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Friends: Fire starts after roommates fight over dog

Photo Credit: City of North Las Vegas Fire

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday near W. Washburn Road and Valley Drive, but investigators were called to the scene once it was discovered that the fire may have been the work of arson.

North Las Vegas Fire said the fire happened in early evening in the 4300 block of Roaming Breeze Road.

A man that's just going by "Kary" said he knows the woman who lives at the home. According to Kar, the woman had been fighting with her roommate about a pit bull puppy, so tempers flared and threats were made when the dog got out of an unlocked gate.

"I believe he did it and that it was arson. We've never had a problem with anything before, and the same day he threatens to burn down the house, the house catches on fire," said Kary.

Neighbor Tom Noack thought someone was inside, so he ran into the burning home to help.

BLM offers nearly 600 acres up for auction

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management will hold an auction Tuesday for 29 parcels of public land, totaling 597.59 acres. 

Parcels vary in size from 1.25 to 247.6 acres and are located in the Las Vegas Valley, the BLM said.

The sale will be held at the City of North Las Vegas Council Chambers at 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. N. in North Las Vegas. 

Bidder registration opens at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 10 a.m. 

Successful bidders are required to pay 20 percent of the full purchase price, in a cashier's check, by 3 p.m. on the day of sale.

For more information on the May 5 auction, visit the BLM's website.

North Las Vegas Municipal Court briefly evacuated

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- North Las Vegas Municipal Court was evacuated for about an hour Monday morning due to the discovery of a suspicious device, according to North Las Vegas Police.

The court at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Civic Center Drive was reopened around 10 a.m.

Police didn't offer further details about what they found.

Driver in fatal hit-and-run identified, booked on felony DUI

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The driver and victim in the fatal hit-and-run crash involving a motorcycle and car on Saturday have been identified.

Police say 50-year-old Troy Marez of North Las Vegas, was making a left-hand turn onto Washburn Road when his car collided with a motorcycle. The rider of the motorcycle, 26-year-old Derrick Roland Jr., was taken to University Medical Center where he later died.

Witnesses say Marez fled from the scene of the crash, but was tracked down by police a short time later in a nearby neighborhood.

Marez was not injured in the crash.

Police took him into custody and where he was booked in the Las Vegas City Jail on felony DUI involving death. 

Bail set for teacher accused of lewdness with a student

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A North Las Vegas Justice Court judge set bail Monday morning for an elementary school teacher accused of lewdness with a student.

Bail was set for 54-year-old Jeremiah Mazo at $1 million. Police say Mazo, a music teacher at Don Hayden Elementary School, is accused of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 4 at 8 a.m.

North Las Vegas teacher arrested for lewdness with 8-year-old

Jeremiah Mazo

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A teacher with the Clark County School District has been arrested for alleged lewdness involving an 8-year-old student.

Officers were called to Don E. Hayden elementary school around 1:15 p.m. Friday in reference to inappropriate conduct between, 54-year-old Jeremiah Mazo, the music teacher, and one of his students.

There were many allegations that Mazo had inappropriate contact with the little girl on multiple occasions, North Las Vegas Police said. The time frame ranges from the beginning of the school year to now.

Mazo was arrested and booked into the City of Las Vegas jail. He faces ten counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Barricaded situation in North Las Vegas ends

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A barricade situation in a North Las Vegas neighborhood has ended peacefully, according to police.

North Las Vegas Police and SWAT were at the scene of incident in the 2300 block of Cambridge Elms Street for hours before things wrapped up just after 8 p.m. 

The incident first unfolded around 4 p.m. late Wednesday afternoon.

At this time, it's unclear why the man has barricaded himself in the home, but North Las Vegas Police said he was the only one inside of the home during the ordeal.