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North Las Vegas Police Investigate Homicide

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - North Las Vegas Police are searching for the culprit of a homicide near Carey Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

At around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, police say someone shot the 20-year-old victim at least once in the front yard of a home on Red Sox Avenue. It is unknown if the man was armed or if any witnesses saw what happened.

Police say they have a few leads. A North Las Vegas Police spokeswoman adds violence is common in this neighborhood.

"There have been previous reports of shootings and violent crimes in that area, but this is the first homicide in this particular area this year," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

North Las Vegas Workers Face Layoffs

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas city workers, firefighters, and police officers voiced their frustrations Tuesday night as the North Las Vegas City Council heard its final budget recommendation.

"How we got to this point is up for debate," said one concerned resident. "Was it the $285 million spent on a water reclamation facility? Was it the $145 million city hall? Was it the obscene spending of taxpayers' dollars during a time when most were saving?"

The city council approved the plan which could result in the layoffs of nearly 80 public safety workers and another 170 city workers.

In order to satisfy a $31 million budget shortfall, city council members contend they had no choice but to approve cuts to almost every public service. That includes parks and recreation and public works. Spending in some departments is being rolled back to pre-2001 levels.

Child Drowning Victim Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The 23-month-old toddler that drowned in a backyard swimming pool has been identified as Steve Medrano by the Clark County Coroner's office.

North Las Vegas police say the boy was under the supervision of a family member who lost sight of him for a few moments. The boy was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The death is under investigation but no charges have been filed at this point.

Child Dies After Drowning in NLV Swimming Pool

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A toddler discovered in a backyard swimming pool has died.

Emergency crews were called to a North Las Vegas home near Cheyenne Avenue and Civic Center Drive just before 10:30 a.m. to investigate a possible drowning. The child was pulled from the pool and transported to North Vista Hospital, but later died.

Police are investigating.

I-Team: Water Reclamation Plant Sits Idle in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Nearly all of its neighbors thought a water reclamation facility in North Las Vegas was of waste a money. But that didn't stop city leaders from spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build it -- an investment that some fear may never pay off.

The North Las Vegas City Council approved the water reclamation facility back in 2004 to ultimately reduce the city's wastewater treatment costs. Though now essentially complete, the plant stands idle.

Media releases for the reclamation facility tout its state of the art technology, modern automation and stringent treatment requirements -- features highlighted by acting Utilities Director Reed Scheppman during a recent visit to the plant. Yet all of that innovation has yet to resolve the one issue stalling the project -- where to flush the sewage once it's treated.

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.