Just hours after Clark County officials served notice of a proposal to abolish the Las Vegas constable’s office, the man holding the elected post was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his county vehicle.
Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura was driving a county vehicle when he was stopped by the Nevada Highway Patrol Tuesday night.
Upon his release from jail Wednesday, Bonaventura disputed the police account of his arrest and hinted the whole thing was a “set-up” orchestrated by Assistant County Manager Jeff Wells and Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.
Giunchigliani has talked for weeks about abolishing the constable’s office, and now a proposed ordinance has been floated to do just that.
Since Bonaventura took office in 2011, he has attracted mounting criticism and controversy.
Booked, then banned
Troubled Assemblyman Steven Brooks was put on leave with pay and banned from the Legislative Building at the recommendation of an Assembly committee reviewing his conduct the past several weeks.
The move came one day after Brooks was arrested for the second time in less than a month, this time on charges of domestic battery and obstructing an officer.
Brooks could be expelled from the Legislature, something that has never happened in Nevada before.
Sahara face-lift begins
Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment secured the last piece of the $415 million in financing needed to transform the shuttered Sahara into the SLS Las Vegas.
Interior construction and exterior design work was set to begin on Wednesday. The 1,620-room boutique hotel-casino has a planned opening in fall 2014.
SBE and Stockbridge Capital Group of San Francisco have owned the site at the corner of the Strip and Sahara Avenue since 2007. The Sahara closed in May 2011 after 59 years in operation when the aging property was “no longer economically viable.”
There she goes
After six years in Las Vegas, the Miss America pageant is headed back to its longtime home in Atlantic City.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman Michael Drewniak confirmed the news of the pageant’s return.
Miss America moved to Las Vegas in 2006 in an effort to rebrand the company and the show amid waning interest and the loss of a longtime broadcast partner.
Caught in the crossfire
Two people injured in a Feb. 8 police shooting were innocent bystanders who were just trying to sell a car to a man who turned out to be a dangerous fugitive, Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed.
The 22-year-old man and his girlfriend were showing the car to Roberto Antonio Torres, 33, when the wanted man saw two Las Vegas police officers and opened fire on them.
The 22-year-old, whose name was not released, was shot in the shoulder by one of the officers and hospitalized in critical condition. The woman received “superficial injuries,” and it’s unclear whether she was hit by police gunfire.
hall may take tark
Jerry Tarkanian took a major step toward landing a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame by becoming a finalist for the Class of 2013.
Tarkanian, 82, coached 19 years at UNLV and guided the Rebels to four Final Fours and the 1990 national championship.
The 2013 class will be announced April 8 at the Final Four in Atlanta. The Hall of Fame induction weekend will be Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Mass.NUMBERS
The win-loss record in conference road games so far this season for the UNLV men’s basketball team. The Rebels’ overall record away from Las Vegas is 4-6.
Where Las Vegas ranks among America’s sexiest cities, according to a publisher of personalized erotic books. Only Atlanta and Seattle finished higher. Take that, Reno.
The asking price for the Searchlight Nugget Casino and much of the rest of Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown, which longtime owner Verlie Doing recently put up for sale.
The current number of Moapa dace, an endangered fish found only in one small area 60 miles north of Las Vegas. The population has almost doubled since last February.
“There’s that saying that special people see common things in uncommon ways, and he was able to look at the landscape and say, ‘There’s something here.’”
Talking about his uncle John Sealy Livermore, who died Feb. 7 in Reno at age 94. The geologist is credited with discovering Nevada’s Carlin trend in 1961. Since then, the ore body has produced More than 70 million ounces of microscopic gold and tens of thousands of jobs.
“That’s for somebody else, not me.”
Taking himself out of the running As a possible buyer for a big chunk of his hometown of Searchlight, though the Senate Majority Leader basically said the almost $5 million price tag for most of the town’s business district is a steal.
What Coach Dave Rice said to two UNLV fans as he walked toward the tunnel after the Rebels’ 71-56 loss on the road to Air force Wednesday.
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