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Former North Las Vegas Police Officers Acquitted

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County jury has acquitted two former police officers accused of falsifying a report and allegedly beating a casino patron.

Former North Las Vegas police officers James Balelo and Mark Miles were found not guilty on Friday. Miles and Balelo were both charged with false report by a public officer. Miles was also charged with oppression under the color of office.

Investigators say Miles beat a 31-year-old California man while he was in handcuffs at the Cannery Casino. The man had been detained by casino security after allegedly causing a disturbance and waving a bottle around a casino bar. The incident happened in late 2008.

Police say the victim didn't file a complaint, but a North Las Vegas Police Department patrol supervisor found inconsistencies in reports that Miles and Balelo submitted.

The men were fired from the NLVPD after an internal investigation.

Surveillance Video Released in Alleged Officer Beating

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- 8 News NOW has obtained surveillance video of an incident for which two former North Las Vegas Police Officers were fired, arrested, and put on trial. The pair were found not guilty of abuse of power on Friday.

Mark Alan Miles was accused of beating a California man and throwing him to the ground. It happened at the Cannery Casino in December of 2008. The man was thrown to the ground while handcuffed.

A second officer, James Balelo, was with Miles and both were accused of falsifying reports about the incident.

Watch the full video here

The two men were found not guilty on all charges, but the North Las Vegas Police Department says they maintain they made the right decision in firing both officers.

I-Team: Officer Who Claimed Badge Stopped Bullet Arrested for False Report

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A former North Las Vegas police officer who claimed his badge stopped a bullet now stands accused of making the whole thing up and endangering the public.

Former officer Bryan Kolstad turned himself in Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges related to his story. According to a police report, in February of this year, Kolstad claimed an unknown black man shot at him as he investigated gunshots coming from a North Las Vegas apartment complex. Kolstad claimed his badge stopped the bullet and that he returned fire, striking the suspect in the shoulder.

Read the police report against Bryan Kolstad

Thousands of Bees Cause Road Closure

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A truckload of bees caused the closure of a neighborhood near Alexander and Decatur.

The bees escaped from the semi-truck and began swarming around the neighborhood. Firefighters were called to the scene along with police. Firefighters were seen hosing down the truck and then driving it away with a full police escort.

According to the Las Vegas Fire Department, the driver of the truck pulled over to take a shower. The bees were left in the hot sun and became agitated.

The workers got the bees under control and sent the truck on it's way.

Police Targeting Motorcyclists and Drivers in Safety Campaign

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police are holding a motorcycle safety event this weekend targeting motorcyclists and car drivers.

Several motorcyclists have been killed recently on valley roads. North Las Vegas police say they will be saturating major thoroughfares looking for people speeding, driving aggressively, driving under the influence, and not wearing DOT approved helmets.

Second Arrest Made in North Las Vegas Teen Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say a second teenager has been arrested in the shooting death of a North Las Vegas 16-year-old last month.

North Las Vegas police say 18-year-old Joshua Jones was being held at the North Las Vegas jail following his arrest Tuesday on murder and attempted murder charges in slaying of Donald Troutman.

Police last week reported the arrest of 19-year-old Soloman Tremain White of Las Vegas, and canceled a search for two others they had said we sought in the shooting.

Troutman was shot May 26 while he was walking on Cross Ranch Street, near Fifth Street and Washburn Road.

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Ex-North Vegas Officer's Lawyer Protests Video

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An attorney who won acquittal for a former North Las Vegas police officer on a false report charge is protesting the release of a casino detention room surveillance video showing his client watching another officer throw a handcuffed man to the floor.

Attorney Richard Schonfeld on Wednesday called it "offensive" that the video was made public days after a Nevada jury found former officers James Balelo and Mark Alan Miles not guilty in the December 2008 incident.

"Egg is on the face of the North Las Vegas Police Department," said Schonfeld, who represents Balelo. "They should know when to stand down and respect the judicial process."

North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said the video was released in response to a Las Vegas television station public records request. Bedwell said the recording wasn't released earlier because the investigation was ongoing and then trial was pending.