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Driving You Crazy: North 5th Street Bridge progress

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Residents ask about the progress of the North 5th Street Bridge, which many call the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

Not much has changed for approximately two years with this $30 million bridge. Traffic8 reached out to the City of North Las Vegas for an update.

Construction is underway on the phase one improvements, which will connect to the north end of the existing bridge, cross over Losee Road and touch down within the North 5th Street alignment.

Although it may not look like it sometimes, crews are working on utility relocations and building demolition. Drivers should not expect bridge construction anytime soon.

North Las Vegas representatives say they expect the work will be finished by the fourth quarter of 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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

Judge denies reduced bail in brutal prostitute beating case

LAS VEGAS -- A judge denied a Las Vegas man's request to have his bail reduced in a sex trafficking case that the judge described as “systematic torture,” “slavery” and “horrific.”

Defendant Robert Sharpe remains behind bars. He is accused of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution and then beating her nearly to death.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center saw a 259 percent jump in calls between 2008 and 2012. During that time, nearly 9,300 human trafficking cases were reported and 85 percent of the victims were women.

Now, authorities hope Sharpe's case will help put more perpetrators behind bars. He stood quietly before a judge Tuesday as his attorney asked to lower his bail.

"Asking for a million dollars for a defendant who's been pronounced indigent just isn't reasonable," attorney Steven Lisk said.

DUI driver apologizes to family of woman he killed

LAS VEGAS -- A judge has sentenced a 22-year-old Las Vegas man to seven to 20 years in prison for driving under the influence and causing death in a crash that killed a 17-year-old mother last Halloween.

On Thursday morning, the judge sentenced Leonard Walker for the death of Savannah McInnis. Walker was driving nearly 80 mph along Ann Road near Coleman Street when he crashed into the car McInnis was riding in with her then 2-year-old son.

McInnis was killed and two other people were seriously hurt. The child did not suffer serious injuries.

Originally, Walker faced several charges but those were dropped when he agreed to a plea deal. He did get nearly a year off his sentence for time he has already served.

Armed robber targeted couple in casino parking garage

LAS VEGAS -- A violent armed robber is on the run and North Las Vegas police need help tracking him down.

The robbery happened in the middle of the day in the parking garage of the Cannery Casino at Craig and Losee roads on Sept. 9. The robber targeted two people in their 60s.

Detectives have reached a dead end in the case and are reaching out for possible leads. In this case, a man in his 60s was stabbed and the couple's car, a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, was stolen.

The man was taken to the hospital and recovered from his injuries, but the robber got away. Police are calling this a very desperate and scary crime

Industrial area could be home to medical pot grow operations

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana is coming to the Las Vegas valley and some neighborhood concerns are coming with it.

One of those is the smell of marijuana coming from production facilities near residential areas.

The city of North Las Vegas is offering incentives for the grow houses to open outside of town.

On Tuesday, 30 businesses were approved to open legal grow facilities in the 18,000 acre Apex Industrial Park, which is 25 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

They still need state approval but soon, the area could be the valley's new green zone.

For years, the Apex Industrial Park has been as barren as the desert surrounding it, not many businesses were willing to set up shop there. For North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, the open area is an opportunity.

“We decided that that would be the green zone that it would be the place that we would put this particular product," Mayor Lee said.

NLV Police looking for stabbing suspect

NLV Police looking for stabbing suspect

North Las Vegas Police are looking for a robber who stabbed a man during a robbery in a casino parking lot.

According to police, at around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 9, the man approached the couple as they were walking through the parking lot of the casino near Craig and Losee roads.

The man demanded personal items from the couple but became impatient. Police say he pushed the woman down, pulled out a knife and stabbed the male victim.

The suspect then took the couple’s car keys and left the parking lot in their car, which is a silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The car has Nevada license plate 436YNV. The couple was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man police are looking for is described as a 25-year-old African-American man about 5 foot 10 and 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red, white and blue striped shirt and blue jeans.

IDs of officers involved in shooting released

LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police have released the names of the two officers involved in a deadly shooting Oct. 7.

The officers are Officer Shane Forsberg, 30, a seven year veteran of the department, who is recovering from injuries suffered in the shootout and Officer David Wells, 33, an eight year veteran of the department.

Both officers are on paid administrative leave, which is routine after a shooting.

The shooting happened after Ofc. Forsberg and Ofc. Wells tried to stop a car near Carey Avenue and Martin L. King Blvd. The car fled from the officers and they chased him.

Eventually, the officers exchanged shots with the suspect. Officer Forsberg was hit and the suspect was killed.