In recent days, we've seen a major surge in violence reported in the Greater Las Vegas area. For instance, the pace of homicides in the valley far exceeds last year. In the last week or so, we've seen several firearm homicides and one last night, where a woman was fatally shot multiple times after answering a knock on her door. Earlier, in the wee hours of Wednesday a male security guard was brutally murdered while patrolling a construction site. On April 18, a young man was gunned down at a local liquor store senselessly. One can argue in the age of instant information, we are just more aware, but there is an objective increase in this violence that you can quantify, and it is troubling.
In 2015, Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval signed legislation making it illegal for people convicted of a misdemeanor battery domestic violence charge to possess a firearm. Although it's a covert one, it is none-the-less a real attack on the 2nd amendment. Keep in mind that Nevada Revised Statutes state that if police respond to a "domestic violence" incident, one or more parties must be taken into custody and booked into jail on a "domestic violence" charge. Furthermore, if a person could not afford to bail out of jail within 72 hours and the DA throws out a "deal", the inmate may be quick to take it. Often it comes under the "selling points" that if the defendant just pleads "no contest," he can avoid jail time, take some anger management classes, get an immediate release from jail, and maybe pay a modest fine. Sometimes even if the arrestee is completely innocent. On it's face it may look okay, but in reality, that defendant now has a domestic violence conviction that could preclude him from practicing his second amendment rights.
With the economy in dire straights for 7 + years now (despite rosy, boasts of Nevada unemployment rate below 6%) the possibilities for things happening to innocent individuals are real. If they look to save money on bail to take a "deal" and get released, the temptation to do it is perhaps too much. Circumstances like the the example above are likely occurring weekly here. What are your thoughts?
Henderson, Nevada, known nationwide as one of the safest cities to live in, was the location of a double homicide overnight. The event caused the 4th and 5th Henderson homicides in 2016.
Shortly after 12 am on April 12th, police responded to the 100 block of Trenier Drive. Reports detail an alleged altercation occurred in the vehicle--occupied by 4 people, and one passenger fired a weapon, killing the driver and front seat passenger.
After the shooting, the Nissan Atima crashed into a home and caught fire. The home sustained only minor damage. The fire was extinguished by the Henderson Fire Department. The two other occupants are cooperating with authorities and treated on the scene by medical personnel.
The names of those involved, including the surviving occupants, have not been released. The decedents' identities won't be released until next-of-kin are notified. No arrests have been made.
In the early morning hours of Friday (February 19, 2016) a scuffle near a major hotel led to a car to car shooting that left two women deceased and a male injured. The man was hospitalized nearby at UMC---his condition was listed as stable (as of this morning). The female driver of a silver Hyundai died at the scene upon driving toward the valet section of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the other female victim, who was found unresponsive lying in a street, was pronounced dead at UMC.
A fight reportedly broke out near the 3rd floor of the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood hotel and escalated to the streets where the shooting occurred. Shots were fired from a gray 2015 Toyota Camry near Harmon and Polaris. Security footage is being looked at and reportedly shows a confrontation being broken up by security. At least 4 males and 2 females were involved.
Police are actively seeking the Gray 2015 Camry, so please contact the police with any information that can assist in this ongoing investigation. We will update this story if and when any arrest in this crime is made.
It's been a while since our bail bonds office could offer new insight or opinion on the Lamar Odom situation. We are first off, very relieved that he underwent a pretty miraculous recovery. The man has some deep issues to contend with, and it seemed at the time, for the Nye County Attorney to pursue possible criminal charges against Odom, it was pretty petty.
Nye County Nevada has decided not to pursue a criminal complaint against Mr. Odom finally. Factors such as possible drug metabolism, time in critical condition, etc. played roles in the decision.
It is our opinion that charging folks, in general, for drug possession after they O.D. and almost die, is pretty petty. On balance, it is pretty much overkill. To make an example out of a celebrity, is extremely malicious. Glad they elected not to throw the book at Lamar Odom.
With regard to the news of Lamar Odom having a severe medical episode at the Nevada brothel north of Pahrump, there seems to be a disconnect with compassion and patience.
It's very odd that there has been media and law enforcement coverage underscoring emphasis on possible criminal charges being levied against Lamar Odom while he's fighting for his life. I understand it's my 2 cents only, but come on. Is this where it's come to? Hillary Clinton can overtly endanger the welfare of 300 million + Americans by compromising national security, and the national media is focusing on possible charges for drug possession against an Athlete/Reality Star that was recently considered to be on his death bed?
It's understandable a significant component to the story overall, that is true. However beyond speculation from the frantic 911 caller, rumors at the ranch, and verification that he was on a herbal Viagra-like substance, it's a lot of hearsay for now. The Sheriff's office in Nye County has stated that if drugs are in Mr. Odom's system there in fact might be possible possession charges. That is in addition to possible criminal charges against the brothel if it's found they provided the atmosphere or contributed to illegal drug activity.
When in the world would similar charges be levied against a regular non-celebrity person having a similar episode. Come on. Why is there a need to make a spectacle out of Lamar? Because of his celebrity status or that of his estranged wife's family? This 35 year old guy needs to be prayed for, remembered for his accomplishments as an NBA 6th Man of the Year award winner, and 2 time NBA World Champion before we cast these stones. It's time we get the log out of our own eye before mentioning the speck in his.
Here at A Hope Bail Bonds we truly go the extra mile to keep you out of jail. However when you decide to skip out on multiple court cases (sentencing dates at that) and relocate to the East Coast, make sure you go the Witness Protection route because you will be found. Unfortunately a young lady had to learn that the hard way. She'll have 32 hours in shackles listening to Bod Dillon in a Ford Focus rental car to ponder the consequences of understanding baloney and cheese sandwiches will be her staple meal for the next few years. All she really did was prolong the inevitable and make a few bounty hunters wallets a bit fatter in the meanwhile.
Please folks, understand that this young lady was given numerous chances to get her act together. She changed addresses multiple times without updating her bondsman or the court, changed her phone number several times, and missed more physical check in appointments than we can count here at A Hope. But we were nice to a fault. We allowed her to enjoy the Superbowl and Valentines Day with her man-child on our dime. Now her boy-toy needs to start working some double shifts and OT because phase 3 is collections! I hope he understands the out-of-pocket money we spend to arrest her is on loan. Stay warm in PA my friend! Hard to find your next future girlfriend when the high temp is like 16 degrees, and they're not clubbing or bar hopping!
Well for once and insane crime like this did not actually occur in the Las Vegas area. This robbery happened in Carson City Nevada about 2 weeks ago. A woman confronted the elderly gal in her garage on or around December 4th this year and grabbed her purse by force. The victim's purse contained several hundred dollars at least. Three women were arrested Tuesday, and one apparantly still had the poor lady's Nevada drivers license on her. Not really the brightest out there committing these robberies I suppose. There is no word as to whether the women have posted bail or retained attorneys.
No doubt this crime has occurred in multiple areas of the Greater Las Vegas area in recent years, but just recently a homeowner, who was "hit"around Thanksgiving was "hit" again for the Christmas season as her inflatable Saint Nicholas from her yard. The homeowner was able to catch the act on a surveillance system thanks to a neighbor. It appears men jumped from a truck and snatched it from the property located in the southern part of the valley in the Crystal Springs neighborhood.
It is safe to say if the perpetrators are caught they could be facing charges stemming from burglary, to trespassing, to vandalism, to theft, etc. This ranges from misdemeanor criminal offenses to felonies. Hopefully justice will be served quickly and efficiently in this matter. Merry Christmas all! And to the thieves, come on and do the right thing. Turn yourselves in or return the property. :)
We're just curious to see everyone's take on the situations regarding police brutality that have been in the national news cycle recently. As bondsmen, we often have front-row seats relating to the how, who, and why of those who have police contact and go to jail. In our experiences it would seem very few complain about mistreatment from Las Vegas Metro or local police. And even less complain about unfair treatment with regard to their race, ethnic background, or socio-economic status. In our world where it seems everyone who we bail out is "innocent, or their was a major "misunderstanding," it would seem logical that bail agents would hear more of those types of complaints if it was reality. That's not to say that police never abuse authority because they do. Speaking for myself, a 30+ year old white male who grew up in a middle class family, I've even experienced police contact that was extreme, rude, and in my mind, unfair.
Never have I been arrested myself, but in the moments where I could see something going downhill if I had "attitude" with an officer, I immediately became humble, and I believe it has paid huge dividends. Honestly I've avoided arrests at least twice due to my demeanor (in my opinion). I don't believe that grace was due to my race (coincidental rhyme). In my younger days I can recall being handcuffed and even thrown to the ground for really no apparant reason, but I always knew to respect their position of authority. I feel honestly my experiences would not be much more different had I been a minority, but I agree that it would be logical to assume race played a factor if that was the case. I'd love to hear anybody else's take or experience though.
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