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I-Team: Escalating legal battle in NLV costing taxpayers

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A legal battle between the city of North Las Vegas and one of its municipal judges has escalated.

The city has leveled allegations of fraud and embezzlement against Judge Catherine Ramsey for using her city credit card to pay part of her legal fees in a lawsuit.

The I-Team has been looking into this bitter feud and how it is likely to impact taxpayers.

Right now, there is only a civil suit between the judge and the city but that could change.

North Las Vegas officials have taken steps to curb what they feel are abuses by Judge Ramsey, but Ramsey is pushing back. And legal fees are piling up for a city that just avoided a state takeover.

“What can we do, and this came up today, to keep our employees away from a hostile environment and keep our city out of court?” North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said.

Sharp words from the top elected official in North Las Vegas about protecting employees from one of the city's own judges.

Teen killed in NLV motorcycle crash identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the teen killed in a motorcycle accident this week.  Officials there said Eric James Howell was the 19-year-old killed in the crash. 

North Las Vegas Police investigated the accident that left Howell dead and another person injured Thursday night. Aaron Patty, a spokesperson with NLVPD told 8 News Now that the fatal wreck happened just before 8 p.m. at West Tropical Parkway and Sea Princess Street.

He said the motorcycle, which was carrying two people was traveling eastbound on Tropical when it crashed into another vehicle.  Howell died at the scene.  The coroner's office said he died from blunt force trauma. 

The other rider was transported to University Medical Center's trauma unit in critical condition. There's no word on his condition.

Lockdown of Tartan Elementary in NLV lifted

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A lockdown at Tartan Elementary School has been lifted.  The school located at 3030 E. Tropical Parkway in North Las Vegas was on lockdown earlier due to police activity in the area, according to the Clark County School District Police.

Officers were investigating a SWAT situation stemmed from a domestic violence incident, and the suspect barricaded himself in the home.  North Las Vegas Police said the incident ended peacefully and the subject has been taken into custody.


Woman arrested in the fatal shooting of NLV woman

Christine Sanchez

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say they've arrested a 44-year-old woman in the shooting death of a 52-year-old woman who was found dead in her North Las Vegas apartment.

Police say they arrested Christine Sanchez on suspicion of murder and robbery after Bonnie Rice's body was found on Saturday, Sept 13.

Investigators say the two women knew each other. Police believe Sanchez went to Rice's apartment on West Alexander Road, shot her multiple times, then fled the scene in Rice's car.

The car was later found on West Tropicana Avenue.

NLV city council approves medical marijuana facility measures

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The City Council approved two measures Wednesday night to build marijuana facilities in the city.

In Item 6 of the agenda Synergy LLC, a property owner submitted a special use permit to the ‘M-2 General Industrial District' to allow a Cultivation Facility for Medical Marijuana.  According to the site plan, the applicant is proposing to occupy a building that is approximately 9,293 square feet in size, which also includes a mezzanine area.

The two vegetation rooms will total approximately 918 square feet will initially and continuously house the clones and eventually mother plants where future clones will be obtained.

Boy, 14, facing 4 counts of attempted murder

LAS VEGAS -- The teen accused of opening fire with a shotgun at a home in the northwest on Tuesday used to be friends with a boy who lived in the home, according to his arrest report. 

Ayden McKinnon, 14, fired several rounds into the front door of the home, police said.

A man inside the home screamed for his family members to "get down" and he, and one of his sons, retrieved guns and fired several times back through the door striking McKinnon, the report said.

The man told police, McKinnon and his son were schoolmates and friends, but had a falling out the previous year over a girl.

McKinnon was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition. He is facing four accounts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.

Bicyclist hit and killed by driver in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS --  A bicyclist was hit and killed by a car in North Las Vegas early Saturday morning. NLVPD said a 55-year-old woman was driving southbound on North 5th Street and the bicyclist was riding along 5th Street.

Traffic investigators said at around 7:05 a.m. the woman struck and killed the bicyclist with her Honda sedan at the intersection of North 5th Street and Lake Mead Boulevard. At this time, it unclear how the accident unfolded, but NLVPD did tell 8 News NOW that the crash was so bad it shut the area down for hours.

The area where the accident happened in, Lake Mead and North 5th, that area is split and there are four intersections. Both the driver and the bicyclist haven't been identified.

NLVPD said no charges have been filed as of this time. North Las Vegas Police detectives are still investigating.