkeley students entered pleas to reduced misdemeanor charges, paid fines and served community service.

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Cabbie admits to longhauling, says it's necessary to make money

LAS VEGAS -- Cabbies taking tourists on a longer route than necessary to run up the meter is a practice known as longhauling.

The I-Team has been reporting on the problem for years. Now, one cab driver is admitting he does it and says he has no regrets.

On any typical afternoon, Ken Peterson is driving tourists around the Strip in his taxi cab. Right now, he is at home on suspension for getting into a fender bender.

"It is time somebody stood up for the cab drivers. It is time something is done." Peterson said.

He is upset at the way the Taxicab Authority and most cab companies run their business. He says the companies encourage meeting daily quotas, which is difficult to do without longhauling. He adds the Taxicab Authority uses sneaky tactics to bust drivers.

"Yes, we do long haul. I long haul, but it is to a point with the consent from the customer," Peterson said.

State laws are posted in every cab.

Police ID woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is releasing more information about the shoe-throwing incident involving Hillary Clinton.

According to police, 37-year-old Alison Michelle Ernst walked past security that was outside the venue where Clinton was speaking Thursday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

She got within 60 feet of Clinton, reached into her purse, took out a shoe and threw it at the former secretary of state, police said.

The shoe did not hit Clinton. Ernst was taken into custody by security personnel. She is facing  disorderly conduct charges. The District Attorney's Office has not received the case and formal charges have not been filed.

On Friday, a judge released her on her own recognizance and set her next court date for June 24.

Clinton was speaking at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting.

Mirage’s Italian restaurant goes from good to great

A classic Italian place on the Strip has been transformed and improved. 

With Portofino and chef Michael LaPlaca, Mirage has one of the Strip's most exciting Italian restaurants.

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