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Animal Foundation discounts Pit Bulls, Chihuahuas

LAS VEGAS — The Animal Foundation announced Tuesday they will offer half-off adoption fees for all Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas for the month of October during their month-long "Barktoberfest" promotion.

More than 140 dogs currently qualify for the promotion, the shelter said.

“Orphaned Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas are commonly found in animal shelters like ours, and they're overlooked by adopters. It's our hope that the Barktoberfest adoption discounts will make people stop and notice just how amazing these dogs are,"said Meghan Scheibe, marketing and public relations manager for The Animal Foundation. 

The discounted adoption fees run Oct. 1 thru Oct. 31 and are available at the Animal Foundation's two adoption locations: Campus Adoption Center, 655 N. Mojave Rd., Las Vegas and PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center, 286 W. Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson. 

Police: DUI driver causes 5 car crash, 1 person critical

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a DUI driver caused a five car crash Sunday that left one person critically injured.

They said that statements from witnesses, along with evidence officers gathered at the scene indicates that the crash at Lake Mead Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard was caused by a Chevy Tahoe. Traffic investigators said the driver of the Tahoe, J. Guadalupe Fajardo of Las Vegas, was traveling eastbound on Lake Mead Boulevard at 2:49 a.m. when he failed to stop for the red traffic light.

Officers said the Tahoe hit an Oldsmobile Ciera that was traveling northbound on Lamb Boulevard. The Oldsmobile was pushed eastbound from the force of the impact into a Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Armada, which were stopped at a traffic light facing westbound on Lake Mead Boulevard.

Mom found fit for trial in kids-out-window case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A defense lawyer says he'll fight a finding that a Las Vegas woman is fit for trial on charges alleging she threw her 7-month-old son and 1 1/2-year-old daughter out a second-story window before jumping out herself.

Attorney Benson Lee sought time Friday to review two doctors' reports that 34-year-old Luz Robledo Ibarra is competent to face attempted murder and felony child abuse charges that, combined, could get her up to 80 years in state prison.

Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell set another hearing Oct. 3.

Ibarra family members wept in court during the brief court appearance. They didn't comment afterward.

The children were hospitalized with critical injuries, and Ibarra was treated for a broken pelvis after the early June 12 incident at a northeast Las Vegas home.

Metro Police looking for armed robber

Metro Police looking for armed robber

Metro Police are looking for a man who has robbed several businesses in the area of Pecos Road and Washington Avenue.

According to police, the robberies happened throughout the month of August and September.

The man enters a business, poses as a customer, pulls out a handgun, points it at an employee, demands money and then leaves the area on foot.

The man police are looking for is described as a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old. He is between 5 foot 5 and 5 foot 10 and 150 and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.






Charges could come in street racing crash

LAS VEGAS -- Police say street racing is to blame for a weekend crash on Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard that left one person seriously injured. It's not the first time this area has been used for racing.

Metro Police say a father was traveling with his young daughter Saturday afternoon when he saw three cars speeding toward him. His truck was hit and badly damaged. Fortunately he, and his daughter, made it out of the wreck without serious injuries. The two were innocent victims of street racing, police said.

The street still shows signs of the race. Police spray painted where a shoe and car mirror landed after the collision. One of the drivers involved in the wreck may lose his hand.

"It was one of the most avoidable collisions you can ever imagine," said Sgt.

Backyard shooting leaves 1 man dead

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a shooting in the backyard of a residence that left a man dead Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. on Kolanut Lane near E. Lake Mead Boulevard and N. Pecos Road. According to Metro Police, a man entered the backyard and got into a physical fight with the victim, pulled out a handgun, and shot him several times. The victim has yet to be identified by the coroner's office.

The suspect left the area on foot.

This is the 96th homicide being investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department this year.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Homicide at (702)828-3521, or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at (702)385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.


Cool at School: Bracken STEAM Academy goes green

LAS VEGAS - Green Apple Day of Service is a week away, and one local school is working to make its campus green and put the savings where it counts.

Walter Bracken STEAM Academy is rethinking how a school can run. Teachers and students are improving their school and enhancing education.

"We're teaching the children to conserve our water here in Las Vegas," said Principal Katie Decker.

Students and staff are removing thirsty grass and replacing it with turf, vegetable beds and gardens.

"We're going to get rid of grass and add new beds so that the kindergartners can actually plant vegetables," student Jenna Phillips said.

It saves money for other things.

"We don't have to spend all that money on water and electricity, and we can use our money for things that are important," said student Yohanna Tagapan.

Students are planting peppers, pomegranates and pears. The kids say the new plants look better.