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Police Release Picture on Burglary Suspect

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police are hoping the release of a picture will help them locate a burglary suspect.

Police say they received a report of a vehicle burglary in the parking lot of Gold's Gym on Losee Road. The suspect allegedly took several personal items including credit cards from the car.

Police say the suspect was later captured on a surveillance camera shopping at a nearby store. The suspect is believed to drive an older, dark green Chevrolet truck.

Layoffs at North Las Vegas Detention Center

LAS VEGAS -- There will be dozens more looking for work in North Las Vegas after the city hands out layoff notices.

Forty-two detention center employees and corrections officers are being cut after the city lost a large contract. The North Las Vegas Detention Center will see 300 of its 800 inmates transferred to a brand new privately-run jail in Pahrump.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the Pahrump facility met their future expansion needs better, leaving North Las Vegas without federal money to pay for local jobs.

"The reduction in population at the jail will result in about $9.7 million annually for that facility," said North Las Vegas officer Chrissie Coon. "We're actually looking at layoff notifications going out to 19 corrections officers and 23 civilian personnel."

Sexual Assault Victim Recalls Attack from 1998

LAS VEGAS -- Twelve years after being kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a child, a Las Vegas teenager decides to share her amazing story that broke a cold case.

The young survivor is 17-years-old now but only recently recalled the details of her attack when she happened to drive by the house where it happened back in 1998. The home is behind St. Viator Catholic Church on Flamingo Rd. near Eastern Ave.

"As soon as I saw the gates, the garage, the side of the house, the rooftops, the rocks on the ground, I knew it. I knew that was it," she said.

The girl told police she was at a playground in the summer of 1998 when a man lured her into his car and sexually assaulted her. The teen said she was then taken to a home and sexually assaulted again before she was released.

Smoke Shop Owner Seeks Help Locating Thieves

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Two suspects are still on the run after burglarizing a North Las Vegas smoke shop of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Now the owner of the business hopes surveillance video and a cash reward will help catch the pair.

Caught on surveillance video, the brazen bandits walked up and broke the front door to get in and steal.

"It was shocking. It was hurtful that somebody could break into a mom and pop store," said owner Rob Rosas. "I'm sad in a way that people are stooping to this level to try to make a few dollars."

The crime happened Wednesday night at about 3 o'clock in the morning.

School Principal, Office Manager Arrested for Drug Possession

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas principal known as an advocate for anti-drug programs is arrested for having meth in his home. The principal at Dondero Elementary School was arrested Thursday night, along with the office manager of Simmons Elementary in North Las Vegas.

The amounts of drugs school police say they found in the home shared by principal Leroy Espinosa and office manager Joseph Rodriguez was small -- less than an ounce of meth and marijuana. But there's a lot of shock among parents, and even some disbelief.

"I've known the man for eight years. He has fun. He tries to get the kids to enjoy school and he wants to see them succeed. To hear that he was arrested on drugs, I am just in shock. I don't believe it. I don't think it's true," said parent Colleen Powers.

Big DUI Enforcement Planned for Holiday Weekend

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Highway Patrol says Labor Day is second only to the Fourth of July for being the deadliest day on the nation's roads. But in Clark County, there has not been a single Labor Day traffic fatality for the past three years.

Several sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols are planned for Labor Day weekend, in what the group Stop DUI is describing as the nation's largest coordinated effort by law enforcement to prevent DUI deaths and injuries.

"We are proud to announce an unprecedented effort by seven different Nevada law enforcement agencies," said Sandy Heverly with Stop DUI.

Just days before the holiday weekend gets underway, DUI survivors, victim advocates, officers, and prosecutors gathered at NHP headquarters to kickoff a massive impaired driving awareness and enforcement campaign.

Teen Killed by Clerk May have Robbed Before

LAS VEGAS -- A robbery suspect hit in the head with a bat by a convenience store clerk is now dead.

Authorities say the clerk was cooperating with the suspect, but there came a point when he feared for his life. Police say the clerk felt he had no options but to take action.

The incident happened two weeks ago at the Family Stop convenience store. Authorities say 17-year-old Stefan Muradyan came in to rob the place.

"We know what happened definitively because we have video tape of what happened inside the store," said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell.

Police say Muradyan was robbing the place of cash and cigarettes with a replica of a gun. Investigators say when he was distracted by customers coming in, the clerk hit him in the head twice with an aluminum bat.

Muradyan died on Sunday at University Medical Center from his injuries.