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Middle school gets new life as turnaround school

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County School District middle school now has more money and support to focus on improving student achievement.

School started four days ago, but Bailey Middle School officially reopened with a renewed energy as a turnaround school.

The turnaround model means Bailey Middle School gets $400,000 of federal money to pay for an extra class period of learning, new technology and four new instructional coaches.

“We actually have it set up that our coaches are teaching in a room with about 25 to 30 kids and our staff members have a period where they go in there to help work with kids in a small-group environment, but also see good teaching,” Bailey Middle School Gregory Cole said.

It also includes a mentoring program for 100 of the brightest students, called Bailey Buddies.

“Going to be our student leaders that help out in classrooms, help out in campus, help stop bullying and those kinds of things,” Cole said.

Competency hearing ordered for mom who tossed kids out window

LAS VEGAS -- A judge has ordered a competency hearing for a mother accused of throwing two of her children out the window and then jumping out herself.

The judge ordered a hearing for 35-year-old Luz Robledo Ibarra for Sept. 26.

In June, Metro Police were called to a house at Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road on a report that Ibarra was threatening to commit suicide.

When officers arrived, they found Ibarra's mother holding her 6-month-old grandson, who had just been thrown from the second-story window of the home. Officers also found a 2-year-old child on the ground with blood coming from her head and mouth.

Ibarra was lying nearby.

In the arrest report, Ibarra told police she had been very depressed and overwhelmed with the responsibility of being a mother to three young children.

She faces two counts of attempted murder and two counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm.

Driving You Crazy: Stop sign runners near Charleston & Sloan

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says drivers are ignoring a stop sign at the corner of Raspberry Hill Road and Orange Hill Drive, southeast of Charleston Boulevard and Sloan Lane.

The viewer says drivers speed through the area, and don't attempt to stop. Orange Hill Drive is a dead-end road, but children often play on this street.

Goldfarb Elementary School, Las Vegas High School and Harney Middle School are located nearby.

Because this intersection has several schools in the vicinity, Metro Police will have a larger presence for the first week of school.

As for a long-term solution, Clark County officials offered some advice. They say Las Vegas residents can contact their local Metro Police substation and request increased traffic enforcement.

Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Open-air market helped families in need get fresh food

Some of southern Nevada's hungry families got the chance to load up on fresh and healthy foods, during a special event Thursday.

"When I heard about it, it was like ‘oh! I better get there early because I know there is going to be a really long line." Glen Muramoto who was getting food at the market said.

The line was long for Lutheran Social Services of Nevada's open-air market at Pecos Road and Stewart Avenue. The nonprofit gave away fresh produce like melons and tomatoes to about 300 people in need.

It was all free of charge.

Everyone received up to 80 pounds of food, which creates about 96 meals per household.

"We're seeing a lot of new families come in, large size families that experienced a reduction in work hours, a loss of job and they need something to help keep their family together," Derrick Felder with Luthern Social Services of Nevada said.

Metro Police looking for man who robbed business

Metro Police looking for man who robbed business

Metro Police are looking for a man who robbed a business near Nellis Boulevard and Craig Road.

According to police, the man confronted an employee inside a business, while the employee was carrying a bag of cash. The man grabbed the bag and then pushed the employee.

The man then fled the scene on foot.

The employee suffered minor injuries.

The man is described as a black man about 5 foot 6 and 150 pounds.  He is between 20 and 30 years old. He was wearing a black beanie-style hat, black jacket with white flames on the side and blue jeans.

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

Youth basketball league starts Friday

Youth basketball league starts Friday

The Walnut Recreation Center’s youth basketball league starts Friday with a mandatory skills test.

The non-competitive basketball league is for kids ages 6 to 8. The skills test is 7 p.m.

Practices will be at 6 p.m. Mondays or Wednesday, the player can choose which day they want to attend.

League play will be from Friday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Nov. 7. All practices and league play will be held at the recreation center, 3075 North Walnut Road.

The league will be working with kids to encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, safety, fair play and fun. Registration is open and is $40.

To get more information, call the center at (702) 455-8402. 

Fire sends woman to hospital, damages duplex

A fire in a garage sent a woman to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, fire dispatchers started getting calls about the fire at around 4:30 p.m. Callers said smoke was coming out of two apartments at Lamb Boulevard and Stewart Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming out of the front door of the duplex. The one person home at the time of the fire was able to get out, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out for possible smoke inhalation.

Fire crews found the fire was in a trash can in the garage. It took them a few minutes to put it out. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

The first engine on the scene was from the new Fire Station 108 that went into service Thursday. The station is just a few blocks from where the fire happened and the department says it was a couple of minutes sooner.