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NLV Solar Panel Plant Lays Off 200 Workers

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As President Barack Obama's message of clean energy still resonates in the Las Vegas valley, a solar plant in North Las Vegas is laying off several hundred workers.

The employees of an Amonix contractor say they just got the word on Monday and pink slips Tuesday.

The contractor says they're re-tooling to produce new technology, and that is the reason for the layoff. Amonix says it's cycling out its old systems and doesn't need as many employees. They went from about 300 workers down to 100.

Just seven months ago, Governor Brian Sandoval, Representative Shelley Berkley and North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck talked about the hundreds of clean energy jobs that would boost the economy.

Some employees say the announcement came out of nowhere.

"(I'm) praying that we get called back to work," said laid off worker Louis Cattuah.

Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Crosswalk Crash

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A 78-year-old Henderson woman pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in an October car crash that killed a 6-year-old girl and badly hurt two other children.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Alice Alava said nothing to reporters after her appearance Tuesday in North Las Vegas Municipal Court.

Her lawyer, Daniel Markoff, says he hopes for a quick resolution to the case.

The judge set a Feb. 23 hearing date.

Alava is accused of failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, unlawfully passing vehicles stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to give full time and attention while driving.

Amelia "Mia" Decker died several days after she was struck in a crosswalk near a park. Her 5-year-old sister and a 6-year-old friend were hurt.

Arrest Made in NLV Double Shooting

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Police say a 20-year-old Las Vegas man has been arrested in a double shooting that killed one man and wounded another during the weekend in North Las Vegas.

North Las Vegas police Officer Chrissie Coon says Terhain Woods was arrested early Tuesday and is being held at the city jail pending an initial court appearance on felony murder and attempted murder with a weapon charges.

The Clark County coroner says 31-year-old Quincy Lavelle Hill died of gunshot wounds at University Medical Center in Las Vegas after the shooting about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Coon says a 28-year-old man is recovering from his wounds.

Police say the shooting happened after an altercation in the back yard of a home on Ward Street, northwest of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

NLV Zip Code Hardest Hit by Foreclosures Crisis

NLV Zip Code Hardest Hit by Foreclosures Crisis

New statistics show the five zip codes with the most foreclosures in the entire country are in southern Nevada. The zip code with the most foreclosures is 89031 in North Las Vegas.

Jackie moved to the area six years ago. She has seen many of her neighbors come and go.

“How would it feel to buy a home and lose it? After 10 years of paying on it, you don't have very much more to pay on it, and then all of a sudden you lose it. That is sad,” Jackie said.

She has seen once-neat yards turn to litter and the windows, where her neighbors would enjoy the view, boarded up.

“If you see abandoned homes with broken windows, and things like that, it brings the neighborhood down,” she said.

The numbers from the foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac show that more than 10,000 homes in the top five zip codes went into foreclosure last year.

Police Investigating First Murder of the Year in NLV

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a murder near Martin Luther King Blvd. and June Ave.

Police say around 10:08 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a 911 call about a shooting victim at the 2600 block of Ward St. When officers arrived they found no victim at the scene. 

Officers responded to a call at UMC Trauma where two men suffered gunshots wounds. A 31-year-old man died from his injuries and the 28-year-old male suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both men were transported to the hospital by an unknown person.

Shrimp Farm Finds Success in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - More than 200 miles from the nearest coastline and ten miles north of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, what you find may surprise you. In the heart of the desert, you can catch a taste of the sea.

That's because home grown shrimp are being harvested on top of 30,000 square feet of sand.

"It's amazing. It doesn't even compute to me, how it happens or anything like that, but I love this stuff," said customer Travis Fogle.

"That was my first thought was here in the desert?" said customer Rick Servoss.

Blue Oasis Pure Shrimp runs the $5 million operation. The farm uses a state-of-the-art, bio-filtration system to raise salt water shrimp in a self-contained, indoor pond. The shrimp farm is located in North Las Vegas.

Police Teach Children Pedestrian Safety

LAS VEGAS -- A recent rash of auto-pedestrian related accidents has prompted a new campaign to keep kids safe on the roadways. The Stop, Look, and Listen program kicked off at an elementary school once attended by a 6-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a car just minutes from campus.

Mia Decker lost her life at an intersection in October while crossing the street with her friends. Police are now stepping up their efforts by going into all North Las Vegas elementary schools and relay the safety message first hand.

Officers were at Lee Antanello Elementary School today teaching kids about pedestrian safety. The campaign is meant get children to stop, look and listen every time they are out on the roadways. The principal said what happened to Decker was a wake up call for everyone knew her.

"Mia was a wonderful, wonderful child and I'm glad some good can come out of such a tragic event," said principal Cody Barto.