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North Las Vegas Woman Recalls Shooting by Ex-Boyfriend

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - It was just a normal early July shift at the La Luna Nightclub in North Las Vegas for Rosa Carbajal.

"A man followed me into the bar, and it was my ex-boyfriend," she said. "He wanted to hug me, and I said, ‘Don't touch me.'"

Carbajal said the man was 26-year-old Jose Avalos.

"He was really jealous. I didn't like his attitude. I had no interest in building a relationship with him, and he didn't like that," she said.

Rosa said up to that point, the relationship wasn't violent. There were no red flags to alert her.

"I hadn't spoken to him in three months, and he just brought out a gun, boom, and shot me - four shots - and I fell down to the ground," she said.

Police say Rosa was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Marks on her body show where the bullets pierced her skin. She now needs a walker and is in agonizing pain.

NLV Police Search For Man Missing Since March

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas police are asking for the public's help in locating a 54-year-old man who has been missing since March 15.

According to police, Leon Culpepper was last seen at his home where he lives with his wife and other relatives in the 3000 block of Magnet Street, near Cheyenne Avenue and Civic Center Drive.

Culpepper is described as a black man, 6 feet tall and 230 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He is reported to have the initials "L.C." tattooed on his chest, left and right forearms and left wrist.

He may be driving a red 2006 Nissan Maxima with Nevada license plate 043TGW.

Anyone with information on Culpepper's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Rob Sullivan at the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111.

NLV City Hall Named Public Works Project of the Year

NLV City Hall Named Public Works Project of the Year


The controversial new city hall in North Las Vegas has been named the Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

The North Las Vegas City Hall and Civic Plaza at 2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North opened in November last year. The 210,000 square-foot building brought most city services under one roof.

Criteria for the award included construction management, on-schedule completion, safety performance, community relations, environmental protection, quality control and money management. The project was originally budgeted at $142 million. It was finished for $21 million under budget.

Critics have said the city should not have spent the money on a new city hall while the city was in financial trouble. 

Water Main Breaks in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A water main break forced the closure of a street and left about 40 homes without water in North Las Vegas Tuesday.

The break happened Tuesday afternoon on Ellis Street between Carey and Haddock Avenues. An eight-inch water main leaked thousands of gallons of water on to the streets.

Utility crews with the city of North Las Vegas isolated the leak and worked to repair it.

Woman ID'd, Husband Sought in North Las Vegas Slaying


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 44-year-old woman killed in an apparent domestic slaying in North Las Vegas, while police say they're still looking for her husband.

The Clark County coroner reported Tuesday that Rosaura A. Banuet died Saturday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas from multiple stab wounds. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

North Las Vegas police are looking for 47-year-old Alberto Gutierrez. He was gone when police arrived and found Banuet suffering from her wounds Saturday morning at a house near Washburn and Lawrence streets.

Gutierrez is described as 6-foot-1 and about 225 pounds. He has a tattoo of a naked woman on his right arm.

Driver Faces DUI Charges After Hitting Officer

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released the photo of a driver accused of hitting and injuring a motorcycle police officer.

Officer Michael Contreras was involved in a collision Saturday night while on duty in the area of Lake Mead Boulevard, near Simmons Street.

According to police, a pickup driven by 45-year-old Jack Bradford of Washington, Utah turned without yielding to oncoming traffic and caused the officer to hit the truck. Bradford has been charged with DUI, failure to yield to oncoming traffic, failure to obey a red light, no insurance, vehicle registration violation, and a canceled or suspended driver's license.

Police said Contreras was ejected and suffered a broken wrist and head injuries.

I-15 Nighttime Shutdown All Week

I-15 Nighttime Shutdown All Week


A once-intermittent traffic closure will become more regular this week in North Las Vegas.

As work on North 5th Street Bridge continues, crews will be closing down the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 3.

The southbound detour will be to exit I-15 southbound at Cheyenne Avenue to the right, then making a left onto Losee Road, left onto Lake Mead Boulevard, which leads back to the southbound I-15 on-ramp.

The detour is needed for crews to put up steel girders across the southbound lanes of I-15 for the North 5th Street Bridge.

This $30 million bridge improvement is part of the City’s North 5th Street Arterial project. The North 5th Street Bridge is expected to be complete in 2013.