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R&B artist The Weeknd accused of hitting officer in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Canadian R&B artist known as The Weeknd was arrested in Las Vegas after police say he hit an officer in the head.

Las Vegas Police Officer Laura Meltzer says 24-year-old Abel Tesfaye was arrested early Saturday in a Las Vegas Strip hotel on suspicion of misdemeanor battery of a protected person. He was taken to the Clark County Detention Center, but wasn't listed on the jail roster on Monday.

Meltzer says police were trying to break up a fight on one of the floors when Tesfaye hit an officer on the side of the head with a closed fist.

She says it doesn't appear that the officer was seriously hurt.

The Weeknd was scheduled for a concert Friday at Drai's Nightclub. He's featured on Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder."

Suspect shot by homeowner ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed during a home invasion near South Cimarron Road and Alta Drive.

The coroner's office said 41-year-old Steven Speidel died from a gunshot wound to the torso. Officers said shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Speidel and another suspect who's still on the run, kicked in the front door of a home located on the 8000 block of Cactus Flower Court.

Police said the armed suspects fired their guns at the homeowner. However, the homeowner was also armed.

Investigators said he fired multiple shots hitting Speidel. Emergency crews transported the Speidel to University Medical Center where he later died.

Las Vegas homeowner shoots, kills intruder

LAS VEGAS -- A suspect was shot and killed after police say he invaded a home near South Cimarron Road and Alta Drive. The other suspect is on the run.

The shooting occurred Wednesday night shortly after 11:30 p.m. at a home on the 8000 block of Cactus Flower Court.

Police say two men kicked in the front door of the home and and one of them was shot multiple times by someone inside the home. Police say the two suspects were armed and shot at the homeowner first.

Neighbors say the alleged home invasion is concerning.

"It makes me feel unsafe but I definitely would protect myself in this type of situation," Jesus Avila, a neighbor.

Bob Irwin, the owner of The Gun Store, says the biggest reason people get handguns is to protect their home. He says it is lawful to shoot someone if they are breaking into your home and you are in danger.

DUI charges pending in fatal Christmas Eve crash in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Blood tests are back, and police say the 25-year-old driver of a BMW 300i involved in a Christmas Eve crash that killed two people and injured five in Las Vegas will face multiple felony driving under the influence and reckless driving charges.

Ray Diokno was being held Thursday in the Clark County jail pending a court appearance in the Dec. 24 crash that killed 81-year-old Etherine Noble and 63-year-old Essie Mae Hale.

It's not immediately clear if Diokno has an attorney.

Noble and Hale were in a GMC Terrain driven by 42-year-old Cotina Porter-Smith of Ellenwood, Georgia.

Porter-Smith and a 1-year-old boy were injured.

Police say Diokno and his passengers, 25-year-old Jermayne Jefferson and 26-year-old Matthew Modelo, were also hospitalized after the wreck at Cheyenne Avenue and Hualapai

Squatters pose fire threat in some neighborhoods

LAS VEGAS -- A fire inside a vacant home on the city's northwest side is shining a light on a growing problem. The fire broke out near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Road Saturday night.

Homeless people moving into vacant homes and creating their own source of heat.

People who live on Trilogy Drive say the home has been boarded up and abandoned for a few months.


"I wasn't worried until the flames erupted and the embers started flying out," said neighbor Ben Nelson. "I had to run back in and grab my cell phone and call 911."

"Lately what we've seen especially in cold snaps is just people trying to stay warm," said Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman.

He says they are seeing more and more incidents of homeless people breaking into vacant houses to get out of the cold.

"What we're concerned about is we've had fatalities with these in the past," Szymanski said.












Metro: Teen shot twice near Jones and Lake Mead

Metro Police investigated a shooting Friday night that sent one teen to the hospital. Officers said the incident unfolded around 6:04 p.m. at the Silver Palms Apartments located at 1951 North Jones Boulevard.

An 18-year-old was shot twice in the abdomen, according to authorities. He was taken to University Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Metro Police didn't release any further details about what led up to the shooting, but they did say it doesn't appear to be gang related.

This is a developing story.

Mother files wrongful death lawsuit in BLM case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The mother of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by federal rangers on a highway outside Las Vegas last February has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government.

Tracy Meadows says in the civil rights lawsuit filed Dec. 23 that the two Bureau of Land Management rangers could have gotten medical help for a "disoriented and confused" D'Andre Berghardt Jr. when they found Berghardt walking near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Instead, the lawsuit says the rangers confronted Berghardt with pepper spray, Tasers and a baton before shooting him dead when he climbed into an idling Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.

Meadows' attorney, Jacob Hafter, says she's gotten no answers about her son's death.

BLM spokesman Christopher Rose declines comment.

He says the incident is still being investigated.