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Metro Officer Surprises 7-Eleven Robbery Suspects

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a 7-Eleven in the northwest party of the valley which took place early Tuesday morning.

According to police, around 2:15 a.m. an officer pulled up to the 7-Eleven at Lake Mead and Jones Boulevards to get a drink. At the same time, two people ran out of the store and told the officer there was a robbery taking place inside.

"The officer immediately went to the front doors of the 7-Eleven. As he did, he saw a man inside pointing a gun at the clerk, he opened the door and the man with the gun immediately pointed the gun at the officer and the officer fired at the suspect," said Deputy Chief Kathy O'Connor, Metro Police Department.

The officer struck one of the suspects and he was transported to University Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition. The other suspect, who was hiding in the store, was taken into custody.

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Construction is set to start on several popular recreation sites on Mt. Charleston.

First on the list is the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. Construction will start July 23. When the renovations are finished, there will be 68 single-unit picnic spots, 20 double-unit spots and two group spots. There will also be gathering spaces, a new water system and new toilet facilities.

Crews will also be expanding the parking area at the trailhead for the Cathedral Rock trail system. The area will be away from the main highway, making for a safer place to park. The renovated area is set to reopen in 2014.

Kyle Canyon Campground will be closed for similar construction starting Saturday. Renovations at that site are expected to be finished in 2013.

The U.S. Forest Service recently finished the renovations at the parking areas for Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon Trailhead.

Officer Who Shot Chimpanzee Identified

Officer Who Shot Chimpanzee Identified

LAS VEGAS -- The officer involved in the July 12 shooting of an escaped chimpanzee has been identified as Sgt. Andrew Legrow.

Eyewitness Details Chimpanzee Shooting

Sgt. Legrow is 49-years-old and has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 27 years.


Another Round of Storms Hits Las Vegas with Lightning and Hail

LAS VEGAS -- Another round of stormy weather moved through the Las Vegas Valley Sunday evening bringing hail, lightning and heavy rain. A large portion of the valley was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:45 p.m. 

SLIDESHOW: Viewer Pictures of Storm and Hail

The storm cell showed up radar southwest of the valley around 9:30 p.m. As the storm moved northeast, it grew in intensity and started producing hail. There were several reports of hail, up to the size of a quarter, in the Summerlin area and other parts of the northwest.

Earlier in the day, a sudden storm hit Henderson causing street flooding on Stephanie Street and Sunset Road.

There is a chance for isolated storms Monday.

Storm Hits Northwest, Floods Streets

LAS VEGAS -- A sudden storm brought lightning and rain to the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley Saturday evening.

The clouds formed over the city of Las Vegas, and then migrated toward the northwest. The storm sat over the Centennial Hills area, dumping as much as .75 inches of rain. The water rushed through sidewalks and streets and caused some minor flooding.

Centennial Hills near Buffalo and Grand Teton Drives was one of the worst hit areas. At one point, there were reports of two to three feet of water near the intersection. The area around U.S. 95 and Buffalo Drive, as well as Buffalo Drive and Cheyenne Avenue, also experienced flooding.

Tim Szymanski with the Las Vegas Fire Department said firefighters received calls on at least 10 cars stalled in the flood waters. However, crews did not have to perform any water rescues. There were no reports of any injuries.

Las Vegas Woman has Close Encounter with Escaped Chimp

LAS VEGAS -- Nothing could have prepared Kari Eliason for what happened to her on Thursday when an escaped chimp jumped into her vehicle as she sat in the driver's seat.

Eliason was on her way home from the gym, when she noticed her neighbor's two chimps were in the street. At first, she wasn't afraid, because the chimps were about 50 yards away, but then they began moving in her direction.

"He just put his claw right through it," Kari Eliason said, as she describes the damage to one of her vehicle's tires. 

Eliason was on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator. She said Buddy's behavior escalated when police cruisers raced on scene, with lights, and sirens.

Police Search for Men in Connection with Robbery

Police Search for Men in Connection with Robbery

Metro Police are searching for four men they say stole from a convenience store and beat up two employees.

The crime happened June 22 at a store in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley. The suspects walked into the store stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise and battered the employees.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.