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April 25, 2015

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Pashtana Usufzy

Local news reporter

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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Computer glitch translates to free Starbucks for quick Las Vegans
Friday, April 24, 2015
The outage, which was caused by "a failure during a daily system refresh," according to a statement, led some stores in the valley to offer customers free drinks and pastries ...
No injuries after Clark County school buses collide
Friday, April 24, 2015
Police were called to the area near West Deer Springs Way and North Durango Drive about 1:20 p.m., Officer Laura Meltzer said.
Rain could continue today, Saturday
Plus: wind
Friday, April 24, 2015
Showers sprinkled some rain over the east valley Thursday afternoon and there's still a chance for more for the rest of the Las Vegas Valley over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologists are predicting a 20 percent chance of rain today, but ...
Police investigating infant found dead in her home
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Police were called about 3 p.m. to a residence in the 3700 block of Arville Street, Lt. Patrick Charoen said ...
Coroner IDs woman found dead after west valley apartment fire
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Firefighters responded to a burning building about 6:30 a.m. Monday, where flames and smoke could be seen coming from one unit, the department said ...
One dead in single-vehicle crash on Charleston Boulevard
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Las Vegas teen was driving a 1992 BMW 318i east on West Charleston Boulevard at a high speed and lost control, causing the car to rotate and strike the pole ...
1 critically wounded, 1 arrested in early morning shooting
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A person was critically wounded in an early morning shooting after an argument outside a home near Rainbow and Charleston boulevards, Metro Police said. A male was shot twice about ...
4-year-old boy drowns at northwest valley home
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A 4-year-old boy died in a northwest valley drowning Tuesday evening. The boy was found submerged in a backyard swimming pool by a family member and was ...
Man smoking cigarette sparks fire while examining gas can
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A man who was looking for a leak in a gasoline can as he smoked a cigarette ignited a flash fire Tuesday afternoon that injured himself and his wife ....
Storms from California bring gusty winds, lower temperatures to Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Las Vegas Valley residents sick of the dry heat may get a break this week thanks to gusts and the possibility of precipitation. The Weather Service is predicting ...
Teenage girl who went missing from hospital is located
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A 16-year-old girl who apparently ran away from a Las Vegas hospital while being assessed for treatment has been found ...
Coroner IDs victims in fatal double shooting, suicide
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Three people killed Sunday in what Metro Police say was a double slaying and suicide at an apartment complex have been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
Police said ...
Police seek ‘person of interest’ in connection with shooting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Metro Police have released video of a person they are trying to identify and locate in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old woman. Police did not say if the person was ...
Police: Drugs found on L.A. Kings’ Stoll during voluntary pat-down
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hockey player Jarret Stoll underwent a voluntary pat-down at an MGM pool Friday, and security found cocaine and a substance believed to be the drug Molly in his swim shorts, according to ...
Man wounded in shooting in northeast valley
Monday, April 20, 2015
A man was injured in a shooting Sunday night in the northeast valley , Metro Police said. The shooting was reported about ...
Man shot to death in North Las Vegas was from California
Monday, April 20, 2015
A man shot to death Friday in North Las Vegas has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Chazmen Le Dre Wilkins, 26, of West Covina, Calif. Wilkins died of ...
Coroner IDs drivers killed in wrong-way crash on U.S. 95
Monday, April 20, 2015
Two men killed in a wrong-way crash on U.S. 95 Sunday afternoon have been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office. David Beckstrand, 40, of Las Vegas and Michael Phillip Johannsen, 29, of North Las Vegas were ...
Police: Man shot two women before killing himself
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Two women and a man were killed in a shooting Sunday at an apartment complex near East Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway, Metro Police said. Officers were called about 2:30 p.m. to ...
L.A. Kings’ Jarret Stoll arrested on drug charge at Wet Republic
Friday, April 17, 2015
Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on a charge of possession of cocaine Friday afternoon at Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand. Stoll, who is dating ...
Man killed in North Las Vegas shooting, police say
Friday, April 17, 2015
The shooting occurred about 6 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 500 block of East Riding Crop Avenue, near Tropical Parkway and 5th Street ...
Metro Police motorcycle officer injured in crash
Friday, April 17, 2015
A Metro Police officer suffered minor injuries today after crashing his motorcycle in the northwest valley, police said. The officer crashed about 2:45 p.m. near ...
Officer shoots, kills pit bull after it attacked police dog
Friday, April 17, 2015
A pit bull shot by a Metro Police officer today after it attacked a police dog during a search for a suspect has died ...
Substitute teacher accused of sex act with student
Thursday, April 16, 2015
A Clark County School District substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday after police were contacted about allegations of “inappropriate conduct” involving a juvenile , Metro Police said. Kelly Hoffman, 48, was arrested and ...
Video: Police seeking suspect in residential burglary
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Officers were called about 7 p.m. March 31 to the 2800 block of Serenidad Drive, near Pebble Road and Las Vegas Boulevard South, police said ...
Fire destroys North Las Vegas apartment, displaces 6
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Firefighters responded to 2421 N. St George St., near East Carey Avenue and Civic Center Drive, where flames were shooting out of the window of a second-floor apartment, North Las Vegas Fire Capt. Cedric Williams said ...
Police: Multiple dead in crash at Lamb Boulevard, 215 Beltway
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Three people were pronounced dead on scene, and one was transported to University Medical Center in "extremely critical condition," police said. The 215 Beltway is open, but Lamb Boulevard will be closed for ...
Police responding to suspicious item at Flamingo Road, Maryland Parkway
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue's bomb squad was called just before 4 p.m. to the 1500 block of East Rochelle Avenue to help Metro investigate, fire and Metro officials said ...
Man attacked by pit bulls in Pahrump dies
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A man who was attacked by three pit bulls last month in Pahrump has died, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth Ford died at ...
Man pleads guilty in ID theft, drug shipping scheme
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A 26-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance in connection with a drug shipping operation ...
Power outages affect 2,600 in Southern Nevada
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
More than 100 outages have left about 2,600 NV Energy customers without power in Southern Nevada this evening. The largest impact is in ZIP code 89102 ...
Sexual assault suspect arrested after standoff in southwest valley
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A man facing charges in connection with a sexual assault investigation was arrested following a standoff today in a southwest valley neighborhood ...
Two people injured in fire at Henderson condominium complex
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
One person was taken to the hospital and another was treated for injuries at the scene of a fire this afternoon at a Henderson condominium complex. Firefighters ...
Boy hit by car, injured in east valley
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A boy suffered nonlife-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in the east valley this morning, Metro Police said. Police received a report about ...
Dog bites person near Summerlin elementary school
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Officers are investigating a report of a person bitten by a dog near a Summerlin elementary school, Metro Police said. A male reported just after noon ...
Strong winds kick up dust across the valley
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
For the second week in a row, an air quality advisory was issued for blowing dust, this time as a result of gusts and the strongest cold front so far this year ...
Fire sends black smoke into air near downtown Las Vegas
Monday, April 13, 2015
A fire behind a party store sent heavy smoke into the air near downtown Las Vegas this morning, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said. The fire was reported ...
Hiker reported missing found near Searchlight
Friday, April 10, 2015
A 53-year-old man reported missing April 1 after he reportedly went hiking near the River Mountain Loop trail near Henderson has been found. Kevin Landis was found about 8:30 a.m. today at ...
Police seek man in attempted store robbery on Nellis
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Metro Police are searching for a man they say tried to rob a convenience store in the southeast valley ...
Woman who died in downtown apartment fire is identified
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A woman who died Tuesday evening after a fire at a downtown apartment building has been identified as 66-year-old Sangwal McGinnis ...
Giunchigliani’s husband dies after head-on crash on Kyle Canyon Road
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Gary Gray was driving a red Ford Ranger pickup east on State Route 157 near mile marker 18 when the truck crossed into the westbound lanes and struck ...
Motor home parked between houses catches fire
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A motor home fire sent black smoke into the air this morning near downtown, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said. Firefighters were called ...
Coroner IDs man killed crossing Jones Boulevard
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A man who died after being hit by a car in the west valley Wednesday has been identified as James Buecker, 63, of Las Veas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Buecker was walking west across Jones Boulevard, north of Carmen Boulevard, about 5 p.m. when ...
Fire guts house in North Las Vegas, does $200,000 damage
Thursday, April 9, 2015
A fire gutted a North Las Vegas house this morning, displacing five people and causing about $200,000 in damage, fire department officials said. A man was treated for ...
California storm system brings strong winds to Southern Nevada
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
A wind advisory is in effect for Southern Nevada and part of southeastern California as a storm system from central California moves into the region ...
Report of person with gun briefly closes Henderson polling site
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Henderson Police investigated a report of a person with a gun at Green Valley Library this afternoon during municipal primary voting but determined there was no threat ...
One person suffers burns, smoke inhalation in duplex fire
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
One person was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be critical injuries after a fire at a downtown duplex this afternoon, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said. Firefighters were called about ...
Man wounded in weekend shooting dies at hospital
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
A man who was shot over the weekend in North Las Vegas has died, police said. David Cabrera, 21, of Las Vegas arrived at University Medical Center about ...
County issues dust advisory starting Sunday afternoon
Friday, April 3, 2015
A dust advisory has been issued for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning by the Clark County Department of Air Quality. Strong, gusty winds are expected ...
Firefighters put out blaze at motel off Strip
Friday, April 3, 2015
A fire broke out at a Motel 6 near Interstate 15 and Tropicana Avenue this morning, county fire officials said. Crews responded about 7:15 a.m. to ...
Man sought in pair of Las Vegas-area bank robberies
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Metro Police are seeking a man they say robbed two Las Vegas Valley banks Wednesday ...

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