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LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
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LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
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Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:17:28 GMT
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One person is reported dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:03:09 GMT
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The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said.More>>
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The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staff member.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:21:11 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers. MiamiMore>>
The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-05-17 18:08:48 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms, as the Clark County School board approved its $2.1 billion dollar budget for the 2013-2014 school year. For the first timeMore>>
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LAS VEGAS -- The arrests of a local doctor, his assistant and a pharmacist highlight the problem of Las Vegas pill mills.
While a statewide database is succeeding at catching patients who doctor shop to get large amounts of painkillers, it does have a legal blind spot when it comes to catching doctors and pharmacists conspiring to get rich off of pushing pills.
Solutions Speciality Pharmacy doesn't sell Xanax or methadone but they certainly hear from a lot of people interested in getting those drugs.
"Every day, I get calls from people pricing out oxycodone. I'm assuming that most of those are fraudulent," Matt Lasarso with Solutions Specialty Pharmacy said. "We have to treat every prescription like it's a fraud."
Dr. Henri Wetselaar and his assistant David Litwin are charged by the U.S. Attorney of conspiring with pharmacist Jason Smith to sell large amounts of Xanax and Soma painkillers. It took a year to conduct the investigation and the help of the IRS.
Currently, the state pharmacy database focuses on catching patients going to multiple doctors not the doctors and pharmacists themselves.
"I think you'll see them refining the way they do things and their ability to target doctors that are basically just dealing drugs. They're not examining people. You hear things about doctors who don't have any examination equipment, they have a table set up with a chair behind it. The person comes in and they say, 'I have a pain in my arm' and they write him a script for 100 Oxycontin," drug trafficking agent Kent Bitsko said.
Local attorney Richard Johnson's client is the mother of Dr. Wetselaar's former patient, Danny White.
"He walked into the office. There was just a cursory examination. No collection of medical history, prior medical records or anything and walked out with prescriptions for methadone and Xanax. Three days later, he's dead," Johnson said.
The Murphy & Murphy law firm is now searching for former patients of the New Amsterdam Medical Group located at Harmon Avenue and Sandhill Road.
A new state law going into effect Oct. 1 is designed to strengthen oversight of pharmacies. It compels Nevada to work with other states to come up with a better database. It also provides immunity from prosecution for people who give information leading to the busting of pill mills.