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2 shot in downtown Las Vegas, suspect on the loose

Metro Police investigated a shooting downtown Friday night.

It happened just before 7:55 p.m. in the 1500 block of 22nd Street. Witnesses told police they heard people arguing before they heard shots fired in the area.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman with a gunshot injury to her leg. A teen boy was also suffering from a gunshot wound.

Both of them were taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is still on the loose, police said... Read More

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Police ID man accused of leading officers on U-Haul chase

The identity of the man accused of leading police on a pursuit Thursday night was released Friday.

Metro Police said Joseph Youmans was the driver arrested in connection with the shooting and pursuit of a U-Haul truck.

Lt. Rick Given says someone called police Thursday and said two men stole a U-Haul and fired, at least, two shots at someone trying to stop them. The man wasn't hurt, but the gunshots hit and disabled the victim's vehicle.

Given says officers caught up to the U-Haul in downtown Las Vegas, but the driver didn't stop for the officers. Police chased the stolen van and were eventually able to stop it.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of North Martin L. King Boulevard and East Craig Road.

Both men were arrested and taken into custody. However, the other man was interviewed and released.

Youmans was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

He faces the following charges:... Read More

'Pawn Stars' figure freed pending court in weapon, drug case

The reality TV personality known as Chumlee on the show "Pawn Stars" has been freed from jail following his arrest in Las Vegas on felony weapon and drug charges.

A court official said Thursday that Austin Lee Russell has a May 23 court date in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Police say Russell was taken into custody on Wednesday, when officers serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation found methamphetamine, marijuana and a gun at his southwest Las Vegas home.

Russell wasn't booked on a sex-crime allegation. Police said the investigation stemmed from a recent complaint by a woman, and it is continuing.

Jail records showed Russell had been held on $62,000 bail on 19 drug-possession charges and one weapon charge.

It wasn't immediately clear if Russell had a lawyer... Read More

Las Vegas police arrest 2 men after stolen U-Haul chase

Police say two men in a stolen U-Haul led them on a nighttime chase through Las Vegas.

Lt. Rick Given says someone called police Thursday and said the men stole a U-Haul and fired at least two shots at someone trying to stop them. The man wasn't hurt, but the gunshots hit and disabled his vehicle.

Given says officers caught up to the U-Haul in downtown Las Vegas, but the driver didn't stop for the officers. Police chased the stolen van and were eventually able to stop it.

Officers say two people were taken into custody... Read More

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City shuts down illegal group home

An alleged scam is disturbing part of a valley neighborhood. Some say it highlights the problems of homelessness and a lack of resources.

A house near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard appears to be set up for business, but that's not what was happening. Police say it was being used as an illegal group home.

"It's just been people coming and going," said nearby resident Eileen Lanahan.

She says she saw someone with a clipboard leading a group of people from the nearby Huntridge Circle Park to the house.

"We've got a problem," Lanahan said.

She says she has lived in the neighborhood all her life. The park where these individuals came from is known to be frequented by the homeless.

Metro Police say the tenant renting the house was renting it to others. It was operating as an unlicensed group home, and police were called there 14 times over two and a half months, mainly for disturbances... Read More

Metro investigates multi-vehicle crash near Rancho and Washington

Metro Police investigated a serious crash Tuesday.

It happened around 2:32 p.m. near the intersection of N. Rancho Drive and W. Washington Avenue.

This area is closed while traffic officers investigate.

Police said the crash involved multiple vehicles.

One person was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries.

Metro said the crash may have been the result of a medical episode... Read More

Strong gusts topple trees in Las Vegas neighborhood

People around Las Vegas are cleaning up after strong winds and rain hammered the valley over the weekend. One issue homeowners are dealing with are old trees that took a beating in those strong gusts.

There are pockets of older Las Vegas neighborhoods where there are lots of mature trees and while they are very pretty, their attractiveness can come with a cost.

When Ed Cecchi and his family moved to southern Nevada from the East Coast, they were looking for an established neighborhood.

"We decided to live downtown because of the history and the character that exists in these neighborhoods," he said.

Part of that character came crashing down Sunday. A towering pine tree and a series of others were heavily damaged.

"A whole tree uprooted down the street," Cecchi said. "We must have had some peak gusts right through here."

Ken Busse with Davey Tree confirms older trees can be more vulnerable... Read More