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Trial Pushed Back in Cirque Murder Case

Trial Pushed Back in Cirque Murder Case

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A trial date has been delayed for a Cirque du Soleil dancer accused of strangling and dismembering his ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas.

Clark County courts spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said a new trial date for 32-year-old Jason Griffith will be decided during a status check on Dec. 19. Griffith's defense attorney asked Monday that the trial be delayed so he could have more time to build his case. The trial initially had been scheduled to start next week.

Prosecutors say Griffith killed 31-year-old Debora Flores Narvaez at his home in North Las Vegas on Dec. 12 and tried to hide her dismembered body in a tub of cement. He was a performer in the Beatles show, "Love," at The Mirage. Flores Narvaez performed in the "Fantasy" show at the Luxor.

Metro Needs Help Finding Robbery Suspect

Metro Needs Help Finding Robbery Suspect

 

Metro Police need assistance locating a man suspected of trying to rob a convenience store just east of the Strip.

Near 12:30 a.m. on June 3, the man entered a convenience store located at the 2400 Block of Tam Dr. The suspect approached the clerk, brandished a knife and threatened to stab the clerk. He then demanded money but fled on foot prior to gaining access to cash register.

The suspect is described as black, 30-39 years old, 5-foot-8, 180 lbs., with a very thin mustache. He wore a black shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Metro Robbery Section at 828-3591 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

 

Police Arrest Two People for Three Robberies

Police Arrest Two People for Three Robberies

Metro Police arrested two men connected to three different bank robberies in southern Nevada in the past two days. 

The first robbery happened on Wednesday, August 3 at a bank branch at Russell Road and Tenaya Way. The second one happened near Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway on Thursday. The third also happened on Thursday at a bank at Las Vegas Boulevard and Clark Street.

In all three robberies one suspect walked into the bank, waited in line to be called by the teller, gave the teller a note demanding money and then walked out with the cash. In two of the robberies the suspect indicated to the teller that he had a gun.

Town Square Hosts National Night Out Event

Town Square Hosts National Night Out Event

 

A National Night Out celebration will be held Tuesday at Town Square.

The Las Vegas community is invited to join the South Central Area Command of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on August 2 to celebrate National Night Out at Town Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. National Night Out will take place in Town Square Park and is free.

National Night Out is a nationwide effort to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for local anti crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Guests can enjoy free food, soda and water (while supplies last), as well as live music, vehicle tours, free child finger-printing & I.D., free vehicle VIN etching, watch your car program/neighborhood watch registration and more.

Burglary Suspect Crashes Car into Home

Burglary Suspect Crashes Car into Home

Metro Police arrested a man after he crashed his car into a home following a police chase.

It started when police say the man burglarized a drug store on East Tropicana Road just after 5:30 a.m. A citizen reported the crime and police found the suspect, James Robert Kennedy, 35, of Las Vegas, leaving the scene in a car.

They followed him to a house near McLeod Drive and Russell Road. During the chase the man crashed his car into a house and ran into a backyard shed. Police found the shed thanks to a news helicopter. He was taken into custody without incident.

He's being charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.

Suspects Arrested for Fatal Strip Stabbing

LAS VEGAS - Larry Hicks never imagined he would lose his friend after a night out, but Randall Blackwell, a lyricist and rapper met his fate July 9.

"It could have been any one of us that night," Hicks said. "He was a foster child, so he grew up with us. He didn't know his biological mother or father."

Hicks, Blackwell and some other friends headed to a liquor store on Audrie Street and Flamingo Road. They parked and soon came face to face, police say, with 38-year-old Jerome Hopkins, 38-year-old Christopher McIntosh, and some women with them in a nearby parking lot.

"We're leaving our car. They're going to their car," Hicks said. "One of the dudes that I was with said something to one of the females - not anything confrontational or nothing like that - like, 'Hey, what's up?"

The situation between the two groups soon escalated.

UNLV Student Among Those Charged in Hacking Attack

LAS VEGAS -- The FBI uncovered some of the faces behind the digital crusaders known as Anonymous. Twenty-year-old UNLV journalism major Mercedes Haefer is one of 16 people arrested in nine states for an alleged coordinated attack against PayPal. The virtual strike was in retaliation for the company's suspension of WikiLeaks accounts.

"It's new knowledge to me, and it's kind of crazy. Who would of thought that a hacker is living in our own backyard? I was thinking maybe another part of this country, maybe, not in this country," said UNLV student Travis True.

Haefer, code named "No", is seen on her Facebook page disguised with bunny ears, fake moustaches, and eyebrows. The FBI alleges Haefer and 15 other defendants associated with Anonymous used their extensive computer knowledge to shut down PayPal for a period of time.