Clark County Family Court Judge Steven Jones and five others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a $3 million investment fraud scheme.
The FBI and Las Vegas police executed search warrants Wednesday at the longtime judge’s Henderson home in connection with the 20-count indictment, which was returned last week. Investigators seized computers and paperwork.
Jones, 54, was first elected to Family Court in 1993. He is accused of using his office to carry out the scheme, which authorities allege began in 2002.
Jones pleaded not guilty Thursday to the slew of felony charges. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stand trial Jan. 8.
By law, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline must suspend Jones with pay while he is under indictment.
A District Court spokeswoman said Jones has taken a leave of absence.
Police shoot man
A man suspected of wounding a man outside a south valley retail store was fatally shot a short time later by Las Vegas police.
The Metropolitan Police Department said the man, later identified as Ronald James Morrison, 52, ignored officers’ commands, grabbed a handgun from his waistband and was shot by three officers.
It was the first of two police shootings last week. On Friday, Las Vegas police shot and killed a man holding a woman at knifepoint.
Gone in 30 minutes
Police said it took Akingide Cole less than 30 minutes to steal more than $1.6 million in chips from The Venetian, but it took the casino more than 22 hours to notice the theft.
Police released more details on the Oct. 10 theft after Cole, 31, of Palmdale, Calif., was arrested in Southern California.
He was to be extradited to Las Vegas to face charges.
Hot sequel: GTA Vegas
Las Vegas’ dream of becoming a high-tech hub could get a boost if the city closes a deal with the company behind popular video game titles "Grand Theft Auto" and "2K Sports" to open a branch downtown.
The city is dangling hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives to lure Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. to lease space for about 150 workers in an office building at 302 E. Carson Ave.
The jobs would complement the Downtown Project, a separate effort led by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to aid startup tech firms, small businesses and community projects.
Reid drivers blamed
The Nevada Highway Patrol said two drivers in U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s caravan were at fault for the multi-vehicle highway crash that sent the 72-year-old Democrat to the hospital with minor injuries on Oct. 26.
The Highway Patrol released a 14-page report on the chain-reaction crash on Interstate 15 northbound at Sahara Avenue. In it, authorities said two drivers in Reid’s motorcade, Michael William Percival of Washington, D.C., and Cory J. Mikkelson of Las Vegas, were cited for following too closely.
Voter fraud arrest
A wide-eyed woman was hauled away in handcuffs after arriving for work at the Riviera, accused by Nevada election officials of voter fraud.
With a host of invited media recording the scene, agents from the state’s multi-jurisdictional election task force arrested Roxanne Rubin, 56, and charged her with trying to vote twice in the general election, a felony.
The secretary of the state said Rubin voted Oct. 29 in Henderson.
It is alleged that later that day she appeared at a Las Vegas polling station and attempted to vote a second time.NUMBERS
Amount in ad money that has been spent per voter in Nevada by outside groups trying to influence the presidential race, according to NPR. That’s the most of any state.
Bags of candy Gov. Brian Sandoval handed out to trick-or-treaters Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion. The sweets were donated by Kimmie Candy Co. of Reno.
The hourly wage earned last week by Greg Merson, who won the 2012 World Series of Poker’s Main Event – and $8.53 million – after about 18 hours of final table play.
The number of hours earlier than you think it is right now, unless you remembered to reset your clock to mark the end of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. today.
"If this was four Nissan Altimas, we’d be finished by now, and I probably wouldn’t be getting any calls on it."
Sgt. Kevin Honea, Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman, when asked how long it might take to complete the investigation into the Oct. 19 crash on Interstate 15 that sent U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid to the hospital with minor injuries.
"We don’t do anything that’s secret. Everything we do is posted on the website the next morning."
Larry Lomax, Clark County Registrar of Voters, talking about the level of suspicion and paranoia surrounding this year’s presidential election. Lomax said someone at one early voting location has been carrying off the trash poll workers put out at the end of each night.
"Irresponsible and unfortunate."
Ross Miller, Secretary of State’s assessment of allegations from the Republican National Committee that faulty touchscreen voting machines in Nevada and five other states are selecting Barack Obama when voters try to vote for Mitt Romney.
"Thanks, but I don’t drink. I never want to do any of that, literally ever."
Greg Merson, turning down a free beer after winning the 2012 World Series of Poker’s main Event. Merson is a recovering drug addict who has been sober for almost a year.
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