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Paralyzed Man Spends Thanksgiving as Volunteer

Brian Blum, wheelchair-bound for 13 years, decided to spend his Thanksgiving volunteering at a dinner for homeless students and their families.

LAS VEGAS -- Nursing home residents got to spend time with their loved ones, thanks to American Medical Response's longtime Home for the Holidays program.

The ambulance company, also known as AMR, drives residents to see their families free of charge, but this year, one resident decided to volunteer his time instead.

Supervisor Zack Ratner-Miller works every Thanksgiving helping others. For 12 years, he has taken patients home for the day, but this trip is a first.

Brian Blum isn't going to see family, instead he wanted to give back to the community.

Blum is taking a ride to Cimarron-Memorial High School, where he will help with the school's Thanksgiving dinner for homeless students and their families.

"I just wanted to come and volunteer my time for the less fortunate people, and making it a better thanksgiving for them," Blum said.

Blum said he is thankful he is alive.

Metro Investigating Fatal Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a murder that happened late Wednesday night.

According to police, two men got into a fight just before 10 p.m. at a bus stop near Craig Road and Rancho Drive. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other. The 32-year-old victim was later pronounced dead. The 49-year-old suspect is in custody.

"All we know is there was some type of confrontation that became physical, then the shots were fired and we're investigating the specifics and details other than that," Lt. Bruce Miyama with Metro Police said.

Police were able to get there quickly because witnesses called police and a patrol car was nearby.

Cimarron-Memorial to Open Doors for Thanksgiving Meal

Cimarron-Memorial to Open Doors for Thanksgiving Meal

The community around Cimarron-Memorial High School in northwest Las Vegas will enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal this year.

Community partners and volunteers will come together Thursday to host families from approximately 30 schools, as Cimarron presents its second annual Feeding the Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. inside the school's cafeteria. The school is located at 2301 N. Tenaya Way.

In addition to a full holiday dinner, there will be bingo and a visit from Santa Claus. The idea for the event came from Principal Joe Caruso, who volunteers at the City Mission of Las Vegas and wanted to welcome in the community.

“Throughout the District you'll often hear principals say that our students are members of our extended family,” Caruso said. “This dinner is our way of opening up our school to the community and showing our appreciation for the support they give to our students throughout the school year."

Man Critically Hurt in Early Morning Crash


A Las Vegas man is in critical condition after driving into a pole early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue. According to witnesses, the driver, 52-year-old Lee Turner, was heading eastbound on Cheyenne Avenue approaching Rainbow Boulevard, when his car hit the raised island between the right hand travel lane and the right hand turning lane, hitting a signal light pole.

According to Metro Police, Turner showed signs of being drunk and was charged with driving under the influence.

DA Releases Review of April Police Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney's office has ruled that Metro Police officers acted "reasonably and lawfully" in the shooting death of Sharmel T. Edwards, 49.

According to police, officers shot Edwards several times after she pointed a firearm at them about 4:15 a.m. on April 21. Police had responded to a report that Edwards had stolen a car and pulled her over in a parking lot on Jones Boulevard near Smoke Ranch Road.

Officers then spent about 40 minutes telling Edwards to show them her hands and get out of the car, according to a review released by the district attorney's office.

"The police officers gave Ms. Edwards ample opportunity to end their confrontation in a nonviolent manner," District Attorney Steven Wolfson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, as numerous witnesses stated, she ignored the officers' commands and exited the vehicle with a gun drawn. She left the officers with no choice."

Ski Resort Set to Open Friday

Ski Resort Set to Open Friday


The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard has announced an opening day for its 50th anniversary season.

The lifts and lift tickets will open at 9 a.m. Friday. Skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy 30 trails, as well as the freestyle terrain park known as The Strip, until 4 p.m.

Lee Canyon Sports and the remodeled Bighorn Grill will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The grill includes a new menu. The Bristlecone Bar is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The ski resort is in the middle of a multi-million dollar re-development that will increase the number of trails and lifts. This year skiers will be able to enjoy new trails and a new locker room thanks to the upgrades.

To see a list of lift ticket prices, go to skilasvegas.com. 

School Collects Food for Those in Need

School Collects Food for Those in Need


Students at one elementary school wrapped up their effort to feed families in need, when they picked up thousands of donated food items Monday.

Students from Justice Myron Leavitt Middle School finished their annual food drive, picked up the items and started distributing them to local families.

The kids worked very hard to collect their goal of 10,000 food items. They walked door to door in their neighborhoods and handed out flyers at local grocery stores.