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LVMPD Officer arrested for DUI and 3 hit-and-run crashes

A long-time Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer, Antonio Munoz, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after three hit-and-run crashes.

Article Posted: July 28, 2016.

Posted by Dawn Lacombe of www.losangelesduiattorney.com

The department confirmed that Antonio Munoz, 39, was arrested on at least two felony and multiple misdemeanor cases in Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) made the arrest.  The crashes occurred on northbound Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue.

The arrest report indicated that Munoz failed several sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent.

Further investigation revealed that Munoz was actually involved in three hit-and-run accidents before the trooper stopped him.

The first accident involved a red Buick.  A male passenger in that vehicle was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.  The second accident involved a silver Acura.  No one was transported in that crash.  The third accident involved a black Kia where an occupant suffered minor injuries.

Munoz is facing charges of felony DUI with substantial bodily harm, felony leaving the scene of an accident, 2 counts misdemeanor hit-and-run property damage, 3 counts misdemeanor failure to use due care, 3 counts misdemeanor failure to give information or render aid, and several misdemeanor traffic violations.

Bail was set at $100,000.  If he makes bail, Munoz will be required to wear an alcohol monitoring device.  He has been with the department since 2000.  He was not on duty at the time of the crash.

Mötley Crüe Frontman, Vince Neil, pleads not guilty of the Misdemeanor Battery Charge

Vince Neil or Vincent Neil Wharton is an American Vocalist and Musician of a heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. He was accused of grabbing a woman’s hair and pulling her to the ground in April outside a Las Vegas Strip resort that led to a misdemeanor charge.
Mötley Crüe Frontman, Vince Neil, pleads not guilty of the Misdemeanor Battery Charge

Article Posted: July 27, 2016.

Reported by The Associated Press

Neil, 55, didn’t appear in court with attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

It was said that the allegation came to light after bystander video showed actor Nicolas Cage physically restraining Neil before police arrived April 7 outside the Aria casino-hotel.

A female autograph seeker told police that Neil grabbed her.

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Neil wasn’t arrested at the time and Cage wasn’t accused of a crime. Chesnoff, Neil’s Attorney, described the two men as friends.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz have set a trial date on September 19 this year.

A brief history.

Neil lives in Las Vegas, where he has had several business ventures — tattoo shops, bars, a strip club, an Arena Football League team — as well as several scrapes with the law over the years.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in November 2011 and paid a fine for poking an ex-girlfriend in the chest with his finger at a casino lounge, and he served 10 days in jail in February 2011 for driving his black Lamborghini sports car while drunk in June 2010.

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Due to victims’ refusal to testify, a woman was indicted for an Attempted Murder

A Las Vegas woman was indicted on an attempted murder charge about a month after her case was thrown out because the victims repeatedly refused to show up to court, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Halina Kwiatkowski, 21 (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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Article Posted: July 27, 2016.

Misdemeanor Case Reported by David Ferrara of LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Halina Kwiatkowski was accused of stabbing her father more than a dozen times and slashing her mother’s hand.

In Las Vegas Justice Court last month, prosecutors played a series of recorded jailhouse phone calls between the defendant and her parents.

The case was continued repeatedly in the lower court, while prosecutors sought warrants that would force the parents to testify, until Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman dismissed the charges.

Prosecutors then took the case to a Clark County grand jury, another court proceeding for which the Kwiatkowskis did not appear.

After the indictment was handed down, District Judge David Barker set a $50,000 warrant for Halina Kwiatkowski’s arrest on one count each of attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon, battery with use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm constituting domestic violence and battery with use of a deadly weapon constituting domestic violence.

Nevada law states that a preliminary hearing must be held within 15 days of the defendant’s initial court appearance unless the defendant waives the deadline or there is “good cause” to extend the hearing. Prosecutors also can take the case to a grand jury, where defense attorneys are not allowed to question witnesses.

In Justice Court, prosecutors said they would not have opposed probation on a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon for Halina Kwiatkowski, as long as she received mental health treatment and took medication. If she completed probation, the charge could be reduced to a gross misdemeanor. But that deal is no longer on the table, Villani said. The attempted murder charge carries up to 20 years in prison.

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