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Police Shoot Suspect Accused of Fatal Stabbing

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police officers late Monday night shot a man suspected of stabbing a woman to death Sunday.

Police went to a neighborhood near Alta Drive and Rainbow Boulevard after people reported seeing 27-year-old Nathan Benson who police say was the main suspect of a stabbing that killed 44-year-old Shanna Ralston early Sunday morning.

Police spotted Benson, who then fled on foot. When police finally stopped him, Metro says he brandished a knife and charged the officers. Two officers opened fire.

Benson was taken to University Medical Center in unknown condition. The police officers who shot him have been placed on paid administrative leave.

 

Arrest Made for Arson in Apartment Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A 53-year-old Las Vegas man is under arrest for first-degree arson after a Saturday morning apartment fire.

Investigators say Richard Arlen Jones got into a domestic dispute with his wife at the Cedar Village Apartments this morning.

His wife says that Jones set some furniture that was stacked outside the front door on fire.

A small girl and a woman were treated for minor burns at the scene.

Damage was estimated at $100,000.

Two people are displaced and being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Motorcyclist Dead in I-15 Spaghetti Bowl Crash

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist has died following a crash that closed a busy ramp at the Interstate 15, U.S. 95 Spaghetti Bowl interchange for more than two hours.

Trooper Jeremie Elliott says the 64-year-old man from North Las Vegas died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas following the crash just after 10 a.m. Friday.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the man riding a 1998 Harley-Davidson to crash on the I-15 southbound ramp to U.S. 95 north.

The ramp remained closed until about 12:30 p.m. while troopers investigated.

Police: Gun Crimes Drop Significantly in West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say it used to be common for them to respond to numerous calls a day in west Las Vegas, specifically the Sherman Gardens Annex area, a public housing project.

The community reached a boiling point in 2006 when three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting during a block party. The incident prompted a change called "Safe Village Initiative."

For years, the only time residents saw police in the community was when there was a problem. Metro Police decided to change its approach and do community-oriented policing.

Sherman Gardens Annex, near J street, is a place parents never used to let their kids walk alone outside.

"It was the most violent part of Vegas and we had shootings every day, two and three shootings," Metro Sgt. Ivan Chatman said.

Some residents still feel the stigma that comes with years of violence.

Car Strikes Bicycle on Las Vegas Boulevard

LAS VEGAS - One person was critically injured following an accident on northbound Las Vegas Boulevard South near Sahara Avenue.

Police say a vehicle struck a man on a bicycle shortly after midnight. The bicyclist, 58-year-old Joseph Palla, was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Hasani Washington, was not arrested.

All northbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard were shut down in the area, but reopened at around 5 a.m.

County's Public Hospital Faces Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Massive budget issues are keeping some of the country's top specialists from coming to southern Nevada as county leaders are left looking for extra money.

Earlier this week, 8 News NOW reported about budget problems at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where there could soon be 70 fewer police officers patrolling valley streets.

But now, leaders at University Medical Center are also looking for a long-term plan, working to provide the best care possible, even with a big budget shortfall.

A typical day in UMC trauma finds a man receiving medical care for injuries he received after crashing his motorcycle on Mount Charleston.

Even though doctors are ready to provide thousands of dollars in care at a moments notice, the public hospital's chief said UMC is being stretched financially more every year.

Man Dies 18 Months After Severe Beating

LAS VEGAS -- A man who was severely beaten in October 2011 has died of his injuries, Metro Police said Thursday.

The man, identified as Nathaniel Young, 57, of Las Vegas, died April 23. The Clark County Coroner's Office ruled his death a homicide because of the blunt force trauma to his head from the attack.

The police said that patrol officers responded to the 200 block of W. Utah Avenue to investigated a report of an unconscious man on the ground. The officers found Young, who appeared to have a severe head injury. He was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

No suspects have been identified.

Anyone with any information about this crime is urged to contact Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.