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Elderly Woman in Critical Condition After Violent Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are looking for a suspect accused of beating and robbing a 95-year-old woman in broad daylight. 

Police say on the morning of July 26, officers were called to a shopping center near Desert Inn and Decatur to investigate a robbery. When officers arrived, they found an elderly woman laying in the parking lot with serious injuries.

Investigators say the victim was walking through the parking lot when a female suspect tried to steal her purse. Police say the victim held on to the purse and was forced down to the pavement.

Officers say the suspect fled in a dark blue sub-compact vehicle. The suspect is described as a white female adult, approximately 20 to 24-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 to 140 pounds. Police say the driver of the getaway car is also a white female adult, possibly with long brown hair.

Entrance Fee Waived to Red Rock This Weekend

LAS VEGAS -- This weekend you can take in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for free.

Whether you drive, bike, run, or walk, the typical fee for the Conservation Area is being waived Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15.

The Bureau of Land Management is joining other agencies within the Department of the Interior in the next few months by waiving fees. You'll also be able to take in a fee free weekend at Red Rock on the weekends of September 25 and November 11.

Neighbors React to Lightning Striking Home

LAS VEGAS -- You may have seen some lightning over the weekend. It made for a pretty picture across dark skies, but for one Las Vegas woman, it turned her life upside down when a lightning bolt hit her home.

It happened near Buffalo and Alexander. The lightning burned a hole through the roof and started a fire in the attic.

The homeowner was sleeping at the time, but neighbors on both sides of the house knew something terrible had just happened.

"It was raining, storming, then there was a loud crack of thunder and lighting with no space between them. When we heard them, we said, 'Boy, that was really close,'" said neighbor Shean Abrams.

About 30 minutes later, neighbors said they smelled smoke. The homeowner woke up when the smoke alarms went off and ran to her neighbor's house to call 911.

Green Flag West Exercises Underway

NELLIS AFB -- Military aircraft will be seen in the skies above Southern Nevada as the U.S. Air Force hosts Green Flag West exercises.

Through August 19th, aircraft will depart from Nellis Air Force Base twice a day for missions at the National Training Center in California. Flying will take place Sunday through Friday both weeks.

This is the first Green Flag exercise for the Pakistani Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. Their participation increases the inter-operability between air forces.

Green Flag West's realistic air-land integration and employment training prepares U.S. and allied nations for deployment and modern Close Air Support combat operations worldwide.

The exercise flight path includes areas within the Las Vegas valley, near Mount Charleston, and north of Pahrump.

Northwest Home Struck by Lightning

LAS VEGAS -- One northwest homeowner is picking up the pieces Monday after her home was struck by lightning Sunday evening and went up in flames.

Fire officials say the home at Buffalo and Alexander is a total loss with damage estimated at $200,000. The woman who lives in the home was not injured despite the widespread damage. She told firefighters she was in bed and heard heavy rain then a loud crack. She said she knew it was lightning and then her smoke alarms started going off. Although the homeowner couldn't see any smoke, she could smell it and ran to a neighbor's home.

"I heard the big bang and it sounded really close and later black smoke was coming out of her whole house and we called 911," said Christina Revard, neighbor.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. The fire did extensive damage causing the roof and attic to cave in.

Child Dies in Backyard Swimming Pool

LAS VEGAS - An afternoon of fun took a fatal turn for a family visiting from Utah.

Metro Police rushed to a home near Ann and Cimarron Friday evening after receiving a 911 call about a boy who went underwater in the backyard swimming pool and didn't come back up.

"There were multiple families here for a function," said Metro Police Lt. Dan McGrath. "There was adult supervision at the pool, up to five or six adults and up to maybe fifteen children of various ages at the residence."

The family performed CPR on the boy before medics arrived. The boy was taken to Centennial Hills Hospital where he died. Witnesses say the boy was under water for a few seconds.

Grieving family members were too distraught to speak about the tragedy. Neighbors like Elias Shiheiber are also saddened a little boy lost his life on what was supposed to be a joyous occasion.

Breaking News: Child Drowns in NW Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are on the scene of a drowning in northwest Las Vegas. Police say a 4-year-old boy was pulled from a pool and transported to Centennial Hills Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Metro's abuse and neglect detectives are investigating.

8 News NOW will have more details when they become available.