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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.

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."

Cool at School: Meadows School art show

LAS VEGAS - The creativity of Meadows School students was on display at a recent art show.

"I just love starting with a blank canvas and being able to turn it into anything," said studio art student Amanda Newman.

A photograph that was taken in San Francisco by student Ryan Chakmak won second place.

"We actually took one of those shadows and copied and distorted it and made it match those other windows," he said.

Technology has influenced traditional photography.

"It gives photographers a lot more tools under their belt to express their message or just make a photo look good," Chakmak said.

Teachers describe their art class objective.

"I feel my job is to find out what they're good at and show them how to be better at it," said studio art teacher Danielle Brown.

Art can change the way a student thinks

3 arrested in Culinary Union protest, Station Casinos responds

LAS VEGAS -- Three people were arrested during a union protest involving casino workers Thursday night.  The protestors were arrested in what Metro Police are calling a "staged arrest." 

Downtown Summerlin opens to the public

Trader Joe's is one of the stores at Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS -- After years of planning and delays, Downtown Summerlin finally became a reality Thursday morning when it opened to the public.

The 1.6 million square foot complex will have more than 125 stores and restaurants when completed. The shopping center boasts big name department stores like Dillards and Macy's as well as new dining options like Crave and a bar by Wolfgang Puck.