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Slumlords Targeted by County, Police

Metro Police officers work with residents to crack down on neglectful landlords.

LAS VEGAS -- Residents of Mountain Vista Estates in the east Las Vegas valley have joined forces with Metro Police and Clark County to make landlords more accountable to the neighborhood.

A walk through the neighborhood at Mountain Vista Street and Vegas Valley Drive revealed an area in neglect. Dead birds, debris and trash are strewn about the neighborhood.

Metro officer Shaun Woodard was among about 40 other local law enforcement and county inspectors checking for health and safety violations they blame on irresponsible landlords.

"This is how people are forced to live -- driving around their Dumpsters," Woodard said. "That's unforgivable. These owners must be held accountable."

In one apartment, Woodard said officers found a woman and three children living in an apartment with three broken smoke detectors.

The landlord never fixed them, he said.

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Flood Victims Continue to Seek Help

LAS VEGAS -- There is still no help for many living in the valley after flood waters roared into homes near Desert Rose Golf Course last week.

Residents without flood insurance say they don't know how they will come up with the money to fix their homes before they are condemned.

A week has gone by as little progress has been made on Kim Zizka's home. Dumpsters are lined up outside her neighbor's homes and Zizka's belongings are heaped near her house.

"The disaster is still there," Zizka said.

Zizka's home was badly damaged with as much as four feet of water. Several personal belongings, furniture, and her three dogs were all lost when the flood tore through the neighborhood.

Frank Hine with Star Energy Construction said if the county isn't going to help, he'll do it himself.

Power Outage at Eldorado High School, Students Evacuated

LAS VEGAS -- A power outage at Eldorado High School on Wednesday morning forced the evacuation of all students to nearby Desert Pines High School.

The power outage is expected to last for the remainder of the school day. The students will stay at Desert Pines for the remainder of the day and then be bussed back to Eldorado so they can be transported home, school district officials confirmed.

Woman, Children Hit While Crossing Street

LAS VEGAS – A woman crossing the street at an intersection with an 8-month-old baby and a 3-year-old child was hit by a car Tuesday evening.

According to Metro Police, the woman and her children were legally crossing the street at Bonanza Road and Betty Lane just before 7 p.m. when the car hit them.

The woman and children were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Earlier in the day, Metro officers were educating motorists and pedestrians in downtown Las Vegas on road safety.

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Police Investigate Shooting in NE Las Vegas

Metro Police are investigating a shooting near E. Charleston Boulevard and US 95. Tuesday afternoon.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting near E. Charleston Boulevard and US 95. Tuesday afternoon.

A Metro spokesperson confirmed a person was shot in the finger. The shooting happened near a fast food restaurant. There is no word on what led to the shooting.

Clark County Pedestrian Deaths Reach Alarming Numbers

LAS VEGAS -- Not since 2008 has driving or walking in the Las Vegas valley been so deadly. Roadway and pedestrian fatalities in Clark County have skyrocketed 54 percent this year over all of last year. Most alarming, pedestrian deaths are up 84 percent.

On Tuesday morning, Metro Police beefed up enforcement at Main Street and Foremaster Lane. It's a high traffic area for cars and pedestrians. Police said they chose the crosswalk because they have witnessed drivers not stopping for pedestrians, mostly homeless people in the area.

Instead of his uniform, Sgt. Christopher Curtis, dressed in a bright shirt and tie, attempted to make is from one side of the street to the other in the marked crosswalk.

"It shocks me and it scares me," Curtis said, as he witnessed drivers go through the crosswalk without ever braking.

Families Struggle to Move on After Destructive Flood

LAS VEGAS -- For many Las Vegas families, their lives were turned upside down when a thunderstorm created sudden flooding that damaged homes.

Those who suffered property damage from the flooding are struggling to move forward and get their lives back together.

"I go to hotel that the Red Cross rented for me and cry every night," said Larry Ballard, whose home was damaged in the flood.

The Las Vegas valley was flooded early last week after a heavy rainfall severely flooded parts of the valley.

Lloyd Ziel, of the American Red Cross, said the organization assigns a case worker to people in need of assistance.

"This is never easy," he said. "We hold people's hands until they say they are good."

The Ballard family is slowly assessing the damage left behind.

From the mud stained walls and cracked floors to the contaminated furniture and toys belonging to their 3-year-old son, Ballard said he never saw it coming.