Reporters’ Notebook

CNN’S CROTCHETY COMMENTATOR JACK CAFFERTY appears to have made his peace with the people of Nevada.

Cafferty was born and raised in Reno, where he had a childhood he calls “very dysfunctional, sometimes violent.” In a book he penned that was published earlier this year, he wrote, “My folks were alcoholics who, between them, were married 11 times. It would have been an even dozen, but my dad accidentally killed one of his fiancées.”

Reno, he wrote, was a place where weakness was not tolerated and you had to look out for yourself.

Last week, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer mentioned to his audience on “The Situation Room” that he’ll be in Las Vegas on Nov. 15 to moderate a Democratic presidential debate.

“That’s in the key state of Nevada, coming up, November 15. A lovely state indeed,” Blitzer said. “Let’s go to Jack Cafferty. He’s joining us for ‘The Cafferty File.’ Aren’t you from Nevada, Jack?”

Cafferty answered, “Indeed I am. And a lovely place it is. You be nice to my buddies out there when you go out to moderate that debate. Those are good people.”


A MAN’S THREE-HOUR STANDOFF WITH POLICE came to a sleepy conclusion on Oct. 26.

Officers and SWAT team members surrounded a home in the 4900 block of Harris Avenue around 10 a.m. after a man locked himself in his house and claimed to have enough explosives to blow up six homes.

Unable to negotiate with the man, police detonated a flash-bomb and entered the home.

There they found him passed out drunk.

No explosives were found at the residence.


PHOTOGRAPHS OF PROMINENT LAWMEN ADORN A LOBBY WALL at the North Las Vegas Police Department headquarters. But one photograph was missing last week: that of police Chief Mark Paresi.

Mayor Michael Montandon said Tuesday that Paresi will no longer serve as the city’s police chief. Some cited low morale for Paresi’s exit.

A local television journalist announced when the story broke that Paresi’s photo had been removed from the wall because of his dismissal.

Turns out the photo was taken down months ago, perhaps foreshadowing Paresi’s troubles. A person working at the desk told the Review-Journal it was removed by employees after someone defaced it.


LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST CRAIG FERGUSON told viewers he was in Las Vegas recently, had played some slots and won $350.

“I saw a Drew Carey game there,” said Ferguson, who played Nigel Wick, Carey’s boss, on “The Drew Carey Show.”

“You know you’ve made it when there’s a game named after you. It was called ‘The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet.'”

TWO PAROLE AND PROBATION OFFICERS WERE GRUMBLING last week how hard it is to track down the people they supervise. Even a parolee who was shot seven times in the leg and now uses a wheelchair can rarely be found at home, said officer Arpa Aghajani.

The young man apparently isn’t letting his disability hold him back.

He told Aghajani he’s “gonna make it like 50 Cent.”

“He’s out there bangin’ in a chair,” she said. “Ride or die.”


During the Darren Mack trial, a juror asked Family Court Judge Chuck Weller, whom Mack is accused of trying to assassinate, about any behavior Mack might have exhibited prior to the shooting that caused him concern.

The judge responded that he thought Mack might have been behind a ruse played on Weller two weeks before the shooting. Someone had taken out an advertisement in a local shopper magazine, advertising a bidding event for a Harley at the judge’s home on a Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

Weller went to the courthouse early that weekend morning to get some work done.

“My wife called me and said all these bikers were at our front door wondering where the auction was.”


DURING HALLOWEEN, PAROLE AND PROBATION OFFICER RICHARD AN couldn’t find a single sex offender at the home where he was registered. A woman dressed as a pumpkin answered one door.

“We kicked him out,” she said.

Offering the officer some candy, she explained they had made their friend leave the home, near Walnut and Craig roads, not because of his sexual assault conviction, but because they no longer wanted to abide by his probation terms, which prohibit possessing alcohol. She then showed the officer a newly built bar in her living room.


ON WEDNESDAY, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SHIRLEY BARBER was telling a reporter about how School Board President Ruth Johnson was rude to a 60-year-old woman during an Oct. 25 public meeting. At that meeting, Rose Moore initially was denied the chance to speak by Johnson. Moore claims Johnson’s actions led to her being roughed up by police and to having a heart attack because of the stress.

Barber said Johnson was out of line during the meeting.

Johnson would never get away with speaking to her in the tone she spoke to Moore, Barber claimed.

“I can deal with her. She was actually being rude to me (earlier in the meeting). But if she gets too rude, she’ll be crying again.”

Barber was referring to a meeting in December 2006 in which she and Johnson got into an argument. During that meeting, Johnson said she had developed a thick skin after more than 10 years on the board, but then began to cry.


Henderson police bodycam footage of officer-involved shooting
Henderson police released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in a grocery store parking lot at 2667 Windmill Parkway on Aug. 12, 2018. (Henderson Police Department)
Bicyclist suffers major head trauma in hit-and-run
A bicyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a Thursday morning hit-and-run crash near the school formerly known as Agassi Prep. Police said the bicyclist was hit by a white SUV, which fled the scene. The injured man suffered multiple injuries including major head trauma. As of 9 a.m., Lake Mead remained closed between Martin Luther King and Revere Street while police investigate.
Las Vegas artist Dave Dave dies at 42
Dave Dave talks about his art and his life in 2016. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dave Dave, whose dad set him on fire in 1983, dies
Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, died at Sunrise Hospital on July 15. He was 42. When he was 6, Dave's father tried to kill him by setting him on fire. He was given a sleeping pill and his bed at a Buena Park, California, motel was doused with kerosene. “I remembered being in a lot of pain,” Dave told the Review-Journal in 2016. “When stuff happens to you at that young of an age, you tend to block it out, but I remember the pain was excruciating.” Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, became close friends with Michael Jackson, who met him after the attack, which burned more than 90 percent of his body. “I wanted to meet him, and he wanted to meet me, and that just turned into a lifelong relationship that never ended,” Dave said. “It was amazing being friends with Michael Jackson. He was an amazing person.” Dave attended ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, and collaborated with various artists around Las Vegas, eventually selling his art to private collectors. Despite his challenges, he continued to live, thrive and create. Dave Dave
Homicide detectives investigate woman's death
Las Vegas police were called to Tahiti Village Resort early Wednesday after calls that someone had been shot. Police found a woman’s body between a parking garage and boiler room on the resort's property. A guest first reported hearing gunfire. There are no witnesses, but police will examine surveillance videos and look for clues. The woman was not identified, but a purse was found near the body. She did not appear to be a guest at the resort.
LVMPD Discusses Ross Dress for Less Shooting
LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank discussed the 15th officer-involved shooting of the year at a press conference at Metro headquarters on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The active-shooter incident took place at the Ross Dress for Less store at the 4000 block Blue Diamond Road in the south Las Vegas Valley. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County School Board president Deanna Wright on travel expenses
Clark County School Board President Deanna Wright says she followed proper expense protocol in trip to Florida last year.
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Shooting leaves 1 dead in southeast valley
A man was found fatally shot in the doorway of a squatter apartment after an argument ended in gunfire on Sunday night. Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. to the Silver Pines apartments and discovered the man in a breezeway in one of the buildings. The wounded man died at the scene, despite the efforts of another person, who tried to administer medical aid. Witnesses saw a man and a woman flee the scene, but were unable to give police a clear description.
North Las Vegas unveils new school crosswalk
North Las Vegas councilman Isaac Barron talks about the new school crosswalk in front of CP Squires Elementary School Monday, August 6, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
LVMPD Briefing on OIS #13
Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly held a press conference to discuss details of the 13th officer-involved-shoot for the department in 2018. Video shows the moments before the suspect was shot. The shooting, which has been edited out, occurred as the suspect lunged at an officer outside the apartment. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sedan and semitrailer collide in south Las Vegas
An early Wednesday morning crash has left one person in critical condition. A sedan and semitrailer collided around 4 a.m. at the corner of Spencer Street and Serene Avenue. Police do not believe impairment is a factor in the crash. Spencer has been blocked off north of Serene while police continue their investigation.
Cybersecurity Professionals Flock to Las Vegas for Black Hat
Black Hat USA, the largest annual cybersecurity conference, is expecting a record 17,000 attendees during its six-day run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week. One thing attendees have in mind is making sure they don't get hacked while they're there. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Police chase ends with suspects captured in east Las Vegas
An early Tuesday morning chase ended with a car crash in an east Las Vegas neighborhood. Police were pursuing the vehicle, which they say was involved in robberies in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, when the driver crashed at Owens and Statz Street. A man was taken into custody. A woman was ejected from a vehicle and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The intersection at Mojave Road and Owens Avenue was shut down while police officers searched for the suspect and investigated. The intersection will remain closed for most of the morning.
Record number participate in Touro University Nevada White Coat Ceremony
Three hundred sixty-five medical students received their white coats during the Touro University Nevada White Coat Ceremony at the M Resort in Henderson Monday. The ceremony was developed to honor students in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy as they accept the professional responsibilities inherent in their relationship with patients. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Stop for school buses, urges CCSD
Clark County School District Police Department hold a mock traffic stop at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Work Begins at Las Vegas Community Healing Garden
Crews moved the wooden Remembrance Wall at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden on South Casino Center Boulevard Monday. Construction on a permanent wall is set to begin within the week. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Man wounded outside Cottages apartment
Las Vegas police don't have a motive after a man was shot early Monday morning outside a northwest valley apartment. The man's mother called police to say her son had been shot. She called police around 1:15 a.m. Other people were inside the apartment but no one else was injured. Police are still looking for the shooter.
Ride new Interstate 11 segment in one minute
Interstate 11 opens to the public Thursday, providing sweeping views of Lake Mead, art deco-style bridges and a mural illustrating the construction of Hoover Dam. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Miss El Tiempo 2019
Miss Teen El Tiempo and Miss El Tiempo 2019 were crowned at Sam's Town Saturday, August 4, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Las Vegas Woman Raises Awareness for Anxiety and Depression
Cassi Davis was diagnosed with anxiety and depression after the birth of her second child. After seeking help and support, she felt that there wasn't enough for support for those living day in and day out for those with mood disorders. She created the Crush Run, set for Sept. 22, to raise money for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and bring together a community of people who live with the same conditions she does. (Madelyn Reese/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
North Las Vegas marks the opening of Tropical Parkway connector
The City of North Las Vegas, Nevada Department of Transportation and other partners celebrated the opening of the Tropical Parkway connector to Interstate 15 and the Las Vegas Beltway. The stretch of road will make access easier for distribution centers for Amazon, Sephora and other companies moving into an 1,100-acre industrial area rising near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Bighorn sheep with West Temple in background at Zion National Park
A bighorn sheep walks through Zion National Park (National Park Service)
Adult Superstore location closes after 45 years
The Adult Superstore on Main Street has closed its doors for good after 45 years. The shop, which offered a multitude of adult toys, novelty items and movies, opened in 1973. Four other locations remain open. A note on the front door tells customers, “We can’t fully express our sorrow.” Adult Superstore was awarded Best of Las Vegas adult store by the Review-Journal in 2016 and 2017 .
Funeral held for Las Vegas corrections officer
Department of Public Safety Correctional Officer Kyle Eng died July 19 after a fight with an inmate at the Las Vegas Jail. A funeral was held for Eng at Canyon Ridge Christian Church Monday, July 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What Back-To-School Shopping Is Like For a CCSD Parent and Teacher
Laura LeBowsky, a CCSD special education teacher and mother of two, set out to shop for her children's supply lists at her local Walmart and Target. She was looking for deals to try to keep the total under $150, while also allowing Chloe, 8, and Brady, 6, some choice in what they wanted. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @MadelynGReese
Businesses struggle to fill food manufacturing jobs
Chelten House is a family-owned food manufacturing company from New Jersey. They created a facility in Vegas five years ago and have struggled to find experienced workers in the area. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LeBron heckler crosses line, altercation erupts
NBA superstar LeBron James, his wife, Savannah, and daughter Zhuri were at Liberty High School to watch Bronny James in action Wednesday night. But an unruly fan wearing a Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey heckled the newest Los Angeles Laker. The man screamed at event security with LeBron and his family about 150 feet away. The man had to be restrained, triggering a brief altercation with security. James and his family were escorted out a side door along with Bronny's team, the North Coast Blue Chips. Event officials canceled the game between the Blue Chips and Nike Meanstreets.
Las Vegas Oddities Shop in Downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas Oddities shop owner Vanessa VanAlstyne describes what's for sale in one of the weirder and wackier stores in Downtown Las Vegas. The store opened less than a year ago and carries everything from human bones to "rogue" taxidermy to Victorian death photography. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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