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Las Vegas bus driver appears in court in passenger shooting

The lawyer for a Las Vegas transit bus driver accused of shooting a passenger says no one should jump to conclusions about the case.

Norman Chen made an initial appearance Wednesday before a Las Vegas judge who appointed deputy public defender Geordan Logan to represent Chen and scheduled a Friday bail hearing.

Logan says Chen will seek release from jail ahead of trial, and might claim self-defense.Chen is 53. He's held without bail on an attempted murder charge in the Friday evening shooting.

He told police the passenger refused to get off the bus Friday evening, and threatened and punched him.

The wounded man, Felipe Delgado, told police that Chen pushed him, and that he was shot in the arm while running after seeing that Chen had a handgun... Read More

Man shot, killed outside downtown motel

Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed outside a downtown motel.

Investigators say it happened before 2 a.m. near the Safari Motel on Fremont Street. Police say a man driving a light-colored vehicle drove into the motel's parking lot, got out of the car and into some kind of argument with the victim.

The man then got back into the car, and a male passenger in the car shot at the victim, hitting him. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More

Clark County air quality gets failing grade

The American Lung Association released it's 2016 "State of the Air" rankings, and southern Nevada did not score very well.

Clark County got an "F" for ozone and a "D" for short-term particle pollution.

Las Vegas and Henderson combined to rank as the 9th worst metropolitan area out of 197 cities across the country... Read More

Questions raised after bus driver shoots passenger

Questions still remain after a fight between a bus driver and passenger resulted in the driver pulling out a gun and shooting the man.

The incident occurred Friday night. Some are wondering why the bus driver was armed.

More than 66 million passengers used RTC buses to get around the greater Las Vegas area, last year.

Some regular riders have expressed concerns about the transit system after learning a driver shot a passenger.

"Why are they playing police? They are not law enforcement, they are just drivers, however, if there's an issue, I would say, let the professionals handle," said Raul Reyes Jr.

"I ride the bus every day and it really kind of makes me nervous that a bus driver will take matters into their own hands," said Ronalisa Jackson said.

The RTC says it can't comment specifically on the incident, but did send this statement:... Read More

Project Neon work underway

The demolition of the Walker Furniture warehouse is one of the first visible signs of Project Neon.

The state is widening the interstate and overhauling the Spaghetti Bowl. NDOT is working to fix two parts of the freeway system that are causing major motorist headaches.

First, the Spaghetti Bowl which can be a traffic nightmare. And second, I-15 at Sahara which averages 15 to 20 accidents a day.

They are going to build an HOV flyover lane and that's why the iconic Walker furniture warehouse is history. The 53,000 square foot building which stood along I-15 for 26 years had become an iconic mile marker for commuters slugging their way through Spaghetti Bowl traffic. The warehouse had to go because it was in the way of the project.

"Once Project Neon is complete, we will have 22 miles of continuous carpool lanes between 95 and I-15," said Tony Illia, NDOT... Read More

Police search for armed robber

Metro police are searching for an armed robber. Investigators say a masked man held up a Roberto's Taco Shop near Eastern and Owens avenues.

Police say the man was armed with a gun and was able to get away on foot.

If you have any information about the robbery, please call Crimestoppers at 702-385-5555... Read More

Arrest made in downtown homicide

Metro Police have arrested a man in connection with a deadly shooting that happened Thursday night in downtown Las Vegas.

Dakuan Thomas, 22, is facing a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of a man in the 2100 block of Ballard Drive around 6 p.m.

According to police, the shooting happened after the two men got into a verbal fight.

This is the 46th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction in 2016... Read More