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Metro searches Las Vegas Constable's Office

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LAS VEGAS --- Metro Police served search warrants on two locations in connection with an investigation into Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura.

According to police, warrants were served at the constable’s offices and at a private home. Detectives took computers, phones and files.
8 News NOW has also learned that deputies Lou Toomin and Nate Schlumpf also had their computers taken.

Police say the investigation is in connection with local news reports detailing a taped phone conversation between Bonaventura and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins.

Officers were searching for evidence that the phone call was illegally taped, in violation of state law.

Bonaventura was talking to Collins about the commission’s decision to shut down his office. On tape, Collins appears to express frustration that his fellow commissioners voted to abolish the constable's office. Bonaventura filed a lawsuit against the commission for the decision.

On June 5, a judge dismissed the lawsuit saying Bonaventura’s rights to due process were not violated and commissioners followed the open meeting law.

Collins is not saying whether he or anyone else filed a complaint with Metro Police over the recorded phone call. An expert in wiretapping law says it is not clear what is legal and what is illegal when it comes to recording phone calls. A case like this has not been tested in criminal court.

The Las Vegas Constables Office serves legal paperwork and handles eviction notices. Metro Police will take over those duties when Bonaventura’s term ends next year.

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