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Fatal Morning Crash Shuts Down Decatur Blvd.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police closed Decatur Boulevard in both directions following a fatal two-vehicle crash Friday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Decatur Boulevard and Lone Mountain Road. An 80-year-old woman was transported to UMC where she later died. Police do not believe drugs and alcohol are factors in this incident.  

This is the 8th fatal crash in North Las Vegas this year.  

North Vegas City Employee Arrested in Theft Case

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.  -- Police in North Las Vegas say a veteran city customer service supervisor has been arrested and suspended from her job after she was accused of siphoning utility bill funds for her own use.

Police say customer accounts were properly credited, but that 40-year-old Angela Bozarth is accused of pocketing money before it reached the bank.

Bozarth was arrested Thursday on a felony theft charge after an internal review showed that money was missing. Police say she was booked at the North Las Vegas jail and released. Her court date wasn't immediately available, and it wasn't clear Friday if she had a lawyer.

Police say Bozarth has been with the utilities department for 11 years. She's on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

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NLV Police Investigate Stabbing

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- North Las Vegas police are investigating a stabbing that happened in the 1900 block of Lawry Street between Lake Mead Boulevard and MLK shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.

Police tell 8 News NOW that a 44-year-old male victim was found in the street and was transported to UMC in serious condition. Police do have a suspect in custody.

North Las Vegas Police Bust Family Burglary Ring

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police have busted a burglary ring that was a family affair involving two parents and four teens.

Forty-eight-year-old Gwendolen Jackson and her husband 46-year-old Karl Cage are accused of hocking stolen goods at local pawn shops. Investigators say 18-year-old suspects Xavier Quarles, Ricky Burns, and Clarence Rose -- along with a juvenile -- first did the dirty work, stealing the items from unlocked cars.

They were just going down the street and checking doors. If the car was locked, they kept going. If the car was unlocked, they went in and took whatever they could," North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell.

Bedwell says one of the accused young men is Jackson's son. Authorities say the thieves targeted the area of N. 5th Street and Ann Road, stealing items worth thousands of dollars.

North Las Vegas Utilities Worker Arrested

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The North Las Vegas Police Department has arrested a city employee for allegedly stealing money from customers' utility bills.

Police say 40-year-old Angela Bozarth would steal money received in utility bill payments after applying the payments to customer accounts. Police say the accounts were not affected by the alleged theft.

Authorities arrested Bozarth after a two-week investigation. She has been placed on administrative leave. She faces one felony count of theft.

Home Burglaries in North Las Vegas on the Rise

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Harold Boyd has lived in his North Las Vegas home for 12 years, but even on his quiet, safe block, criminals can strike.

"We've had cars broken into around here. My cars have been broken into twice and the stereo stolen out," he said. "I'm only aware of one home invasion they had a few months ago."

The North Las Vegas Police Department has seen a recent rise in theft. This year, home burglaries south of Cheyenne Boulevard in North Las Vegas are up 36 percent. They are up 7 percent in the northern, newer parts of town.

North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Tim Bedwell says hard times have crooks making desperate decisions.

"We think the economy is a big factor for the fact that people are out looking for money," he said. "We're very concerned about this. We have a lot of resources now actively trying to break up these groups that are doing the burglaries."

Police Learn New Skills with Dummy Demos

North Las Vegas -- North Las Vegas police hit a life-sized dummy over and over again Wednesday in an effort to show officers important details about auto pedestrian accidents.

Law enforcement officers from across the western United States are attending the workshop. North Las Vegas police are experts in investigating these types of crashes. The department sees two to three every week. That unfortunate expertise allows officers to spread their knowledge all over the country.

"Las Vegas is a little unique, for the fact, that we do see so many auto pedestrian collisions each year," Officer Chrissie Coon said. 

Scott Hayden has been a Colorado Springs police officer for six-and-a-half years. In all that time, he has never seen or heard anything like what he saw at the demonstration.