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Search and rescue squad shares details on becoming a volunteer

LAS VEGAS --  It's still early in the year, but Red Rock Search and Rescue volunteers said so far, their 2015 has been really busy.

Organizers of the group said they have already responded to a number of new search efforts, along with working on cold cases.

"A lot of what we do involves both old and current cases. But because of the amount of cases we have, we actually need more people,” said David Cummings, Commander, Red Rock Search and Rescue.

Groups like Red Rock Search and Rescue are usually called to help when law enforcement agencies can't continue the search. Whether the mission involves a missing hiker or a missing child, the group works hard to help families find their loved ones.

"If I were to lose him in the desert I would want people like Red Rock out there searching," said Jessica Davis, looking to volunteer with Red Rock.

Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.

Juvenile on bike struck by car in Summerlin

 LAS VEGAS -- A juvenile riding a bike was struck by a car Monday morning in a Summerlin neighborhood.

The juvenile was hit around 9 a.m. in a driveway near Greenmoor Lane and Pavilion Center Drive, according to Metro Police.

The juvenile was transported to Summerlin Hospital with minor injuries. The driver remained at the scene.

Police arrest 2 after bank robbery, car chase

 LAS VEGAS -- Two people are in police custody following a bank robbery and car chase that resulted in a crash Friday morning.

Metro Police responded to a call of a bank robbery in the 10000 block of W. Charleston Boulevard around 8:44 a.m. 

According to police, officers were able to track the two suspects to a location near Bruce Street and Washington Avenue and when they attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspects took off with the police in pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed near Searles Avenue and Bruce Street. Both suspects were arrested.

Accused Walgreens shooter plans to enter not guilty plea

 LAS VEGAS -- The attorney for the man accused of a deadly robbery at a Walgreens store the day after Christmas said his client plans to plead not guilty.

Jin Ackerman, 25, appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court Wednesday morning for his initial appearance, but the hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 7 because his attorney, Tim Pitaro, wants to see the store security video. He is facing charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary. He is charged with killing Walgreens employee 58-year-old Antonio "Tony" Isnit.

According to police, Ackerman, an ex-employee, entered the Walgreens store on Cheyenne Road around 4 a.m. holding a female worker at gunpoint while he forced her to open the safe and give him thousands of dollars. He spent nearly an hour in the store because the woman was called a few times to help check out customers.

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

Median Las Vegas-area home prices back above $200K

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Southern Nevada real estate agents say the area's median home price has climbed back above the $200,000 mark in November.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that the median home price of $202,000 is up 1.1 percent from October, and up 10.4 percent from the same time a year ago.

Association chief Heidi Kasama says real estate agents are selling fewer properties overall each month, but more in the higher price brackets.

She says she expects the housing market to remain fairly stable through 2015.

Home prices remain well below their June 2006 peak of $315,000, but above their January 2012 trough of $118,000.

The total number of homes sold in November was nearly 2,500, down about 400 from October.