Our network

Smoke Shop Closed After Health Nuisance

LAS VEGAS -- A public health hazard prompted the City of Las Vegas to force a smoke shop to shut down after up to six people were sent to the hospital.

The City Attorney's Office says the Weedz Alternatives store was encouraging customers to smoke incense to get a bigger high than marijuana. They're called names like King Krpyto and Spice and aren't meant for human consumption.

Since Wednesday, signs have been posted outside the business alerting customers of its temporary closure. But it's not because Weedz Alternatives carried the incense on their shelves, it's how the owner was selling it.

"What's been happening is he's offering a water pipe to anybody that wants to come in -- patrons, customers, folks off the street -- saying, 'Hey, come and try this, its legal, it's way better than marijuana or cannabis,'" said deputy city attorney Dan Still.

Las Vegas City Councilman Announces Run for Mayor

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Ross, a Las Vegas City Councilman, has announced he will run for the mayor of Las Vegas.

Ross, who has launched a campaign website, was elected to the City Council in 2005. He grew up in Las Vegas.

He says he is running for the city's top office because Las Vegas needs a leader to find solutions to the high unemployment and foreclosure rate.

DMV Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police evacuated the Department of Motor Vehicles on east Sahara after a suspicious suitcase was found in the parking lot Thursday.

Metro's armor unit responded to the scene and removed the suitcase. There is no word on whether anything dangerous was found in the suitcase.

Counselors on Hand for Students Upset Over Teacher's Death

LAS VEGAS -- Faculty at a Las Vegas High high school are still in shock after a teacher committed suicide on campus.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon at Western High School. Clark County School District police say 58-year-old Michael Roberts, who was a science teacher, shot and killed himself on campus.

The halls of Western High School have been void of students since Thursday due to the Nevada Day holiday and two days of professional development for teachers. Students will return to class Wednesday morning.

"It catches everybody off guard. And even though you are not buddy buddy with everybody, it still affects everyone," said Rose Swena whose husband worked with Roberts.

Swena's husband is also a teacher at Western High School. Only hours before the shooting, he spoke with Roberts and mentioned everything seemed fine.

Teacher Dead at Western High School

Las vegas -- Police are investigating a shooting at Western High School. It happened just before 3 p.m. Police are gathering evidence and talking to witnesses, but believe this was a suicide.

There are about a dozen police cars in front of the school and they've got the entire front of the building taped off.

A 58-year-old teacher shot and killed himself in the school's quad.

Monday was a planned professional development day for teachers, so school was not in session. Nevertheless, grief counselors will be on hand for students when they return to class on Wednesday.

Two Arrested For Arson After Apartment Fire

LAS VEGAS --  A man and woman are facing arson charges after authorities say a domestic dispute led to a fire that displaced five people at an apartment complex in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski says firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from an apartment just before 7:30 a.m. at the complex east of downtown.

No one was injured during the fire, but about 15 people had to be evacuated. Szymanski says 30-year-old James Kdoni and 43-year-old Rebecca Summerlin were each charged with arson.

He says the fire followed a domestic argument in an apartment where Kdoni lived. That apartment near Charleston Boulevard and Fremont Street was gutted and two other apartments in the 14-unit building were damaged.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

United Way Looks for Volunteers to Help the Homeless

LAS VEGAS -- United Way of Southern Nevada is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help with a major upcoming homeless event.

About 400 volunteers are needed to help setup and tear down the event and to help homeless participants check-in. The homeless will receive information on services available to them including dental care, haircuts and legal advice.

The homeless event takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Cashman Center between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can click here for more information on how to volunteer.

The event is hosted by United Way of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Homeless Alliance.