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Coroner IDs woman killed in 9-car-pile-up at Cheyenne, Jones

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has released the name of the woman killed in a 9-car-pile-up Friday.

Ellen Gallucci, 56, of Las Vegas died from multiple blunt force traumas due to an accident, according to Clark County Coroners. She was driving in an SUV with her dog when they were struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard, police say.

On Saturday morning, officers released the names of the driver and the passenger who they say caused the deadly crash that injured many more.

Police said it all unfolded around 3:30 p.m. when officers stopped a car, driven by Kenneth Rankin, 32, at Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue. Capt. Peter Boffelli of Metro Police said when officers started getting out of their squad car to approach the 2012 Dodge Challenger, the Rankin sped away with his passenger, 48-year-old James Bennett in tow.

Accused Walgreens shooter denied bail

 LAS VEGAS -- The man accused of deadly robbery at a Walgreens store the day after Christmas was denied bail Thursday.

Jin Ackerman, 25, appeared in Clark County District Court. He is facing charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary. Walgreens employee Antonio "Tony" Isnit was shot to death during the robbery.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

'Rot in hell' victim's mother tells convicted rapist

Mazen Alotaibi's sentencing.

LAS VEGAS  --  A 25-year-old Saudi Arabian air force sergeant will serve a minimum of 35 years in Nevada state prison after being found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Mazen Alotaibi was sentenced to multiple life sentences, according to the Las Vegas courts Twitter account.

That'll make Mazen Alotaibi almost 60 when he's eligible for parole.

The mother of Alotaibi's victim said she wants him "to rot in hell."

A jury found Alotaibi guilty in October 2013 of having sex with the boy at the Circus-Circus hotel after a night drinking cognac at a strip club on New Year's Eve 2012.

Alotaibi's attorneys argued he was too intoxicated to know he was committing a crime.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Metro: Boy, 3, shoots himself in the leg

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting involving a 3-year-old boy Sunday night. Initially, the boy's age was reported as 4.

According to police, preliminary reports show the boy found his parents' handgun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. Both parents were home at the time of the shooting which happened around 7:20 p.m. in the 9100 block of Sparklewood Court near Fort Apache and Gowan roads. 

The boy was transported to University Medical Center and is expected to recover.

It is not known yet if charges will be filed against the parents. 

US judge in Las Vegas says ruling to come in FBI ruse case

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A federal judge in Las Vegas says she'll rule in the next few days whether undercover investigators illegally searched several Caesars Palace suites in a gambling ring investigation last summer.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen also acknowledged on Thursday the likelihood that her ruling in the case involving Malaysian businessman Wei Seng "Paul" Phua and his son, Darren Wai Kit Phua, will be appealed to a district court judge.

Leen held hearings in December about state and federal agents disconnecting Internet service and posing as Internet repairmen to get inside Caesars Palace hotel suites without a warrant.

Prosecutors say the Phuas were involved in a $13 million illegal Internet gambling ring.

Defense attorneys say the Phuas' rights were violated and the case should be thrown out.

Task force tackles issue of deadly streets

Hit-and-run crash on Wed. Jan. 14 at Tropicana and Jones.

LAS VEGAS -- The new year is barely one month old and already five people have been killed in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.

 Four of those deaths were pedestrians. 

A task force, the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee, shared ideas Tuesday which included tough new penalties to stop the death and destruction on the roads. The committee is made up law enforcement, business leaders and victim advocates.

Just last week, a 27-year-old man was hit by a car near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard. His body was tossed into nearby bushes. It was two hours after the crash before he was discovered.

Police are still searching for the driver.

Lawmakers want to stiffen penalties to stop people from fleeing the scenes of crashes.

"It's a simple message, drive safe, buckle up, obey the limits, obey the street signs," said Lt.











Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.