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Battle Rages Over North Las Vegas Cuts

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The battle to fill a $33 million budget shortfall in North Las Vegas has turned into a war of words. Police and fire unions say they have offered to make concessions in good faith, yet they feel the city is depicting them as the bad guy.

If all sides don't reach an agreement by June 1, pink slips could begin to go out. From police and fire, to support staff, more than 200 jobs are at stake.

City leaders authorized City Manager Tim Hacker to initiate the layoffs with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. They say for months the city has asked unions to stop raises for two years and benefit increases, but claim representatives of the agencies have refused.

NLV Passes Budget Calling for Layoffs

NLV Passes Budget Calling for Layoffs

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The North Las Vegas City Council has unanimously passes a $400 million budget that will include over 200 layoffs among police, fire and support staff.

"What I struggle with and what makes me the maddest is that those families are sitting home stressed out today about whether is their dad, is their mom, are they going to have a job?" North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck said. "I know that they lay awake at night as we lay awake at night worrying about their jobs."

In a statement, City Manager Tim Hacker said, "There is no question these are tough times and the last thing we want for anyone is a lost job or to reduce the current level of services and public safety for residents."

Couple Celebrates 70 Years Together

Couple Celebrates 70 Years Together

A North Las Vegas couple is celebrating an astonishing anniversary. Rose and Gordon Uhlman have been married for 70 years this month.

Gordon is 95 years old. Rose is 92. The couple met in North Dakota in 1941. He was a new kid in town, and they met at a bar. Gordon joined the Army and moved to Tacoma, Washington. She later joined him, and they married in May 1942. He served in World War II, driving a tractor that pulled a howitzer in the Battle of the Bulge. Rose worked at home in Washington.

They say putting the needs of their spouse above their own was a key to 70 years of wedded bliss.

"I always called my wife 'sweetheart'. I always tried to help as much as I could and be a good listener if there was something she needed to say, I listened. That worked both ways," Gordon Uhlman said.

Miracle Mile Shops will Host High School Students

Miracle Mile Shops will Host High School Students

A Strip shopping mall will be hosting kids from two local high schools to show them how a major shopping center works.

Miracle Mile Shops will have students from Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas and Rancho High School in Las Vegas job shadow top executives. The job shadow is part of the Communities In Schools of Nevada’s mission to empower students to stay in school so they can achieve in life.

The students will take part in the job shadow Thursday. The management team of the shops and managers at some of the mall retailers will show them what a typical day is like. All the students are part of the Fellows Academy which is run by Communities In Schools of Nevada. Students in the academy are partnered with a CISN site coordinator that helps them address any stumbling blocks to attending classes. They also take classes focusing on character building, goal setting and career exploration.

Child Hit by Car in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A car struck a five-year-old girl near Washburn Road and Camino Al Norte.

The accident happened at 7 p.m.. Police say the girl ran into the street from between two parked cars. The car that hit her swerved, but was unable to avoid hitting her.

Police say the child did not appear to have major injuries at first, but emergency crews on scene suggested she be taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries after she started acting strangely. Her father took her to University Medical Center.

8 News NOW will have more details as they become available.

Police Step Up Efforts to Find Murder Suspect

Police Step Up Efforts to Find Murder Suspect

 

North Las Vegas Police are stepping up efforts to find a man they say is connected to a quadruple shooting that happened in April.

Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for 22-year-old Jose Alejandro Gonzales, also known as “Smokey.” He is wanted for conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon, two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

The shooting happened at a duplex on Webster Street, which is near Lake Mead Boulevard and Civic Center. Four people were shot in the early morning hours of April 26. Two men died. Two women were seriously hurt and are still recovering. A woman who police say was also involved in the murders is already under arrest. Police arrested 31-year-old Ivonne Cabrera shortly after the shootings.