New Downtown Alcohol Ordinances, Fremont Street Experience

You’ve seen it once. You’ve seen it a thousand times. Drunken shenanigans on Freemont Street. Whether it be tourists from Kansas City in town for a bachelor party, local Zappos techies celebrating the weekend, or spandex-wearing eccentric wanders talking to themselves with margaritas in hand, Downtown Las Vegas takes all kinds. The problem, as observed by the Las Vegas City Council, is the escalation of aggressive behaviors occurring on the Fremont Street Experience due to the abundance of cheap booze coupled with obnoxious souvenir hustlers, photograph takers, and other vendors and performers looking to make a quick buck off the wobbling drunkards. As reported by the LVRJ, Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, told the council, “I don’t want to belabor what we’re seeing on TripAdvisor.” Stevens was referring to a barrage of comments left on the popular travel site/blog by individuals who said they’d never return to downtown Las Vegas because it was so disgustingly sleazy. Also reported by the LVRJ, Boyd Gaming lobbyist Russell Rowe, commented on the low return rate of Hawaiian visitors to Las Vegas. “The bottom line is our Hawaiian guests are not flying back and if they do, they’re not staying downtown,” Rowe said. The council discussed an alcohol ordinance which included some of the following, as they relate to downtown Las Vegas, specifically, Freemont Street: ■ No single servings of alcoholic candy, jello shots or other products not considered beverages can be sold. ■ No containers of malt liquor and beer larger than 32 ounces can be sold. ■ No beer higher than 11 percent alcohol can be sold....

Suspects Arrested in Henderson Marijuana Bust

A Las Vegas task force seized 114 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $342,000 from a home in Henderson’s Seven Hills community, reported a Metro Officer. Darren Witty, 39, and Jolie Nevius, 38, were arrested and accused of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Doyle Williams, 46, was arrested in connection with a parole violation. Metropolitan Police Department detectives with the SCORE Marijuana Task Force conducted the operation. Las Vegas task forces are cracking down on drug users, distributors, and growers in the Las Vegas Valley, in an effort to lower the crime rate and keep the streets clean. If you have been arrested and charged with a drug-related crime in Las Vegas, call the Law Office of Mark Coburn today for a free consultation at (702) 382-2000. Attorney Mark Coburn is a reputable and experienced Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney specializing in Criminal Defense, including Las Vegas Drug Charges, and Las Vegas DUIs. Mr. Coburn will provide your case with personal and attentive care to ensure the least amount of stress and inconvenience possible. We look forward to assisting your needs. Oops! We could not locate your...

Dangerous Domestic Violence Altercations

Dangerous Domestic Violence Altercations An unfortunate trend is hitting the Valley. Police are labeling this trend: “dangerous domestic violence altercations”, and the problem has grabbed the attention of the Las Vegas population. One such offender, Troy White, turned himself in to Metro after being named suspect in his wife’s death earlier that afternoon. He is being held in custody and questioned by authorities. His wife was shot in the chest near her home near Alta and Buffalo… while her five children listened on– in the house at the time of the shooting. In another morbid case, detectives named Alburto Gutierez as a suspect in the brutal stabbing death of his wife. Once again, the children were just several feet away from the murder as it took place in the couple’s Las Vegas home. There is also Mario Alejandro Lopez, currently jailed for stabbing his ex-wife and their son. The son has since recovered, however, his ex-wife is still in critical condition at University Medical Center. Each of these cases occurred in the past month, and each is accompanied by another disturbing trend. The Shade Tree Shelter has been busier than ever as victims of domestic abuse continue to line up at the door. Just in the past three months, there have been 1,500 new clients– mostly women and children seeking refuge from terribly abusive relationships at home. The Executive Director of the Shade Tree Shelter, Marlene Richter, states that, “Nevada is number one in homicide rates for spouses killing their wives.  It’s up to us to turn that statistics upside down.  Children and families are at stake.  Everyone needs...

Independent Vendors on Strip Targeted

As you may or may not have noticed, an uprising of water-sellers, t-shirt pan handlers, CD hustlers and other self-described “broke” folk have been doing their best to make a fast buck on the Las Vegas Strip. With the economy in its current state, can you really blame them? Unfortunately, as city zoning would have it, selling anything on the Las Vegas Strip is strictly illegal (unless you are a casino, of course)… and if you are caught in the act by Metro (who are now trolling the strip undercover), you could be fined, jailed, or face other severe penalties. Sadly, many of the individuals recently cited and arrested for selling water and other such goods on the strip were unaware that their activities were illegal. They had seen the hoards of men handing out free porn materials, and assumed that selling good and health bottled water would not turn any heads. Well, this is Vegas. A free picture of a naked woman with her legs spread is more acceptable than paying for a small gulp of the vital life-force liquid itself. Dramatically stated, but true. Dozens of people have been recently ticketed due to the new county ordinance aimed at clearing the strip of independent vendors. The new law took effect last month, and according to county business license agents, “It enhanced our ability to conduct enforcement.” The county agents also said that their office has increased plain-clothed business license agents are patrolling the Strip until 1 a.m. each day. So, in effect, both business agents AND Metro are on the look-out of vendors. Beware. Also outlawed on...

Bad Neighborhoods + People Walking to the RedBox machine at Night = Reason for Suspicion

  How would you feel about getting pulled over while strolling down your sidewalk at night? This frustrating experience has happened twice to my partner and I, in our very own Las Vegas neighborhood. When we relocated to the West side of town, at the edge of Summerlin, we didn’t think we needed to do much research beforehand. We’d found a decent condo, were pleased that the location was near several major highways, and we signed our lease. Little did we know, we had moved into an extremely dangerous zone in Las Vegas and would be constantly battling for a moment’s peace among the sounds of the choppers in the sky at night (‘ghetto birds’, they’re called), the constant police sirens, and the domestic shout-outs at 2 a.m. All this we managed to laugh off over the months, and we even light-heartedly brushed off two attempted car thefts, a burglary, and odd circumstances such as a young woman jogging with a baseball bat in hand. “You never know,” she said. But where we drew the line and began to really reconsider our location, was when we discovered we could not even walk to the RedBox on the corner at night to return a DVD without getting pulled over.  Yes, we were quite literally pulled over on the sidewalk. “Why are you out here?” the officer began the interrogation. “We’re returning a DVD.” “In this neighborhood?” “Yes, is that okay? There’s a box right over there.” “You’re walking to the box?” “Yes. Why are we being stopped?” “People don’t normally walk around at night out here. I’m going to have...

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