Posted on: March 6, 2023, 03:11h.
Last updated on: March 6, 2023, 03:11h.
A fire in the Boulder Station Hotel and Casino forced the temporary evacuation of part of the Las Vegas hotel on Sunday afternoon.
The fire broke out due to an overheated elevator motor on the 16th floor of the Boulder Highway property. The motor smoked and led to a burning smell in a stairwell, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV.
Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) firefighters were alerted at about 3 p.m.
The incident was quickly brought under control and guests on the impacted floors were allowed back in their rooms later in the day. No injuries were reported.
The elevator motor was located in a machine room, KTNV reported based on information from the CCFD. The elevator was put out of service until the motor was repaired.
The billowing smoke dissipated on its own without fans or other forms of ventilation, Las Vegas TV station KLAS reported.
Fire officials didn’t have an estimate on the cost to repair the damage.
Armed Woman Shot 16 Times by Metro Cops
The armed woman repeatedly shot by Las Vegas police last Wednesday near the Galleria at Sunset Mall in Henderson, Nev. remains hospitalized in critical condition. She was identified as Lorraine Alvarado, 31. Metro police released details on the incident on Monday.
Alvarado had a 9 mm handgun in her hand, as Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers repeatedly ordered her to drop the weapon, police said. She allegedly kept it aimed at officers.
Two police officers then shot her a total of 16 times. She never fired a bullet during the confrontation, police said.
Alvarado allegedly took part in a robbery of a business near West Sahara Avenue with two other women shortly before the shooting. She fled in a stolen Mercedes-Benz that was being pursued at a high rate of speed by cops. The car later crashed into another vehicle on Stephanie Street.
Alvarado was a passenger in the car, and darted out of the vehicle, then began running.
One of the LVMPD officers who was chasing her ordered Alvarado to get rid of the gun in her hand. He told her “drop it, drop it, drop it, drop the gun,” according to body cam footage.
Still holding the firearm, she turned toward two officers, the video revealed.
Then, both Officer Justin Garcia, 26, and Officer Jacob Barr, 29, discharged their 9 mm firearms.
“Those officers are displaying the bravery and courage how they chase down, run toward the person that’s pointing a firearm at them to take them into custody,” LVMPD Assistant Sheriff James Seebock said in a press conference.
They represent what our officers are up against each and every day in their willingness to go after these bad people…,” he added. “The courage that’s displayed here is exemplary. It represents the finest of our officers.”
Upon getting wounded, Alvarado fell to the ground. The gun fell out of her hand.
She remains in the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Details on her wounds were not available.
Alvarado was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, owing or possessing a gun by a prohibited person, assault with a deadly weapon on a protected person (two counts), and resisting a public officer with a firearm (two counts).
Previously, she was arrested for several crimes. Most recently, she was charged last month with theft. She got a plea deal and was subsequently released, Seebock said.
Alvarado was convicted for burglary in 2018, robbery with a deadly weapon in 2016, robbery in 2011, and conspiracy to commit robbery in 2011, Seebock revealed.
As is routine in an LVMPD-involved shooting, officers Garcia and Barr were placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding the shooting will be reviewed by local officials. The incident represents the first officer-involved shooting in 2023.
Police on Monday released graphic body cam video of the shooting.
Griffin Lounge Is Site of Downtown Vegas Stabbing
An unidentified person was slashed on Sunday at The Griffin lounge located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
The victim’s hand was injured during the stabbing, Las Vegas TV station KSNV reported. The wound wasn’t life-threatening, according to initial police reports.
No other injuries were reported.
The stabbing took place after at least two people got into a dispute.
Police didn’t have details on the incident over the weekend.