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Las Vegas Review Columnist Arrested for DUI

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Review columnist John L. Smith was arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of driving drunk.

A Metro motorcycle officer said he pulled Smith over for texting and making an unsafe lane change on U.S. 95 near Ann Road. The officer suspected Smith had been drinking.

Smith did make bail on Sunday morning and was released.

 

First Day of Erik Scott Coroner's Inquest Finishes

LAS VEGAS -- The first day of the coroner's inquest into the death of Erik Scott outside a Summerlin Costco has finished. Seven jurors and four alternates are hearing the inquest.

The District Attorney has a list of 22 witnesses, but that could change. The Scott family attorney may ask to add a few as well.

"The jury's role is to determine whether the death was justifiable, excusable or criminal. Excusable death is accidental, justifiable is self-defense or defense of another against action that is apparent or dangerous. Anything outside those two is criminal," said prosecutor Chris Owens.

On July 10, Scott and his girlfriend were shopping at the Costco. Police reports said Scott started acting erratically and getting into arguments with store personnel about his concealed weapon.

Police Looking for Bar Robber

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are on the hunt for a man they say robbed four bars in the last month and may be responsible for a fifth.

Police say the suspect jumps the counter with a gun and demands money.

Police say the first robbery occurred on August 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the area of west Charleston and Jones. The second happened on August 16 at 10:20 a.m. in the area of Sahara and Valley View. The third robbery was on September 10 at 10:24 a.m. in the area of Rainbow and Sahara and the latest occurred on September 12 at 12:24 a.m.

Police say the suspect is a black male, 21 to 28-years-old, weighing 150 to 170 ponds with a moustache, a goatee and a tattoo on his right forearm.

Scott Family Not Allowed to View Coroner's Evidence

LAS VEGAS -- According to a letter sent from the Clark County Courts to the family attorney of Erik Scott, the man shot by police outside a Summerlin Costco, the family will not be allowed to view the evidence to be used at the coroner's inquest before the proceeding.

In the letter, Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino says county code does not "contain any language that would enable inspection of evidence before the time of the inquest."

Read the letter sent to Attorney Ross Goodman

The Scott family filed a motion with the court to allow a representative to view the police evidence before the inquest to better prepare for questioning of witnesses.

Erik Scott's Attorney Files Motion to View Evidence

LAS VEGAS --  Ross Goodman, the attorney for Erik Scott who was shot to death by Metro police, has filed a motion to review the evidence in this case.

Goodman filed the motion Wednesday to have Scott's family attend a pre-inquest hearing. The shooting is scheduled for a coroner's inquest on Sept. 22.

Scott was shot and killed by police on July 10, 2010 in front of the Summerlin Costco. The shooting set off a community controversy over police shootings and the coroner's inquest process.

The motion states that the State has the opportunity to bring any evidence or testimony before a coroner's jury, "regardless of whether it complies with the rules of evidence and without it being subject to cross-examination or rebuttal by the family."

Police Hunt Alleged Bank Robber

Las Vegas -- Las Vegas police are looking for a man who robbed a bank near Lake Mead Blvd. and Anasazi Drive.

Police say on the afternoon of September 7, a man entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect then fled the scene after getting an unknown amount of money.

Police say the suspect is a white male or possibly Middle Eastern in decent. He is 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Police say the man is also balding.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591 or call CrimeStoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Tips called into CrimeStoppers that lead to an arrest or indictment may result in a cash reward.

Las Vegas Ranks Near the Bottom for Safe Drivers

LAS VEGAS -- A new report ranks Las Vegas drivers among the worst in the nation. According to Allstate Insurance, Las Vegas ranks 144 out of 200 of the largest cities in the country.

I-15 is said to be one of the dangerous stretches of roadway leading in and out of the valley. But the report takes data from all accidents, both fatal and non-fatal, from the highways local roads and parking lots.

See where all 200 cities rank

An Allstate spokesperson says the rankings determine how likely it is for a driver in Las Vegas to be involved in a collision. Speed along with texting or talking while driving are often factors in crashes because drivers are simply not paying attention.