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Local Performers Join the Cause to Make One Crosswalk Safer

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas area performers are using their talents to make an important change on one valley area road. They're joining the cause to help Mia Decker's family put up a light at the crosswalk where the girl was killed.

RagTag Entertainment set up a benefit at Don't Tell Mama on the East Fremont Street Experience Sunday Night. The nightclub asked for a $10 donation at the door, to go toward the cause. Dozens of people showed up in support, including Mia Decker's Mother, Michele Terry.

"[Mia] was unfortunately at the right place at the wrong time, said Terry. "Unfortunately she passed away from it, but it's going to save someone else."

'Raisin in the Sun' Remains Potent Racial Statement

Powerful production of a theatrical classic is now on stage at the College of Southern Nevada.

Racially, theatrically, sociologically -- let us count the adverbs to honor how many ways "A Raisin in the Sun" affected America.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.... Read More

Body Found in NLV Park

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a body found at a park in a neighborhood near Tropical Parkway and Goldfield Street Friday morning.

Police were called to the park at around 7:30 a.m. and are trying to determine the person's cause of death. 

Police initially said the person who died was a teenager, but the coroner says the person is 21-years-old.

Dozens of Animals Pulled from North Las Vegas Home

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sitting in the driveway of her condemned home with some of her belongings, Joan is embarrassed.

"I've lost all my animals, my place to live, my dignity," she said. "I had a nosy neighbor that called Animal Control, and they came out, and they went through all my closets and saw the animals. So of course, I was going to hide them."

Animal Control officials retrieved 56 animals in total - 50 cats and 6 dogs.

"I was trying to stop them from going to the pound and getting killed," Joan said.

North Las Vegas Police, Animal Control, and the Animal Foundation say many of the cats found were sick anyway, and Joan was doing more harm than good.

"The most important thing here is that the living conditions of this home were absolutely indescribable," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon. "It was really important for the safety of the family and the safety of the animals to get everybody relocated."

Suspect Accused of Drugging, Sexually Assaulting 3 Victims

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 44-year-old North Las Vegas man is accused of sexually assaulting victims while claiming to be a doctor.

Police say Juan Alberto Ruan-Rivera drugged his victims and assaulted them after they were sedated. They say he was a charismatic charmer.

"He would treat his victims with medications," said Officer Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police Department. "It appears that he targets victims that don't have health insurance, that have either been diagnosed as chronically ill or seriously ill and are looking for some other means of cheaper medications and that sort of thing."

Ruan-Rivera is accused of claiming to be a doctor, chiropractor or therapist who was licensed in Mexico. Police say his primary target has been Hispanics with no health insurance. The suspect is also a distributor of Omnilife Natural Supplements.

Driver Pleads No Contest in Crash that Killed Girl

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The woman who hit three young girls, killing one, pleaded no contest in North Las Vegas Municipal Court today.

Seventy-eight-year-old Alice Alava pleaded no contest to three counts of failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and one count of unlawfully passing vehicles stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to give full time and attention while driving.

She was sentenced to a $1,000 fine per count, totaling $5,000, and has to surrender her driver's license for two years.

The deadly crash happened in October when Alava struck three girls in a crosswalk. Six-year-old Amelia "Mia" Decker was killed. Alyssa Mowery and her sister Rain were seriously hurt. Alyssa suffered brain damage as a result of the crash.

In court, Decker's parents reflected on what they'll never get to experience because of the crash.

Charity Event Offers Free Booster Seats

Charity Event Offers Free Booster Seats

 

Free booster seats for young children will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday at a charity event.

In recognition of Black History Month, the third annual Free Booster Seats for Those in Need event will be held from 9 a.m. - noon,in the parking lot of the North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the northeast corner of Carey and MLK.

This event is being co-sponsored by North Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Judge Natalie Tyrrell, Safe Kids Clark County, and the Black Ministers of Southern Nevada.

The free booster seats are designed for children who are 4 years of age or older who weigh at least 40 pounds. To receive the free booster seat, you must bring your child and vehicle to ensure proper installation. There are a limited number of booster seats available. The event will be first come, first served, so early arrival is recommended.