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Vigil held for Missouri teen killed by police

Vigil held for Missouri teen killed by police

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A vigil for the teenager who died in a police shooting in Missouri drew people to the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in North Las Vegas.

About 100 people attended Thursday night's gathering.

They remembered 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The shooting touched off days of protests, a response by police criticized as too harsh, and spurred a national debate on race relations.

Thursday night, members of the vigil crowd chanted "hands up" and "don't shoot." Charles Ticer, one of the organizers of the event, says the problem is not that black and white.

He says "we don't want to rid ourselves of the police. We just want to feel protected by the people who swore to protect us."

North Las Vegas resident’s dream job takes him to new heights

North Las Vegas resident now part of the elite Thunderbirds team.

Every two years, 12 individuals have the opportunity to be officers of an elite air demonstration squadron known for performing aerobatic formations. This honor comes as part of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, most commonly known as the Thunderbirds.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ex-lawmaker Brooks could soon be free man

Ex-lawmaker Brooks could soon be free man

A former lawmaker, who was recently released from a California jail, could be out of jail in Nevada, if his attorney gets his way in court.

Having spent nearly a year-and-a-half behind bars, former Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks could be released from custody Thursday, his lawyer said.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Child found in pool dies 2 days later

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The identity of a 20-month-old boy who died after he was found in a swimming pool Monday morning has been released.

According to North Las Vegas Police the toddler is Robert L. Peterson.  Family members found the boy unconscious in the pool, however the cause of death is still pending from the Coroner's office.

Police are investigating how long the child was in the water and how he was able to get access to the pool.

There is no word yet if charges will be filed.





Driving You Crazy: Conditions on Losee near Lone Mountain

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A driver says Losee Road near Lone Mountain Road is bumpy and uneven.

He says, recently, crews have been building a walking bridge across that stretch of Losee Road, and he wonders if they will ever fix the road itself.

North Las Vegas officials say contractors are approved to start construction on Losee Road. This project stretches from Lone Mountain to the 215 Beltway. The project will take approximately a year, but work has already started near Tropical Parkway.

Once the work is finished, Losee will include three travel lanes in each direction, curb and gutter improvements, sidewalks and street lights in developed areas and asphalt walkways in undeveloped areas.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Man shot, killed last weekend in North Las Vegas ID'd

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 25-year-old man who died after being shot over the weekend in a North Las Vegas neighborhood.

Clark County coroner's officials say C'dario Laparker Burns died at University Medical Center of a gunshot wound to the head.

North Las Vegas police say the shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Jose Ernesto Street, near the intersection of Camino Al Norte and Ann Road.

Investigators say Burns and another man got into an argument and then began to exchange gunfire. Burns was fatally wounded.

Police say the 22-year-old suspect fled, but later returned to the scene of the crime and was arrested.

Authorities were trying to determine whether the two knew each other.

North Las Vegas demolishing homes to fight urban blight

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.  -- North Las Vegas leaders say they've exhausted all options when it comes to a problem area in their city. They now plan on bringing down abandoned homes in an effort to end the nuisance.  

8 News NOW has learned that police and firefighters have responded nearly 150 times in the last several months to the same 10 vacant houses in the city. The plan to end blight started with those 10 properties and now there is a total of 20 homes the city wants to demolish. The first 10 will be knocked down within weeks, but there's still plenty more out there.  

At one time, 2520 Arrowhead Street was a brand new duplex home near downtown North Las Vegas, but the building has long since been abandoned.