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Local Letter Carriers and Partners Collect More Than 202 Tons of Food

Local letter carriers in Southern Nevada, working with a number of dedicated partners, helped collect 404,028 pounds of non-perishable food during the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

That is more than 202 tons of food, which was distributed to more than 20 local food pantries in Southern Nevada to help those who struggle with hunger.  Last year, this effort collected 372,789 pounds of food.

“We know we are making a difference,” said Glenn Norton, president of the Las Vegas branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  “As letter carriers, we see the need every day on our routes, which is why we look forward to this national food drive every year. But we couldn’t make the impact we do without the community’s support, or the support of our amazing partners. On behalf of all our member letter carriers, I offer a sincere thank you.”

Authority Figures Accused in Separate Sexual Assault Cases

LAS VEGAS - For the second time this week, an authority figure is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl. An ROTC advisor and a Metro Police officer are accused in unrelated cases of abusing their authority and taking advantage of young victims.

The two young ladies came forward this week with separate allegations of sexual abuse against the two men. Kevin Miyasato with the Community Crisis Center of Southern Nevada says the victims at some point probably felt hopeless.

"Very, very violated - their whole world has been turned upside down. Everything they knew and trusted in has been broken apart," he speculated. "Things they used to enjoy doing, they're not doing anymore. They've basically emotionally shut down. Those are some signs and indications that something's going on."

Ski Resort Announces Summer Schedule

Ski Resort Announces Summer Schedule

The snow is gone on Mt. Charleston but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort.

The resort has released its summer events schedule which includes a concert series, disc golf and the Annual Hill Cleanup.

The cleanup event is Saturday, June 23. They are looking for volunteers to help clean up the mountain. People will be cleaning up the trash leftover from the winter season. Prizes will be given away to people who help, including a free resort pass for the 2012-2013 ski season. A complimentary barbecue will follow the event. The cleanup is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are advised to wear hiking attire and sturdy shoes. LVSSR will provide people with trash bags, gloves and water. There is no need to RSVP

Woman in Wheelchair Struck by Vehicle

LAS VEGAS -- A woman in a wheelchair was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon as she attempted to cross a busy street.

Metro Police say the woman was not using a crosswalk when she was hit. The accident occurred at Lake Mead and Decatur Boulevards.

Police say the woman suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Police Dog Shot by Officer Dies

LAS VEGAS -- Marco, the police dog shot by a Metro officer, has died from his injuries.

The dog's death was announced on a Facebook page called Friends of the Las Vegas Police K9s. Marco was shot last week after he became confused and attacked a fellow police officer instead of a suspect police were pursuing.

Gravel Spill Closes NB U.S. 95

LAS VEGAS --  A large gravel spill tied up traffic along U.S. 95 northbound from the Washington Avenue overpass to Lake Mead Boulevard. 

The spill took about an hour to clean up and stranded drivers. From the air, US 95 looked like a parking lot. 

The spill has been cleared and traffic is moving again.

Las Vegas Fire Department Responds to Condo Fire

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a fire at 3151 Soaring Gulls Drive just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Las Vegas Fire officials say the fire started in an upstairs condo kitchen causing an estimated $25,000 in damages.

No one was injured in the fire. 

The American Red Cross is on site and their volunteers are meeting with the residents and will ensure everyone has a safe place to sleep, food, clothing, medication and other essentials.

If you would like to make a donation to help local families who have lost their homes to fire, please call (702) 369-3674 or go to www.redcrosslasvegas.org to make secure online contribution to Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps.  All of the money donated stays in Southern Nevada and is used only to aid fire victims.