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State's only maximum security juvenile correction center closing

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Red Rock Academy, a juvenile correction facility, is closing after multiple inspections found dozens of youths were not being adequately protected by the private contractor running the facility.

Nevada's only maximum security juvenile correction center is located in North Las Vegas and less than six months after a state audit, the facility is now shutting down.

A joint operation between a private contractor called Rite of Passage and the State Division of Child and Family Services took over the facility two years. Rite of Passage won a bid to run the facility in 2013.

The facility used to be Summit View Correctional Center. Back in 2001, inmates rioted on the roof of that facility following allegations of sexual abuse and filthy living conditions.

Some families were asked to pick up their teenage inmates from the facility early Wednesday.

Industrial, office, retail use rises from a year ago

Chart by Ned Wolfenbarger

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Valley registered improvement in industrial, office and retail use in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a year earlier, according to a survey released recently by RCG Economics of Las Vegas and UNLV's Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies.

The survey found the valley ended the quarter with an industrial vacancy rate of 7.2 percent, an improvement from 11.8 percent a year earlier. The vacancy rate peaked at 15.5 percent in the third quarter of 2012, after which demand for industrial space began increasing.


Last quarter saw a net gain of more than 1.5 million square feet of industrial space in use, the ninth straight quarter of increases in the valley.

Acts of Kindness: Noah Bennett and Rosonna Garvey

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - North Las Vegas Police Officer Noah Bennett and wife Rosonna Garvey began making special plaques for families of lost loved ones after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“When Sandy Hook happened, Rosonna was upset crying and said, ‘We've got to do something.' That's just when we spearheaded this idea, and moved forward with it,” Bennett said.

They created two memorial plaques honoring Newtown, Connecticut and the first responders who answered calls for help.

When two assailants ambushed and killed Metro Police Officers Allyn Beck and Igor Soldo in Las Vegas last year, Noah and Rosonna created another plaque.

Officer Bennett and his wife also made a keepsake for police in New York after the shooting ambush of two New York City police officers in December 2014.

Family sends chemical tests after seeing '60 Minutes' report

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas family sent out three air samples Thursday, to find out if laminate flooring they installed in their home is dangerous to their health.

"60 Minutes" did an investigation on the laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators. CBS News reports thousands of people across the county called experts seeking help after they watched the investigation.

Noah Bennett and his family should know in a few days if the newly installed products are giving off high levels of formaldehyde.

The "60 Minutes" investigation tested the laminate flooring and also found that Chinese factory workers admitted the flooring did not meet U.S. government standards, because it would cost too much.

The chemical is known to cause cancer and is found in the glue that holds laminate pieces together.

Local family suspects illness from Lumber Liquidators products

LAS VEGAS -- A local family, who watched a 60 Minutes investigation on Lumber Liquidators use of flooring from China that contains high levels of formaldehyde, suspect their floor might be making them sick.

An undercover test on some wood laminate flooring from the national chain revealed high levels of formaldehyde. The chemical can cause breathing problems or in some cases death.

Noah Bennett and his wife, Rosonna, installed wood laminate flooring they bought from Lumber Liquidators, in their North Las Vegas home last month.

Bennett and his wife say the flooring was a do-it-yourself project. They started to replace most of the flooring in their home, but had to stop. He says within days his wife, their adult son, himself and even their two dogs became sick.

The 60 Minutes investigation aired on Sunday. After watching 60 Minutes, they believe the flooring may be the cause of their sickness.

Child killed in automatic gate identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say an 8-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a metal arm at the entrance of a gated community in North Las Vegas.

The child was identified Wednesday morning as Matthew Cattlet.

Emergency crews were called to the Village at Craig Ranch housing community at Goldfield Street and Newburg Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said a teenager who witnessed the event called 911, reporting that the boy was stuck in the automatic gate and suffered a severe injury.

The boy has been known to play in a space in the gate that is 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide. At the time, he was apparently crawling through it when another child on a bicycle approached the gate, triggering a motion sensor for the gate to move.

"This is such a tragic reminder to never let children play in or around automatic vehicular gates," Coon said.

Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.