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Coroner IDs woman dead in apparent getaway car

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified an 18-year-old woman killed when an apparent getaway vehicle slammed into a light pole and a tree in Las Vegas.

Clark County coroner's officials say Rajaunay Lasherie Davis of North Las Vegas was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on South Fort Apache Road, near Sahara Avenue.

A 20-year-old Las Vegas woman who was also in the car was taken to University Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Police say the Chevy Aveo was reportedly involved in the burglary of a nearby convenience store.

The male driver and a male passenger in the car fled the scene on foot after the car went off the road. It was unclear if they were injured.

 

Family remembers loved one, 4 years later, no arrests

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- It's been four years since Darren Rael was shot and killed in North Las Vegas and homicide investigators are still looking for a suspect.Rael, a mechanic, was trying to make some extra money by taking side jobs in Oct. 2010. He happened to be working on a car at Gowan Road and Clayton Street in North Las Vegas when a thief pulled out a gun and demanded cash.

Rael was shot in the chest after he told the gunman he didn't have any money. The gunman also tried to shoot the owner of the car Rael was working on, but the gun jammed, Police said.

Rael's family marked the anniversary of his death Wednesday night with a vigil to honor of his life. The family has gathered every year since he died.

"It is horrific that his killer hasn't been brought to justice. It's really bad because I wake up with nightmares.





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.