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Singer Bruno Mars Faces Las Vegas Drug Charge

LAS VEGAS -- Singer Bruno Mars faces possible cocaine possession charges in Las Vegas after a weekend arrest.

Police said the "Just the Way You Are" crooner was arrested early Sunday after being detained following a show by security at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Police say Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine and arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

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Metro Looking For Suspect Involved in Fatal Beating

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are looking for man involved in the fatal beating of another man in the area of Las Vegas Blvd and Harmon on Friday September 3rd.

Around 4:30am that morning Metro responded to the area for a report of a male that was beaten. Upon arriving officers found a man unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent head injury.

The man was transported to UMC Trauma where he recently succumbed to his injuries on September 10th.

Metro believes the victim was approached and beaten by one African American male described to be eighteen to twenty two years old, five feet eight inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. According to witnesses, the suspect was with four other people who all fled the scene.

Sexual Assault Victim Recalls Attack from 1998

LAS VEGAS -- Twelve years after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a child, a Las Vegas teenager decides to share her amazing story that broke a cold case.

The young survivor is 17-years-old now but only recently recalled the details of her attack when she happened to drive by the house where it happened back in 1998. The home is behind St. Viator Catholic Church on Flamingo Rd. near Eastern Ave.

"As soon as I saw the gates, the garage, the side of the house, the rooftops, the rocks on the ground, I knew it. I knew that was it," she said.

The girl told police she was at a playground in the summer of 1998 when a man lured her into his car and sexually assaulted her. The teen said she was then taken to a home and sexually assaulted again before she was released.

Federal Agents, Police Bust Local Businesses

LAS VEGAS -- Federal agents and Metro police Wednesday raided businesses around the Las Vegas valley that are associated with medical marijuana.

A joint task force with agents from the DEA, IRS, and Metro took evidence from The Happiness Consultants, THC at 810 E. Sahara on Wednesday. That business is licensed as a medical marijuana consultant business, which means they can help people apply for medical marijuana. The agents took out boxes of paperwork.

The clinics have been under scrutiny for months. Earlier this year, the 8 News NOW I-Team went undercover and staff member at THC told our photographer that a doctor on site would have no problem writing a recommendation for marijuana even though there was no medical justification.

Man Faces Felony Charges in Las Vegas Casino Bomb Hoax

LAS VEGAS -- A 61-year-old man made his first court appearance Wednesday on a number of charges stemming from a bomb hoax at the Arizona Charlie's Hotel and Casino on the Boulder Strip.

Richard Wayne Sellars is charged with felony terroristic threat, extortion and burglary for the Saturday incident.

According to police, Sellars  showed up at the property and indicated that he had a bomb strapped to his body. Investigators later determined the device was a hoax.

 

Police Release Identity of Man Officers Shot

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police have released the name of the suspect that was shot by officers Sunday.

Police say 30-year-old Thor Cook pointed a shotgun at them before they fired. Cook is in the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He is now facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting a police officer with a weapon and possessing a firearm when he shouldn't have one.

Police were called to the neighborhood near Sandhill and Desert Inn on Sunday afternoon to respond to a neighbor dispute.

Metro says Cook opened his front door holding the shotgun and refused commands to place the weapon on the ground.

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave. Their names will be released 48 hours after the incident.

Arrest Report on Hilton's Boyfriend Cy Waits Released

LAS VEGAS -- Cy Waits, the boyfriend of Paris Hilton, smelled of alcohol and wobbled during a sobriety test, according to the Impaired Driving Report done by Metro Police.

Waits was driving on the Las Vegas Strip with Hilton as his passenger when he was pulled over. According to the report, a police officer could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Read the Arrest Report on Cy Waits

Waits was given a sobriety test and failed on three of the eight clues of impairment. Police only need two or more failures to suspect DUI. Waits was arrested and later released on $2,000 bail and has a Nov. 29 court date. The report also states police found a "roach" or used marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.

Hilton was also arrested for cocaine possession after police say they found some cocaine in her purse.