Value of seized items placed at $400,000

About $400,000 worth of metal, stolen cars and heavy machinery were seized from two North Las Vegas recycling yards raided by several area police agencies Wednesday.

Officers spent the day inspecting all corners of the site on Carey Avenue near Pecos Road but didn’t make any arrests. Crews hauled away 10 cars and about $300,000 worth of wire, copper and equipment, including nine forklifts, two dump trucks and scales.

Eight of the 10 cars were confirmed stolen.

Las Vegas police questioned and detained three people Wednesday but said no arrests would be made until the case is reviewed by the district attorney.

The search was the culmination of a three-month investigation that teamed Las Vegas police with the FBI, North Las Vegas police, Henderson police, city marshals and local businesses.


Man stabbed to death in July identified

A man who was fatally stabbed in the chest near D Street and Washington Avenue in July was identified by the Clark County coroner’s office Thursday as 26-year-old Eduardo Velasquez.

Velasquez’s city of residence was not known by the coroner’s office. He was found dead on the street about 1:30 a.m. on July 26.

Police also found a 30-year-old woman who had been stabbed in the leg near the scene. She was taken to the University Medical Center and released.

Detectives determined both people had been stabbed by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 47-year-old Ignacio Miranda, police said.

He was found in the 1100 block of Vernon Avenue, near Rancho Drive and Washington, and was booked on one count of murder with a deadly weapon on the day of the stabbing.

Miranda remained in the Clark County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon.


Alleged O.J. victim to remain in prison

One of two people alleged to be victims in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery case will remain behind bars on a California parole violation until after Simpson’s trial in Las Vegas, authorities said Thursday.

Jack Neil Swickard, attorney for collectibles peddler Alfred Beardsley, said a California parole board decided that Beardsley will still be in custody when he is called to testify at Simpson’s trial, set to begin Sept. 8.

Beardsley, 46, has been held at the California State Prison in Chino since his April 2 arrest on allegations he threatened Thomas Riccio, another witness in the case.

Riccio is a memorabilia broker who arranged an ill-fated meeting in September involving Simpson, Beardsley and several other people in a room at the Palace Station.

A prison spokesman said the parole board gave Beardsley an eight-month sentence, meaning he could be released in early December.


Ozone levels may be elevated today

Clark County air quality officials warn that ozone levels may reach unhealthful ranges today.

An ozone pollution advisory remains in effect throughout today. Current ozone levels aren’t unhealthful, but officials said weather conditions could trigger build-ups of ground level ozone.

When ozone levels are elevated, people are advised to limit strenuous outdoor activity, limit gasoline consumption and practice energy-efficient driving.

If unhealthful levels of ozone occur, Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management officials will post an alert on its Web site:

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