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Mayor Lee: Apex key to future of North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Mayor John Lee is employing what he calls “grow-nomics” to turn around North Las Vegas, hoping medical marijuana companies will use a designated green zone at Apex Industrial Park in the northeastern part of the city.

It is estimated the industrial complex could host more than 100,000 jobs, along with industries new to Nevada.

"This is Southern Nevada, where we invent our future, dream big and defy the impossible," Lee said Tuesday during his State of the City speech.

Lee said the medical marijuana area approved by the North Las Vegas City Council could thrive at Apex.

"We've really amassed a lot of brain power in North Las Vegas now, and we're going to put it to work this year and really make sure bigger and better things happen as these opportunities have come our way,” Lee said.

He even had a drone fly in to deliver his speech, addressing another industry he believes could take off in the city.

Good Samaritan assists injured police officer

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas motorcycle officer struck by a hit-and-run motorist Monday night on Interstate 15 is recovering from his injuries after he was pulled to safety by a good Samaritan.

It was dark and drizzling but that didn't stop daytime radio show host Miles Farlow of KCEP FM 88.1 from pulling his car over near the Washington Avenue exit and rushing to assist the officer.

“Long story short, a car cut off the motorcycle officer, clipped his front tire,” Farlow told 8 News NOW. “The officer went flying a good 35, 45 yards. The first thing I had to do was stop.”

It was a bold move on a busy highway.

“First thing is, his eyes are rolled in the back of his head,” Farlow said. “He's unconscious. You know, shaking a little bit. Some people come, they grab his hand, they grab the blanket over him and I grabbed his helmet because he's trying to look around.

Officer hurt in hit-and-run on I-15 near D Street

LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas Police officer was hurt in an accident on I-15 near D Street, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Southbound I-15 was closed all the way down to Lake Mead.  

NHP said witnesses told them at around 8:30 p.m. the officer was riding in the right lane closest to the right shoulder, when a green sedan came from the left lane and struck the officer.  

Troopers said they're still searching for the car because the driver didn't stop.

North Las Vegas Police's Twitter page said the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

He was taken to University Medical Center.  The officer is 45 years old and he has been with the department for 18 years.

This is a developing story.


Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.

Suspect killed by North Las Vegas officer ID'd

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The man killed by a North Las Vegas Police officer has been identified as Salvador Figueroa, 29, of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner's Officer.

Figueroa, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was killed Sunday night.

Police responded shortly before 9 p.m. to a convenience store parking lot near Eastern Avenue and Searles Avenue. North Las Vegas Police say two officers were conducting an investigation involving two vehicles, a man and a woman.

Police say the man ran and one of the officers chased him.

"During that foot pursuit, that subject circled back around to the vehicle and was not complying, which is when the officer Tased him," said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon. "Very quickly after that, he called out 'shots fired' on the radio."

Police say the stun gun did not affect the man, who then produced a handgun. Police say the officer shot the man multiple times, killing him.

Tree trimmer death in North Las Vegas 2nd in 3 weeks

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- The landscaper who died after becoming trapped in palm fronds has been identified as Daniel Wynn Smith, 46, of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Smith became trapped by palm fronds high up in a tree. This is the second similar case within three weeks in North Las Vegas.

Fire Capt. Cedric Williams says firefighters from North Las Vegas and Las Vegas quickly reached Smith who was trapped more than 25 feet up in a tree about 2 p.m. Sunday in a neighborhood near Owens Avenue and Pecos Road.

But Williams says he doesn't know how long Smith was stuck in the tree before firefighters were called.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Man killed in early morning crash in North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- One person was killed in an early morning crash on Craig, according to law enforcement.

North Las Vegas Police said at about 4:13 a.m., officers responded to a crash involving two vehicles at Craig Road and Simmons Street.

Police said a preliminary investigation showed a Ford Mustang was driving westbound on Craig Road when it struck a Ford Explorer traveling southbound on Simmons Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found the driver of the Explorer dead inside of his SUV.

Witnesses reported the driver of the Explorer had a green light at the time of the crash. The 17-year-old male driver and 19-year-old male passenger of the Mustang were taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

North Las Vegas Police said speed and alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash. The identity of the driver of the Ford wasn't released.