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Police Make Arrest in Woman's Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- An elementary school art teacher was murdered this morning at her home near Simmons and Alexander and police have the man they say is responsible in custody.

As police searched the home for clues to explain a deadly attack, friends and co-workers began arriving at the scene, devastated by the news.

They tell us the victim was their friend Bronwyn Richards.

Police received a 911 call while her attack was still happening. But when they got arrived on the scene, it was too late.

"She was transported to UMC where she was later pronounced deceased," said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell.

Police say 40-year-old Bobby Dale Richards was responsible for the attack.

"He was here at some point during the investigation and he went voluntarily with investigators to give a statement and then in the course of that, the determination was made that he was going to be booked for the crime," said Bedwell.

Police ID Officer Involved in Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have identified the officer involved in a shooting early Sunday morning.

Police say Officer Jeremy Jacobitz opened fire on a man near Michael Way and Cheyenne.

Officer Jacobitz was responding to a possible shooting in the area. When he got to the scene, he saw a man shooting a handgun into the air. Police say the suspect then turned the weapon toward officers. Jacobitz fired one round, but missed the suspect.

The suspect was later taken into custody and charged with discharging of a firearm in a public place. Metro's homicide detectives are investigating.

Police Investigate Early Morning Officer Involved Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Police are trying to decide what charges, if any, will be filed against three men involved in a officer involved shooting early Sunday morning.

It happened near Michael Way and Cheyenne. Officers were responding to a report of shots fired. When they got to the area they saw three men walking away from the scene. Officers stopped the men and at least one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting. The officer returned fire, but no one was hit.

All three men are in custody.

 

I-Team: Officer on Paid Leave Involved in Hit and Run

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas police officer who says his badge saved him from a fatal gunshot is now accused of disrespecting that badge and all it stands for.

Police say Officer Brian Kolstad caused a hit-and-run crash while he was on paid administrative leave for firing his weapon. Officer Kolstad has been on leave since mid-February pending the outcome of an investigation into his officer involved shooting.

In early March, during his taxpayer-funded time off, Kolstad headed to a bar to meet some buddies, according to a police report, when he side-swiped another driver. Instead of waiting for police to arrive, the report notes after 30 minutes Kolstad left the scene.

Read the hit and run police report

He later opened his front door to the investigating officer with a beer in his hand.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS -- Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against a California man charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a Las Vegas woman at her home in January.

The Clark County district attorney's office made the announcement Wednesday. Derrick Valentine is charged with a count of murder and two counts of sexual assault in the Jan. 22 death of 35-year-old Melodie Walker. The 37-year-old Valentine has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in the case is set for April 7.

Valentine is from Pasadena, Calif. He's accused of killing Walker after she tripped a burglar alarm trying to escape during what Valentine allegedly told police was forced sexual contact. The coroner ruled Walker was strangled. Valentine is being held at the Clark County jail.

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More Homeowners Falling Delinquent on Mortgages

LAS VEGAS -- The number of Southern Nevada homeowners delinquent on their mortgage payments has climbed steadily for the past several months. In some cases, it's people just willing to walk away from their homes, and in other cases, homeowners are holding out hope that they will get a loan modification.

In any given neighborhood, chances are good that a homeowner is the process of walking away from their mortgage. In the past, five months was typically the longest a homeowner could stay in their home until the bank would come knocking. But that is no longer the case.

Nick Nolf with The Nolf Group has been in the real estate business through the boom, the bust, and now the slow turn-around.

Former Hispanic Leader Accused of Running Scam

LAS VEGAS --  The man at the center of one the local Hispanic community's largest scam cases turned himself into authorities on Monday.

Rene Orozco is charged with nine felony counts of theft and fraud. As a former radio host and head of a Latino immigrant organization, Orozco had a high profile in the Hispanic community. Now, he's facing accusations he conned the same community he volunteered to represent.

As Orozco is taken away in handcuffs, Arturo Gonzalez looks on with satisfaction. Gonzalez says Orozco posed as an attorney, telling the Gonzalez family he'd be able to help their daughter stay in the country.

"He says he fixed the immigration deportation. She won't have to go to Mexico, and he'll get papers for my daughter. We believed in this guy," said Arturo Gonzalez, an alleged scam victim.