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Fire Blamed on Child Playing with Lighter

Clark County Fire investigators now say that a fire that ripped through a mobile home Thursday morning was started by a 3-year-old child playing with a lighter.

The child's mother was asleep when the fire started just after 8 a.m. The fire started in the bedroom where she was sleeping while the 3-year-old and two younger children were playing. The mother woke up when the fire started. At first she tried to put the fire out but then quickly got the children out of the home. The fire is considered accidental. Damage is estimated at $1,500. The Red Cross of the Southern Nevada is helping the family.

Hundreds of deaths and injuries every year are caused by children playing with lighters or matches. Fire officials remind parents of some simple safety rules for matches and lighters.

 

Police Search for Robbery Suspects

Police Search for Robbery Suspects

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are searching for three young men involved with a robbery at a convenience store near Stewart Avenue and Eastern Avenue.

It happened June 30. Police say the three young men walked into the store around 10:30 p.m. and bought one item. A few minutes later the came back into the store one of the young men distracted the clerk while the other two grabbed beer and tried to leave the store. A customer noticed and tried to stop the suspects. That is when one of the young men pulled out a gun, waved it around and ordered everyone to move back. The three suspects left the store heading west on Stewart Avenue.

Police gave the following descriptions of the suspects.

Suspect #1: Hispanic Male, 16 - 18 years old, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 240 to 260 pounds

Suspect #2: Hispanic Male, 16 - 18 years old, 6 foot tall, 170 to 180 pounds

Suspect#3: Hispanic Male, 16 - 18 years old, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 150 pounds. 

New Metal Recycling Center Opens

New Metal Recycling Center Opens

SA Recycling, parent company of 1-800-GOT-SCRAP, recently announced the debut of a new metal recycling center at 2780 N. Nellis Boulevard.

A new service makes cash out of old appliances, steel drums, BBQ sets, dilapidated cars and other metal items. Those bringing in any old metal objects will receive cash right on the spot.

The company says the process is simple.  Gather all of the items you wish to discard and take them to the center where SA Recycling personnel will unload the items, weigh them and, for most items, pay cash on the spot. 

“You might have an old brass lamp, a refrigerator on the blink or malfunctioning tools laying around the garage just taking up space,” said Cristi Rossi, executive vice president of operations for SA Recycling. “Those items may be worthless to you, but not for us.”

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

Non-Profit Offers Free Dental Care

 

The tough economy has hurt a lot of different facets of the Las Vegas community including children’s dental care but local non-profits are coming forward to fill that void.

Earlier this month, the United Way announced it was giving thousands of dollars to the group Future Smiles to run free dental clinics for kids 2 to 18 years old in southern Nevada.

"We'll clean their teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction which is very important; many of these children don't have that opportunity to learn about their teeth,” said Future Smiles Public Health Dental Hygienist Eileen Mohr.

Mohr has seen a lot of cases of gum disease and gingivitis but the group has been able to help more than 1,500 kids in the Las Vegas valley get dental care this year. The grant from the United Way is expected to help 900 more kids this summer.

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Coca-Cola wants to give thousands of dollars to America's favorite park.

The company is teaming with the National Park Foundation, America's State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association for the second annual America Is Your Park contest. The idea is for families to head into the great outdoors and enjoy state and local parks then vote for their favorite. The park with the most votes will get a $100,000 grant for improvements. You have until September 6 to submit your vote at LivePositively.com.  

Last year the title of America's Favorite Park went to Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minnesota. Officials there were able to use the grant to build a warming hut for people enjoying winter sports. 

Community Stepping in to Help School

Community Stepping in to Help School

An elementary school that has received national exposure for the troubling number of students that are homeless is getting more help from the community.

Cowtown Guitars, It's Sugar and Title I Hope are working together to collect food and personal hygiene items for Whitney Elementary School. The school garnered national attention after a CBS Evening News story. A majority of students at the school are homeless which means the principal, teachers and staff have come forward to fill the kids basic needs as well as giving them an education. 

One Person Dead After Morning Accident

One person is dead after an accident Thursday morning on Bonanza Road near Pecos Road.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say the driver of a Mazda Protege made a left hand turn onto Bonanza Road from the Food 4 Less parking lot on Reef Drive. During that turn the driver ran into the path of a van traveling west. The van smashed into the driver's side of the Mazda. The driver of the car was killed. The driver and several passengers inside the van suffered minor injuries. The name of the woman who was killed has not been released pending notification of family members.

This is the 34th deadly traffic accident in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.