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NLV fire dept. struggles with aging fire trucks

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The city of North Las Vegas is using fire engines considered past their prime. Some have been on the road for so long, they're now even beyond national standards for replacement.

City leaders say they're being careful with money, but the firefighter's union calls it unacceptable. The city hasn't purchased a new fire engine in five years because of the poor economy which has resulted in a constant juggling act to repair and maintain trucks.

When you call for help -- chances are -- you probably don't think how those first responders get to you.



BREAKING NEWS: One lane of northbound I-15 reopens

LAS VEGAS -- One lane of northbound I-15 has reopened near where it intersects with the northern beltway. The entire freeway was closed because of a tractor trailer fire.

According to the North Las Vegas Fire Department, crews responded to the fire just after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The fire department says there is no word on when the entire freeway will be back open.

No injuries have been reported.

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Officer involved in shooting and man who was shot identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The man who was shot and killed by North Las Vegas Police on Friday and the officer who shot him have been identified.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man who was killed as 34-year-old Kenneth Alan Johnson.

The officer involved in the shooting have been identified as Officer Robert Makinster. He has been an officer with the department for six years.

The incident began shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Police say Johnson was riding his moped, when officers pulled him over near Camino Al Norte and Ann Road. Johnson fled and police chased after him.

Johnson eventually abandoned his moped and ran from officers. During the chase, Johnson pulled out what police called a "replica of a semi-automatic handgun." Officer Mankinster shot Johnson multiple times near Tropical Parkway and Revere Street.







Police: 20,000 known gang members in Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- A recent string of gang-related violence is raising concerns with law enforcement and the community, especially because the suspects and the victims were so young.

Last Tuesday, a gunman opened fire at Fashion Show mall leaving a 19-year-old in critical condition. This past Saturday, a 16-year-old was shot and killed just blocks from his home on North Las Vegas Boulevard and Pecos Road.

While law enforcement is investigating both shootings, there are others in the community working to end the cycle of violence.

Coroner IDs man killed crossing the street in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man hit and killed while crossing the street in North Las Vegas as 67-year-old Steven Feinberg.

The accident happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 14 near Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street. North Las Vegas Police say Feinberg attempted to cross Cheyenne, when a Toyota sedan struck him. Feinberg was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

The 23-year-old female driver of the Toyota was unharmed. Feinberg died at the scene of the accident.

Police say they do not suspect alcohol played a role in the crash. So far, they have not arrested the woman.



NLV Police getting 3 new officers, hoping to hire even more

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.  -- North Las Vegas has been one of the hardest hit areas, when it comes to crimes. Already this month, the city had two pedestrians hit and killed on the roads.

Two people, in separate incidents, were shot and killed. A 16-year-old boy was killed this past weekend.

Now, the police department is getting some much needed help. It is a shrinking police department.

North Las Vegas has 59 fewer police officers than they did five years ago because of budget issues. That was the case until Monday, when three recruits started training. They are the first new hires since 2009.

Some parts of North Las Vegas have it safer than others. Jason Murphy says police around his neighborhood do a fine job.

"I think they've got enough on their force right now," Murphy said.

Bewayne James says otherwise.

"There's a lot of homeless, a lot of shootings, a lot of purse-snatchings." James said.

North Las Vegas teen killed in shooting identified

Joshua Novelo

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The 16-year-old killed in a shooting in North Las Vegas has been identified as Joshua Manuel Novelo.

Police have not identified any suspects in the teen's shooting which happened around 10:20 p.m. Saturday night in the 3700 block of Del Rio Drive, near North Las Vegas Boulevard and North Pecos Road.

According the coroner, Novelo died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police are investigating Novelo's death and have not released any information on a possible suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Las Vegas Police Dept. at (702)633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.