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Mary Louise Johnson, right, with her daughter, 14, in early 2017. Johnson, 35, died of methampetamine intoxication and environmental heat stress June 25 after a yearslong struggle with addiction a ...


  • Combination of methamphetamine intoxication and environmental heat stress killed a mother of three, Mary Louise Johnson.
  • Joseph Martinez was found having sex with her dead body in public


LV Review Journal – A years long struggle with addiction and mental illness ended in June with seizures, drugs and death for one Las Vegas woman, whose body was found in the company of a man she did not know.

The coroner’s office said this week that a combination of methamphetamine intoxication and environmental heat stress killed her. But the horrors continued after death, when witnesses told police the man she was found with appeared to be having sex with her body.

Medics estimated she had been dead a few hours by the time police were called.

The man was still there, in the planter at a strip mall less than a block from University Medical Center, when officers arrived. He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center after asking for a lawyer.

She had no ID on her, so the police report referred to her as Jane Doe. “Appeared to be homeless,” the report read.

She wasn’t.

She had a name: Mary Louise Johnson. She was 35. She had three children, ages 17, 14 and 10.

“She was well-loved. She had a family. She went to church. She was a sweet person who trusted everybody,” her mother, Brenda Loue, 55, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday, just outside a courtroom where the man arrested stood briefly before a judge.


The area where Joseph G. Martinez, 57, was arrested on one count of unlawful sexual penetration of a dead body this past Sunday on Charleston Boulevard near Rancho Drive in Las Vegas on Thursday,  ...



A bailiff walks Joseph Martinez to his seat before a hearing at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. Martinez faces one count of sexual penetration of a human body. R ...


….The night before she died, Johnson, in a daze, showed up at the family’s recently emptied home. She was on methamphetamine again and hadn’t taken any of her medication in at least two days.

Neighbors called Loue, who quickly showed up and tried to calm her daughter. She called the paramedics and listed every prescription Johnson was supposed to be on when they arrived.

The medics carted her off in an ambulance bound for University Medical Center about 11:30 p.m. on June 24, the last time any of them saw Johnson alive.

She was discharged by herself about 5:30 a.m., the hospital told Loue. The man later found with Johnson’s body, Joseph Martinez, 57, told police he met her in the hospital’s lobby.

Whether or not Johnson took more methamphetamine that morning, Loue believes her daughter may have been preparing for a seizure before she died. They happened so frequently that Johnson had a routine: Sit down, lie back and relax so she wouldn’t suffer more injury.

Officers found her body, pale and stiff, lying next to Martinez.

“I think this guy had one thing on his mind,” Loue said. “He thought she was an easy target.”


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  • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome: caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana.
  • Dr. Kennon Heard: “Before legalization in Colorado,we almost never saw. Now we are seeing it quite frequently.”


NEW YORK (CBS) – For more than two years, Lance Crowder was having severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and no local doctor could figure out why. Finally, an emergency room physician in Indianapolis had an idea.

“The first question he asked was if I was taking hot showers to find relief. When he asked me that question, I basically fell into tears because I knew he had an answer,” Crowder said.

The answer was cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS. It’s caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of marijuana. For unclear reasons, the nausea and vomiting are relieved by hot showers or baths.

“They’ll often present to the emergency department three, four, five different times before we can sort this out,” said Dr. Kennon Heard, an emergency room physician in Aurora, Colorado.

He co-authored a study showing that since 2009, when medical marijuana became widely available, emergency room visits diagnoses for CHS in two Colorado hospitals nearly doubled. In 2012, the state legalized recreational marijuana.

“It is certainly something that, before legalization, we almost never saw,” Heard said. “Now we are seeing it quite frequently.”

Outside of Colorado, when patients do end up in an emergency room, the diagnosis is often missed. Partly because doctors don’t know about CHS, and partly because patients don’t want to admit to using a substance that’s illegal.

CHS can lead to dehydration and kidney failure, but usually resolves within days of stopping drug use. That’s what happened with Crowder, who has been off all forms of marijuana for seven months.






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Police arrested eight people after a burglary at Desert Oasis High School at on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Screenshot/Google)


Eight arrests were made on Thursday night after a burglary at Desert Oasis High School, according to Clark County School District police Capt. Ken Young.

The Metropolitan Police Department received a call at about 10:32 p.m. after 20-40 masked juveniles were seen on surveillance cameras running through the halls. Metro officers responded to help school district police seal off the school and detain the juveniles.

Most of the juveniles fled the scene, but eight were arrested for burglary and destruction of property, Young said.

The high school sustained some damage, but Young did not specify how much.

Contact Dana Rutkin at or 702-383-0381. Follow @danadrutkin on Twitter.


A Julio Cesar Medrano accused of filming rape/sodomy of 4-year-old girl in Las Vegas

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Clark County Detention Center. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

By Rachel Hershkovitz Las Vegas Review-Journal

May 3, 2017 – 7:00 pm


A man has been charged with raping a 4-year-old girl after a woman found child pornography in the man’s phone, Las Vegas police said.

Julio Cesar Medrano, 23, was arrested on April 21 in connection with the sexual assault.

According to arrest reports, the 30-second video reveals a man sodomizing the child. A time stamp from the video shows that the sexual assault occurred on April 3.

A tattoo on the man’s hand in the video matches a tattoo on Medrano, the report says, leading police to identify Medrano as a suspect.

He is registered under his alias “Julio Rodriguez” in the Clark County Detention Center. He is being without bail and faces child pornography and sexual assault charges.

Contact Rachel Hershkovitz at or 702-383-0381. Follow @rzhershkovitz on Twitter.



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UPDATE: Police: Trump hotel arson suspect not ‘politically motivated’ –

A man accused of trying to set two fires inside the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday was not “politically motivated,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Roger Fraley, 28, was booked Thursday into the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of leaving two toasters filled with towels and paper products in a women’s bathroom on the pool deck and on the 17th floor of the hotel in an attempt to start fires.

….Fraley’s Facebook page lists him as the CEO of Rojay Rabbit, a business that teaches customers “stealth social matrix hacking techniques” and encourages them to “see how far the rabbit hole goes.”



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( RJ ) A man was taken into custody Wednesday night after arson investigators found devices set to start two separate fires to Trump International.

The suspected arsonist is facing charges of first-degree arson and burglary, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Steve Summers said.

The fires brought more than 45 Clark County Fire Department personnel, arson investigators and Metro detectives to the hotel bearing the president’s name.

Just after 5 p.m., the Fire Department was dispatched to the hotel at 2000 Fashion Show Drive, for reports of two separate fires at the same time. Arriving firefighters found one small fire in a women’s pool deck restroom and another in the hallway of the 17th floor, the Fire Department said.

The fire on the 17th floor was extinguished by hotel security personnel and was confined to two toasters and some towels. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the restroom. The pool deck fire was also confined to two toasters and “various combustible materials,” the Fire Department said.

By 6 p.m., the Fire Department confirmed both fires were out and smoke was being cleared.

Fire Department spokesman John Steinbeck said the multiple devices were placed intentionally to start the fires.

Read more: 1 in custody after fires set at Trump International


Authorities investigate a a small bathroom fire at Trump International in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Chade Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Las Vegas fire captain Richard Odell Loughry arrested, charged with child prostitution

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( RJ ) A Las Vegas fire captain was arrested Monday on charges related to the solicitation of a child for sex.

Richard Odell Loughry, 46, was jailed on charges of lewdness with a child under 14, statutory sexual seduction and soliciting or engaging in child prostitution, booking and jail records show.

Loughry has been employed by the Las Vegas Fire Department since May 5, 1997, said David Riggleman, director of communications for the city of Las Vegas.

“Obviously, those are serious charges and would be of great concern to the city, no question,” Riggleman said.

Loughry received more than $226,000 in total pay and benefits in 2016, according to

Attorney Louis Schneider represents the victim, who said she had sex with a man about six weeks ago at a firehouse after he responded to an online advertisement.

She described being walked through a garage and firehouse and into a room with a plaque on the door that read “captain’s dorm,” Schneider said. The girl also gave details about the walls and the blanket on the bed.

The attorney asked the girl to write down everything she remembered about the incident, and he reported her statement to the FBI.

“She’s traumatized,” Schneider said, “and under the full care of doctors.”

He said he was offended by the allegations in the case.

“A firehouse is a place of refuge, a safe haven staffed by men and women who risk their lives to save others,” he said.

Further details regarding the allegations that led to Loughry’s arrest were not immediately available.


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A devastated mother joined family and friends at a North Las Vegas vigil Sunday night to mourn the baby boy killed by a bullet before he was a month old.

Marcus Thomas Jr.; his mother, LaSharell Pope; his father, Marcus Thomas; and two children, ages 2 and 4; were inside a sedan parked outside a North Las Vegas apartment complex, when a gunman sprayed the car with bullets Saturday night.

“He didn’t even get to see Easter,” said the boy’s grandmother, LaShanda Williams.

… At about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a person targeted a parked car with gunfire in front of The Preserve apartment complex, 2655 E. Deer Springs Way, North Las Vegas police said.

One bullet hit the baby and one struck 22-year-old Thomas in the gray Chrysler four-door sedan, police said. Pope and two children, ages 2 and 4, were not hurt.

Pope tried to drive the two injured passengers to the hospital, but she crashed the Chrysler into a Nissan sedan near Craig Road and North Fifth Street, police said. The three previously uninjured occupants again escaped injury.

Gideon Villena, a 21-year-old gas station employee, was taking out the trash at the Shell gas station near the intersection when he heard the woman’s screams.

“She kept saying, ‘My baby dead, my baby dead, my baby dead,’” Villena said Sunday.

About eight minutes ticked by before authorities responded, he said.

Medical personnel took the critically injured infant and his father to University Medical Center’s trauma unit. The baby died, North Las Vegas police said; the elder Thomas is stable.


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