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Pharmacy Robber Sought by Police

Pharmacy Robber Sought by Police


LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police need help finding a man suspected of five robbery attempts at local pharmacies.

The suspect has robbed or attempted to rob five pharmacies since Dec. 10, usually between 6-9:30 p.m., in the northwest area of the city. The suspect usually approaches the pharmacy clerk, simulates a weapon in his jacket pocket, and demands medications.

The suspect is described as a white man, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, light brown or reddish hair, and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a light ball cap, black jacket, a gray shirt and prescription glasses.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Metro Robbery Section at 828-3591 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers could result in a cash reward.

Centennial Hills Hospital Prepares for the Worst

LAS VEGAS -- A local hospital and first responders prepared for the worst during a disaster drill Wednesday.

Centennial Hills Hospital trained to respond to the release of a dirty bomb or radiological weapon in the Las Vegas valley in an exercise known as Decon-12.

Actors played the roles of those injured, who were rushed to the hospital. Hospital staff and first responders went step-by-step to make sure they are ready. Patients went through the decontamination process in tents, before being admitted to the hospital.

"The possibility of a radiological attack is very, very low. The consequences in this scenario would be very high. So, as first responders and emergency response, folks do need to be sure that we are ready for anything, especially, the unexpected," Jeff Donaldson with the Nevada National Security Site said.

UNLV Announces Discovery of Prehistoric Wolf

LAS VEGAS - UNLV announced that scientists have found a prehistoric wolf fossil for the first time in southern Nevada.

The fossil of the dire wolf likely dates back more than 10,000 years. It is unknown whether it interacted with early human settlers.

Scientists found the fossil in Tule Springs, an area under Bureau of Land Management protection near the 215 Beltway and Decatur Boulevard.

For many people, it is eye-opening to see these fossils are being dug up just a short walk from homes and streets.

UNLV geologist Doctor Josh Bonde found the bones while doing a survey of the protected piece of land.

"I'm walking around. We are doing a survey out there to see what resources are on the property. Sure enough, there is this little bone sticking out of the side of a hill, and I go in to investigate. Sure enough, it is a hand bone from some kind of carnivorous animal," Bonde said.

Centennial Hills Hospital Holds Disaster Exercise

Centennial Hills Hospital Holds Disaster Exercise


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A hospital in northwest Las Vegas is hosting a decontamination drill simulating the release of radiation due to a criminal act.

Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center says the Operation Decon-12 exercise on Wednesday will include officials from the Nevada National Security Site nuclear proving ground and the Las Vegas police specialized ARMOR emergency operations unit.

As part of the exercise, administrators, responders and caregivers will be critiqued on the treatment of victims of a dirty bomb attack and their interaction and cooperation with other agencies.

Organizers say people can expect to see police and firefighters at the eight-story, 177-bed hospital looking and acting like the disaster is real.

But hospital spokeswoman Christine Beltran says normal emergency department operations and patient care won't be affected.

Students Grieve Teen Killed in Weekend Wreck

A memorial has been set up near the spot where 16-year-old Eddie Ruiz died Saturday.

LAS VEGAS -- At Cimarron-Memorial High School, many students faced an emotional day, still shocked by the news that a fellow student was killed Saturday in a car wreck.

Grief counselors were at the school Monday to help the teenagers understand what happened.

The death has some new drivers at the school thinking hard about staying safe on Las Vegas roads.

A memorial now sits at the place where 16-year-old Eddie Ruiz died Saturday.

Candles, cards and a T-shirt tell stories of the memories the student left behind.

"He had no anger towards anyone for anything," sophomore Markus Vega said. "He was just calm, always."

Metro Police said Eddie tried to pass a sports utility vehicle or minivan and hit it, causing his car to spin out of control.

His car hit a chain link fence and concrete wall.

Eddie and another teen were transported to University Medical Center where Eddie later died.

Coroner ID's Teen Killed in Weekend Accident

Coroner ID's Teen Killed in Weekend Accident

LAS VEGAS - The 16-year-old young man killed in a weekend car accident is Eddie Ruiz, the Clark County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Police say the teen was driving a 1994 Honda Civic near Jones Boulevard and Empire Circle. The Honda attempted to pass an SUV or minivan and struck the vehicle, causing the Honda to spin out of control.

The Honda struck a chain link fence and concrete wall. Ruiz and a teen passenger were transported to University Medical Center, where Ruiz died. The passenger sustained serious injuries.

Police say the SUV or minivan left the scene of the accident and is wanted for questioning. This is the 103rd fatal accident in Metro Police jurisdiction this year.