Las Vegas producer loses model to Playboy

Las Vegas infomercial producer Ben Kalb recently lost a newly signed model to “a better offer.”

Kalb had signed her up to model a back exerciser for an infomercial shoot shortly after their introduction at the Playboy “Playmate of the Year” party at the Palms in May.

Plane tickets were purchased, and a daylong shoot was set for July 19.

Plans changed though on June 27 when Kalb received an email while he was in Europe.

The model said she had to cancel, unfortunately, “as something’s come up with Playboy and they, of course, take precedence.”

Hours later, Kalb connected the dots.

Thirteen days after breaking the news on Twitter that bride-to-be Crystal Harris had left him, Hugh Hefner jumped on Twitter for another announcement.

“Shera (Bechard) is both our November 2011 Playmate & my new girlfriend,” he tweeted.

“I can’t blame her,” Kalb said. “It was a better offer. It will advance her career as well as her social life.”

Bechard, 27, a native of Canada, starred in the 2009 thriller “Sweet Karma” as a pole-dancing Russian girl who exacts revenge for the death of her sister.

A LAMB TALE

Straight-shooting Las Vegas lawman Ralph Lamb was never shy about cutting to the chase.

In this case, a chase with a twist.

A character right out of Hollywood’s Central Casting, the former sheriff, 84, was among six decades of sheriffs honored last week at the 30th anniversary dinner of the Injured Police Officers Fund.

Upon receiving his plaque from Sheriff Doug Gillespie, the laconic Lamb brought down the house at the Palace Station ballroom.

Lamb said he was chatting with former Sheriff Bill Young, who recalled a high-speed chase with a partner.

Once they finally pulled over the speeding car, they recognized the elderly man driving as a neighbor, Lamb said.

Asked for an explanation, the driver offered an explanation, Lamb said.

“Well, you know six months ago, my wife ran away with a highway patrolman, and I thought you guys were bringing her back.”

The fund, which covers law enforcement officers from 10 area agencies, has been substantially aided over the years by Las Vegas gaming pioneer Kirk Kerkorian, one of Lamb’s best friends.

See event video here: http://bit.ly/qNhHZ6

SIGHTINGS

Justin Bieber and his father, Jeremy Bieber, in town for UFC 132 on Saturday, stayed in the penthouse suite in the Paradise Tower at Hard Rock Hotel. Their room service order included pizza, chicken wings, garlic knots and churros. … Jerry Lewis was on the telephone Wednesday to correct a point of pride: Since he has been associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the fundraising tally is $2.4 billion. Dang right he’s proud of it. “Took me 61 years,” he said. The “more than $1 billion” I mentioned in Wednesday’s column was raised since he began hosting the telethon in 1966. He officially retires as host after his finale Sept. 4 at the South Point.

THE PUNCH LINE

“I think the jury from the O.J. Simpson trial retired and moved to Florida.” — Jay Leno, after the acquittal Tuesday of Casey Anthony, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

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