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Metro investigates multiple armed robberies in the Northwest

Metro Police officers were busy investigating multiple robberies on Friday night.

The first robbery happened at the City Lights business located at 2650 South Decatur around 6 p.m. Detectives said two suspects walked into the bar and grill restaurant armed with a gun and demanded money.

At one point someone was even pistol whipped, officers said. Police said the alleged suspects didn't stop their robbery spree there because right after they hit City Lights, they ran across the street and robbed four more people.

Robbery detectives said shots were fired, but no one was hurt. The alleged robbers are still on the run.

Fast forward 40 minutes later and Metro Police were called to investigate another robbery. This one took place at a CVS located at 4800 West Charleston Boulevard.

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Driver ID'd in crash at U.S. 95 and Craig

LAS VEGAS -- The woman killed in a crash on U.S. 95 Thursday evening has been identified as 38-year-old Alycia Marie Fox of North Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner's office.

Nevada Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 5:40 p.m. near the off ramp of US 95 and W. Craig Road.  

A Lincoln Navigator was traveling south on US 95 when the driver lost control and the SUV crashed into a fence.  Accident investigators said the SUV stopped in front of a storm drain.

NHP said Fox died at the scene.  

Surveillance photo of accused burglar shared on Facebook

LAS VEGAS -- A brazen burglar was captured on surveillance video allegedly breaking into a home in the northwestern part of the valley. The video shows a man armed with a gun illegally entering a home near Cheyenne Avenue and Rancho Drive.

Metro Police said while burglaries are slightly down from this time last year, property crimes in the northwest are up 5 percent. Detectives said they are inundated with burglary calls and so far this year there have been nearly 14,000 incidents.

8 News NOW spoke with the family who captured a clear picture of the alleged burglar. Shari Brantley said she realized right away that something wasn't right when she returned to her home Tuesday.

“It was definitely heart-wrenching and then just coming in and seeing it was awful,” Brantley said. “I don't know if there are any other words other than anger and just feeling violated that somebody is in your space,” she said.

Burglary turns into barricade situation, suspect arrested

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said they investigated a barricade situation Saturday near W. Cheyenne Avenue and N. Jones Boulevard.

Officers said at 3:30 p.m. they responded to the 3000 block of Breton Drive in regards to a burglary.  The homeowners were coming home as the alleged burglar was on his way out.

Metro said the suspect saw the homeowners and ran back inside.  When police arrived to the scene, the suspect was hold up inside the home.

Officers surrounded the area and commanded the suspect to come out, but he refused, according to police.

The SWAT Team, along with crisis negotiators was called in to assist.  The standoff eventually ended around 5 p.m. with the suspect being taken into custody.

His name hasn't been released. 

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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard opens Saturday

 LAS VEGAS --  After an unseasonably warm weather, the winter season at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort starts Saturday, Dec. 13 when the resort opens to the public.

The Rabbit Peak lift which serves the area's beginner terrain area will be running. The cost is $20. Scenic chair lift rides on the new Bluebird quad chair lift will be available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. Both lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The resort is continuing its snowmaking efforts through the weekend. There is also natural snow expected over the weekend.

"We are excited finally kick off our winter season and appreciate the community's patience during this unseasonably warm weather," said Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR president and general manager.

The snow tubing area is expected to open on Dec. 20. Tickets for tubing are $20 and include inner tube rental.



Report: Suspect killed man over cleaning supplies, fried chicken

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said they've arrested the man accused of beating another man to death in the desert Saturday.  A police report shows it all started over stolen cleaning supplies and chicken.  

Officers said 33-year-old Coleman Vaoga crushed and killed Jeffrey Harry Clabaugh with a 63 pound boulder.  Vaoga confronted the 51-year-old after he saw him taking a box of Church's Chicken and a bucket of cleaning supplies from his car, according to the report.

Vaoga was inside of a convenience store in the 4300 block of North Nellis Boulevard when the alleged thievery happened.  Metro said witnesses told them Vaoga ran out of the store and started chasing Clabaugh.  

The report said at one point Vaoga stopped and asked another man to switch shoes with him so that he could continue running.  Vaoga was originally wearing flip flops.  



Driving You Crazy: Lanes needed at Charleston and 215

LAS VEGAS - Numerous drivers say they want an extra lane from northbound 215 to eastbound Charleston Boulevard. They say there is currently only one lane, causing back-ups.

Hughes Park Drive, the street that runs parallel to 215, is one of the problems. That road funnels traffic from Downtown Summerlin to Charleston and the beltway. Since its opening a few months ago, Downtown Summerlin has increased traffic on Hughes Park Drive.

Vehicles exiting at Charleston have to maneuver through Hughes Park traffic, and it can get messy. Drivers say vehicles will stop on the 215 off-ramp, so they can get to eastbound Charleston.

County representatives say they are evaluating the off-ramp to see what improvements can be made. They should have a design plan to propose in the next four to six weeks. Traffic8 will follow up at that time.