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Camping Sites Limited on Mount Charleston

Camping Sites Limited on Mount Charleston

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds, if not thousands, of Nevadans are expected to visit Mount Charleston this summer to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors, but finding a spot at a campground is pretty slim.

Only two campgrounds are open this summer. Next year, another three are scheduled to open, amounting to about 50 camping spots.

At the Fletcher View campground, there are 13 sites and the Hilltop campground, 35 sites.

"If you do come to the mountain, come early," said Shawnee Hinman of Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. "If you can't find a site, please go to the dispersed areas. Again they are free of charge, but make sure you bring your own supplies."

Campers who can't find a spot should have brought along their own supplies, including GPS, a map, knife, water and extra clothing. Be ready for anything out in the areas away from the campgrounds.

Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

Patrols Looking for People Breaking Fire Rules on Mt. Charleston

New saturation patrols started Wednesday and will last through the Fourth of July weekend, on and around Mt. Charleston.   

Federal and state law enforcement will be looking for anyone breaking the law and especially those breaking fire restriction rules.

Right now, all federal lands in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, which includes Mt. Charleston, are under Stage One Fire Restrictions.

That means campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds and absolutely no fireworks are allowed.

"There is no such thing as a safe-and-sane firework on the forest. It is against the law to use them in Clark County and it is against the law to use them in the forest," Jay Nichols with the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area said.

Other fire restrictions include:

Police Say Man Staged Girlfriend's 2006 Suicide

LAS VEGAS -- A man serving time in a Mississippi prison is facing a murder charge in the killing of a Las Vegas woman in 2006.

Shaun Leflore is accused of killing Chantell Hollowell in Dec. 2006. Hollowell's cause of death was initially ruled as a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head. At that time, Leflore told police that Hollowell was a prostitute and upset that he was leaving her. He told police that Hollowell put a gun to her head and shot herself in front of him.

According to the arrest report, Leflore's former girlfriend's told police he was violent, would make them take drugs, beat them, and would hold a gun to their head if he was mad.

Leflore was arrested and convicted of beating and attempting to kill one of those former girlfriends in 2007. He is currently serving a 13 year sentence in Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility.

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

Major Service Changes Planned for RTC Routes

If you regularly ride the bus in southern Nevada, pay attention because a new schedule goes into effect July 7.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) warns that customers may experience service delays.

The transit service changes include increased frequencies, later and/or earlier operating hours, schedule adjustments and modifications to the Boulder Highway Express (BHX), Henderson & Downtown Express (HDX), Route 212-Sunset Road and Route 402-Sunset/Boulder City. Boarding changes will take place on the Sahara Express (SX), BHX and HDX that will require passengers to board through the front door and pay or swipe their passes at the farebox.

The transit service changes that will be effective July 7, include:

Lumber Liquidators Opens 300th Store in Las Vegas

The largest retailer of specialty hardwood flooring is opening its 300th store and it is in Las Vegas.

Lumber Liquidators will cut the ribbon on its new store Wednesday at 4588 North Rancho Drive, which is near Rancho Drive and Craig Road.

The new 6,000-square-foot store offers a variety of flooring options. It also features an in-store iPad loaded with an application that allows people to see what flooring would look like when installed.

To celebrate the opening, all 300 locations will offer reduced prices on all flooring, which is the first time it has put all of its flooring on sale at the same time.

Shooting Victim Dies, Police Search for Suspect

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating the deadly shooting of a man at an apartment complex near Smoke Ranch Road and Tenaya Way Monday.

The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police are searching the area for the suspect.

According to police, the victim and the gunman were seen together within the complex arguing right before the shooting.

The gunman is described as a Hispanic male standing about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He is described as having very short hair and numerous tattoos on both arms and one on the back of his neck that extends to the middle of the back of his head. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and tan cargo shorts. The gunman is believed to have left the area on foot.

The identity of the victim as well as the cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Off-Ramp Closing While Signs Installed

Off-Ramp Closing While Signs Installed

A section of a busy road will be closed next week while crews work on overhead signs.

The westbound off-ramp from the northern 215 beltway to Decatur Boulevard will be closed from 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 1 to 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2.

Crews will be installing two overhead sign structures over the Decatur Boulevard off-ramp. Westbound travel along the beltway will not be impacted.

Drivers are encouraged to follow the detour signs and drive with caution.

The signs are part of the multi-million dollar beltway widening and improvement project. The 215 is being expanded to a full freeway in the area, which means crews have had to construct interchanges at Jones and Decatur Boulevards.

The entire project is expected to be finished by summer 2014.