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Coroner ID's Victims of Deadly Weekend Crashes

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified three victims from deadly weekend crashes.

A fatal crash on I-15 southbound at Cheyenne Avenue claimed the life of 31-year-old Rebecca Steeprow of Las Vegas. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, Steeprow was driving a Volkswagon, lost control and crashed into a tractor trailer on Sunday.  

The coroner identified the 15-year-old boy killed on Saturday as Robert Lee Brown of Las Vegas. Brown was riding in a car that lost control on Rainbow Boulevard and struck a light pole.

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Metro: 12 Arrested in Gang Bust

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police announced Saturday a major bust of a southern Nevada gang.

According to police, officers and agents from several jurisdictions around the Las Vegas valley arrested 12 members of the gang Thursday, during a plan called Operation Washout. Officers also seized guns, money and drugs in the raid.

The arrests came after undercover officers bought about five pounds of methamphetamine from several suspects near the intersection of Charleston and Lamb boulevards.

Immediately following the purchase, five search warrants were served in a coordinated effort throughout the valley, including the following locations:

 

  • The 4200 block of Middlesex Avenue
  • The 4700 block of Lucite Lane
  • The 2200 block of Daley Street in North Las Vegas
  • The 1500 block of South Christy Lane
  • The 3300 block of South Arville Street

 

One Killed When Car Collides With Bus

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police officers are investigating a fatal traffic collision between a car and an RTC bus at Sandhill Road and East Owens Avenue in the northeast valley Friday night.

According to Metro Police, the male driver of the Nissan slammed into the rear of the bus leaving him trapped inside. He eventually died. One person on the bus bumped their head, but sustained no other injuries.

"We don't see a lot of weather out here in southern Nevada so when it does happen, people forget these roads are like ice, because the oil comes up to the top of the roadway and need to slow down," Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said.

The force of the impact was so great that it pushed the tires on the right side of the bus onto the sidewalk according to detectives.

Metro Police detectives said speed, combined with the wet weather, were factors in the crash.

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Propane Truck Crashes, Injures 1

LAS VEGAS -- A propane truck crashed into a ravine on Lake Mead Boulevard near Pabco Road, Clark County fire officials said.

The driver was transported to University Medical Center with minor injuries. The area is closed to traffic.

 

Police Seek 2 in Getaway Car with Shattered Window

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police are looking for two women and a getaway car with a shattered driver's window after a man was wounded in the hand when he arrived at his son's home and interrupted a burglary.

Police say the shooting happened about 6 a.m. Thursday at a house on Copper Road, near the base of Sunrise Mountain.

According to investigators, the man and his wife arrived at their son's house to find a dark gray sedan parked in the driveway with a woman in the driver's seat.

As the man approached, another woman came out of the house, got in the car and fired a gunshot out through the rolled-up driver's window as the car drove away.

The man was taken to University Medical Center.

Driving You Crazy: Ramp Meters at Charleston and I-515/U.S. 95

LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know why ramp meters are never on at the on-ramp from East Charleston Boulevard to U.S. 95/I-515.

The viewer says at times dozens of cars will fill the ramp, even when freeway traffic is running smoothly.

Transportation officials say sometimes when a ramp is backed up, RTC FAST will completely shut off the ramp meter. This is called flushing out the ramp.

Population growth and traffic volume are also factors. Approximately 30,000 cars enter the freeway at that location. The ramps must accommodate this significant traffic flow.

In this particular case, there was a specific problem.

The connection between the ramp meter equipment and the software that operates the ramps was not working correctly because it was no fully finished. RTC FAST has been working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to fix the problem. The project should be completed this spring.