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Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More

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At least 2 people critically injured in crash at Durango and Elkhorn

At least two people suffered critical injuries resulting from a crash at the intersection of Durango Drive and Elkhorn Road, according to Metro police.

Eight vehicles were involved in the collision which happened around 6:48 a.m. on Wednesday, said police.

According to Metro's Fatal Detail Unit, a delivery van struck a Honda Accord. The Accord was then hit on all four sides from four different directions.

The driver of the Accord and the delivery van were transported to the hospital. The driver of the Accord is in critical condition, said police.

Investigators are now working to determine if drugs, alcohol or a medical episode were factors in the crash.

Metro plans to have the intersection closed for several hours while officers investigate the crash. Motorists are being advised to find an alternate route.

Durango is shut down between U.S. 95 and Dorrell Lane. Traffic along Elkhorn is being rerouted... Read More

Substitute teacher, assistant coach at Legacy High arrested for sexual acts with student

An employee of Legacy High School was arrested for having inappropriate contact with a student, police said.

According to officers, 29-year-old Ryan Davis is charged with two counts of sex act with a pupil between the ages of 16 and 17. Davis was arrested Wednesday by the Clark County School Police.

Davis and his wife were in the news earlier this week when his second daughter was the first Las Vegas valley baby to be born in a hospital on New Year's day.

Since his arrest, Davis has been relieved of all duties.

According to the Clark County School District, Davis was hired in May 2014 as a substitute teacher at Legacy High. He was also an assistant football coach.

Davis' proposed bail is $50,000 per count totaling $100,000... Read More

Snow expected on Mount Charleston for Christmas

A snowy Christmas weekend is expected for Mount Charleston which is likely to draw thousands of visitors to the area to ski, sled and enjoy the snow.

The Mount Charleston Winter Alliance wants to make sure everyone has a safe visit and is encouraging people to plan ahead by visiting the www.GoMTCharleston.com website for current road conditions, weather updates and more. You call also call 511.

As many as 25,000 cars are expected to visit Lee and Kyle Canyons over the holiday weekend.

Snow play areas get crowded quickly. Do not sled in areas with less than 12 inches of snow. The least crowded time to go is early in the morning. For more information, click here. ... Read More

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Pedestrian hit near Durango and Gowan

One person is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle.

Metro Police were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. near Durango Drive and Gowan Road.

The victim was transported to University Medical Center with critical injuries... Read More

Police bust possible marijuana grow house, arrest 5

Metro police responding to a call of shots fired in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood ended up discovering a house they believe is being used as a marijuana grow operation, police said.

Police received the call around 9:47 p.m. Monday and responded to the home in the 8500 block of Copper Knoll Avenue near Durango Drive and Gowan Road.

Five people were taken into custody, police said.

This is a developing story... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More