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Elderly Woman Dies in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal car accident near Sun City Blvd. and Lake Mead Blvd.

Police say an elderly woman may have had a medical issue that caused her to choke on some food she was eating while driving. She lost control of her car and crashed into a wall.

The female driver died and her husband was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The intersection of Button Willow and Sandilands Drive is closed while police investigate.

 

 

 

 

New Jersey Fugitive Arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Marshals Service in Nevada arrested a New Jersey fugitive on Wednesday. Authorities say the man shot a disabled man in September.

Marshals located and arrested 20-year-old Daniel Markel near East Summerlin Parkway and North Buffalo Drive. Authorities say Markel approached the victim on September 3, 2009. The victim was sitting on his porch in Newark, New Jersey, when police say Markel shot the man in the back.

Markel is wanted in New Jersey for assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities booked Markel in the Clark County Detention Center. He is pending extradition to New Jersey.

"This was a very efficient arrest," District of Nevada U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye said. "After developing information that the fugitive was in the valley, it only took three hours to locate and arrest him; once again showing the responsiveness and efficiency of the network of U.S. Marshals Service task forces across the country."

Developer Can Apply to Build Housing Near Red Rock

LAS VEGAS --The Clark County Commission has voted to allow developer Jim Rhodes to move ahead with his application to develop 2,400 acres he owns near Red Rock Canyon. The commission vote was four to three.

All sides debated over what part could be developed and how many houses could be built on every acre. The area of land is off State Route 159 southeast of Red Rock Canyon near the community of Blue Diamond on abandoned gypsum mines.

With this compromise, Rhodes now has the ability to apply to change the density designations for the land he owns. Right now, the law allows for one house on every two acres. Rhodes wants to change that, allowing for more homes in the area.

Rhodes has not said exactly what he wants to use the land for, whether it would be for houses, shops, schools, parks or other uses.

Police Release Photos of Home Invasion and Robbery Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- For months, a group of people terrorized homeowners in the all parts of the Las Vegas valley. Five people have been arrested so far for the string of home invasions and robberies.

David Hayes, Sarah Cowen, Abdul Shakir, Jovan Carter and Leonard Hunt have all been charged with various crimes surrounding the robberies.

On Wednesday night, two of the five suspects were caught at an apartment complex near the Orleans Casino. Police were watching the pair as they burglarized an apartment.

Police say the victims and the homes were randomly targeted.

"Open windows always present a challenge. No animals in the yard," said Metro Lt. Clint Nichols. "People were accosted in the driveway putting groceries in the house. It's those routine things we do everyday they took advantage of."

Metro Investigates Security Guard Killing

LAS VEGAS -- A security guard watching over the William Pearson Community Center was murdered late Sunday night. The man was shot in the face and Las Vegas police are looking for three men.

As parents bring their children in for Urban League preschool activities, they find out how the one guard watching over this place at night was shot and killed.

"I've been in Las Vegas since 1955. I've seen times change, but this is horrible, this is worse than change. It's ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense," said Walter Kinchen.

Witnesses say three men ran away from the community center after the shooting. No one got a good description on the suspects, only seen as three black men in their late teens or early 20's.

Noting the angle and location of the bullet holes, the shooting was at close range and around the side exit.

Police Arrest Home Invasion Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested five suspects accused of breaking into several houses in northwest Las Vegas. Police say the suspects broke into homes, held people at gunpoint, and, in one case, shot a person. Residents in one valley neighborhood say they are relieved the suspects are no longer on the streets.

Northwest valley resident Bob Catalfano says he and his neighbors haven't felt secure in their homes lately. That is because robbers executed a string of home invasion robberies, many on the northwest side of the valley, in recent months. "We use to always feel safe, and now we don't feel safe anymore," he said. "To hear something like this in a local neighborhood was really very frightening."

"Everyone was pretty much on pins and needles, because (the criminals) were working this area up here," added Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Craig Wright.

Millions Cut from CSN

LAS VEGAS -- More painful budget cuts are coming to the College of Southern Nevada. That means community college students will have an even tougher getting the classes they need next fall.

Southern Nevada's economic recession has only fueled enrollment at CSN, which now serves more than 43,000 students. But with another several million dollars in cuts approved Friday, there's no way CSN can keep up with the growing demand.

"We have more and more students -- we have frustrated students and we have to turn them away and that's hard on us," said Faculty Senate chair Mark Rauls.

"Students don't want to lose programs, obviously, especially in student services because those impact us the most," said student body president Nathaniel Waugh.

Faculty and students say CSN has reached its breaking point with this latest round of state budget cuts.