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Kitten Drowning Suspects Ordered to Remain in Custody

LAS VEGAS -- The teenagers accused of drowning two kittens in a Las Vegas backyard were ordered Friday to remain in custody and will undergo a psychological evaluation. The pair will return to court on July 2.

The incident was brought to light by a neighbor who heard the screams of the cats from next door.

Bus Driver Cleared in Accident that Killed 11-Year-Old

LAS VEGAS -- Investigators with the Metropolitan Police Department have determined a bus driver was not at fault in an accident that killed a fifth grade student.

Eleven-year-old Kaylee Derks was killed after she fell under a bus in March. Derks was a student at Dean Allen Elementary School.

Shortly after her death, Kaylee's family issued a statement saying, "The family of Kaylee Derks would like to thank the local community, the principal and teachers of Dean Allen Elementary school, and many friends and family for all of the love and support shown during this difficult time.

"Kaylee was a joy to all who knew her and will be forever missed, but we take comfort knowing she is now in heaven and that we will see her again one day soon."

Police have still not released their report of the accident, but said they do not plan to charge the driver.

Teens in Custody After Kittens Drowned

LAS VEGAS -- Two teens have been arrested in a horrific case of animal abuse, accused of drowning two kittens in a backyard.

Neighbor Christine Ohm says she witnessed the killings. She got on a ladder after she heard the mother cat scream and watched in horror over her fence.

"They had killed the one kitten, and the other kitten was in the cup of water. They were holding it up with a scraper, barbecue tool type item, and it was already dead," she said.

She snapped photographs, which she then turned over to police. One picture shows two dead kittens. One was next to the cup, and another cat was inside the cup.

"I want everybody to know that this is wrong," she said. "You cannot just kill kittens or other things in your backyard or anywhere else."

Upset neighbor Stacia Newman went straight to the house in question near Cheyenne Avenue and Cimarron Road.

Family Music and Melodrama Night set for Thursday

 

An evening of family entertainment is planned for Thursday at Centennial Hills Park.

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross is hosting a family concert and melodrama. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., with a performance by the School of Rock Las Vegas West. Following the live music, the cowboys of Bonnie Springs Ranch will present and old west-style melodrama.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Pop’s Philly Steak. People are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic baskets and folding chairs to enjoy the show. 

Las Vegas Bar to Close Due to Water Surcharge

LAS VEGAS - A longtime Las Vegas bar is closing down, and owners say a new surcharge on their water bill is the reason. Larry's Hideaway has been open for 20 years, but all that history is going down the drain.

The tune at Larry's Hideaway this week is a sad one. Regular patrons like Jamie Cole hate to hear this saloon is shutting its doors for good.

"I'm going to cry," Cole said. "It's not right. This place has been here forever."

Larry's Hideaway president Brent Howard says the cost of operating the business increased over the years. A new water bill fee sealed the bar's fate.

"I think it's unfair to go after businesses," he said. "The bill was five hundred and forty dollars for the total bill. The water usage on the bill was sixty dollars."

Firefighters Hike to Wildfire on Mount Charleston

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Firefighters are hoping to quell a wildfire in steep terrain on Mount Charleston before gusty winds sweep through the Las Vegas area.

U.S. Forest Service fire spokesman Ray Johnson said Monday that a helicopter and about 40 firefighters on foot are working to control the Harris Fire above the Fletcher View campground off Kyle Canyon Road.

No one has been hurt and no structures are threatened. The fire was discovered late Sunday in pinion pine and mountain mahogany at an elevation of about 8,000 feet.

Johnson says the fire is less than 1/2-acre in size and is burning south -- away from the Rainbow subdivision. Johnson says an investigator has been called in to find a cause.

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Offer Dozens of Day Camps

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Offer Dozens of Day Camps

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada has a multitude of programming available this summer for girls 5 to 17 years old. From day camps to single day programs, girls can discover fun and friendships to last a lifetime.

Visit girlscoutsnv.org for more information and to register. Girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as programs. For more information, contact the Program Registrar at (702) 385-3677 ext. 243.

Day Camps

Colorful World of Arts Day Camp

Join Girl Scouts and have fun turning nature into art pieces. Discover how to reuse items like paper, paint, wood, metal and more. There is no limit to their imagination and the materials available to say something about themselves, their world and their interests.