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Revelers celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas

St. Patrick's Day means big business in Las Vegas, especially downtown.

Locals and tourists say downtown is becoming a popular destination on St. Patrick's Day.

Fremont Street is bustling with live music, dancing and, of course, green beer.

People came from in and out of Las Vegas to join the party Thursday night.

"Every time I come here, it gets more packed and packed," said Las Vegas local Mark Hernandez. "Downtown is becoming more of a local spot."

That enthusiasm is good news for businesses on Fremont Street like Banger Brewery, which opened more than two years.

"The weather is beautiful, so I think that kind of brought out a lot more people," said Roberto Mendoza with Banger Brewery. "There's a lot more businesses that have been opening up. I think that contributes to, you know, more people."

With so many visitors on Fremont Street, there is a large Metro Police presence. Things seemed to run smoothly Thursday night... Read More

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Man faces 14 charges following shuttle bus crash

A Las Vegas man is facing 14 charges including DUI and reckless driving following a crash involving a shuttle bus Saturday evening that injured a dozen people.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Orlando Gunn, 51, swerved into the shuttle's lane, hitting it and causing it to roll onto its side.

The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. on I-15 near the Washington Avenue exit.

There were 10 people, including the driver, on the shuttle. All were transported to the hospital. One woman suffered critical injuries. The others were hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

There were also two women passengers in Gunn's car.

Troopers say Gunn was at the Mint 400 prior to the crash... Read More

2 shot in downtown Las Vegas, suspect on the loose

Metro Police investigated a shooting downtown Friday night.

It happened just before 7:55 p.m. in the 1500 block of 22nd Street. Witnesses told police they heard people arguing before they heard shots fired in the area.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman with a gunshot injury to her leg. A teen boy was also suffering from a gunshot wound.

Both of them were taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect is still on the loose, police said... Read More

Police ID man accused of leading officers on U-Haul chase

The identity of the man accused of leading police on a pursuit Thursday night was released Friday.

Metro Police said Joseph Youmans was the driver arrested in connection with the shooting and pursuit of a U-Haul truck.

Lt. Rick Given says someone called police Thursday and said two men stole a U-Haul and fired, at least, two shots at someone trying to stop them. The man wasn't hurt, but the gunshots hit and disabled the victim's vehicle.

Given says officers caught up to the U-Haul in downtown Las Vegas, but the driver didn't stop for the officers. Police chased the stolen van and were eventually able to stop it.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of North Martin L. King Boulevard and East Craig Road.

Both men were arrested and taken into custody. However, the other man was interviewed and released.

Youmans was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

He faces the following charges:... Read More

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'Pawn Stars' figure freed pending court in weapon, drug case

The reality TV personality known as Chumlee on the show "Pawn Stars" has been freed from jail following his arrest in Las Vegas on felony weapon and drug charges.

A court official said Thursday that Austin Lee Russell has a May 23 court date in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Police say Russell was taken into custody on Wednesday, when officers serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation found methamphetamine, marijuana and a gun at his southwest Las Vegas home.

Russell wasn't booked on a sex-crime allegation. Police said the investigation stemmed from a recent complaint by a woman, and it is continuing.

Jail records showed Russell had been held on $62,000 bail on 19 drug-possession charges and one weapon charge.

It wasn't immediately clear if Russell had a lawyer... Read More

Las Vegas police arrest 2 men after stolen U-Haul chase

Police say two men in a stolen U-Haul led them on a nighttime chase through Las Vegas.

Lt. Rick Given says someone called police Thursday and said the men stole a U-Haul and fired at least two shots at someone trying to stop them. The man wasn't hurt, but the gunshots hit and disabled his vehicle.

Given says officers caught up to the U-Haul in downtown Las Vegas, but the driver didn't stop for the officers. Police chased the stolen van and were eventually able to stop it.

Officers say two people were taken into custody... Read More

City shuts down illegal group home

An alleged scam is disturbing part of a valley neighborhood. Some say it highlights the problems of homelessness and a lack of resources.

A house near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard appears to be set up for business, but that's not what was happening. Police say it was being used as an illegal group home.

"It's just been people coming and going," said nearby resident Eileen Lanahan.

She says she saw someone with a clipboard leading a group of people from the nearby Huntridge Circle Park to the house.

"We've got a problem," Lanahan said.

She says she has lived in the neighborhood all her life. The park where these individuals came from is known to be frequented by the homeless.

Metro Police say the tenant renting the house was renting it to others. It was operating as an unlicensed group home, and police were called there 14 times over two and a half months, mainly for disturbances... Read More