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Surveillance at local businesses helped police catch alleged killer

LAS VEGAS -- The arrest report for Jerry Howard, a man accused of a killing a woman on Jan. 2, was released by Metro Police Thursday. 

The 24-year-old was arrested Wednesday for the brutal murder of 54-year-old Kathy Shines, police said. Officers said Howard beat, raped and stabbed Shines before disposing of her body into a dumpster behind a bar in the 3300 block of S. Nellis Blvd.

Local businesses in the area supplied Metro with the surveillance video they needed to crack the case.

“I still have nightmares. I can't sleep. I had to watch it multiple times,” said Mickey Tenney, a business owner in the area.

It was on surveillance video where police said they saw what they described as the “brutal and vicious” events of that night. The arrest report said you could see Howard attacking Shines from behind as she was collecting cans out of the dumpster.

Coroner: Multiple stab wounds found on dead woman

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman found dead behind a business as 54-year-old Kathy Shines of Las Vegas. Shine suffered numerous stab wounds to her body, the coroner said.

Metro Police have released surveillance pictures of the man they think is connected to Shine's death.

Officers said the woman's body was found by dumpsters behind a business at 3300 S. Nellis Boulevard around 5:57 a.m. Saturday morning. According to authorities, the woman was approached by a man and attacked.  

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male adult, standing approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black beanie, black hooded jacket, red shirt, black pants, and dark gloves.

This is the second homicide in Metro Police's jurisdiction so far this year.  This is a developing story.  Metro homicide detectives are investigating.

Police rely on Crime Stoppers for witnesses not wanting to ‘snitch'

LAS VEGAS -- A man who won big on a gaming machine in a convenience store was beat up and robbed, and it was all caught on tape.

Officers said it all unfolded at the “Your Stop” convenience store located near Twain Avenue and Swenson Street on Dec. 20 around 9:30 a.m.

The man, whose identity is unknown, won more than $2,000 on a gaming machine, and he cheered about it, and it caught the attention of the wrong people, officers said.

Investigators said that's when two men took it upon themselves to wait for him outside, and when the victim went out to smoke a cigarette, they beat him and robbed him of his winnings.

Police said there were many witnesses around, but no one stepped in to help. Even now, Metro said no one is willing to talk.

Detectives said the witnesses fear of their lives; along with not wanting to “snitch,” that's the reason the anonymous tip line called Crime Stoppers exist.

UNLV knocks off No. 3 Arizona, 71-67

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points and UNLV pulled off one of its biggest wins in recent years by knocking off No. 3 Arizona 71-67 Tuesday night.

UNLV (8-3) refused to back down, playing more aggressively most of the game to end Arizona's regular-season nonconference winning streak at 39 games.

Trailing by five with 2:19 left, Arizona (12-1) fought its way back, pulling within 68-67 on T.J. McConnell's putback with a minute left.

The Wildcats had a couple of chances in the final minute, but Brandon Ashley's jumper bounced out and Stanley Johnson was stripped by Patrick McCaw in the open court.

McCaw, who had 13 points, hit two free throws, sending the fans rushing onto the court after the buzzer sounded.

Johnson had 13 points and 13 rebounds. McConnell finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

3 hurt in apartment shooting east of Strip

LAS VEGAS — Metro Police are investigating a shooting Monday afternoon just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Drive, which is near Desert Inn and Paradise roads.

Three people were inside an apartment around 1:40 p.m. when they were shot, police said. One victim was found still inside the apartment, another outside, and another down the block.

Two of those people are in serious condition, while the third is in serious stable condition.

As of 6:30 p.m., police did not have anyone in custody. Police also said they were not sure how many people may have been involved.

No other information was immediately available.

Police shoot knife-wielding man in SE Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police say a 46-year-old man wounded by an officer at the scene of a family argument had a butcher knife in each hand and lunged toward officers before he was shot.

Police Sgt. John Sheahan tells reporters that the man -- identified as Paul Herron -- underwent surgery at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center after the shooting about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on a lawn outside a condominium complex several blocks southeast of downtown Las Vegas.

Sheahan says police were called by the man's 72-year-old father, who told dispatchers his son was rampaging through his residence, threatening to kill him.

Sheahan says the man moved aggressively toward several officers before one opened fire.

The officer's name wasn't immediately released. He's on paid leave pending a review of the shooting.

1 person seriously hurt in apartment fire on Flamingo

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Fire and Rescue said one person was seriously hurt in an apartment fire Sunday. Firefighters said they responded to the call of the fire at 3110 E. Flamingo Road around 12:48 p.m.

When CCFD arrived to the scene they said they found a man unconscious and unresponsive. The extent of the man's injuries is unknown, but he is being treated at Sunrise Hospital.  

Fire officials said it looks like the fire started in a couch, but they still haven't released any information on what caused the fire.

This is a developing story.  Refresh this page for updates.