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July 19, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
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April 28, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN and DAREN BRISCOE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An escalating turf battle between rival motorcycle gangs erupted into a shootout at a casino Saturday morning, killing three people, sending panic-stricken gamblers diving for cover and shutting down the Mojave Desert town for several hours. The melee of gunfire, stabbings and fistfights broke out about 2:15 a.m. at Harrah's Casino & Hotel as the town was packed with as many as 80,000 visitors attending the 20th annual bikers' party called the Laughlin River Run.
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May 28, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was one last chance for dad to gamble over the weekend before heading home to Los Angeles--and with the Ferris wheel out front and the game arcade one floor below the slots and craps tables, this casino seemed to offer some fun for the kids, too. It might not seem to be the kind of place, the Primadonna Casino resort at the California-Nevada state line, where you think your child will be in mortal danger. But it was there, next to an arcade with pinball games and Homer Hippo and Ms.
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June 23, 2001
A 43-year-old Claremont woman who disappeared Tuesday was found dead Friday morning in a Laughlin, Nev., hotel, police said. Cynthia Randall's body was found at 11:41 a.m. by housekeepers at the Pioneer Hotel. She appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Las Vegas Police Sgt. Christopher Darcy said. Randall was a letter carrier with the post office in Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont police said. She left her home at 10:30 a.m.
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May 30, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orlando Anderson--once named by police as a suspect in the Las Vegas slaying of rap star Tupac Shakur--was killed Friday in a gang shootout in Compton that also claimed the life of another man, sources close to the case said. Police withheld formal identification of the victims, saying that the next of kin had yet to be notified.
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April 28, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN and DAREN BRISCOE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An escalating turf battle between rival motorcycle gangs erupted into a shootout at a casino Saturday morning, killing three people, sending panic-stricken gamblers diving for cover and shutting down the Mojave Desert town for several hours. The melee of gunfire, stabbings and fistfights broke out about 2:15 a.m. at Harrah's Casino & Hotel as the town was packed with as many as 80,000 visitors attending the 20th annual bikers' party called the Laughlin River Run.
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July 17, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Controversy over a proposed $300-million construction project along West Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip has taken a new turn after its developer was identified in a court decision as a possible suspect in drug dealing that led to a 1978 Nevada murder. Mark Siffin, developer of the Sunset Millennium project, was identified by the Nevada Supreme Court in a January opinion as appearing in police reports more than 20 years ago as an alleged "major cocaine trafficker."
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September 18, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The spokesman for the mother of the girl slain last year in a Nevada casino denounced the girl's parents Thursday, saying they were more interested in money than justice. Community activist Najee Ali said he would no longer act as the spokesman for Yolanda Manuel, mother of Sherrice Iverson, the 7-year-old who was sexually assaulted and strangled in a casino restroom. "Yolanda wants to make money off her child's death," said Ali, standing by Sherrice's grave.
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August 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
A California teenager says he tried to intervene when his classmate began assaulting a 7-year-old Los Angeles girl, fearing that their game of hide and seek in a Nevada casino had "crossed the line." David Cash Jr., 18, told a grand jury that he tapped Jeremy Strohmeyer on the forehead, trying to get his attention, as he allegedly assaulted 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson in a stall in a women's restroom at the Primadonna Resort and Casino.
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June 6, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An alleged hit man's accusation that federal agents failed to stop a murder-for-hire even though they were privy to information identifying the intended target, is "breathtaking in its falseness and hypocrisy" and does not warrant dismissing the charges against the defendant, prosecutors argued Thursday. In papers filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the U.S.
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March 27, 2001 | From Associated Press
Three psychiatrists have concluded that a Nevada County man charged with murdering three people at a mental health clinic and a restaurant is not fit to stand trial. Scott Harlan Thorpe went on a shooting rampage in January because he was dissatisfied with the care he received at a Nevada City clinic and thought a Grass Valley restaurant was poisoning him, police said.
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October 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
Celebrity defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has joined the team of lawyers appealing the conviction of Sandy Murphy in the murder of casino heir Ted Binion. Attorneys for Murphy and Rick Tabish, who was also convicted by a Nevada jury in May, filed a joint notice of appeal Thursday. The Nevada Supreme Court will decide whether the lovers are entitled to a new trial. Murphy's attorneys John Momot and Tom Pitaro said Harvard law professor Dershowitz has agreed to join the Murphy legal team.
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September 16, 2000 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Las Vegas judge sent a con man and a young topless dancer to prison Friday for the murder of casino heir Lonnie "Ted" Binion, ending the most publicized criminal case in the city's history. Rick Tabish and Sandra Murphy received slightly less than the maximum terms from District Judge Joseph Bonaventure, but both must spend about a quarter-century of potential life terms in prison before they will be eligible for parole.
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September 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Heather Vitarelli's family was concerned that Las Vegas might not be the safest place. But the tourist decided to come here anyway with a group of friends to celebrate their birthdays. On Friday morning, Vitarelli, a college student from Napa, Calif., who grew up in Maui, was shot and killed by a stray bullet while standing near the casino cage at Harrah's on the Las Vegas Strip.
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September 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
A judge has denied convicted killers Sandra Murphy and Rick Tabish a new trial. Judge Joseph Bonaventure said Friday that he could find no evidence that supported defense claims of misconduct by jurors and prosecutors. "A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, not a perfect one," he said. After a seven-week trial in May, jurors convicted the lovers of killing gambling figure Ted Binion and stealing a fortune in silver from him in September 1998.
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August 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Sacramento woman accused of killing her niece and surgically removing the girl's unborn baby could soon be extradited to Nevada to stand trial on murder charges. On Thursday, Gov. Gray Davis approved a request from Nevada authorities to extradite Erin Rae Kuhn-Brown to Nevada. Kuhn-Brown, 31, had refused to waive extradition. Her attorney, Karol Repkow, has said that Dist. Atty. Robert E. Estes of Lyon County, Nev.
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July 19, 1993 | KENNETH REICH and MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A suspect in Wednesday's shooting of a ranger here was arrested Sunday without resistance by the Nevada Highway Patrol near the town of Fallon, authorities said. James Steven Robinson, 39, also wanted in the fatal shooting the same day of his ex-wife's boyfriend in Gardnerville, Nev., was found in a disabled stolen car on U.S. 95 south of Fallon, about 120 miles from where Ranger Kim Aufhauser, 37, was shot. Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt.
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June 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
A day after the shooting deaths of four supermarket workers, police were still struggling Friday to come up with clues that might help explain why a man would storm into an Albertsons at dawn and open fire with a pump-action shotgun. "We have no motive at this point," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Lt. Rick Alba said Friday afternoon. Zane Floyd, 23, was in custody without bail, charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
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July 17, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Controversy over a proposed $300-million construction project along West Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip has taken a new turn after its developer was identified in a court decision as a possible suspect in drug dealing that led to a 1978 Nevada murder. Mark Siffin, developer of the Sunset Millennium project, was identified by the Nevada Supreme Court in a January opinion as appearing in police reports more than 20 years ago as an alleged "major cocaine trafficker."
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May 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
The lovers convicted of killing casino heir Ted Binion should be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years, the same jury that convicted them recommended Wednesday. Jurors, who deliberated eight days before convicting Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish of first-degree murder, took only an hour and a half to decide on sentencing.
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