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Teacher's Death Ruled Accidental

The teacher whose body was discovered after a house file in August died of an accidental overdose, according to the Clark County Coroner.

Michelle Perch had been a teacher at Jo Mackey Elementary School for 16 years. Her body was discovered in her home after firefighters battled a blaze.

The coroner reports that Perch died of actue hydrocodone intoxication. Hydrocodone is a used to treat pain.

Summerlin Accident Leaves Man in Critical Condition

Police say a 28-year-old driver was hospitalized with critical injuries after his pickup truck crashed into four stopped vehicles at a traffic signal and slammed into a tree in northwest Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police say a 49-year-old female driver of a 2006 Chrysler 300 received minor injuries and the drivers of the other three vehicles escaped injury in the 9:15 p.m. Monday crash on Buffalo Drive near Lake Mead Boulevard.

Investigators say speed may have been a factor, but they don't know yet what caused the pickup to sideswipe a Toyota Camry, a Lexus GX and a Dodge Caravan and then collide with the Chrysler before hitting the tree

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Las Vegas Brick Wall Honors 9/11

There are hundreds of brick walls in Las Vegas. But one wall in a small neighborhood on Buffalo Road draws hundreds of bystanders every year on the anniversary of 9/11.

The wall was painted by a couple who never expected it to draw as much attention as it does. John and Donna Deluca were so shocked by the events of 9/11, they wanted to do something everyone would remember.

"We just stood there just awestruck in disbelief thinking what is this? It was very emotional to see that because you knew people were dying," said Donna Deluca. For days, Donna and her husband John were torn about what they could do to help. What they created is still there eight years later.

"It was just a natural thought that, hey I want to be part of something. We had heard people were painting their roofs and he (John) said, 'I want to do something bigger than that,'" Donna Deluca said. So they did.

Police: Teens Involved in Fatal Crash Were Drinking

Metro says underage drinking is the cause of deadly accident that killed a teen and critically injured four others Thursday evening. It happened at Tropical Parkway and Kylie Street, near the I-215 and Jones.

The Clark County Coroner's office says the driver of the vehicle was 18-year-old Lucio Sanchez, Jr. He tried to make the turn at the intersection but he was driving too fast. When he lost control, he slammed into a brick wall.

"We heard it. We heard the blast or the slam," said Kyle Carrell. The crash woke up Carrell from his afternoon nap. "It was a mess last night. The car was on its side, the rear end of it hit he wall," he said.

The other passengers, three 14-year-olds and one 17-year-old, were rushed to UMC Trauma with serious injuries.

Metro Fatal Accident Officer Bill Redfairn says all of them were drinking. "Anytime anybody is involved in an accident, it's difficult.

Woman Killed in NW Las Vegas Shooting

Metro police say one woman is dead and a man has been taken to the hospital in critical condition in what police are calling an apparent murder suicide. 

Police say the man shot and killed the woman before turning the gun on himself in a home near Grand Teton and Cimarron Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the couple were boyfriend and girlfriend and lived together in the home. Police were called to the home around 1:30 p.m.

"We do believe this to be domestic related. Hopefully he will come out of surgery and we will be able to talk to him and get more info," said Lt. Lew Roberts, Metro. 

When police arrived on the scene, they found the woman dead from a gunshot wound near the kitchen. The man, also suffering a gunshot wound, was rushed to UMC.

It was a sad ending to the holiday for neighbors.

"It's unfortunate. Very unnerving.

Las Vegas Rally Against Big Government

The emotional debate over health care reform heated up Monday when hundreds gathered for a rally against big government.

The Tea Party Express Tour took place at the Sports Center of Las Vegas and drew about 500 people who wanted to get their message out. 

They say enough is enough when it comes to the president's plan for health care reform. The group which chanted, cheered and waved American flags and homemade signs said they are tired of being silenced.

"Today is about being heard. We've been ignored," said Philip Gaudin who brought surgical masks with a message.

"For the people who don't think Obama is qualified to be their physician kind of like the statement don't tread on my healthcare," he said.

I-Team: Court Battle Keeps Construction Project Halted

At least 300 Las Vegas contractors could be working on an expansion of the 215 but they aren't because of a long court battle between two paving companies.  Allegations of child pornography, botched licenses and union bias are all keeping the jobs from happening.

Clark County wants to expand the 215 to four lanes from Decatur to Tenaya. For the last few months, Las Vegas Paving and North Dakota based Fisher Sand and Gravel have been feuding in court to get that job. Las Vegas Paving's bid was higher and they still got the contract. Fisher cried foul after feeling like targets for past discretions and anti-union bias.

The fight over widening part of the 215 has taken a strange path recently. To Fisher's attorney, Stan Parry, it's unacceptable.

"It's ludicrous.