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Wetlands fire under control, Henderson officials report
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Henderson Fire Department is fighting a brush fire today in the wetlands outside of Sam Boyd Stadium. The fire started about 12:35 p.m. near Russell Road and the stadium.
Fire chases three residents from Las Vegas home, destroys two cars
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Two vehicles were destroyed and three people were displaced from their home today after a fire broke out in a garage.
EPA to honor Caesars for program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
While Caesars Entertainment continues to expand its properties around the globe, it has reduced in one crucial area – greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today said it would recognized the Las Vegas-headquartered company for the achievement with its Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management-Goal Achievement.
Elderly woman dies after crash in parking lot
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
A 68-year-old woman died Monday night after the Hyundai she was driving crashed into a chain-link fence in a parking lot.
Car chase leads to barricade situation, school lockdowns
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Metro Police arrested a person suspected of stealing a car on Monday nearly four hours after he evaded Nevada Highway Patrol in a car chase. Highway Patrol troopers initially attempted to pull over the suspect about 10:45 a.m. at Spring Mountain Road and Arville Street. The suspect sped away and escaped the troopers before ditching the Honda Accord in a parking lot in the 4500 block of Pennwood Avenue, Trooper Loy Hixson said.
Metro to quit responding to minor traffic accidents beginning March 3
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
The days of Metro Police responding to fender-benders come to an end next week. The move, Metro estimates, will free up 250 hours a week for officers to perform other duties.
Search continues for 2 men still missing on Lake Mead
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Two Las Vegas men on a boating trip remain missing in Lake Mead after a weekend search of more than 30,000 acres of land and water failed to locate them.
4 children injured when car runs red light, police say
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Four children were injured in a crash Sunday night after a car ran a red light in northeast Las Vegas, Metro Police reported.
After eight years, hope remains alive — even if a missing daughter isn't
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Jessie Foster vanished March 29, 2006, from North Las Vegas, like a drop of rain on the desert floor. She was 21. Nearly eight years later, volunteers with a sex-trafficking victims’ assistance group are hitting the streets of Las Vegas in hopes of finding Jessie. In May 2005, she had come from Kamloops to the Las Vegas Valley. A month later, Jessie moved in with her boyfriend, Peter Todd — a man Jessie’s parents, Dwight Foster and Grant, barely knew.
Airport garage reopened after suspicious packaged deemed safe
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
A suspicious package found at a McCarran International Airport garage today caused the parking structure to be shut down for three hours as a precaution.
Las Vegas man pleads guilty to filing false tax claims
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to filing more than $120,000 in false tax claims between 2005 and 2009.
Oil spill closes ramp at 215 Beltway and I-15
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
An oil spill has closed the off-ramp from the westbound 215 Beltway to Interstate 15 South, causing traffic delays.
Prosecutors file murder charge against roommate in January slaying
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
The night before Sheila Linke disappeared, she sent her supervisor a message that proved to be prophetic. “I’m evicting my roommates and I might have to use vacation tomorrow because it is ugly.”
Federal indictment accuses Henderson man of pointing laser at Metro helicopter
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
A Henderson man is accused of aiming a laser pointer at a Metro Police helicopter six different times this year and could face up to five years in federal prison.
Police report: Fight didn't ruin Las Vegas wedding reception; gunshots did
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
It was, Peter Andrade told his girlfriend, “somebody’s special day, and I don’t want to ruin it by fighting here.” But a Metro Police arrest report indicates Andrade shot five people after the wedding reception Saturday night.
National association to recognize Gillespie as Sheriff of the Year
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
A year shy of his retirement, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie has been named the National Sheriffs’ Association’s 2014 Sheriff of the Year, Metro Police announced today.
Charge against jailed Nellis staff sergeant could escalate after baby son's death
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
The baby Metro Police allege was abused earlier this month by a Nellis Air Force staff sergeant died Monday night. Three-month-old Aiden James Leach was airlifted on Feb. 1 to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition.
Box cutter used in attack in northwest Las Vegas
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Metro Police arrested a man suspected of attacking another person with a box cutter Monday afternoon in northwest Las Vegas.
Good Samaritan hit, killed trying to help crash victim
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
A car hit and killed a 72-year-old man who had been trying to help a driver of an overturned vehicle Sunday near Laughlin.
Police: Man dies in collision after failing to yield at stop sign
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
A 38-year-old man died early this morning in a vehicle crash after he failed to stop at a stop sign.
Three displaced by North Las Vegas apartment fire
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Three people were displaced from their North Las Vegas residences Saturday night after a fire destroyed two apartments.
Chelsea Clinton: 'We have a lot more work to do' for LGBT rights
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Chelsea Clinton stepped to the podium at the Bally’s Events Center to the tune of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit rap song “Same Love.” The song about equal rights for lesbians and gays set the stage for the message she delivered Sunday at the inaugural Time to Thrive conference.
Love is in the air for a Vegas Valentine's Day
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Valentine’s Day is here, and love is in the air of the nation’s unofficial marriage capital. In 2011, more than 1 of every 25 marriages in the United States took place in Clark County, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. Wedding chapels, casinos and the Clark County Marriage Bureau are expected to be swarming with couples planning to get married on the holiday of love.
Man walking on sidewalk hit by SUV near downtown Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
A sport utility vehicle hit a man walking on a sidewalk today near downtown Las Vegas, Metro Police reported. The pedestrian, who was not immediately identified, was transported to University Medical Center in unknown condition.
Early morning fire destroys house in North Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
A house in North Las Vegas was a total loss after firefighters responded to an early morning blaze and found flames and heavy smoke coming from the attic and roof, city fire department officials said.
Henderson Police arrest suspect accused of stealing thousands in merchandise from Target
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Henderson Police arrested a man suspected in a series of thefts at two Target stores. Harold Joseph Michael, 30, was booked into Henderson Detention Center on counts of burglary, grand larceny, petit larceny, conspiracy and possession of burglary tools.
Women trapped in car after crash on I-15 frontage road
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Two women were trapped in a car and seriously injured today after the driver crashed into a wall on a frontage road along Interstate 15, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.
Fire does $100,000 damage at house in North Las Vegas
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
A North Las Vegas man tried to put out a fire at his house with a garden hose Tuesday, but the blaze did about $100,000 damage before firefighters arrived and extinguished it, officials said.
Brother travels from New York to lead search for his 45-year-old sister, missing since Jan. 19
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Davit Mkrtchyan knew something was wrong when his sister’s phone remained off for a third day in a row. Mkrtchyan lives in New York City, but he speaks regularly with his sister, Irma Mkrtchyan, a Las Vegas resident. Davit called his sister Jan. 19 to remind her about their uncle’s birthday; the next two days Davit tried calling again, leaving voicemails. It was on the third day he heard a story from Irma’s son that made him nervous.
Flamingo Road reopened at Strip after pedestrian accident
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
A driver hit and critically injured a pedestrian today, prompting a four-and-a-half-hour closure of Flamingo Road between Las Vegas Boulevard and Koval Lane.
Moped rider hurt in hit-and-run accident
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
A truck hit a moped and then drove away from the accident today at Russell Road and Boulder Highway, according to Metro Police.
Ramp from 215 Beltway to Interstate 15 reopens after oil spill
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
The ramp from the westbound 215 Beltway to southbound Interstate 15 was temporarily closed this morning because of an oil spill.
3 crashes back up traffic on US 95 near Spaghetti Bowl
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Three separate car crashes have snagged early morning traffic on U.S. 95 South near the Spaghetti Bowl.
Police turn to public to ID man suspected of groping teenage girls
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
A series of incidents was reported in January in the area of South Eastern and East Karen avenues. Henderson Police also received reports of similar incidents occurring near Sunset Road and Mountain Vista Street.
Metro seeks clues to missing 45-year-old woman's whereabouts
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Metro Police are searching for a 45-year-old woman who has been missing since late January. Irma Mkrtchyan disappeared Jan. 19 and was last seen in the area of West Desert Inn Road and South Durango Drive.
Coroner IDs 3 killed in weekend traffic incidents
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Three people killed in separate car accidents over the weekend were identified today as 39-year-old Norman Beavers, 21-year-old Trenton Cain Gleaton and 42-year-old Nneka S. Geter-Easterling, according to Clark County Coroner’s Office officials.
Coroner IDs man found stabbed to death at abandoned apartment
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
A man found dead inside an abandoned apartment Friday has been identified as 33-year-old Christopher Michael Matley of Las Vegas, according to Clark County Coroner’s Office officials.
Traffic snarled on 215 Beltway near the Strip after morning wrecks
Separate crash on Interstate 15 near beltway shuts down express lanes
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Two separate crashes this morning on the 215 Beltway have traffic snarled in the area of Interstate 15 and Las Vegas Boulevard.
One dead, two injured in wreck in northwest Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
A 42-year-old woman died and two teens suffered critical injuries Sunday in a three-vehicle collision in northwest Las Vegas.
Metro determines person of interest not connected to homicide, carjacking
Police are still seeking suspect in carjacking that occurred after attempted burglary, police pursuit
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
Metro Police located a person of interest thought to be connected with a homicide and a carjacking after a police pursuit, and they have determined he was not involved in either incident. They are still searching for the man suspected in the carjacking.
Five high-ranking North Las Vegas managers are let go
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Four North Las Vegas department heads and one assistant department head were laid off this morning, city officials said.
Minivan critically injures pedestrian in wreck on Nellis Boulevard
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
A pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries today after being hit by a minivan on Nellis Boulevard, authorities said. Metro Police responded about 2:30 p.m. to the incident.
After dry start to winter, more rain falls in Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Las Vegas Valley residents may need to break out their dusty umbrellas this afternoon.
Family escapes house fire that causes $40,000 damage
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Two adults and two children escaped injury Wednesday night in a fire that did about $40,000 damage to a two-story house near Flamingo Road and Tenaya Way, Clark County Fire Department officials said.
Trio of accidents slows traffic on northbound I-15
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Three separate three-car collisions snagged traffic this afternoon on northbound Interstate 15 near Sahara Avenue. All three accidents happened between 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott said
Mayor: With recession in past, Henderson at crossroads for future
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
In the midst of highlighting the city’s accomplishments during his State of the City address today, Mayor Andy Hafen acknowledged Henderson was approaching a financial crossroads.
Woman critically injured in rollover crash in Mesquite
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
A woman was in critical condition Tuesday after the vehicle she was driving rolled over in Mesquite, authorities said.
Wrecks tie up I-15 traffic for morning commuters
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Two separate car crashes occurred early this morning on southbound Interstate 15, causing partial delays for commuters.
Police: Man punched, dies after argument over jukebox
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
All Luis Chavarin said he could remember was punching Phillip Mathews twice after an argument early Monday over the music on the jukebox at the Loose Caboose tavern, according to a Metro Police arrest report.
1 injured in rollover crash on I-15
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
One person was injured today in a collision between two sport utility vehicles that caused one of them to roll over on Interstate 15 South.

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