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Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.

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Murder victim's mother spares convicted killer's life

LAS VEGAS --  A convicted killer will not face the death penalty because the victim's family does not want another family to suffer.

The district's attorney's office withdrew it's request against Brandon Hill for the 2011 murder of aspiring musician, Michael Portaro.

"It's been a grueling four years for the entire Portaro family," said Cynthia Portaro, the victim's mother, who appeared in court Monday for the penalty phase of Hill's trial. 



While she forgave Hill a few years ago, she was still waiting for one more thing -- an apology.

Man arrested near scene where 'road rage' suspect found

LAS VEGAS -- Police believe a 19-year-old arrested in a Las Vegas road rage killing was the gunman, but they say they're still searching for another suspect.

Las Vegas police Capt. Chris Tomaino said Erich Nowsch was taken into custody Thursday after a standoff at his home in the 7900 block of Cherry River Drive. Authorities believe Nowsch shot and killed 44-year-old Tammy Meyers following an altercation while driving on Feb. 12.

On Thursday night, detectives interviewed a man in his 20s three blocks from where Nowsch was arrested.

The man whose name wasn't released was arrested for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. 

New twist in 'road rage' shooting death

LAS VEGAS  -- Police say the woman killed in a road rage shooting went home first before heading back out to find the suspect.

Metro Police held a news conference Tuesday to go over the timeline that led up to the Feb. 12 shooting in a northwest neighborhood that resulted in the death of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers.

According to police, Meyers had been teaching her daughter to drive. As the two were driving home, a car sped up behind them. The teen, who was a passenger, reached over and honked the horn. The driver of the silver sedan pulled in front of the Meyers' car and got out of the car to confront Tammy. Police said, there was an exchange of words that frightened Meyers which prompted them to drive to their home.

Meyers asked her daughter to go into the house and get her 22-year-old son to come outside.





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Family: Victim in road rage shooting taken off life support

LAS VEGAS -- Tammy Meyers, the victim who was shot in the head in an apparent road rage incident was taken off of life support at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night.

Robert Meyers spoke with the media outside of University Medical Center right about the removal of his wife's breathing tubes. A little bit earlier Saturday night, Metro Police released a composite sketch of the suspect, along with video of the suspect's car.

Meyers was shot at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night outside of their Las Vegas home near Alta Drive and Cimarron Road.  The incident happened shortly after Meyers gave her daughter a driving lesson in a parking lot near their home.

Husband: Mom shot teaching daughter to drive may not live

LAS VEGAS  -- The husband of a woman who was shot in the head in an apparent road rage incident while teaching her teenage daughter to drive says she may not survive.

Robert Meyers says that Tammy Meyers is on life support at University Medical Center. She was shot about 11:30 p.m. Thursday outside their Las Vegas home near Alta Drive and Cimarron Road.

"This is where my wife lost her life. She hasn't lost it, but she will today. There's nothing they can do for my wife," Meyers said.

He says, his wife was teaching her daughter to drive in a parking lot near the family's home. As Tammy drove home, she got in a minor accident and pulled over. Robert Meyers says three men in the other vehicle got into a confrontation with his wife causing her to be frightened and drive home.

Questions linger regarding twist in deadly road rage

LAS VEGAS -- Residents of a northwest neighborhood remain confused and shocked about what unfolded during a deadly road rage incident last week.

Family members originally told the media Tammy Meyers and her daughter drove home, trying to flee another driver following a fender bender when she was shot and killed by what they described as an “angry driver.”

However, on Tuesday, Metro Police said their investigation revealed there was an altercation on the road, and Tammy went home to pick up her son before heading back out.

“She woke him up and had him come outside and get in the car with her, so they could find the person who frightened them on the roadway,” said Lt. Ray Steiber, Homicide, LVMPD.

Metro Police said her son was armed with a gun, and somehow he and his mother found the driver Meyers argued with. Investigators said that's when the driver followed them home and shot and killed Meyers. Police said her son returned fire.