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March 3, 2015

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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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Boy, 8, dies after getting head stuck in automatic gate
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
An 8-year-old boy whose head got caught in an automatic gate in North Las Vegas this evening has died, police said ...
Fetuses found in hospital linens at Henderson laundry facility
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The bodies of twin fetuses were found in a shipment of linens at a Henderson commercial laundry facility today. It was determined the shipment came from ...
Another day of gusty winds expected, but weather to dry out rest of week
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Warmer temperatures are ahead after quick-moving storms Tuesday brought pea-sized hail, rain and gusty winds to the valley ...
Police: Boulder Highway blocked in connection with stabbing probe
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A stabbing suspect led police on a brief chase this morning on a busy freeway but got away when the pursuit became too ...
Driver arrested after car hits police motorcycle along road
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the car he was driving hit a Metro Police motorcycle and ...
Police: Man suspected of running marijuana delivery service
Monday, March 2, 2015
A man arrested after a drug bust last week in North Las Vegas is suspected of running a marijuana delivery service, according to an arrest report released today. Jorge Garcia, 25, was taken into custody after ...
Herb Sachs, longtime Las Vegas defense attorney, dies at 83
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Defense attorney Herb Sachs, a former New York state assemblyman who represented clients in several high-profile cases in Las Vegas, died Wednesday morning ...
Police seek suspect after he shot man in foot during argument
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Metro Police are searching for a man they say is a suspect in a Thursday night shooting near downtown. Officers were called about 7:15 p.m. to the scene in ...
Woman critically burned trying to put out house fire
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
A woman was hospitalized with critical burns today after she escaped a house fire but apparently went back inside to try to put out the blaze with ...
Man is shot in foot near downtown Las Vegas
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
One man was shot in the foot this evening near downtown, Metro Police said. Police received a report about 7:30 p.m. of a shooting near Charleston Boulevard and ...
Woman, 92, dies four days after Henderson crash
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
A 92-year-old woman who was injured Sunday evening in Henderson during a two-vehicle crash died this morning ...
Fire destroys North Las Vegas house, displacing resident
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
A fire that gutted a North Las Vegas house and motor home early this morning displaced one person and caused about $240,000 in damage ...
Metro motorcycle cop is injured in northwest valley crash
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
A Metro Police officer suffered minor injuries after the motorcycle he was driving collided with another vehicle this afternoon in the northwest valley ...
Man killed in Primm stabbing identified
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
A man who died after being stabbed Sunday at a McDonald's in Primm has been identified as 38-year-old ...
Animal control warned pitbull owner before vicious attack, police say
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
A woman who was arrested after her four pitbulls attacked two people, leaving a 65-year-old woman seriously injured, was warned by animal control last month after ...
2 men critically injured in shooting on East Twain
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Officers are on the scene of a shooting near Twain Avenue and Cambridge Street that officials believe injured three people. Police were called just before 4 p.m. to the 900 block of ...
Police: Girl hit by U-Haul truck suffers minor injuries
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
A girl was hit by a U-Haul truck this afternoon in the northeast valley after she apparently fell off a bike and into the road, Metro Police said. The juvenile suffered what appear to be ...
Put down the phone: NLV Police target distracted drivers
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
North Las Vegas Police issued 186 citations in 10 hours Friday during a patrol that targeted distracted driving and other traffic violations. Officers cited drivers ...
2 arrested in major southwest valley grow house bust
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Two men have been taken into custody in the southwest valley in connection with a marijuana grow house bust being called the largest so far this year. Officers served a search warrant about ...
Police: Suspect in Las Vegas road-rage killing thought people were ‘after him’
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
A teen accused of fatally shooting a Las Vegas woman after a reported road-rage incident said someone had been threatening to hurt his family and he was worried somebody ...
Motorcyclist injured in crash that halts traffic on 215 Beltway
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
A crash involving a motorcycle and a car on the 215 Beltway south of Lone Mountain Road this evening sent one man to the hospital and caused traffic to back up ...
Suspect in fatal road-rage shooting knew victim well
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
A Las Vegas woman killed last week in a road-rage shooting knew the suspect arrested today and had even given him food and money. The suspect, Erich Milton Nowsch Jr., 19, had been under surveillance at his northwest valley house ...
DMV evacuated after man breaks into just-closed location
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
A DMV location was evacuated Saturday after a man who wanted to get in after hours broke a window and entered the building ...
Coroner IDs pedestrian, 57, killed while crossing Flamingo Road
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
A 57-year-old man who was hit and killed by an SUV while crossing a road Sunday night in the southwest valley has been identified as Las Vegas resident Leopoldo Parra-Martinez ...
Fires at 2 vacant Las Vegas homes cause extensive damage
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Two fires at vacant residences Tuesday in the Las Vegas Valley caused extensive damage and are believed to have been started by homeless people staying in the buildings ...
Family, friends honor woman slain in road-rage shooting
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
A Las Vegas woman who was fatally shot after what police say was a road rage dispute was memorialized Tuesday night by family and friends near the school parking lot where ...
Coroner IDs man, 32, gunned down at his southwest valley house
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
A man who was fatally shot at his southwest valley home early Monday after police say he argued with an acquaintance has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Officer as ...
NLV officer cleared in shooting of man armed with pellet gun
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
The actions of a North Las Vegas Police officer who fatally shot a 34-year-old man carrying a pellet gun in July were "reasonable and ...
Marijuana, cocaine discovered after house catches fire
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
Metro Police busted a suspected marijuana grow house early this morning after fire crews responded to a blaze at an east valley residence, authorities said. Officers were called about 3:30 a.m. to ...
Police: 1 arrested in crash that closed part of Las Vegas Strip
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
One person was arrested after a crash involving a stolen vehicle shut down a portion of the Strip this morning, Metro Police said. The five-vehicle wreck was ...
Pedestrian critically injured near Valley High School
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle near Valley High School this morning, Metro Police said. Police received a report about 9:40 a.m. of an injury accident near ...
Police: Victim argued with acquaintance before fatal shooting
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
A Las Vegas man fatally shot at his southwest valley house early today had been arguing with an acquaintance before shots ...
The cutting board: Everything you ever wanted to know about poultry
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
The right cut of meat or poultry can make all the difference, whether you’re planning a holiday feast or a Saturday night dinner. Longtime butcher Ron Lutz, owner of the Butcher Block in Las Vegas, breaks down what you need to know about common cuts of poultry.
1 killed in shooting near Boulder Highway
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
One person was killed in a shooting in the southeast valley this afternoon. Officers received a report about 4:50 p.m. of the shooting in a courtyard area in ...
Metro releases body camera footage of officer-involved shooting
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Members of a crowd can be heard screaming as a man suspected in a battery case lies on the ground in newly released body camera video from a Metro Police officer-involved shooting ...
Power outage impacts about 17,000 customers, traps some in elevators
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
A brief power outage today affected about 17,000 NV Energy customers and left some people stuck in elevators, according to the company and Las Vegas fire department. A cluster of outages ...
Police ID officer who shot suspect after scuffle
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Metro Police have released the name of an officer who shot a man after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at another policeman Monday night. Officer Thomas Griffin has been with ...
Fight disrupts rivalry basketball game at Henderson high school
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Fighting erupted in the stands of a high school basketball game Wednesday night in Henderson, prematurely ending the rivalry game ...
Police seek man, 43, in fatal stabbing near Cashman Field
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Metro Police are looking for a man suspected in the stabbing death of a 53-year-old Las Vegas resident last month. An arrest warrant was issued for 43-year-old ...
Bones found at downtown elementary school came from animal
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Bones found in a bag at a downtown elementary school appear to have come from an animal, Metro Police said. Someone reported the find about ...
Marshals seek woman accused of stealing wallet at YMCA
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Officials are looking for a woman they say stole a wallet at a northwest valley YMCA and may go by the nickname "Auntie Tee-Tee" ...
Police: Driver in crash that injured motorcycle cop arrested on DUI count
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
A motorist who hit a police motorcycle on the side of the road, injuring an officer, Tuesday night has been arrested on a count of ...
Police seek suspect in robbery of Las Vegas business
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Police are seeking a man they say robbed a business last month near Charleston and Jones boulevards ...
Power outages near Summerlin affect at least 1,500 customers
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
A cluster of power outages in and near Summerlin affected more than 1,500 NV Energy customers Tuesday evening. The largest outage, reported about 8:15 p.m., affected about ...
Police: Motorcyclist in fatal crash was riding wheelie
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
A motorcyclist killed when he collided with a car while riding a wheelie Tuesday has been identified as ...
Northwest valley house fire causes $90,000 in damage, displaces 6 people
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
A fire that broke out in a house near Torrey Pines and Vegas drives late Monday caused an estimated $90,000 in damage and displaced six people ...
Henderson Police seek clues in cold-case slaying
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Henderson Police are asking for the public’s help to solve a slaying as the one-year anniversary of the victim’s death approaches. William L. Milan was 77 when his son ...
Police: Man wounded by officers pulled gun in scuffle
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
A man shot by Metro Police on Monday night aimed a handgun at an officer during a struggle, officials said. James A. Nelson, 21, was booked in absentia on one count of ...
2 men wounded in shooting at swap meet
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Two men were wounded Sunday in a shooting at a northeast valley swap meet, North Las Vegas Police said. Police were called about 3 p.m. to the ...
Woman killed in nine-vehicle crash identified
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
A woman who died Friday afternoon as the SUV she was driving was struck and rolled over in a nine-vehicle crash has been identified as 56-year-old Ellen Finnie Gallucci.

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