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Food Pantry Hosts Free Farmers Market

LAS VEGAS - Many families in Las Vegas wonder how they will put food on the table. The need is so great, many food pantries are struggling to keep up. One farmers market is trying to fill that need.

Lutheran Social Services Farmers Market near Pecos Street and Charleston Boulevard offers thousands of pounds of free, fresh produce and healthy food. The charity has free food pantries open, but with so many people struggling, organizers had to devise a creative way to generate donations.

With donations from food banks like Three Square, Lutheran Social Services has been able to kick off a free farmers market. The pantry normally serves as many as 40 people a day. The farmers market can help more than 250.

Disabled veteran Arthur Leath shops at the food pantry, because he and his wife are on fixed incomes. He says they often wait a few hours for the free food. They have to show up early to be one of the forty to get inside.

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Man Indicted on Murder, Attempted Murder Charges

Michael Smith

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Grand Jury has indicted Michael Smith on murder and assault charges in the shooting death of a man in January.

Michael Smith is accused of killing Carlos Bell on Jan. 14, 2013 on the 400 block of Page Street in northeast Las Vegas.

Police say several men got into a fight outside of a home when Smith fired several rounds. Bell was critically injured, the other men ran away. Smith, 24, was later found suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Smith is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and felon in possession of a firearm.

Summer Safety Fair Set for Friday

Summer Safety Fair Set for Friday

 

Metro Police, local businesses and the City of Las Vegas are working together on an event designed to help parents keep their kids out of trouble during the summer months.

Safe Summer Nights will provide parents with resources for their kids including summer activities, health services and community safety information.

There will also be free food, drinks, music, games and activities.

The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 North Eastern Avenue.

It is part of Metro's Downtown Area Command 360 Community Outreach Unit.

 

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

 

Local law enforcement will operate a DUI checkpoint over Memorial Day Weekend in the eastern part of the valley.

The checkpoint will be conducted near Vegas Valley and Marion from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday into Saturday.

The checkpoint will focus on identifying drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers with a focus on finding underage and young adult drivers.

 

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I-Team: Alleged Case of Choking Uncovered at Family Court

Crystal Williams demonstrates how she says she was choked.

LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team recently exposed how a family court marshal was fired for a sexual assault at the courthouse. Now, the I-Team has uncovered another case of alleged abuse involving a woman who says she was choked by a court marshal.

The I-Team has been highlighting growing internal affairs investigations into abuses at family court.

In March, court marshals internal affairs investigators scrutinized a marshal for allegedly choking a woman in custody. The I-Team located that woman and she is now telling her story for the first time.

"You can't move, you can't do anything. They put a spit mask on my face," said a visibly upset Crystal Williams as she described what happened.

Recent College Graduates Face Uncertain Future

LAS VEGAS - More than 2,700 College of Southern Nevada students will graduate Monday night. Many graduates, however, are discovering few job opportunities once they enter the workforce.

Half of the graduates are going to transfer to universities such as UNLV, but approximately 1,400 are entering Las Vegas' job market.

Some are struggling to find work in an economy that seems to be turning around. CSN Career Services Director Kelly Wuest says the job market is slightly worse than last year.

She's helped approximately 1,000 students try to find work. Half of those students have job offers. The others are still searching.

Their degree choice may play a factor. Applied sciences degrees, which are technical in nature, have helped graduates find jobs quickly.

Wuest says one reason for the lack of hiring is many new graduates are tentative about their next moves.

Man Shot, Killed Near Bonanza and Nellis

Man Shot, Killed Near Bonanza and Nellis

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

Police responded to reports of gunshots at an apartment complex near Bonanza Road and Nellis Boulevard shortly before 1 a.m. When police arrived, they found a 49-year-old man with at least one gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

A white sedan was seen speeding away from the scene, but police say they are not sure if the vehicle is related to the shooting.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.