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Police: Death investigation is 'unique scene', unsure if caused by fall or homicide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — What began as a homicide investigation just north of downtown Las Vegas, has now been scaled back to a death investigation by Metro Police.

It happened in the 600 block of north 10th Street, near Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway, on Saturday evening.

At around 6:45 p.m., dispatchers were told by an anonymous 911 call that a man was found in an alley with significant injuries that appeared to be "blunt-force trauma" injuries, according to Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer.

First responders pronounced the man dead at the scene... Read More

Crews respond to fire near Sunset, Valle Verde in Henderson; 3 injuries reported

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Officials say three people were hurt following a fire in Henderson.

It happened in the 1800 block of Mimosa Court, near Sunset Road and Valle Verde Drive, at around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say three people were injured, but only two were taken to the hospital. There is no word on the extent of their injuries.

This is a developing story.... Read More

3 injured in shooting on I-15, near Russell

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are investigating after a shooting on I-15 Saturday afternoon.

It happened at 3:15 p.m. near Russell Road.

Police say three people were shot, but injuries are unknown at this time.

Police also say two vehicles were involved in the shooting, but no other information was given.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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Pfizer and fun: Early Cinco de Mayo celebration features vaccine clinic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There is a unique push to get residents on the east side to get vaccinated this weekend, with an early celebration to Cinco de Mayo and a vaccine clinic on the spot.

An annual Cinco de Mayo celebration had a twist this year -- a vaccine clinic right next door at Bob Price Recreation Center.

"Many don’t have cars, so we tried to bring it right into their neighborhood so that it is available to them right away,” said Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

According to county commissioners, the east side of Las Vegas was hit especially hard during the pandemic, leaving many without a job.

"We were sheltered. We tried to help one another by foodwise,” said east side resident Veronica Olivarez.

So, it was crucial they had a chance to get vaccinated right in their neighborhood... Read More

Woman killed in suspected bear attack in southwest Colorado, authorities say

TRIMBLE, Colo. (KLAS) — A woman was found dead in southwest Colorado after a suspected bear attack on Friday, according to authorities.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) say the body of a 39-year-old woman was found last night off U.S. Highway 550 near Trimble, north of Durango.

The victim's boyfriend told the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office she was believed to have gone walking with her two dogs earlier in the day.

The boyfriend told police he got home around 8:30 p.m. and saw the two dogs outside, but his girlfriend was not there.

He went to search for her, discovered her body around 9:30 p.m., and called 911... Read More

Hundreds of DNA tests backlogged at Metro's forensic lab

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- All you need is the top of a pin of blood, and within a few hours, Metro Police will have your DNA information. That's how advanced investigators have become when fighting crime.

But it also has a downfall.

Metro's forensic lab is one of two in the state. It works on a variety of cases, from homicides to property crimes -- a task that sometimes is not done fast enough for the victims.

"It could be clothing, blankets, guns, blood, saliva, seminal fluids," said Kimberly Murga, director of lab services for Metro.

The work done with the state-of-the-art technology is mindblowing.

"We used to obtain about 16% from DNA from guns," shared Murga. "Currently, with that technology, we are able to get over 50% success from guns."

For her and her team, the work is non-stop... Read More

Las Vegas woman pushes to keep death penalty in place 10 years after daughter's brutal murder

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As a bill that could abolish the death penalty moves through the Nevada Legislature, a Las Vegas woman, whose daughter was brutally murdered, is pushing back.

"Grief is kind of like chronic pain," Jennifer Otremba said, "and it's always there."

Nearly 10 years after her daughter's death, Otremba describes how her entire world has changed. 

"You never expect to leave your house with your child laying on the floor doing homework, to what they found" Otremba said.

Alyssa Otremba, 15, was walking home in 2011 when she was abducted, sexually assaulted and stabbed more than 80 times. Her body was then burned and left just a few hundred feet from her northwest valley home. 

Javier Righetti was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2017. ... Read More