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Supporters: Medical marijuana could help N. Las Vegas finances

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.  -- Medical marijuana is getting closer to becoming an industry in Clark County, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.

Investors say it will generate much needed cash for local governments and public services, especially for the cash strapped city of North Las Vegas.

People arriving to North Las Vegas City Hall for a town hall meeting about the issue Tuesday have a lot of opinions and questions about medical marijuana, especially after North Las Vegas City Council decided to look into the prospect of dispensaries about two weeks ago.

Green-rush investors are looking for a gold mine and some say southern Nevada is already cashing in. Leslie Bocskor the co-founder of Nevada Cannabis Industry Association is one of those investors.

"Investing in real estate, hiring consultants, advisors, attorneys and other professional so it's been very good for the economy and we haven't even started," Bocskor said.

Police: Victim accidentally shot, killed himself

North Las Vegas, NV. -- North Las Vegas Police have released more information about the shooting at a home near Donna Street and Tropical Parkway that left one man dead.

According to police, the victim 61-year-old Hector Roman accidentally shot himself after shooting his daughter's boyfriend in the foot during an argument Friday night.

Police say the 37-year-old boyfriend tried to stop his girlfriend from leaving, which is when Roman fired shots at him. When he went to put his gun away, Roman shot himself in the leg.

The investigation is still ongoing, but police do not expect to file any charges against the boyfriend.

Utah woman sentenced in NLV hit-and-run crash

LAS VEGAS -- A Utah woman who drove her car into a group of people outside a church in North Las Vegas and then left the scene of the crash last summer was sentenced to three to 12 years in prison Tuesday.

Nyakeuth Tear, 18, pleaded guilty in February to one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Surveillance video shows Tear getting out of the car, looking at some of the victims on the ground and leaving the scene.

The victims were standing outside the Igleisa de Cristo church on Losee Road near Lake Mead Boulevard and I-15, when she ran into them. No one was killed in the crash, but eight people were taken to the hospital. A 54-year-old man was critically hurt and a pregnant woman was seriously hurt.

Tear eventually crashed her car into construction equipment at a nearby vacant lot. Police tracked her down as she ran towards I-15.

North Las Vegas holding Medical Marijuana Town Hall

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Medical marijuana will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming North Las Vegas town hall meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 in the Council Chambers of the North Las Vegas City Hall. Chad Westom, with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and State Senator Richard "Tick" Segerblom will make presentations.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

One injured in crash near Lake Mead and Pecos

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - An early morning crash Monday closed both directions of Lake Mead Boulevard near Pecos Road. The collision occurred shortly after 4 a.m.

Police say a motorcycle with two people on it and a vehicle were traveling eastbound on Lake Mead, when they collided. The male driver of the motorcycle sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The 32-year-old female passenger on the motorcycle was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

Police say the car started to leave the scene, but officers stopped it.  Officers detained the driver. Police say alcohol may be a factor.

Lake Mead was closed for a few hours while police investigated.

State accepts NLV balanced budget plan

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The City of North Las Vegas says the state has no problems with the city's proposed balanced budget plan.

A balanced budget was due Tuesday to avoid a possible takeover by the state. The budget comes after the city made deals with four unions last week, which ended two years of litigation.

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee says he believes this budget will put the city back on solid financial footing.

The city has been struggling financially since the Great Recession with an estimated budget deficit of $18 million.

The budget includes property tax revenue holding steady at $45 million, government expenses of approximately $22 million and public safety expenses at approximately $127 million.

A final budget must be submitted to the state by June 1.

Court date set for Utah woman in North Vegas crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sentencing is scheduled next week for an 18-year-old Utah woman on a felony leaving the scene of an accident charge in a crash that hurt eight pedestrians outside a storefront church in North Las Vegas last summer.

Clark County District Court Judge James Bixler on Tuesday set sentencing April 22 for Nyakueth Tear.

Tear could get probation or up to 15 years in prison.

She pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to driving away after hitting people late Aug. 8 outside Iglesia de Cristo on Losee Road.

A 54-year-old man was critically hurt and a pregnant woman was among the seven others injured. Tear admitted stopping and then trying to drive away on the dark industrial street.

She was caught after crashing the car and running toward Interstate 15.