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North Las Vegas mulls court cost savings

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The North Las Vegas City Council will be presented a court personnel proposal Wednesday night that could save the city more than $1.6 million annually, City Manager Qiong Liu said.

The proposal includes replacing the Municipal Court's marshals with bailiffs and moving the marshal program to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The savings would come by reducing court security costs from $2.1 million to $500,000 annually. The city's police department would utilize the marshals to serve and collect misdemeanor warrants, deal with all remands from the Clark County Detention Center, and handle all pick-ups from other law enforcement agencies.

“This proposal not only saves the City of North Las Vegas more than $1.6 million annually, it drastically improves operational efficiency and increases public safety for our residents,” Liu said.

Mayor John Lee also expressed excitement over the proposal.

ATV rider dead following crash in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas man is dead after an ATV crash near Lone Mountain Road and N. 5th Street Monday afternoon.

Police say the crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. at Goldfield Street and Sergeant Jordan Avenue. When police arrived, they found the injured man lying next to an ATV in a drainage ditch.

Emergency crews took the man to University Medical Center where he later died.

Police say he was speeding on the ATV on Goldfield. When he tried to turn on to Sergeant Jordan, he lost control and fell into the ditch.

No one else was involved in the crash.

The Clark County Coroner's office will identify the victim once next of kin have been notified.

North Las Vegas Police seek ID on suspected robber

 LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas Police are trying to identify a man who they say robbed a store on Dec. 13.

Witnesses told police, the man entered the store and pointed two guns at the clerk while he demanded cash. 

The suspect is described as a black man, in his late 20's. He is 5-foot-7inches-tall and weighs around 165 pounds. A surveillance camera captured an image of the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Las Vegas Police Department at (702)633-9111 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Fire guts mobile home in North Vegas, 4 escape

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Investigators are blaming an unattended candle for sparking a fire that gutted a North Las Vegas mobile home while four people inside escaped.

North Las Vegas fire Capt. Cedric Williams says no one was injured, but the mobile home was left uninhabitable after firefighters doused flames a little before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Williams says the American Red Cross is helping the occupants.

Williams says there was no utility service to the mobile home at the time of the fire.

Damage was estimated at $12,000.

North Las Vegas plans crackdown on New Year's gunfire

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Police in North Las Vegas are planning a crackdown on celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire.

But they're asking people to only call 911 if they actually see someone shooting into the air.

The department says clogging dispatch lines with reports of "possible gunfire" might slow responses to actual emergencies.

And officials say sometimes it's just fireworks that people hear.

Parts of North Las Vegas have in the past had a lot of celebratory gunfire during the holidays.

But police say bullets fired into the air eventually come down -- sometimes with dangerous or damaging results.

Municipal law bans firing a weapon in the city, and state law prohibits possessing a gun while intoxicated, aiming a firearm at another person or discharging a weapon where someone might be in danger.

2 hurt in fire at North Las Vegas senior apartment complex

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say one person was taken to the hospital and one was treated on the scene after a fire in a North Las Vegas senior apartment complex.

Firefighters say they responded a little after 4 p.m. Sunday to a complex on Yale Street and found heavy smoke in one of the apartments.

Officials say a man and a woman inside the home at the time of the fire were able to get out by themselves. The woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the man was treated and released at the scene.

No other people were injured.

North Las Vegas officials say there's about $12,000 in damage to the apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tree trimmer's death highlights hazards of job

A man died Dec. 22 while trimming this palm tree in North Las Vegas, Nev.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A valley man is dead after firefighters say he got trapped inside mounds of dead palm leaves. The accident happened Monday evening when neighbors say he was trying to trim the tree, got stuck and suffocated.

While the story might sound a little outlandish, tree trimmers say it is more common than you might imagine. All it takes is four years for an overgrown palm to become deadly.

Licensed tree trimmer Chris Donnelly says he clears his mind before going up in a tree. 

"I don't want to think about my job," he said. "I don't want to think about the hazards involved." 

But the reality is, tree trimming is dangerous if not done right. "There's been a lot of guys that have gone down. I've known a few of them. It's just sad."