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Suspect faces second murder charge

The man accused of firing into a crowd at Bob Baskin Park is facing a new murder charge.

Jessie James Cole, 21, was charged with an additional count of murder after the man he is accused of shooting and wounding, 19-year-old Christopher Luscombe, died Wednesday.

Luscombe had been in critical condition at University Medical Center for more than two weeks.

Cole, who appeared briefly Friday afternoon in Las Vegas Justice Court, was already facing a murder charge in the death of 18-year-old David Miramontes.

Authorities said Cole opened fire at the park June 8, hitting Miramontes and Luscombe. Authorities believe the shooting was in retaliation for a fight at a party that night.


Man, 54, arrested in stabbing death

A man was stabbed to death Tuesday evening, and a 54-year-old man was arrested and charged in the crime.

Neighbors told police they heard two men yelling in an apartment at 1500 E. Fremont St., near Maryland Parkway, about 7:30 p.m.

A few minutes later, a man, later identified as Jessic Stitt, went to a neighbor’s doors and asked her to call 911 because his roommate had been stabbed, according to Stitt’s arrest report.

Stitt told police that he and a man named Alfred Davis were playing cards in the apartment. He left and returned to find that Davis had been stabbed, according to the arrest report.

The report states that Stitt changed his story during the interview with police.

Officers arrested him and charged him with murder with a deadly weapon.

Davis, whose age was not available, died of his injuries while being treated at University Medical Center, the report says.


Man shot dead in alley; police seek information

A man was fatally shot in an alley behind an apartment complex near Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue on Friday.

Las Vegas police said they received a call about 12:05 a.m. that a man had been shot behind the apartments at 2305 E. Sunrise Ave. Officers arrived to find the man, estimated to be 25 years old, dead from gunshot wounds.

Witnesses said the victim had approached a large white four-door sport utility vehicle with chrome rims when an occupant in the vehicle fired several shots at the man, according to police.

The victim’s name was not available Friday.

Anybody with information on the crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 385-5555.


Woman fatally beaten during home robbery

A woman was killed during a robbery at her east Las Vegas home Friday morning.

Las Vegas police said the woman and her husband were having work done on their house, at 4432 Stewart Avenue, near Lamb Boulevard, when the husband left to get supplies from a hardware store.

When he returned about 10:30 a.m., he found the house ransacked and his wife facedown in a hallway leading to a side door of the house. She had been beaten, possibly with a crowbar, according to police Lt. Lew Roberts.

Police were searching for a suspect Friday. The woman’s name was not available.


Police take unloaded gun from student

A gun was confiscated Friday from a Coronado High School summer school student.

Clark County School District police Lt. Ken Young said police received a tip that the student had a gun and officers took it from him around 11:30 a.m.

The gun was not loaded and wasn’t used to threaten anyone, Young said.


Man who died of stab wounds is identified

A man who died from stab wounds Monday night at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center has been identified as 27-year-old Adam David Moreno Jr.

Moreno was dropped off at the hospital by a woman who called police around 11 p.m. asking for directions to the nearest hospital because she had a person in the car who had been stabbed.

Las Vegas police on Tuesday arrested 26-year-old Paul Morgan and 24-year-old Sergio Ramirez on charges of murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

According to their arrest reports, Moreno and the woman were visiting the Chicago Oasis apartments at 118 W. Chicago Ave., behind the Stratosphere, when Morgan and Ramirez attacked Moreno.


Man struck, killed by shuttle bus identified

A 48-year-old man who died after being hit by a shuttle bus downtown June 18 has been identified as Richard Edward Stanley.

Stanley was walking south on the sidewalk on Main Street about 9:15 p.m. He fell in front of the bus south of Ogden Avenue, police said.

He was taken to University Medical Center, where he died. The bus was driven by 58-year-old Robert Velasco.


Attorney chosen new court administrator

Edward Friedland has been selected as the new administrator for the District Courts. He is replacing Chuck Short, who is set to retire Aug. 29 after serving as court administrator for 17 years.

Friedland has served as the assistant court administrator since last year. He previously worked as the executive deputy commissioner for the New York State Division of Human Rights. He is the first attorney to serve as the county’s court administrator.

Friedland will be responsible for overseeing growth at the courthouse, for staffing needs, and for developing proposed legislation and administrative programs and procedures.

The County Commission must ratify him to the position.

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