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Coroner IDs woman dead in apparent getaway car

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified an 18-year-old woman killed when an apparent getaway vehicle slammed into a light pole and a tree in Las Vegas.

Clark County coroner's officials say Rajaunay Lasherie Davis of North Las Vegas was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash, which happened about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on South Fort Apache Road, near Sahara Avenue.

A 20-year-old Las Vegas woman who was also in the car was taken to University Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Police say the Chevy Aveo was reportedly involved in the burglary of a nearby convenience store.

The male driver and a male passenger in the car fled the scene on foot after the car went off the road. It was unclear if they were injured.

 

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1 dead in crash at U.S. 95 and Summerlin Pkwy.

LAS VEGAS - One person is dead after a motorcycle crash at U.S. 95 and Summerlin Parkway.

The crash happened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Nevada Highway Patrol reports a motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on U.S. 95 toward the HOV flyover lane on to Summerlin Parkway.

The motorcycle hit a wall ejecting the driver onto the southbound side of U.S. 95. The rider died at the scene.

NHP closed all southbound lanes of U.S. 95 and the HOV Summerlin flyover for several hours while they investigated.

 

1 dead, 1 hurt in Wednesday night crash

LAS VEGAS - An 18-year-old woman is dead and a 20-year-old woman was hurt in an accident near Fort Apache Road and Sahara Avenue Wednesday night.

According to police, the women were passengers in a car that was headed southbound on Ft. Apache Road at around 11:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the car, left the roadway, hit the curb and crashed into a drain access, a street light and a tree.

Metro Police say the car was driving erratically before the crash.

The victim died at the scene of the accident. Another person, identified by police as 20-year-old Anna Karac, was taken to University Medical Center with moderate injuries. Two men who were in the car, including the driver, ran from the scene.

Second suspect arrested in home invasion

Second suspect arrested in home invasion

Metro Police arrested a second suspect in a deadly home invasion last month.

Police arrested 28-year-old Robert Figueroa on charges of murder with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

According to police, Figuero and Jorge Mendoza broke into a home near Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way on Sept. 21.  Two people were inside at the time and one of the residents was armed.

The resident shot back at Mendoza and Figueroa, police said. The resident, Monty Gibson, was shot and killed. Both Mendoza and Figueroa were injured.

A blood trail led police to Mendoza shortly after the home invasion. He was arrested that night.

Witnesses told police that Figueroa was involved and had been shot in the face and torso during the home invasion.

Police tracked him down Monday on an outstanding warrant from Henderson. During an interview with police, Figueroa told them he was driving to the house to buy marijuana.

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Neighbors of cat hoarder want their properties cleaned as well

LAS VEGAS -- Neighbors are complaining about issues surrounding a severe case of cat hoarding in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

The city of Las Vegas has stepped in and spent thousand of dollars to clean up cat feces and other damage. Neighbors want something done about their properties.

Neighbors say at times the smell is unbearable but progress has been made. A trailer has been brought in to store some of the 71-year-old homeowner's belongings while the city cleans up the house.

Neighbors on either side of the home say they want their properties cleaned up too. From the sidewalk, the damage inside 1417 Lucaccini Lane, which is near Ft. Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard, is obvious.

The drywall has been taken out and along with almost everything else. Since June, crews have been cleaning up the mess left behind by as many as 200 cats.

Cindy Miller bought the home next door.

Driving You Crazy: Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way

LAS VEGAS - Deborah says the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Tenaya Way is an accident waiting to happen. She says many vehicles make illegal u-turns there.

The intersection sits near Mountain View Hospital. Drivers who frequent the area know that u-turns are illegal on westbound Cheyenne between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The City of Las Vegas will conduct a traffic study at this intersection. Depending on the results of the study, the city might add a dynamic "blank out" sign. The light would activate when u-turns aren't allowed and northbound right-turners get an arrow.

The city will also meet with Metro Police to determine the practicality of that type of sign. It will take a couple weeks for them to complete the study. Traffic8 will provide updates on this process in the coming weeks.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Police warn of crime as temperatures cool

LAS VEGAS - The temperature is cooling down, but crime is heating up. Police say criminals are targeting easily accessible homes and cars.

Metro Police says auto theft is up nearly 19 percent this year. While home break-ins are slightly down, police urge homeowners not to get complacent.

Police say criminals mostly target open doors and windows. Many homeowners leave garage doors open, providing a tempting target for thieves. Open car windows also present an open invitation.

“Take all your items out of your vehicle. If anyone is looking at vehicles and they're looking to commit an auto theft or an auto burglary, they will look in that vehicle,” said Metro Police Officer Larry Hadfield. “If they see high-valued or high-tag items in there, such as an iPod, tablets, laptops or cell phones, they can get in that vehicle. If given the opportunity to get in the vehicle, then they also have the opportunity to steal the vehicle."