Ricardo Torres-Cortez, LasVegasSun.com

Ricardo Torres-Cortez


Las Vegas, NV, United States

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Recent articles by Ricardo:

Community honors slain North Las Vegas teen remembered as friendly, caring

As Kevin Soriano boarded a city bus in late November, the teenager noticed a fellow passenger struggling to carry a piece of luggage. So, he carried it up the on-ramp for him. The ride must have only been 15 minutes, Ricardo Luna remembers, but it was ... → Read More

Wrong-way crash on I-15 leaves 2 dead near Jean

At least two people were killed Thursday night in a wrong-way crash on southbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Jean ... → Read More

Nye County police converge on youth facility after abuse allegations surface

A youth residential behavioral and psychiatric facility in Amargosa Valley is under investigation for allegations of sexual and physical abuse, and staff is accused of not reporting the claims within the mandated 24 hours ... → Read More

Fast-moving showers prompt flood advisory

Fast-moving showers have dumped about a quarter inch of rain across most of the Las Vegas Valley, prompting the National Weather Service to issue ... → Read More

No arrests in slaying of NLV teen trying to recover stolen truck

It was a crime of opportunity with a tragic end that could have happened to anyone in the community, Officer Eric Leavitt said. A thief took a pickup truck parked at ... → Read More

U.S. attorney general honors Metro officer for crime-fighting efforts

A Metro Police officer who spearheaded a community program credited with plummeting violent crime in downtown Las Vegas neighborhoods was honored by the U.S. attorney general ... → Read More

Overnight roadwork on I-15 to repair damage from wrong-way crash

Emergency overnight repairs will restrict northbound traffic on Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard ... → Read More

Man injured during weekend fight dies at hospital

A man who refused medical attention after he was injured in a fight Saturday morning at a southeast valley business died the next day, according to ... → Read More

Teen killed in North Las Vegas shooting; suspect still at large

A teenager was shot and killed Saturday morning in North Las Vegas after confronting a suspect who had stolen his family’s truck ... → Read More

Metro: Retired cop thought teen was 'one of best-looking hookers in area'

The officer had at one point worked in Metro Police’s vice unit, which generally handcuffs sex trafficking suspects. The now-retired Kirk Reed Hooten also had a history of ... → Read More

59th fatal victim of mass shooting is remembered at Las Vegas vigil

Kimberly Gervais loved country music and traveling. Attending the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas two years ago was supposed to be a weekend of enjoyment. ut a gunman opened fire from above at the 22,000 concertgoers, leaving a bullet lodged in Gervais’ spine ... → Read More

Small-plane crash reported north of Las Vegas

A small aircraft with three passengers crashed in a mountainous region north of Las Vegas ... → Read More

Heavy traffic expected on Mount Charleston this week

People heading to Mount Charleston for the Thanksgiving holiday should leave early, take emergency supplies and pay attention to weather alerts, the Nevada Highway Patrol said. Officials are expecting an ... → Read More

Motorcyclist, 47, critically injured in crash

A 47-year-old motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash Monday evening, according to Metro Police. The wreck happened about 5 p.m. at ... → Read More

Metro investigating shooting death of motorist in east valley

Homicide detectives were probing the death of a motorist who was shot and killed Monday morning as she commuted on an east valley road ... → Read More

Woman's body found in Las Vegas house fire; police probing death

Crews battling a blaze at a north valley house this morning found a woman's body inside ... → Read More

Metro: Man shot on McCarran tarmac attacked officers, badly injured one

Before he was stopped by two gunshot wounds to the midsection, a suspect who breached a secure area at McCarran International Airport and got onto the tarmac early Thursday fractured an officer’s face, knocked a second officer to the ground and ... → Read More

Porch piracy: Don't let your holiday packages linger at doorstep

The videos tend to go viral: Porch pirates nonchalantly walk up to targeted homes, packages resting near the entry, and sprint off, often oblivious to the cameras capturing the brazen crimes. Amid the proliferation of online shopping, a study claims 40% of shoppers ... → Read More

'I forgive him': Daughter of picnic-slaying victim tearful in testimony

Rachel Lee listened as the convicted killer read a statement to explain why he took her mother Mia Banks’ life during a company outing last year at Sunset Park ... → Read More

Retired Metro officer accused of soliciting teen for prostitution

A retired Metro Police officer has been accused of soliciting a teenager for prostitution, according to Las Vegas Justice Court records. Kirk Reed Hooten, 51, was booked Thursday at the ... → Read More