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Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More

Metro: Man found dead on sidewalk was victim of homicide

Metro Police says a man who was found dead on a sidewalk last week was the victim of a homicide.

The victim, 24-year-old Jared Medina, was found dead at the intersection of Lexington Street and Lawry Avenue near W. Lake Mead and N. MLK Boulevard on Jan. 5. Police said when officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that Medina was unresponsive, but it didn't look like he had suffered any trauma.

Metro said they thought Medina died of a possible overdose. Medina was taken to the Clark County Coroner's Office, and an autopsy was completed on Jan. 6.

According to the coroner's office, Medina's autopsy revealed he was the victim of a shooting. The investigation has been turned over to the LVMPD's Homicide Section.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives discovered Medina was involved in a physical altercation with another individual a few hours before he was found dead... Read More

Vacant home catches fire in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas firefighters battled a house fire Wednesday near downtown Las Vegas.

It started around 9:34 a.m. at 3125 Sequoia Avenue near Washington Avenue and Mojave. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said fire dispatchers received several 911 calls that smoke was coming from a vacant
house on the street.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they said smoke was showing from the two-story wood frame, boarded up home. Firefighters said the fire was found on the first floor.

F3H JUST ARRIVED: 3125 Sequoia Ave working fire in 2-sto vacant house, crews setting up & attacking PIO1 pic.twitter.com/pXt029GcRr

-- Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) January 11, 2017

It was brought under control in a few minutes, Las Vegas Firefighters said... Read More

Middle school student arrested for bringing gun to school

A Clark County School District middle school student came to school with a gun Friday, according to Clark County School District Police.

Police recovered the gun from a 12-year-old boy who attends Saville Middle School.

CCSD Police says officers were tipped off about the gun by another student between 9:30 and 10 a.m. The 12-year-old had it in his possession, but he didn't show it or threaten anyone.

The student was taken to Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. His name and identity weren't released... Read More

Police investigate shooting near downtown Las Vegas

Metro police are investigating a shooting near downtown Las Vegas that has sent one person to the hospital, police said.

The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. in the 600 block of North Las Vegas Boulevard near E. Bonanza Road.

The victim's condition is unknown. Police have detained two people for questioning.

Metro is advising people to avoid the area... Read More

Suspected stolen vehicle hit police cruiser

Two people are in custody after running a suspected stolen vehicle into a Metro police cruiser.

The incident happened just after 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning near Rainbow Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Metro officers were responding to an unrelated call when a driver sped around a corner and ran into the cruiser, according to Lt. Carlos Hank.

The car then hit another vehicle and the suspects took off on foot, said Lt. Hank. After a short foot pursuit, officers caught one suspect and took the second suspect into custody later in the investigation.

No one was hurt in the collision. ... Read More

Early morning house fire displaces six people

Six people were displaced in a house fire early Wednesday morning.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials responded to a home on the 1200 block of Palm Terrace, near North Rancho and West Vegas Drive before 5 a.m. Firefighters say the fire started because of an electrical issue inside the home and spread to the attic.

American Red Cross officials are assisting the six people with supplies and shelter, if needed.

Damage was confined to the attic and estimated to be around $5,000.

No other injuries are reported.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, electrical fires are the second leading cause of fires in the Las Vegas valley and cause more damage than all other types of fires combined.

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