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Police militarization barrier to community relations

Arming police with military-grade weapons creates barriers between law enforcement and the public they are supposed to protect, a high-ranking Reno police official told a Nevada advisory committee Thursday afternoon.

Public defender blasts D.A.’s take on witness rent pay

The public defender’s office on Thursday rebutted Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s assertion that prosecutors don’t have to clue them in about paying rent for witnesses until trial.

Laxalt’s ex-law firm comes to his defense

Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt’s former law firm came to his defense Thursday, saying leaked notes from four attorneys giving him a negative job review don’t reflect other “highly favorable” evaluations he has received and don’t represent the company’s views on Laxalt.

Former white supremacist testifies in murder trial

A former leader in the white supremacist movement testified Thursday that he once had a conversation with Leland Jones about the 1998 shooting deaths of two Las Vegas men, and Jones admitted his involvement.

Nevadans want pot DUI tests to be performance based

Medical marijuana users would need more than a bad blood test to end up behind bars in Nevada on driving the influence charges if a proposal is approved by the state Legislature in 2015.

Nevada medical pot applicants grow to 502

The state received 65 medical marijuana establishment applications by mail since the Monday deadline, pushing the number of applications received to 502, a state official said Thursday.

Motorcyclist seriously hurt trying to avoid traffic stop

A speeding motorcyclist trying to avoid a traffic stop Thursday morning near Flamingo Road and Rainbow Boulevard was seriously injured after he crashed, Las Vegas police said.

Sheriff swears in new Metro officers

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie swore in 56 new Las Vegas police officers Thursday at the department’s second academy graduation of the year.

Judge orders prison time in gas station attack

A 64-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced to between six and 15 years in prison Thursday for spraying another man with gasoline and setting him on fire at a Circle K.