Las Vegas police appear to be zeroing in on solving the murder of longtime investigative reporter Jeff German.
On Wednesday, police searched the home of Robert Telles, the public administrator for Clark County, Nevada. Reportedly, Telles believed he lost the primary bid for reelection because of reporting by German who alleged mismanagement and inappropriate conduct.
German reported on several scandals in 2022, which cast a negative light on Telles’ leadership. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “German broke a story in May revealing that several current and former employees alleged Telles had created a hostile work environment.”
The Daily Wire reported that German asserted city workers claimed Telles had an “inappropriate” relationship with staffer Roberta Lee-Kennet. Video of the alleged affair was given to German and published by the Journal-Review.
Reportedly, the video showed the two married officials in the backseat of a vehicle.
The Review-Journal reported that officers searched Telles’ home at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, cordoning off a portion of Telles’ residence. In part, the home was targeted for search because a vehicle believed connected to the crime was seen at Telles’ home by local Review-Journal reporters.
Police Dept. Capt. Dori Koren told the Review-Journal: “We believe the altercation took place outside of the home. We do have some leads. We are pursuing a suspect but the suspect is outstanding.”
Speaking about their colleague, Glenn Cook, executive editor of the Review-Journal, said: “The Review-Journal family is devastated to lose Jeff. He was the gold standard of the news business. It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without his many years of shining a bright light on dark places.”
German was 69 at the time of his death. He had a notable 40-year career in journalism, breaking major stories about the mafia and political corruption over the years.
German worked for the Review-Journal since 2010. Fellow reporter Cathy Scott remembered German as a dedicated reporter who worked hard to cover the city and its happenings:
“He was a hard news guy,” Scott said. “He worked hard and had tons of sources … a dyed-in-the-wool newsman. That’s who he was. He was dedicated to the craft.”
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