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2 children killed in vehicle fire at apartment complex

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two children have been killed in what police are calling an accidental vehicle fire at a Las Vegas apartment complex.

Investigators say four children were playing in and around a parked minivan Saturday evening at the East Sahara Avenue complex when one of them accidentally set a fire inside it.

Two of the children managed to escape unharmed and quickly requested help. The other two children became trapped and were found dead inside after the fire was put out.

Police say it appears the 6 p.m. fire was unintentional and accidental, and no criminal charges are expected because of the age of the child who started the fire.

The names and ages of the children as well as the cause of the fire were not immediately released.



Man suspected of killing, hiding body under floor has violent past

LAS VEGAS -- The 58-year-old man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and hiding the body underneath a floor was charged in previous incidents involving rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

According to records, Valentine Kaul was convicted of sexual assault in Wisconsin in 1984 and rape in Washington in 1991. Kaul was required to register as a sex offender, but according to the Nevada Sex Offender Registry he has been non-compliant.

Court records show Kaul has been in trouble in Las Vegas, as well. He was charged for domestic battery three times and DUI, among other charges.

Metro police found the woman's body at Kaul's home Friday night. Authorities have not released the identity of the woman yet.

Police search for driver after hit-and-run, rollover crash

LAS VEGAS — Metro police were investigating a hit-and-run rollover crash late Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas.

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Sahara Avenue at Sloan Lane causing Sahara to be closed to traffic for nearly three hours.

According to police, the driver reportedly ran off after the crash. Police were still searching for the driver as of 1 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

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'Brady's Bill' to ease penalties of underage drinkers

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mother is teaming up with a valley teen in an effort to change a Nevada law involving underage drinking.

Kimberly Caipa and 18-year-old Rose Asaf introduce State Senate Bill 464 to the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. SB 464, also known as 'Brady's Bill,' will give immunity to minors who were drinking if they end up having to call 911 to help a fellow teen.

"We want to stress that SB 464 addresses concerns about underage drinking by empowering young people to make the right and responsible decision to seek medical assistance without hesitation and without fear of legal consequences," said Rose Asaf, Nevada Youth Legislature.

Similar laws already exist in 23 states and the District of Columbia.



10 displaced after apartment fire in east Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — An apartment fire on Monday morning sent large plumes of black smoke into the air that could be seen across the valley.

The two-alarm fire was reported after 9 a.m. on the 3800 block Calle Del Oro, near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and McLeod Drive in east Las Vegas.

The American Red Cross is assisting at least 10 people who live in the apartments.

It's unclear how the fire may have begun.

There are no word on injuries.

Man arrested for sexual assault, impersonating police

Esneider Gutierrez-Torres

 LAS VEGAS -- There could be more victims of a man who impersonated police and sexually assaulted a woman, Metro Police said.

Esneider Gutierrez-Torres, 28, is facing two counts of sexual assault and impersonating a police office.

According to police, Gutierrez-Torres is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the early morning hours of March 25 in a vehicle near East Craig Road and North Walnut Road. The woman told police that Gutierrez-Torres claimed to be a police officer.

Anyone with information on Gutierrez-Torres is asked to call Metro's Sexual Assault Section at (702)828-3421. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555 or online at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.





Report: Victims in deadly home invasion knew 1 suspect

LAS VEGAS -- The woman arrested in the home invasion and beating death of a man in a northeast neighborhood knew the victim and the victim's sister, according to her arrest report.

Jennifer Mustachia, 33, told police she had helped take care of one of the victims who was suffering with ALS. One of the victims claimed Mustachia owed her $1,500.

According to the report, Mustachia and two other people went over to the home of Barbara Owens and her brother, Edward Turner, around 10 p.m. Monday. The home is located in the 6800 block of Fallona Avenue. Owens is suffering from ALS and is confined to a wheelchair. Her brother is her caregiver. She also told police she believed Mustachia was her friend, but said she had not seen her in about a year.

Owens told police she was in her room when her brother answered a knock on the door.