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Coroner identifies 5-year-old drowning victim

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the 5-year-old boy Metro Police said died after falling into a swimming pool Monday evening.

The Coroner's office says the victim is 5-year-old Kitiona Lemoa of Las Vegas.

The drowning happened around 4:21 p.m. in the backyard of a home located in the 5100 block of Cindy Way, near Decatur Boulevard and Edna Avenue.

Metro said the family was gathered for a barbecue when they lost track of Kitiona who was later found at the bottom of the pool.

When family members pulled the child from the pool, he was unresponsive, police said.

Lemoa was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Metro said the boy's parents will not face charges.

Coroner identifies grandmother, child killed in crash

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the victims of Monday's bus stop crash at Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway as 58-year-old Maria Garcia and her granddaughter 6-year-old Alyssa Aisa, both of Las Vegas.

Metro Police say an impaired driver struck the victims at the bus stop at approximately 2:30 p.m. Seven people were standing near the bus shelter when the crash happened. An 18-month-old girl also suffered minor injuries.

Investigators say the driver, Leonardo Ruesga, 20, drifted off the road and into the people standing near the bus stop.

Garcia and Aisa were taken to University Medical Center where they died. The 18-month-old girl was taken to Sunrise Hospital and later released.

Police say neither Ruesga nor his 15-year-old passenger suffered injuries. Police say both left the scene of the accident.

Authorities said a witness followed the car to an apartment, where Ruesga and his passenger were hiding.

'Brady's Bill' to ease penalties of underage drinkers

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mother is teaming up with a valley teen in an effort to change a Nevada law involving underage drinking.

Kimberly Caipa and 18-year-old Rose Asaf introduce State Senate Bill 464 to the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. SB 464, also known as 'Brady's Bill,' will give immunity to minors who were drinking if they end up having to call 911 to help a fellow teen.

"We want to stress that SB 464 addresses concerns about underage drinking by empowering young people to make the right and responsible decision to seek medical assistance without hesitation and without fear of legal consequences," said Rose Asaf, Nevada Youth Legislature.

Similar laws already exist in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

City of Las Vegas summer camps to open for registration

  LAS VEGAS -- Online registration for summer camps and swimming lessons for the city of Las Vegas starts on April 13.

The summer day camps will be held at six community centers and will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The online registration period opens at 9 a.m. on April 13. Parents can register online by clicking here.Walk-in registrations will begin at the city recreation centers on April 15.

Most of the camps open on June 8 and accommodate ages 6 to 15.

Kids Camps - Kids (6 - 11 years old) Teens (12 - 15 years old)

  • Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, (702)229-1607. The cost is $100 per week/per child. Camp runs from June 8 - Aug. 21.
  • Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J Street, (702)229-6374. The cost is $75 per week/per child. Camp runs from June 8 - Aug.

Driver dead after light pole crash; pedestrian hurt by debris

LAS VEGAS — A driver is dead after striking a light pole near Doolittle Avenue and J Street early Tuesday afternoon.

Police believe the driver might have suffered from a medical episode in the crash just before 1:30 p.m.

In addition, police say a pedestrian was hit from flying debris and was taken to University Medical Center with minor injuries.

J Street is closed between Owens and Doolittle avenues, as of 2:30 p.m.

Pawn Stars building shopping center next door to shop

LAS VEGAS -- The owners of Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and stars of reality show ‘Pawn Stars' are expanding their empire by creating a shopping center next door to their shop called Pawn Plaza.

The owner and developer, Rick Harrison, says he is trying to capitalize on the heavy foot traffic generated by the popularity of the show. He bought the property next to his shop in 2008.

"We have 4,000 people a day come into the pawn shop, and so it's like a built-in crowd for the shopping center," said Harrison.

Pawn Plaza is being built by Xtreme Manufacturing, the same company that did the Downtown Container Park.

Brandon Main, the Executive Vice President of Xtreme Manufacturing, says dozens of workers are fabricating the steel-framed "cubes" that will make up the 11,000 square foot retail space.

Driver identified in fatal crash that shut down US 95 traffic

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials have identified the driver at fault in a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 95 that shut down four lanes of traffic.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the crash happened just before 5 a.m. Friday in the south bound lanes, south of Valley View Boulevard.

The driver of a Toyota 4Runner SUV who died after being ejected from the vehicle is identified as 21-year-old Keaton Layne Niday from Las Vegas.

Authorities say the SUV was speeding when it switched lanes and collided with a Ford Ranger pickup truck.

The two vehicles both flipped, coming to rest in the right lane.

A Toyota Camry also hit debris in the crash.

Highway patrol said in a statement that the SUV was at fault and that Niday was not wearing a seat belt.