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Cat hoarding: Tale of 2 cities

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LAS VEGAS -- Two women are in the same situation, but dealing with very different consequences. Both women were caught hoarding more than 100 cats. In both cases, most of the cats were so sick they had to be put down.

While one woman is facing criminal charges, the other got a house cleaning and is being put up in temporary housing. The difference between the two women has to do with where they live.

In both cases, neighbors and animal control describe the homes as a health hazard, with no air conditioning and limited water and food for the pets. Yet, when it comes time to file charges of cruelty, one has yet to see a judge.

In the middle of summer, it was well above 100 degrees inside the North Las Vegas home of Nathalie Back at 824 Harp Way.





One killed in crash near Cheyenne and 215

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police are investigating a fatal crash near Cheyenne Avenue and I-215.

The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Police say a Dodge Dakota was making a U-turn when it collided with a Kia Sorento. The Dodge rolled into a desert area, and the 22-year-old male driver died at the scene of the accident.

The 67-year-male driver of the Kia did not sustain injuries. A 19-year-old female passenger in the Dodge suffered moderate injuries.

This is the 70th fatal crash in Metro's jurisdiction this year. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the victim once next of kin have been notified.

One hurt, home damaged in morning fire

One hurt, home damaged in morning fire

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in the northwest Monday morning.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, fire dispatchers started getting calls about smoke coming from a house near Cheyenne Avenue and Michael Way at around 10:30 a.m.  

Callers told dispatchers that a bedridden woman may be trapped inside the home.

When firefighters arrived, they found all the people in the house, including the woman, were out safely.

Firefighters entered the home and found a small fire in one of the bedrooms. Most of the fire was out because the people in the home had used a garden house to put out the blaze.

Three people were treated for smoke inhalation. One of those victims was taken to University Medical Center for further treatment.

The cause of the fire could not be determined, but fire investigators determined the fire started in the corner of one bedroom.

Man killed in shooting near Rainbow and Gowan ID'd

LAS VEGAS --  The Clark Coroner's Office office released the name of the man killed Thursday in a shooting near Rainbow Boulevard and Gowan Road.

Coroner officials said 62-year-old Michael O'Brien of Las Vegas died from a gun shot wound to the chest.

Metro Police said they have few clues in the shooting, but they said O'Brien got into a fight with another man near the garage door of a home
on Welsh Circle.

Authorities said after the shooting, the 62-year-old walked down the driveway where he collapsed in the cul-de-sac.

Metro is asking anyone who might have information to call the homicide division at (702)828-3521 or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555



Police: Smith's grocery store robbed, suspects on the run

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police investigated a robbery at a popular grocery store chain Thursday night.

Officers said the Smith's grocery store in the 4400 block of North Rancho Boulevard was robbed shortly before 10:30 p.m.

According to police, two men wearing masks robbed a cashier and a slot change person.

No one was hurt, but the suspects were able to escape the area on foot.

Metro Police said they set a large perimeter around Decatur Boulevard and Rancho Boulevard while they searched for the suspect.

New tech center opens, hiring 400

LAS VEGAS -- A tech company is setting up shop in northwest Las Vegas and and hiring 400 people. Asurion held it's official grand opening Thursday in Centennial Hills.

Asurion's new center will provide support services for everything from cell phones to gaming devices for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint and the company is looking to hire tech-savvy, customer-oriented people.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and several city council members took part in the ribbon cutting for the new center.

"I think the reality is for all of us who have any type of technological equipment, you want to get a human being that understands and is able to go ahead and follow up and give you the advice," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

The company has hired 100 people since Oct. 1, but 400 more are needed.

Charges yet to come in Henderson officer DUI case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors got more time to file criminal charges against a Henderson police officer jailed after authorities say he was stopped driving the wrong way on a Las Vegas freeway.

Prosecutor Brian Rutledge says Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum on Monday gave him until Thursday to obtain results of blood tests on samples drawn following Officer Joseph Lawrance's arrest early Thursday.

The Nevada Highway Patrol alleges the 31-year-old Lawrance was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.