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Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

 

Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

DA Charges Man in Teen's Murder Case, Bail Set at More than $1M

DA Charges Man in Teen's Murder Case, Bail Set at More than $1M

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney formally charged a 20-year-old Las Vegas man with several counts in connection with the murder of a teenager.

The DA's office announced Thursday the charges against Demetrius Black, which include murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery, and discharging a firearm at or into a structure.

In all, Black is now facing 16 counts.

According to Metro Police, Black shot and killed 17-year-old Betty "Jay" Pinkney in January 2012, during a house party.  

Black and his friends were kicked out of the party, but returned and started shooting randomly into the house, police said.

A 32-year-old woman was also hurt in the shooting.

The charges came on the same day that North Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Judge Chris Lee set bail at more than $1.1 million for Black.

Bail Set at More Than $1 Million in Pinkney Murder Case

Bail Set at More Than $1 Million in Pinkney Murder Case

A North Las Vegas Justice Court judge set bail at more than $1 million for a man accused of murdering a Las Vegas teenager.

Chief Judge Chris Lee set bail for 20-year-old Demetrius Black at $1.1 million, during his first court appearance Thursday.

Black is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Betty "Jay" Pinkney during a house party January 2012.

He is facing murder and attempted murder charges. According to Metro Police, Black and his friends were kicked out of the party, but returned and randomly shot into the house.

Pinkney was shot and killed, while another woman was hurt.

Detectives have been trying to find Pinkey's killer since the incident more than a year ago. Police said they found Black after he was arrested for an unrelated robbery, and officers found the gun they say was used in the murder.

His next court date is set for May 23.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

 

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

Registration Opens for Swimming Lessons at County Pools

 

Registration opens Thursday for swimming lessons at Clark County's pools.

The swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions throughout the summer. They are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at all 14 of the county's pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Overton and Indian Springs.

Programs and schedules vary at each location. To see brochures for each location, go to clarkcountynv.gov.

Important dates to remember:

I-Team: Court Marshal's Gun Used in Teen's Killing

Demetrius Black

LAS VEGAS -- The gun used to kill Betty Jean Pinkney was stolen from a Clark County Court marshal's home, according to Metro Police.

The police report released Wednesday tracks the alleged murder weapon from the marshal's house to the hands of accused gang members.

The police said the gun was stolen from the house of justice court marshal Ronald Brooks.

According to the police report, Brooks and his wife went on vacation, storing the gun under his bed, when it went missing.

There are conflicting reports about where that gun went.

A stolen property report said a friend of Brooks' teenage son stole the gun during a house party.

But the teenage son said the gun was stolen by gang members when the son began walking the streets while carrying his father's service gun.

Man Arrested in Teen Girl's Shooting Death

Betty Pinkney

LAS VEGAS -- Police have charged and have in custody a man they believe is responsible for the cold-case shooting death of 17-year-old Betty Jean Pinkney.

Demetrius Black, 20, is charged with the murder of Betty, who was killed in January 2012 when shots were fired into a house party she was attending near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard. Betty, a student at Desert Pines High School at the time of her death, was an innocent bystander, the police said.

8 News Now spoke with Pinkney's mother, Charolyn, who relayed information about her daughter's death that she received from Metro Police detectives. Black already was in police custody for another crime when he was charged with Betty's murder.

Wengert ES Evacuated; Metro Officers Investigating Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police officers evacuated Cyril Wengert Elementary School Tuesday afternoon after a nearby house caught on fire.

Fire crews responded to the fire in the 1900 block of Citroen Street, near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue about 1:45 p.m.

Metro was called to assist in evacuating the school as a precaution, a police spokesman said. Metro officers are also investigating reports that an explosion or gunshots were heard coming from the house.

The fire was extinguished about 20 minutes after crews arrived.