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City council approves parking garage; judge delays Beers' lawsuit decision

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas City council approved a plan to move forward on building a downtown parking garage.

The 1,200 space, $25 million parking garage was proposed to support the $200 million downtown soccer stadium. Councilman Bob Beers doesn't think public money should be used to finance the stadium, so last month he collected more than the 2,300 signatures on petitions in order to get the measure on the June ballot.

However, last week, the city clerk's office said, due to its mistake, the minimum number of required signatures was incorrect. The city informed Beers he needed more than 8,200 signatures, not 2,300.

Councilman Beers suit went before a judge on Wednesday, but a Clark County District Court judge delayed a decision on the lawsuit.

Clark County District Court Judge Jerry Weise says he wants to review documents in the case and could make a decision in the coming days.

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NHP: No evidence of hit-and-run in deadly crash on I-15

Credit: NHP Southern Command

 LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol can't find any evidence to support that a second vehicle was involved in a crash that killed Josephine Mills, 65, of Las Vegas.

Mills, and a male passenger, were in an SUV on southbound I-15 when Mills lost control near the US 95 northbound exit and crashed into the freeway's center wall, Nevada Highway Patrol said. 

The crash happened shortly after 1 p.m.  

According to NHP, Mills was killed and the male passenger was taken to University Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Initial reports indicated that a tractor-trailer may have been involved, but there was evidence to support that, NHP said.

Bicyclist killed in 2-car crash east of downtown

LAS VEGAS — A bicyclist is dead after a two-car crash east of downtown on Monday afternoon, police said.

The crash happened just before noon at Nellis Boulevard and Bonanza Road.

According to police, two vehicles were headed westbound on Bonanza when a SUV slowed for a bicycle. However, a truck behind the SUV ran into the back of it, which pushed the SUV and hit the bicyclist.

Nevada casinos win $11 billion in 2014, a drop from 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- State analysts say Nevada's casinos -- particularly those on the Las Vegas Strip -- won less in December and the 12 months of 2014 than they did a year prior.

Gaming Control Board statistics released Friday showed the state's casinos won $950.7 million in December, an 8 percent drop from a year earlier, and $11 billion total in 2014, a 1.1 percent decrease compared with 2013.

The state's gaming win is about $2 billion short of its height in 2007.

The Las Vegas Strip's winnings are down 16.4 percent in December to $555 million and 2.1 percent for the year to $6.4 billion.

Downtown Las Vegas, Laughlin, Reno as well as Wendover in Elko County all recorded more casino winnings in December and 2014.

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Police: Skateboarder loses grip on car, badly hurt

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police are investigating a crash that left a 15-year-old skateboarder critically hurt when he lost his grip on the door of his mother's car and fell to the pavement in a neighborhood several miles west of downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police say the teen was taken to University Medical Center after the incident a little before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Alta Drive a few blocks west of Torrey Pines Drive.

Police say 46-year-old Sherry Ranae Williams-Lamb was questioned at the scene.

Crash investigators say the boy was holding the driver's door of the moving 2009 Nissan Sentra when he fell.

Williams-Lamb and a 14-year-old girl were in the car at the time.

Detective enters not guilty plea in attempted sex assault case

 LAS VEGAS -- A Metro Police detective facing charges, including attempted sexual assault, entered a not guilty plea in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday morning.

Michael Kitchen, 35, is facing multiple felony charges including, robbery, battery, and attempted sexual assault. No bail was set for Kitchen during the hearing.

According to police, Kitchen contacted the victim for sex and at some point to two got into an argument over the price. The alleged victim told police, Kitchen assaulted her while trying to retrieve his money. Police said, the victim, who admitted she was a prostitute, appeared beaten.

According to the arrest report, Kitchen told police he used an online escort service to get massages and that was why he was at the woman's apartment. 

Officer hurt in hit-and-run on I-15 near D Street

LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas Police officer was hurt in an accident on I-15 near D Street, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Southbound I-15 was closed all the way down to Lake Mead.  

NHP said witnesses told them at around 8:30 p.m. the officer was riding in the right lane closest to the right shoulder, when a green sedan came from the left lane and struck the officer.  

Troopers said they're still searching for the car because the driver didn't stop.

North Las Vegas Police's Twitter page said the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 


He was taken to University Medical Center.  The officer is 45 years old and he has been with the department for 18 years.

This is a developing story.

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