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Dog Dies in Eastside Home Fire

Dog Dies in Eastside Home Fire

A dog died in a fire that damaged a home on the eastside of the Las Vegas valley.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, dispatchers first started getting calls about the fire just before 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Callers told dispatchers that heavy smoke could be seen in the area near Honolulu Street and East Charleston Blvd.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in under 10 minutes.

Fire investigators believe the fire started on the stove, moved up the cabinets and extended into the attic. The fire gutted the kitchen, attic and roof. The rest of the house was damaged by smoke and water.

Damage was estimated at $150,000. The family of three adults who lived in the home at left a couple hours before the fire started.

Fire Damages Vacant Home

Fire Damages Vacant Home

Fire investigators have ruled a fire at a vacant home on the eastside of the Las Vegas valley as accidental.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, at around 7:20 a.m., the department received several calls about the fire at a home near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front window of the one-story home. Crews had the fire under control in less than five minutes.

The fire gutted the kitchen and damaged the living room. Damage is estimated at $45,000.

Renters had just moved out and the power was off. The homeowner was getting the home ready to rent out again and had requested the power be turned back on. NV Energy had turned the power on at 7 a.m.

Fire investigators believe the fire started in the electric stove. 

'More Cops' Tax Voted Down

LAS VEGAS -- After a meeting that lasted three and half hours, Clark County Commissioners voted down raising the sales tax to pay for more Metro Police officers.

Tuesday's meeting was the third time that Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie went before the commission to make his pitch to raise taxes to pay for more officers.

The sheriff argued that an increase of 15-cents for every $100 spent could help raise more than $200 million by 2020.

"We made a conscious decision not to fill position so to recoup those savings to use as fund balance in the next fiscal year," he said.

The proposal would have raised the sales tax rate by 0.075 percent to pay for 50 new officers. The next year, once the first round of officers were hired, the tax would have gone up another 0.075 percent to pay for another 51 officers.

Police Arrest Men Accused of Assaulting, Robbing Teen

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested three men Tuesday in connection with the assault and robbery of a teenager.

Police say the 16 year-old male and a female were walking down the street, when they were approached by the three suspects. The suspects questioned the female about money owed from a previous drug deal.

The men left, but returned a short time later, prompting the female to run.

Police say the suspects grabbed the 16-year-old, threw him in their vehicle and demanded information about the girl and the teen's brother. The suspects allegedly assaulted the teen, stripped him of his clothes, iPod and iPad and dropped him off at another location.

The suspects discarded the teen's clothes some distance away. Police eventually tracked them down at a home on Colbath Street near Charleston Boulevard and Nellis Boulevard. After a standoff, police apprehended the three men.

Murder Suspect Tells Police He Thought He Was Being Set Up

Murder Suspect Tells Police He Thought He Was Being Set Up

The suspect in the early morning shooting death of a Las Vegas man told Metro Police he thought he was being set up to be beaten on the morning of the shooting, according to the police report.

Raul "Sparks" Gonzales is accused of shooting through the door of a home and killing Eric Montoya Tuesday morning.

Gonzales told police that he was supposed to meet Montoya to beat up a taco vendor for money early Tuesday morning. However, when Montoya didn't show up for their meeting, he felt that Montoya was setting him up to be beaten. 

The suspect told police he went to Montoya's home, near Owens Ave. and Nellis Blvd., and fired four shots into the door of the home. Police say he hit Montoya twice. The victim was taken to the hospital where he died several hours later.

Police say Gonzales was a known member of a local gang. The suspect and victim know each other because Gonzales is dating Montoya's niece.

UPDATE: People Allowed Back in Homes, Barricade Over

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have allowed people in a northeast Las Vegas neighborhood back into their homes after a man who had barricaded himself inside a home surrendered to police.

Police were called to the home on Stevens Street near Owens Avenue and Sandhill Road just before 9 a.m. According to police, a man answered the door, but slammed it shut when he saw the officer.

The man was taken into custody about 11 a.m. The charges he might face are not known.

Suspect Arrested in Tuesday Morning Homicide

Raul Gonzales

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting death of a man Tuesday morning.

According to police, officers arrested Raul Gonzales, 33 of Las Vegas, Wednesday morning on charges of murder in the first degree and discharging a gun into an occupied structure.

Police say Gonzales fired several shots through the front door of a home on White Skies Court, which is near Nellis Boulevard and Owens Avenue. The victim, identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 35-year-old Eric Paul Montoya, suffered two gunshot wounds as he walked towards the door.

No one else in the home was hurt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.