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More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

Shots Fired When Bail Bondsman Tries to Make an Arrest

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a shooting near Durango and Alexander.

Police say a bail bondsman was trying to take a suspect into custody when a shootout broke out. Police say about 14 rounds were fired but no one was injured. Several house and a car were hit by gunfire.

Police say that a white Chevy Tahoe was seen leaving the scene. The suspects got away and the bail bondsman is working with police.

 

 

Student Reports Being Robbed at Gunpoint

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating the alleged robbery of a student near Cimarron Memorial High School this morning.

Police tell 8 News Now that the 15-year-old student reported to school officials that he was robbed at gunpoint near Tenaya and Lake Mead as he walked to school. The student was not harmed.

The student told police that there were three suspects. He described the suspects as a Hispanic male, African-American male, and a Caucasian male who had long brown hair and was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

 

Neighbors Still Rattled After Two Standoffs

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. -- Lives were on hold in two neighborhoods Thursday when Metro, Henderson and North Las Vegas Police faced armed gunmen in separate incidents. 

Police came to Eric Thatcher's house after reports he was threatening to take his life. A state official says Thatcher was a state fire marshal. Before that, he was a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

Thatcher had recently separated from his wife and his home was close to foreclosure. Police still aren't sure if he killed himself or was shot by their officers.

With SWAT teams aiming at Thatcher through neighborhood windows, the amount of damage is not surprising. But across the street, innocent neighbors were simply caught in the crossfire.

"Right as I was unlocking the door, that is when the first bullet come through our house. And we just heard it ricochet off the walls," said a neighbor.

Elderly Woman Dies in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal car accident near Sun City Blvd. and Lake Mead Blvd.

Police say an elderly woman may have had a medical issue that caused her to choke on some food she was eating while driving. She lost control of her car and crashed into a wall.

The female driver died and her husband was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The intersection of Button Willow and Sandilands Drive is closed while police investigate.

 

 

 

 

Parents, Officials Look to Draft Rogers for Interim-Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board is expected to pick the search firm responsible for finding a new superintendent during Thursday's meeting. Walt Rulffes is retiring this August.

Former University Chancellor Jim Rogers is putting himself forward as a possible interim superintendent. Rogers is the boss of School Board President Terri Janison's husband and now Janison finds herself in a peculiar situation.

The buzz surrounding Rogers as interim superintendent is growing. School Administrator's Union President Stephen Augspurger is calling for Rogers to step in and save the district at its most trying time.

"He's an advocate for higher ed. He'll become an advocate for K through 12. What better man to have in the legislature than Jim Rogers," he said. 

Boyd Objects to Station Casinos Bankruptcy Plan

LAS VEGAS -- Casino operator Boyd Gaming Corp. is objecting to a proposed bankruptcy plan by rival Station Casinos Inc., saying it devalues certain properties that would be sold under a court auction.

Boyd said in a Wednesday filing in federal bankruptcy court in Reno that Station's current plan would call for most of its properties to be sold without player databases and other operating tools essential for casinos.

Boyd said that makes the properties less valuable to outside buyers. Boyd has publicly declared interest in buying out its main rival in the locals casino market in Las Vegas, but its offers have been rejected.

A judge has set a May 4 hearing to discuss Station's proposal. Station owns all or part of 18 properties, and is proposing to split itself in two.

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