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Motorcycle Officer Involved in Accident

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Family and fellow North Las Vegas Police officers waited outside the emergency room at University Medical Center Thursday night for progress reports on their loved one. A North Las Vegas patrolman suffered critical injuries after a car struck him.

"There for the grace of god," said North Las Vegas Police Lt. Jerry Hamilton. "It could be any one of us. We do take it personally, because guys are out there every day, and they put themselves in harm's way."

The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening near Carey Avenue and Commerce Street. Investigators say the officer was traveling westbound on Carey when a Chevy sedan – traveling eastbound on Carey - attempted a left turn onto Commerce.

Police say the driver of the sedan, 24-year-old Jalinda Oliver, failed to yield to the officer, causing the collision. The impact forced the officer off his bike and vaulted him approximately 30 feet.

Kidnapped 3-Year-Old Found Safe in Mexico

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A little girl kidnapped from her North Las Vegas foster home has been found.

Less than 48 hours after three-year-old Carla Espinoza-Alvarez was kidnapped from her home, authorities have confirmed that the little girl has been found safe in Mexico with her biological mother.

"At this point of investigation, there are lots of unanswered questions. Investigators are not stopping here because she has been found unharmed," said North Las Vegas police officer Chrissy Coon.

Carla's foster mother told police at about 9:30 p.m., a masked man and woman entered her home near Commerce Street and West Lone Mountain Road. The man held the foster mother at gunpoint while the female suspect searched the home, specifically looking for Carla. She located the child upstairs and carried her out of the house.

House Fire Causes $40,000 in Damage, No One Hurt

House Fire Causes $40,000 in Damage, No One Hurt

A fire at a home in West Las Vegas caused an estimated $40,000 in damage early Friday morning. No one was injured.

Fire dispatchers received numerous 911 calls at 3:42 a.m. that a house was on fire at 600 Kasper Ave. which is located near the intersection of H St. and West Lake Mead Blvd. When firefighters arrived on scene, flames were showing from the rear window of a one-story, wood frame/stucco house.

Firefighters brought the fire under control in a few minutes. Damage was confined to one room, which the occupant used for a den. The rest of the house had moderate smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. The only occupant of the house told fire investigators that she was asleep in the front of the house, which is also the living room.  She thought she woke to a large bang noise and found the house filling with smoke. She escaped through the front door of the house.

North Las Vegas Approves Deal with Firefighters Union

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The heated negotiations between the City of North Las Vegas and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1607 have finally cooled. Under an agreement approved by the city council Wednesday, union members will give up wage increases, merit raises and holiday pay. In return, the city will not lay off 33 workers.

"It's challenging. It's challenging times for our firefighters and their families," said Local 1607 President Jeff Hurley. "I think (we're) just making sure we can maintain their employment, maintain what we're sworn in to do and that is protect the citizens."

Man Who Shot at Reality Film Crew a School Teacher

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Clark County School District confirms the suspect arrested for allegedly opening fire on a reality TV crew is a teacher at J.D. Smith Middle School.

North Las Vegas police arrested 40-year-old Carlos Barron for attempted murder after he allegedly fired shots at a camera crew filming a reality show.

Police say Barron became angry after a van was parked in front of his home on Vigilante Court, near Losee Road and East Centennial Parkway. Police say Barron assaulted one of the people in the van after demanding they move the vehicle.

The people in the van belonged to a film crew of the show "Repo Games." They were shooting a repossession that was occurring in Barron's neighborhood.

After Barron struck the person inside the van, crew members confronted him. He allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire.

King High Card Decides North Las Vegas Primary

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Both candidates drew diamonds. But Linda Meisenheimer's king topped Tanya Flanagan's five to make her the winner of a tied primary election in North Las Vegas.

Cutting cards is a uniquely Nevada way to settle deadlocked elections.

The latest example came during a special North Las Vegas City Council meeting on Thursday.

Meisenheimer now advances to the June 7 general election against Pamela Goynes-Brown.

Flanagan and Meisenheimer tied for second place in the city's Ward 2 race during in the April 5 primary. Each drew 328 votes.

The cut of the cards was overseen by David Hernandez. He's the head of the College of Southern Nevada casino management program.

Hernandez says Nevada is the only state that uses a draw of the cards to break election tied.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

17-Year-Old Killed in Overnight Shooting Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Clark County Coroner has identified a 17-year-old teen shot to death Wednesday night in North Las Vegas. The teen's name is Heath Walton, and people in the area say he used to live nearby.

The shooting happened in North Las Vegas on Reynolds Avenue, near Civic Center Drive and Owens Avenue.

Walton's friends say he was visiting a house he used to live in and was struck by a bullet during a drive-by shooting.

Police say the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. When emergency personnel arrived, they found Walton with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Friends say he used to live on Taylor Avenue, one street over, until his house burned down. They say he was visiting old friends and can't believe someone would want to kill him.

Those friends say Walton was not a gang member.