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Police Make Arrest in Violent Attack on Woman

Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating of a 65-year-old woman on October 14th.

Daniel Ruiz has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on multiple charges including robbery and first degree kidnapping.

Police say Ruiz broke into the woman's home near Smoke Ranch and Buffalo and severely beat her before stealing car. The car was discovered two days after the attack.

Teen Critically Injured in Morning Accident

A 16-year-old male suffered critical injuries in a car accident Tuesday morning at Rainbow Blvd. and Whispering Sands Dr.

The teen was a passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old male, who suffered moderate injuries.

According to Metro, the teen driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit an SUV. That driver suffered minor injuries.

Nevada Schools See Improved Math Scores

Clark County schools have something to celebrate. Nevada was just one of four states that improved in both 4th and 8th grade math this year.

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, Nevada showed slight improvements this year compared to two years ago and major improvement from 13 years ago. One local school credits a special teaching method used.

At Richard Bryan Elementary School, Mrs. Crew's reputation speaks for itself.

"Mrs. Crew makes it really fun, she has a lot of games that we do in here," said Megan Burns, student.

Crew is known for helping kids master math, so it's the only subject she teaches. Her school ditched the traditional model where one teacher teaches every subject. At Richard Bryan, students rotate between teachers and subjects.

Teen Dead in Northwest Las Vegas Accident

Metro Police are investigating a fatal Tuesday night accident near West Ann Road and Centennial Center Boulevard.

Police say two 17-year-olds were driving on Centennial in a Nissan Altima when the driver lost control and struck a palm tree. The car's passenger side took the most damage from the impact.

The driver was transported to University Medical Center in an unknown condition, but police say he was talking to emergency responders. The passenger died at the scene.

Police say speed is a factor in this crash. They don't believe the teens were racing or drinking alcohol, but they do think they were driving fast.

Teen Accident Victim Identified

Police say speed was the biggest factor in a car crash that killed 17-year-old Pierino Yohanes Halley who was a student at Centennial High School.

Halley was killed when the car he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole and trees Tuesday night near Centennial Center Blvd. and Ann Road. Along that particular stretch of road, there are no stop lights and people say it is common for drivers to exceed the speed limit.

"It says 35 and people usually go 50 or 55 because there are never any cops over here to pull them over so they think it is just an open street," said Brittany Tarricone, teen driver.

Companies Eye So. Nevada for Business Relocation

Southern Nevada's high unemployment rate is making it easy for companies relocating to the valley to find workers.

When operations became too expensive in California for Erickson International, the company looked for a more business friendly place to relocate. The company's president says Nevada has it all, especially a willing workforce.

Erickson International is a $20 million company that's growing. They make window films used for tinting car, home and business windows.

"Remember, it's a green product that can save energy," said Michael Miller, the company president. He says doing business in California no longer made sense but moving east to Nevada did.

"We looked at it as an advantage during a down time in the economy. People are looking for new options, lower cost alternatives. We're going to offer lower cost products because we are very efficiently manufacturing," he said.

Red Rock Conservation Area to Host Volunteer Day

Federal officials say they plan to host a fifth annual volunteer day at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area next month.

Officials for the Bureau of Land Management say their fifth "Make a Difference Day" at the park will be held Oct. 24. The day includes volunteer projects in the morning, then ends with food and entertainment.

Officials say the number of volunteers has tripled during the past three years. They encourage participants to register ahead of time by clicking here.

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