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Police: 4 people killed in 4 separate crashes, 1 hit-and-run

LAS VEGAS-- Saturday into Sunday proved to be a deadly night on the roads around the valley.  Metro Police said they investigated four different crashes that killed four people.

Those incidents made the total amount of fatal crashes in Metro's jurisdiction this year reach 75.

Road closures for Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

 LAS VEGAS -- The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon returns to Las Vegas this weekend. The race will result in major street closures on Sunday.

The marathon and half-marathon start at 4:30 p.m. and it's expected there will be 36,000 runners. The rolling closures along the 26.2 mile course will begin at 10 a.m. and last until midnight. 

The marathon course will take runners from Mandalay Bay, along the Las Vegas Strip, north to Fremont Street, west to Martin Luther King Boulevard on Grand Central and Symphony Park, north to Brooks Avenue and then reverse. At one point, runners will go through a neighborhood on the reverse course at Mount Mariah Drive.

Police release more details about suspect in deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released more information about the man they are looking for in connection with an attempted robbery and deadly shooting of a woman.

Police say the man who was armed with a gun is a young black man between 16 and 20 years old. He is between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 7 and between 120 and 130 pounds. He has a dark complexion and a thin build. He has dark, short, tightly curled hair.

He was last seen wearing a bright red pullover hoodie with small white writing across the chest. He was wearing black basketball shorts and dark tennis shoes, which might have been Converse brand.

Police are looking for the man in connection with the shooting of 22-year-old Laura Ashley McKinney.

Las Vegas police showing off new lapel cameras

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police offered a look at lapel video cameras now being used by several hundred street officers.

Department officials hosted a media event Wednesday to talk about a pilot program underwritten by a grant from the National Institute of Justice.

Small, lapel- or vest-mounted cameras have been tested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in New Mexico, and police in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Rialto, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

"As you can see they are mounted up on the collar or the officers have an option where they can mount them up on glasses like this," Sgt. Peter Ferranti said.

The cameras are meant to hold officers accountable and help provide possible evidence.

“It opens up the transparency because it's making a recording of the interaction that each officer has with the citizen they come into contact with," Ferranti said.

Vigil held for young woman killed in street robbery

LAS VEGAS -- A community came together Wednesday night in a vigil to mourn the loss of their neighbor, loved one and friend.

Twenty-two year old, Laura Ashley McKinney of Las Vegas was shot and killed in an armed robbery shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Simmons Street near Vegas Drive and North Rancho Drive.

Laura Flaggs, McKinney's mother said she would have normally driven her daughter home from work, but she said McKinney told her that she and her friend were walking home together after work.

“I'm thinking it would be right around the corner, so they would be okay,” Flaggs said.

But according to police, McKinney and that friend were walking on the road when three men approached them. One of the men was armed with a handgun, police said. They demanded McKinney's belongings, and at some point during the robbery, the suspect fired one round which hit her.

Officers found McKinney lying in the street.

Coroner IDs woman killed in street robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for three men in connection with an attempted robbery and shooting that left one woman dead. 

The shooting happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. at Simmons Street near Vegas Drive and North Rancho Drive. The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman as 22-year-old Laura Ashley McKinney of Las Vegas.

According to police, McKinney and a friend were walking on the road when three men approached them. One of the men was armed with a handgun. They demanded McKinney's belongings, and at some point during the robbery, the suspect fired one round which hit the victim. 

Officers found McKinney lying in the street. 

McKinney was transported to University Medical Center where she died a short time later.

Cat hoarding: Tale of 2 cities

Photo credit: City of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Two women are in the same situation, but dealing with very different consequences. Both women were caught hoarding more than 100 cats. In both cases, most of the cats were so sick they had to be put down.

While one woman is facing criminal charges, the other got a house cleaning and is being put up in temporary housing. The difference between the two women has to do with where they live.

In both cases, neighbors and animal control describe the homes as a health hazard, with no air conditioning and limited water and food for the pets. Yet, when it comes time to file charges of cruelty, one has yet to see a judge.

In the middle of summer, it was well above 100 degrees inside the North Las Vegas home of Nathalie Back at 824 Harp Way.