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I-Team: Laughlin Constable To Stay Out of Vegas, Judge Rules

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LAS VEGAS --Late last year, Laughlin Constable Jordan Ross opened a Las Vegas bureau in direct competition with Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura.

Bonaventura was upset by the move and when he couldn't cajole Ross and Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell into staying out of Las Vegas, he sued.

On Friday, a judge ruled in his favor and ordered all constables to stay on their own turf.

Nevada has 14 constables, 11 serving in Clark County.

Their primary purpose is to serve civil court papers, but some also execute evictions and ticket drivers who fail to register their vehicles in Nevada.

Until Ross' recent venture, historically the constables have operated primarily in their own jurisdictions.

Judge Ron Israel issued a preliminary injunction preventing all constables from performing duties outside of the township they represent.

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"I think it sends a clear message to the other constables," Bonaventura said. "'Quit violating the law. Your sworn to uphold the law, you're law enforcement officers, you're held to a higher standard,' so they need to comply with the law."

Ross said his Las Vegas bureau has 12 deputy constables who are contract employees.

The judge's ruling, he said, means they can no longer work.

Ross said he plans to appeal the judge's decision.

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