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Driver arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police have arrested a driver who they say was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.

Investigators say Ismael Moreno, 49, was on East Sahara Avenue outside a crosswalk when he was struck by a pickup truck around 3:25 a.m.

The pedestrian was knocked down and pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver fled the scene in what witnesses described as a small, two-door pickup with white paint and a damaged left headlamp.

According to police, the attorney of a woman identified as Samantha McLeod, 24, contacted police Sunday afternoon and McLeod was booked into Clark County Detention Center on a felony hit and run charge.



Man struck, killed by car near Nellis and Sun Valley ID'd

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man struck by a car and killed Saturday as 51-year-old William Neal Holyoke.

Metro Police investigated the 5:30 p.m. crash at S. Nellis Boulevard and E. Sun Valley Drive near Tropicana Avenue.

A 93-year-old Henderson man in a Chevy pickup was traveling south on Nellis Blvd. when he struck a man at the intersection of Sun Valley. The pedestrian was transported to Sunrise Hospital, but died shortly after his arrival. 

The pedestrian, a white male adult, did not have any identification on him and has been listed as a John Doe until he is identified.

The driver of the pickup remained at the scene and provided a statement to the police.

Coroner IDs teen killed in crash at Sahara, Sloan

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the teen killed in a crash at a popular and dangerous intersection Friday.  

The coroner's office said 19-year-old Miguel Grijalva-Enriquez was traveling westbound along Sahara in a red Nissan 350Z around 3:53 p.m. when his car collided with another car at E. Sahara Avenue and S. Sloan Lane.

Claudia Rincon, the 29-year-old driver of the gray Toyota Prius, was going east on Sahara; officers said when she turned left onto Sloan, the vehicles collided.  The Nissan spun out of control and hit a pole, officers said. 

Person shot near Tropicana and Nellis in Southeast

LAS VEGAS -- A person was shot near E. Tropicana Avenue and S. Nellis Boulevard Thursday, police said.

Metro Police says they first received the call of the incident in the 5100 block of E. Tropicana Avenue around 8:32 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds near the Sonoma Hills apartment complex and the Tropical Gardens Shopping Center.

Detectives said the shooting appears to be gang related.

The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital.

This is a developing story.

Surveillance at local businesses helped police catch alleged killer

LAS VEGAS -- The arrest report for Jerry Howard, a man accused of a killing a woman on Jan. 2, was released by Metro Police Thursday. 

The 24-year-old was arrested Wednesday for the brutal murder of 54-year-old Kathy Shines, police said. Officers said Howard beat, raped and stabbed Shines before disposing of her body into a dumpster behind a bar in the 3300 block of S. Nellis Blvd.

Local businesses in the area supplied Metro with the surveillance video they needed to crack the case.

“I still have nightmares. I can't sleep. I had to watch it multiple times,” said Mickey Tenney, a business owner in the area.

It was on surveillance video where police said they saw what they described as the “brutal and vicious” events of that night. The arrest report said you could see Howard attacking Shines from behind as she was collecting cans out of the dumpster.

Coroner: Multiple stab wounds found on dead woman

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the woman found dead behind a business as 54-year-old Kathy Shines of Las Vegas. Shine suffered numerous stab wounds to her body, the coroner said.



Metro Police have released surveillance pictures of the man they think is connected to Shine's death.

Officers said the woman's body was found by dumpsters behind a business at 3300 S. Nellis Boulevard around 5:57 a.m. Saturday morning. According to authorities, the woman was approached by a man and attacked.  

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male adult, standing approximately 6 feet tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black beanie, black hooded jacket, red shirt, black pants, and dark gloves.

This is the second homicide in Metro Police's jurisdiction so far this year.  This is a developing story.  Metro homicide detectives are investigating.

Police rely on Crime Stoppers for witnesses not wanting to ‘snitch'

LAS VEGAS -- A man who won big on a gaming machine in a convenience store was beat up and robbed, and it was all caught on tape.

Officers said it all unfolded at the “Your Stop” convenience store located near Twain Avenue and Swenson Street on Dec. 20 around 9:30 a.m.

The man, whose identity is unknown, won more than $2,000 on a gaming machine, and he cheered about it, and it caught the attention of the wrong people, officers said.

Investigators said that's when two men took it upon themselves to wait for him outside, and when the victim went out to smoke a cigarette, they beat him and robbed him of his winnings.

Police said there were many witnesses around, but no one stepped in to help. Even now, Metro said no one is willing to talk.

Detectives said the witnesses fear of their lives; along with not wanting to “snitch,” that's the reason the anonymous tip line called Crime Stoppers exist.