WEEK IN REVIEW: Top news


Last year's fatal shooting of Stanley Gibson by Las Vegas police officer Jesus Arevalo is headed to a grand jury for review.

The Review-Journal has learned that a grand jury is expected to start hearing testimony in the case this week. More than a dozen witnesses are likely to testify, meaning it could take weeks, or even months, for prosecutors to present their case.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson requested the action but has declined to discuss his reasons.

Grand juries are closed to the public.

The action could result in the first indictment of a Las Vegas police officer for an on-duty shooting in at least 20 years, if not the first ever.

Arevalo fired seven shots from an AR-15 rifle into Gibson's stopped car as other officers were trying to get him out of the vehicle using pepper spray and a bean-bag shotgun. The unarmed 43-year-old disabled Gulf War veteran died at the scene.

Monday

Keeping conventions

Two of the valley's largest conventions have signed lease extensions with the Las Vegas Convention Center that could bring in $1.4 billion in nongaming revenue over the next few years.

The Men's Apparel Guild in California, or MAGIC, attracts about 80,000 attendees twice yearly and has extended its stay here through 2015. The Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, draws about 130,000 people to its annual show and will stay through 2017.

Tuesday

HOA board ousted

In what they called an "unprecedented action," state officials removed the entire three-member board of a North Las Vegas homeowners association.

Autumn Chase Homeowners Association board members Joseph Bitsky, his wife, Barbara Bitsky, and Hellen Murphy were ordered to surrender the association's credit card and give all association records to the state until a new board can be elected, officials said.

The action resulted from a complaint filed by the Nevada Real Estate Division against the three board members accusing them of a series of state violations.

Wednesday

Gaming revenue falls

Nevada gaming revenues declined 3.1 percent during August, disappointing those who hoped July's $1 billion take foreshadowed a stronger recovery.

Statewide, gaming revenues hit $859.2 million, which was down from $886.8 million in August 2011, according to newly released figures from the Gaming Control Board.

On the Strip, gaming revenues fell 1.2 percent to $490.9 million, down from $496.9 million a year ago and $109 million less than what casinos took in during July.

Thursday

Police detail slaying

New details were released in the death of a 46-year-old Las Vegas woman who police say was killed by a hammer-wielding vagrant hired by her estranged husband for $600.

Shauna Tiaffay was beaten to death in her Summerlin apartment on Sept. 29.

George Tiaffay, 40, is now in custody, facing charges that he paid Noel "Greyhound" Stevens, 37, to kill the woman.

Friday

Bird killed, Men jailed

Two men who say they are California law school students have been arrested after police say they killed and decapitated an exotic bird at the Flamingo.

Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira, both 24 and students at the University of California, Berkley, were jailed after police said they were seen laughing and throwing around the body of a dead 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl that was part of the hotel-casino's Wildlife Habitat.

 

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