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Metro amps up efforts to keep pedestrians, roadways safer

LAS VEGAS — This year is off to a deadly start on valley roads. Just six weeks into 2015, 12 pedestrians have died across Clark county – nine of those were in Metro's jurisdiction. That's a 350 percent increase over the same time a year ago.

Samira Tamules says a lack of basic infrastructure, like crosswalks or sidewalks, prevent her from walking in her neighborhood with her two children.

“Rarely, very rarely,” she said. “If we do, we're walking around the park here, maybe. Maybe on our street, which is a cul-de-sac, but as far as walking anywhere else, never."

But even when there are crosswalks, police say the bulk of pedestrian who are killed aren't using them. 

The most recent traffic data released from Metro shows half of the deaths this year are from pedestrian error.

Bicyclists fear for safety on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS -- Only six weeks into 2015 and police say almost two people are dying on local roads per week. Some are pedestrians, while others are bicyclists.

The majestic beauty of the Las Vegas desert and miles of open road beckons thousands of people looking to take a recreational bike ride. However, cars and cyclists must share the roads as they both plan to carefully navigate into the Red Rock scenic loop and back.

Greg Fasano, a cyclist for 15 years, says while mechanical failures make up a portion of bicycle accidents, the biggest concern lies with motorists.

"Every component has a safety aspect to it, whether it be the pedals, the brakes, the wheels, and things ought to be inspected at every ride", he says. “Motor vehicles are probably the biggest danger to a cyclist."

Fasano has had -- not one but two -- brushes with death. He collided head on with a vehicle and escaped with minor injuries in his first accident.

Shooting victim found dead in home Valentine's Day

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in his home on Valentine's Day.

Police found Rodolofo Solis-Gonzalez, 46, on Saturday around 6:30 p.m. in his home in the 3900 block of Saguaro Lane near Sandhill Road and Stewart Avenue.

The victim's gray 2012 Nissan Sentra with the license plate LV XJ78 was also missing from the home. The victim's identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at (702)828-3521, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

PD: Fire inside home reveals marijuana grow house

LAS VEGAS — Firefighters called Metro Police early Tuesday after discovering a grow house inside a burning home.

The fire began around 3:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Looking Glass Lane, near East Bonanza Road and North Sloan Lane, in the northeast part of the city.

According to police, firefighters "found items that made them believe the house was used to grow marijuana."

Inside the home, detectives said they found 77 growing plants, 43 pounds of finished,  "ready for sale" marijuana, 45 pounds of shake, 22.7 grams of cocaine, and four firearms.

Two adults, both men, were inside the home at the time of the fire and drove themselves to the hospital, police said.

No arrests have been made, but police said the men were served with a Marcum Notice, which indicates the District Attorney will take the case to a grand jury, and are expected to be charged at a later time.

Metro investigating fatal shooting in NE

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police confirms a fatal shooting near the East Las Vegas Park on the 5700 block of Missouri Avenue Friday afternoon. 

According to police, the incident occurred at 4:48 p.m. when a caller heard gunshots in the area and saw male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical personnel pronounced the victim dead on scene and Metro's homicide detectives are investigating.

It's unclear on what led to the shooting and investigators are looking for two suspects.

This is the ninth homicide in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

Random burglary leads to major drug house bust

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have busted what they are calling a major drug house in an east Las Vegas neighborhood near East Sahara Avenue and Sloan Lane.

According to police, two teens were burglarizing homes in the area and broke into the house on Brassy Drive through the back sliding glass doors. Once inside, they discovered marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and mushrooms.

"It was surprising to us just how much drugs were inside. The cocaine itself and the mushrooms themselves are rare. But here we are and we've got everyone in custody and we're working backwards to try and find the homeowner, or at least the person that was staying in the house," said Lt. Laz Chavez, Metro Narcotics Unit.

Police said the teens left the home and returned with friends Tuesday morning. Neighbors noticed the teens entering the house and called police to report a burglary.

Majority of parents not signed up for CCSD information

LAS VEGAS -- This year, the Clark County School District took on the largest technology project it's ever attempted. Infinite Campus is an online portal that keeps parents in the loop on student progress.

However, only about one-third of CCSD parents are using the portal that launched five months go.

Parents using Infinite Campus can get updates in real time on their child's grades, test scores, classes and even if they're tardy.

"I really like being able to access my kids grades and see all the missing assignments," said Erica Reynolds, CCSD parent.

For the most part, parents say the system is working.

"I think that's one of the really great things," Reynolds said. "You have instant access to what your kids are doing."

But while parents like Reynolds are logging on regularly, most parents are not using the system.