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Judge Lowers Bail for Substitute Accused of Sexual Assault

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas Justice Court judge has lowered bail for a former substitute teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

Judge Joe Sciscento lowered the bail for Tanikka Queen to $100,000.

Queen's attorney asked the judge to release her under special conditions because she was a UNLV honor student with no criminal record.

Prosecutors asked for bail because they were concerned she was a flight risk. They were also concerned about her having contact with children.

If she posts bail, she will be placed on house arrest with no contact with minors allowed.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Monday, March 17.

The 22-year-old former substitute is already facing several first-degree kidnapping charges along with sexual assault of a child under 16, statutory sexual seduction and luring a child for a sex act.

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Coroner IDs Man Killed After Being Trapped in Fire

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed in a fire late Wednesday night as 65-year-old Charles Ray Stewart. His cause of death is still pending.

Stewart died when he became trapped by bars on the doors and windows of a home near J Street and Washington Avenue.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue were called to the house just before 11 p.m.

Metro Police were able to rescue a woman who was also trapped in the home. A dozen Metro Police officers were treated for smoke inhalation after trying to rescue the woman and Stewart.

The officers used bolt cutters to remove the bars and free the woman. Before she was transported to the hospital, she told police there was a man also trapped inside the home.

Cause of Fatal Fire Now Under Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department now says the cause of the fire that left one man dead is under investigation instead of accidental.

According to the department, the fire started just before 11 p.m. Wednesday at a home near J Street and Washington Avenue. Fire investigators had originally said that it may have been caused by careless smoking.

The man died after being trapped in the house because of bars on the doors and windows. A dozen Metro Police officers were treated for smoke inhalation after trying to rescue the man. They were able to rescue a woman who was also trapped.

The officers used bolt cutters to remove the bars and free the woman. Before she was transported to the hospital, she told police there was a man also trapped inside the home.

Man Trapped by Safety Bars Dies in House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- One man is dead after being trapped in a burning house Wednesday night. The fire also resulted in a dozen police officers being checked for smoke inhalation.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says the fire erupted shortly before 11 p.m. at a house on Washington Avenue near J Street and may have been caused by careless smoking.

A Metro officer in the area noticed a woman trapped inside the burning house. She couldn't escape because there were safety bars on the windows. Numerous police officers responded and bolt cutters were used to free the woman. Before she was transported to the hospital, she told police there was a man also trapped inside the home.

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Woman Dies After Being Ejected from Vehicle

LAS VEGAS -- A 30-year-old Las Vegas woman is dead after she opened the door of a moving vehicle Tuesday night.

The incident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m. Police say an SUV was traveling north on Torrey Pines Drive near Copperfield Avenue. The woman was sitting in one of the passenger seats, when, for unknown reasons, she opened the vehicle door.

Police say the driver of the GMC Yukon became distracted by the woman and drove it off the road and into a light pole. The impact of the collision ejected the woman from the vehicle. She died at the scene of the accident.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the woman, once next of kin have been notified.

The 30-year-old driver was not injured in the crash.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

1 Person Found Dead in Burning Clark Co. Apartment

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say one person was found dead inside a burning apartment southwest of downtown Las Vegas.

Clark County firefighters say they were called to the Spring Valley Highlands 2 apartment complex on Edmond Street about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The caller told dispatchers the person who lived in the burning apartment was ill and not answering the door.

Crews who responded say they found a male victim dead inside. Nearby apartments were evacuated, but nobody else was injured in the fire.

Damage is estimated at $30,000. Information about the cause of the fire hasn't been released.

 

New Push to Extend Monorail from Airport to Downtown

LAS VEGAS -- A new push is getting going to extend the Las Vegas Monorail farther than just up and down behind Strip hotels.

Right now, it stretches four miles, connecting riders to the back of some of the most well-known hotels in the world.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is once again throwing her support behind the original idea to have the monorail go to McCarran International Airport. The Las Vegas Monorail carries millions of passengers each year, and Goodman knows its start could have been better.

"The monorail has been very controversial since it was built. How it was funded, how it was started, and why it didn't go to the airport." Goodman said.

Goodman threw the city's support behind an airport connection at Tuesday's Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board meeting.

"I am a big proponent because we can do it now in this lifetime in the next four or five years," Goodman said.