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Man, 26, Commits Suicide at Vegas Mormon Temple

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police say a 26-year-old man shot himself dead in a courtyard area at the Las Vegas Mormon temple while temple sessions were taking place inside.

Clark County coroner's officials say Scott Greer Bybee of Henderson died in the incident that happened a little after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the campus on Temple View Drive.

Police Lt. Mark Reddon says no other people were threatened in the suicide, but the rest of the temple sessions were cancelled for the evening.

Spokeswoman Kristen Howey of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement calling the incident tragic, and saying the church is mindful of all those involved.

Temples are considered sacred sites reserved for rites including baptism and eternal marriage. Only church members in good standing are allowed inside.

Boy Struck by Car Suffers Critical Injuries

LAS VEGAS -- A 12-year-old boy who was struck by a car Tuesday morning suffered critical injuries, Metro Police said.

According to police, the crash happened at around 7:30 a.m. Matthew Cummings was hit in the 500 block of N. Lamb Boulevard between Bonanza Road and Stewart Avenue.

Police say he was crossing the street from west to east with a group of friends and was walking outside the crosswalk when he was hit.

"It is hard. He is my baby. He is my only baby, and to see him laying like that is hard. He needs prayers," Matthew's mother Lisa Cummings said.

The car that hit the boy was traveling north on Lamb Boulevard.

"There was another truck passing that obscured their vision. They slammed on their breaks and struck the child. He went on the hood and landed on the ground," Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said.

Cats With Extra Toes Available for Adoption

Cats With Extra Toes Available for Adoption

The Animal Foundation is offering a deep discount through Monday for people looking to adopt a cat.

The shelter has reached its capacity for cats at its two adoption centers and is offering people $2 off the adoption fee per toe of the cat they are interested in adopting.

While the deal sounds strange, the shelter has received a number of cats with extra toes, otherwise known as polydactyl cats.

Most cats have a total of 18 toes, five on their front paws and four on their back paws. Polydactyl cats have extra toes, usually on their front paws. They are sometimes referred to as Hemingway cats, because Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West was home to dozens of cats with extra toes.

Right now, the shelter has 30 cats with extra toes up for adoption. The deal for those cats is available through the end of business hours Monday. Other cats without extra toes are also available for adoption.

Police Searching for Lost Nuclear Gauge

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for help to find a lost nuclear density gauge that fell off a pickup truck.

The device is safe if used properly; however, if tampered with or damaged, there is a risk of dangerous radiation exposure.

The gauge fell out of a truck near Charleston and Lamb boulevard Tuesday. The device is 14 inches by nine inches with an electronic keypad display and a metal probe. The gauge weighs 31 pounds with a handle that extends 22 inches above the base.

It is labeled radioactive and marked with a radiation symbol. It is used to test the density and moisture content of soil and construction materials.

The owner of the device, Geo Tek Inc., is offering a reward for the return of the device. For information on the reward, call Steve Johnson at (702) 210-7397.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police at (702) 828-3111, or the State of Nevada's Radiation Control Program at 1-877-438-7231.

Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Students at nine Clark County School District high schools will get a chance this week to apply for college during a special College Application Week.

On Wednesday, representatives from Washington, D.C. were visiting Eldorado High School to help students there with their applications.

This is the first year that Nevada has been part of the nationwide push to get students to go to college. The effort is sponsored by gotocollegenevada.org.

School counselors, teachers, parents and community volunteers, along with college representatives, will be on hand at all the participating schools to help students fill out college applications.

Students who may not have considered college or need extra support in filling out the application are being targeted during this special week.

Coroner IDs Biker Who Fled Police, Crashed, Died

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 22-year-old motorcyclist who fled from a Las Vegas police officer before crashing into a minivan and dying over the weekend.

Clark County coroner's officials say Henderson resident Anthony Richard Lucero died in the crash Sunday night at the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Linn Lane.

Police say an officer had tried to stop the motorcycle about a mile away from where the crash eventually happened, but Lucero drove off and the officer didn't pursue him.

Witnesses told police the motorcycle was speeding without its lights on when it struck a van that was making a left turn.

Lucero was thrown from the bike and died on the scene.

Two people in the van had minor injuries.

Flood Control Project Meeting Wednesday

Flood Control Project Meeting Wednesday

More than a year after a devastating flood swept through the neighborhood, Clark County and the city of Las Vegas are updating residents on their effort to prevent more flooding in the eastern side of the Las Vegas valley.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is hosting a public meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hollywood Recreation and Community Center about the Las Vegas Wash Project.

The project includes improvements to the Las Vegas Wash from Sloan Channel to Bonanza Road, Flamingo Wash from the Las Vegas Wash to Nellis Boulevard and reconstruction of the Desert Rose Golf Course.

The improvements will allow the wash to take in more water and move the water out of urban areas more efficiently.