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Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing Into Fence

Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing Into Fence

LAS VEGAS -- One person is dead following a motorcycle accident Tuesday night.

The crash happened at around 10 p.m. on Kyle Canyon Road and Oso Blanca Road. Police say the motorcycle crashed into a nearby fence.

The rider died at the scene of the accident. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the motorcyclist once next of kin have been notified.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Dangerous Driving Habit

LAS VEGAS -- When traffic lights turn red police all around the valley say many drivers simply ignore them.

In an effort to get drivers to pay more attention and obey the signals, law enforcement recently teamed up and saturated some of the most traveled intersections.

Within a few weeks, police ticketed hundreds of people. In Henderson and North Las Vegas combined, more than 1,000 citations were handed out to drivers who sped through red lights.

Chrissie Coon with the North Las Vegas Police Department said running a red light can have serious consequences. In many cases people who run red lights aren't just breaking the law, they are putting other lives in jeopardy.

DJs Collect Pajamas for Kids in Need

DJs Collect Pajamas for Kids in Need

Local radio DJs collected pajamas all day Friday as part of the annual DJs for PJs drive.

They started collecting the pajamas at 6 a.m. at four Kohl's stores around southern Nevada, including the stores at Charleston Boulevard and Durango Drive, Durango Drive and Deer Springs Way, Blue Diamond and Arville roads and 215 beltway and Valle Verde.  

The bedtime clothes will be donated to kids in need in the Las Vegas valley. Last year, more than 8,000 pairs of pajamas were donated to the cause and then distributed to dozens of local charities.

 

Barbecue Fire Damages Home, Burns Homeowner

Barbecue Fire Damages Home, Burns Homeowner

A Las Vegas man is recovering after suffering burns during a fire at his home Thursday evening.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, the fire started in a barbecue on the man's patio at his home near Bradley Road and Tropical Parkway.

Fire dispatchers received several calls just before 7 p.m. Thursday from people reporting that the fire had spread to the patio cover.

When fire crews arrived, they found the barbeque on fire along with patio furniture and the awning. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire from entering the home.

The man suffered first degree burns to his forearms as he tried to put out the flames. He was taken to the hospital for observation. 

Officers Start Memorial Run for Fallen Law Enforcement

Officers Start Memorial Run for Fallen Law Enforcement

 

Dozens of law enforcement officers are off and running for the 14th annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run.

The runners started Thursday morning from Police Memorial Park, near Cheyenne Avenue and Grand Canyon Drive. They are traveling north to Carson City where a memorial service will be held.

The run is divided into 120 segments, which reflects the 120 law enforcement officers in Nevada who have lost their lives.

The officers are carrying a baton containing the names of the fallen officers. The baton will be given to the families of those officers during the ceremony in Carson City.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

Group Launches Park Clean Up Effort

Group Launches Park Clean Up Effort

 

Volunteers launched an effort to clean up parks in the northwest part of the valley Wednesday.

About 100 Starbucks volunteers gathered at Patriot Community Park, near Alexander Road and Decatur Boulevard, Wednesday to clean up the area.

The effort is sponsored by Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, a coalition of groups devoted to improving southern Nevada's outdoor spaces. It was part of Earth Day observances and a national cleanup campaign.

"We have noticed that when parks and trails are cleaner, people feel like they are a lot safer," said Rae Lathrop Director of Programs, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, which is part of Keep Las Vegas Beautiful. "The less trash, the less glass, the less cigarette butts. It is just a better environment for the community."