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Radio issues force police to double-up in patrol cars

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say radio communication problems in the Las Vegas valley's latest officer-involved shooting has forced officers to double-up in patrol units.

Assistant Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said there were radio problems on June 26 when an officer was involved in an exchange of gunfire with suspect Joshua Bacharach. Lombardo said the radio problems caused a delay in the officer getting back up help. Police officers have been doubled-up in patrol cars since Tuesday. 

No one was injured by gunfire that night, but Bacharach, an ex-felon, did suffer a bite from a police dog when he was taken into custody. Bacharach faces attempted murder charges.

Metro Police is currently in the process of getting a new radio system.


Las Vegas neighborhood in need to get 20 firefighters

LAS VEGAS --  An east Las Vegas neighborhood got some welcome news Wednesday when it learned it will get a fully staffed fire station due to a federal grant. 

More than $6 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money will be used to pay for 20 firefighter paramedics to be on staff for the next two years at the new fire station. Station 108 is at 4555 E. Bonanza Road, near Lamb Boulevard, and will open Aug. 1.

In an emergency, mere seconds count and people who live in the surrounding neighborhood say the new fire station and firefighters are long overdue.

Temperatures in the triple digits didn't stop Manuel Arellano from doing some car repairs. His wife, Graciela, is cautious. She knows anything can spark in the high Temperatures.

"Right now, with this weather changing, the heat is like really, really bad," she said.

Arrellano is relieved a fire station will soon be hear her neighborhood.

$100M flood project target of thieves, workers say

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LAS VEGAS — The Regional Flood Control District says they're making strides in improving flood channels through the Desert Rose Golf Course. But the whole project seems to be the target of thieves.

It's a big enough of a problem that one construction worker, who did not want to be identified, said it's plaguing the project.

"They just try to destroy everything. You try to do a job — but every time they (thieves) tear up something and break something that puts us behind."

Metro Police say they have responded twice in the last few months to the course. Once for reports of kids throwing rocks and once for grand larceny. 

"It's more theft than anything else," said Bill Wellman, Division Manager and Director of Las Vegas Paving. "Copper wires from pumps and other kinds of equipment."

Wellman says it doesn't stop there, adding it's happening at construction sites across the valley.

Police officer, suspect exchange gunfire

LAS VEGAS -- A traffic stop escalated into a gun battle between a suspect and a Metro Police officer Thursday night.

Police say the officer attempted to stop a vehicle near Lake Mead Boulevard and Walnut Road shortly before 11 p.m. The person inside the vehicle fired several shots at the officer then drove away. The police officer followed the vehicle. Police say the suspect fired more shots.

Metro says the officer located the suspect's vehicle near Carey Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. As the officer approached the vehicle, the suspect fired more shots at the officer. This time, the officer returned fire. The suspect fled on foot.

Additional officers and a K-9 unit arrived and located the suspect in the backyard of a home on El Tovar Avenue. Police ordered the suspect to comply with their commands, but he refused. A K-9 officer was used to subdue the suspect. He was taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

NVEnergy upgrading neighborhoods across Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — High winds can cause havoc to power lines, quickly meaning "lights out" for those with an aging infrastructure. That's why NVEnergy says they are beginning to improve service in neighborhoods that need it most. 

On Thursday, crews worked to make sure there will be one less area they need to worry about — along Charleston Boulevard between Nellis and Lamb. Power lines in the area are more than 40 years old.

"Let's face it, no one wants their power to go out and if it does, it's usually at an inconvenient time," said Brandon Eaton of NVEnergy. "These projects allow us to pre-plan our work, set-up the designs, and coordinate with customers."

Several months ago, the electric company began a project to replace ten poles and some 40 transformers in the area. Eaton said it will improve service for roughly 2,000 customers.

Organizers hope town hall helps community heal

LAS VEGAS -- Police and pastors want to see how people are feeling after the shooting rampage that left five people dead, including two police officers.

They got a chance to find out during a town hall meeting Tuesday in the northeast part of the Las Vegas valley.

Metro also used the opportunity to remind the community if they see something, they need to say something, which is a decision that could potentially save lives.

For three hours, the conversation in the room was about the aftermath of the shooting on June 8. Police say they continue to do their best to protect the community, in which many are still fearful a tragedy like this could happen again.

Less than three weeks ago, the CiCi's Pizza on Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue was a crime scene, where two police officers were shot and killed.

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.