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related to the raid. it relates to the end of a 30 year contract to supply power to southern california... and expires at the end of september 2017. in 2011 president signed the hoover dam allocation act allowing the sale of power to more people in nevada, arizona for 50 years october 2017 outside the leavitt home in henderson at least a half dozen vehicles belonging to law enforcement agents were parked in such a way that no one inside the home could drive away. just before noon an fbi agent moved a vehicle to allow a pickup parked in the garage to leave. the pickup filled with boxes. a short time later another undercover vehicle was backed into the garage. meanwhile in boulder city, agents performed a similar operation at the building that houses the bureau of reclamation and department of interior. agents going in and out seizing evidence. leavitt's name was found on two other properties besides the one here. we spoke with people inside those homes. one
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to around the corner from this home said they are renters, a person at the of the home said leavitt no longer owns the property. it's not clear whether or not leavitt is the only person subject to a criminal investigation, or if more raids could be coming. the fbi says so far there have been no arrests in connection with the raids. while we connected at least one person --rick leavitt-- to all three locations... it's not clear how many people were subject to the seized documents. fox5's ophelia young continues our team coverage in southwest las vegas at the raid location of a local accounting firm, linked to the other two locations-- and to that hoover dam audit. all day we've asked why the fbi is searching the accounting firm behind me ll bradford cpas. what connects the firm to frederick leavitt and the bureau of reclamation? the southern california public power authority confirms on the phone with me - ll
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leavitt is a director - was awarded some money to conduct an audit of the hoover dam. heres what we saw this morning. "i saw metro cars outside the building i saw officers making their way inside." other than police bringing in some backpacks and suitcase into this office building off west sunset near durango things were business as usual on the first and 2nd floors. it was the 3rd floor fbi, irs and metro were interested in - ll bradford, cpas. there is one person that connects ll bradford to a henderson home and a bureau of reclamation office in boulder city - both also raided the same day... a man named frederick, or rick zaffarese leavitt. an accountant with the us department of interior... leavitt is also a director of ll bradford cpas... we've found out - he is also the director of vestin, a realty mortgage company and board member of vestin groups - that company is located on the second floor of the same
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"do you know if the companies on the second and 3rd floor are connected i believe its goign on on the 3rd floor i dont know what the relation would be to anything on the second floor so you dont think theres anything on the 2nd floor all the commotion is on the 3rd. as far as i know yes." fox 5 also walked into vestin's office on the 2nd floor - the receptionist had no knowledge of a raid as of early afternoon.... but in calls to the office another worker told us they had no comment. only a couple cop cars remaining as of when we were this afternoon. we saw a few cops back and forth from their cars but i didnt see them documents out reporting live. we also called the bureau of comment-- but were referred to the
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just four months after an fire ripped apart an east las vegas home - the same house is now the scene of another fire investigation. fox5's abby theodros joins us live in the news room with why neighbors say this is no coincidence. afternoon in the neighborhood where this every neighbor we spoke with decline an on camera fear of retaliation. but response from people in the area is that whoever did this was trying to send a message. this home or what's center of two fire investigations. first - an arson - in became the scene of a grizzly murder. mario jimenez was found dead inside the home. other family members narrowly survived including the man front of the house bound and bleeding. inside two women burned and bound and a child left all alone. today - the clark county coroner's that one of those jimenez - died from her injuries. while
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home - a friend of jimenez drove by - and said even she didnt feel safe passing by the home. nats that could be because of a new investigation officials have opened a new case - before they could close the first one.. tim szymanski, lvfr pio: we went to the same house again last night just a little after 11. heavy flames and smoke showing on arrival. multiple 911 calls. last night the same house caught fire again. las vegas fire and rescue is investigating and they say its too early to determine a cause or link to door knock telling a different story. people in the area said they've seen lots of cars near that home. multiple neighbors under the impression that the family was linked to the mexican drug cartel. while metro police would not confirm that information - word from neighbors was consistent: this home was a target. there are still lots of questions. metro police tell us they continue to investigate
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vegas fire and rescue is also investigating both fires. and coming up at 5:30 i'll tell you how neighbors describe the family that formerly lived in the home. investigators say no one was hurt in wednesday night's fire. a fire also tore through a vacant gas station overnight. it happened in henderson near lake mead parkway and warm springs. firefighters arrived - just before midnight and quickly extinguished the flames. the business has been vacant for quite a while. there were no injuries... and the cause is under investigation. the man accused of attacking a metro police k-9 with a machete... faced a judge for the first time since the incident. tolavius timmons was in court this morning. the judge increased his bail from 50 to 75-thousand. police arrested him last week after officers tell us he barricaded himself inside a home during a nine hour standoff. metro sent in a k-9 named "nicky" to help take timmons into custody.
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nicky more than a dozen times with a machete. the k-9 underwent surgery and is now recovering. nicky actually paid a visit to fox five this morning. we'll have more on that... coming up later in the newscast. auto theft is on the rise in the northeast valley. metro police say the area is not a bad or unsafe are to live in ... but more people have been stealing vehicles. in fact, people northeast have reported 130 auto thefts in five the new year. police say many of them are being stolen from apartment complexes. sgt. fred haas / las vegas metro police "i don't think the northeast is an unsafe place to be. i come to work over here because it's important to me. out chain of command lives in this area as well, so place to be. you want to make sure the criminals don't have the opportunity of the area though." metro's northeast area command also said call them if you see anything or place. they might not know there's a no one has told them. you can also and call crimestoppers.. its number is 7-0-
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if you were outside at all today... you felt those strong wind whipping through town. especially if you were in the far west valley today. take a look at this time-lapse video of a dust cloud... in the blue diamond area south of red rock. the video was taken from our fox five camera on the stratosphere. the wind was causing all sorts of problems today - even leading to delays at mccarran international airport. toss to weather gusts drop down to around the 20 mph range with clearing skies as we head into the overnight. we'll see afternoon southwest breezes again on friday, but just to around 10-20 mph for a few hours. we'll see a high of 70 degrees on friday. for the weekend we'll see sunny skies with highs at 72 on
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week we continue to see sunny skies with warmer highs into the upper-70s. average high for next week is 65 degrees.
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words between donald trump... and the pope. coming up... why the pontiff is questioning the presidential candidate's christianity. plus... it's a tight race in nevada between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. now - both candidates are in las vegas... trying to gain support - ahead of saturday's
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one of the areas that i've been particularly interested in is the area of children. we intend to be sure that everybody in this room and every child in this state is somebody. no matter where they're born, no matter to whom they are born. i want to make sure that every child has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. i've spent my life fighting for children, and i'm not stopping now. i'm hillary clinton,
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"we are coming up to houses, we're handing out brouchures, we're talking with people, searching for captains." that's a supporter for ted cruz... canvasing neighborhoods.... hoping to drum up suppore nevada g-o-p presidential caucus tuesd. a recent c-n-n poll shows donald trump leading nevadarcmao rubio and ted cruz in a tight place. democrats... it's "crunch time"... the on saturday. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in a tight race among likely caucus- goers... and tonight... both are taking part in a town hall campaign event. fox five's miguel martinez-valle is live at the lou ruvo center where the town hall gets underway in about
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closed captioning will resume shortly bernie sanders and hillary clinton will come face to face tonight at a town hall right here in las vegas before caucus. the democratic town hall is happening at 6 p-m at the lou ruvo center for brain health. clinton and sanders will focus on issues affecting nevada and the latino community. the race is tight between the 2 according to recent polls. hall gets underway in about an hour.
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house couldn't get any more unusual... donald trump gets into a war of words... with the pope. mike emanuel explains how it all began... when the pontiff questioned trump's christianity. flying home from his visit to mexico... pope francis was asked about donald trump. pope francis says: "a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not christian." trump got the news on the campaign trail. trump says: "for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. i'm proud to be a christian and as president i will not allow christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened unlike what is happening now with our in the air - the pope trump's pledge to build a wall at the mexican border... and his criticism of the pontiff for standing with migrants at the u.s.-mexico border... pope is a very
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are using the pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves - that's the mexican government.." pope francis says: "thank god he said i was a politician because aristotle defined the human person as 'animal politicus.' so at least i am a human person. and that i am a pawn? well, maybe, i will leave that up to your judgment. " the pope said having not heard trump's border plans independently, he would give the businessman the benefit of the doubt. pope francis says: " what would i advise - to vote or not to vote - i would not get mixed up in that." trump says: "if and when the vatican is attacked by isis." trump says: "i can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that donald trump would have been president." (on cam tag) nationally, catholics make up about twenty percent of the electorate... and, catholic majorities have picked the winner in the last four presidential elections. in washington, mike emanuel, fox news. now fox5 weather 24/7, with chief meterologist ted pretty
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around the 20 mph range with clearing skies as we head into the overnight. we'll see afternoon southwest breezes again on friday, but just to around 10-20 mph for a few hours. we'll see a high of 70 degrees on friday. for the weekend we'll see sunny skies with highs at 72 on saturday, then 76 on sunday. into next week we continue to see sunny skies with warmer highs into the upper-70s. average high for next week is 65 degrees. gusts drop down to around the 20 mph skies as we head into the overnight. we'll see afternoon
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just to around 10-20 mph for a few hours. we'll see a high of 70 degrees on friday. for the weekend we'll see highs at 72 on saturday, then 76 on sunday. into next week we continue to see sunny skies with warmer highs into the upper-70s. average high for next week is 65 degrees. closed captioning
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system can be confusing and intimidating. so what are the basics you need to know? fox 5's kevin bolinger has a preview of the caucus lesson he'll be giving us tonight at 10.
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government they'll take part in the process and be part instead of complaining about it. from how it works to where to find out where your specific caucus is....we're giving you everything you need to know before the saturday and the tuesday. we hope you join us tonight on fox 5 news at ten.>> there's much more coming up in the second half of fox5 news at 5. three locations in nevada.... raided by the f-b-i. together what we know - about the
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live fro there are those who say we cannot defeat a corrupt political system and fix a rigged economy. but i believe we need to lift our vision above the obstacles in place and look to the american horizon. to a nation where every child can not only dream of going to college, but attend one. where quality healthcare will be a birthright of every citizen. where a good job is not a wish, but a reality. where women receive equal pay and a living wage is paid to all.
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there is time for rest and grandchildren. a nation that defends our people and our values, but no longer carries so much of that burden alone. i know we can create that america if we listen to our conscience and our hearts and not to the pundits and the naysayers. i'm bernie sanders. i approve this message,
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your only choice for live local news right now. with emmy award winner john huck. christine maddela. and weather 24/7 with chief meteoroligist ted pretty. this is fox5 news at 5:30. local las vegas. thanks for joining us for your only local news at 5:30. a public corruption scandal may be just beginning... feds raid three different locations from southwest las vegas to henderson... and in boulder city. tonight we know the common thread between them. fox5's ophelia
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raided accounting office-- but fox5's les krifaton tells us the connection between the raids... and what may have spurred the investigation. this is the home where the fbi conducted one of three raids this morning that the review journal relates to a financial audit of the hoover dam. this home belongs to frederick leavitt one of the people who oversaw the audit. it relates to the end of the current power contract with southern california which september 2017 and the start of the new 50 year contract that begins in october 17. leavitt is the management bureau of reclamation but also holds titles as the accountant the interior and is a director of vestin fund. fbi agents and the hours here from the home. while that was going on raids were taking accounting

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