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Emergency Responders Receiving Domestic Violence Training

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Nevada is the worst place in the country for domestic violence. This year alone, North Las Vegas emergency crews responded to 1,400 domestic 911 calls.

"It's been shocking for them to learn about the effects, not just on that victim, but their children, how the children are adversely affected by what happens in the home," said North Las Vegas Deputy City Attorney Kim Phillips.

Firefighters and paramedics are usually first on the scene for fires and medical emergencies. They are also often the first responders for domestic calls - sometimes arriving before the police.

Thanks to a new federal grant, North Las Vegas emergency responders spent Thursday learning the basics of domestic violence. They also learned how to tame explosive situations that can sometimes end in murder.

City Launches Effort Against Domestic Violence

City Launches Effort Against Domestic Violence

The North Las Vegas City Attorney's Office is launching a grant-funded Domestic Violence division aimed at raising awareness and educating first responders on how to diffuse a domestic violence situation before it escalates to a homicide.

The first in a series of training sessions was held today at North Las Vegas Fire Station 53, 2804 West Gowan Road. The participants of this initial session included members of the professional community who are in positions to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, including North Las Vegas Fire Fighters and Paramedics.

Topics discussed during these training sessions include: the definition of a battery or act of domestic violence; how to recognize physical signs of domestic battery, including strangulation; how to interact with victims; and how to illicit information that may indicate there is a history of violence in a relationship.

North Las Vegas Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Event

North Las Vegas Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Event

North Las Vegas traffic officers conducted a "Pedestrians Matter" safety event March 18 targeting drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk and pedestrians who failed to utilize marked crosswalks.   

Officers issued the following citations:

104 - failure to yield to pedestrian violations 

4     - seat belt/child restraint violations 

11   - driver's license violations 

6     - registration violations

2     - equipment violations

18   - insurance violations 

1     - failure to yield violation 

12   - miscellaneous violations

49   - verbal warnings  

This event was designed in conjunction with the nationwide "Pedestri

Police seek help in identifying suspect

Police seek help in identifying suspect

Detectives with Metro's Northeast Area Command need help in solving several grand larcenies committed by the same suspect, who is pictured above.

The suspect enters AT&T and T-Mobile stores located on the east side of the valley and pretends to be a customer. He then grabs high-end cell phones from the floor displays, pulls the security cords off the items and flees on foot. He is suspected in four or five different grand larcenies within the last month.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro at 828-7351 or to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 if you wish to remain anonymous. You also may go to www.crimestoppers.com. Tips directly leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

Program Targets Young Gang Members

LAS VEGAS -- A possible gang-related shooting is raising awareness about the increasingly young age of gang members.

Sunday, police say a 14-year-old gang member pulled out a gun and shot a man in the leg. If you think age 14 is young, you would be shocked to know when some gang members get their start. Metro's Gang Unit says some gang members in town get their start at 8-years-old.

There are several reasons why kids get involved so young. Metro says some are born into the lifestyle while others may be looking for some protection. Also, Metro says younger gang members are more easily persuaded, unable to understanding the potential consequences.

Palm Prints Helping Police Solve Crimes

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The tools of real-life crime scene investigations could soon resemble the flashy Hollywood technology seen on television police dramas. Palm prints, for example, are now helping investigators link people to crimes.

"It's made a huge difference, because we have more area to compare," said North Las Vegas Police Crime Scene Investigator Dana Marks. "There are different times you'd leave palm prints versus fingers or a whole hand print. If you're sliding open a glass window, you might use your whole palm, whole hand."

"We started collecting palm prints, because we're trying to capture the whole aspect of the hand. The palm and the fingers all have ridges," Marks added.

Later this month, the North Las Vegas Police Department plans to digitize its prints on file. Nearly 500,000 print cards, now residing in dozens of metal file cabinets, will become accessible at the click of a mouse.

Parents Could be Fined for Teen Vandalism Spree

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- It was one of the largest and most expensive vandalism sprees in southern Nevada history. Police say three teenagers may have caused $100,000 in damage to homes and cars in one North Las Vegas neighborhood. Now they're in jail and their parents could end up paying the price.

The vandalism happened near Alexander and Camino Al Norte. The teens broke windows, cracked windshields, and much more. Because the kids are under 18, their parents could have to pay back all the victims.

"If the parents were actively involved in these acts of vandalism, then they could be charged. In all likelihood, they probably weren't actively involved in these crimes, but they would still be on the hook for restitution," said Clark County District Attorney David Roger.