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Woman Sentenced in Cab Driver Murder

Woman Sentenced in Cab Driver Murder

A judge sentenced a woman in connection with the robbery and shooting death of a Las Vegas cab driver.

Autumn Dawn Murry will spend between 16 and 67 years in prison for the murder and robbery of 30-year-old Tesfaye Arze. Arze was found dead near his cab, which was parked at Mt. Hood Street and Carey Avenue in March 2011.

Murry plead guilty to the charges this past March. Her accomplice in the crime, Felicia Mosley, also plead guilty.  

The crime apparently started when Murry and Mosley refused to pay Arze for the cab ride. Murray also used a gun to rob a convenience store before she got into the cab. 

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Resource Fair Offers Help for Families in Need

Resource Fair Offers Help for Families in Need

Homeless and low-income families in southern Nevada are invited to an event designed to help them find resources they need.

The Family Connect Summer Resource Fair will be hosted by Clark County at the East Las Vegas Senior Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue.

From 1 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, families can come to the center and talk with local agencies and organizations that provide help with childcare, housing, health care, jobs and more.

Event organizers are also looking for donations that will be handed out at the fair. Items like toys, first-aid kids, canned food, diapers, formula and personal hygiene items are needed. To donate, contact organizers at fortheleastofthese@cox.net.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help at the event. To register as a volunteer, go to volunteercentersn.org.

Child's Injuries Minor After Backed Into by Car

LAS VEGAS -- A 3-year-old child was hit by a car about 5:45 p.m. Monday in the 4300 block of Cy Cliffview Circle, near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.

A Metro Police officer said the driver of the car backed over the child and then left the scene.

The child's injuries appear to be minor and not life-threatening, the police said. The child was taken to Sunrise Hospital for treatment.

Jury Convicts Ninth Playboy Bloods Gang Member

LAS VEGAS -- A 30-year-old man on Monday became the ninth member of the Playboy Bloods street gang in Las Vegas to be convicted of racketeering and conspiracy charges, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

Jacorey "Mo-B" Taylor, 30, was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy charge, murder in aid of the racketeering enterprise, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, and two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. His crimes included the retaliation murder of a man in November 2004, according to the prosecution.

Another defendant, Markette Tillman, 31, is scheduled for trial on Sept. 23.

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Specialized Units Featured in Metro's First Tuesday

Specialized Units Featured in Metro's First Tuesday


Metro Police will be opening the doors of their area commands Tuesday for the First Tuesday meetings.

This month's meetings will have a unique focus. Metro's specialized units will be assigned to the eight different area commands. The Air Support Unit will be at the Southeast and Northeast Area Commands.

Other assignments:

  • Convention Center Area Command: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Downtown Area Command: K-9
  • Northwest Area Command: S.W.A.T.
  • South Central Area Command: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Enterprise Area Command: ARMOR
  • Bolden Area Command: S.W.A.T.

The units will talk about their specialized efforts to fight crime in the Las Vegas valley. The event starts at 7 p.m. After talking about the assigned topic, citizens will be able to talk to their local police officers about what is going on in their neighborhood.

Mom Sentenced After Son's Foot Run Over By Bus

Mom Sentenced After Son's Foot Run Over By Bus


A Las Vegas mom received a suspended sentence and five years fixed probation after her son's foot was run over by a bus.

The judge sentenced 31-year-old Kimberly Russi Wednesday in accordance with a plea deal reached in January. In December, her 6-year-old son was run over by a school bus near Las Vegas Boulevard and Walnut Road.

According to Metro Police, the boy suffered substantial but non-life threatening injuries. Police also said the boy stepped into the roadway when the bus pulled up to a bus stop.  

Russi was charged with child abuse or neglect with substantial bodily harm and child abuse or neglect because her son and his older brother were routinely sent to the bus stop by themselves. Her sentence includes a fine, counseling and parenting classes.

The family will also be under intensive supervision by Child Protective Services.

Checkpoint Planned for Friday Evening

Checkpoint Planned for Friday Evening


Metro Police will be looking for impaired drivers during a checkpoint event set for Friday night.

The checkpoint will be set up along Lamb Boulevard south of Charleston Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The area was chosen because of the high number of accidents involving impaired drivers that have happened there.

Officers will be out in force looking for people who are driving drunk or who are impaired by drugs. They want to get people off the road before they're involved in a crash.

Metro said it is part of an effort to reduce the number of DUI incidents on southern Nevada roads. So far this year, there have been 39 fatal accidents in Metro's jurisdiction.