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Child on Bicycle Struck by Car

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 12-year-old boy was transported to University Medical Center with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning.

The boy was on a bicycle when he was hit around 7:30 a.m. at Goldfield Street and Tropical Parkway. The child was briefly pinned under the mini-van. Police say witnesses to the collision used a jack to lift the vehicle off the child. Police say the boy suffered a head injury.

This is the second incident this morning involving a child being struck by a car. Another 12-year-old suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Fern Lane, near Sloan Lane and Sahara Avenue. That child was transported to the hospital for a minor knee injury. That collision happened around 7 a.m.

DA Releases Finding on New Year's Day Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Clark County District Attorney's Office has found a police officer acted lawfully when he shot and killed Fernando G. Sauceda on New Year's Day in 2011.

The shooting happened after police officers heard gunshots in a North Las Vegas neighborhood and went to investigate.

"In this case, two law enforcement officers approached a group of people who were armed and repeatedly firing guns," District Attorney Steven Wolfson said. "This was obviously a dangerous situation, which became even more dangerous when one of the armed men who refused to follow the officers' orders pointed a gun at one of the officers and then fought with an officer."

The District Attorney's Office has now released eight reviews of officer-involved shooting deaths. In the past, a coroner's inquest hearing was held on the deaths, but legal challenges have stalled the process. The last inquest was in September 2010.

Woman Dies from Severe Burns

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A woman, who suffered severe burns in an apartment fire last month, succumbed to her injuries Monday morning.

According to North Las Vegas Fire Department, the elderly woman was burned over 80 percent of her body in a fire at the Salvation Army Silvercrest Apartments on Equador Avenue. The apartments house senior citizens. The fire started in the woman's apartment.

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

 

A local physical therapy practice recently took part in a large scholarship effort put on by the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce awarded $107,000 in scholarships to 128 Clark County students from 20 area schools. The scholarships were presented to graduating high school students in financial need at the chamber’s 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the South Point.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy was a contributing sponsor of scholarships given to Alejandra Acosta of Rancho High School, Chloe Nieves of Silverado High School and Vilma Silva of Cheyenne High School. Each was awarded a scholarship to attend UNLV to continue her education in health care.

Each student will mentor with a Matt Smith professional during their undergraduate career and will be eligible to renew their scholarship if they meet GPA requirements.

Community Members Take Action to Prevent Road Deaths

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have reported 58 traffic fatalities this year. As the death toll rises on valley roadways, the Las Vegas community is banding together to prevent future deaths. 

"When someone comes through this crosswalk, they're taking a chance," James Waltersson said.

He has lived near the intersection of Sirius and Warnock Streets behind Cashman Middle School for 15 years. He says the crosswalk is barely visible and there are no signs identifying the crosswalk.

"Sometimes the cars will stop and let them [kids] go across; other times cars will try and find the biggest hole and just go through."

Waltersson is petitioning his neighbors and often stands outside to make sure kids cross the street safely after school.

Across town near Bradley and Alexander Roads, Todd Strasser has a similar battle.

Eat Wings for Seat Belt Awareness Saturday

People can enjoy chicken wings and contribute to efforts to raise awareness of seat belt safety with a fundraiser starting Saturday.

The Monica Mapile Foundation is holding a fundraiser at all nine Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Las Vegas and Henderson. The restaurants will donate 15 percent of food purchases to the foundation when the order is accompanied by a foundation flyer.

The Monica Mapile Foundation works to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a seat belt. Mapile was just 18 years old when she was killed in a car accident. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The foundation is also working to create a primary seat belt law in the state of the Nevada, which would mean law enforcement could pull people over for not wearing a seat belt.

For more information about the fundraiser, or to print a foundation flyer, go to loveclicklive.com

Contentious City Council Meeting in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker now has emergency powers to break union contracts. The city says it was a last resort to save it from takeover, but city employees call it a desperate power-grab.

But while he has emergency powers, does Hacker have the ability to fix a $33 million budget hole? 

The City Council voted unanimously to give Hacker the power to break union contracts, canceling pay raises and certain benefits.

"Public safety union leaders have told everyone at the top of their lungs how much have they given. But not once have I heard them tell you how much they get," said City Councilwoman Anita Wood.

"While it may be true that while we have one of the highest raises or highest salaries in the valley, we also have the least number of officers," said Police Union President Mike Yarter. "We've been able to provide the same level of service for half the people."