Police search home of Democratic City Official in connection to the stabbing of investigative journalist

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Las Vegas police search county official’s home in connection to fatal stabbing of reporter Jeff German – New York Post

Las Vegas Police executed a search warrant Wednesday in the home of a Democratic City Official, who is linked to last week’s stabbing death of investigative reporter Jeff German, who was working for a local news outlet. Officers entered Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles home early Wednesday, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. German has written at length about an allegedly hostile work environment that Telles was said to be running in his office with the city, and about an allegedly improper relationship with a female employee.

German, 69, was found dead Saturday morning near his home. He had worked for Las Vegas News as a reporter for more than 30 years and had been writing for The Review-Journal since 2010. Police said they believed that German had an altercation Friday evening with another man near his home.

Authorities confirmed at the time they were following leads and had a “suspect”. Authorities described two clips from security video related to the incident, one showing an individual wearing a large straw hat and orange, reflective work jacket. The second clip shows the car – a red GMC Yukon Denali with chrome handles, police said, that was connected with the assault. A vehicle stopped outside of the Telles residence fit the description, according to The Review-Journal.

German’s earlier report indicated Clark County clerks were highly critical of Telles, accusing him of favoritism and bullying. “The Clark County Office of the Administrator has been mired in tumult and internal disagreement for the last couple of years, with allegations of emotional distress, bullying, and favoritism leading to secret videotapings of both the chief and one co-worker, taken outside of the office,” one of her articles, published in May, said.

Telles lost her re-election bid in June after the Germans report was released, coming third in the Democratic primary. Staffers allegedly videotaped Telles with one of his aides, Roberta Lee-Kennett, in the back seat of the car in order to obtain evidence of an “inappropriate relationship” between the two. Police did not say that Telles was the suspect in the fatal stabbing of German. Telles office did not immediately return a Fox call seeking comment.

The “Review-Journal family is devastated by Jeff’s loss,” executive editor Glenn Cook said in a statement on Sunday. “He was the gold standard of journalism. It is difficult to imagine what Las Vegas would look like today without his long years shining a bright light in a dark place.

For more coverage on this story, check the following additional news sources:

  1. Las Vegas police search county official’s home in connection to fatal stabbing of reporter Jeff German  New York Post 
  2. Police search home of Democrat official in connection with stabbing of investigative journalist Jeff German  Fox News
  3. LVMPD: ‘Tremendous progress made’ on investigation involving journalist’s death  KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
  4. Police search county official’s home in connection with reporter’s killing  Las Vegas Review-Journal
  5. Editorial: Las Vegas loses a crucial investigative reporter  Chicago Tribune

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