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Campers prepare to say goodbye to KOA

LAS VEGAS -- Since MGM Resorts International decided to close the KOA campground near Circus Circus and make it the City of Rock, campers have known their time was limited.

MGM is making room for the Rock in Rio open-air venue; making it the end of an era for the 350-space campground that has sat north of Circus Circus for 35 years.

Guests staying at the campground say this KOA isn't your typical RV park.

"I like it very much because it's so close to the Strip and you can walk there. It's really great. I didn't expect it was possible to be so close,” Peter Ofner, visiting from Austria said.

Beginning in May of next year, all of that will change. The Rock in Rio USA festival is expected to host 300,000 people over two weekends in May.







Prosecutor: Charges weren't ready in casino crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The district attorney in Las Vegas says drug tests weren't complete and criminal charges weren't ready to be filed against a man who committed suicide after he was accused of crashing his vehicle through the Stratosphere casino doors.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Friday that without blood test results, there wasn't enough evidence to charge Ryan C. Brown or ask a judge to keep him in jail.

A judge freed the 40-year-old Brown from jail on Monday, five days after his arrest in the Sept. 10 crash.

Brown was found hanging Tuesday in a room at the Rio hotel-casino. His death was ruled a suicide.

Wolfson says it was up to the Clark County jail to screen Brown for mental illness and suicidal tendencies when he was arrested.

 

Commissioners vote to ban glass containers on Strip

LAS VEGAS — Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to ban glass containers on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ban would cover Las Vegas Boulevard and the sidewalks, as well as portions of nearby streets that intersect with the Strip. Under the new ban, anyone caught with an open glass container could face a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. 



Some injured in fight outside MGM Grand Arena

LAS VEGAS-- A spokesperson for the MGM Grand confirms a small number of people were hurt when a minor fight broke out in the retail area outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. No shots were fired, as was previously reported on social media.

It happened Saturday night as crowds were exiting the Arena following the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight.  MGM says it is unclear if those involved in the fight also attended the boxing event.

MGM Grand Security and Metro police responded to the incident. They say paramedics assisted a small number of people complaining of minor injuries.

 

   

Saudi airman seeks new trial in rape case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Defense lawyers are seeking a new trial for a 25-year-old Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who was convicted last year and now faces at least 35 years in state prison in the rape of a 13-year-old California boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve 2012.

Mazen Alotaibi's attorneys are set to ask a judge Friday for a retrial because they say a witness changed testimony about how intoxicated the former aircraft mechanic was the night of the incident at the Circus Circus hotel-casino.

Alotaibi was found guilty last October.

Prosecutors argue the different account wouldn't change anything.

Alotaibi's lawyers argue he was too intoxicated to know he was committing crimes including kidnapping by luring the boy to a hotel room, sexual assault and lewdness.

Pickup truck slams into Stratosphere hotel-casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say no one was hurt and a 40-year-old driver is facing felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence and reckless driving charges after crashing his pickup truck through glass entry doors at a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez said Thursday that Ryan Brown argued with someone in the valet area just before the 8 p.m. Wednesday crash at the Stratosphere resort.

According to the arrest report, Brown told police he had been on cocaine and speed for the past six days and had smoked crack about two hours prior to the incident. He also told police he had intended to run up to the top of the Stratosphere and jump off.

Brown's hometown wasn't available, and Hernandez says police are investigating whether the crash was intentional or an accident.

The Ford F-150 pickup came to a stop amid broken glass on a wide floor atop a four-step casino stairway.

Fast food workers seek higher wages in Strip protest

LAS VEGAS - Fast food workers across the country walked off the job Thursday morning. Employees in more than 150 cities, including Las Vegas, are demanding higher wages and the right to unionize.

Las Vegas workers marched from the Linq to a McDonald's restaurant near Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The protest drew workers from other restaurants, including: Wendy's, Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell. Metro Police detained at least five people during the protest for blocking traffic.

This is the fourth such strike in Nevada in recent months, but it's the first since more than 1,300 fast food workers in Chicago authorized a resolution calling for civil disobedience to pressure restaurant chains.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) is spearheading the Las Vegas protest. PLAN spokesperson Laura Martin says fast food restaurant employees should be allowed to unionize and earn more than minimum wage.