Vegas constable office raided in wiretapping probe

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Updated: 6/18/2014 1:20 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a police raid at the offices of lame-duck Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura is part of a probe to find the source of a recorded telephone conversation that was aired between him and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins.

Las Vegas police said investigators served search warrants Tuesday at Bonaventura's office in downtown Las Vegas and at an unspecified private residence.

Police said investigators are looking at whether a state wiretapping law was broken. It is illegal in Nevada to record a phone call unless both parties consent.

An aide said Wednesday that Bonaventura wasn't immediately available for comment.

Chief Deputy Constable Dean Lauer and Collins didn't immediately respond to messages.

The state Supreme Court recently upheld a county commission vote to abolish the constable office in January.

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