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Las Vegas Man Charged with Kidnapping

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is under arrest on charges of battery domestic violence, coercion with force of threat and first-degree kidnapping.

According to the arrest report by Metro Police, Gary Casupang, 60 of Las Vegas, went to a house that later caught on fire at around 9:30 a.m. March 12 and picked up the adult daughter of the homeowner, identified by police as Hannah Borkert.

Borkert brought her infant son and went to buy heroin with Casupang, police said. While trying to buy drugs, the two got into an argument. Casupang then left the area with Borkert's son in the car.

When Borkert finally caught up with them, they got into another physical fight that police say left bruises and scratches on Borkert. Borkert's mother picked up her daughter and the baby and returned home.

When they returned home, they found smoke and flames coming from the house.

 

Second Phase Begins on Massive Flood Control Project

Flooding along Grand Teton Drive in July 2013.

LAS VEGAS -- Construction began Monday for the second phase of a massive flood control project in northwest Las Vegas. It's all part of the plan to alleviate flooding that has been occurring every year during monsoon season.

This second phase starts on Tee Pee Lane and Grand Teton Drive and is expected to last about eight months. Crews will limit the road to one lane on Grand Teton and they're asking people who live in the area to be extremely patient and careful.

"Unfortunately for us it's like we get stuck right in the middle of it," said Karyann Brito who lives in the construction zone.

City crews will install drainage systems under the ground to solve the ongoing flooding problems caused by the overflow of the Kyle Canyon detention basin.

One Person Arrested After House Fire Ruled as Arson

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a house fire Wednesday afternoon that fire investigators ruled was arson.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, the fire started at around 3 p.m. at a home near Grand Teton Drive and Rainbow Boulevard, in the far northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

A woman and her adult daughter came home and found the house on fire. They called 911. One neighbor started trying to put out the fire using a garden hose, before crews even arrived.

One caller said the fire had started after someone threw something into a window, the fire department said.

Fire investigators have not said what started the fire, but they did say that a domestic situation at another location may be linked to this incident.

No one was hurt, but four pets died. Damage is estimated at $50,000. Metro is now taking over the investigation.

Police Look for Store Robber

Police Look for Store Robber

Metro Police is looking for a man who robbed a business near Rancho Drive and Cheyenne Avenue.

According to police, the crime happened at around 9:30 p.m. March 3. The man walked into the business, pulled out a gun and demanded all the money from the register, police said. The suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot.

The man police are looking for is described as a black man between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 10 with a medium build. He is between 35 and 40 years old. He was wearing a gray beanie, green shirt with gray long-sleeved shirt underneath, plaid shorts and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's robbery section at (702) 828-3591 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers (702) 385-5555. 

Girl's Death Sparks Family to Fight for Lighted Intersection

LAS VEGAS -- A southern Nevada family torn apart by a tragedy is speaking out in hopes of sparing another family's suffering.

Nov. 25, 2011 was the day that changed the Billing family forever. Their 16-year-old daughter, Aleasha, was hit by a car while walking at the intersection of Lone Mountain Road and El Capitan Way.

Her parents believe the lack of lighting at the intersection contributed to Aleasha's death. A memorial for teen girl is about the only thing visible near the intersection. The darkness is a daily reminder to Mike and Carrie Billing about what happened to their daughter.

"This intersection, yes it is extremely dark. It is extremely busy. It is the only intersection without a street light," said Carrie Billing. 

Parents Unhappy about School Rezoning

LAS VEGAS -- Rezoning is now a reality for 17 schools in the Clark County School District.

It is a short-term solution to overcrowding, but it has people concerned about what will happen down the road, if the city continues to grow.

It was a carefree day for kids at Givens Elementary School, but not for parents who still have Wednesday night's worries on their mind.

"It is just frustration that our school is going to have so many kids at it," parent Kelli Mendenhall said.

The CCSD school board approved a rezoning plan for 17 schools which means students at several schools, especially in the northwest, will either move to a new school or welcome hundreds of new students.

That is the case at Givens Elementary in Summerlin where Mendenhell's son and daughter attend.

AZ Coroner Confirms Body Found is LV Woman

Edward Kopp

LAS VEGAS -- The Mohave County Coroner's Office has identified the body found near White Hills, Ariz. Feb. 19 as Sheila Linke, a Las Vegas woman who Metro Police say was killed by her roommate.

Linke was first reported missing in January. However, in February, Linke's roommate 51-year-old Edward Norman Kopp told police he killed her after a fight.

He told officers she had asked him and his girlfriend to move out and threatened him with a knife. He said he killed her and took her body to Arizona.

The coroner's office says Linke's cause of death was ligature strangulation due to assault and blunt force trauma to the head. The manner of death is listed as homicide.

Kopp is being charged with murder.