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Four CCSD Schools Locked Down for Loose Bobcat

LAS VEGAS -- A loose bobcat in the northwest part of the valley forced Clark County School District officials to place four schools on lockdown Thursday morning.

The schools currently on lockdown are Piggott, Jacobson, Derfelt elementaries and Johnson Middle School.

Metro Police received a call at 10:54 a.m. about a bobcat reported to be about 3 feet tall, spotted in the 900 block of Bannockburn Street near Charleston and Rampart. Police have not yet located the animal and will be using a helicopter in the near future to assist in the search.

Bicyclist in Critical Condition After Sideswiped by Car

LAS VEGAS -- A 53-year-old man is in critical condition after a car sideswiped him while he was riding his bicycle on Alta Drive Wednesday afternoon.

According to Metro Police, William Barton was riding near Rainbow Boulevard in the bike lane when the car hit him, sending the bicyclist to the ground.

The car, which witnesses described as a gray or silver four-door sedan, did not stop or remain at the scene.

Barton was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Accident Investigation Section at 702-828-3595. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit its website. Tips directly leading to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

Survey: Employment Outlook Positive for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Employers in Nevada are getting ready to hire more people, according to a new survey by Manpower, an employment services company.

Around 100 local companies took part in the survey, 19 percent said they're planning on adding more employees between April and June. The survey also showed, employers are more confident than they were a year ago.

Technical services, call centers and construction show the most potential for future job growth.

The survey shows a net employment outlook of 14 percent compared to last year's 4 percent. The percentage is achieved by subtracting the percentage of employers expecting to decrease staff levels from the ones adding to their workforce.

Goodwill Focuses on Finding Jobs for Unemployed Veterans

LAS VEGAS -- Goodwill Southern Nevada cut the ribbon on a new donation center Monday. However, It is not just a place for people to donate gently used clothing and household items. It is unique because it staffed by two previously unemployed veterans.

The program to employee those veterans and others came together with a $350,000 donation from the Nevada Women's Philanthropy.

Goodwill is using the funds to find jobs for veterans either within its organizations or at other companies. The charity says it has seen an increase in the number of unemployed veterans in the past few years.

"It is a huge need here in the community. One out of every seven vets is unemployed and when you think about that for a second, one out of ever seven, that is a huge amount of people," Kathy Topp spokesperson with Goodwill said.

Teen Taken to Hospital After West Valley House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A fire that heavily damaged a house on the 3100 block of Ocean Port Drive is under investigation by Las Vegas Fire investigators. 

One occupant of the house was taken to the hospital after they jumped from an upstairs window. The teen was taken to a nearby hospital and checked out for any injuries.

Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 5:42 p.m. that a house had heavy black smoke coming from it as well as a sofa being on fire in the family room.

When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were showing as it took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

Fire investigators believe the fire started in the family room around the sofa. 

The cause remains under investigation. Damage from the fire is estimated at $150,000.

Family and Friends Remember Shauna Tiaffay

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly seven months after Shauna Tiaffay was found murdered, her friends gathered at Summerlin Centre Community Park.

"She was absolutely the most loving incredible friend and mother," said Carol Pool.

As family held onto pink balloons they said comfort is still far from reach.

"I'm hoping that will happen when we go through the court system. Maybe at that point it feels like we'll get some closure," said Paula Stokes-Richards, Shauna's sister.

On Sept. 29, 2012, 46-year-old Shauna was found brutally beaten to death in her Summerlin apartment.

Police later linked Noel Stevens, a homeless man, to her murder.

Even more shocking, police said, Tiaffay's ex-husband, George Tiaffay, contracted Stevens to murder his wife for $600.

Stevens later pleaded guilty for Shauna's murder. Former firefighter, George Tiaffay, now awaits his court date in jail.

Water Slides Installed at New Water Park

Water Slides Installed at New Water Park

Construction crews started installing one of the biggest attractions of the new water park being built in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley. 

The fiberglass for Canyon Cliff slides at Wet 'n' Wild were attached to the metal tower Wednesday. The slides will stand four stories high. During the ride, the guests will be loaded into capsules then dropped in a free fall that will have them racing at 33 feet per second.

The Canyon Cliff slides are just one of several attractions at the park that will include a wave pool, a lazy river and nine more slides in a splash zone.

"We are very excited to bring this project back for the families. We get overwhelming response from the community. They all want to see this project happen," general manager Takuya Ohki said. "I sometimes wear a Wet 'n' Wild logo shirt and sometimes I go to a restaurant for lunch and everybody comes up to me and says, 'when is going to open?'"