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Neighborhoods helping to control feral cat population

LAS VEGAS -- Communities across the Las Vegas valley have come up with unique ways to curb the feral cat population.

In 2010, in the middle of the recession, more than 21,000 cats ended up at the Lied Animal Shelter. Each year since then, fewer and fewer have come in and the most drastic drop was seen last year when nearly 15,000 cats ended up at the shelter.

The success is due in large part to spay and neutering programs. One neighborhood has been leading the way in bringing the population down.

Glen Heather Estates near Rancho Drive and Oakey Boulevard, like many neighborhoods, is home to a cat colony.

At Glen Heather Estates, volunteers feed the stray felines, trap them, and get them spayed or neutered. Neighbors say the cats probably don't enjoy the process, but it is for their own good.

Gladys Engstrom has been feeding cats for years. She has even named the regulars.

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Bail set for man accused in sexual assault of girl

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man accused in the sexual assault of a girl who was walking to school made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Reginald Davis, 25, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court where his bail was set at $250,000. If he makes bail, he is restricted to house arrest and is not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Police say Davis assaulted the girl near Michael Way and Decatur Boulevard around 6 a.m. on May 29.

His next court appearance is set for July 8.

Las Vegas man accused of sexually assaulting girl

Reginald Davis

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is under arrest and is facing charges of sexual assault of a minor, according to Metro Police.

On Friday, Police arrested 25-year-old Reginald Deangelo Davis on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse and open and gross lewdness.

Police say the victim was walking to school near Michael Way and Decatur Boulevard at around 6 a.m. Thursday, when Davis approached her and assaulted her.

Officers arrested Davis at his home near Lake Mead and Jones boulevards.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

UMC financial woes prompt tax hike talk

LAS VEGAS -- University Medical Center has been in financial trouble for years and it's only getting worse. Clark County commissioners are getting ready to decide what should be done to help the financially struggling hospital. Solutions could include a property tax hike.

Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak says either property taxes need to increase or the county has to cut programs to continue to fund the hospital. Clark county's UMC hospital handles a lot of uninsured patients. 

"It's clearly a first-rate hospital. It's the only Level 1 trauma center. My mother was in there last week out of surgery at UMC," Sisolak said. "It's a great hospital. It's an unknown gem to an awful lot of people. That being said, it's extremely expensive."

UMC gets $41 million a year from the county. This year, the hospital got nearly $100 million which included a $25 million loan.

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BREAKING NEWS: Person found dead in car committed suicide

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say the person found dead in car near Decatur and Oakey boulevards committed suicide.

According to police, the body was found at around 10 a.m. Monday. The car was parked behind the Indoor Swap Meet.

Deal reached with Golden Gate Hotel, strike avoided

LAS VEGAS-- A deal has been reached with union workers at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
They reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year contract, avoiding a strike that was scheduled to start at 5 a.m. Sunday. The Culinary and Bartenders Union's have been fighting for a year to get a guarantee for their health benefits, pension and wages.

On Saturday, The Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Club, the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel all reached deals with the union. It has been more than a decade since there was strike at a casino.

The settlement is retroactive to June 1, 2013, if it is ratified by the workers.

Zappos holding downtown shoe sale

Zappos holding downtown shoe sale

In honor of its 15th birthday this weekend, the online shoe and apparel giant Zappos is having a huge sale at its downtown headquarters.

It is being called the Downtown Shoe Down. Thousands of pieces of merchandise, including shoes, clothes, and handbags will all 45 percent off.

It is more than just a great deal 100 percent of the profits will go to Opportunity Village.

There won’t be just shopping, the retailer has set up  a petting zoo. There will also be games, music and food trucks.  

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.