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Police Search Democrat County Official’s Home in Connection with Las Vegas-Review Journal Reporter’s Murder


Jeff German

Law enforcement on Wednesday served search warrants in connection with the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German.

Police officers on Wednesday were spotted at the home of Robert Telles, a county official that Jeff German had been reporting on recently.

Telles, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in June’s primary after Jeff German exposed the hostile work environment in the Democrat official’s office.

Jeff German had also recently filed a public records request on emails and text messages between Telles and others in his office, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Telles reportedly had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate staffer.

Telles has denied the accusations.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

Authorities served search warrants Wednesday morning in connection with the slaying of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, Las Vegas police said.

Around 7 a.m., reporters observed uniformed officers and police vehicles outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, who had been the focus of recent reporting by German. Authorities also had taped off a section around Telles’ home.

Shortly before 9 a.m., police said they were serving search warrants in the 7200 block of Bronze Circle, where the killing occurred.

“No further information will be provided at this time,” police said in a statement.

German spent months reporting on the turmoil surrounding Robert Telles’ oversight of the office. The 45-year-old Democrat lost his re-election bid in June’s primary after German’s findings were published. German also had recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials: Assistant Public Administrator Rita Reid, estate coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett and consultant Michael Murphy. Lee-Kennett was identified in previous stories as a subordinate staffer allegedly involved in an “inappropriate relationship” with Telles.


Robert Telles washes his car. Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal

German’s death came months after he reported that current and former employees alleged that Telles fueled a hostile work environment and carried on a relationship that impaired the office’s ability to deal with the public. The complaints led to co-workers secretly videotaping the two in the back seat of Lee-Kennett’s car in a parking garage. The story also included claims of bullying and favoritism by Telles.

Vegas police on Monday released surveillance images of the suspect in the stabbing death of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

Jeff German, 69, was found stabbed to death in front of his home Saturday morning.

Police are asking the public for help identifying the suspect seen in the photos wearing an orange reflective long-sleeve shirt, a straw hat and jeans with a blue bag.

“We believe the altercation took place outside of the home,” Captain Dori Koren, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said. “We do have some leads. We are pursuing a suspect but the suspect is outstanding.”

Glenn Cook, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s executive editor released a statement on his colleague’s death.

“The Review-Journal family is devastated to lose Jeff,” Glenn Cook said in a statement. “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.”

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