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House Fire in Northwest Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas firefighters battled a heavy house fire near Cheyenne Avenue and Rampart Boulevard Thursday morning.

Fire officials say the fire started shortly before 4:30 a.m. at a two-story home on Harbor Cove Drive.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke and flames downstairs, which quickly spread to the second floor of the home. The fire was contained to the interior of the house. 

Fire investigators say no one was home at the time and there are no reported injuries. Damage to the home is estimated at $200,000. The fire is under investigation.

 

 

County Commissioner Charged in Shooting Incident

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins is facing charges of discharging a firearm within the city of North Las Vegas and disturbing the peace.

City Attorney Jeffrey Barr authorized the misdemeanor charges following the shooting incident on July 3, 2012.

According the police reports, Collins fired a handgun outside of his home on North Decatur Boulevard around 11 p.m. Neighbors called 911 to report gunfire coming from Collins' backyard.

When officers entered the yard, they spotted a falling tree and a chain saw, police said. Collins said he shot at a tree because he was mad at it.

Barr said, after filing the charges, the case should go forward in order to remain consistent with the city's firm stance against illegal gunfire.

Deadly Shooting in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to police, a 27 year-old man was shot multiple times near E. Owens Avenue and Pecos Road. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police have not released a description of the suspect and no one is in custody.

This is the seventh homicide in North Las Vegas this year. 

VA Hospital Opens to Patients

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The quarter of a million veterans who live in Nevada have a new hospital.

The $600 million North Las Vegas VA Medical Center opened Tuesday.

Veterans and their families said the hospital makes their lives easier. Instead of driving to several out-of-state clinics hundreds of miles away, they now have a state-of-the-art facility in Las Vegas.

Veteran Ned Lagrotta said he moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles when his family realized how much easier it would be to get medical care now that the Veterans Affairs hospital is taking patients.

"They've outshone Los Angeles by leaps and bounds," he said.

It's a common theme at the VA medical center: Veterans relieved they can receive the care they need under one roof.

"Instead of going to this place here and that place there you only have to go to one place," veteran William Esguera said.

Teens Arrested in Man's Killing

LAS VEGAS -- Two teenagers have been arrested after a man was found dead in his northeast home Monday.

Nineteen-year-old Jose Martinez of Las Vegas and a 17-year-old juvenile are facing charges of murder.

The man's body was discovered in his home in the 2500 block of San Marcos Street near E. Carey Avenue and N. Pecos Road. Police said the man suffered multiple stab wounds.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Section at 828-3521 or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 385-5555 or on the Internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Free School Supplies at Back-to-School Event

Free School Supplies at Back-to-School Event

 

Free school supplies will be handed out Saturday at a back-to-school fair.

The annual Ward 5 back-to-school fair and community celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St. 

Wristbands for children ages 5 to 12 will be distributed at 8:30 a.m., and school supplies will be handed out while supplies last, beginning at 9 a.m. 

Jerry's Nugget Files for Chapter 11 Protection

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A casino that's been a fixture in North Las Vegas since it opened in 1964 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Jerry's Nugget casino filed papers Monday after efforts to restructure its debt fell through. Chapter 11 protection allows the business to continue operating while coming up with a reorganization plan.

Jerry's Nugget was opened by Jerry, George and Angelo Stamis and has stayed in the family ever since. It now has 630 gambling machines and nine table games, and has a 150-seat bingo room. It doesn't include a hotel.

Court filings indicated the casino's assets and liabilities each top $10 million.