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Las Vegas police: Man threatened Trader Joe's employee with corkscrew

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man is accused of threatening a Trader Joe’s employee with a corkscrew during a theft Monday, prompting a large police response, they said.

Adam McKay, 31, faces charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary of a business, records showed.

Officers responded to the Trader Joe’s in Downtown Summerlin around 9:30 a.m. Monday for a report of a man, armed with a corkscrew, who stole a bottle of wine.

An employee said they witnessed McKay put the bottle in his pocket and then threaten an employee with the corkscrew, police said.

An employee said McKay had asked staff about the location of corkscrews in the store before taking one and confronting the other employee in a “fighting stance,” police said.

Police said McKay then left the store “chugging the wine.” Officers later found McKay hiding under a stairwell, they said... Read More

Crews contain brush fire near Griffith Observatory: LAFD

The Los Angeles Fire Department contained a small brush fire in Griffith Park Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was initially 50 feet by 100 feet in size and was located south of Griffith Observatory near the Boy Scout Trail, the Fire Department announced in an alert about 2:45 p.m.

By 3:25 p.m., the fire had grown to four acres, the LAFD said in an update, though half an hour later, the blaze was contained at six acres by 92 firefighters.

"Nearly all active flame has been eliminated and forward progress stopped after one hour and twelve minutes," the department said... Read More

Steve Wynn misused Trump connection, DOJ alleges

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Steve Wynn used his access to President Donald Trump and other administration officials to lobby on behalf of the Chinese government, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Announcing a civil action against Wynn, the Justice Department said it will use the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for the first time in more than three decades.

Wynn is accused of making requests on behalf of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and a senior Chinese official to cancel the visa "or otherwise remove from the United States a Chinese businessperson who left China in 2014," according to a Tuesday DOJ news release. The businessperson has been identified as Guo Wengui, a real estate tycoon living in exile in New York... Read More

Breeze Airways bringing nonstops to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Breeze Airways, a low-fare airline based in Utah, is ramping up nonstop flights out of Las Vegas to nine U.S. destinations as the summer travel season begins.

The first nonstop begins June 9 to Richmond, Virginia, and the most recent announcement includes a nonstop to Provo, Utah, for $29 (one-way) beginning Oct. 5. Check the Breeze Airways website for prices and availability. The full list, with launch dates:... Read More

Suspect in death of Dotty's manager arrested in California

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A suspect is in custody in Southern California for the murder of a manager of a Dotty's Casino, according to Las Vegas police.

Casino manager Alicia Gibellina, 60, was killed on May 11 when she ran after a thief who stole a customer's purse and ran into the parking lot. As the suspect was fleeing the parking lot, he ran over Gibellina, killing her.

Metro police Lt. Ray Spencer told the 8 News Now I-Team the suspect was taken into custody Monday night.

“As a result of evidence gathered at the scene of the crime, officers were able to identify a suspect. That suspect was tracked to a residence in Southern California. He was taken into custody last night and Metro homicide investigators are in California continuing the investigation and executing search warrants,” Lt. Spencer said.

Police said the suspect was driving a stolen black Mercedes SUV. Video of the vehicle fleeing was captured on a surveillance camera... Read More

MGM closes deal for Cosmopolitan, welcomes employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is now officially part of MGM Resorts International, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Officials at MGM said the deal is done, bringing the Cosmo into MGM's portfolio. Blackstone sold the resort operations to MGM for $1.625 billion.

The transaction continues MGM's trend of selling the property that resorts sit on and continuing to run the hotel-casino operations with lease deals.

A news release from MGM indicates the company will pay $200 million in rent the first year, and that will go up 2% each year for the first 15 years of a 30-year lease. The lease will be 2-3% higher each year on the back end of the lease... Read More

I-Team: Rather than face Nevada high court, Nye County commissioners vote to move judges over weapons order

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) -- Rather than face a potential challenge at the state supreme court, Nye County commissioners voted Tuesday to move two district courtrooms from a county complex to new buildings over a judicial order banning weapons in the county complex.

In a meeting on Dec. 16, the commissioners unanimously voted to remove a judicial order banning firearms in the Ian Deutch Government Complex, which houses both the Fifth Judicial District Court and the Pahrump Justice Court... Read More