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Conviction Overturned for Woman Found Guilty of 1995 Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A woman convicted of the 1995 murder of the father of her child has been granted a new trial.

Barbara Pinkston was convicted of shooting and killing Gregory Payne in 1995 in front of a Henderson Discovery Zone, a play center for children. Payne was having a Father's Day visit with the couple's child.

According to court documents, Pinkston said she fired after an argument because she thought Payne was going for a weapon in his truck.

The pair had a rocky relationship. Payne was convicted of a domestic battery charge after a fight with Pinkston.

The U.S. District Court ruled Wednesday that jury instructions did not properly allow the jury to consider a lesser charge of second degree murder. If the prosecution does not re-file charges or work out a deal, Pinkston could be released from jail within 30 days.

Del Webb Students Win FBI Competition

Del Webb Students Win FBI Competition

Del Webb Middle School won the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge 6th Grade National Championship for the month of January 2011.

The monthly program, which runs each school year from September through May, is a free educational program that delivers critical Internet safety information in a fun, competitive format to students in grades 3-8, with a separate monthly challenge for each grade level. The goal of the program is to provide students with knowledge about how to avoid dangerous situations on the internet, specifically internet predators. Each month, students from registered schools take an online pre-quiz, learning about internet safety in the scavenger hunt and then taking an online quiz.

Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

The Henderson Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen Academy. The 13-week academy meets each Tuesday to educate citizens, with a unique insight into the life and training of a Henderson Police Officer.

During the 13-week academy, topics discussed include community policing, use of force, gang enforcement, detention center, communications, investigations division and narcotic enforcement. The Department's SWAT unit will demonstrate various firearms, less than lethal weapons and chemical agents. Students also will have the opportunity to fire various weapons.

Classes will be held each Tuesday starting May 17 at the Henderson Police Department, 223 Lead Street. Classes are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Henderson.

For more information or obtain an application form, contact the Henderson Police Department's Training Bureau at 267-4850.

Handcuffed Suspect Takes Off in Henderson Police Car

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police say one of their cars was stolen and taken for a ride after a teen suspect got behind the wheel.

Henderson police were investigating a burglary and arrested a 19-year-old suspect near Green Valley Pkwy. and Corporate Circle on Wednesday morning.

Police report they put the suspect in the back of the car but he was able to get his handcuffed hands from behind his back to his front and climb into the front seat of the car.

Using GPS, police say they tracked the suspect and car and found both about two miles away. The suspect is now facing additional charges of escaping from police and theft. 

Police Break Up Alleged Home Invasion Ring

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police officers arrested three people for several home invasions and other crimes.

Police say on January 27, four search warrants were served at homes in Las Vegas. Three people were arrested and large amounts of stolen property were recovered, including stolen televisions, firearms, jewelry, designer clothing, and marijuana.

LaShay Brewer and Whitney Taylor were charged with 10 felony counts of home invasion. Frederick Brewer was charged with being a convicted person in possession of a firearm,  possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and possession of a stolen firearm.

Police say anyone with information is asked to call the Henderson Police Department at (702)267-4755 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Man Charged in Beating Death

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police have arrested a man for a murder that happened in October of 2010. Police arrested Yuri Marcus for one count of murder in the death of Paul Martinez.

Police say Marcus and Martinez got into a physical altercation at an apartment near Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway. In the police report, Marcus told detectives the fight happened after Martinez attacked him with a knife.

The Clark County Coroner ruled Martinez's death a homicide from blunt force trauma and acute methamphetamine toxicity.

Another man, Joseph Grebanier, was also arrested and charged with accessory to murder. According to police, Grebanier and Marcus left Martinez in the apartment after the fight. When they returned, Martinez was dead.

Henderson Residents Warned About Copper Thieves

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The lights are back on along Lower Meadows Avenue near Eastern Avenue and Green Valley Parkway. Crooks ripped out all the copper from the street poles. The thieves left the neighborhood in the dark and ran away to cash in the copper at scrap yards.

John Penuelas, Jr. is Henderson's traffic engineer. He says thieves are targeting the city, tearing street lights apart and grabbing all the copper they can get their hands on.

"Any place is vulnerable," he said. "As copper prices peak, the activity peaks. If copper goes back down, then they kind of move on to other things. So, it's completely cyclical with the market."

Penuelas says Henderson residents should call 911 if they see a suspected copper thief. "If it's after our normal work shift, which is six in the morning to four in the afternoon, they are definitely not authorized," he said.