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'Life is Beautiful' road closures impact downtown

LAS VEGAS — Those looking to travel downtown from now through the weekend should be prepared for detours and road closures during the Life is Beautiful festival. The 3-day event kicks off Friday.

The following streets are already closed: 

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Lockdown at CC Ronnow Elementary School lifted

LAS VEGAS — A lockdown at a Las Vegas elementary school has been lifted. 

CC Ronnow Elementary School, near Pecos Road and Washington Avenue, was put on lockdown shortly after 8 a.m. and Metro lifted the lockdown at around 11:30 a.m.

Police arrested the robbery suspect they were looking for in the area. 

 

One critically hurt in 2-car crash

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a serious crash at Decatur Boulevard and Rancho Drive.

According to police, the crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when two pickup trucks crashed into each other. One person was taken to the hospital in critical condition with head injuries.

The intersection of Decatur and Rancho is shut down.

Metro's Fatal Detail is investigating.

Downtown Project opens first hotel: Oasis at Gold Spike

LAS VEGAS — There's one more place to rest your head in downtown Las Vegas with the opening of a new boutique hotel — Oasis at Gold Spike.

The hotel, which is a first for the Downtown Project, has 38 rooms and six suites just steps away from Fremont Street. The renovation of the three-story hotel began in 2013.

“We are excited to introduce this unique and creative hotel venue to our neighborhood,” said Kim Schaefer, spokesperson for Downtown Project. “Oasis at Gold Spike is a great addition to the ongoing efforts to help revitalize Downtown Las Vegas.”

For reservations and more information, visit their website.



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I-Team: Homeowner succeeds at getting squatters out

LAS VEGAS -- A homeowner has taken back control of his home after a bogus lease gave control to the squatters and forced the homeowner out.

The incident caused Harry Dietz to go through a lengthy civil process to evict people who didn't have the right to be there in the first place.

It took about a month to give all of the necessary legal notifications and warnings to the people who moved into his rental home without his permission, but eventually they left. However, the so-called squatters didn't leave the home the way they found it.

Dietz says he has a lot of work to do because the people who occupied his home left it dirty, and items, like the washer and dryer, were missing.

“What recourse do I have? Now I have to hunt them down to try to file a civil suit for a washer, dryer and other things? They count on the fact that people don't have time to do this. You know, they just go on to the next victim,” Dietz said.

Barricade situation on N. 1st St. ends

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police say a barricade situation on North 1st Street near Sycamore Lane is over.

One person was found dead and they believe the person committed suicide.

According to police, the incident started just after 1 p.m. Thursday when officers were called to the area for a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, a person ran back into the house.

SWAT was called to the scene. The sound of gunfire was heard coming from inside the home.

The area was shutdown while police tried to resolve the situation.

 

 

 

New app helps people find a place to park downtown

New app helps people find a place to park downtown

There is a new way to find out if there is a place to park in downtown Las Vegas.

The city has launched the new ParkMe app for both iPhone and Android. The app shows users what metered spaces downtown are available using a color-coding system. Green when a space is available, orange when it might be available and red when it is not available.

The app used data from the city’s parking meters and an algorithm to determine which spots might be available.

ParkMe app also shows all the off-street parking lots and garages, along with how much they cost.

The app is part of the city of Las Vegas’ long-term parking plan. The area has struggled with parking, especially during special events like First Friday.