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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.

Suspect Arrested in Convenience Store Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- A suspect is under arrest in connection with a deadly shooting outside a convenience store near 21st Street and Elm Avenue.

Metro Police arrested 19-year-old Alan Sosa on charges of murder, attempted murder and carrying a concealed firearm. Police say Sosa shot and killed 28-year-old Juan Edward Cervantes on the evening of March 1.

The shooting happened after a confrontation between Cervantes, his wife, Christine Mata, and a group of young people that included Sosa outside the convenience store, police said.

Sosa was arrested Monday.

Double Shooting Leaves 1 Dead; May Be Gang Related

LAS VEGAS -- One person is dead and another injured after a shooting near downtown Las Vegas Tuesday morning.

Metro Police received a call around 6:20 a.m. of a shooting at an apartment on Martin Luther King Boulevard near Bonanza Road.

Officers found two people shot, one person with critical injuries and the other with non-critical injuries. Both were taken to University Medical Center.

Police said the shooting may be gang related. At this time, they have no descriptions of a suspect.

Neon Museum in Las Vegas Hits Targets in First Year

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Neon Museum in Las Vegas says it hit its projections almost perfectly by drawing about 60,000 visitors during its first full year in operation.

Museum board chairman Bill Marion told the Las Vegas City Council Wednesday that the tourist attraction has been running in the black since its official opening in October 2012.

The outdoor museum features more than 150 giant signs retired from casinos throughout Las Vegas. Some are fully restored and light up on their own, while most are lit by external spotlights.

The museum offers guided tours and special programs. It also hosts events, including parties and weddings.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the city is the land owner and the initial creator of the museum, which is now an independent entity with nonprofit status.

Metro Officers Involved in Tuesday Shooting Identified

LAS VEGAS -- The three Metro Police officers involved in a shooting outside of a Dotty's Casino on March 4, 2014 have been identified by Metro.

Officer Darrin Kaplan, 44, has been employed with Metro since June 2008. Officer Chrisnar Sok, 28, has been with Metro since June 2009 and Officer Christian Belt, 35, has been with Metro since Oct. 2008.

Police shot Jason Mahe, 29, outside of a Dotty's Casino on N. Rancho Drive near Vegas Drive. According to police, Mahe, who had been trying to use counterfeit money at a nearby store, pulled a gun on the officers.

The officers are on paid administrative leave pending the investigation into the shooting.

Construction Mishap Causes Natural Gas Leak

LAS VEGAS - A Southwest Gas representative says a construction mishap Wednesday night led to a gas leak investigation that lasted hours.

The leak occurred after a third-party construction crew struck a piece of equipment near Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue.

Southwest Gas says the mishap did not disrupt service. Construction workers were evacuated while crews repaired the equipment. The equipment has been fixed, and the workers will be allowed to return to work soon.

 

Man in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Police

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police shot and critically injured a suspect outside a Dotty's casino Tuesday night.

Police say the suspect, identified by police as 29-year-old Jason Mahe, was trying to use counterfeit money at a nearby convenience store and then fled to a nearby Dotty's Casino on N. Rancho Drive near Vegas Drive.

Police say after they caught up to Mahe, he pulled a gun and police shot him.  Police say Mahe was wanted in Ohio and has a history of attempting "suicide by cop."

Mahe was taken to the hospital in critical condition. This is the second officer-involved shooting for the department in two days.