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Man rescued after getting stuck in palm tree

LAS VEGAS -- A man stuck in a palm tree was rescued by firefighters Saturday morning near Charleston Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, he was trapped in a palm tree on 6th Street about 40 feet off the ground at around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters said it took about 30 minutes to free the man of the dense, dead palm fronds.

Authorities have not released the reason why the man was in the tree.

This is the third palm tree incident in the past few months. In December, a man was found dead after he went up a palm tree to trim its fronds in North Las Vegas. In January, 46-year-old Daniel Wynn Smith died after getting stuck in a palm tree in North Las Vegas.

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Police: 2 arrested following barricade in West Las Vegas apartment

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested two people following a barricade situation Friday at an apartment complex in west Las Vegas.

West Lake Mead Boulevard between Tonopah Drive and Simmons Street reopened to traffic after being closed for nearly three hours during the standoff and the lockdown at West Preparatory Academy was lifted.

According to police, a man barricaded himself inside an apartment after a constable showed up to serve him papers. The constable called police when the man threatened him. There were reports that gunshots could be heard coming from the apartment.

No one was reported injured.


200 Zappos workers take buyouts after company cuts managers

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hundreds of employees are leaving the Las Vegas-based Zappos company headquarters as the retailer does away with traditional manager roles.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the company confirmed Tuesday that 210 workers had opted for buyouts, or about 14 percent of its 1,503 employees.

The company has said it is restructuring to a "self-organization" accountability system and "people manager" positions were eliminated April 30.

CEO Tony Hsieh also spoke at the Collision technology conference Tuesday, making reference to Zappos' changing hierarchical structure.

He compared the move to the organic structure of the Internet growing without a central authority.

The company was founded in 1999 in San Francisco and moved to Las Vegas in 2004. It was acquired by Amazon in 2009.

No one hurt in 4-plex fire near downtown

LAS VEGAS — Firefighters battled a fire at a four-plex near downtown Las Vegas late Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to the building just before 10 a.m. near 13th Street and Mesquite Avenue, just north of U.S. 95. 

Firefighters said no one was hurt in the incident. 

The cause of the fire is not known.

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Treatment centers seeing more adult spice users

LAS VEGAS -- Spice use among adults is becoming more prevalent while the number of teens who use it appears to be dropping, according to drug treatment centers across the Las Vegas valley.

Nearly six percent of high school seniors reported using spice last year which was about half the percentage of teen spice users in 2012.

Treatment centers are seeing a new trend among their patients.

"The change now is with the adult population," said Leo Magrdichian, deputy director, WestCare Nevada, Harris Springs Ranch.

He runs WestCare's rehabilitation facility near Mount Charleston. 

"I can say that up to 75 percent of the adults that we provide treatment to here in this program have smoked spice," Magrdichian said.

He admits that statistic is more anecdotal than scientific and based on surveys of patients.

'MayPac' pop-up store on Fremont looks to cash in on the fight

LAS VEGAS -- A new ‘MayPac' pop-up store that will be selling gear for the two fighters has been erected on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.

The fight is expected to generate top dollar and the Mayweather and Pacquiao co-owned store is looking to cash in on the retail merchandise.

"It's incredible to create a shop for just one fight. It's incredible. It's U.S.A.," said a French tourist passing by the pop-up store.

The merchandise is not cheap though, for what is being called the fight of the century.

Posters are selling for $20 and Tee-shirts are $50. Want a pair of boxing gloves? They are $150.

When asked about the expensive prices, Nicole Craig of Mayweather Promotions said, "We wanted to give good quality and good quality costs. We wanted to make sure that the merchandise they purchase would not be faded when they go home to wash it next week."

Fans of the fight were asked if the prices were worth it.

Boyfriend of drive-by shooting victim speaks out

LAS VEGAS -- For the first time, one of the people closest to the innocent bystander killed in a drive-by shooting is speaking out.

This comes as Metro Police release a cell phone video of a man they believe could lead them to Cassandra Cassidy's killer.

Adam Loghides, the victim's boyfriend, says he has nothing to say to the person responsible for his girlfriend's death, but he does want people to know about the woman he planned to be with forever.

"We kissed each other goodbye and I said 'i love you,'" Loghides said.

Those were the last words he said to his girlfriend Cassandra.

"I'm really happy that she got to hear that one last time," he said.

Loghides says Cassandra Cassidy always checked in with him when she arrived at work for her overnight shift.