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Suspect in Multiple Robberies Sought by Metro Police

Suspect in Multiple Robberies Sought by Metro Police

A suspect wanted in connection with multiple robberies is being sought by Metro Police. 

On February 26, the man pictured entered a local business located on the 9000 block of W. Flamingo Road, confronted an employee and demanded money from the cash registers. The suspect was armed with a firearm and the employee complied with his demands. The suspect fled the business with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 50's or 60's, approximately 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, gray hair and a beard. This same person is suspected in at least four business robberies that occurred during the months of February and March 2011. Two of the robberies occurred in Las Vegas and two of the robberies occurred in Tucson, Ariz.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Robbery Section, at 828-3591. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Father of Murdered Man Offers Reward

LAS VEGAS -- It was straight talk to an unknown killer from the father of 22-year-old murder victim Michael Portaro.

"To our son's killer, and I hope you're watching this right now, my message to you is this: I only wish you knew Mikey before you took him away from us," Portaro's father Richard Portaro said. "I encourage you to turn yourself in to the police as soon as possible and be prepared to pay for the crime you've committed against our family."

Richard and Cynthia Portaro stood side by side, trying to contain their anger and grief.

"I just pray that wherever you are and whatever you're doing, that you will never do this again," Cynthia said. "I pray you can't sleep at night, and I just pray that someday you will have compassion for another human being."

Solar Carports Bring Las Vegas Sustainability

LAS VEGAS -- NV Energy presented the city of Las Vegas with a rebate check for $3.5 million dollars Monday. The money serves as recognition of the city's effort to install energy efficient solar panels at seven locations across the city. It was a project that cost $6.8 million dollars.

"As you are probably aware, Friday is Earth Day. So, it's fitting that we are celebrating the completion of a major project that's created new jobs in our community," Betsy Fretwell, Las Vegas City Manager, said while addressing a crowd Monday morning.

The solar panels are on carports at the following locations:

  • Mirabelli Community Center
  • Centennial Hills Community Center
  • Durango Hills Community Center
  • East Las Vegas Community Senior Center
  • Veteran's Memorial Community Center
  • All American Park
  • Ed Fountain Park

The project created 74 jobs across the Las Vegas Valley.

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

IRS YouTube Channel Provides Last-Minute Tax Tips

With Tax Day upon us, helpful tax-related information can be found on the IRS YouTube channel. The channel, which debuted in August 2009, features numerous IRS experts answering common and not-so-common tax questions.

The IRS YouTube channel is home to hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from how to choose a tax preparer to filing your taxes for free to checking on your refund.

Videos are posted in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. To date, there have been more than 1.7 million views.

Taxpayers can even subscribe to the channel to receive notice of new video offerings. In fact, the IRS will soon be featuring summertime video tax tips.

2 Vegas Officers in Fatal Costco Shooting Honored

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two Las Vegas police officers who fatally shot a 38-year-old man outside a membership warehouse store last year have been honored for their actions, prompting criticism from the man's family.

Officers William Mosher and Joshua Stark received honorable mention in the National Association of Police Organizations' Top Cops awards, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

A coroner's jury unanimously ruled the officers were justified in the July shooting outside a northwest Las Vegas Costco. The officers testified they shot Erik Scott while responding to a report about a man with two handguns acting erratically and destroying merchandise.

Chris Collins, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association and a member of the NAPO board of directors, said he nominated the two officers because of their heroism.

Girl Scouts Head Out on a “Capital Caravan”

Girl Scouts Head Out on a “Capital Caravan”

Bright and early, 13 Girl Scouts departed Saturday on a “Capital Caravan” that will take them to Carson City for six days of exploring advocacy and leadership activities.

On April 21, the girls will participate in Girl Scout Government Day. The girls will meet with their local representative to advocate issues important to girls in Southern Nevada. They will also sit with legislators during a floor session, as well as observe committee testimony in an effort to better understand our legislative system.

Another highlight of the trip is an environmental service project with the Nevada Department of Wildlife where the girls will either help to restore trails at the Oxbow Nature Study Area or install protective covers for tree saplings to ensure their survival.

The girls will tour the University of Nevada, Reno campus with an alumnae from Girl Scouts, and visit the planetarium and The Wilbur D.

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.