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Fire Damages Mobile Home

Fire Damages Mobile Home

A mobile home was heavily damaged by fire that investigators say was started by careless smoking Monday night.

The Clark County Fire Department was called to the home at Desert Inn Mobile Estates, which is near Nellis Boulevard and Twain Avenue, just before 7:20 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the back of a double-wide mobile home; however, winds and a large amount of furnishings in the home made it difficult for firefighters to get to where the fire was burning.

It took crews about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. The one person living at the home was not in the house when the fire started.

Personnel from the Clark County Fire Department and the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze.

Fire investigators decided that fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

The American Red Cross was called to help the person displaced by the fire.

Accident at U.S. 95 and Tropicana Injures 1

Accident at U.S. 95 and Tropicana Injures 1

LAS VEGAS - An accident on southbound U.S. 95 at Tropicana Avenue Monday morning injured one person and snarled traffic for hours.

The accident happened shortly before 5 a.m. Nevada Highway Patrol says a vehicle struck a person who was changing a tire on the side of the highway. The victim was hospitalized in critical condition.

NHP says multiple vehicles were involved in the accident, one of which caught fire. NHP states the driver who caused the crash was likely drunk.

"This is an all too common tragedy in Las Vegas," said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott. "You mix alcohol, which, unfortunately, this town is fueled upon, and you mix it with driving. This is the type of tragedy that happens."

Crews reopened the highway at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Motorcyclist Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash, Suspect in Custody

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of DUI after a hit-and-run crash that killed a teenage motorcyclist.

Police say the crash happened about 7 p.m. Thursday on East Sahara Avenue, near South Van Patten Street.

Investigators said the driver of a red Volkswagen hit the 19-year-old motorcyclist and then fled the scene. Police say the driver was driving with a suspended license. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital.

A Good Samaritan helped police locate the driver.

The Volkswagen driver, Jvon Williams, was found at a home and arrested. The incident marks the 59th traffic-related death in Las Vegas police jurisdiction this year.

Boulevard Mall Sale Could Mean Changes

The Boulevard Mall is located on Maryland Parkway near Desert Inn Road.

LAS VEGAS -- The Boulevard Mall near the Las Vegas Strip is up for sale. Mall executives say they already have interested buyers for the 40-year-old mall. The change in ownership could mean new stores and a slightly different shopping experience.

Mall executives are hoping to cash in on the property which is only two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. It's hoped new retailers will be attracted to the area.

Marquee Velasquez, a mall worker, is hoping the sale of the mall will lead to a boost in customer traffic.

"And bring business back to this mall," he said.

Hit hard by the recession and competition, The Boulevard Mall has struggled for years. Mall executive Charles Moore said the property has become a piece of prime real estate for interested buyers.

Fundraiser Planned for Family of Young Man Killed in Crash

Fundraiser Planned for Family of Young Man Killed in Crash

A fundraiser is planned for Saturday for the family of the young man killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday evening.

According to Metro Police, at about 7 p.m., 19-year-old Angel Velasquez was riding a motorcycle near Sahara Avenue and Van Patten Street, when a Volkswagen ran into him. The driver of the car left the scene.

He was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Velasquez was a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Explorer, a program for young people interested in becoming law enforcement officers. He joined the Explorer team when he was 16 years old.

His fellow Explorers will be holding a car wash to raise money for funeral expenses. The car wash will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brake Masters on Windmill Lane and Easter Avenue.

Police Looking for Two People In Connection with Series of Robberies

Police Looking for Two People In Connection with Series of Robberies

Metro Police are now looking for two persons of interest in connection with a series of robberies in the northeast part of the Las Vegas valley.

The two people were seen in the businesses just before the armed robberies happened. The first person they are looking for is a black man between 18 and 25 years old. He is 6-foot and between 160 and 180 pounds.

The second person is a black woman between 20 and 25 years old. She is between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds.

According to police, officers believe a black man between 30 and 40 years old, who is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, committed a series of armed robberies at several gaming and dining establishments along Nellis Boulevard.

The pictures are from an incident that happened July 26.

Anyone with information on the three people is asked to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Boulevard Mall for Sale

LAS VEGAS -- The Boulevard Mall, which opened in 1968 is for sale, according to a spokesperson for the mall.

The Boulevard Mall on Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road was the largest mall in southern Nevada when it opened. It currently has 140 stores.

The sale is being handled by CB Richard Ellis company.