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VEGAS FRAUD TRIAL

Insurance fraud trial begins for county analyst

(Information in the following story is from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trial has begun in federal court in Las Vegas for a 49-year-old senior Clark County human resources analyst accused of conspiring with a dead former judge to steal $824,000 from an auto insurance company.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a prosecutor Gregory Damm told a jury Monday that Erik Holman used stolen money to take cruises and overseas trips.

Holman pleaded not guilty to a 2011 federal grand jury indictment accusing him of conspiracy and wire fraud.

He's accused of conspiring with former Henderson Municipal Court Judge John Provost to embezzle money from American Family Insurance between October 2005 and April 2009.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Raquel Lazo told the jury that Provost acted alone.

Provost was 48 when he committed suicide in July 2009, amid embezzlement allegations.

STABBING DEATH-NORTH VEGAS

Man dead in stabbing in North Las Vegas apartment

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A 54-year-old man is dead and police are looking for his assailant after a stabbing at a North Las Vegas apartment.

North Las Vegas police say officers found the man's body a little before 1 p.m. Monday at the apartment on Webster Street, near Las Vegas Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

The man's name wasn't immediately made public by the Clark County coroner's office.

Police say it looks like there was a struggle in the apartment before the man died.

FATAL TRUCK CRASH

Troopers: Man, dog die in crash with semitrailer

WELLINGTON, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol says a man and his dog have died after his truck collided with a tractor-trailer hauling 10 bulls in western Nevada.

Trooper Chuck Allen says in a statement that 87-year-old Samuel H. Dupuis of Wellington died at the scene of the crash, which was reported around 12:50 p.m. Monday.

Highway Patrol says the 18-wheeler pulling a livestock semitrailer hit Dupuis' pickup truck after Dupuis began crossing State Route 208 at Kyle Drive, where a stop sign is posted. The semitrailer driver, 51-year-old William C. Whiteaker of Newman, Calif., used his brakes but couldn't avoid hitting the left side of the pickup.

Allen says Whiteaker wasn't injured and the 10 bulls also appeared to be unharmed.

Investigators closed both of SR 208's travel lanes for several hours.

STOLEN CREDIT CARDS-SPARKS

4 Californians charged in Sparks credit card scam

(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Four Northern California men who went on shopping sprees at a Sparks sporting goods store have been arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud.

Sparks police say they received calls from several Californians on Sunday complaining of fraudulent purchases on their credit cards at Scheels at the Legends mall.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports the store determined that two days earlier the same group of people entered Scheels, bought items with credit cards and left in similar vehicles.

When the group returned again Sunday, police were waiting for them and found 30 altered or fraudulent cards.

Charges including burglary and forgery have been filed against 25-year-old John Nguyen of Sacramento, 32-year-old Thomas Vath of Lathrop, 27-year-old Bin Huu Pham of Elk Grove and 30-year-old Hoang Thanh Nguyen of Stockton.

CARSON CITY GRAFFITI

Carson City deputies looking for graffiti taggers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Carson City authorities are looking for two suspects responsible for vandalizing more than 40 properties with graffiti.

Sheriff Ken Furlong says the rash of graffiti attacks occurred early Sunday, and property was damaged with spray paint or other means.

Furlong says surveillance video obtained from one of the victims show two people in the process of defacing property with cans of paint.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office.

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