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2 People Killed in Accident at 215 and Cheyenne

LAS VEGAS -- Two people are dead after an accident early Thursday morning at northbound I-215 and Cheyenne Ave.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says a 65-year-old driver and her 71-year-old passenger died in the high-speed crash. Witnesses say the white Toyota Camry was traveling more than 70 mph just before the accident at 1:45 a.m. Troopers say the car sped through a red light on the Cheyenne Avenue off-ramp and slammed into a concrete wall.

Trooper Jeremie Elliott says the four-door sedan was demolished when it plowed through a chain-link fence and hit a second concrete wall. The names of the people killed have not been released.

Investigators don't know yet why the car was going so fast. The on-ramp was closed for almost six hours during the crash investigation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Local Skateboarders Rally for Injured Friend

Local Skateboarders Rally for Injured Friend

 

Las Vegas skateboarders are working together to help a young man hurt in a shooting at a skate park.

Skaterscentral.com is presenting the Skate for Keaton Benefit competition Saturday. Seventeen-year-old Keaton Belliston was seriously hurt when two men robbed a group of skaters at Mountain Ridge Park in Centennial Hills on January 3. After taking several items from the young men, one suspect took out a gun and shot into the group hitting Belliston.

The competition is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Skate City Indoor Skate Park, 4915 Steptoe Street #100. Skateboarders can enter the competition with an entry fee of $10. Those interested can pre-register at skaterscentral.com or at the door on the day of the event. There will be a $10 entrance fee to the event. All proceeds from the door and competition will go to Keaton Belliston’s family. A portion of the food sales from the event will also be donated.

Students Get Glimpse of Life in Space

Students Get Glimpse of Life in Space

Students at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy got a glimpse at the job of an astronaut from Colonel Eric Boe.

Colonel Boe spoke to students Wednesday about his flights into space starting July 2000. He also spent 16 days working on the International Space Station in 2008. He was also on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. He says talking with the kids actually motivates him.

“I see their enthusiasm and excitement. It is a great way to be recharged and hear all their exciting plans about what they are going to do with their lives. Hopefully, they get from me the same kind of energy,” Boe said.

Lack of Snow Closes Mt. Charleston Sledding Area

 

The snow isn't coming anywhere in the West and Mt. Charleston is no exception.

Lack of snow on Mt. Charleston has forced the U.S. Forest Service to close its designated sledding area in Lee Canyon until snow levels reach 12 inches.

The unusually warm, dry winter weather has melted much of last month’s snowfall, revealing patches of dirt.

“The current condition is very hazardous for sledding,” said Gar Abbas, Acting Area Manager for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. “Exposed rocks and roots, combined with occasional icy patches, pose extreme danger to our visitors."

In addition to being dangerous, sledding when there is less than a foot of snow on the ground can permanently damage plants and soil. Visitors are still welcome to visit the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for other activities. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort makes its own snow and is open for business.

Registration Deadline is Saturday for Ross Recall Election

Registration Deadline is Saturday for Ross Recall Election

 

Las Vegas voters wanting to take part in the recall election of Councilman Steve Ross have until Saturday to register.

Beginning Thursday, the City Clerk’s Office will be open extended hours for in-person voter registration for the election. City of Las Vegas residents living in Ward 6 who have not yet registered to vote but who wish to cast a ballot can register in person in the City Clerk’s Office during extended hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14.

The City Clerk’s Office is located on the first floor of Las Vegas City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave. The last day to register to vote is 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.

The election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 with early voting taking place Jan. 26-27.

Motorcycle Officer Injured After Crash

LAS VEGAS -- A Metropolitan Police Department motorcycle officer was injured after a crash in northwest Las Vegas. 

According to police, the officer was struck by a car and transported to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The officer was participating in a police motorcade escort for the funeral of a fallen FBI agent. 

Police say the officer was struck by another vehicle in the funeral procession. Police are still investigating, but they think this was purely an accident.

"At some point, determinations will be made that one or more involved in this accident may have been able to do things differently, which would have resulted in the accident not happening. But at this point, there was no blatant traffic violations. It just is what it is, a tragic accident," said Metro Officer Bill Cassell.

Coroner Identifies Man Dead in Fatal Accident at U.S. 95 and Ann Road

LAS VEGAS - The motorcyclist who died Thursday night in an accident near U.S. 95 and Ann Road is 62-year-old Michael Golden, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

The accident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say a Harley Davidson motorcycle drifted off the northbound side of the highway.

Golden was ejected and taken to University Medical Center, where he later died. No official cause of death has been listed.