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Shooting Investigation Sparks Hours-Long Standoff

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police called in their SWAT team Sunday and shut down a northwest valley neighborhood for several hours as they searched for suspects involved in a shooting.

Residents living near Buffalo and Alta Drivers said they heard gunshots around 11:30 a.m. and saw police swarming the area.                

Gideon Pollesche who has lived in the area for about four years said he didn't think much about the noise he heard earlier in the day.

"I guess it was about 11:30 a.m. or so. Somewhere around that time I heard four or five pops, I thought it may be some fire crackers and I turned up the stereo so my dog wouldn't get freaked out," said Pollesche.

Metro did receive calls of shots being fired. Officers did find bullet casings but no evidence of a crime.

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event

Beers, Kermit Headline Back-to-School Event

 

Consider yourself a true Las Vegas political junkie if you knew about the tie between Bob Beers and Kermit the Frog.

Las Vegas Councilman Beers invites residents to join him for a free back-to-school fair and movie in the park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on August 9 in Ansan Sister City Park.

Free backpacks, school supplies, light refreshments and beverages will be distributed in the park at 7801 Ducharme Ave. (at Buffalo Drive near Alta) while supplies last.

Residents are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy numerous children’s activities until the PG-rated “The Muppets” movie starts at dusk. 

“I’ve been a big fan of Kermit the Frog since I first saw him pick up a banjo,” Councilman Beers said. “In the latest movie, which we will be showing Aug. 9, he actually graduates to a five-string instrument.”

Couple Looks for Answers After Dog Shot While on Walk

Couple Looks for Answers After Dog Shot While on Walk

A couple is looking for the person who shot their dog Thursday night as they were on a walk near TPC Summerlin Golf Course.

Maria and Diego Sanz de Acedo were walking their husky, Bosco, at around 8:30 p.m., in a park near the golf course. The dog was not on a leash. He had walked a short distance ahead of the Sanz de Acedo's when they heard a loud bang. She thought it was fireworks, but soon they spotted Bosco limping towards them. The dog had been shot.

“At first, I thought it was not real. It took me some seconds to realize this was real. The last thing you expect when you are taking a nice walk is that your dog is going to be shot twice,” Sanz de Acedo said.

They rushed him to a nearby animal hospital. Bosco is now stable, but the large caliber bullet is still lodged near the dog’s spine. The veterinarian says removing it would do more harm.

Restaurants Marking Bastille Day with Special Dishes

Several restaurants around southern Nevada will be marking an important French holiday with special menus.

Marche Bacchus, 2620 Regatta Drive, will celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 with a special dinner menu, an appearance by dancers from MGM Grand's Crazy Horse Paris and a sky-diving exhibition into Lake Jacqueline.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

BLM Unveils Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk

BLM Unveils Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Wildfires have consumed thousands of acres of forest in the west this summer.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday a new plan to reduce the possibility of devastating wildfires in the Red Rock Canyon area.  

The BLM will use herbicides to kill off non-native, invasive grasses. The grasses fuel wildfires in desert areas. The herbicides will create what are known as fuel breaks, which are areas without many plants that keep fires from spreading as quickly.

The herbicides will cover 2,114 acres of land along roads, trails and natural features in the conservation area. Another 2,346 acres of land that have already been burned by wildfires will also be treated.

The BLM says reducing the non-native grasses will also allow better growth of the desert’s native plants. 

Meadows Senior Picks Up Another Award

Meadows Senior Picks Up Another Award

 

An outstanding athlete from The Meadows added another award to his trophy case.

Garrett Gosse earned a SAMMY Award and will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, and was featured in a USA Today ad over the weekend wearing a milk mustache. More than 30,000 students entered the SAMMY Awards this year. There were 25 winners, outstanding high school senior student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics and community service.

Gosse’s accomplishments include earning a spot in the top of his high school class. His athletic achievements include being named the Wendy’s High School Heisman National Winner and leading The Meadows football team to state championships twice during his high school career.  He serves as Senior Class Vice President and volunteers with Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, which provides assistance to burn victims and their families.