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Tech in Las Vegas: Startups Lack Wide Talent Pool

LAS VEGAS -- With one of the Downtown Project's first startup companies leaving the valley for San Francisco, some are left wondering whether Las Vegas has the infrastructure to sustain startups long-term.

Romotive CEO Keller Rinaudo said the robotics company needs a wider talent pool and closer access to industry professionals.

"I don't think that it's any one thing is lacking," he said. "I think it's like with any company, with any really ambitious startup … it's a matter of finding the right people and the resources you need to make the vision come true."

When the Vegas Tech Fund first invested in Romotive, the company had three employees. The company has since grown to 20 staff members.

The tech fund, backed by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and other investors, poured $500,000 into Romotive, money that the fund doesn't expect to be paid back.

Vehicle Runs Red Light, Hits Motorcyclist

LAS VEGAS -- A motorcyclist was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon. The vehicle was part of a funeral procession.

According to Metro Police, the crash happened at 1:14 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and H Street.

Police said, the motorcyclist and a passenger were traveling westbound on Lake Mead when a vehicle ran a red light on H Street, striking the motorcycle.

The passenger of the motorcycle and driver of the vehicle were also transported to the hospital. Their conditions are not known.

 

Man Sought in Stabbing at City Park

Anthony Johnson

LAS VEGAS -- City investigators have identified a man possibly connected to a stabbing at James Gay Park on March 5.

The city of Las Vegas Deputy Marshal Unit is looking for 40-year-old Anthony Johnson. Investigators say Johnson has been identified in connection to the battery with a deadly weapon incident at the park located near Owens Avenue and B Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Deputy City Marshal Investigators Unit at (702)229-3223 or go to bgoldyn@lasvegasnevada.gov or ppatton@lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

Rollover Crash Sends Family to Hospital

LAS VEGAS -- A family of six is in the hospital after an unusual crash near the entrance of Springs Preserve.

Five minors and one adult were transported to University Medical Center with injuries ranging from serious to critical.

Police said the driver, a 16-year-old boy, was with his mother, 37-year-old Blanca Arreola, in the passenger seat and four siblings in the back, aged 3 through 15.

Richard Tusko, with Metro Police said, "They hit the dip, lost control, went through the gate at the Springs Preserve, causing it to role over onto its roof."

Metro Police said the same vehicle has ties to a hit-and-run that happened just minutes before in the parking lot of a Toys-R-Us at Meadows Lane and Decatur Boulevard.

Police said a woman in the parking lot was hit by the teen driver. The woman said he then drove away and she decided to follow.

St. Patrick's Day Brings Huge Crowd Downtown

LAS VEGAS -- The Irish have observed Saint Patrick's Day as a religious holiday for more than a thousand years.

In fact, Irish laws demanded pubs to be closed on that day up until the 1970s. It can be hard to remember the calmer roots when the color green takes over Las Vegas.

There were countless events around the city. Free concerts on Fremont Street seemed bring out the Irish in everyone. 

"Everywhere from Canada, to China, to Mexico, everywhere you can think of people come out here," said Michael Whittington working on Fremont Street. "We meet a lot different personalities."

Fremont Street kept the party going with bagpipes, drink specials, and the 5th Annual Saint Patrick's Day Pub Crawl.

"This is my first time on Fremont Street and it's awesome," said Curtis Gram. "I'm very excited to watch the light show just to see what's going on down here, I'm thrilled.

Smith Center Announces 3 New Shows for Summer

Smith Center Announces 3 New Shows for Summer

 

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has announced the new shows in its summer lineup.

The center continues its eclectic selection with three new performances that range from a one-woman show starring Olympia Dukakis to an acoustic performance by Grammy Award nominee Jewel.

Dukakis will star in "Rose", the story of how a feisty Jewish woman survived some of the major events of the 20th century. The play was written by Martin Sherman. The performance is set for May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Another summer show will be the return of one of the first groups to take the Smith Center stage. The Tenors will perform their signature blend of classical music and contemporary pop on June 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Jewel will take the stage of Reynolds Hall June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed singer and songwriter will perform an acoustic set of some of her greatest hit songs.