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Police say Man Admitted to Murder

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Wednesday night's shooting near State Route 157 and US 95.

Police say Rene Zambadajimenez was riding in Ulises Mendez-Rodriguez's car and asked him to pull over. After pulling over, detectives say, Zambadajimenez shot Mendez-Rodriguez several times and left him on the side of the road and then sped away in the vehicle.

The victim flagged down another vehicle but ended up dying at UMC. Police say zambadajimenez's admitted to killing Mendez-Rodriguez. He is now being charged with murder with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

Woman Found Dead After House Fire Identified

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The woman whose body was discovered after a fire at a luxury home in Summerlin has been identified.

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman as 28-year-old Karen Michelle Heely from Conway, South Carolina. Her cause of death has yet to be released.

The house went up in flames Sunday night in the Ridges neighborhood in Summerlin. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Unanswered Questions in Summerlin Fatal Fire

Firefighters and police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a blazing home in northwest Las Vegas.

Clark County fire spokesman Scott Allison said Tuesday there are a lot of unanswered questions about how the woman died and how the fire started late Sunday. Flames gutted the million-dollar home on Panorama Crest Avenue in the Ridges.

Las Vegas police homicide investigators are involved, and the county coroner hasn't identified the woman or determined a cause of death.

Allison says it appeared she was a visitor at the house. He says the homeowner was sitting in a car up the street with another person when firefighters arrived a little after 9 p.m.

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Summerlin House Fire Claims Woman's Life

One person is dead following a house fire Sunday night in Summerlin in the Ridges neighborhood.

The fire in the single level home started shortly after 9 p.m. in a home on Panorama Crest Ave, which is near the 215 and Desert Inn. Fire crews battled the blaze for nearly two hours.

Fire officials confirm that at least one adult female died as a result of this fire.

Children May Have Witnessed Mother's Murder

LAS VEGAS, NV. -- A woman is dead and her husband is under arrest and facing murder charges.

Police say the wife was arguing with her husband, 49-year-old Farid Ashraf, because she wanted out of the marriage.

Police say Ashraf ended up stabbing the victim multiple times, killing her. The couple's children, who were in the home at the time, fled to a neighbors house. Police arrested Ashraf and he is  being charged with murder.

The incident happened Saturday morning near Craig and Tenaya.

Construction Revs Up on Summerlin Project

LAS VEGAS, Nv. -- The sounds of iron and steel have ceased on many construction sites around the Las Vegas valley because of the poor economy. But one project has restarted its construction.

It is called Tivoli Village and it's under construction in Summerlin next to Boca Park near Rampart and Charleston Blvd. It's a combination of retail, office and restaurant space. The company is pushing ahead despite a recent study that says commercial real estate will hit rock bottom in the upcoming year.

The owners of Tivoli Village are optimistic the space will thrive. The sounds of hammers and tractors are bringing new life to a construction site that has been quiet for nearly a year. In 2006, there were 300 workers on site until the economy tanked. Management was forced to scale back construction and cut staff to only 30 workers.

Apartment Fire Sends 5 to Hospital

Fire officials say a man was badly burned and a woman, two children and a neighbor were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after an apartment fire early Wednesday morning  in northwest Las Vegas.

Firefighters say the woman lowered the children, ages 3 and 5, from a second-story balcony at complex near Cheyenne Avenue and Rancho Drive. Investigators say the fire appears to have started about midnight in the kitchen.

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