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Woman Severely Burned in Senior Complex Fire


Authorities say a woman is in critical condition with burns on about 80 percent of her body after a fire broke out overnight at a North Las Vegas senior citizens complex.

Crews responded about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to the Salvation Army Silvercrest Apartments and found one unit filled with smoke and the resident suffering severe burns. She was taken to University Medical Center.

Firefighters used large fans to move smoke out of the apartment and salvage other units. The main fire was put out by sprinklers. No firefighters and no other residents were hurt in the fire. Officials are still investigating.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)

Ralph Returned! NLV Man Finds Missing Dog

Ralph Returned! NLV Man Finds Missing Dog


A North Las Vegas man has found his that disappeared after a freak accident nearly destroyed his home. 

The longhaired dachshund disappeared Saturday night after a truck ran into the front door of 78-year-old Howard Spendlove's home. Spendlove was pinned to his chair and his other dog was killed in the crash. 

Ralph was found by a neighbor who saw the story on 8 News NOW.  Spendlove was overcome with emotion when he recounted getting his beloved pet back.

"I feel like, sorry,  but I feel like a million dollars. I got my boy home," Spendlove said.

Since losing his wife, the longhaired dachshunds have been his pride and joy. Spendlove's family is considering getting him another dog to keep Ralph company. 

Coroner Identifies 2 Men Killed in Quadruple Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities have identified two men killed in a quadruple shooting last week in a North Las Vegas duplex, and say one suspect in the case is still at large.

The Clark County coroner's office says 33-year-old Erik Armando Quezada-Morales and 24-year-old James J. Headrick died of gunshot wounds in the shooting about 6 a.m. Thursday. Both men are from North Las Vegas.

Two women were critically injured in the incident.

North Las Vegas police arrested 31-year-old Ivonne Cabrera on Friday on suspicion of murder, but were still looking Monday afternoon for 22-year-old Jose Gonzales, also known as "Smokey."

Investigators say he's a Mission Viejo, Calif., native and convicted felon who has been living in Las Vegas for several years. He's considered armed and dangerous.


Smiths Store Reopens After Fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A Smiths Grocery Store in North Las Vegas reopened Monday morning after a tractor trailer fire behind the store late Saturday night forced it to close. 

The fire caused extensive interior damage to the store and minor damage outside. The store was shut down until the fire department and health districted decided Monday morning it was safe to reopen.

The City of North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to the fire at 2255 E. Centennial at 10:05 p.m. Saturday. The trailer fire appeared to be spreading heavy smoke into the grocery store and inside a large metal storage container.

The fire department evacuated all customers and workers from the store. 

The placement of the trailer and its material made it difficult for firefighters to reach. It was also full of cardboard boxes and similar materials on fire. The store skylights were used to help remove the smoke from the store. 

One Arrested in North Las Vegas Quadruple Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., -- North Las Vegas Police announced Thursday afternoon they have arrested a woman in connection with a quadruple shooting and are searching for a second suspect.

The Wednesday morning shooting at a North Las Vegas apartment near Lake Mead Boulevard and Civic Center Drive left two men dead and two women injured.

Police have arrested 31-year-old Ivonne Cabrere on murder charges and say they are looking for a male friend of hers that goes by the name Smokey. Police describe him as being Hispanic, 5-foot-6 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds, and in his mid-20s with a shaved head. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Smokey should call North Las Vegas Police at (702)633-9111 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.


First Responders Hindered by Bad Drivers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- When there's an emergency, you count on help getting there as soon as possible. But inattentive drivers who ignore the law are creating a huge hazard for first responders.

North Las Vegas firefighters say even with full flashing lights and sirens, people are not doing what they're supposed to. With an average of 20 calls a day, Station 51 is the one of the busiest in the valley, and firefighters say sometimes the most hazardous part of the calls is getting to the scene.

People aren't paying attention, they aren't pulling over to the right side, and in some cases, they aren't slowing down.

"It gets hard sometimes to get rid of so many different things. We have a huge pedestrian population here -- people are walking all over the place, jaywalking, cars going every which way," said Firefighter Bill Gardner.

Unique Track and Field Meet Planned

Unique Track and Field Meet Planned

Hundreds of student-athletes will be competing against each other in a unique track and field event next week. The Unified Track & Field Meet is different because it is a partnership between the Special Olympics Nevada and the Clark County School District.

The competition will start at 10 a.m. May 3 at Cheyenne High School Stadium. There are two days of competition. Elementary and secondary school-aged students will participate in three different track and field disciplines. Special education athletes will compete along side non-special education students. It is the largest unified sporting event in the nation.

“For ten years in southern Nevada, we have demonstrated how sports can bring together students with diverse backgrounds and help foster a community of inclusion,” said Maggie Schwarz, Regional Vice President, Special Olympics Nevada.