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Attorney: Video proves teen had alibi during homicide

Patrick Wayne Harper/Photo Credit: NLV PD

NORTH LAS VEGAS --  A high school student is no longer facing charges that he shot and killed a woman over a marijuana deal.

Patrick Wayne Harper, 16, was released from jail Tuesday evening around 6 p.m.  Harper was initially accused of shooting Andrea Lafon, 20, on Sept. 5 as she sat in her car near Ann and Losee roads. 

Police said the two had fought over the price of the marijuana; but according to Harper's attorney and North Las Vegas Police, they've uncovered surveillance video that showed Harper buying a slushy drink at a convenience store during the time Lafon was killed.

His attorney, Kristina Wildveld said the video was taken at the 'ampm' convenience store near Ann Road. and 5th St.

Suspect arrested after search caused 2 school lockdowns

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A suspect who officials say caused two schools to be in lockdown while law enforcement officers searched for him, was caught late Tuesday night. 

Officials with the Clark County School District (CCSD) confirmed that Watson Elementary School and Findlay Middle School, which are located in the area of W. Tropical Parkway and N. Commerce St., were the schools placed in lockdown Tuesday afternoon around 3:20 p.m. 

NLVPD, who worked with the U.S. Marshals' Office to search for the suspect, also said the incident caused two neighborhoods to be cordoned off.  Shortly, before 7 p.m. law enforcement went inside the home where they thought the suspect was barricaded near Ann Road and Commerce Street, but no one was found. 

I-Team: Escalating legal battle in NLV costing taxpayers

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A legal battle between the city of North Las Vegas and one of its municipal judges has escalated.

The city has leveled allegations of fraud and embezzlement against Judge Catherine Ramsey for using her city credit card to pay part of her legal fees in a lawsuit.

The I-Team has been looking into this bitter feud and how it is likely to impact taxpayers.

Right now, there is only a civil suit between the judge and the city but that could change.

North Las Vegas officials have taken steps to curb what they feel are abuses by Judge Ramsey, but Ramsey is pushing back. And legal fees are piling up for a city that just avoided a state takeover.

“What can we do, and this came up today, to keep our employees away from a hostile environment and keep our city out of court?” North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee said.

Sharp words from the top elected official in North Las Vegas about protecting employees from one of the city's own judges.

Teen killed in NLV motorcycle crash identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the teen killed in a motorcycle accident this week.  Officials there said Eric James Howell was the 19-year-old killed in the crash. 

North Las Vegas Police investigated the accident that left Howell dead and another person injured Thursday night. Aaron Patty, a spokesperson with NLVPD told 8 News Now that the fatal wreck happened just before 8 p.m. at West Tropical Parkway and Sea Princess Street.

He said the motorcycle, which was carrying two people was traveling eastbound on Tropical when it crashed into another vehicle.  Howell died at the scene.  The coroner's office said he died from blunt force trauma. 

The other rider was transported to University Medical Center's trauma unit in critical condition. There's no word on his condition.

Lockdown of Tartan Elementary in NLV lifted

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A lockdown at Tartan Elementary School has been lifted.  The school located at 3030 E. Tropical Parkway in North Las Vegas was on lockdown earlier due to police activity in the area, according to the Clark County School District Police.

Officers were investigating a SWAT situation stemmed from a domestic violence incident, and the suspect barricaded himself in the home.  North Las Vegas Police said the incident ended peacefully and the subject has been taken into custody.


Woman arrested in the fatal shooting of NLV woman

Christine Sanchez

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say they've arrested a 44-year-old woman in the shooting death of a 52-year-old woman who was found dead in her North Las Vegas apartment.

Police say they arrested Christine Sanchez on suspicion of murder and robbery after Bonnie Rice's body was found on Saturday, Sept 13.

Investigators say the two women knew each other. Police believe Sanchez went to Rice's apartment on West Alexander Road, shot her multiple times, then fled the scene in Rice's car.

The car was later found on West Tropicana Avenue.

NLV city council approves medical marijuana facility measures

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The City Council approved two measures Wednesday night to build marijuana facilities in the city.

In Item 6 of the agenda Synergy LLC, a property owner submitted a special use permit to the ‘M-2 General Industrial District' to allow a Cultivation Facility for Medical Marijuana.  According to the site plan, the applicant is proposing to occupy a building that is approximately 9,293 square feet in size, which also includes a mezzanine area.

The two vegetation rooms will total approximately 918 square feet will initially and continuously house the clones and eventually mother plants where future clones will be obtained.