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Las Vegas Man Indicted for Murder

Las Vegas Man Indicted for Murder

 

A grand jury indicted a Las Vegas man for the murder of an aspiring musician earlier this year. The jury indicted Brandon Jovan Hill on murder and robbery charges in the shooting death of Michael Portaro. Portaro was shot and killed in the parking lot of a bar and grill near Tenaya Way and Cheyenne Avenue back in March. He was handing out flyers for an up coming show when he was killed. Police say Hill shot Portaro and took his car. Hill is set to be back in court August 10. 

Local Pizza Joint Named Best Pizza in the State

Local Pizza Joint Named Best Pizza in the State

Las Vegans have long known that Metro Pizza offers some of the best pizza in the city but according to the editors of Food Network Magazine the local chain is also the best pizza in the state.

The Mulberry Street is the best pie according to the magazine. The pizza features breaded eggplant and ricotta cheese. The editors spent six months trying to find the best pies around the country from the basics like sausage and cheese to more elaborate concoctions like the Wild Nettle and Pecorino Pizza in California. All that mattered was that the pizza was delicious. The entire list is available in the magazine's September issue which goes on sale August 9.

Many restaurants have suffered in our economy but Metro Pizza has done well, in July it started work on its eighth restaurant in the valley's northwest side. That new location is expected to open next year.

Armored Car Robbed in Northwest Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- An abandoned blue Dodge Caravan with painted windows and Oregon plates may be the vehicle ditched by gunmen who successfully robbed an armored truck Tuesday afternoon.

The armored Loomis vehicle was parked in front of a Nevada State Bank near Buffalo Drive and Sky Pointe Drive. Two or three masked men held the guards at gunpoint and got away with a stash of cash.

"It is a very uncommon situation that we see this," said Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber. "It does happen from time to time. However, we are actively working this aggressively and working any leads that we may gain."

It's believed the robbers drove away in the Caravan. The vehicle was found in a neighboring business mall.

"What their escape method was from the time they dropped that vehicle off, we don't know," Lt. Steiber said.

JDRF of Southern Nevada Kicks Off Pre-Walk Reception

JDRF of Southern Nevada Kicks Off Pre-Walk Reception

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Southern Nevada held its Walk To Cure Diabetes Corporate Reception on Thursday at Red Rock Country Club.  This was a chance for local businesses and others who are interested in supporting JDRF to find out about the Walk, where the money goes, and the many reasons to get involved.

The 5K Walk (3.2 miles) is scheduled for November 19 on the UNLV campus and could attract close to 4,000 walkers who will have raised money to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. One in three children born after the year 2000 will develop some form of diabetes in their lifetime, according to JDRF.

There is no cure for Type 1 (formerly referred to as juvenile diabetes) and you never outgrow it. Type 1 diabetes strikes people at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.

Feds Accuse Bank of Targeting African Americans

LAS VEGAS -- The federal Justice Department is accusing Wells Fargo of illegally targeting African Americans with bad home mortgages. Now, a local attorney is launching a class-action lawsuit against the lender.

Wells Fargo denies they gave customers less favorable mortgage terms based on race. But the federal Justice Department launched a civil rights case which could have implications for Nevada which is one of the states hit hardest with foreclosures.

The two-story home on Compass Rose Way in northwest Las Vegas belonged to the Wattree family for more than 10 years. More than a year ago, Wells Fargo evicted them after loan modification attempts failed.

Local Memorial Service to be Held for Norway Victims

Thursday morning Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman met with members of the Norwegian community and signed a book of condolences for the victims of the massacre there last week. 

Locals will get a chance to sign the book at a memorial being held Thursday night. The community is invited to take part in the service to be held at 7 p.m. for the victims of the bombing in Oslo and shooting spree at a nearby youth camp. The event will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 111 N. Torrey Pines Drive. 

The service will be conducted primarily in English but will include Norwegian elements. Local Norwegians who own traditional folk wear called “bunads” are encouraged to wear them.

Two Suspects Arrested for String of Robberies

Two Suspects Arrested for String of Robberies

Metro Police arrested a man and a woman responsible for a string of robberies in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley.

The arrests happened early Tuesday morning. Officers say the pair robbed a convenience store on South Rainbow Boulevard at around 12:30 a.m. A few minutes later a Las Vegas City Marshall spotted the car used in the robbery near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard. He pulled the car over and arrested the woman driving. The passenger fled the scene on foot. A Metro Police canine unit was called to the scene. They found the second suspect a short time later and arrested him.

Police say the pair are responsible for robbing at least nine convince stores in the northwest area between July 17 and their arrest Tuesday morning. Most of the robberies happened during late evenings and early mornings. The identities of the suspects are being withheld because the investigation is still going on.