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Police, parents and teachers needed to combat school violence

LAS VEGAS -- School violence is an epidemic that won't quit.

Earlier this month, a student from O'Callaghan Middle School was taken to the hospital after a fight in the lunchroom.

O'Callaghan is near two other schools with some of the highest number of suspensions, expulsions and violence to students.

Harney, O'Callaghan and Bailey middle schools are within a five mile radius of each other, and according to the Department of Education, they happen to have a problem with violence.

"There is a lot of different ones. There are gangs. There are a bunch of people that do drugs and all that," 13-year-old middle school student Tyler Hamman said.

Tyler was recently kicked out of school. His mom Brenda Wilson says it was because of drug paraphernalia.

"He brought a weed pipe to school, and he was expelled and had to go to continuation school," Wilson said.

Coroner IDs man struck, killed on Boulder Hwy.

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man struck and killed on Boulder Highway Monday night as 57-year-old Michael Madison of Las Vegas.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the crash happened at about 10:15 p.m. near Desert Inn Road.

Madison ran into the road and was hit by a gray Volkswagen, troopers said. He was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Troopers say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The driver has not been charged.

Man arrested in connection with deadly stabbing

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is facing charges of murder with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon in connection with a double stabbing that left one person dead.

According to Metro Police, officers were called to the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on reports of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found one person who had been stabbed.

In the police report, the first victim's wife said she and her husband, identified by police as 61-year-old Ambrosio Trujillo-Martinez, were in their truck and leaving a convenience store parking lot at Sahara Ave. and Nellis Blvd., when the suspect approached them and started stabbing Truijillo-Martinez. He was stabbed in the arm and in the chest. 

City grant used to make neighborhood safer

LAS VEGAS -- One Las Vegas valley neighborhood is taking money typically used to plant trees and paint signs and using it to make their community safer.

Just one year ago, people in the Crossroads One complex, which is near Charleston and Lamb boulevards say the neighborhood was full of break-ins, drug addicts and prostitutes, but not anymore.

Residents say the area hasn't always had the best reputation, but today, neighbors say they now feel safe after winning a beautification grant from the city of Las Vegas.

They are now using that money as a crime-fighting tool. A quick neighborly chat, even in the middle of the day, was nearly impossible just a year ago

"There were some pretty bad incidents that occurred," Crossroads One resident Monty Chavez said.

No one here felt secure, even locked in their own homes.

"Some bad guys would come up and just kick the door in, at random apparently," Chavez said.

Police: Man's crime spree ends with police standoff, arrest

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is facing several charges including murder, home invasion and assault with a deadly weapon after Metro Police say he burglarized a home, shot and killed a man at the Wetlands Park and a day later was involved in a standoff with police.

According to the arrest reports Monday, 27-year-old Robert Sean Williams burglarized a home near the Wetlands Park in the eastern part of the Las Vegas valley on April 1. Besides taking a video game system, police say he also took a gun and ammunition from the home.

While leaving the scene, police say he shot and killed 32-year-old Chester Cullen who was walking through the Wetlands Park.

The next evening, police say, Williams broke into an apartment near Twain Avenue and Paradise Road. The woman in the apartment was able to get out safely, and call police.

Boulevard mall, Maryland Parkway key players

Boulevard mall, Maryland Parkway key players

Plans to reinvent the Boulevard Mall fit nicely with plans to improve transportation in the area, especially along Maryland Parkwy.

The announcement that owners of the Boulevard mall are planning a $25 million face-lift couldn’t have come at a better time for transportation planners.

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Coroner IDs motorcycle rider killed in crash

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the motorcycle rider who died last night as 44-year-old William Donnelly of Henderson.

The crash happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Desert Inn Road near Brentwood Street.

Police say Donnelly was traveling westbound along Desert Inn, when it hit a pickup truck. The truck was turning from Brentwood on to eastbound Desert Inn at the time of the collision.

The impact forced Donnelly from his bike. Emergency crews took him to Sunrise Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The 41-year-old male driver of the truck and a 38-year-old male passenger sustained minor injuries.

This is the 26th fatal crash in Metro Police jurisdiction this year.