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NLV police bust marijuana grow operation

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police have busted a marijuana grow operation near Pecos and Washburn roads.

According to police, they found 300 marijuana plants inside the home Tuesday afternoon. Two people were taken into custody in connection with the operation.

Police said a neighbor tipped them off to what might be going on in the house.


City councilman owns home where dozens of dogs died in fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas firefighters were able to rescue about 52 animals when a house caught fire Sunday evening. On Monday, officials said at least four dozen dogs had died in a home owned by a city councilman. 

North Las Vegas Councilman Isaac Barron confirmed he owned the home, but a city spokesman says it was being rented by tenants who Barron says he was trying to evict.

Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon says there's no evidence that Barron is criminally liable.

The fire broke out at the home in the 2600 block of Stanley Ave. near Civic Center and Owens around 8 p.m. Sunday. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived. One of the two men who lived in the home was transported to the hospital and listed in stable condition Monday morning.

For witnesses to the fire, it was a heartbreaking scene as firefighters were seen carrying out plastic bags holding some of the dogs killed in the blaze.

UPDATE: Woman killed in NLV crash identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The 62-year-old woman killed in a car crash Saturday night has been identified by the Clark Country Coroner's office as Rose Cheerily Kelly of Las Vegas. 

Kelly died following a crash at Commerce and Alexander around 7:30 p.m. A 28-year-old man injured in the crash was taken to the hospital.

Police say the man was driving an SUV which collided with a car driven by Kelly. Investigators tell 8 News Now alcohol, drugs and speed could all be factors in the crash.

Kelly was taken to University Medical Center where she died. 

The major crash team closed down the intersection for several hours on Saturday night to investigate.

NLV settles lawsuit with partly blind worker

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- The City of North Las Vegas plans to pay a $38,000 settlement to a longtime parks employee who was pressured to get a commercial driver's license even though he's partially blind.

The U.S. Justice Department says the city violated the Americans With Disabilities Act in the case of retired employee Joseph Dixon. A settlement announced Thursday is awaiting official court approval.

Prosecutors say Dixon has an old injury to one of his eyes that has rendered it virtually unusable, and previous supervisors exempted him from driving two city vehicles requiring a commercial license.

But prosecutors say that when a new supervisor took over in 2010, she pressured Dixon into getting the license in spite of his disability.

Prosecutors say Dixon retired out of fear he'd be fired.

Cool at School: Legacy High School band returns

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The band is back. After years without a full music program, Legacy High School has its marching band back along with a new director.

“There's just so much enthusiasm, and that's what's so cool about this program," said the band's director Dr. Curtis J. Melton.

What the band may lack in money, it makes up for with dedicated student musicians who gain countless benefits from joining.

"There's a big camaraderie thing to it, a big family thing to it, and, plus, there's a lot of research about music raising test scores," Dr. Melton said.

The students agree.

"Having the full band program restored really just brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people at this school," said student trumpet player Colby Prather.

"It's really helping students get more involved and be more passionate about it and advance – not only as musicians, but as performers," said student drum major Faith Trujillo.

NLV PD show interview of key witness in murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police allowed reporters to listen to a taped interview with a key witness in a woman's murder.

Police took the unusual step because the interview led to the arrest of 16-year-old Patrick Harper for the murder of Andrea Lafon. Harper was later released when surveillance video surfaced of him shopping at a convenience store at the time of Lafon's murder. Lafon was found shot to death in her car near Ann and Losee roads on Sept. 5.  

The interview was with a young man named Reggie, who has accused the police officer of pressuring him into lying about Harper's involvement in the murder.

16 year old's release raises questions about murder case

LAS VEGAS -- A 16-year-old boy is now free after being behind bars for a week.

He was charged with a murder North Las Vegas Police now admit they did not have enough evidence to move forward with.

Patrick Harper, a Mojave High School student, walked out of jail Tuesday.

Now, his attorney claims police tried coercing witnesses into saying Harper killed 20-year-old Andrea Lafon in a drug deal.

Surveillance video surfaced showing Harper was at a convenience store at the time of the murder. Surrounded by family, 16-year-old Harper is now a free man but now, questions are surfacing about his arrest.