Thursday, June 23, 2005 | 11 a.m.
Schools locked down after shot fired
Two Las Vegas elementary schools were locked down this morning after a shot was fired at a maintenance worker on the roof of Woolley Elementary, Metro Police said.
No injuries were reported, but the worker told Clark County School District and Metro police that someone shot at him about 10 a.m. today, Officer Jose Montoya, a Metro spokesman, said.
Police this morning were working to find the alleged shooter, whose identity was unclear, he said. The call came in after the worker alerted school administration.
The direction of the bullet was also unclear, as officers did not know this morning if it was fired from a moving vehicle or from a person walking near the school grounds, Montoya said.
Officers about 10:30 were scouring the grounds of Woolley and nearby Cox Elementary, both of which are in the 3000 block of Timberlake Drive near Pecos and Alexander roads, Darnell Couthen, a school district police spokesman, said.
Construction worker hit by car
A Las Vegas man was seriously injured Wednesday after a woman struck him with her car while he was walking in a construction zone, Metro Police said.
Emily Smith, 20, was driving her 1997 Ford Mustang along Katie Avenue near Starfield Lane at about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday when police said she passed several construction signs and entered a work zone.
Moises Lepe-Ortiz, 41, was working in the construction area when he was struck by the Mustang. Both driver and pedestrian were transported to University Medical Center. Smith received only minor injuries while Lepe-Ortiz was in serious condition this morning.
The collision was still under investigation this morning.
Truck hits boy crossing street
A 9-year-old Las Vegas boy running across Harmon Avenue with two friends was struck by a 1970 GMC pickup truck about 12:18 p.m. Wednesday and taken to a local hospital, Metro Police said. He was in fair condition this morning.
The three youths were walking across Harmon outside of a crosswalk, police said.
Two of the youngsters stopped in the center turn lane, but Dalton Gallagher was trailing behind and ran to catch up, police said.
Gallagher ran into westbound travel lanes where the pickup truck, driven by 45-year-old Steven Young of Las Vegas tried to stop. The front end of the truck hit the boy, police said.
Gallagher was taken to Sunrise Hospital.
The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said.
County approves Key Largo plan
The Clark County Commission on Wednesday approved a move developers say will revitalize the Key Largo Resort on Flamingo Road.
The commission, acting as the zoning board, approved 4-0 the design of a resort hotel and casino and high-rise condominium tower on the site, meaning the now-closed Key Largo will be demolished to make way for the three towers, land-use consultant Greg Borgel told the board.
At its highest, the building will stand 41 stories and will house a 20,000-square-foot casino, planners say. It stands near another planned condo development at the Hard Rock Hotel, a more than $1 billion project developers expect will break ground later this year.
The two are among the roughly 50 such projects planned or announced throughout the Las Vegas Valley, planners estimate. The commission last October voted to allow the hotel tower and residential condos.
C ommissioners Chip Maxfield, Bruce Woodbury and Chairman Rory Reid were absent.
Closet fire forces evacuation of motel
A fire smoldering in a closet forced the evacuation of the Aztec Motel on Las Vegas Boulevard South near Sahara Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
The flames were confined to a closet at the Strip motel across from the Stratosphere, and no one was injured in the fire, he said.
Firefighters have not determined a cause of the fire.
In January 2001 two people were treated at University Medical Center after a flash fire broke out in one of the Aztec's rooms.
Henderson hosts an open house
Henderson will host an open house Tuesday to gather input from residents and the business community on the city's open space and trails plan.
The event at Wildhorse Golf Club Grand Ballroom, 2100 W. Warm Springs Road, will run from 5 until 7 p.m. An overview of the plan will be presented at 5:30 p.m.
The plan will analyze the city's natural areas and trails, protection strategies, opportunities for partnerships and methods of connecting residents to the outdoors.