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Christmas returns to family who suffered house fire

LAS VEGAS -- A family trying to keep warm in the cold weather were lucky to escape a house fire started by a space heater.

The fire destroyed a bedroom and it just so happens that's where the family kept all the gifts they had received on Christmas.

On Thursday, the family got a special visit from the very same firefighters who put the fire out. When the family saw what the firefighters brought with them, they were in tears.

Clark County warming stations to open on Dec. 31

 LAS VEGAS -- Cold weather is prompting Clark County to open warming stations around the valley on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The following locations will be open:

  • Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road (at East Horizon Drive) Henderson 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St., Las Vegas, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dr. William Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., Las Vegas 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., Las Vegas 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., Las Vegas 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Ave., Las Vegas 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Walnut, Pearson, Hollywood and Cambridge will accept people with their pets on a leash or in a carrier.)

Overnight shelter can be found at the following places:

Family: Fatal shooting of teen was 'tragic accident'

Del'Vonte Jenkins

LAS VEGAS — A 14-year-old boy is dead after a gun goes off in the backyard of his Las Vegas home. Police are still investigating Sunday's shooting, but the boy's family said it was an accident.

The shooting killed Del'Vonte Jenkins at a home near North Pecos and East Gowan roads around 7 p.m. 

On Monday, about a dozen family members were at the home supporting Jenkins' mother. Some of them were inside the home on Sunday when they heard a gunshot and ran to the backyard.

"I live with him and I wake up everyday with him and he's not here no more," said sister Monique Caver.

She describes her little brother as someone who could make you smile even when he was on your nerves. "He was so funny and he's the boy version of me," she said. "That's why it's so hard for me."

Bail jumps to $1.3M for man accused in 'horrific' sex abuse case

LAS VEGAS -- A judge on Thursday increased the bail to $1.3 million for a man's reported involvement in what's been called a "horrific" sex ring.

On Wednesday, Metro Police released  the full arrest report detailing what they have called one of the “worst cases” of child sexual abuse in Clark County.

The report reveals there were numerous victims ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old over a 12-year period. Police have said it is possible there could be more victims.

According to police, Christopher Sena, 48, Deborah Sena, 48, and Terrie Sena, 44, are accused of the acts that mostly took place at a mobile home in northeast Las Vegas. Christoper was arrested in September and the two women were arrested last week. All are being held in the Clark County Detention Center on multiple charges. 

Hundreds enjoy Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort on its day 1

LAS VEGAS --  The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort successfully opened to the public Saturday.

"We are excited finally to kick off our winter season and we appreciate the community's patience during this unseasonably warm weather," said Kevin Stickelman, LVSSR president and general manager.

Only one of the 30 hills was open on Saturday, but the hundreds of visitors didn't seem to mind as they enjoyed the fresh snow.

“This canyon is a hidden gem,” said Keith Pfahler, visitor.

Amanda Pfahler said coming to the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is an annual tradition for her and her family. “Our daughter is learning how to snowboard she's getting in on the bunny hill and she's doing great,” said Pfahler.

A lack of snow kept the slopes closed, but now there's a fresh 12 inches of the white stuff for skiers.

“Everyone's just excited about the fact that we got the snow last night,” said Jim Seely, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort.

Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

LAS VEGAS - Several locations around the valley are accepting and recycling Christmas trees. It's estimated about 250,000 are sold in the Las Vegas valley, but only 15,000 were recycled last year. 

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch which is used in public gardens and parks across the valley.

There is no fee to recycle a tree. Trees will be accepted from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15, 2015. Clark County residents are encouraged to drop off their trees at one of the locations listed below and find tips on preparing your tree for recycling.

Boulder City

· Bravo Ball Field parking lot (891 Avenue B)

North Las Vegas

· Aviary Park - 6650 Aviary Way & I-215
· Cheyenne Sports Complex - 3500 E. Cheyenne at Pecos
· Seastrand Park - 6330 Camino Eldorado near Centennial Parkway & I-215
· Lowe's - 2570 E. Craig Road
· Craig Ranch Golf Course - 628 W.

Coroner IDs man beaten to death behind mini mart

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 51-year-old man who was apparently beaten with a rock and found dead in a bush behind a convenience store in Las Vegas.

Clark County coroner's officials say Jeffrey Harry Clabaugh died of multiple blunt force injuries after the confrontation Saturday evening. Police were seeking the suspect in the case.

Detectives say Clabaugh was seen possibly taking something from the suspect's car while the suspect was inside the convenience store on North Nellis Boulevard.

Police say the suspect saw Clabaugh fleeing and chased him into a desert area, where he apparently beat him with a rock and left the scene.

The suspect is described as a Pacific Islander man who's about 20-30 years old and was wearing a green shirt, tan shorts and flip flops.