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North Las Vegas City Hall Shake Up

The city of North Las Vegas confirms City Manager Gregory Rose is on paid leave. The move comes after an I-Team investigation of taxpayer money meant to employ more police officers.

At Rose's direction, the city fell some 50 officers short of their hiring goals.

Officially, representatives for the city will only confirm Rose has taken 30 days of paid executive leave effective immediately. Unofficially, sources say Rose will likely not return. The announcement is the result of on-going negotiations for his departure.

If Rose is fired, he stands to collect a year's salary in severance plus hundreds of hours of accrued sick and vacation leave.

A recent I-Team investigation raised questions about the city's use of sales tax money earmarked for the hiring of new police officers.

The More Cops sales tax initiative added $32 million to city coffers. Yet under Rose's direction, the city has only hired 46 new officers under the fund.

I-Team: Sheriff Questions Use of 'More Cops' Money

The Clark County Sheriff is asking questions about the way the city of North Las Vegas used its "More Cops" money. You may remember the sales tax increase passed in 2004 to hire additional police officers. Recently, the 8 News Now I-Team revealed the North Las Vegas Police Department has far fewer "More Cops" than expected.

The city of North of Las Vegas admits it hired fewer than half the police officers it projected under "More Cops." yet it insists, it followed the letter of the law. But did it subvert the spirit? We asked the men who campaigned to pass it.

Then Clark County Sheriff Bill Young was on the campaign trail in September of 2004 -- not as a candidate for office -- but as an advocate for public safety. Young leveraged his political capital to earn voter approval of the "More Cops" ballot initiative. The quarter-cent sales tax increase would put more cops on the streets valley wide.

Bus Driver Arrested for Beating 67-Year-Old Woman

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A Regional Transportation Commission para-bus driver working for a contracted private company allegedly attacked an older woman on the bus he was driving.

It happened in North Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Apparently the woman questioned if bus driver Alfred Setian knew how to get to the Doolittle Senior Center and the argument escalated.

The para-bus service is for people with physical or mental disabilities.

The woman is 67-years-old and requested the bus from her home to the senior center. “It started out as a verbal argument as the bus driver was driving. At some point, he made that decision to pull the bus over,” said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon.

NLV Holds Mock Disaster Drill

How prepared are first responders to handle a real emergency in Clark County? A full scale exercise drill involving a mock earthquake and ammonia leak put their skills to the test Tuesday.

Preparation is key and Clark County's first responders were put to the test. “This is like playing football -- go out and practice and be better prepared for game day,” said North Las Vegas Fire Department Captain Cedric Williams.

Finding out how well they work with multiple jurisdictions is the biggest challenge. The mock situation starts with a 4.2 magnitude earthquake leading to an ammonia leak at U.S. Food Services. People inside the building had to be evacuated and those who were outside were decontaminated and sent to the hospital.

SLIDESHOW: North Las Vegas Holds Mock Disaster Drill

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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