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Former student, parents speak out about teacher's arrest

A well-liked high school teacher is facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a student.

Kristy Yegge, 38, who has been with the Clark County School District since 2003 was arrested last week by Metro Police.

She taught at Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy and has not been allowed back to the campus since she was arrested on Thursday.

Parents who spoke with 8 News NOW say Yegge was a dedicated EMT teacher, passionate about the school and the field of healthcare.

But according to police, she got into trouble for her interest in a student. Those are allegations that those who know her find unbelievable.

"I thought it would never happen at a school like that, you know," said Kevin Nugoz, a former student. "It's really shocking."

He says he couldn't believe when he saw the face of his former teacher on the news.

"I am really surprised," Nugoz said... Read More

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Coroner IDs 1 of 3 victims killed in shooting

The Clark County Coroners Office said 37-year-old Morty Cornell Young of Las Vegas was one of three victims killed in a shooting Monday night.

According to the coroner, Young died from a gunshot wound to the head and neck.

Homicide detective, Lt. Dan McGrath said Tuesday that Young, a woman and an apparently transgender person dressed as a woman were found dead in the small kitchen of a Jackson Avenue apartment a little before 6 p.m.

Metro Police say they're looking for a tall, thin assailant seen in an alley behind the small apartment near downtown.

McGrath says one witness guessed that the man dressed in dark clothing seen leaving the area was 6-foot-4. Witnesses also reported seeing an older model red or burgundy van with a tan stripe in the area.

McGrath says drug paraphernalia found in the apartment suggested that trade in crack cocaine might be a motive... Read More

Metro: 3 people killed in shooting near Owens Ave., B Street

Three people are dead following a shooting near W. Owens Avenue and B Street.

Metro Police say officers responded at 5:50 p.m. Monday to a home on Jackson Avenue.

Officers said the victims were found inside an apartment. Police said the victims are a man, a woman and a person whose gender is unknown at this time.

Metro also found drug paraphernalia inside the apartment.

"I don't know if it's a feud or what, but it's something drug related. It wasn't a shootout or anything. These people appeared to be unarmed," said Metro Police Lt. Dan McGrath.

Metro says witnesses spotted a man running away from the apartment near the time of the shooting and possibly driving away in a red or burgundy van with a tan stripe.

Police say this is one of the worst crimes they have seen in this neighborhood for some time, but add that the neighborhood has seen an increase in drug problems... Read More

Eastern and Fremont blocked off, pedestrian killed

Police are investigating a deadly crash near Eastern Avenue and Fremont Street which involved a pedestrian. The intersection is closed to traffic.

The crash happened around 5:45 a.m.

According to police, a van traveling west on Fremont hit the man who was not in a crosswalk.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

This is the 110th traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction this year. The death toll this year has already exceeded last year's by 15... Read More

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Eastern and Fremont blocked off, pedestrian killed

Police are investigating a deadly crash near Eastern Avenue and Fremont Street which involved a pedestrian. The intersection is closed to traffic.

The crash happened around 5:45 a.m.

According to police, a van traveling west on Fremont hit the man who was not in a crosswalk.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

This is the 110th traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction this year. The death toll this year has already exceeded last year's by 15... Read More

Metro officer arrested for solicitation

Las Vegas police say they arrested one of its officers seven weeks ago on a charge of soliciting prostitution.

Police said Tuesday that detectives arrested 36-year-old Bryce Jones on Oct. 11.

Jones has been with the agency since February 2004 and assigned to the downtown tourist safety division. Jones is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation's outcome.

Police say detectives began investigating Jones in August.

The agency's statement said no additional information would be released and there was no explanation as to why it made waited several weeks to announce the arrest.

The statement notes Jones was sent to Las Vegas city jail but doesn't say if he posted bond. Court records were not immediately available and it was unknown if Jones was represented by a lawyer... Read More

People volunteer for Giving Tuesday

Customers packed into stores for Black Friday and spent billions online on Cyber Monday, but by Tuesday they took time to help others.

The day is known as Giving Tuesday and it has been gaining traction for the past four years.

Desiree Perussler, a volunteer, was among those who filled boxes with nutritious food.

"I lost count at around 800," she said.

She, and other volunteers, help pack around 10,000 meals a day.

The boxes are sent to feed children at after-school programs all across southern Nevada.

"First I was filling the chicken, but I think I got a little tired and slow, so I got moved over to putting the fruit and the bread in the basket," Perussler said.

Three Square asked for volunteers on Giving Tuesday. Even though, 26,000 people help the organization every year, CEO Brian Burton says they can always use extra hands.

"Volunteers are the oxygen for Three Square without them we wouldn't be able to feed anyone," he said... Read More