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RTC Launch Express Service to VA Medical Center

RTC Launch Express Service to VA Medical Center


The new multi-million dollar Veterans Medical Center opens Tuesday and starting next week the Regional Transportation Commission has launched an express way to get to the center from downtown Las Vegas.

The RTC started a commuter bus route from downtown to the facility in North Las Vegas August 14. Right now, the medical center is outside the RTC’s fixed-route, residential service area. However, the transportation commission worked with the Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System to offer the transportation option.

The new express line, known as DVX, will offer limited-stop service between the Bonneville Transit Center, a new park and ride location at the Cannery Casino & Hotel and the VA Medical Center. The new service will offer free rides from August 26 through September 1. After September 1, the fare rates will be $2 for a one-way ride.

NLV Police Look for Speeders and Distracted Drivers

NLV Police Look for Speeders and Distracted Drivers


North Las Vegas Police were out in force Monday morning looking for speeders and distracted drivers.

The traffic unit conducted a Joining Forces safety event in the Craig Road and Cheyenne Avenue corridor between Pecos Road to Decatur Boulevard. Officers were looking for drivers who were not obeying the speed limit and not paying attention to the road.

According to traffic supervisor Sergeant Randy Carter, officers cited dozens of people for talking or texting on their cell phones while driving.

“There are a lot of people that claim they are unaware of the law, but it has been advertised a lot. There are so many infomercials out and we have talked about it,” Carter said. “We just do not take excuses anymore. We are issuing citations. If you are on the phone or texting, we are going to give you a citation.”

One Person Dead After Crashing Into Parked Semi

LAS VEGAS -- One person is dead after crashing a vehicle into the back of a parked semi truck.

The accident happened about 6:40 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Gowan Road and Rainbow Boulevard. 

A male was driving a Ford Mustang westbound on Gowan when the car went to the right side of the road striking the rear of the semi trailer, Metro Police said. 

The driver of the Mustang was pronounced dead on the scene.

Metro investigators said it's unknown what caused the crash and it is still under investigation. 

This is the 74th traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction this year. 


I-Team: Surviving Chimp Finds Home in Sanctuary

LAS VEGAS -- A chimpanzee whose escape into a northwest neighborhood generated national attention is bound for a new home.

Two chimps -- CJ and Buddy-- got out of their enclosure last month, shutting down a neighborhood. Buddy was killed by police, and CJ's owners have agonized about what to do with her ever since.

Buddy's death following his escape focused attention on the plight of backyard chimps and other exotic animals.

For his owners, the death of Buddy was profoundly sad, but for CJ, there's a happy ending in sight.

For the past few years, CJ and Buddy lived in an enclosure built for them by caretaker Lee Watkinson and co-owner Timmi Derosa.

But it wasn't enough to contain Buddy, who led the escape last month and was shot by police.

The I-Team first met the two chimps and their other owner, animal trainer Nikki Riddell, back in 2002.

Train Derails in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a train derailment early Saturday morning.

Fire officials say shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, they were called to the train derailment at the intersection of Donovan Way and Tropical Parkway.

The derailment involved two tankers and two box cars.

Fire crews and members of Union Pacific contained a small spill of some of the products from the tankers. Fire officials said alcohol and fatty substances were the fluids that were involved in the leak. One of the cars was empty and another carried lumber.

The leak was secured and contained at the wreck site and there were no reports on injuries.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Union Pacific has ordered equipment from Utah that will arrive later over the weekend to assist in getting the tankers and cars upright and removed from the tracks. 

Neighbors: Boy, 10, Often Home Alone Before Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Neighbors living near the North Las Vegas house where a 10-year-old boy inadvertently shot himself in the head said they are not surprised the accident happened.

The boy shot himself Thursday afternoon. When his mother came home and found him, she called police, according to the North Las Vegas Police.

Neighbors said the children were often left unsupervised in the neighborhood near Gowan Road and Allen Lane.

One neighbor said they were afraid to give their name because the boy's mother, Carmen Gustin, was often in trouble with the police.

"There were times where the 3-year-old would be running around on the sidewalk and the mother wasn't even around," the neighbor said. "(The shooting) is terrible, because he could've easily shot the 3-year-old as well by accident. Or maybe thinking it's a toy gun and aiming at him. Because kids they don't think, they don't think like that."

10-Year-Old Boy in Critical Condition Following Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a shooting that left a 10-year-old boy in critical condition. Police say the boy may have shot himself late Thursday afternoon at a home near Gowan Road and Allen Lane.

Crime scene tape roped off part of Creosote Way as investigators pored over the scene.

"One of the questions that investigators will really be looking at is what were the conditions inside the home at the time?" North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon said. "How did a child get access to a weapon, if that is the case, and how this injury could have occurred?"

"It will be treated as a criminal investigation until we know otherwise," Officer Coon said.