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Dead body found downtown on 6th St. ruled a homicide

LAS VEGAS -- A dead body found Friday night downtown near N. Las Vegas Boulevard has been ruled a homicide, according to Metro Police.

Officers said they received calls around 8:31 p.m. about shots fired at an apartment complex in the 200 block of South 6th Street near E. Carson Avenue.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man who had been shot multiple times. Witnesses said they heard the gunshots before seeing two men fleeing the area.

However, witnesses didn't give any other details concerning the suspects' appearance. The motive for the shooting is also unknown at this time.

The cause and the manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office. Metro Police said Friday night's homicide was the 27th homicide investigated by the LVMPD in 2015.

Coroner IDs downtown apartment fire victim

LAS VEGAS -- The woman who died from injuries sustained in the first fatal fire in city limits in more than a year has been identified as 66-year-old Sangwal McGinnis.

The downtown Las Vegas fire happened Tuesday just before 2 p.m. in the 300 block of S. Maryland Parkway

Firefighters said when they arrived to the scene, heavy flames could be seen shooting out of a window.

McGinnis was found lying on the floor as firefighters battled the blaze. Officials said the fire was under control within eight minutes of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue's arrival.

Firefighters said careless smoking is believed to be the cause.







Las Vegas Mayor Goodman wins re-election

LAS VEGAS  --  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman maintained a lead throughout the night and easily won the mayor's seat for a second term with 54 percent of the total vote.

"It's a wonderful night, for the future of our community. It's definitely a non-partisan move to go forward; we are not going to be in gridlock. It's all of us together, for our community, making it the best that it can be," Goodman said.

Precinct results started coming in shortly after 8 p.m. and by 9 p.m. Goodman already had 54 percent of the vote. Her main opponent, Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony was at 44 percent. All the precincts had reported by 9:45 p.m.  

Anthony called to concede the race just before 10 p.m.  He said he knew it would be tough going up against the Goodman name.


Report: Teacher in lewdness case smoked pot with student

 LAS VEGAS -- A Cashman Middle School teacher facing lewdness and kidnapping charges turned himself into school district police shortly after the alleged incidents took place.

Mikhial Lerma, 28, has been with the Clark County School District since 2010.

According to his arrest report, he called district police on April 2 at 4 a.m. to tell them he had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana with a female student in his portable classroom a few hours earlier. 

The female student said the teacher had been asking her to "hang out" with him for about two months. He texted her around 11 p.m. on April 1 asking to meet her. He picked her up at her home and drove her to the school, the report said.



Local high school ballerina to compete in New York

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas valley teenager is about to take on the international stage in the world of ballet.

Monika Haczkiewicz is the only Nevadan who will be competing in the finals of the American Youth Grand Prix this month in New York City.

The love of dance has always been in this 17-year-old's blood. Her parents are long-time Cirque du Soleil performers on the show Mystere.

"When I was little, I always loved watching the show and watching them and I would think oh my God, it's so cool," she said.

Inspired by her mom and dad, Haczkiewicz started taking ballet at the age of three and immediately fell in love.







Cashman Middle School teacher arrested for lewdness, kidnapping

Mikhial Lerma

 LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas middle school teacher is facing charges of kidnapping and lewdness.

Mikhial Lerma, 28, a teacher at Cashman Middle School, was arrested and booked into Clark County Detention Center on three counts of lewdness with a minor, one count of kidnapping and one count of luring a child.

Metro Police said they received a complaint about Lerma on April 2 and began an investigation.

Police are asking anyone who has concerns that their child may have been a victim of Lerma's is asked to call Metro's Sexual Assault Section at (702)828-3421 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. 





New businesses to open at Downtown Container Park

LAS VEGAS - Downtown Las Vegas is booming. New stores will open at the Downtown Container Park Thursday, and that's great news for the valley's economy.

Developers of the Downtown Container Park took a risk – turning old shipping containers into retail space. Almost two years later, the risk is turning into a reward.

The people behind this project say it has exceeded expectations. Since November 2013, more than 1.6 million people have visited the Downtown Container Park.

It's made up of 43 repurposed shipping containers and 41 steel cubes stacked and strategically placed to make up this shopping and entertainment venue.

Thirty eight shops, restaurants and bars call the Downtown Container Park home. The location is capturing a lot of attention.