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Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

After weeks of collecting dresses, Las Vegas Prom Closet will be open this weekend for high school girls looking for an outfit for prom.

The nonprofit group collected new and gently used prom dresses and accessories for kids who cannot afford them. The dresses were collected at several drop-off locations around southern Nevada. The prom closet will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the HELP of Southern Nevada offices, 1640 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 100. High school students interested in getting a dress from Las Vegas Prom Closet will need to show a valid student ID.  


House and Home Focus of Upcoming Art Exhibit

An art exhibit opening in April will focus on the meaning of home and house.

Three local artists used paint and sculpture to explore the theme in the exhibit called “Dreamhouse.” Works by Mary Warner, Mark Brandvik and Emily Kennerk are included in the display. All the works explore how owning a home can both trap and stabilize a family. The artists have all been influenced by the housing crisis of the past several years.

The exhibit opens Friday, April 6 at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. A reception for the artists will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13.  The exhibition will be on display through June 1.

Metro Police Investigating Morning Fatal Shooting

LAS VEGAS - In the shadow of the gated and guarded Las Vegas Country Club, there is Lynnwood Street, which was the scene of a shooting Monday.

A spray of gunfire, one shot after another, echoed throughout the neighborhood near Sahara Avenue and Joe W. Brown Drive.

"It went boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," neighbor Sandy said.

"Real fast, right in a row," added neighbor Maxine Harris. "They sounded loud."

"I was watching TV," said neighbor Gary Sonoda. "(I heard) twelve shots, but it's a normal function in this neighborhood."

This time, that familiar sound of gunfire at around 7:45 a.m. proved deadly. It was a horrific act that hits close to home for a relative of the victim. She asked to remain anonymous for this story.

The Salvation Army Seeks More Donations


The Salvation Army is struggling to fill the shelves of its thrift stores around southern Nevada.

The charity is asking for people to donate what they can to restock the shelves. It is looking for household goods, furniture, large and small appliances. Donations for those items are at an all-time low. The charity says the warehouse echoes and the thrift store shelves look bare.

The warehouse and fleet of trucks provide work therapy for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program. The program helps people with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions. The sale of the merchandise from the thrift stores provides the primary funding for the rehabilitation program.

People with items to donate are asked to call 702-649-2374 to arrange a pick up time.

Help Available for Wells Fargo, Wachovia Mortgage Holders

Help Available for Wells Fargo, Wachovia Mortgage Holders


Struggling homeowners whose mortgages are held by Wells Fargo and Wachovia can ask for help at an upcoming event.

The lenders will welcome homeowners from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 21 at the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton.) Wells Fargo and Wachovia mortgage holders who are experiencing difficulty with their payments can schedule an appointment to meet in-person with a Wells Fargo mortgage team member to discuss their financial situations and find out about options. There will be team members available that speak many different languages, including Spanish and Chinese, to accommodate those who need them.

Attendees are asked to schedule an appointment online in advance at www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome or by calling 800-405-8067. Walk-in customers will be accepted as well.

Fired Nurse Wins Arbitration Against Sunrise Hospital

LAS VEGAS -- An arbitrator has ruled that a neonatal nurse should get her job back, more than 18 months after she was fired during an investigation into a baby's death.

According to the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, the arbitrator ruled in favor of Sharon Ochoa-Reyes and against her former employer Sunrise Hospital.

Ochoa-Reyes did file a lawsuit against the hospital seeking damages. She, along with fellow nurse Jessica Rice, were accused of intentionally interfering with medical equipment in the hospital's neo-natal intensive care unit. 

Resident Hospitalized after Mobile Home Fire

Resident Hospitalized after Mobile Home Fire


Authorities say a mobile home resident is hospitalized after being overcome as firefighters doused a blaze that destroyed his home.

A Clark County spokeswoman says county firefighters found the mobile home ablaze when they arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday off Vegas Valley Drive and Lamb Boulevard.

Spokeswoman Stacey Welling says no one was home when the fire started, but one of the two people was treated by paramedics after being overcome by a medical condition when the couple arrived home. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials called the mobile home a total loss and estimated damage at $70,000.

American Red Cross spokesman Lloyd Ziel says his organization is helping the couple find another place to stay.

(Copyright 2012 Associated Press)