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Police Respond to Thousands of Domestic Violence Calls

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- About 60,000 domestic violence incidents are expected in 2010 and some of those will turn deadly.

8 News Now went with North Las Vegas police officer Becky Rooks on patrol Sunday.  

"On a good day we can get three," Officer Rooks said about the number of domestic violence calls North Las Vegas Police respond to. "On a bad day, we can get as many as 20."

She says the economy is a contributing factor to the rising number of domestic violence incidents.

"The stress of losing their job, possibly their house, and everything else that comes with that. They just can't handle the added stress of the relationship like they used to."

Calls also spike when families are gathered together for holidays, or consuming alcohol.

While on patrol with Officer Rooks, a man assaults his girlfriend. She denies it, and tells police he's suffering from diabetes.

Friends, Family Call Child's Death 'Terrible Mistake'

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Friends and family are showing their support for the father of the seven-year-old child killed in a motorcycle accident in North Las Vegas. They say his father knows he made a mistake and want everyone to know he's a father devastated by the tragedy.

As the investigation into the accident continues, North Las Vegas police say there is fault on the part of both parties involved -- the 19-year old driver who turned in front of the motorcycle and the father who was riding with both his sons on the bike.

"It was a terrible accident and nobody expected it to happen," said the boy's uncle Nick Camacho.

Camacho says his nephews loved riding through the neighborhood on their father's motorcycle and both eight-year-old Gabriel and seven-year-old Victor were riding with their dad Wednesday night just a couple blocks away from home when police say the young driver of a sedan made a u-turn in front of the motorcycle.

More Stores Move to West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Another step in the re-vitalization of Las Vegas' historic west side happened Thursday as a new department store has opened for business. Leaders say the area will soon be a hotbed for activity.

Since the 140,000 square foot Edmond Town Center near Owens and J Street first opened back in 2005, residents have been given more opportunity to shop, work and live in their own neighborhood.

Councilman Ricki Barlow represents the district and says this newest Rainbow Store only enhances that.

"This is a wonderful experience. To have a national chain inside of an urban community is huge. A lot of the residents here shop in Rainbow apparel, and having right here where they can experience it right in their own neighborhood is great," said Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow.

Las Vegas Magnet School Receives Top Honor

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A local magnet school has been designated the top magnet school in the country.

C.V.T. Gilbert Magnet Elementary school has won the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award from Magnet Schools of America organization. The award is considered a top honor for any magnet school.

The school was chosen because of its diverse programs that integrate art and communication. Several other Las Vegas schools won merit awards. Awards for the Schools of Excellence category include Jim Bridger Middle School, K.O. Knudson Elementary School and Sandy Searles Miller Elementary School (also a 2009 Schools of Distinction recipient).

Awards for the Schools of Distinction category include Advanced Technologies Academy, Mabel Hoggard Elementary School (2009 recipient), Jo Mackey Elementary School (2009 recipient), Northwest Career and Technical Academy, Rancho High School, Valley High School and Walter Bracken Elementary School.

Child Dies in North Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 7-year-old boy is dead following a motorcycle accident in North Las Vegas. The child was one of two on the bike with their father, when they hit a car near Clayton and Tropical Parkway.

Loved ones and nearby residents gathered on Dawn View Lane after learning Victor John Camacho was thrown from the motorcycle. Kathy Williams witnessed the accident.

"As I came home… I was walking up the walkway to my front door, and I heard, ‘No, no, no, no… skid, bang," she said. She rushed from her home, called 911 and gave CPR instructions to the boy's father. "All the yelling and screaming that was going on, everything was very chaotic," she said.

Famous Chefs Help Out at Three Square

LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of the most accomplished chefs in the world are in Las Vegas for this years Vegas Uncork'd event. Thursday, they spent time lending a helping hand at Three Square Food Bank.

Chefs including Bradley Ogden from Caesars Palace and Zach Allen from Carnevino at the Palazzo helped prepare meals for Kids Café. The program provides students a nutritional meal after school.

With nearly 50 percent of Clark County School District students receiving free meals during the school day, many are at risk of not getting dinner. Three Square recently expanded its Kids Cafe Program from three pilot sites to nine and need help preparing and packaging the food for the children. Volunteers can help out and make sure kids get a nutritional supper meal!

BREAKING NEWS: Child Injured in Motorcycle Accident

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas police are on the scene of a motorcycle accident near Tropical Parkway and Clayton Street.

Police say an adult was driving a motorcycle on a side street with two child passengers. They wrecked and one child was severely injured.

That child was transported to UMC Trauma in an unknown condition. Medical personnel are evaluating the other child.

8 News NOW will have more details tonight at 11.