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Fire Damages Northwest Home, Space Heater may be to Blame

Fire Damages Northwest Home, Space Heater may be to Blame

Fire heavily damaged a home in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley Thursday, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said.

The fire started at around 1:19 p.m. at a home near Buffalo Drive and Craig Road in the Tucson Trails development. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were showing from the house.

It took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. It was contained to two bedrooms, the hallway and part of the attic. The rest of the attic had moderate smoke damage.

The people living in the home escaped without injuries. When fire investigators inspected the home, they found a space heater against one of the beds in the bedroom. They believe that may have started the fire.

Four adults were displaced by the fire. 

Marshals Looking for Man who Burglarized Cars

The city of Las Vegas deputy city marshals are looking for a man who stole some items from a car in the parking lot of Centennial Hills Park, 7101 North Buffalo Drive.

According to the marshals, the burglary happened Jan. 2. The victim's credit cards have been used at gas stations and fast food restaurants.

The man marshals are looking for is a black man in his late 30s or early 40s. He has a muscular build and a shaved head. He was seen driving a newer Silver Mercury four-door car.

Anyone with information is asked to call the city marshal's office at (702) 229-3223. 

Acts of Kindness: Teen Radio Host Up for National Honor

LAS VEGAS - Sixteen-year-old Corey Taylor is garnering a lot of attention these days for her anti-bullying radio program. The program is broadcast out of Las Vegas Thursday evenings and has a global audience.

8 News NOW featured Taylor in October for its Acts of Kindness segment. She was also named in Las Vegas Weekly as one of 14 people to watch this year.

Now, she's up for a national award: the Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Award.

"They look for people across the country, spreading kindness. They contacted me. I couldn't believe it. I didn't even know this award was going on," she said. "It's an incredible honor."

Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Bar

Police Looking for Man Who Robbed Bar

Metro Police are looking for a man who robbed a bar last month.

According to police, the man forced an employee into the business, which is at Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way, at gun point and ordered employees to open the cash register.

The man took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and fled in a four-door 2010 Dodge Caliber, officers said.

The man police are looking for is a white male adult. He is 6 foot and 200 pounds. He is between 28 and 30 years old. He was wearing a blue bandana over his face, blue hoodie and blue jeans. Police say he was carrying a dark colored semi-automatic handgun.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Nevada Teacher of the Year to Run for Assembly

Nevada Teacher of the Year to Run for Assembly

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada's teacher of the year says he plans to run for the state Assembly in District 4.

Jeff Hinton announced his intent Monday to run as a Democrat and challenge Republican Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore.

Fiore, a strong vocal supporter of gun rights, is seeking a second term representing the Las Vegas district.

Hinton is a history teacher at Northwest Career and Technical Academy and a former Marine.

He was named the 2014 recipient of the Michael Landsberry Nevada Teacher of the Year award in December.

The award was recently renamed in honor of Michael Landsberry, a math teacher who died in October while trying to stop a shooter at Sparks Middle School.

Candidate filing begins March 3.

Power Restored after Wind Downs Power Lines

LAS VEGAS -- Strong winds in the Las Vegas valley caused power outages for hundreds of NV Energy customers scattered across the valley, according to a NV Energy spokesperson.

By 8 p.m., power had been restored to all but two customers.

One of the major outages was in the area of Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way in northwest Las Vegas. The power was out for several hours in that neighborhood while repairs were made.

The wind also brought down some power lines in the area of Rainbow Boulevard and Vegas Drive.

Local resident Michael Teague said the powerful winds ripped a power pole in two near his work sending power lines crashing into the parking lot and businesses into darkness.

"No cooking, no anything, no gas pumping or anything like that," Teague said. "I think it was like around 2pm, I just began my shift and the winds were really kicking up."

Police Arrest 2 Men in Purse Snatching Spree

Raymond Cline

LAS VEGAS -- Two brothers are under arrest in connection with a purse snatching spree in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley and in the city of North Las Vegas, according to Metro Police.

Police say they arrested 22-year-old Brent Cline and 24-year-old Raymond Cline on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery.

Two women suffered minor injuries during the crimes.

Police Release Image of Alleged Purse Snatcher

The brothers worked together to rob women of their purses and wallets in the parking lots of grocery stores and casinos, police said. Metro says seven incidents happened in their jurisdiction and one in North Las Vegas' jurisdiction.