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Las Vegas / Hotel Fire #275357

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 1981
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(Studio) Estimated number of arson cases daily in United States noted; breakdown for 1979 given. Difficulty faced by authorities in arresting and convicting an arsonist noted. Las Vegas police said arresting Philip Bruce Cline as arson suspect in Hilton hotel fire.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Las Vegas, NV) Arraignment today of Cline before Judge Earle White examined. [WHITE and CLINE - discuss chgs.] Police arrest report and Cline's alleged confession discussed; portions of report shown. (Temporary audio and video loss.) Basis of police suspicions outlined. [Lieutenant John CONNORS - comments.] Cline's previous work experiences at other Las Vegas hotels, incl. the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. Grand, mentioned; situation at Hilton and other conv. oriented hotels in town noted. [NV state fire marshal Thomas HUDDLESTON - comments.] Cline's next court appearance mentioned.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard Artist: Bill Robles

Cronkite, Walter;
Shepard, Gary

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