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Teen Accused in Crash Tells Police She Didn't See Victims

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The young woman from Utah accused in a hit-and-run accident that injured eight people told North Las Vegas Police that she did not see the group of people.

According to the arrest report released Thursday, 18-year-old Nyakueth D. Tear of Kearns, Utah told officers she didn't see the crowd of people outside the Iglesia de Cristo church on Losee Road last Thursday. She also told them that after hitting the pedestrians she was scared and left the scene.

According to witnesses, Tear hit the group of people, stopped and got out of her car, but left without helping anyone.

After leaving the scene of the crash, Tear drove into an empty lot and crashed into some construction equipment, police said. She was found on I-15 and arrested.

The arrest report also shows that Tear lied to police about her name. She also did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the crash.

Unions Respond to City Manager Calling it Quits

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas City Manager Tim Hacker abruptly resigned his job, effective immediately, Wednesday. His departure follows a very tumultuous time in North Las Vegas which remains in serious financial trouble.

In some of the darkest financial days of the city's history, Hacker took the reins of a city on the brink.

His controversial approach in dealing with the city's struggles drew criticism from both the police and firefighter unions.

Leonard Cardinale, President of the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association, sees Hacker's departure as a relief.

With Hacker at the helm, the city declared a financial state of emergency to break agreements in order to make ends meet.

Since then, Cardinale's union has been embroiled in a legal battle with the city regarding contracts.

Sloan Channel Waste Water Worries to be Solved by 2015

Sloan Channel Waste Water Worries to be Solved by 2015

LAS VEGAS -- Residents living near the Sloan Channel in east Las Vegas could soon see the end of an ongoing nuisance.

For two years, residents have complained of harmful smells and bugs coming from water released at the North Las Vegas Waste Water treatment plant.

Residents like Terri Robertson came to a meeting to get their questions answered about a proposed pipeline that would guide the water from the $300 million dollar waste water treatment plant all the way to the Las Vegas Wash.

"They're righting a wrong that was done to every resident that lives along that channel," Robertson said. "We want it taken care of, because it was a dastardly deed and need to have it done, and so we will work with all the construction."

The pipeline comes after the city and the county went back and forth over who could put the water in the channel. City officials maintain they had the authority, but the county said not so fast.

Police Target Intersection for Pedestrian Safety

LAS VEGAS -- In an effort to combat the problem of pedestrian safety, North Las Vegas Police were spread out across the city Monday issuing tickets that will cost offenders nearly $400.

Metro Police say pedestrians are at fault in more than 80 percent of the auto-pedestrian crashes in their jurisdiction. Since Aug. 6, there have been 29 pedestrian-related fatalities.

Each day presents dangers for 7-year-old Breezy Juarez-Reyes if she has to cross the street.

"The cars don't stop and they won't stop," She said.

She tightly grasps the hand of her mother. Her 11-year-old brother is frustrated with distracted drivers.

"Can you really stop? Are your brakes not working anymore? Brandon Juarez-Reyes said.

Police Account for Hit-and-Run Suspect's Baby

Nyakueth Tear

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Police say they've accounted for the 1-year-old son of a woman accused of hitting eight pedestrians last week outside a North Las Vegas church.

Authorities say family members told them the boy has been safely returned to his Utah home. North Las Vegas police initially had trouble locating him.

The boy's mother, 18-year-old Nyakueth Tear, is accused of plowing through a row of people late Thursday outside the Iglesia de Cristo church on Losee Road.

Tear is from Salt Lake City.

She told police she'd been in sleeping in the white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant involved in the crash.

Police say the boy wasn't involved in the accident.

 

Hit-and-Run Crash Injures 8 Pedestrians

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a multiple pedestrian hit-and-run crash near Losee Road and Lake Mead Boulevard.

Investigators say a Mitsubishi Galant was traveling southbound on Losee Road Thursday night, when it struck eight pedestrians, including a pregnant woman, near the Iglesia De Cristo Church. The pedestrians had recently left the church, when the car struck them.

Four of the victims were taken to University Medical Center. The other four were taken to Sunrise Hospital. Police say the victims' injuries appear to be non-life-threatening, but one person suffered from a brain bleed. The injured pedestrians range in age from 15 to 57 years old.

Ex-Nevada Assemblyman Pleads Not Guilty

Brooks was the first member ever expelled from the Nevada state Legislature.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks has pleaded not guilty in Southern California to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a police chase and confrontation in March.

Records show the 41-year-old Brooks appeared Tuesday in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Victorville on charges including evading and obstructing an officer, throwing a substance at a police vehicle and harming a police animal.

Brooks' public defender and a prosecution spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages.

Brooks was arrested March 28 along Interstate 15. Hours earlier, the Democrat from North Las Vegas became the first member ever expelled from the Nevada state Legislature.

He could face more than five years in prison if he's convicted of attacking a police dog with a wrench and fighting officers. Authorities say he finally was subdued with a stun gun.