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Rizzolo still too sick to
while partying at Park
VEGAS by Steve Miller
December 11, 2006
LAS VEGAS - As
quadriplegic Kirk Henry's health continues to deteriorate while his
family waits for the ten
million dollars convicted racketeer Rick
Rizzolo promised after a Crazy Horse Too manager broke Henry's neck
over a disputed $88
bar tab, Rizzolo is observed partying in a six million dollar Park
Towers penthouse reportedly owned by the ex of the former mayor.
Kirk Henry's 12-year-old
son, Jared, checks his father's blood pressure Friday morning after
Henry felt light-headed. Since his neck was broken, problems with low
blood pressure have threatened Henry's life repeatedly. Photo by REED HOFFMANN/ SPECIAL TO THE REVIEW-JOURNAL
Park Towers Las Vegas is nestled away in the quiet
southwest corner of the Hughes Center, and is easily one of the finest
luxury condos in the world. Las Vegas Blvd. is just two blocks away,
and the panoramic views from the tower are breathtaking. Park Towers
luxury condominiums range in size from 2129 to 10,000 square
feet. Park Towers has all the amenities
you might expect: pool, spa, tennis, a business center, a wine cellar,
beauty salon, fitness center, screening room, library, lush gardens, 24
hour security, underground parking, concierge services valet parking
and much more.
Rizzolo's sentencing was first scheduled for September 15, then it was
postponed until December 8. Now it's scheduled for Dec. 18, purportedly
for health reasons. Meanwhile, fellow elevator riders in the Park Towers and Turnberry
Place condominiums report Rizzolo's late night movements, and their
stories corroborate the impression that he's anything but sick.
Meanwhile, Henry and his attorneys haven't received a dime.
As late as Monday, November 27, Rizzolo was seen in the company of
strippers at the
Hilton and other hotels chain smoking and drinking while
gambling hundreds of thousands of dollars -- money pledged to the
Henrys and the IRS.
Rizzolo, 47, is reportedly telling friends his heart
condition has been
"upgraded," and he's on heavier medication. His friend also said it
would be a miracle if he lives long enough to go to prison.
But those who recently observed his late night cavorting say he's
constantly smoking; being followed around by scantily clad females
(possibly nurses); and never without a drink in his hand. (Heavier
As for his alleged new digs,
the county assessor lists the condo Rizzolo is reportedly occupying as
belonging to Fletcher Jones,
Jr., the ex-husband of Jan Jones -- former Mayor of Las Vegas. Fletcher is also listed as having an
interest in Turnberry Place.
Jones, who left office in 1999, was accused of doing Rizzolo
favors including letting him add 6,000 square feet to his club without
required building permits, traffic studies, or increased parking.
During a council meeting when citizens challenged the expansion, Jones
produced a recent issue of a weekly newspaper which featured a front
page story I penned.
"For ... Mr. Miller to use
this for political purposes is inappropriate," the Review-Journal quoted Jones saying. Then in
spite of numerous citizen complaints and a lawsuit brought by nearby
businesses that complained of overflow parking, Jones granted her
friend all his building and occupancy permits after
the expansion was completed and illegally opened for business.
She even went so far as to tell the attorney representing the
neighboring businesses that he was "out of order" for asking if a
parking or traffic study had been conducted?
Not long after the hearing, Jones was observed at Rizzolo's home
celebrating Christmas with a number of his organized crime associates, paid
off judges and politicians.
he'll only get probation instead of the minimum 15 months in Federal
Prison he plea bargained for. His excuse will obviously be health
related -- that's if Judge Pro falls for the scam.
In the meantime, his neighbors at Park Towers include Steve Wynn, owner
of one of several casinos that classify Rizzolo as a "whale." Guys like
Wynn must have their fingers crossed hoping their goose that lays the
golden eggs doesn't go to prison, and the eye candy in the elevator
doesn't go away. We'll know on December 18.
And if Rizzolo does get away with only probation, it will be a miracle
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