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Badge Saves North Las Vegas Police Officer's Life

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas police officer was shot Saturday night, but it wasn't his bulletproof vest that saved his life, it was his police badge.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., the 31-year-old officer was patrolling near the area of Losee and Deer Springs Way, just south of I-215, when he heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex.

While investigating the cause of the shots, the officer came across a suspicious person and tried to stop him. During the confrontation, the officer and suspect both opened fire on each other.

The officer was struck by one of the shots. Police believe the suspect was also shot because they found a blood trail near the scene.

The bullet that hit the police officer struck his badge, causing only minor injuries. He was able to recover and continue to pursue the suspect.

The suspect was able to get away and is still not in custody.

North Las Vegas Police Arrest Suspect in Murder Case

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The murder of a 60-year-old man last month was the first homicide of the year in North Las Vegas. Now, police believe they have the man responsible. Officers arrested 41-year-old Bill Ray James Thursday morning.

The homicide on January 22nd at the 4700 block of Cattleman Drive left neighbors in a state of shock. Many wondered who would shoot and kill their disabled neighbor, 60-year-old Willie Henderson. "What kind of animal are you to go and kill somebody that's blind and 60 and defenseless," Lee Szymborski asked. "He was a nice guy, a real nice guy. Everybody I knew loved him. I think it's just sick," Henderson's friend Jamie Cole said. "How could you do something like that? He was helpless. I mean he was pretty much helpless." Some neighbors believed the homicide was not a random act of violence.

Mother and Son Arrested for Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS  --  A mother and son who were caring for an older man were arrested in his death.

North Las Vegas Police arrested 54-year-old Rosemary Vandecar and 25-year-old Daniel Vandecar in connection to the murder of the 69-year-old man. Police say the Vandecars were live-in caregivers for the victim but were not related to him.

The victim was found dead in his apartment in the 700 block of West Lone Mountain Road Monday morning. Police say they initially believed the victim died due to a medical condition but they did open a investigation.

After finishing the autopsy, the Clark County Coroner's office ruled the victim's death was homicide by strangulation, the mother and son were arrested.

Motorcyclist Killed in Thursday Morning Accident

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say a motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning when he collided with a Honda Accord.

The accident happened about 8 a.m. at Aliante Parkway and Grasswern Drive. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead after being transported to UMC.

Police say it appears the motorcycle was traveling south on Aliante when the Honda pulled into the intersection from Grasswern.

There is no word yet if charges will be filed against the Honda's driver. 




North Las Vegas May Lay Off 273 Workers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas leaders say the city may have to lay off as many as 273 workers. No firm decisions have been made, but officials meeting to try and hammer out the city's budget woes say layoffs are inevitable.

Officials announced Thursday that the layoffs could start as soon as March. The city currently has 1,920 employees and the layoffs would touch every city department.


Las Vegas Hispanics Encouraged to Fill out Census

LAS VEGAS -- Census data shows Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the country and in Nevada. But research also shows Hispanic families lack information about the census and don't always feel comfortable filling it out.

Last year, some national Hispanic groups urged illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census if immigration laws were not changed. But on Wednesday, local Hispanic groups spent the day with census officials in Las Vegas. They explained if Latinos don't fill out the census Nevada could lose federal funds meant for schools, hospitals, and roads.

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Classes Resume at North Las Vegas School

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Students have returned to class after school evacuation.

Steve Cozine Elementary School in North Las Vegas had been evacuated because the school had filled with smoke.

North Las Vegas Fire responded to a report of smoke in the school. When fire units arrived on scene they found the source of the smoke to be a heating and cooling unit that had caught fire inside the unit.