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Metro ID's officer who shot man

LAS VEGAS -- The police officer who shot and killed a man has been identified as Officer Bradley Cupp, 36, who has been with Metro since 2003.

Cupp shot 43-year-old Francis Lamantia Spivey near Nellis Boulevard and Craig Road on Feb. 25 after he barricaded himself inside an apartment for hours and fired gunshots into the air. 

Police said Spivey threatened to kill himself and officers at the scene and was shot after he pointed  a rifle toward police.

This is the second officer involved shooting in Metro's jurisdiction this year and the first that's turned deadly.

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Woman arrested in dog mauling case, victim critical

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 LAS VEGAS -- A woman is facing charges following a dog attack that left a 67-year-old woman severely injured causing her to nearly lose an eye and arm.

Jesse Vonstaden, 29, was arrested on charges of having dangerous or vicious dogs and willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Metro Police Officer Larry Hadfield says mixed-breed pit bulls dogs attacked the woman who was in her yard last Friday outside her home in northeast Las Vegas after somehow getting loose from a nearby yard.The woman is still listed in critical condition. She has a broken arm and broken leg. She nearly lost and eye and a significant amount of muscle in her arm.



UPDATE: Woman, man critical after dog attack

LAS VEGAS -- Two people are in critical condition at University Medical Center after being attacked by four dogs Friday morning in an east Las Vegas neighborhood.

The attack happened around 9:49 a.m. on Looking Glass Lane near N. Sloan Lane and E. Bonanza Road. Neighbors say a woman, who was in her yard, was attacked by the dogs. A man who tried to stop the attack with rocks and a bat was also mauled. When police arrived, one of the dogs was shot.

The woman suffered severe injuries to her arms and face and could lose an eye, police said.

"She said it had the elderly lady's head, it was chewing on it and on her arms and everything," said Jim Maehl, a witness. "The police got here and took care of the situation and did what they had to do."

According to police, there had been two complaint calls about these dogs in the past six months.

Police confiscated three dogs.

Metro amps up efforts to keep pedestrians, roadways safer

LAS VEGAS — This year is off to a deadly start on valley roads. Just six weeks into 2015, 12 pedestrians have died across Clark county – nine of those were in Metro's jurisdiction. That's a 350 percent increase over the same time a year ago.

Samira Tamules says a lack of basic infrastructure, like crosswalks or sidewalks, prevent her from walking in her neighborhood with her two children.

“Rarely, very rarely,” she said. “If we do, we're walking around the park here, maybe. Maybe on our street, which is a cul-de-sac, but as far as walking anywhere else, never."

But even when there are crosswalks, police say the bulk of pedestrian who are killed aren't using them. 

The most recent traffic data released from Metro shows half of the deaths this year are from pedestrian error.

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Bicyclists fear for safety on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS -- Only six weeks into 2015 and police say almost two people are dying on local roads per week. Some are pedestrians, while others are bicyclists.

The majestic beauty of the Las Vegas desert and miles of open road beckons thousands of people looking to take a recreational bike ride. However, cars and cyclists must share the roads as they both plan to carefully navigate into the Red Rock scenic loop and back.

Greg Fasano, a cyclist for 15 years, says while mechanical failures make up a portion of bicycle accidents, the biggest concern lies with motorists.

"Every component has a safety aspect to it, whether it be the pedals, the brakes, the wheels, and things ought to be inspected at every ride", he says. “Motor vehicles are probably the biggest danger to a cyclist."

Fasano has had -- not one but two -- brushes with death. He collided head on with a vehicle and escaped with minor injuries in his first accident.







Shooting victim found dead in home Valentine's Day

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in his home on Valentine's Day.

Police found Rodolofo Solis-Gonzalez, 46, on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. in his home in the 3900 block of Saguaro Lane near Sandhill Road and Stewart Avenue.

The victim's gray 2012 Nissan Sentra with the license plate LV XJ78 was also missing from the home. The victim's identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at (702)828-3521, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

PD: Fire inside home reveals marijuana grow house

LAS VEGAS — Firefighters called Metro Police early Tuesday after discovering a grow house inside a burning home.

The fire began around 3:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Looking Glass Lane, near East Bonanza Road and North Sloan Lane, in the northeast part of the city.

According to police, firefighters "found items that made them believe the house was used to grow marijuana."

Inside the home, detectives said they found 77 growing plants, 43 pounds of finished,  "ready for sale" marijuana, 45 pounds of shake, 22.7 grams of cocaine, and four firearms.

Two adults, both men, were inside the home at the time of the fire and drove themselves to the hospital, police said.

No arrests have been made, but police said the men were served with a Marcum Notice, which indicates the District Attorney will take the case to a grand jury, and are expected to be charged at a later time.