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Las Vegas Man Fights Back, Scamming the Scammers

LAS VEGAS -- Greg Painter needed a few roommates to still afford his home. So, like others, he went online, only to get inquiries from what he now knows are scammers. But he's not avoiding them, he's actually entertaining them.

"This is my five bedroom house. I'm renting rooms for $550," he said.

He was contacted by a woman who says she's a dentist. She asked to lease the room without seeing it. He asked the woman for $1,100 to cover the first and last rent. Instead, she sent a check for $2,850.

Going with his gut, he found out the money orders he received were all bogus. Experts say these scammers have this down to a science.

"It's white collar crime. It happens to be in the billions of dollars, not millions, but billions of dollars. It's an epidemic throughout the United States," said Robert Frimet with the Fight Fraud Task Force.

Yard House at Red Rock to Hire 200

LAS VEGAS -- A new restaurant and bar opening at Red Rock Resort is planning to hire 200 workers. The process of hiring for the Yard House will begin Tuesday, April 20th from at 10:30 a.m. The hiring center will be open until May 15th to accept applications.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Applicants are asked to bring a valid form of identification for the first screening. The positions being hired for include front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions. Bartender applicants will be asked to test pour drinks and kitchen applicants will need to illustrate various cooking methods.

Restaurant experience is a plus but not required.

Developer Can Apply to Build Housing Near Red Rock

LAS VEGAS --The Clark County Commission has voted to allow developer Jim Rhodes to move ahead with his application to develop 2,400 acres he owns near Red Rock Canyon. The commission vote was four to three.

All sides debated over what part could be developed and how many houses could be built on every acre. The area of land is off State Route 159 southeast of Red Rock Canyon near the community of Blue Diamond on abandoned gypsum mines.

With this compromise, Rhodes now has the ability to apply to change the density designations for the land he owns. Right now, the law allows for one house on every two acres. Rhodes wants to change that, allowing for more homes in the area.

Rhodes has not said exactly what he wants to use the land for, whether it would be for houses, shops, schools, parks or other uses.

Unions, District Debate Layoffs and Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Unions and the Clark County School District remain gridlocked on layoffs and budget cuts. All four unions met with school district leaders and still came to no solution, even though a new, revised budget is due in three weeks.

Stephen Augspurger, head of the Clark County Association of School Administrators, says he came in optimistic with a plan of how to keep jobs and cut salaries as little as possible. But after the meeting was over, he was frustrated with the district for giving them wrong revenue numbers. 

Now they have to start over while the clock is ticking.

"The concern we still have is there's not a sense of urgency on the part of the district to get this resolved. We've got families and employees who are losing income and jobs and no one wants to be in that predicament for any longer than is necessary and the longer it goes, the worse people are gonna feel," he said.

Apartment Residents Seek Safety Tips from Police

LAS VEGAS - Crime can happen anywhere at anytime. When it happened at the Acerno Villas Apartments, it hit close to home, and residents took action.

They invited a Metro Police crime prevention specialist to answer questions in a resident safety meeting. "We've had some recent incidents in the immediate area, so this was a good opportunity for residents to meet with Metro," property manager Amy Congemi said.

Last month, robbers shot a woman in the stomach in the complex's parking lot. It was a random attack, and the robbers stole the woman's purse. She survived the assault.

Police Arrest Burglary Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- Police have arrested two men who they say were caught burglarizing a home near the Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Police say a detective saw the suspects breaking into an apartment Wednesday night. The suspects loaded property into their cars and then tried to leave the scene.

Officers stopped one of the vehicles without incident, but when they tried to stop the second suspect, the driver intentionally rammed an unmarked police car and tried to leave the area. A short police pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody after crashing his vehicle near Tropicana and Arville.

Both suspects were charged with home invasion, burglary and grand larceny. The suspect who rammed the officer was also charged with battery on a police officer with a deadly weapon.

Police have not identified the suspects.

MMA Fighter Arrested for Sexual Assault

LAS VEGAS -- Former UFC fighter and mixed martial arts veteran Michael Whitehead has been arrested on sexual assault charges. 

Police say Whitehead turned himself into police on Wednesday, April 14th. He is charged with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and open and gross lewdness.

Police served a search warrant on Whitehead's home on Stuttgart St. after a woman filed a sexual assault report listing him as a suspect. During the search, police say they found what appeared to be a marijuana growing operation with more than 40 plants.