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Las Vegas man gets 6 years in pot-trafficking scheme

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018|8:02 p.m.

. A Las Vegas guy who mailed cannabis to Pittsburgh, where it ended up in college schools, was sentenced to six years in jail, the office of the U.S. lawyer for the district of Western Pennsylvania revealed Tuesday.

Ryan Schanck, 30, who was sentenced to 71 months, was captured in a multiyear operation, officials stated.

Authorities had actually declared that Schanck and co-conspirators trafficked up to 1,000 kgs of the plant and washed about $260,000 of its earnings, authorities stated.

The perpetrators, from 2012 to 2017, would ship the pot from the West Coast to the Pennsylvania location through the U.S. Postal Service, authorities stated.

Federal Judge David Cercone “stated that the sentence was sufficient, but not higher than essential, to achieve the goals of sentencing,” authorities said in a press release.

Lady says soccer star Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas


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Image”/ > Luca Bruno/ AP Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo applauds his teams fans before the start of the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Lazio at the Allianz Arena in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|5:50 p.m.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is being taken legal action against by a Nevada woman who stated he raped her in the penthouse suite of a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and then dispatched a team of “fixers” to obstruct the criminal examination and fool her into keeping peaceful for $375,000.

The suit says the woman asked authorities last month to reopen the criminal case; Las Vegas authorities validated to The Associated Press on Monday that they have reopened a sexual assault case from 2009 brought by the lady named in the claim. The AP does not determine those who state they have actually been sexually attacked.

Ronaldo’s attorney, Christian Schertz, did not immediately react to an email seeking remark. But after a report on the case in Der Spiegel recently, he threatened to take legal action against the German publication, saying: “It breaks the individual rights of our customer Cristiano Ronaldo in an incredibly severe way.”

In a smiling Instagram video posted hours after the suit was submitted, Ronaldo appears to deny the accusations.

” Phony. Phony news,” stated the five-time world player of the year, who transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summertime. “You want to promote by my name. It’s typical. They want to be famous, to state my name. But it is part of the task. I am a delighted male and all great.”

The female’s attorneys did not instantly respond to a telephone message looking for comment.

The lawsuit declares that the lady, who was then 24, chose a good friend to the Rain nightclub at the Palms on the night of June 12, 2009, and satisfied Ronaldo there. It says he invited a group of people up to his suite “to delight in the view of the Las Vegas Strip” and after that into the jacuzzi; according to the match, he then barged in on her as she was altering, exposed himself and asked her for foreplay.

When she declined, the lawsuit claims, he raped her.

According to the lawsuit, and verified by Metro Police spokesman Aden OcampoGomez to the AP, the female named in the match reported the attack to police the same day. OcampoGomez said she also asked for a “sexual attack test,” which was carried out at University Medical Center.

The lady declined to inform police where the attack happened or assist with identifying a suspect besides to say he was a European soccer gamer, the spokesman stated. A Portuguese resident, Ronaldo was transferred from Manchester United to Genuine Madrid in the summer season of 2009 for a then-record sum of 94 million euros, or about $130 million.

” As of now this is a continuous investigation and no further information are being launched at this time,” OcampoGomez stated.

The claim declares that the woman’s household scheduled a legal representative “who only had a number of years of legal experience.” Negotiations left her with “invasive thoughts, an increased sense of extreme stress and anxiety and fearfulness, complete vulnerability and passivity,” the lawsuit says.

” The mental injury of the sexual attack, the worry of public embarrassment and retaliation and the reiteration of those fears by law enforcement and medical companies left plaintiff horrified and not able to act or advocate for herself,” the suit states.

The claim also implicates Ronaldo or those working for him of battery, deliberate infliction of emotional distress, coercion and fraud, abuse of a vulnerable individual, racketeering and civil conspiracy, character assassination, abuse of procedure, breach of contract, and neglect for allowing details of the confidential settlement to leak out.

It requests for general damages, unique damages, compensatory damages and unique relief, each in excess of $50,000, along with interest, attorney charges and court expenses.

Associated Press Writers Regina Garcia Cano in Las Vegas and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this story.

Tropical Storm Rosa heads for U.S. Southwest, primed to soak Las Vegas


Randy Hoeft/ The Yuma Sun through AP In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 picture, an automobile drives east on a flooded street following a rain storm, in Yuma, Ariz. Tropical Storm Rosa neared Mexico’s Baja California on Monday, spreading out heavy rains that were forecasted to extend into a drenching of the U.S. Southwest.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|11:30 p.m.

PHOENIX– After soaking northwestern Mexico with heavy rains as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, reportedly claiming at least one victim, Hurricane Rosa is expected to drench the U.S. Southwest.

From Arizona to Utah, some residents filled sandbags in anticipation of heavy rains projections and potential flooding.

The center of Rosa, which was a cyclone till late Sunday, was anticipated to hit Baja California and Sonora by early Tuesday, bringing 3 to 6 inches of rain, the U.S. National Cyclone Center said.

It’s then anticipated to move rapidly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain to central and southern Arizona and 1 to 2 inches to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Isolated areas might see a lot more rainfall.

In southern Arizona, heavy rain Monday flooded streets in Yuma and triggered power failures in parts of the city. At least 6 roadways in Tucson were closed since of flash flooding from washes that overruned.

The Utah National Guard was activated Monday to assist in flood mitigation efforts in Utah County.

The National Weather condition Service previously announced flash flood sees through Wednesday for areas including southern Nevada, southeastern California, southwestern and main Utah and the western two-thirds of Arizona.

Projections require heavy rains in the watch locations, which include Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, with possible flooding in slot canyons and usually dry washes and a potential for landslides and particles streams from current wildfire burn scars.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Phoenix said central and northern Arizona stood to get struck with the heaviest amounts of rainfall.

Metropolitan Phoenix, where temperatures were above 100 degrees Fahrenheit just a few days back, had actually currently cooled to the 80s on Monday thanks to Rosa.

Moisture associated with the storm got here ahead of it, bringing rain Sunday night and Monday morning.

Phoenix meteorologist Jaret Rogers stated more showers were expected across main Arizona prior to a weakened Rosa was to show up in the location Tuesday early morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the whole Phoenix location is anticipated to see in between 1 and 2 inches of rain. However some locations might see in between 2 to 3 inches.

” All that suggests is conditions agree with for flash flooding if it rains,” Rogers said. “It doesn’t imply something’s imminent.”

Rosa’s optimum sustained winds had decreased to 40 mph as of Monday afternoon, and the storm’s center was heading north-northeast at 10 miles per hour.

The Civil Defense company for Baja California state said schools were closed Monday in a number of communities, consisting of the state capital of Mexicali, throughout the border from Calexico, California; San Felipe, on the northern Sea of Cortez; and south of Ensenada, on the peninsula’s Pacific coast.

Federal authorities declared a state of emergency for Ensenada and Mexicali. Various Mexican media outlets reported that a woman was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in the city of Caborca, Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez.

On The Other Hand, Hurricane Sergio was reinforcing in the Pacific and was anticipated to reach typhoon force, though it presented no immediate risk to land.

Sergio had winds of 70 mph and was focused about 695 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm was moving west at 14 mph.

Oct. 1 victims once again remembered at Las Vegas welcome indication


Mick Akers Family members of Brian Fraser, among 58 people eliminated in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting on the Strip, collect near the Las Vegas welcome sign a year later. By Mick Akers ( contact) Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|2:51 p.m.

Lots of people made their way to the Las Vegas welcome sign to remember those killed when a shooter opened fire a year ago today on a country music performance on the Las Vegas Strip.

In the days after the shooting, which left 58 dead and more than 800 injured, the sign turned into a makeshift memorial for the victims. People left countless products of remembrance– indications, candles, packed animals, precious jewelry and 58 white wooden crosses.

Some 30 member of the family of Brian Fraser turned out today to keep in mind the male who lost his life when the gunman opened fire for still-unknown reasons from a hotel tower across the street.

“He was the guy in the family that you might go to for advice at any time, no matter what it was, and he might help,” said his brother-in-law Salvador Gonzalez. “He was really experienced, so if he didn’t understand it, you remained in problem.”

Gonzalez who went to the Path 91 Harvest celebration with Fraser and their partners, stated they had just gotten drinks that night when Fraser divided off from the group. He moved closer to the stage to get a better view of nation star Jason Aldean, one of his favorite artists.

Fraser was shot minutes later.

The majority of the family had never ever visited to the site of the mass shooting, but Gonzalez and the rest of Fraser’s family did so today, calling it a minute of closure in their yearlong recovery.

They collected near an entrance gate to the site off Giles Street, where numerous concertgoers got away from the shooting. Rather of running for cover, they stood in place, together.

Relative said they mored than happy to be back in Las Vegas to commemorate Fraser’s life.

“There’s been the ups and downs, however we have actually been fortunate due to the fact that we’re a tight-knit household … We roll deep,” Gonzalez stated. “For all of us, it’s been a recovery process coming out here.”

Revival reminds that Las Vegas shines in face of Oct. 1 tragedy


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/ > John Locher/ AP From left, Linda Hazelwood, Michelle Hamel and Jann Blake, all from California, cry as they go to a prayer service on the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|3:44 p.m.

Tony and Linda Blache of Las Vegas used matching black Tee shirts with Path 91 printed on them– a recommendation to the music festival that turned awful in 2015 when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 individuals and wounding more than 800 others.

The couple bowed their heads in prayer in one minute and lifted them in happiness minutes later.

” We’re an example for the world,” Tony Blache stated. “Las Vegas has shined in the face of tragedy.”

The couple were amongst a group of about 150 people who gathered today outside Las Vegas Municipal Government for a revival-style prayer vigil to bear in mind and celebrate the lives the victims. A shooter, perched in a hotel tower across the street, opened fire on concertgoers at the Path 91 Harvest celebration on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip.

Numerous Las Vegas Valley preachers spoke words of encouragement at today’s ceremony, as guitar players and keyboard gamers offered a background of soothing music. A 10-member choir chanted modern faith hymns.

People wore t-shirts with messages like #VegasStronger and simple white shirts with a red heart next to the word Vegas.

Pastor Paul Goulet, who heads the International Church of Las Vegas, informed the crowd the gunman was filled with hate. But those who came together in assistance of one another after the shooting showed the frustrating power of love.

” At some point we needed to put our distinctions aside and get together,” Goulet stated. “I believe it’s time to say hate has not won. Love and unity are going to win.”

The group wished each of the 58 victims.

” We have actually impacted the world by showing love and empathy for one another during that time,” stated Mike Hatch, a pastor with the Balm of Gilead Global Ministries. “We’ve shown that Las Vegas is not Sin City but rather the City of Peace.”

Best Options: Jennifer Lopez, the Crystal Technique, Culture Club and more for your Las Vegas weekend


Denise Truscello It’s last call for J.Lo.

It’s an excellent weekend to dance in Las Vegas. You can do it by the swimming pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. You can do it along with J.Lo at World Hollywood. Or you can dance downtown in addition to some famous ’80s artists. Find your very own personal event spot this weekend with these entertainment choices.

THE CRYSTAL METHOD Vegas-born electronic act the Crystal Approach has originated ingenious kinds of dance music for decades. With Ken Jordan’s retirement from the music biz, Scott Kirkland has kept the name and the music alive and is releasing a brand-new album, “The Journey Home,” today to coincide with a poolside performance at the Acid rock Hotel. September 28, info at < a href=" https://hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-entertainment/pool-the-crystal-method-2018.php" target="_

blank” rel =” noopener” > hardrockhotel.com. JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE The triple-threat entertainer is concluding her residency run with 15 programs in 27 days, an effective statement that needs to assist qualify her as one of the fantastic Vegas headliners. Friday and Saturday are Lopez’s final efficiencies at Zappos Theater at World Hollywood and you may kick yourself if you lose out on her high-energy, full-scale show. September 28-29, info at < a href="

https://www.caesars.com/planet-hollywood/shows/jennifer-lopez” target =” _ blank” rel=” noopener” > caesars.com. FRANKIE AVALON The Philadelphia-born vocalist, actor and quintessential teen idol just celebrated his 78th birthday. Avalon will take audiences back to the good old days for three programs this weekend at the South Point Showroom. September 28-30, information at < a href=" https://southpointcasino.com/entertainment" target

=” _ blank “rel =” noopener” > southpointcasino.com. CULTURE CLUB When we last checked in on the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, it was hosting the Vegas Golden Knights fan fest. On Saturday night, it’s the place to discover 1980s pop sensations Kid George and Culture Club, The B-52s and the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. September 29, details at < a href="

https://dlvec.com/event/boy-george-culture-club/” target=” _ blank” rel= “noopener” > dlvec.com. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS Sunday brings the Knights’ final preseason video game to T-Mobile Arena prior to the team’s second season starts October 4 in Las Vegas. If you have actually seen ticket costs for that home opener– and if you have actually observed how fantastic attendance and the environment has been for other preseason games– you might want to capture this one. September 30, information at vegasgoldenknights.com.

Sides clash at anti-Kavanaugh demonstration outside Heller'' s Las Vegas office


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/ > John Locher/ AP People hold indications throughout a demonstration versus Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh outside the offices of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018|8:30 p.m.

. The approximately 50 anti-Brett Kavanaugh demonstrators who gathered Friday afternoon near Sen. Dean Heller’s Las Vegas workplace and the two dissenting voices could apparently not disagree more– at least politically.

When a speaker mentioned CNN, a counter protester screamed “Fox News.” A “love trumps hate” chant from the group drowned out a “we’re here to support our president” yell.

A Nazi Germany reference prompted an upset “what are you speaking about!” from Stephen Provost.

However when Sara Weston– a self-described “very proud” Republican– interrupted a speaker, saying she was a sexual attack survivor and a Trump fan, her “Do you wish to hear my story?” stimulated Gabrielle d’Ayr’s attention.

” I desire this female to speak … we listen to everyone,” stated d’Ayr, who had actually earlier shared her own survival story. And for a minute, even if extremely brief, the crowd silenced and listened.

Civility in politics is vanishing, inning accordance with Weston. “They have actually gone left of left of left,” she said about the demonstrators.

” I believe that we have the tendency to get involved in this whole masquerade of polarization,” Weston confessed. “Both sides should begin to collaborate.”

Weston said she feels strong in her support for Kavanaugh, who is involved in sexual misconduct allegations. And for Heller, who continues to support Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court but likewise backs the Trump administration’s Friday choice to buy the FBI to reopen the judge’s background examination.

The bulk of the crowd, including d’Ayr, held the opposite viewpoint.

Holding political-slogan signs, demonstrators– many sexual-assault victims themselves– shared a common message of support for those who advance. “Our company believe survivors, our company believe females!” they shouted at one point.

Both Kavanaugh and an accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who declares the judge searched and attempted to rape her when they were teenagers, testified in front of Congress on Thursday.

Saying American political discourse remains in shambles would be putting it mildly, d’Ayr said. However “this is truly a polarizing problem and it’s a very important concern for survivors (of sexual assault).”

” I don’t concur with just about anything she states,” d’Ayr said about Weston, noting that the UNLV student is a regular at protests who shows up to “upset.”

But if you’re a survivor, “you should be heard,” d’Ayr stated.

D’Ayr stated that grownups have to take responsibility, examine and make notified decisions about politics “so you do not go with exactly what someone states.”

As much as d’Ayr said she believes Ford’s side of the story– she said she saw the fact in her face– there must be a standard of anticipation of innocence on both sides till realities are understood.

So, calling Kavanaugh a “rapist” is as bad as calling Ford a “liar,” d’Ayr stated.

The presentation, which came together in about 12 hours, aimed to persuade Heller to withdraw his assistance for the Supreme Court justice nominee, said Lindsey Harmon, executive director of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

United adding extra Las Vegas flights for CES gadget program


Sam Morris A United Airlines jet takes off from McCarran International Airport on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018|2 a.m.

United Airlines is adding Las Vegas flights to accommodate the increase of tourists for the annual CES gadget show.

The airline company added flights with some 8,500 seats from its seven U.S. hubs and 8 other U.S. cities, connecting more customers to Las Vegas for CES 2019, which takes place Jan. 8-11.

CES is one of the biggest exhibition hosted each year in Las Vegas, where brand-new tech devices are unveiled and next-generation innovations are introduced.

“We want United Airlines to be the very first option for organisation and leisure tourists planning to visit Las Vegas for CES,” stated Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of domestic network preparation. “Our improved schedule to Las Vegas uses clients more continuously flights from our hubs and brand-new nonstop flights from eight of the country’s top innovation and company centers.”

United added capacity to its routine daily nonstop flights in between Las Vegas and its U.S. centers in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It included continuously service to Las Vegas from Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Jose, Calif.; Boston; Pittsburgh; San Diego, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.

. United will use 48 day-to-day continuously flights to Las Vegas in between Jan. 6 and 12.

In addition, United will operate select flights in between Las Vegas and New York/Newark and San Francisco with Boeing 777-200 wide-body aircraft, which are generally scheduled for international flights. On Jan. 13, United will resume regularly set up flights between Las Vegas and its centers.

“We are delighted that our partners at United Airlines will be expanding service to Las Vegas during CES,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Helping visitors link to Las Vegas with the convenience of additional nonstop service throughout such a prominent occasion is crucial to the ongoing development and success of the show and our destination as a whole.”