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Couple sentenced for charges connected to standoff

A couple who held police at bay for hours with their children in the home was sentenced Thursday.

Cassandra and Jesse Percival were both sentenced to two years probation. The couple pleaded guilty in May to child abuse, neglect or endangerment charges connected to the standoff that happened in April.

The Percivals kidnapped their 9 and 12 year old children from their grandparents’ home after Child Protective Services had placed them there. CPS had taken the children from the home because the department said there was no electricity, running water or food.

According to police, conditions inside the home at Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard caused the children physical and mental harm.

Shoplifting incident turns into barricade situation

LAS VEGAS -- A man is under arrest after a shoplifting incident turned into a barricade situation at a dentist office.

According to Metro Police, at around noon Tuesday, security at a Walmart store near Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue noticed the suspect trying to steal some items from the store. When the guards confronted him in the parking lot, police say the suspect took out a pocket knife and threatened the guards.

Security guards followed the man, while they called police. The suspect then ran into a nearby dentist office and into the office bathroom, police said. He refused to come out.

Metro Police responded with SWAT, K9 officers and negotiators.

Police say the man surrendered to officers at around 1:45 p.m. No one was hurt.


Las Vegas neighborhood gets much needed fire station

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas firefighters have struggled to get to some eastside homes fast enough for the past 20 years. Their response time is typically more than four minutes which the fire chief says is just too high.

A new fire station could cut response time by as much as three minutes. The new fire station will open near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard, an area that has been underserved.

Cindy's Hair Affair opened just five months ago on Eastern Avenue, near Bonanza, smack in the middle of an area Las Vegas firefighters find it hard to respond to quickly.

"We use curling irons, flat irons and you know, all of that equipment that uses a lot of heat.





Woman critically hurt in hit-and-run crash

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a pedestrian and car near Olive Street and Russell Avenue, which is near Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue.

According to police, a Pontiac Bonneville hit a woman who was crossing the street. The woman flew up on to the hood of the car and through the windshield.

The Pontiac did not stay on the scene. The woman was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

Metro Police arrested the female driver of the Pontiac. There are no details on her arrest.

 

Animal Foundation near capacity, offering dog discounts

LAS VEGAS — The Animal Foundation is nearing capacity in their dog adoption areas and on Thursday will begin a week-long adoption special for all Pit Bulls and dogs listed as "mixes." There are more than 260 dogs available for adoption, 120 of which are Pit Bulls.

The dogs can be adopted for 50 percent off their regular adoption fees July 24 thru 31.

“We currently have hundreds of incredible dogs waiting to be adopted, and more entering our care every single day,” said Meghan Scheibe, marketing and public relations manager for The Animal Foundation.

On average, 110 new animals enter the shelter each day over the summer.

Police seek clues in woman found dead in street

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are asking for help from the public to identify and locate a man in connection with a woman who was found dead in the street Saturday morning. The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the woman as Maricela Faurrieta Suarez, 34, of Las Vegas.

Suarez's body was discovered around 5:45 a.m. in the 1200 block of Fairchild Street, near Washington Avenue. She died from a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner said.

According to police, Suarez had gone out Friday night with her boyfriend. Police say he is the man in a picture with the victim. Detectives are asking for information about what Suarez and the unidentified man were doing Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday. They are also looking for information on the person who took the picture.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide. Police say the woman may have been killed at another location and then left on the street.

Court: Security firm liable for unsafe parking lot

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $1 million verdict against a security firm accused of not doing enough to prevent the fatal attack of a man in a crime-riddled Las Vegas Wal-Mart parking lot.

The high court on Friday declined to grant a new trial to private security firm Wackenhut in the death of 51-year-old Michael Born.

The retired Air Force major had been changing his car's headlight in the parking lot in 2004 when Raymond Garrett punched him. Born later died of his injuries.

Lawyers for Born's relatives argued in 2011 that Wackenhut should have been more vigilant in protecting customers at the store on Nellis and Charleston. Attorneys said police were called to the store an average of three times a day prior to the attack.