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COLD CASE

60-year-old indicted in 1996 Las Vegas slaying

A 60-year-old man accused of stabbing another man to death in a 1996 cold case has been indicted on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon.

A Clark County grand jury indicted Paul Alexander in the slaying of Joseph Meli. The indictment was returned Friday.

Police arrested Alexander in April after DNA evidence tied him to the crime. Authorities found Alexander’s DNA under the victim’s fingernails.

Alexander remains behind bars at the county jail.

Meli was killed Oct. 14, 1996, in his two-bedroom mobile home on South Valley View Boulevard, near Sahara Avenue. Alexander is the ex-husband of Meli’s then live-in girlfriend.

HIT POWER POLE

Henderson man dies in motorcycle crash

A 44-year-old man died early Friday when he lost control of his motorcycle in the southern valley, Las Vegas police said.

The Henderson man, whose identity was not released, was riding north on Manalang Road, near Pebble and Bermuda roads, when he struck a median and a power pole.

He was thrown from the 2002 Suzuki Bandit motorcycle and died at the scene, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Reno man accused in check forgery scheme

Reno police on Thursday shut down a check forgery laboratory inside a home and arrested a man they say passed at least $10,000 worth of counterfeit checks at area casinos and businesses over the past month.

Robert Alvira III faces felony charges of establishing a financial forgery laboratory and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, Sgt. Scott Dugan said.

The counterfeit checks were presented as payroll checks from Opinion Research Corp., a legitimate Reno company, Dugan said.

The Reno SWAT team assisted in the bust at Alvira’s home. It’s the fifth such lab shut down in the Reno area in a month.

 

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