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Man shot through home's door near Elkhorn Road and Ft. Apache Road

LAS VEGAS - Police are investigating a shooting that occurred near Ft. Apache Road and Elkhorn Road early Thursday morning.

According to police, the 20-year-old man and a friend had left a party at a home in the area and decided to return to the home, but went to the wrong house and began banging on the door.
 
The homeowner of that home argued with the two males as they banged on the door, before shooting one of them in the chest through the door.

Police say the victim was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.



 






Crews to break ground on Skye Canyon

LAS VEGAS - Crews will begin construction Thursday on a new master-planned community in Centennial Hills. Skye Canyon is the valley’s first master-planned development since the housing market crashed in 2008.

The 1,700-acre project sits near U.S. 95 and Horse Drive. Once completed, Skye Canyon will feature 9,000 homes that range from single-family to luxury estates. Skye Canyon will also feature commercial and gaming businesses.

The project is 18 months in the making. Investors are pouring an estimated $200 million into Skye Canyon. Home prices will range from $200,000 to $500,000. Real estate professionals estimate the community’s real estate value will be $3.5 billion.

Planners say they also want residents to enjoy outdoor amenities, so each neighborhood includes its own park. Surface streets will have bike lanes, and numerous hiking trails will dot the landscape.

Planners say this project is exactly what our community needs.

Police seek machete-wielding man in store robbery

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects, one who used a machete, in connection to a convenience store robbery in late May.

According to police, the incident happened at a store near North Rancho and North Rainbow on May 22. One of the men walked up to the counter and asked for a pack of cigarettes. Police say the other man stood to the side.

Moments later, one of the men jumped over the counter, with a machete in hand, and pushed the cashier to the back of the counter while shoving the large knife to their chest and said "open the register or you're dead."

The men were able to take off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

Metro said they are looking for a Hispanic man, between 18 and 20 years old, who weighs around 140 lbs. During the robbery, he was wearing an Ace bandage on his right arm.







Las Vegas man accused of shooting, injuring girlfriend

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is under arrest and facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting of his girlfriend.

According to Metro Police, 36-year-old Roberto Ramirez was arrested after he called police claiming his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jessica Smalls, tried to kill herself.

Officers were called to the couple’s home near Craig Road and Tenaya Way at around 6 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found Ramirez outside the home with blood on his hands and arms. He told police that Smalls had shot herself.

Officers found Smalls in one of the bedrooms, and she was covered in blood. She was still breathing and was able to ask for help. Police say the entry wound for the bullet was just to the right of her chin, and the round was lodged behind one of her vertebrae.

Ex-nurse aide gets prison for hospital sex abuse

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 62-year-old former nursing assistant has been sentenced to 30 years to life in Nevada state prison for sexually assaulting five female patients at a Las Vegas hospital in 2008.

Steven D. Farmer maintained his innocence during his sentencing Wednesday in Clark County District Court.

A 40-year-old woman called Farmer a monster and told Judge Carolyn Ellsworth she was still trying to rebuild her life after she was victimized in 2008.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth asked for and received the maximum sentence.

A jury found Farmer guilty in February of 13 of 15 counts of sexual assault, open and gross lewdness and indecent exposure stemming from his work at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center.

Deputy Public Defender Jeff Maningo says Farmer will appeal his conviction and sentence.



Asurion company to open in Las Vegas, 800 jobs

LAS VEGAS -- A company that insures technical devices will open a customer service center in Las Vegas that will employ hundreds of people over the next five years.

Asurion, a Tennessee based company, will locate its office on Grand Montecito Parkway, near US 95 and the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas. The building the company will move into has been empty for six years when construction ended and the recession hit.

"We are out of the recession, right? It is happening. It's real. It's tangible. You can see it happening in southern Nevada," said Jonas Peterson, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.

Company officials plan to hire 500 people by the end of the year and grow to 800 within five years. The positions being filled include support technicians, managers and supervisors. Asurion is a global company with 280 million customers.

"They are not minimum wage jobs. They are expert support technicians.







Fire restrictions in place immediately at state parks

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LAS VEGAS -- The state has put fire restrictions in place Thursday at state parks and forests because of the high potential for wildfires.

The restrictions will be in place at Valley of Fire, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Big Bend and Mt. Charleston Fire Protection District.

Starting immediately, people will not be allowed to build, maintain, attend or use a fire, campfire or stove, except a portable stove using jelled petroleum or pressured liquid fuel, outside an established fireplace in a picnic area or campground.

Charcoal grills will be allowed in designated areas of state parks, but those will be restricted during windy days or critical fire days.

Other restrictions include: