Las Vegas has no need for more people who lack personal integrity

All roads lead to Las Vegas, but some days you’d like to close them.

A Washington man sentenced to 11 years on a child sex conviction decides to go on the lam. And where does he turn up?

Las Vegas, of course.

Dusty Chambers of Tacoma, convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl, is being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals Service made it two-for-two in the kiddie pervert apprehension department this week when they picked up Vancouver, Wash., resident Robert Eldred as he arrived at McCarran Airport. Eldred is wanted on an outstanding warrant accusing him of first-degree child rape.

Perhaps one day some intrepid social scientist, or enthusiastic true-crime writer, will figure out the real reasons so many sleaze balls and killers on the run travel so far just to reach Las Vegas.

It’s been argued that they seek the anonymity they believe Las Vegas provides, but it’s hard to imagine an American city with more camera surveillance and security presence.


ALL ROADS II: While we’re on the subject, the legal odyssey of Tennessee Titans player Adam "Pacman" Jones continues. Now it appears he has even more at stake as he prepares to face felony coercion charges in Las Vegas later this month. Jones was on the scene Feb. 19 during the shooting at the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club, which left bouncer Tom Urbanski paralyzed from the waist down.

But Jones’ Las Vegas troubles are giving authorities in other jurisdictions an opportunity to revisit some of his many previous police problems. Although his attorney has argued that the Las Vegas charges are "based on hearsay," at least some of the evidence is based on videotape that places Jones in the company of those alleged to have had a direct role in the shooting.


CORRUPTION PROBE: With real estate consultant Don Davidson on trial in U.S. District Court on conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering charges in connection with the sleazy backroom dealings that resulted in the rezoning approval of a CVS Pharmacy, readers are animated about how much jail time corrupt former County Commissioner Erin Kenny should receive and whether there’s more action to be taken in the case.

Reader Sy Bensky writes, "In light of all of the illegal activity that took place in order to secure the zoning changes to permit the construction of the CVS Pharmacy at Desert Inn Road and Buffalo Drive, would it not be proper to revoke the zoning change, make them remove the store and restore the land to its original condition?

"It would certainly make developers think twice in the future."


TEXT BOOK PERFORMANCE: There’s an old saying about how those who can’t do, teach. It appears Blair Rodman can do both.

Rodman, arguably one of the most gifted gamblers around, won the recent World Series of Poker $2,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament, with its $707,898 first prize. Rodman shares some of his strategy as co-author of "Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournaments."

Rodman defeated Amato Galasso of Ridgewood, N.J., who won $448,808.


LIFE IN TUNE: No retirement for entertainer Mike Corda. Now approaching 86, Corda plays the piano regularly and continues to polish his musical, "The Devil, the Damsel, and Demon Rum." Sounds like a natural for Las Vegas, no?

Corda’s name was placed in the Congressional Record by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid for penning "America, I Love You So," which sounds like a natural around Independence Day.


FRUITY GESTURE: The Nevada Immigrant Coalition delivered baskets of fruit to federal buildings in Las Vegas and Reno on Thursday morning to show appreciation for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts at attempting to pass "just and fair immigration reform."

At this rate, the coalition will have to send him a whole orchard if meaningful immigration reform legislation ever actually becomes law.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. John Ensign’s offices received boxes of lemons to represent the coalition’s dismay over his position.


ON THE BOULEVARD: In a town that parties around the clock, the controversial Crazy Horse Too was closed on the Fourth of July, perhaps out of respect for the holiday, but as likely because city officials recently pulled its liquor license.

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VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System hosts Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ
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The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
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