Crime is falling on the main tourist corridor, but browsing through news reports from the past months, you might think the statistics were deceiving. Here's a look at some of the recent crimes and court cases that have grabbed headlines:
— Dec. 21, 2012: A casino card dealer is accused of using razor blades to slash a co-worker's face at a blackjack table at the Bellagio casino-resort.
—Jan. 1, 2013: A 20-year-old man is accused of firing a gunshot into the floor of a crowded Circus Circus during a New Year's Eve argument.
—Jan. 1, 2013: A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force is accused of pulling a 13 year-old boy into a hotel room at Circus Circus and sexually assaulted him.
—Feb. 11, 2013: A University of California, Berkeley, law student pleads not guilty in what prosecutors allege was the torture death and beheading of an exotic bird at a resort.
—Feb. 6, 2013: An overnight shooting in a parking structure outside a movie theater left two teens with major injuries and also hurt a third teen.
— Feb. 14, 2013: A former high school football coach and teacher from Florida was sentenced to three months in jail after being convicted for accidentally killing a Utah man with a single punch at a casino.
— Feb. 16, 2013: Two men were booked on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a guest in the elevator of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip.