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Young child reported dead at Las Vegas motel

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro police were called to an extended-stay motel room Tuesday after a 3-year-old child was reported dead.

The deceased child was at the Budget Suites in the 2200 block of N. Rancho Drive near Carey Avenue. Paramedics called police to the motel around 5:15 a.m. 

The coroner identified the child as Kameron Watts of Las Vegas.

Metro's Abuse and Neglect unit determined the death did not appear to be suspicious, but they will wait to see what the coroner's report shows.

Police did not release any further details.

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NHP: Trooper hurt in crash, driver struck squad car on US 95

LAS VEGAS -- The patrol car of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a car Sunday afternoon, according to law enforcement.

It happened around 12:25 p.m. in the southbound lanes of US 95 and N. Eastern Avenue. That's just east of the downtown area.

Troopers said fast driving in rainy conditions was to blame. There were five crashes on that stretch of road, and it all happened within minutes.

"All five of these collisions are attributed to going too fast in the wet, rainy environment," said Sgt. Yvan Pittmon, NHP.

NHP said the trooper was sitting in his car after investigating a different crash when his squad car was hit.

"The trooper did suffer a small injury to the bad of his head. He was treated and released at UMC trauma," Sgt. Pittmon said.

The car that struck the trooper ended up flipping over, and now at least one lane of traffic is blocked while rescue crews work to free the driver, NHP said.

Goodman shares 2015 plans for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman delivered the annual State of the City Address Thursday evening. The speech detailed the mayor's vision for Las Vegas in 2015.

The year 2014 saw a lot of accomplishments for Las Vegas. The F Street underpass opened to the historic Westside near downtown, and there was a record number of tourists who visited the downtown area.

Even with those major accomplishments, the Mayor said there's still more that needs to be done.

"We need to create new intrigues and new reasons to entice tourists to come here. We have to do this because simultaneously, every other state in this country, those with and without gambling are competing vigorously to capture the same tourists that we seek, along with the same businesses, conventioneers, and investors that we want,” said Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City of Las Vegas.

Clark County issues record number of film permits

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The number of film permits issued in Clark County in 2014 has set a record.

County officials say 400 film permits were issued for movies, television shows and commercials shot in locations that include the Las Vegas Strip.

Most projects require a single film permit. Major motion pictures can require many more.

The total number of film permits issued from 2010 to 2013 ranged from 226 to 343.

County officials attribute last year's increase in film permits to an improved economy and a state film-tax credit.

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Son carries father to safety from house fire

LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters say a son carried his elderly father out of their burning house near Eastern Avenue and Oakey Boulevard Monday.

The fire at a home on the 1700 block of Pacific Street was reported around 11:30 a.m. According to fire officials, the father was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

A dog died in the blaze.

Although still under investigation, firefighters said the son stated a new washer and dryer were recently installed and there was a strong smell of burning plastic. When they looked outside, they saw the fire.

New Clark County Sheriff will fight to hire more officers

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 LAS VEGAS -- Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo was sworn in as the new sheriff of Clark County Monday morning making him the seventh sheriff in Metro's history dating back to 1973.



Community leaders ease tensions with peace, hope after shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The first homicide of 2015 left many residents near Bruce Street and Maryland Parkway unsure and afraid.

According to Metro Police, the shooting happened around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex in that area. The victim, who was identified by his family as 26-year-old Kendral Anderson, was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives said it was a case of self defense, but Anderson's family disagrees.

“He just wanted to have a good time for the New Year,” said Bryana McMurray, the victim's younger sister.

Residents of the area said the holiday shooting fueled racial tensions in the neighborhood where it happened.

“They witnessed a horrible tragedy, and they are afraid. There is also some quality of life issues that need to be taken care of in this community,” said Pastor Troy Martinez, 10,000 Kids.