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I-Team: Settlement reached in CCSD case involving a special needs child

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The I-Team investigated the case of a valley mother who pursued a fight against the Clark County School District (CCSD). This mother now wants to help other parents with their struggles.

The I-Team has investigated the process some parents have to go through to get answers from the Clark County School District. Often times, parents need to hire attorneys to get the answers and results they need or want, especially if their children have special needs and one local mother took this on herself.

According to Diana Battista, her son Graysen was having a tough time at Frias Elementary School, the 7-year-old has autism and while he can speak, expressing his thoughts can be a challenge.

“He was coming home with injuries and black and blue marks and things that the school staff said they couldn’t explain and I didn’t know where they were coming from,” Battista said... Read More

UPDATE: Female suspect in custody after barricade; roads to open soon

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Officials say a female suspect is in custody after officers were called to the scene of an assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

The suspect, who barricaded herself in the Siegel Suites Twain Apartments near the Strip on Monday night, did it again Tuesday. Metro, negotiators and SWAT investigated the situation Tuesday afternoon when authorities were called and told the woman was acting erratically.

Twain is still closed from Paradise to Palos Verdes, but officials say the roads should reopen soon. Please avoid the area in the mean time... Read More

Officials close roads near the Strip as Metro investigates barricade situation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Some roads are being closed near the Las Vegas Strip as Metro Police returns to the area of Twain and Paradise for the second time to investigate a woman who is said to be acting erratically. Metro said the woman has also barricaded herself inside an apartment.

Everything first started to unfold Monday night when the woman was seen brandishing a large kitchen knife at the Siegel Suites Twain Apartments. People in the area were evacuated, but that order was eventually lifted.

However, on Tuesday, Metro responded to an assault and battery call that came in just before 12 p.m. for the same woman.

Officials are closing down Twain in both directions from Paradise. Metro is using the same precautions as were used Monday night in the area. Negotiators and SWAT are on their way to the scene.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.... Read More

HEARTBREAKING RESCUE: Koala surrounded by wildfire

AUSTRALIA (CBS) — This video shows just how devastating the fires are in Australia and the animals who are impacted.

A woman spotted the koala bear attempting to cross a street during a fire in New South Wales, Australia on Tuesday. The woman braved the flames and took off her top and used the shirt to wrap the badly burned animal. She also used water to cool off the animal.

The koala was taken to an animal hospital. It’s estimated as many as 350 of the marsupials may have been killed in the wildfires that have plagued the country this summer... Read More

Coroner classifies death of woman injected with pool cleaner, left in container in desert as ‘undetermined’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner still can not determine the cause of death for a local model who police say was murdered several months ago. Metro Police said the body of 24-year old Esmeralda Gonzales was found on Oct. 8 in a concrete and wooden structure in a deserted area north of Las Vegas.

The coroner’s office said the medical examiner had to classify Gonzalez’s cause of death as undetermined because he/she didn’t understand the intent or the cause of death after the autopsy.

Gonzalez was reported missing on May 31, 2019. On July 18, detectives from the Missing Persons Unit received a tip from an anonymous caller, so detectives turned the focus of their investigation towards 45-year-old Christopher Prestipino, who they were informed had been involved in the victim’s disappearance... Read More

Cause of death undetermined in case of restaurant owner found in car

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner’s Office is unable to determine what caused Sharon Harrell’s death nearly three months ago. The 53-year-old’s body was found in a car in late August.

Harrell, the owner of TC’s Rib Crib, was last seen on Aug. 23, 2019. Her family reported her missing when she didn’t open her restaurant the next day. Her body was found a week later in a car in the Chinatown area near Twain and Valley View Boulevard.

The coroner’s office ruled the cause and manner of her death “undetermined” on Tuesday. The office said if a medical examiner cannot be certain about what caused the death, it could be classified as undetermined.

Family members said her disappearance was extremely out of character for her because she never missed work... Read More

Bullet-maker takes plea in Las Vegas shooting case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man whose home-loaded bullets were found in a suite where a gunman unleashed the Las Vegas Strip massacre two years ago has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally manufacturing ammunition.

Douglas Haig admitted Tuesday that he made tracer and armor-piercing bullets at home in Mesa, Arizona, and sold them under a business called Specialized Military Ammunition.

The 57-year-old aerospace engineer wasn’t accused of a direct role in the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured hundreds at an open-air music festival.

Haig’s plea avoided a trial. He is free pending sentencing Feb. 19. He could get probation or up to about two years in federal prison.

Defense attorney Marc Victor maintained that Haig couldn’t get a fair trial before a jury in trauma-scarred Las Vegas... Read More