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Apartment fire causes $20,000 in damage

A fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage on Sunday at a downtown apartment complex.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to Encantada Apartments located at 401 N. 28th Street around 10:00 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found heavy flames and smoke coming out of the window of a third story apartment.

The firefighters forced their way into the apartment because the person living there was not at home, according to investigators. They found the fire in the bedroom and quickly put out the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. ... Read More

Three children, two adults displaced by fire

The American Red Cross is assisting two adults and three children following an apartment fire early Sunday morning.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, a little girl was sleeping in one of the bedrooms when she woke up to find a small fire in the room. She left the room and told her mom. Everyone inside the apartment was able to escape unharmed.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 2113 Sunrise Avenue at 4:00 a.m. They found flames and smoke coming out of the window of the downstairs apartment in the two-story building.

Firefighters quickly knocked out the flames which they kept contained to the bedroom. Investigators estimated the fire caused an estimated $15,000. ... Read More

Where does Las Vegas stand as a sanctuary city?

Tensions are running high as the debate over sanctuary cities heats up.

This week, the Rogers Foundation asked the Clark County School District to protect undocumented students. And yesterday, a UNLV professor came under fire for posting on social media that he will report students who are in the country illegally. Later, he apologized for the remark, saying he was only joking.

Local governments, police departments, and educational institutions have not labeled themselves as a so-called "sanctuary" like some have in other parts of the country. In fact, the term has no legal meaning, but there are policies and laws in place that may protect the undocumented community.

Kathia Soleto Calderon is an undocumented student at UNLV. The university's president joined a nationwide effort in support of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program" and other students living in the country illegally... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Las Vegas area drives Nevada casino win up 11 percent in October

Nevada casinos are reporting an 11 percent jump in gambling revenue statewide in October, compared with a year earlier, and a nearly 5 percent rise so far this year.

A monthly state Gaming Control Board report released Tuesday shows that casinos won nearly $990 million last month, up from almost $949 million in September and $887 million in October 2015.

The increase in so-called casino win was propelled by double-digit increases in and around Las Vegas.

The state collected $59.5 million in taxes on the October winnings, up almost 14 percent from the same period last year.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip was up 14 percent year-over-year, to $563 million.

Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas each reported winnings jumps of more than 29 percent.

Reno-area casinos reported a 3.6 percent increase in winnings, while South Lake Tahoe casino revenue was down 22 percent... Read More

1 killed in downtown shooting, Metro says

Metro Police investigated a deadly shooting Friday in downtown Las Vegas.

It happened around 1 p.m. in the 2100 block of Sunrise Ave near Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue.

According to Metro, when officers arrived at the scene, they found one person suffering from a gunshot wound.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

No word on the suspect.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Las Vegas sports book makes betting history with eSports

Las Vegas made sports betting history when it brought the virtual arena to real world wagering. A Las Vegas sports book is the first in the United States to take wagers on eSports.

Just like competitive gamers sports books are also looking to advance to the next level.

"The knowledge to know that you can come to Las Vegas, attend a tournament, or watch a tournament and then put down a stake in your favorite team or get into the action yourself is just fantastic," said Michael Grodsky of William Hill Race & Sports Book.

Over the weekend, the William Hill Race & Sports Book located at the downtown Grand did just that. For the first time, it allowed bettors to make wagers on what team would beat the virtual battlefield at Iem Oakland's League of Legends Tournament.

"The actual winner was a team called Unicorns of Love, and they actually paid 10 to 1 to anyone that bet on them before the tournament started," Grodsky said... Read More