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Report: Harness Not Faulty in Officer Death

LAS VEGAS -- A preliminary report issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed no "abnormalities" in the harness or winch equipment used by Metro Officer David VanBuskirk during the rescue operation in which he fell to his death last week.

Vanbuskirk and four other crew members had been working to rescue a hiker who was stranded on a ledge at Mt. Charleston. Police say he had strapped in the hiker and was being hoisted up when he somehow fell.

The hiker was pulled to safety.

VanBuskirk was buried with honors Monday following a long police vehicle procession down the Las Vegas Strip and a funeral that drew thousands.

NTSB's preliminary report is the first step of an investigation that's expected to take months.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

8 on Your Side: Community Outraged by Damaged Mailboxes

LAS VEGAS - The residents and homeowners association of Westchester Manor near Smoke Ranch Road and Jones Boulevard were fed up with trashed mailboxes.

The mailboxes weren't just an eyesore. They served as a reminder residents at Westchester Manor were also victims.

"I was one of the first people who had my identity stolen," said HOA President Kate Lindsay.

She says thieves stole checks, gift cards and credit card applications from the mailboxes – leading to identity theft. Residents blame the crimes on the mailboxes, which they say weren't secure.

"I got angry one day, a long time ago, and just started a war with the Post Office," said resident Jeanette Von Hatten.

Von Hatten, other residents and the HOA reported the crimes to the Post Office for 10 years. "The Post Office decided the way to fix that would be to just not accept outgoing mail anymore," said Lindsay.

Metro Sgt. Remembers Last Moments with Fallen Officer

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police Officer David VanBuskirk was laid to rest Monday in Las Vegas.

VanBuskirk died July 22 during a rescue attempt of a stranded hiker on Mt. Charleston. The hiker was saved, but VanBuskirk fell an "unsurvivable" distance during the rescue, Sheriff Doug Gillespie said last week.

A police motorcade escorted VanBuskirk, his family and members of his search and rescue team from Palm Mortuary near downtown to Central Christian Church in Henderson.

During the services, VanBuskirk was remembered for his kindness, sincerity and dedication to others.

He saved lives on Metro's Search and Rescue Team, going up in a helicopter, being hoisted down to lost or stranded hikers or people who became injured, bringing them to safety.

His colleagues recalled that VanBuskirk was someone who would follow up with the people he rescued to make sure they were okay.

Resort Plans Dinner to Honor Those Who Fought the Carpenter 1 Fire

Resort Plans Dinner to Honor Those Who Fought the Carpenter 1 Fire

The Resort on Mount Charleston is putting together a special dinner to thank the men and women who helped fight the Carpenter 1 fire earlier this month and the public is welcome.

The resort will be honoring the firefighters, police, volunteers and all those who helped at dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature a dinner buffet, open bar and an awards/recognition ceremony.

Lightning sparked the fire July 1, and it quickly spread, pushed by high winds and temperatures. The fire forced the evacuation of several communities on Mt. Charleston.

By the time crews were able to contain it, it had burned through nearly 30,000 acres. 

Floyd Lamb Park Lakes Temporarily Closed

LAS VEGAS - There is a bit of a mystery at Floyd Lamb Park in Tule Springs.

In the last week, ducks have been found dead, leading to the Nevada Department of Wildlife to investigate.

Until results can come back, there are some changes being made at the small lake there.

Until officials can determine what is causing these ducks to die, no fishing is being allowed.

For people who spend time at the park, the deaths are a cause for concern.

In the scorching desert, Jill Melancon said she's found a peaceful connection to nature at the park.

"It's an oasis here in the desert," Melancon said. "All the trees and seeing the Canadian honking geese being born and growing up."

Melancon said that in the last few weeks, that joy turned to concern when she noticed ducks dying in the pond.

NDOT Explains Plans for Construction on U.S. 95

NDOT Explains Plans for Construction on U.S. 95

People living in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley now have a better idea of the plans to improve a section of U.S. 95.

Officials with the Nevada Department of Transportation held a meeting Wednesday night to update the public on the corridor project.

NDOT plans to widen U.S. 95 from Ann Road up to Durango Drive from four lanes to eight, which will include HOV lanes in each direction.

"Alleviate congestion, increase the safety of the corridor and, of course, to extend the HOV lanes to the northern-most limits in the area," NDOT's project manager Nick Johnson said.

NDOT is also working with the City of Las Vegas and the Regional Flood Control District to make drainage improvements and upgrade lighting along the corridor.

Construction should start early next year.

  

Fundraiser Planned for Family of KA Performer

Fundraiser Planned for Family of KA Performer

A fundraiser is set for the family of a Strip performer who died on stage earlier this month.

RISE Education Resource Center, 3460 North Rancho Drive, is offering several different classes from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. August 2 for a donation to Sarah Guyard-Guillot's family.

Guyard was a performer with Cirque Du Soliel. She died after falling 90 feet during a performance of KA at the MGM.

The fundraiser classes include tumbling, acting, baton twirling and more.