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Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

LAS VEGAS -- A man operating an unlicensed food cart near Clark High School is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, Metro Police officials said Tuesday.

Detectives arrested 53 year-old Everardo Mata-Zuniga of Las Vegas on Friday on two counts of sexual assault of a victim under 14. The two incidents occurred between 2010 and 2013. During these crimes, he showed the victim pornographic movies before assaulting her.

Detectives learned Mata-Zuniga had been working for several years as an unlicensed food vendor, selling food from a bicycle cart in apartment complexes and parks in the area of Pennwood Avenue and Arville Street. Police are concerned he might have assaulted additional victims during this time.

Mata-Zuniga is described as a Hispanic male adult standing approximately 5-foot-5 and weighing 175 pounds, with black and gray hair and brown eyes.

Man Shot at Meadows Mall While in Line for Sneakers

LAS VEGAS -- A man is in critical but stable condition after being shot at Meadows Mall.

Metro Police did not release the name of the victim, but said the man was shot multiple times. 

"There is always a long line, and people are always fussing and stuff," said one shopper. What they don't understand is why anyone would be shot waiting in line for them.

A spokesperson for the Metro Police Department said around 4 a.m. on Saturday, a line of about 60 people formed at Meadows Mall in anticipation for the new Air Jordan IV Green Glow. The shoe retails at around $160.

Before stores could open, police said a fight broke out, and a man was shot multiple times. He was rushed to University Medical Center and remains in critical but stable condition.

Shoppers said even after this incident, they still feel safe at Meadows Mall.

Nonprofit Working to Help Homeless High School Students

LAS VEGAS -- Homeless advocates are expecting more than a 1,000 homeless students to ask for help this school year.

More troubling, is that they say there are about 300 more students afraid to come forward, who will simply go without.

However, one local nonprofit is expanding in hopes of reaching all kids in need. Project 150 started out in just one school two years ago.

Now, it is in more than 20 schools and will soon take on more. Advocates say Clark County's homeless student population isn't going away, and they are issuing a plea for help.

Clark High School student Myranda Bifulco often sees her classmates struggle

"When you don't have the tools to succeed, it is a lot harder, like, it is a big weight and it makes you choose to want to do the wrong things," Myranda said.

She helps run the school's Charger Closet, where students can get food and clothes.

Police Looking for Help in Downtown Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police detectives are looking for help to find people involved with a shooting that happened downtown in June.

According to police, the shooting stemmed from a fight between several people on Fremont Street on June 8. During the fight, one person pulled a gun from his waistband and fired several shots, police said.

Two innocent bystanders were shot. They were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The man police are looking for is described as a black man between 17 and 22 years old. He is about 5-foot-8 with a medium build and short dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Gang Crimes Section at (702) 828-3309 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Woman Accusing Court Marshal of Assault Testifies

Woman Accusing Court Marshal of Assault Testifies

LAS VEGAS -- A woman testified to a federal grand jury Tuesday, claiming she was choked by a marshal at the Clark County Family Court.

The testimony comes after a months-long I-Team investigation into alleged family court abuses. So far, two people have lost their jobs.

When the I-Team exposed allegations that a woman was sexually assaulted inside the Clark County Family Courthouse by a marshal, it set off a series of petitions, firings, lawsuits and national notoriety.

Last month, the I-Team broke news that three family court marshals testified to the grand jury about a choking incident. 

Crystal Williams first told her story to the I-Team in May. Williams said marshals detained her for having a traffic warrant. She also said that she was handcuffed into a restraint chair, and they put a spit guard on her.

Car Strikes, Injures Four Pedestrians

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LAS VEGAS -- The two people who hurt when they were hit by a car while crossing the street have been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

The two adults and two children were in a crosswalk near downtown Las Vegas Monday afternoon when they were hit. The two children suffered minor injuries.

According to Metro Police, the incident happened near Bonanza Road and Wardelle Street. Authorities closed Bonanza Road in both directions during the investigation. They re-opened the road shortly before 4 p.m. 

Erin Breen from UNLV's Safe Community Partnership said safety boils down to the cooperation between drivers and pedestrians.

"If you're a pedestrian, cross where motorists should expect you to be, but never assume that they're going to stop for you," Breen said.

Police don't know yet if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. The driver was cited.

Nevada Board Approves More Funding for Mental Health

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A state board has endorsed pumping another $3 million into Nevada mental health services to increase bed capacity and reduce wait times for criminal defendants ordered to undergo evaluations.

The funding request approved Tuesday by the state Board of Examiners now goes to a legislative money committee later this month and comes amid intense scrutiny of Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas over discharge practices.

Officials say the money also will allow faster processing of defendants ordered to undergo mental evaluations by a judge.

The state plans to restore the Stein Hospital in southern Nevada, opening 42 new beds for inmate evaluations and 16 for civil cases.

Last week state lawmakers approved $2.1 million for mental health programs.