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Grants Funding Small Businesses Available

$5,000 can go a long way for any small business.  But many businesses don't realize there is money out there through grants that can help them.   

Tuesday, a barber shop in North Las Vegas was awarded a grant that will help it survive.

The grants are made possible through the Valley Center Opportunity Zone and the Latin Chamber of Commerce.  And for places like Classic Cuts, you could say it's a slam-dunk that keeps them open and cutting hair.  

Children May Have Witnessed Mother's Murder

LAS VEGAS, NV. -- A woman is dead and her husband is under arrest and facing murder charges.

Police say the wife was arguing with her husband, 49-year-old Farid Ashraf, because she wanted out of the marriage.

Police say Ashraf ended up stabbing the victim multiple times, killing her. The couple's children, who were in the home at the time, fled to a neighbors house. Police arrested Ashraf and he is  being charged with murder.

The incident happened Saturday morning near Craig and Tenaya.

CA Fugitive Arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- Police in Las Vegas say they arrested a fugitive in a 2004 nightclub slaying in Oakland, Calif.

Police Sgt. Dave Stansbury said Friday that 28-year-old Jetsae Martinez was arrested Wednesday outside a home in North Las Vegas by members of a police and FBI criminal apprehension team.

Stansbury says Martinez had been living in southern Nevada for several years under an assumed name, and worked for a home remodeling contractor.

Jail records show Martinez is due for an extradition hearing Monday in Clark County District Court. Authorities in Oakland allege Martinez retrieved a handgun from a vehicle and shot a man in the head in 2004 after an argument in a nightclub.

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Toddler on Life Support After Falling Into Pool

North Las Vegas police say the 2-year-old North Las Vegas boy that fell into a back yard swimming pool is on life support.

The possible drowning was reported around 11:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Brooks Ave. which is near Cheyenne and Civic Center.

Police say the boy was initially pronounced dead at the hospital but a short while later a heart beat was detected and the child is now on life support.

The drowning is under investigation. Family and friends in the home say they were eating and lost track of the child.

2 Mothers Face Charges for Children Falling Out of Car

Two women are charged with child endangerment after three children fell out of a car leaving one child in critical condition.

Nancy Lopez who was the driver of the car is charged with seven counts of child endangerment, seven counts of unrestrained minor in a vehicle, DUI, driving on a suspended license, open container in the vehicle, head lamps not being used. She is the mother of a 3-year-old who fell out of the car and suffered a cut above his eye. That child has been taken to Child Haven.

Another woman is also being charged with seven counts of child endangerment. Police say Vanessa Ramirez is the mother of the twins who were injured when they fell out of the car and that she was aware her children were in the car with Lopez. Ramirez's 1-year-old twins are in UMC. One child is under observation, the other child is in critical condition. The remaining children in the car were also taken to Child Haven.


New Report Targets Safety at NLV Airport

LAS VEGAS -- Investigators are trying to figure out if the pilot of an experimental aircraft hit something before it took off and crashed near Texas Station on Friday.

Authorities say the Dragonfly Mark II aircraft clipped a telephone pole wire, lost power and hit an SUV before crashing on Rancho near Lake Mead. Two people were on board but neither was seriously hurt. The woman inside the SUV was also uninjured.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

That crash highlights the problems some neighbors say they are having with the North Las Vegas Airport. Two crashes last year prompted state lawmakers to sponsor a study for recommendations to make the airport safer.

Metro Investigating Burned Body

Metro is investigating a scene where a burned body has been discovered near Pecos and Cheyenne.

Police say homicide investigators are taking the case, but there are no signs of foul play. Witnesses say the man was sitting on the burning mattress.