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Reporter: Ed Silverstein

Ed Silverstein is a senior reporter covering gambling law and crime news for Ed is an award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media. Ed joined the news team in 2019 after decades of experience in legal reporting.

His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, politics, education, and state and local government.

Ed holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale. His professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives.

Ed currently resides in Connecticut, where he enjoys photography and bowling in his spare time.

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2263 stories by Ed Silverstein

Vacant Building Catches Fire Near Las Vegas Strip, Smoke Seen Near the Strat Casino

The former M&M Soul Food Café was engulfed by flames on Wednesday sending plumes of smoke billowing around the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas firefighters initially were notified at 12:51 p.m. that heavy smoke was seen coming from...

Ed Silverstein June 12, 2024

Murdered Baby Found in Downtown Vegas Dumpster Leads to Parents’ Arrests

The recent discovery of a dead and badly abused two-year-old child in a Las Vegas dumpster has led to murder charges against the boy’s parents. The deceased toddler, identified as Jacoby Robinson Jr., suffered from a brain bleed and had “significant” injuries...

Ed Silverstein June 12, 2024

Ohio Casino Visitors Arrested After Children Allegedly Left Alone in Vehicle

Leaving three kids unattended in a parked car at an Ohio gaming property has landed another parent in jail. Joshua Griffin of Indiana has become the second parent charged with leaving the children unsupervised in the car on May 21. The children...

Ed Silverstein June 12, 2024

Drunk Las Vegas Motorist Who Killed State Troopers Sentenced to at Least 16 Years

The intoxicated man who plowed his car into two Nevada state troopers on a Las Vegas highway in November will be spending at least 16 years behind bars. Jemarcus Williams, 46, was sentenced Tuesday to between 16 and 40 years for the...

Ed Silverstein June 11, 2024

Las Vegas Prostitution Arrests Increase, Could Be Due to Tougher Enforcement: Experts Explain

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) reported about a 50% jump in prostitution offenses in May, according to Las Vegas TV station KTNV. When comparing prostitution offenses between January 1 and May 31, 2023, vs. January 1 and May 31, 2024,...

Ed Silverstein June 11, 2024

Pennsylvania Harness Driver Injured, Race Horse Put Down

A harness-racing driver was injured Saturday during a multicart accident at Pennsylvania’s Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. During a race, the second-place horse slowed down as it was running at the North Strabane Township, Pa. track, causing the wheels of two sulkies...

Ed Silverstein June 10, 2024

Murder at Oklahoma Casino Parking Garage Leads to Arrest

A man was killed Sunday evening in the parking garage at Oklahoma’s Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant. Antonio Anthony Latham, 20, of Gunter, Texas, was apprehended shortly after the violent crime. Latham was charged with first-degree murder, according to Oklahoma TV station KXII. The...

Ed Silverstein June 10, 2024

Court Date for Ohio Father Who Left Baby Alone at Casino for Close to Three Hours

The father of a 10-month-old baby is scheduled to appear in court later this month after allegedly leaving her alone in a car when he went inside an Ohio casino. Kyle Miller, 27, of Elyria, Ohio, is charged with child endangerment. A...

Ed Silverstein June 7, 2024

$25K Reward Offered for Capture, Indictment of MGM National Harbor Murder Suspect

Authorities struggling to find the gunman accused in last month’s death of a man at Maryland’s MGM National Harbor Hotel & Casino are now offering a cash reward. A tip that leads to the shooter’s arrest and indictment will lead to a...

Ed Silverstein June 7, 2024

Former MGM National Harbor Dealer Accused in Cheating Scheme

A one-time blackjack dealer is facing multiple charges after she took part in a $43K cheating plot at Maryland’s MGM National Harbor casino, authorities revealed on Thursday. Jamie Smith, 31, was charged this week with theft, conspiracy to commit a theft, and...

Ed Silverstein June 7, 2024