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Coroner IDs woman killed in street robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for three men in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting that left one woman dead. 

The shooting happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. at Simmons Street near Vegas Drive and North Rancho Drive. The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman as 22-year-old Laura Ashley McKinney of Las Vegas.

According to police, McKinney and a friend were walking on the road when three men approached them. One of the men was armed with a handgun. They demanded McKinney's belongings, and at some point during the robbery, the suspect fired one round which hit the victim. 

Officers found McKinney lying in the street. 

McKinney was transported to University Medical Center where she died a short time later.

Cat hoarding: Tale of 2 cities

Photo credit: City of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Two women are in the same situation, but dealing with very different consequences. Both women were caught hoarding more than 100 cats. In both cases, most of the cats were so sick they had to be put down.

While one woman is facing criminal charges, the other got a house cleaning and is being put up in temporary housing. The difference between the two women has to do with where they live.

In both cases, neighbors and animal control describe the homes as a health hazard, with no air conditioning and limited water and food for the pets. Yet, when it comes time to file charges of cruelty, one has yet to see a judge.

In the middle of summer, it was well above 100 degrees inside the North Las Vegas home of Nathalie Back at 824 Harp Way.

Police: Man found dead in dumpster not suspicious

 LAS VEGAS --  Police say they have determined there is nothing suspicious about the body of a man found in a Dumpster at an apartment complex near Sahara Avenue and Durango Drive. 

The body was found Tuesday around 7 a.m. in the 8700 block of Starboard Drive off Durango Drive. Police say the man appears to be in his 70's and lived in the apartment complex. Police say his body had no visible signs of trauma and he may have died as a result of a medical episode.

A coroner will determine the cause of the man's death.

Man sentenced in deadly DUI hit-and-run crash

 LAS VEGAS -- A man who was drunk and left the scene after he hit and killed a construction worker in July was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday morning.

After he was arrested, Rafael Mendez-Sota told police he had drank as many as nine beers in the hours prior to the crash near Valley View Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. 

The construction worker, Robert Lee Lujan, was cutting asphalt in a bus lane when he was struck by Mendez-Sota.

FD: Bushes lit on fire cause $10K in damage

LAS VEGAS — The Clark County Fire Department said it was investigating bushes set on fire next to an apartment complex near Flamingo Road and Decatur Boulevard.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. Monday in the 3600 block of Van Dyke Avenue.

According to the fire department, when firefighters arrived, the fire had spread from the bushes and had entered the eaves and attic space of the building.

The fire was under control in 10 minutes and caused an estimated $10,000 in damages, the fire department said. 

Metro police were questioning three juveniles in connection with the fire, officials said. It was unclear if they were witnesses or if they were responsible for starting the blaze.

No one was hurt.

Man killed in shooting near Rainbow and Gowan ID'd

LAS VEGAS --  The Clark Coroner's Office office released the name of the man killed Thursday in a shooting near Rainbow Boulevard and Gowan Road.

Coroner officials said 62-year-old Michael O'Brien of Las Vegas died from a gun shot wound to the chest.

Metro Police said they have few clues in the shooting, but they said O'Brien got into a fight with another man near the garage door of a home
on Welsh Circle.

Authorities said after the shooting, the 62-year-old walked down the driveway where he collapsed in the cul-de-sac.

Metro is asking anyone who might have information to call the homicide division at (702)828-3521 or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555

Judge hit by vehicle near Las Vegas courthouse

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say a judge was hit by a car while walking to work at the Clark County Regional Justice Center.

Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price says Judge Linda Bell was struck about 7:30 a.m. Friday in a crosswalk on Clark Street. Price says Bell was taken to the hospital.

Court staff were told the judge did not suffer any internal bleeding, just bumps and bruises.

Price says the suspect vehicle had out-of-state plates and was driving the wrong way.

Price described Bell as a great judge and a crucial person in court operations.