4 busted in Reno burglary sting

December 1, 2014

Last week four men in their early-to-mid twenties were arrested for their part in a burglary-ring in Reno. This ring allegedly carried out at least 100 burglaries of homes and cars within the past month. These arrests followed an investigation by the Reno police as well as the Sparks police.

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The arrestees allegedly resold many of the stolen goods on Craigslist and similar websites. Authorities surmise that the people who bought the stolen items did not realize they had been illegally taken. Possession of stolen property is only a crime if the person knows...or should reasonably have known...that the merchandise was stolen.

The four suspects are facing several counts of burglary and theft. Their bail ranges from $20,000 to over $80,000. For more on this story, go to: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/4-men-arrested-reno-area-burglary-ring

Guilty verdict for man accused of killing 7-year-old in Las Vegas.

November 22, 2014

On Friday 36-year-old Markiece Palmer was convicted by a Las Vegas jury of murdering a 7-year-old child. In addition, Palmer was found guilty of two counts of abusing the victim, who was Palmer's wife's son. The victim's 2012 death was allegedly caused by Palmer slamming his head against a wall.

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The victim's mother faced murder charges as well but agreed to a plea deal where she plead guilty to two counts of child abuse and testified against Palmer. The prosecution alleged that Palmer repeatedly punished the victim for such transgressions as getting a poor grade or not studying the Bible. Palmer admitted to shaking the victim but not to the point of fatal injury.

Apparently a social worker at the victim's school contacted authorities about suspected child abuse, but they never followed up. Palmer's defense attorney tried to undermine the credibility of the victim's mother, who reportedly kept changing her rendition of events. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/man-found-guilty-death-7-year-old

Las Vegas gambler sentenced for cheating in California

November 17, 2014

This past Wednesday famous Las Vegas gambler Anargyros Karabourniotis (a.k.a. Archie Karas) was sentenced to three years probation in El Cajon Superio Court for cheating at gambling. Calling himself the "king of gamblers," Karabourniotis had entered a guilty plea to burglary for going in the Barona Casino in San Diego with the intention to cheat. He reportedly marked cards in the casino which allowed him to win more than $6,000.

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A Greek immigrant, Karabourniotis has reportedly won and lost $40 million dollars in gambling in Las Vegas in a three-year time span. He had been arrested four times previously in Nevada on allegations of cheating at blackjack, but was never sentenced to jail. His trademark accessory is a gold and diamond pinkie ring.

In the present California case, casino surveillance cameras recorded Karabourniotis's cheating. Prior to getting bailed out, he stayed in jail for 73 days. In addition to serving probation, Karabourniotis was sentenced to pay $6,800 in restitution to the Barona Casino. For more on this story, read: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gambler-cheat-casino-20141113-story.html

Man sentenced to death for Las Vegas double-murder

November 11, 2014

Yesterday, a jury in Clark County District Court sentenced 29-year-old Ralph Jeremias to death for a 2009 double-murder. Jeremias shot the victims execution-style with a 9mm handgun in a Las Vegas apartment. The jury deliberated only a few hours before delivering the verdict.

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Jeremias was convicted of the double-murder last week by the same jury. The jury also found him guilty of burglary and robbery. Jeremias claimed that the victims were already dead when he went to their apartment.

There were two witnesses in the case whose testimony damned Jeremias. They said he shot each victim several times. Reportedly, Jeremias had bought marijuana from one of the victims in the past. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/man-gets-death-penalty-2009-double-murder

Las Vegas teen arrested after 2 other teens are thrown from her car

November 3, 2014

On Friday, Las Vegas police arrested nineteen-year-old Alexandria Rae Garcia after two other teenagers were thrown off of the trunk of the vehicle she was driving. Garcia now faces dual charges for drunk driving resulting in substantial bodily harm. She faces additional traffic charges as well.

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The accident occurred close to the intersection of Sahara and Hollywood Boulevard after Garcia suddenly veered. They were coming back from an early morning bonfire in the desert. Police had Garcia perform field sobriety tests, which she failed.

The victims in this case are currently at University Medical Center. One suffered head trauma and is in critical condition, the other is in serious condition. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/woman-charged-after-2-men-thrown-top-moving-car


Elko man given life sentence for several rapes

October 27, 2014

Last week a District judge in Elko sentenced 77-year-old Grady Fisher to life in prison. He had been found guilty of several counts of sexually abusing young step-relatives. The crimes occurred in his Ryndon residence, which is a few miles northeast of Elko.

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The three underage victims reportedly visited Fisher's home during the summer, which is when the repeated rapes and sexual molestation transpired. He was ultimately convicted of 10 felonies and 4 gross misdemeanors. Fisher refused to admit guilt even at his sentencing.

Fisher is not eligible for parole for another 35 years. Considering Fisher's advanced age, it essentially amounts to a life sentence. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/nevadan-77-sentenced-life-rapes

Pahrump police chase suspect in suspect's own car

October 22, 2014

On Saturday, Nye County police arrested Pahrump resident David Plinske following a confrontation which culminated with him driving off in a cop car and officers chasing him with Plinske's own car. He also allegedly wrestled a cop and egged on the police, even telling them to shoot him. Police were already familiar with Plinkse from previous encounters and knew him to act erratically.

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This latest incident began with police pulling over Plinkse for driving close to 100 mph in a 35 mph zone on state Route 160, and it ended near the Parhump Courthouse. Since the police saw Plinkse was unarmed, they elected not to use firearms on him and instead employed pepper spray. The officers have been commended by the Nye County Sheriff for showing restraint.

Bail was set at $20,000, and Plinske bonded out on Monday. He will be charged with various felonies including intimidating police officers, auto-theft, and possession of a stolen vehicle. For more information on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/nye-county-officer-suspect-swap-cars-during-wild-chase

Vegas man gets probation in pawn-shop robbery

October 14, 2014

Yesterday Victor Park was sentenced in Las Vegas to three years of probation for shooting 21-year-old Thomas Cola to death in 2006. Video surveillance video shows Cola entering Park's pawn shop, where Cola then stole a Cartier watch. Park shot at Cola as he ran away, killing him.

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Cola had a substantial criminal record, and on the night of his shooting, he was reportedly high on cocaine and employed fake identification in order to get Park to show him the watch. Park had been robbed years earlier, during which he sustained a bullet in his head. Cola was not armed the night of this robbery.

Park was initially charged with murder for killing Cola. In June Park submitted an Alford Plea to voluntary manslaughter, which means he admitted no guilt but acknowledged the prosecution could prove murder. The judge had the discretion to impose up to 6 years in prison. For more on this story, go to: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/pawn-store-owner-gets-probation-killing-robber

Former cop found guilty in car crash that killed a Nevada woman

October 7, 2014

Last week an Albuquerque jury found former New Mexico policeman Adam Casaus guilty of two misdemeanor counts of careless driving. The February, 2013 incident resulted in the death of 21-year-old Nevadan Ashley Browder. The wreck also seriously injured Browder's sister Lindsay.

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Apparently Casaus ran a red light and crashed into the SUV that Lindsay Browder was driving. Casaus claims that at the time he was attempting to catch up to an alleged drunken driver. However, there are no records of a DUI in that area at the time of the accident. Casaus will be sentenced on December 5, 2014 and may be jailed for up to 90 days.

Ashley Browder used to be in an Air National Guard unit located in Reno. She had graduated from Douglas High School in Minden in 2009. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/ex-cop-convicted-nevada-woman-s-death

Former Las Vegas chiropractor busted for multi-million dollar fraud scheme

October 1, 2014

This morning a 53-year old former chiropractor from Las Vegas pleaded not guilty in Nevada Federal Court to wire fraud and conspiracy. Robert Buckhannon is accused of a scheme to defraud hedge fund investors out of $34 million. He remains out of custody on his own recognizance pending his December trial.

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The government accuses Buckhannon of comingling money from hedge fund investors for three years starting in 2008. He is also accused of stealing some of the money to give to his family and friends. $60,000 of the money went towards an engagement ring for his fiance.

Currently Buckhannon is not considered a flight risk because his passport has expired, and he has only $300 in the bank. Federal prosecutors have also summoned 66-year-old Terry Rawstern to appear in court, an alleged co-defendant in the case. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/ex-lv-chiropractor-arrested-34m-fraud-scheme

Henderson man gets 2 years for pointing laser at Metro helicopter

September 23, 2014

Today a federal judge sentenced Henderson resident James Zipf to two years in prison for aiming a laser at Las Vegas Metro police helicopters this past January and February. After his incarceration, the thirty-year-old is required to submit to substance abuse and mental health treatment as well as three years of supervised release. Zipf expressed his remorse for his actions, which threatened the lives of the people aboard the helicopters.

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In June, Zipf pleaded guilty to one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. In return for his guilty plea, the remaining five charges against him were dropped. His actions caused a pilot to become disoriented and end his shift early. He was convicted for the same crime once before in 2011 in Arizona.

Zipf is currently out of custody on his own recognizance and must turn himself in to serve his prison sentence by December 30, 2014. He claims to have been clean of methamphetamine for 7 months, following an 11 year addiction. For more on this story, read: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/man-gets-federal-prison-time-laser-pointer-case.

Clark County family court judge pleads guilty to fraud

September 17, 2014

Today a suspended Clark County family court judge entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to carry out wire fraud, stemming from an investment scheme worth close to $3 million. In return for Judge Steven Jones entering the plea, several related charges were dismissed. Jones has also promised to step down from his judgeship and give up his bar card.

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Jones' sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2015, where prosecutors will ask that he be sentenced to prison for no longer than 27 months. At that time the judge will also determine restitution. Had Jones gone to trial instead and been found guilty, the judge could have imposed a 12 year prison sentence.

Jones' is one of six defendants indicted two years ago in this fraudulent scheme. Four are pleading guilty today, and one entered a plea last month. The fraud allegedly spanned ten years, and the defendants reportedly deceived people to lend them money in order to buy property and water rights. For more on this case, go to: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/suspended-family-court-judge-jones-pleads-guilty-26m-fraud-scheme