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Youth basketball league starts Friday

Youth basketball league starts Friday

The Walnut Recreation Center’s youth basketball league starts Friday with a mandatory skills test.

The non-competitive basketball league is for kids ages 6 to 8. The skills test is 7 p.m.

Practices will be at 6 p.m. Mondays or Wednesday, the player can choose which day they want to attend.

League play will be from Friday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Nov. 7. All practices and league play will be held at the recreation center, 3075 North Walnut Road.

The league will be working with kids to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, safety, fair play and fun. Registration is open and is $40.

To get more information, call the center at (702) 455-8402. 

Fire sends woman to hospital, damages duplex

A fire in a garage sent a woman to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, fire dispatchers started getting calls about the fire at around 4:30 p.m. Callers said smoke was coming out of two apartments at Lamb Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door of the duplex. The one person home at the time of the fire was able to get out, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out for possible smoke inhalation.

Fire crews found the fire was in a trash can in the garage. It took them a few minutes to put it out. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

The first engine on the scene was from the new Fire Station 108 that went into service Thursday. The station is just a few blocks from where the fire happened and the department says it was a couple of minutes sooner.


Police: Game of dice led to deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The woman accused of gunning down a Las Vegas man on Aug. 6 has been arrested, according to Metro Police.

Police tell 8 News NOW that 21-year-old Anishya Douglas was arrested in Ogden, Utah Wednesday. She is awaiting extradition back to Nevada.

Douglas is accused of shooting and killing 24-year-old Christopher Dewayne Jones, Jr. at an apartment near Owens Avenue and Nellis Boulevard. 

Police believe the pair were fighting over money and a game of dice the day before the shooting. According to the arrest report, one witness said Jones accused Douglas of cheating, beat her and took $80 out of  her pocket.

On the day of the shooting, detectives believe Douglas came to Jones' apartment to confront him. The fight escalated and Douglas pulled out a handgun shooting Jones several times, police said.

Douglas ran from the scene. 

Addiction fair to offer help for addicts and their families

The city of Las Vegas is hosting a fair for prevention of, treatment of and recovery from addiction problems.

The fair is part of the Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s faith initiative which works to address key community issues, including addiction, job creation, education, homelessness and human trafficking.

The community issues were identified by 120 faith leaders who represent 70,000 congregants across the Las Vegas valley.

Since 2012, the leaders and the city have worked to create solutions to those problems. The prevention, treatment and recovery fair is one of those solutions.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Avenue.

Initiative helps find families for nearly 300 dogs

LAS VEGAS -- Nearly 300 dogs found families, during a special adoption week at the Animal Foundation.

Be a Hero Week ended Sunday. It offered pit bulls and Chihuahuas for a $40 adoption fee. Those two breeds were targeted because they are the most likely to face euthanasia. The shelter was able to find homes for 59 pit bulls, 121 chihuahuas and 109 dogs of various breeds.

Summer is the busiest time of year for the shelter, because of the increase in the number of animals being turned in.

Despite the uptick in adoptions, more than 350 animals, including more than 120 pit bulls and more than 20 chihuahuas, are available for adoption.

To adopt a pet, The Animal Foundation operates two adoption centers:

? Campus Adoption Center (655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas) ­ open 11 a.m­. - 7 p.m. daily

? PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center (286 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson) ­ open 9 a.m­. - 8 p.m. daily

Metro enforces traffic rules along busy Bonanza Road

LAS VEGAS -- 2014 is shaping up to be another deadly year for pedestrians and that is why police are stepping up efforts to bust drivers who aren't paying attention.

For the first seven months of the year, the numbers were down compared to 2013. Last year, Metro Police saw 28 auto-pedestrian fatalities.

In the last few weeks, officers have seen a spike in deadly pedestrian accidents, which now stand at 19.

A lot of surface streets in Las Vegas are 45 miles an hour but police say most drivers go about 50 mph, adding to the problem are jaywalkers.

On Friday, Metro did something to deter the danger at an intersection where four people were hit while they were in a crosswalk with flashing lights.

Joe Croce is concerned too many drivers have thrown out the rules of the road.

"They come around this corner fast, and I mean fast. They don't stop for anybody." Croce said.

He has dealt with lead-foot drivers on Bonanza Road for seven years now.

Coroner IDs victim of deadly shooting

Anishya Douglas

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed Wednesday as 24-year-old Christopher Dewayne Jones Jr.

Jones was shot and killed at an apartment near Owens Avenue and Nellis Boulevard at around 3:15 p.m. Jones was shot multiple times and died a short time later. 

Police are looking for 21-year-old Anishya Douglas in connection with the deadly shooting.

Police say Jones and Douglas knew each other. Detectives believe the shooting is related to a fight that started between the two Tuesday night.

Douglas is described as a black woman, 5 foot 3 and 120 pounds. She also has tattoos. One on her neck says "boss" and another just below her eye is the letter 'H.' She has short hair and wears baggy clothing. Police say she could pass for a young man. She was last seen leaving the scene of the shooting. Officers say she should be considered armed and dangerous.