102°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

in brief

16-YEAR-OLD STABBED TO DEATH

Teen charged with murder surrenders

A 16-year-old charged with fatally stabbing another teenager turned himself in to Las Vegas police Thursday.

Steven Hogue was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on one count of murder with a deadly weapon in the death of 16-year-old Richard Martinez.

Martinez was stabbed Wednesday afternoon about a half block from his home near Jones Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95. He died hours later at University Medical Center.

Police said the stabbing might have been related to a fight over graffiti.

DEATH PENALTY SOUGHT

Day laborer indicted in slaying of woman

A 33-year-old day laborer accused of beating to death a 61-year-old woman was indicted this week on murder, kidnapping, robbery and other charges.

A Clark County grand jury indicted Yiorkis Pineda in the slaying of Otilia Soares at her home on Stewart Avenue near Lamb Boulevard on June 27.

Authorities unsealed the indictment Friday.

Las Vegas police said Soares and her husband hired Pineda to do repairs on their home. When her husband left the home to make a trip to a Home Depot, Pineda killed Soares, stole her jewelry and fled, police said.

Police tracked down Pineda after they recovered Soares’ jewelry, including her wedding ring, from two pawnshops, police said.

After he was arrested, Pineda, also identified by police as Pineda-Laurencio, told authorities that he struck Soares after she lunged at him with a pair of pruning shears.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Pineda.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
California’s growing COVID-19 rate leads to vaccination pleas

California on Thursday reported nearly 5,600 new cases and the average positive-test rate over seven days was 4.9% — a nearly five-fold increase over last week.

 
Weather helps, but Western wildfires grow

Lower winds and better weather helped crews using bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon while a Northern California wildfire crossed into Nevada, prompting evacuations as blazes burn across the West.

Construction company owner seeks Nevada’s 3rd Congressional seat

Henderson contractor John Kovacs has announced a bid for the Republican primary in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, saying his business and engineering background uniquely qualify him for a spot representing the southern tip of the state in Washington, D.C.