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Rugby Improves Fitness, Education at Valley Schools

LAS VEGAS - The field at Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School usually hosts football and soccer games. These days, you'll see rugby in these parts.

"The kids, they're just wholeheartedly in 110 percent. It's made a difference in the climate around school," said fourth grade teacher Chris Leffler.

"Everybody can get the ball. It doesn't matter how fast you are. You just have to pull the flags and have fun," said fourth grader Savannah Burke.

Like Savannah, fourth grader Michael Carroll has plenty of fun with rugby. He recently took up the sport.

"Just about a year or so," he said.

"I like to call it the most American sport most Americans don't know... NFL football came directly out of rugby," said USA Sevens Rugby Competition Manager Jon Hinkin. "When we came to Las Vegas three years ago, (we brought) culture of each individual country."

Driving You Crazy: Faded Crosswalk at Charleston & Buffalo

LAS VEGAS - A viewer asked if anything could be done to fix faded crosswalk markings at Charleston Boulevard and Buffalo Drive.

The crosswalk isn't marked clearly, nor is the traffic line before the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection to indicate where traffic should stop.

It's enough of a challenge getting cars to stop before a crosswalk when the markings are clear. This one seemed like a real risk for anyone crossing in the area.

A lot of credit goes to the City of Las Vegas on this. A senior traffic engineering technician went to the intersection to meet with the 8 News NOW viewer. The engineer received a first-hand account of this pedestrian crossing problem.

The city heard the viewer's concerns and will repaint the crosswalk and stop line.

Additionally, the city official noticed the countdown pedestrian crosswalk mechanism was not showing the numbers counting down. That will also be repaired.

Cupcakery Makes Special Treat for President Obama

Cupcakery Makes Special Treat for President Obama

 

A cupcake bakery made a special set of cupcakes for President Barack Obama during his visit to the Las Vegas valley Tuesday.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman special ordered a half dozen cupcakes from The Cupcakery on Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way to give to the president.

She asked that the treats be decorated with pictures of the president, the first lady and their daughters Sasha and Malia.

The owner of the cupcake shop says she never expected she would be filling a high-profile order like the one she got Tuesday.

"We have been in business for, going into our eighth year  and this is definitely the highest compliment I would say we have ever received," owner Pamela Jenkins said.

Jenkins said having the mayor take her shop's cupcakes to the president made for an amazing day for her and her staff.

Woman Killed in Crash

LAS VEGAS -- A 23-year old woman died in a crash near Charleston and Rainbow boulevards after driving her car into the back of a public bus Monday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Witnesses told Metro Police that the woman ran her car into the back of a Regional Transportation Commission bus that had stopped to pick up passengers at a bus stop.

The woman, who was thrown from her car, was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Her name and cause of death will be released by the Clark County coroner after her family has been notified.

Five bus passengers were hurt and taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries.

This is the 14th traffic-related death in Metro's jurisdiction this year. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

One Dead Following Apartment Fire

One Dead Following Apartment Fire

LAS VEGAS - Clark County Fire Department officials confirm one person is dead following a fire at an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Cimarron Road.

The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. Monday at the Monaco Park Apartments. Crews discovered a fire in one of the apartments and put the fire out shortly after arriving.

Soon after, crews uncovered the body of an elderly female.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the victim. The fire caused approximately $10,000 damage.

Home Invasion Suspect Puts Neighborhood on Alert

Home Invasion Suspect Puts Neighborhood on Alert

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for a home invasion suspect that attacked an elderly man with a hand saw, but they need help to solve this seemingly random crime.

Residents in Peccole Ranch are on the look out since their neighbors were targeted. Police said this was a brazen attack and want to catch the suspect before he strikes again.

It was around 7pm on January, 15th when police said a violent home invasion occurred as the suspect, believed to be in his late teens or early 20's, broke into the home armed with a saw looking for trouble.

Neighbors said one of the victims, a man in his 80's, was sliced on his hand by the robber. The suspect got away with several stolen items and police said the method of operation on this crook is a little unusual.