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Police warn of crime as temperatures cool

LAS VEGAS - The temperature is cooling down, but crime is heating up. Police say criminals are targeting easily accessible homes and cars.

Metro Police says auto theft is up nearly 19 percent this year. While home break-ins are slightly down, police urge homeowners not to get complacent.

Police say criminals mostly target open doors and windows. Many homeowners leave garage doors open, providing a tempting target for thieves. Open car windows also present an open invitation.

“Take all your items out of your vehicle. If anyone is looking at vehicles and they're looking to commit an auto theft or an auto burglary, they will look in that vehicle,” said Metro Police Officer Larry Hadfield. “If they see high-valued or high-tag items in there, such as an iPod, tablets, laptops or cell phones, they can get in that vehicle. If given the opportunity to get in the vehicle, then they also have the opportunity to steal the vehicle."

Monument named in honor of Mountain Ridge Little Leaguers

LAS VEGAS -- The spotlight is once again being shined on the Las Vegas Mountain Ridge Little League team which made history by being the first Nevada team to make it to the Little League World Series.

Ward 6 Councilman, Steven D. Ross, unveiled a monument Saturday in honor of the team. The monument, located at Mountain Ridge Park at the intersection of Durango Drive and Elkhorn Road, resembled a big metal picture frame, and it had the names of the coaches, players and managers inscribed on it.

Councilman Ross was joined by the team, Coach Ashton Cave and the assistant coaches for the unveiling. Saturday's event at Mountain Ridge Park was just one of many celebrations, parades and rallies held for them since their loss at nationals.

Construction to build berm underway on Mount Charleston

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev.-- A construction project to save dozens of homes has started on Mount Charleston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building a berm to divert rain water away from the Rainbow subdivision, an area that has been ravaged by flood waters in the past.

However, the project has left many residents feeling a little like they're in limbo.

"Until that is built and until we see that it works, I'm not going to go for a lot of money in fixing this place up," said Neal Snyder, resident at the Rainbow subdivision.

The U.S. Forest Service started making space for the berm Friday by cutting down trees in Kyle Canyon. The vegetation in this area was forever changed when much of it was devoured by the 2013 Carpenter 1 wildfire.





Judge enters 'not guilty' plea for teen in shooting case

LAS VEGAS -- A teen facing four counts of attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun into the home of a fellow student was arraigned in Clark County District Court Thursday. It was the first time McKinnon has appeared in court since the shooting.

The attorney for Ayden McKinnon, 14, refused to enter a plea for his client and told the court the teen should not be tried as an adult. Judge Michelle Leavitt did enter a not guilty plea on behalf of McKinnon.

McKinnon is accused of walking up to the home of a former school friend near Grand Teton Drive and Jones Boulevard and firing several shots through the front door. Someone inside the home grabbed a gun and returned fire, hitting McKinnon.

 

Barricade situation in NW Las Vegas over

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Police and SWAT were called Wednesday morning to a standoff in a home near Torrey Pines Drive and Alexander Road.

Police received the call just before 10 a.m. Wednesday from the home on the 6400 block of Bamboo Place. Police said one person was threatening another with a knife and refused to leave the house.

The situation ended peacefully at around 1 p.m.

Police: Gilcrease Orchard robbed by two men

LAS VEGAS --  Metro Police said they're looking for two men who robbed Gilcrease Orchard Saturday afternoon.  Police said the orchard, which is usually open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. had just closed when the incident happened at 7800 N. Tenaya Way.

Detectives said the men walked into the area where employees were balancing the finances at 3:41 p.m. and demanded money.  The suspects then fled the scene on foot. 

Metro Police haven't said how much money was taken.  They're still investigating.







Teen indicted for shooting into home

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted a 14-year-old boy for opening fire at a home in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

On Friday, the jury indicted Ayden McKinnon on several charges, including home invasion, four counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and four counts of discharging a weapon into a structure.

According to Metro Police, on Sept. 16, McKinnon, who was a student at Shadow Ridge High School, walked up to the home of a former friend near Grand Teton Drive and Jones Boulevard and fired a gun at the door.

Someone inside the home grabbed a gun and returned fire, hitting McKinnon.

The judge set bail at $80,000. McKinnon's next court date is Oct. 9.