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BELLAGIO ROBBERY-VEGAS

Bellagio robbery suspect faces new federal charges

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal charges have been filed against a man accused of robbing a Bellagio casino cashier of $43,500 and paying prostitutes at another hotel with money still bound in Bellagio wrappers.

An initial appearance for the man identified as John Doe or Scott Carmitchel was set for Thursday, but was postponed. He faces federal charges of armed bank robbery and interfering with commerce by robbery.

Carmitchel is accused of holding up a bank with an orange-tipped gun July 22, then committing a similar robbery July 25 at the Bellagio.

Police say he spent about $10,000 on a high-end shopping spree after saying he found a bag of cash in the Bellagio parking lot.

KVVU-TV reports Carmitchel has been uncooperative in attending hearings Wednesday and Thursday for a parallel state court case.

RESTAURANT CRASH-VEGAS

Driver in Vegas eatery crash gets 6 to 20 years

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A driver who pleaded guilty to DUI charges after police say he plowed his car into a Las Vegas restaurant last spring has been sentenced to 6 to 20 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Gage James Lindsey choked up and apologized during a hearing Thursday and said he thanks God every day that nobody died in the crash.

Prosecutors say Lindsey was under the influence of prescription drugs, marijuana and synthetic marijuana when he crashed into the Egg & I restaurant west of the Las Vegas Strip on April 1, 2013.

Ten people were injured.

Lindsey pleaded guilty in May to two charges of felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm. Prosecutors dropped four other charges as part of a plea deal.

Lindsey could have faced 32 to 80 years behind bars.

ARIZONA PLANE CRASH

NTSB: Plane that crashed in Arizona was flying low

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. (AP) - A federal investigator says the pilot of a small plane that crashed in far northwestern Arizona was flying well below what's allowed by regulation.

Newly licensed pilot, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott, and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, were headed to a basketball tournament in Nevada when the single-engine Cessna crashed near the Arizona-Utah border on July 20. The brothers from Clinton, Utah, died.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Larry Lewis said Thursday that motorists on Interstate 15 saw the plane hit a canyon wall, about 100 feet above the elevation of the road. Lewis says the plane should have been flying at a minimum 500 feet.

Preliminary information indicates the plane rounded a corner and turned upside down before striking the canyon wall and sparking a small fire.

A full report isn't expected for months.

TESLA-BATTERY FACTORY

Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

DETROIT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations.

In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the Nevada site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.

California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are also in the running for the factory. Competition is intense for the plant, which Tesla says could employ 6,500 people by 2020.

Tesla wants the factory to supply batteries for its Model 3 electric car, which is set to go on sale in 2017.

Earlier Thursday, Tesla and Panasonic Corp. announced that they will collaborate on the battery factory.

SHOOTING DEATH-VEGAS

Man found dead east of downtown Vegas; 3 sought

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police are looking for three suspects they believe were involved in the death of a man east of downtown Las Vegas.

Authorities say they responded to reports that a man had been shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. They say they found the man dead near the sidewalk at Eastern Avenue and Fremont Street.

Detectives say it appears three male suspects approached the man when he was shot and then fled the scene.

The suspects are described as males who are about 20 years old. Police say one of them was seen riding away on a bicycle.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the man who was killed.

ELKO KILLING

Elko police probe killing of man at home

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Elko police are investigating the killing of a 31-year-old man who appears to have been bludgeoned to death.

Lt. Richard Genseal told the Elko Daily Free Press Richard A. Lawson Jr. appeared to have died from repeated blows to the head with a solid object. He says officers found him dead when they were called to a home on Wilson Avenue about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Genseal says Lawson was in a bedroom at the home where six or seven people live, some sleeping on couches. He says no one at the home claimed to have heard anything.

Genseal says the area is known for drug activity. He also says Lawson reported the theft of a camera and laptop computers at the home on July 17, but he doesn't know if that played any role in to the killing.

DIAMONDBACKS MOVES

Diamondbacks select Andy Marte, recall Kieschnick

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks selected infielder Andy Marte and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno on Thursday after making two trades.

Arizona traded third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees and sent outfielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The 30-year-old Marte hit .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 102 games for Reno. In 302 games in six seasons in the majors with Atlanta and Cleveland, he has hit .218 with 20 home runs and 96 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Kieschnick hit .207 with a double, home run and two RBIs in 19 games in two stints for Arizona this season. In 74 games for Reno, he hit .268 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs.

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