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October 23, 2014

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Pashtana Usufzy

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Pashtana grew up in Las Vegas after moving from the Seattle area in 1996. She has interned at the San Francisco Chronicle and around Las Vegas. She studies journalism and biology at UNLV.

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'They love it': Prized PBR bulls bask in serene South Point digs before moments of fury
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Beyond the gaming tables and past the slot machines at the South Point, crews are carefully watching over a treasure trove. Although it may not smell like it. To their owners and caretakers, the bulls being housed at the resort for ...
Police: Suspect fires shots at carjacking scene in Spring Valley
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
A carjacking suspect fired shots before fleeing the scene of the crime in the southwest valley this evening.
Bicyclist seriously injured in crash with car
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
A bicyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car this morning, Metro Police said. Police received a call about 5:45 a.m. of a collision involving ...
School locked down while police search for robbery suspect
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
A lockdown at an east valley elementary school was lifted after Metro Police arrested a suspect in an armed robbery this morning. Police received reports about ...
Woman runs red light, hits Metro patrol car, police say
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
A marked Metro Police patrol car and another vehicle sustained major damage in a downtown Las Vegas crash Tuesday evening, police said. A woman ran a red light and her vehicle hit ...
1 critically injured when pickups collide, police say
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
A male driver is in critical condition after a crash between two pickup trucks at Rancho Drive and Decatur Boulevard ...
Police working to ID suspect in casino cage robbery
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man accused of robbing the Silver Sevens casino ...
Las Vegas inmate who fibbed about having Ebola is identified
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
An inmate who police say lied about having been exposed to the Ebola virus has been identified and will face an additional charge because of ...
2nd suspect arrested in deadly west valley home invasion
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
A man suspected of participating in a home invasion last month that left a man dead was arrested Monday, Metro Police said. Robert Figueroa, 28, was booked ...
Theater fire sparks drama at downtown arts school
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
A small fire at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts this morning caused about $5,000 damage and prompted a brief evacuation, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said. A stage curtain in the theater ...
Woman pleads guilty to arson in Las Vegas pet shop fire
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Gloria Eun Hye Lee, accused of setting fire to her pet shop to collect insurance money, pleaded guilty this morning to charges including ...
Woman injured in weekend ATV accident remains in hospital
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
A 67-year-old woman injured in an all-terrain vehicle rollover accident Sunday remains in serious condition, a University Medical Center spokesperson said. Nancy Perez was still being treated at ...
Police identify man accused of stabbing his wife to death
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
A man stabbed his wife to death and then critically injured himself this morning in a domestic dispute in their northwest valley home, Metro Police said. The man has been identified by police as James Joyce ...
Welcome to Las Vegas sign to shed light on domestic violence awareness
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
One of the most well-known Las Vegas landmarks will go purple Monday to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign will recognize UNLV’s Take Back the Night event and ...
Sandoval calls for Ebola task force to tackle any threat to Nevada
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Nevada will form an Ebola task force to focus on training and responsiveness in case the Silver State is exposed to the virus. Gov. Brian Sandoval instructed ...
Inmate kills himself at Ely State Prison, officials say
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
An inmate at Ely State Prison died Thursday in an apparent suicide. John Christopher Carroll, 35, was pronounced dead by emergency responders after being found ...
Woman hit by car, killed in Wal-Mart parking lot
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
A 69-year-old woman died this afternoon after being hit by a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the southeast valley. The accident happened ...
Man accused of making bomb threat against observation wheel
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
A man accused of falsely reporting a bomb on the High Roller observation wheel on the Strip was indicted Thursday by a Clark County grand jury. Jamie D. Dantis is accused of ...
NV Energy restores power for 2,100 in southwest valley
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
A power outage this afternoon in the southwest valley that affected more than 2,100 people has been resolved ...
Coroner: Man found dead after domestic dispute committed suicide
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
A 37-year-old man found dead in a house following a domestic dispute Thursday committed suicide, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Jose Castro of Las Vegas was discovered ...
Henderson doctor pleads not guilty to drug distribution charges
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
A Henderson doctor pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he unlawfully distributed painkillers by selling large quantities to people who ...
Inmate, 45, dies of medical condition in Nevada prison
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
An inmate from Clark County died of a medical condition Wednesday at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City ...
Man wearing Dodgers jacket robbed victim downtown, police say
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Metro Police are seeking the public's help to identify a man they believe robbed someone downtown this month. The suspect, described as a black male in ...
Jail guard foils suicide attempt by War Machine
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Metro Police say mixed martial arts fighter War Machine attempted suicide while in custody at the Clark County Detention Center. The fighter reportedly attempted to ...
Man in downtown domestic dispute is found dead
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
A 37-year-old man involved in a downtown barricade situation this afternoon was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. Police ...
Court rules Nevada implied consent law is unconstitutional
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
A law that allows police to forcibly take blood samples from drivers without a warrant is unconstitutional, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled today. The court found ...
Metro Police determine suspicious bag to be safe
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
A suspicious bag found unattended next to a downtown building this morning has been deemed safe, Metro Police said. Police received a call about ...
1 critically injured in southwest valley crash
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Three people were injured, one critically, in a three-vehicle accident this afternoon in the southwest valley. The accident near Pebble Road and El Capitan Way was ...
Gas leak closes part of Las Vegas Boulevard
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
One northbound lane is open on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Las Vegas South Premium Outlets mall as crews continue to repair a gas leak that occurred ...
Cops seek 2 in KFC armed robbery in Pahrump
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Police are searching for two men suspected in the armed robbery of a KFC in Pahrump this week. Officers received a report Sunday about 10:15 p.m. that two men wearing masks entered ...
NLV police seek suspect who stabbed man, took his car
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
North Las Vegas Police are asking for help identifying a man they say stabbed an elderly man last month in a casino parking garage before fleeing in the victim's car. The suspect approached ...
Metro focuses on 2 men after woman dies from medical procedure
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Metro Police are seeking additional information on two men who may be connected to the suspicious death of an elderly woman after an unapproved ...
Las Vegas motorcyclist hospitalized after crash with SUV
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
A motorcyclist injured in a crash this afternoon in the northwest valley appeared to suffer serious ...
Man holed up after domestic dispute in southwest valley surrenders
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
A barricade situation at a house in the southwest valley ended peacefully this evening. Lt. Mark Reddon said the man who had refused to come out of a house at ...
Metro Police searching for suspect in burglary
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Officers are searching for a suspect in a burglary in the western valley this afternoon, Metro Police said. Police received a report of ...
Reality-TV show goes behind-the-scenes with coroner in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
A reality-TV show offering a behind-the-scenes look at the Clark County Coroner’s Office debuts Wednesday. The one-hour pilot for the program, “Postmortem in Vegas,” will feature ...
NLV officers involved in fatal shooting are ID’d
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
North Las Vegas Police have identified two officers involved in a shooting Tuesday that killed a man. Officers Shane Forsberg, 30, and David Wells, 33, are on paid ...
Child ejected in Spring Valley car crash
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
A minor was ejected from a vehicle in a southwest valley crash that sent three people to the hospital this afternoon. Two vehicles were involved in an accident about 3 p.m. near Buffalo Drive and ...
Range Rover barrels into residence in western valley
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
A Range Rover crashed into a single-family residence in the western part of the valley this afternoon. Police received reports about 2:45 p.m. of a vehicle crashing into ...
Coroner IDs man found dead in Henderson apartment fire
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
A man found dead in a Henderson apartment fire last month has been identified. Mark R. Klecan, 57, was found Sept. 30 after ...
Group trying to revive Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
A group that fought to keep the state's same-sex marriage ban is now trying to revive it. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage filed a petition ...
Person injured in stabbing in downtown Las Vegas
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
One person was stabbed this morning in downtown Las Vegas, Metro Police said. A person has been detained ...
Woman sentenced in Ammar Harris phone smuggling plot
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A woman who pleaded guilty to bribing a public officer in connection with what officials say was a cellphone smuggling plan by a self-described pimp has been sentenced to ...
Suspect sought in string of Las Vegas phone store robberies
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Police are searching for a man they believe has conducted a string of robberies at wireless phone stores in the northeast valley. The suspect, who is described as a Hispanic man ...
Bicyclist hit by truck in southeast valley is critical
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A bicyclist struck by a vehicle in the southeast valley this afternoon is in critical condition, police said. Metro Police received a call about 4:40 p.m. of a bicyclist being struck near ...
Biohazard reported on Cheyenne High campus
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A hazmat team is on the scene at Cheyenne High School after a suspicious substance was found alongside a note in a boy's bathroom, officials said. Capt. Ken Young of Clark County School District Police said workers found the ...
Shots fired at school bus from pellet gun
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A person with a pellet gun fired shots at a Clark County School District bus this afternoon, authorities said. The pellets were fired from a small, black sports car with no license plates at the bus, which was ...
Plane quarantined at Las Vegas airport after Ebola scare
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A plane was quarantined at the Las Vegas airport this morning after a passenger who had recently been in Africa became sick, but Ebola has been ruled out. Delta Flight 495 from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York arrived ...
Bicyclist, pedestrian injured in separate accidents, police say
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Metro Police are investigating a pedestrian accident and a collision in which a bicyclist was taken to the hospital after a car left the scene, officials said. In the first incident ...
Man arrested after officer shot at during car chase
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
North Las Vegas Police said they arrested a 22-year-old driver and were looking for his passenger after shots were fired at an officer several times during ...

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