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Questions linger regarding twist in deadly road rage

LAS VEGAS -- Residents of a northwest neighborhood remain confused and shocked about what unfolded during a deadly road rage incident last week.

Family members originally told the media Tammy Meyers and her daughter drove home, trying to flee another driver following a fender bender when she was shot and killed by what they described as an “angry driver.”

However, on Tuesday, Metro Police said their investigation revealed there was an altercation on the road, and Tammy went home to pick up her son before heading back out.

“She woke him up and had him come outside and get in the car with her, so they could find the person who frightened them on the roadway,” said Lt. Ray Steiber, Homicide, LVMPD.

Metro Police said her son was armed with a gun, and somehow he and his mother found the driver Meyers argued with. Investigators said that's when the driver followed them home and shot and killed Meyers. Police said her son returned fire.

Police release composite sketch of possible road rage suspect

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police released Saturday a sketch of a person connected to the shooting of a woman during a road rage incident.

Tammy Meyers was shot at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night outside of her Las Vegas home near Alta Drive and Cimarron Road. The incident happened shortly after Meyers gave her daughter a driving lesson in a parking lot near their home.

Officers said Tammy got into a minor accident on her way home, so she pulled over. Her husband, Robert Meyers says three men in the other vehicle got into a confrontation with his wife causing her to be frightened and drive home.

Meyers says once the pair arrived home, his daughter ran from the car into the house. He said his 23-year-old son came out of the house and witnessed the suspects shooting at his mother. The son returned fire with a handgun, according to Meyers.

Warm weather causes ski resort to suspend tubing

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort announced Sunday that it was suspending its tubing operations.

The resort said the suspension will take place after Monday due to unseasonably warm weather conditions and low precipitation.

LVSSR says it will reopen the snow tubing area as soon as weather permits.

For updates on the reopening of the snow tubing area, go here.

Nevada foreclosures rise again

LAS VEGAS -- After ending last year with the nation's fifth highest home foreclosure rate, Nevada shot up to second highest in January behind only Florida, real estate analytics company RealtyTrac reported Wednesday night.

Nevada had 2,380 foreclosure filings last month, including 1,009 notices of default, 673 notices of pending trustee sales and 698 repossessions by lenders. That represented one filing per 495 housing units, a 38.1 percent increase over December and an 8.4 percent jump from a year ago. The national average was one filing per 1,102 housing units.

The January notices of default in Nevada represented a 255.3 percent jump from a year ago, by far the nation's sharpest increase. Default notices nationwide actually fell 14.7 percent over the same period, RealtyTrac reported.

Nevada Senate upholds governor's gun background check veto

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate has upheld Gov. Brian Sandoval's 2013 veto of a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Senators voted along party lines Tuesday not to overturn the veto of SB221, which passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature two years ago. Republicans prevailed this time.

The measure would have required a background check almost any time a firearm changed hands, and would have barred defendants from having guns if their court cases ended with a finding of mental illness.

Sandoval said the bill would put unreasonable burdens on law-abiding Nevadans and do little to prevent criminals from getting guns.

Fourteen of 21 Senate votes were needed to revive the bill. The scenario was especially unlikely after Republicans took control of the Legislature.

City exploring light rail commuting

LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas wants to know if you'd be interested in riding on a light rail system to work to avoid traffic backups.

The city is looking into commuting problems around the Las Vegas valley and a consulting firm has been hired to get community feedback.

Beginning this week, consultant Dan Andersen wants to hear from you.

"By far, the majority are very interested in some sort of a commuter rail network system, supporting our transportation network," Andersen said, CH2M Hill.

His firm was hired by the city to come up with a master plan for bike trails, roads and a transit system. All within the next 18 months. The study will also look at the costs of transportation alternatives.

People at the Centennial Hills Community Center say their ride to work takes half an hour.

"How are we going to pay for it? Where's the money going to come from?











Previous mugshot released of accused driver in deadly 9-car crash

Credit: Metro Police (2009 booking photo)

LAS VEGAS -- Police released a mug shot from a previous arrest of the man accused of causing a 9-car pile-up on Friday that killed 56-year-old Ellen Finnie Gallucci of Las Vegas.

Police say a speeding vehicle driven by 32-year-old Kenneth Rankin ran a red light Friday afternoon striking three vehicles. Those vehicles then struck five more vehicles stopped at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

Rankin and two others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries and 15 others had minor or no injuries.

Rankin remains in the hospital and has been booked in absentia, police said Monday. A released mug shot was taken in 2009 when Rankin was registered as a convicted felon, police said.

A vigil is planned Monday at 8 p.m. near the scene of the crash.