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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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Officer Identified in Metro Involved Shooting

The Metro officer involved in a shooting on Cheyenne Ave. near Michael Way has been identified as Officer David Gilbert.

Police say 48-year-old Gilbert shot Raymond Duensign in the arm and torso after a routine traffic stop turned dangerous. 

Gilbert has been with Metro since 1993 is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.

Woman Found Guilty in Baby's Death

Jurors have found a woman guilty of first degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old foster son.

The jury returned their verdict late Thursday night after deliberating for more than four hours in the trial of Melanie Ochs.

Ochs was found guilty of causing the deadly head injury to Baby Boy Charles in 2006. She is facing the possibility of life in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28, 2010.

Ochs initially blamed her two older children for causing the injury but did tell the jury that the child was injured after he fell from the top of a washing machine. While Ochs claimed the injured to the child were accidental, authorities say abuse was involved and doctors say the fall should not have fatally injured the child.

New Red Rock Visitor Center Unveils Wednesday

The first of a multi-phase new project at the Red Rock Visitor Center will be unveiled on Wednesday.

The Arrival Center offers an information station, exhibits and a bookstore. The full project, which will include outdoor exhibits and an amphitheater, will be completed by mid-2010.

"Red Rock is one of the BLM's crown jewels and is a source of pride for southern Nevada," said Tim Wakefield, BLM Red Rock/Sloan field manager.

The $23 million construction was approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The new center will replace the current visitor center which opened in 1982. Back then, only 20,000 people visited the center in a year. Now, there are more than 1 million visitors a year.

Teen Sentenced for Killing High School Student

The 17-year-old who shot and killed a high school student in 2008 was sentenced to life in prison.

Gerald Davison, who was the triggerman in a drive-by shooting near Palo Verde High School, will not be eligible for parole for 28 years. Davison apologized to Christopher Privett's family during the sentencing.

Privett, who was 15-years-old was walking home from school with a group of friends when he was killed. According to police, the friend had earlier exchanged gang signs with Davison.

Ezekiel Williams, who was driving the car, was sentenced in Aug. to 20 years in prison.

Sentencing Scheduled for High School Student's Killer

One of the two teens accused of shooting to death a high school student walking home is expected to be sentenced today.

Ezekial Williams, who was 18-years-old and Gerald Davison who was 16-years-old shot 15-year-old Christopher Privett in a drive by shooting in Feb. 2008 near Palo Verde High School. Police say both teens were part of a gang.

The triggerman was Gerald Davison, Jr. and the driver was Ezekiel Williams. Williams has already been sentenced, Davison who is now 17-years-old will be sentenced today. He had attemped to have his guilty plea to first degree-murder withdrawn but it was denied by a judge.

Davison had told investigators that just before the shooting, a group of students near Palo Verde threw gang signs at them and were "talking trash" about Williams' girlfriend. Davison says Williams handed him the gun and encouraged him to shoot at the students from the car.