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Coroner Identifies Stabbing Victim

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who was stabbed to death Saturday as 44-year-old Rosaura A. Banuet of North Las Vegas.

The fatal stabbing happened in a home on Blue Rose Street near Washburn Road and Lawrence Street.

According to the coroner, Banuet died of multiple sharp force injuries.

North Las Vegas Police say Alberto Gutierrez is wanted for questioning in connection with the stabbing. Gutierrez, 47, is the husband of the victim. He was last seen leaving the house on foot wearing a blue shirt, black shorts and black sandals

Police Officer on Motorcycle Hit While on the Job

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas Metro Police motorcycle officer is in the hospital recovering from injuries after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday night.  Police say the driver of that truck was under the influence of a narcotic and is now under arrest.

"Our officer was hurt. He substantially shattered his wrist and had some contusions on his head," Sgt. Richard Strader said. "He's in UMC right now getting ready to go into surgery."

Strader says the motorcycle officer was heading eastbound on Lake Mead Boulevard  near Simmons Street when the pickup truck turned in front of him. He says the driver is now in the Clark County Detention Center . He also said he is glad his fellow officer is alive.

Safe Nest Donation Center Director Terminated

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Safe Nest has fired the man arrested on charges of forgery, open and gross lewdness, and sexually motivated coercion.

North Las Vegas police arrested Benedetto Vitale Tuesday after a 24-year-old woman told police that Vitale offered to sign off on her court-ordered community service if she performed a sexual favor on a weekly basis. Vitale was the non-profit's donation center director and was on administrative leave without pay pending an investigation.

A Safe Nest official said, after reviewing the crime report and declaration of arrest for Vitale, they decided to go ahead with the termination. The agency is currently conducting an internal investigation related to the incident.

the shelter for domestic violence victims says the donation center run by Vitale was separate from the shelter, and he had no access to the women or children using its services.

Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins

Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins


The Southern Nevada Health District is starting regular back-to-school shot clinics Wednesday

The immunization clinics will be held at the health district’s new home at 330 S. Valley View at Meadows Lane. The shots will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No other health district services will be available at the new building at this time.

Next week’s shot clinic is just the beginning of several clinics that will be held at various locations around the Las Vegas valley in the weeks leading up to the start of school. Many of the clinics will be low cost or no cost. For a complete list of clinics, go to snhd.com.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolled in public or private schools:

Man with Ties to Safe Nest Accused of Sexually Motivated Coercion

Man with Ties to Safe Nest Accused of Sexually Motivated Coercion

LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police arrested the director of Safe Nest domestic violence shelter's donation center on charges that he tried to coerce a woman into committing sex acts in exchange for court-ordered community service.

Police arrested 59-year-old Benedetto "Ben" Vitale Tuesday. The arrest came after a 24-year-old North Las Vegas woman reported that Vitale attempted to coerce her into committing sex acts in exchange for signing off on her community service hours.

The victim had gone to the nonprofit agency to arrange to work off her court-ordered service. She had reported to the donation center at 4208 Arcata Way to discuss her duties when the alleged incident happened.

Vitale was arrested on one count each of open and gross lewdness, forgery and sexually-motivated coercion. Detectives are investigating the possibility that additional victims may exist.

Police: Major Retail Theft Ring Busted

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Officers from Metro and North Las Vegas police, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, served federal and local warrants Wednesday morning in a retail theft ring case.

Police arrested businessman 54-year-old Amer "Sunny" Ramo at his store Sunny Liquor & Market near Lake Mead Boulevard and D Street. He is accused of buying stolen goods and reselling them. Police also arrested 35-year-old Nabiail Nagi "Nate" Dhalai who is facing charges of attempted possession of stolen property.

"For me, it's really a surprise, because, I know the owner," customer Maria Jimenez said. "He's real nice."

Metro Police Sgt. Bill Cassell said the suspects are accused of buying stolen cigarettes and alcohol and then reselling them. Cassell said kids were being recruited to steal the items.

Neighborhood Cleanup Targets Area Hit by Foreclosures

Neighborhood Cleanup Targets Area Hit by Foreclosures


Volunteers will come together Saturday to clean up a North Las Vegas neighborhood.

Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown will join residents to clean up the Delmonico from 8 a.m. to noon. Cleanup volunteers will meet near the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and June Street, just north of Carey Avenue.

The cleanup effort will consist of graffiti removal, red curb painting and litter removal.

The work will be followed by a free family reunion-style block party at Walker Park, 1509 June Street. The block party will feature food, games and prizes, while supplies last, donated by neighborhood businesses and nonprofit community partners.

The celebration will feature a community resource fair with exhibitors from social and family-oriented services.

The cleanup and celebration are intended to avoid neglect and blight in an area that has been hard hit by foreclosures.