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September 22, 2014

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Pashtana Usufzy

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Pashtana grew up in Las Vegas after moving from the Seattle area in 1996. She has interned at the San Francisco Chronicle and around Las Vegas. She studies journalism and biology at UNLV.

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Police make arrests in robbery, shootings at Summerlin park
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Two teenagers have been arrested after police say they connected the pair to a series of robberies and a double shooting earlier this month. An unnamed 17-year-old male identified as ...
Police ID suspect in standoff who is linked to fatal shooting
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Metro Police have identified the man arrested after Thursday's SWAT standoff who is suspected in a beating and shooting that occurred hours earlier ...
Coroner IDs man killed in car, motorcycle collision
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
A man killed when a motorcycle and car collided Thursday night in North Las Vegas has been identified as Eric James Howell, 19, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Howell died of ...
Coroner IDs man killed in double shooting at apartment complex
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who died in a double shooting at a valley apartment complex Thursday morning as Arnoldo Hermosillo, 25, of Las Vegas. Hermosillo died of ...
School locked down because of nearby police activity
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
A school in North Las Vegas was locked down this afternoon as police responded to a barricade situation nearby, authorities said. John Tartan Elementary School ...
Four-vehicle crash slowing traffic on I-15 near Cheyenne
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 near Cheyenne Avenue is causing traffic delays, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The wreck, which occurred just south of the Cheyenne off-ramp, was ...
1 dead, 1 critical after motorcycle accident in North Las Vegas
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a car and a motorcycle collided Thursday evening in North Las Vegas. The crash was reported just after ...
2 vehicles crash into Boulder Highway motorcycle shop
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Two vehicles crashed into a motorcycle shop after colliding on Boulder Highway this afternoon. The vehicles veered to the right after the crash, traveling over the sidewalk and ...
Police find $200,000 of marijuana plants at rental house
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
A 35-year-old man was arrested today after police say they discovered about 100 marijuana plants valued at roughly $200,000 in his southwest Las Vegas rental ...
Police: Barricade situation might have been related to earlier shooting
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
A 30-year-old suspect is in custody after a barricade situation near Vegas Drive and North Decatur Boulevard in the central valley came to an end ...
North Las Vegas police looking for missing woman
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 60-year-old North Las Vegas woman who went missing this afternoon and reportedly has several medical issues. Audrey Pamala Thrash has a history of ...
Kohl’s plans to hire 400 seasonal workers in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Kohl's Corp. plans to hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, which the company said is a ...
Armed robber in a fedora targets Henderson casino
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Henderson Police are seeking help identifying a black fedora-wearing suspect who robbed a casino early Monday. A 35- to 40-year-old black male demanded money from a cage cashier at ...
1 wounded in shooting in northeast valley
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
A person was injured in a shooting near the intersection of East Owens Avenue and North Nellis Boulevard, according to Metro Police. Metro spokesman Officer Jesse Roybal said ...
Las Vegas faces only slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday
Rain from tropical storm finally begins falling on Arizona
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
After a week of grim weather predictions, it seems valley residents shouldn’t head out to buy new rain jackets just yet. According to the National Weather Service, the chance ...
Boy, 16, arrested in fatal shooting to be charged as adult
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
A 16-year-old Mojave High School student arrested Thursday in the shooting death of a woman in North Las Vegas will be charged as an adult. He originally was ...
1 dead in fiery crash at Summerlin Parkway, 215 Beltway
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
A man was killed and four others were in unknown condition this morning after a crash at Summerlin Parkway and the 215 Beltway. A white Ford F-350 pulling ...
Former Las Vegas doctor sentenced in drug case
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
A former doctor who sold prescription drugs to an undercover government agent was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months in prison. Vinay Bararia, 44, was also sentenced to ...
Metro: Youth fires shotgun into home, then is shot
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Metro Police say a male youth has been taken into custody after allegedly firing a shotgun through the front door of a home Tuesday in the northern part of ...
Second Pacific storm blast might be kinder to the Las Vegas area
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Although showers began to be felt in the Las Vegas Valley late Tuesday, forecasters expect this week's storm system to pack less of a punch than ...
County declares state of emergency; feds to provide $1.5 million in flood relief
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
The federal government has pledged $1.5 million to aid in repair costs for Interstate 15 near Moapa, and Clark County commissioners declared a state of emergency because ...
Coroner: Man found in flood channel was stabbed to death
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
A man found dead in a central valley flood control channel in April has been identified, and Metro Police are seeking information about his death. The Clark County Coroner’s Office said ...
Teen girl shot in leg in northwest valley, police say
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A teenage girl was shot in the knee Friday evening near Smoke Ranch Road and Jones Boulevard. Police lieutenant Yaz Yatomi said the minor was walking up stairs in ...
Why Las Vegas is deemed one of top cities for selfies
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Want to take a selfie? If you live in Las Vegas, you're in the right place. That's the message from social networking website MyLife, which ranked Las Vegas fourth on its list of the 10 best U.S. cities for taking a selfie. The site ranked the 100 most populous cities in ...
Police bust marijuana grow house, credit card lab in southwest valley
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Metro Police say they discovered a marijuana grow operation and ID theft lab on Friday at a home in the Spring Valley area. Police served a search warrant in ...
Flood-damaged section of I-15 partially reopened after repair work
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A stretch of Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas that was washed out by heavy flooding on Monday has been partially reopened. One northbound lane and one ...
Mojave High School student, 16, arrested in shooting death
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A 16-year-old Mojave High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon in the shooting death of a woman in North Las Vegas, authorities said. The boy was arrested at ...
Bicyclist injured in crash with car
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A bicyclist was injured in a crash this afternoon near the intersection of North Main Street and Foremaster Lane. The cyclist was transported to ...
Police: Man was arguing with woman before he was shot
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Metro Police are still looking for a man who shot and killed another man Thursday night at the Sherman Garden Apartments in West Las Vegas. The incident was reported ...
Man indicted in slaying of 8-year-old Arizona girl
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
A man accused of killing 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella was indicted Thursday by a Mohave County, Ariz., grand jury on charges including ...
J Street shooting leaves man dead, police say
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Metro Police are investigating a shooting death Thursday night at the Sherman Garden Apartments in West Las Vegas. The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. on ...
140 homes damaged in Monday's flash flooding, county says
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Assessors say they have counted nearly 140 homes damaged by Monday's flooding in the Moapa Valley region, and more than $1 million in damage has been done to ...
Vacant duplex near downtown catches fire
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A fire broke out in a vacant, one-story duplex near downtown Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. Investigators say it appears that squatters may have ...
Highway Patrol IDs driver arrested in fatal wrong-way crash
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A man accused of driving the wrong way on the 215 Beltway early Tuesday morning, killing a woman in a head-on collision, has been identified as Jorge Paz-Herrera, 30, of Las Vegas, authorities said. According to a Nevada Highway Patrol report ...
Nearby robbery prompts lockdown of Silvestri Junior High School
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A robbery near Charles Silvestri Junior High School prompted officials to lock down the building this afternoon, Metro Police said. A person was injured in the robbery near ...
Truck fire sends black smoke over Henderson
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A truck fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky near North Water Street and North Boulder Highway in Henderson this afternoon, officials said. The fire was reported ...
Police: Man who crashed into Stratosphere wanted to jump
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
A man who crashed a pickup truck through the front doors of the Stratosphere on Wednesday night said he planned to jump from the 1,149-foot tower, Metro Police said. Ryan Brown, 40, was arrested on ...
Former Station Casinos manager pleads guilty to tax evasion
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
A former manager in the corporate advertising department of Station Casinos pleaded guilty to ...
Cars detoured around flood-damaged I-15 at Valley of Fire
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Authorities have opened a route through Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park to passenger vehicles detouring around a flood-damaged section of Interstate 15. Trucks traveling between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are still required to ...
Most schools in hard-hit Moapa area to reopen Wednesday
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Seven out of eight Clark County schools closed today as a result of the weather will be open Wednesday. The Clark County School District announced that ...
Motorcyclist seriously injured in North Las Vegas hit-and-run
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday afternoon in North Las Vegas. North Las Vegas Police are on the scene of the crash at ...
Dog dies in officer-involved shooting
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Reports of a dog attacking a person in the 3700 block of Swenson Street came in at about 2:30 p.m., police said.
Woman killed in wrong way collision on 215 identified
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Jennie Marie Bergstrom, 28, died of multiple blunt-force motor vehicle trauma, according to the Clark County Coroner's office ...
Death of Las Vegas Boy Scout at San Diego camp ruled a suicide
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office, William Shook died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The wound came from a 40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to the medical examiner's office.
Road conditions: Stretch of I-15 still closed, most other roadways open
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Flash flooding caused by Monday's heavy rainfall threatened travel on major highways in Clark County and even washed away a section of Interstate 15.
Flooding forces several-day closure of Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Heavy rainfall wreaked havoc on Southern Nevada roadways Monday, causing the closure of Interstate 15 northeast of Las Vegas for several days, at least. I-15 is closed for a nearly 50-mile stretch from ...
Teenager killed in Sunday morning motorcycle crash identified
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Perez-Velazquez was < ahref="">the passenger on a 1997 Honda CBR motorcycle driving on Montello Avenue, west of Arlington Street, when the vehicle failed to stay in its travel lane during a left turn ....
Flash-flood watch remains as more rain headed for Las Vegas
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
There is a 70 percent chance of rain for most of the valley Monday and a flash flood watch that began Sunday will be in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National ...
Police say woman arrested over bomb threat at McCarran was drunk
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
A woman who police say was intoxicated and barred from boarding a flight at McCarran International Airport was arrested on charges of making a ...
Group rescues 2 dozen dogs from Las Vegas home
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
A local animal foundation says it removed 24 dogs from an unfit home Thursday afternoon in the northeast valley. The dogs were found in a small residence covered in ...

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