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Protesters at Nevada air base call for end to drone warfare

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Protesters at the gate of an air base in southern Nevada are calling for an end to U.S. drone missions that they say kill many more civilians than terrorists halfway around the world.

Organizer Toby Blome said Thursday that no violence and no arrests resulted from the first day of a demonstration outside Creech Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas.

Blome says several advocacy groups including Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK Women for Peace and Nevada Desert Experience are organizing a larger protest Friday.

She says they want to block drone pilots from entering the base.

Base public affairs officers didn't immediately respond to questions about the protest.

Protest planners say they want to stop remotely piloted aircraft from flying armed missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

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PD: Officer-involved shooting suspect dressed in military uniform

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released on Tuesday body camera footage from a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened on Feb. 25 around 12:20 a.m. in the 5300 block of East Craig Boulevard.

In a news conference, Metro's Undersheriff Kevin McMahill revealed that the gunman was wearing a United States Air Force dress blue uniform and armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.

McMahill said officers originally went to the scene to investigate a report of an armed and suicidal man, who was later identified as 43-year-old Francis “Frank” Spivey.

McMahill said Spivey told officers at the scene several times that “he wanted to kill officers” and then he began firing multiple rounds of ammunition from his gun.

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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.

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.

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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.





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.