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Woman Arrested for YMCA Burglaries

A woman is under arrest in connection with a series of car burglaries at the Durango Hills YMCA.

According to the Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals, 36-year-old Jolie Elizabeth Thomas was arrested on four felony charges, including burglary, obtaining and using personal information for another person, and fraudulent use of a credit card or debit card.

Three burglaries happened August 7 and 8 in the parking lot of the facility at 3521 North Durango Drive. Purses were taken and credit cards used for several transactions, marshals said.

The marshals are crediting the public with helping them track down the suspect. They say several tips lead them to Thomas.

She has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center and bail was set at $50,000. 

Memorial for Murdered Teen Removed

Memorial for Murdered Teen Removed

A memorial dedicated to a murdered teen has now been removed.

The memorial was set up for 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba who was kidnapped, raped and stabbed to death in 2011 on her way back home from Arbor View High School.

According to police, Javier Righetti raped and murdered her. Her burned body was found a few days later. He is set to go to trial March 2014. His trial has already been delayed twice.

Family and friends set up a memorial where her body was found near Oso Blanca Road and Grand Teton Drive. However, the memorial was taken down because home builders DR Horton are developing the section land.

The city of Las Vegas points out that permanent memorial for Otremba is set up at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs as part of a memorial to people who have lost their lives in Clark County. 

Quick Pinch Robber Nabbed by Police

Quick Pinch Robber Nabbed by Police

Metro Police caught a man suspected of a series of robberies as he tried to hold up a business Monday night.

Laron Johnson attempted to rob a business in the 4500 block of North Rancho Drive around 6 p.m. Monday. Patrol officers arrived quickly, according to police officials, and set up a perimeter. After a short foot chase, Johnson was taken into custody without incident.

Johnson is suspected of a number of “quick pinch” robberies of convenience stores between the hours of 2-6 a.m. The crimes began in March and at least nine incidents are suspected to have occurred in that time.

The suspect entered armed with a gun drawn, walked behind the counter, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk complied, the suspect fled the scene.

Metro Closing Lobby of Three Substations

Metro Closing Lobby of Three Substations


Budget tightening for Metro Police will result in the closures of the lobbies at three substations beginning Saturday.

These locations are:

  • Bolden Area Command, 1851 Stella Lake Street
  • South Central Area Command, 4860 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Southeast Area Command, 3675 East Harmon Avenue

The Downtown Area Command closed its front lobby in March 2010.

The civilian support personnel who normally staff these locations will be moved to more critical positions within the department, eliminating the need to hire additional staff to fill those roles. No positions will be eliminated during this re-allocation of resources.

The primary functions of these front lobby locations were taking crime and accident reports, registering firearms, and fielding special service requests from citizens. These services will still be available at other substations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

Man Accused of Trying to Light His Wife on Fire

Man Accused of Trying to Light His Wife on Fire


A Las Vegas man is facing attempted murder charges after his wife accused him of trying to set her and their house on fire.

According to police, 40-year-old Christian Ellis and his wife, Melissa, got into a fight Monday evening at their home near Cimarron Road and Grand Teton Drive. It was actually their son who first called police about the incident.

During the fight, Ellis grabbed a can of gasoline and a blowtorch from the garage, police said. He then dosed the house and his wife with gasoline, threatening to burn them both.

At one point, he actually activated a lighter and attempted to light his wife on fire, according to police.

Melissa Ellis was able to grab the couple's son and leave the house. She contacted a neighbor, who called police.

When officers arrived, Ellis barricaded himself in the house for a short time, but he was eventually taken into custody.

Metro Searching for 2 Men in Armed Robbery

Metro Searching for 2 Men in Armed Robbery


Metro Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery of a store near Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue.

According to police, both men walked into the store in the 3000 block of North Rainbow Boulevard Wednesday, March 20 at about 7:15 p.m.

One man walked to the rear of the store and pretended to be a customer, police said. While he distracted an employee, the other man approached a cashier, showed a handgun and demanded money.

The men walked out the door with an undisclosed amount of money. They left on foot.

The first person is described as a black man between 18 and 25 years old. He is about 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a Michael Jordon logo on the front, black baseball cap with red logo and blue jeans. Police said he was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Bail Set for Man Accused of Park Shooting

Bail Set for Man Accused of Park Shooting

A justice court judge set bail for the man accused of shooting two women during a soccer game last month.

Bail for 19-year-old Ezra Peoples is set at $250,000. According to Metro Police, Peoples fired shots out of his bedroom window and hit the women, who were watching the game at Teton Trails Park January 19.

One woman was hit in the leg and the other's chest was grazed by a bullet.

Peoples was already in custody when he was charged in connection with the shooting.

He is one of three men charged in connection with a home invasion robbery, kidnapping and car theft.

According to police, the suspect and two other men forced their way into a home near Iron Mountain Road and Jones Boulevard just before 2 a.m. January 30, when one of the two residents was returning home.