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I-Team: Sanctuary Sought For Surviving Chimp

LAS VEGAS – In light of chimpanzee Buddy's shooting death earlier this month after he escaped from his enclosure, many people are now concerned about CJ, a female chimp they'd never heard of until two weeks ago. From the looks of it, she's holding up pretty well so far.

But as long as breeders are allowed to traffic in chimps and other exotics, and as long as Nevadans are permitted to keep wild animals in homes or backyards, the kind of tragedy that occurred with Buddy is certain to happen again.

"She's half human, half chimpanzee," said Timmi Derosa, a co-owner of CJ said. "It's so tragic, and it's why the breeders must stop. People who buy them think they are buying a human with fur and the cutest little human ever."

I-Team: Inside Chimps' Lives Before Deadly Shooting

Man Wanted in Fatal Shooting Surrenders to Police

LAS VEGAS -- The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a 29-year-old woman has surrendered to a sheriff's deputy in Yavapai County, Arizona.

A 28-year-old man was also shot, but is in stable condition at University Medical Center.

Earlier in the day, Metro homicide detectives identified Troy White, 44, as a person of interest. He was last seen leaving the scene of the shooting armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

According to detectives, White may have driven away from the scene in a silver Dodge Durango.

The woman and man were shot about noon Friday in the 300 block of Altamira Road, near Buffalo and Alta drives.

They were taken to University Medical Center, where the woman died about 1:10 p.m., according to a police spokesperson. 

Hiker Leads Police to Marijuana Farm in Canyon

LAS VEGAS -- A tip from a hiker in a Clark County canyon led police to an illegal marijuana farm Wednesday, according to Metro Police.

When officers arrived at the grow operation, they found 11,000 mature marijuana plants. Officers then destroyed the plants.

The plants were found in four separate plots located about the 8,400 feet level in Wallace Canyon, near the Nye County line on State Route 160.

The plants, which were between two and three feet high, are estimated to have weighed 11,000 pounds and have a street value of $16.5 million.

The hiker came across the grow operation and alerted authorities. The police said that outdoor enthusiasts, such as hikers, should be aware of the potential for extreme violence associated with these grow operations. Those who do come across them are advised to leave the area immediately and call police.

The grow operation is one of the largest found in Clark County, the police said.

New Clothing Store Offers Second-Hand Deals

New Clothing Store Offers Second-Hand Deals

A clothing store opened a second location in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley Thursday.

Plato’s Closet  is now open at Ann Road and Centennial Parkway. It is a unique store which offers second-hand clothing for sale or trade. The store pays cash for gently used clothes. It marks items, including designer brands, down 50 to 70 percent.

Even though the items for sale are second hand, the owners make a point of making sure all the clothes are on trend.

"We really keep up with the trends. We actually do mall runs. We send the employees off to mall runs so they can keep up with the trends. We look through magazines and through the computer, so we are up to date and know what we are selling," Plato’s Closet owner Margie Sherman said.

They also stock shoes, accessories and men’s wear.

 

Board Suspends Doctor's License After Arrest

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of a doctor Tuesday who has been indicted on charges related to the distribution of controlled substances.

Dr. Vinay Kumar Bararia has been suspended from practicing medicine in Nevada pending an order from either an investigative committee or the medical board.

Bararia practiced internal medicine at Centennial Hills Hospital. In March, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The complaint filed against him detailed five undercover officers buying controlled substances from him, according to the medical board's suspension order.

As a condition of his release, Bararia voluntarily surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration certificate of registration and was prohibited from ordering, possessing, dispensing or prescribing any controlled substances.

I-Team: Inside Chimps' Lives Before Deadly Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The story of Buddy the chimpanzee's death is a sad one, but one with no discernible bad guys.

At every step of their lives, Buddy and his chimp pal CJ were adored, even spoiled, by humans who absolutely loved them.

But in a sense, it was that unbounded affection that led to Buddy being killed in the street by police, and has left CJ living in a backyard cage by herself.

"Shame on the industry that breeds them for profit or entertainment," animal welfare activist Linda Faso said. "They are darling when they are babies and deadly when they are adults."

Chimp Saga Ends in Northwest Las Vegas Neighborhood

Teachers Spend Summer Learning New Skills

Teachers Spend Summer Learning New Skills

Thousands of Clark County School District teachers are not really taking the summer off. Instead they are spending part of their summer in the classroom.

More than 3,000 teachers are spending June, July and August in professional development classes at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. Tougher curriculum will be taught in southern Nevada classrooms this coming school year so teachers must be ready with new skills and strategies.

"We tend to get complacent. So, it is good to keep learning and have different strategies to teach the kids," fifth grade teacher Sonja Clark said.  

Federal grant money is helping fund the development sessions. Classes are being offered in several different disciplines, including math, science and technology.