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Friends, Family Turn to the Internet to Sway the Court System

LAS VEGAS -- Paul Maidman sat at a stoplight in his Buick Century. It was 3:15 a.m. on a Friday. He had been up all night studying, and had to leave his house to fax his professor a paper. On the way home, he stopped at a convenience store -- on the seat next to him sat two Rockstar energy drinks and a snack. One hour later he was dead.

When the police arrived at the accident, the Buick was unrecognizable. A car had failed to slow down for the red light and slammed into the back of Maidman's car. According to a police report, the car's driver, Miranda Dalton, admitted to spending the evening at Stoney's, a bar on Las Vegas Blvd.

In the report, an officer wrote Dalton's "speech was so slurred, I thought she had a foreign object in her mouth."

She failed a field sobriety test and was booked for DUI causing death.

Hep C Victims Watched Court Case Closely

LAS VEGAS -- Michael Washington watched last week's hepatitis C jury verdict with great interest. In 2007, he was the first hepatitis patient genetically linked to Doctor Dipak Desai's endoscopy clinic.

For three years in a row, Washington's court date to hold somebody liable for the virus he contracted has been pushed back. He's glad Henry Chanin has justice, but wonders if he'll still be around to ever have justice of his own.

Washington's retirement years are one long struggle with the seemingly unstoppable health decline of hepatitis C. Washington was one of several patients who contracted hepatitis C from the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada in 2007. Investigators say syringes were re-used by Doctor Desai's staff.

A jury awarded hepatitis C patient Henry Chanin $500 million from drug companies Teva and Baxter Pharmaceuticals, a verdict Washington's attorney Ed Bernstein followed closely.

Home Sales Prices Show First Increase Since 2007

LAS VEGAS -- For the first time in more than three years, there was a year-over-year increase in the median price of a home.

According to the Greater Las Vegas Association of  REALTORS a single-family home sold in Southern Nevada during April was $142,000. That's an increase of 4.4 percent from $136,000 in March and an increase of 0.2 percent from $141,720 in April 2009.

"We don't want to make too much of this just yet, but this is obviously good news for homeowners who want to see prices appreciate," said Rick Shelton, GLVAR president.

In April, 27 percent of all homes sold in Southern Nevada were short sales. Those sales continue to climb while sales of foreclosed homes is decreasing. In April, 43 percent of homes sold were in foreclosure as compared to 53 percent in February. Shelton said this shift is being supported by government efforts to encourage short sales over foreclosures.

Race to Honor Fallen Officers

LAS VEGAS -- It was one year ago that Metro officer James Manor was killed in a car crash while responding to a call for help. Since then, five other law enforcement officers from southern Nevada have been killed in the line of duty.

On Saturday, the Peacekeeper's Kids 5K Run will raise money for those fallen officers' children. 

Every May during Police Memorial Month, the students, faculty and staff of Marc Kahre Elementary invite the community to join them in a tribute to their school's namesake. Metro motor officer Marc Kahre was killed in the line of duty in 1988.

This year, six more law enforcement officers killed in southern Nevada were also honored. 

A rose given in the name of each officer to a member of his family, including the wife of officer Trevor Nettleton and their young son.

Road Resurfacing Planned in Summerlin

LAS VEGAS -- There will be some traffic lane restrictions and closures as roads are resurfaced in the Summerlin area.

Starting May 10th, Village Center Circle, Hills Center Drive and Town Center Drive will undergo work. The work will take place over a two month period.

Lawmaker Wants Special Session to Enact AZ Style Immigration Law

LAS VEGAS -- The Arizona state leader who helped create that state's controversial immigration law is hoping to spread the idea. He came to Las Vegas and found a receptive politician in Nevada State Assemblyman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chad Christensen.

Christensen met with Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce in front of the Las Vegas INS office.

"The first step is we cut off the gravy train -- we cut off all the financial support," he said. "We need to get aggressive on this really quick. As a legislator, I know first hand that the state cannot continue to pay."

Governor Jim Gibbons resists the call for a special session, saying immigration reform is a federal responsibility.

"I think a lot of it has to do with politics. The sad part about it is the State of Nevada can't do anything about immigration reform," he said.

New Entrance Fees for Red Rock Go Into Effect

RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA, Nev. -- Rangers are now charging a $3 fee to bicyclists and pedestrians entering the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area outside Las Vegas.

The federal Bureau of Land Management says it'll dedicate one entry lane Saturday at the 13-mile scenic loop gate for hikers and bikers for the fee increase.

Commercial tour buses will pay $5 per person, up from $2 per person. Motorcycle entry will be $3, up from $2. Vehicle day passes are now $7, up from $5. Annual passes are now $30.

For the first time, reservations for a Red Spring area group picnic site will be available for $40. The BLM says it's the first fee increase in 10 years at the scenic preserve about 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

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