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PD: Amanda, Jerad Miller 'heavily' armed, wore diapers

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie detailed some of what happened inside the Walmart store on Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue the day two armed people shot two police officers and one civilian.

Sheriff Gillespie said Jerad and Amanda Miller were well armed and ready to kill as many cops as they could. He said they had several weapons and armor-piercing ammunition. They also grabbed two weapons from the officers they shot at CiCi’s Pizza Restaurant.

According to Gillespie, they also appeared to be ready to “hunker down” in the store, because they were wearing adult diapers and had military-style food rations, known as "Meals Ready to Eat" or MREs.

Hearing reset for Las Vegas mom in kids-window case

Luz Ibarra

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A judge reset a court date for a Las Vegas mother facing felony charges after police say she tossed her two young children and herself out a second-story window. A

jail official told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Bill Kephart on Monday that 34-year-old Luz Robledo Ibarra refused to leave her jail cell for an initial court appearance.

The judge reset the hearing for June 30.

Robledo Ibarra wasn't represented by a lawyer.

She was hospitalized with a broken pelvis and other injuries after allegedly throwing her 7-month-old son and 1 1/2-year-old daughter from the window early June 12.

Authorities say the girl and boy were critically hurt.

Police say Robledo Ibarra told investigators that she felt depressed and had trouble sleeping since her baby was born in November.



Woman charged with throwing her children out a window

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mom has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm after police say she threw her two children out of a two-story window and then jumped out herself.

Police have charged Luz Robledo Ibarra, 35, of Las Vegas in absentia because she is still in the hospital recovering from a broken pelvis.

According to the arrest report, police were called to the home near Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road at around 6 a.m. June 12 on a report that a woman was threatening to commit suicide by jumping out of the second story window of the home.

When officers arrived, they found the suspect’s mother holding her 6-month-old grandson, who had just been thrown from the window and was bleeding from his head. They also found a 2-year-old with blood coming from her head and mouth. The suspect was lying nearby.

Nursing shortage 'going to get worse'

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LAS VEGAS — The job growth for nurses is anything but constant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent grown within nursing jobs between 2012 and 2022 — more than most occupations. 

While nurses were in high demand during the recession, now some of them are faced with a challenge. Those with experience have no problems finding a job, however for recent grads the job hunt is taking much longer.

"I'm really hopeful," says Sydney Duke, a recent graduate from UNLV's School of Nursing. "I'm just ready to get out there."

She's ready to get her first job. "In nursing you think there's always going to be a job open," Duke said. But that might not always be the case.

Katie Ryan, Director of Emergency Services at University Medical Center, says there are a lot of new grads out there. In a recent posting for an experience nurse, there were six applicants.







Driver who hit boy, left scene turns self in

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police say a man who hit an 11-year-old boy and then took off has turned himself in.

The accident happened late Monday evening at the intersection of Bonanza Road and E. Eastern Avenue. According to police, Rodrigo Tomax and Chamilla Cabada-Garcia said they were in the car that hit the boy and turned themselves in early Wednesday morning. Tomax was the driver, police said.


He was arrested for failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving injury and has been booked at the Clark County Detention Center, a release said.

The accident remains under investigation.




Zoom School Academies helping struggling students

LAS VEGAS -- The first ever Zoom Schools Summer Academies are underway around the Las Vegas valley to help thousands of local kids who are struggling in the classroom.

The academies are part of a statewide literary initiative aimed at helping students who are not proficient in English and at risk of not graduating.

The zoom program started last summer, and is still going strong with its first summer academies now in their third week.

The goal is to get kids to continue reading and writing even when school is out for the summer. Teachers picked the students who needed extra help.

Lizette Guemez may speak little English but her smile needs no translation. Guemez says, through her 16-year-old daughter Esveydi, her youngest son Victor can struggle at times with his English even when his family steps in to help.

"Me, my mom, my dad, my sister we are there for him," Esveydi said.

Animal Foundation offers 'half off' fees on select dogs

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LAS VEGAS — In honor of this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival, the Animal Foundation announced Tuesday they will host their 'Electric Doggie Carnival,' offering up to 50 percent off adoption fees for dogs waiting 10 days or longer for their new home.

The offer begins Wed., June 18 and ends on Tues., June 24 and includes spay/neuter surgery, microchip and up-­to-­date vaccines. Additional city license fees may apply, according to the Animal Foundation.

“Summer is the busiest time of year at our facility, and when residents adopt, we’re able to make more room for the more than 110 animals we’re receiving every day,” said marketing and public relations manager Meghan Scheibe.