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Volunteer Desert Cleanup Planned for Summerlin

LAS VEGAS -- Valley residents are being invited to take part in a volunteer cleanup of the desert this weekend.

The Howard Hughes Corporation has enlisted several businesses, organizations and volunteer groups to help with the cleanup.

The event is on Saturday, May 1st from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the western ed of Far Hills Ave., approximately two-thirds of a mile west of the 215 Beltway. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sunscreen, wear closed-toe shoes and gloves, to bring water and dress in layers.

A similar cleanup last year resulted in 325 tons of trash being removed from the desert.


County, City Consider Consolidation of Services

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County and the City of Las Vegas could save millions of dollars with a plan to consolidate some public services. But, the idea of merging fire departments is not sitting well with everyone, including some unions.

Both the City of Las Vegas and Clark County are facing budget deficits and are looking for ways to save money. "The economic situation that is facing our citizens is devastating," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said. "We are in an unprecedented time economically." "We are definitely talking about how we can make the taxpayers' dollars go further," Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman adds.

More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

Shots Fired When Bail Bondsman Tries to Make an Arrest

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a shooting near Durango and Alexander.

Police say a bail bondsman was trying to take a suspect into custody when a shootout broke out. Police say about 14 rounds were fired but no one was injured. Several house and a car were hit by gunfire.

Police say that a white Chevy Tahoe was seen leaving the scene. The suspects got away and the bail bondsman is working with police.



Student Reports Being Robbed at Gunpoint

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating the alleged robbery of a student near Cimarron Memorial High School this morning.

Police tell 8 News Now that the 15-year-old student reported to school officials that he was robbed at gunpoint near Tenaya and Lake Mead as he walked to school. The student was not harmed.

The student told police that there were three suspects. He described the suspects as a Hispanic male, African-American male, and a Caucasian male who had long brown hair and was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.


Neighbors Still Rattled After Two Standoffs

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. -- Lives were on hold in two neighborhoods Thursday when Metro, Henderson and North Las Vegas Police faced armed gunmen in separate incidents. 

Police came to Eric Thatcher's house after reports he was threatening to take his life. A state official says Thatcher was a state fire marshal. Before that, he was a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

Thatcher had recently separated from his wife and his home was close to foreclosure. Police still aren't sure if he killed himself or was shot by their officers.

With SWAT teams aiming at Thatcher through neighborhood windows, the amount of damage is not surprising. But across the street, innocent neighbors were simply caught in the crossfire.

"Right as I was unlocking the door, that is when the first bullet come through our house. And we just heard it ricochet off the walls," said a neighbor.

Elderly Woman Dies in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a fatal car accident near Sun City Blvd. and Lake Mead Blvd.

Police say an elderly woman may have had a medical issue that caused her to choke on some food she was eating while driving. She lost control of her car and crashed into a wall.

The female driver died and her husband was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The intersection of Button Willow and Sandilands Drive is closed while police investigate.