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Arrest Report Released in Family Killings

Photo of Manuel Mata III from a previous arrest for DUI.

LAS VEGAS -- A weekend shooting that left a mother and her teen daughter dead, and another young daughter in critical condition, may have been sparked by jealousy, family members told police.

When police entered a home on Cotton Street Saturday morning, they found 38-year-old Manuel Mata III on the floor suffering a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to University Medical Center.

Police also found his live-in girlfriend Maria Flores, 43, and her 17-year-old daughter. Both were shot and deceased. Flores' 4-year-old daughter suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, but survived. Mata's 18-year-old daughter, who was in a bedroom, hid in a closet when she heard the shooting. 

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Two Dead, Two Injured in Murder-Suicide Attempt

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police is investigating an apparent murder-attempted suicide at a home near Christy Lane and Stewart Avenue.

Police responded to the home on Cotton Street early Saturday morning after receiving reports of shots fired.

When officers arrived, they found an injured 38-year-old Manuel Mata, III lying on the ground with a gun in his hand. Police found three other people in the home - two juveniles and an adult - with gunshot wounds.

One of the juveniles and the adult died from their injuries. The other juvenile, a small child, was hospitalized with critical injuries.

Neighbors describe Manuel Mata III as a loving father. They say they can't believe what has happened.

"It's a nightmare for me right now, for everybody. Everybody is in shock," said Sarah Ortiz.

Golf Course Wrecked by Floods Closing for Repairs

LAS VEGAS -- A golf course hit by massive flooding several months ago is set to close in a week for repairs.

A maintenance worker died at Desert Rose Golf Course after rushing waters swept him away back in September.

Now, Clark County is fixing two flood control washes, which routinely have caused dangerous conditions and headaches to golfers and residents.

While repairs are being made, 10 to 12 workers are slated to lose their jobs over this.

They say they just learned of the closure two days ago and have few options to find work.

The county and nearby residents said the constant flooding is a public safety issue and the renovations are necessary to save homes and lives.

The golf course is selling off everything in its pro-shop and closing its doors.

County Pools Join World's Largest Swim Lesson Attempt

County Pools Join World's Largest Swim Lesson Attempt

Two Las Vegas pools will join others in southern Nevada in an international attempt to break a world record.

Desert Breeze and Hollywood pools are accepting registrations on a first-come, first-serve basis from people who want to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt at the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted. Tuesday, June 18.

Desert Breeze is located at 8275 Spring Mountain Road near Durango Drive, and the Hollywood Aquatic Center is located at 1550 S. Hollywood Blvd., south of East Charleston Boulevard.

The Southern Nevada Health District reported seven fatal drownings involving children in 2012. City of Henderson pools also are taking part in the event.

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Hearing Set for Man in Deadly Vegas Party Shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A July 11 preliminary hearing has been set for a 20-year-old man accused of shooting a stolen gun at a Las Vegas house party more than a year ago, killing a teenage girl and wounding a woman with random gunfire.

Demetrius Black remained jailed Wednesday on more than $1 million bail following his court appearance Tuesday in North Las Vegas Justice Court.

Police say 17-year-old partygoer Betty Jean Pinkney died and 32-year-old tenant Karen Sinatra was wounded by stray bullets that came through bedroom walls in the Jan. 15, 2012, gunfire in northeast Las Vegas.

Black faces charges including murder, attempted murder and 12 counts of shooting at an occupied building.

Police say the 9mm handgun was reported stolen in November 2011 by a marshal in the Clark County courts.

Stabbing Suspect Barricaded Taken Into Custody

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police evacuated some apartment units at the Sun Garden apartments after a man barricaded himself inside a unit Tuesday night.

Police say the man was wanted in connection with a stabbing that happened a few days earlier. That victim suffered cuts to the neck, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Detectives showed up at the apartments near Cecile Avenue and Pecos Road to serve a search warrant on the suspect. They evacuated nearby apartments as a precaution. The man was eventually taken into custody without incident.

 

Man Arrested for Lewdness with Children

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested a Las Vegas man on three counts of lewdness with children, and police are searching for more victims.

According to police, detectives were searching for a missing juvenile about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. During the investigation, officers went to a home in the 2200 block of Linn Lane, near Lake Mead Boulevard and Christy Lane, and spoke with 41-year-old William Oliver Smith.

Officers found a juvenile who was not related to Smith at the home, but they did not find the missing juvenile at that location.

Police found out that Smith was a registered Tier II sex offender. Smith was arrested and booked on several charges, including lewdness with a child under 14, burglary, child abuse with substantial bodily or mental harm, luring a child with a mental illness and open and gross lewdness.