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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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Rain, winds bring short-lived relief in southern valley
Monday, June 29, 2015
Brief gusty winds and showers Monday evening cooled down scorching temperatures in the southern Las Vegas Valley. Downpours and 40 mph winds were reported in ...
Coroner IDs motorcyclist killed in crash with pickup truck
Monday, June 29, 2015
A motorcyclist killed in a crash with a pickup truck Saturday morning on the 215 Beltway has been identified as Neil Jared Sonerholm, 40, of North Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Sonerholm was riding east between ...
Police deem suspicious package at park safe
Monday, June 29, 2015
A suspicious package that prompted the evacuation of a southeast valley park turned out to be nothing dangerous, according to Metro Police. A caller reported the package ...
Coroner IDs bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident
Monday, June 29, 2015
A bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident late Friday has been identified as Jeffrey Robert Gonzales, 33, of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Gonzales was crossing Sahara Avenue at Mohawk Street about ...
Glitch causes 911 emergency line to ring busy
Monday, June 29, 2015
Callers who dialed 911 early this morning may have received a busy signal as the Metro Police Dispatch Center experienced issues with its system. The system experienced technical difficulties, and police advised ...
Man dies after altercation at apartment complex
Monday, June 29, 2015
A man died Saturday night following an altercation with a group of people at an apartment complex near South Maryland Parkway and East Flamingo Road, according to Metro Police.
The man apparently approached ...
Bicyclist hit by vehicle in east valley suffers minor injuries
Monday, June 29, 2015
A bicyclist suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a vehicle Sunday night in the east valley, according to Metro Police.
Police were called ...
Las Vegas woman, 65, dies in rollover crash near Baker
Friday, June 26, 2015
Chung Yu Shen was the right-front passenger in a 1999 Ford Explorer headed north on I-15 when the tread of the vehicle's right rear tire separated from the tire's body, according to the California Highway Patrol ...
Person injured in beating initially reported as shooting
Friday, June 26, 2015
A person was taken to the hospital with head injuries after being beaten this afternoon near North Jones and West Lake Mead boulevards, according to Metro Police. The incident, initially believed to be ...
Rattlesnake traps man, boy in mine near Lake Mead
Friday, June 26, 2015
A man and a boy trapped in a mine near Lake Mead this morning by a rattlesnake are now out of the mine, according to the National Park Service. Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials received a call ...
Warren Sapp accused of biting, stepping on girlfriend in L.V. spat
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Former NFL player Warren Sapp was charged today with three counts of first-degree domestic battery in connection with an April 28 incident involving ...
Oklahoma cop arrested in Las Vegas in connection with abduction case
Thursday, June 25, 2015
An Oklahoma police officer was arrested in Las Vegas this morning in connection with a child abduction case in California, according to police in Turlock, Calif. Danniel Boone Morgan II, an officer with ...
Man wounded in shooting in west valley
Thursday, June 25, 2015
A man was injured in a shooting this afternoon in the west valley, Metro Police said. Police received multiple calls ...
Jarret Stoll of L.A. Kings charged with possession of cocaine
Monday, June 22, 2015
Hockey player Jarret Stoll of the L.A. Kings has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance in connection with an April 17 incident at the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand, according to ...
Power outages impact more than 2,300 NV Energy customers
Monday, June 22, 2015
A power outage in the northwest valley affected more than 2,200 NV Energy customers this morning, a company spokesman said. The outage, reported at 9:54 a.m. near North Fort Apache and Elkhorn roads, impacted ...
Rollover crash blocks traffic on Las Vegas Strip
Monday, June 22, 2015
A rollover crash on the Strip near the Encore was tying up traffic this morning, Metro Police said. Two vehicles were involved ...
More than 1,400 medical calls in 3 days at Electric Daisy Carnival
Monday, June 22, 2015
One person died, more than 75 people were arrested on felony counts and some 1,400 attendees were treated by medical personnel during the three-day ...
Man rescued from burning house, treated for smoke inhalation
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Las Vegas firefighters pulled a person from a burning house today and were treating the victim for smoke inhalation, officials said. A second person also was out of the house, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said. The fire was reported this afternoon at ...
Man, 44, critically wounded in shooting in North Las Vegas
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
A 44-year-old man was critically injured this morning in a shooting in a North Las Vegas neighborhood, according to police. North Las Vegas Police were ...
160 citations issued during NLV pedestrian safety campaign
Monday, June 15, 2015
North Las Vegas Police issued a combined 160 traffic citations during two events designed to emphasize pedestrian safety ...
Heat watch issued as temperatures soar past 100
Monday, June 15, 2015
An excessive heat watch has been issued by the National Weather Service, which is predicting temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley up to 112 degrees Thursday through ...
Hundreds without power in North Las Vegas
Monday, June 15, 2015
More than 1,300 NV Energy customers were affected by a power outage in North Las Vegas this afternoon ...
Man wanted in Tennessee attempted abduction case arrested in Las Vegas
Monday, June 15, 2015
A man who fled Virginia and is wanted in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman in Knoxville, Tenn., was arrested in downtown Las Vegas about ...
Coroner identifies woman killed in rollover crash
Monday, June 15, 2015
A woman killed Saturday morning when the car she was driving on State Route 159 went off the road and overturned has been identified as Jessica Dianne Kenney, 34, of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Kenney died of ...
Police: Man, 46, arrested in boyfriend’s death during domestic dispute
Monday, June 15, 2015
A 46-year-old man was arrested on a count of murder Sunday night after a man he was dating died at their downtown apartment following a domestic dispute that ...
Get ready for Electric Daisy traffic jams
Monday, June 15, 2015
Motorists may want to avoid Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend as the Electric Daisy Carnival arrives in town, bringing with it heavy traffic. The Nevada Department of Transportation is expecting ...
Las Vegas man, 46, dies in apparent drowning at Lake Mead
Monday, June 15, 2015
A 46-year-old man who died in an apparent drowning Sunday afternoon near Boulder Beach at Lake Mead has been identified as Carlos Campos of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Campos was swimming ...
Coroner IDs man killed in drive-by shooting near downtown
Monday, June 15, 2015
A man fatally shot Friday night near downtown has been identified as 45-year-old Jeremy Mark Zimmerman, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Zimmerman, whose city of residence was ...
Boy, 11, two men shot during weekend party
Monday, June 15, 2015
An 11-year-old boy and two men were shot after a fight broke out late Saturday during a party in an east valley neighborhood, according to Metro Police. A male suspect fired shots into a crowd ...
Coroner IDs man killed in Laughlin cliff-jumping incident
Monday, June 15, 2015
A man who died Sunday morning while cliff jumping in Laughlin has been identified as Jose Onofre Molina Jr., 29, of Mohave Valley, Ariz., according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Molina was jumping ...
Man, 47, indicted in shooting deaths of landlords
Friday, June 12, 2015
A man accused of killing his landlords last month has been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of murder with a deadly weapon and one count of ...
Man killed in fatal shooting near downtown, police say
Friday, June 12, 2015
Police were called to the area near D Street and Washington Avenue, where a man of unknown age was shot ...
Missing Henderson woman is located, police say
Friday, June 12, 2015
Police are no longer looking for a Henderson woman who hadn’t been heard from since Monday ...
Storms spur flash flood warning at Mount Charleston
Friday, June 12, 2015
A flash flood warning is in effect for an area damaged during the Carpenter 1 fire in the Mount Charleston area two years ago. The Weather Service issued a warning just before 7 p.m. for the east half of ...
Car catches fire at Premium Outlets parking garage
Friday, June 12, 2015
A car caught fire this afternoon in the garage of the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets downtown ...
Allegiant jet returns to Las Vegas after engine issue
Friday, June 12, 2015
An Allegiant Air flight headed to Stockton, Calif., returned to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas this afternoon because of an engine issue, an airport spokeswoman said.
Allegiant Flight 526 left ...
Woman flown to hospital after car crashes into ravine
Friday, June 12, 2015
A woman was taken to the hospital by helicopter this morning after a single-car rollover crash on State Route 165 between Boulder City and Searchlight, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
A Chevy Malibu with ...
Interstate 15 fully open after concrete spill cleaned up
Friday, June 12, 2015
Two lanes of northbound Interstate 15 shut down this afternoon after a concrete spill have reopened, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. A mixer truck ...
Five-vehicle crash sends one to hospital, closes road
Friday, June 12, 2015
A five-vehicle crash in North Las Vegas sent one person to the hospital and closed northbound Decatur Boulevard this morning, according to police. North Las Vegas Police were called ...
Police: 50 pot plants discovered in Rhodes Ranch grow house bust
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Police say they discovered about 50 marijuana plants during a grow house bust Thursday evening in the Rhodes Ranch community. Officers served a search warrant about ...
Garage fire forces residents to evacuate south valley home
Monday, June 8, 2015
A fire broke out in the garage of a two-story house in the south valley this afternoon. Firefighters on scene saw heavy smoke and flames coming from ...
Man arrested in May shooting death
Monday, June 8, 2015
A 27-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with the May shooting death of another man during an attempted drug deal, according to an arrest report ...
Chance of rain in the forecast for Las Vegas
Monday, June 8, 2015
Las Vegas Valley residents should make sure to pack their umbrellas Tuesday — just in case. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of ...
Woman killed in accident on I-15 after tire fails
Monday, June 8, 2015
Ciara Jackson was headed south in a white 1999 Ford Ranger on I-15 south of mile marker 120 when the truck's right rear tire failed, Nevada Highway Patrol said ...
Fire forces 20 residents from apartment building
Monday, June 8, 2015
A fire at an apartment building on Swenson Street near Twain Avenue this morning displaced 20 people and caused about $50,000 damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department. Crews were called about ...
Coroner rules death of wrong-way driver a suicide
Monday, June 8, 2015
The death of one of two men killed in a wrong-way crash on U.S. 95 in April has been ruled a suicide, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Las Vegas resident David Beckstrand, 40, died April 19 of ...
Inmate, 54, dies at Northern Nevada Correctional Center
Friday, June 5, 2015
An inmate at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City died today. Vincent Depasquale, 54, was serving a sentence of life without parole on a first-degree murder conviction ...
Police used wiretaps in Nevada lawmaker bribery case
Friday, June 5, 2015
Police acknowledged using wiretaps in an ongoing investigation into allegations that a political consultant tried to bribe ...
Police: Student said she had sex with teacher at hotels, school
Friday, June 5, 2015
A Rancho High School teacher arrested Thursday allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a student in his classroom and at two hotels. Jason Lofthouse, 32, could ...
CCSD teacher arrested on charges of kidnapping, sex acts with student
Thursday, June 4, 2015
A Rancho High School teacher was arrested Thursday on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and four counts of sexual acts with a student ...

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