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Barricade Situation Ends, Suspect in Custody

LAS VEGAS -- A man who had barricaded himself in a home for several hours is now in police custody, according to Metro Police.

Police say the man is a suspect in an attempted murder. Officers spotted the man during an investigation into the crime and he ran into a home near Russell Road and Eastern Avenue, refusing to come out.

Russell Road was blocked off at Eastern Ave. and Surrey St., but it has since reopened.

Board Approves Don Snyder as UNLV Acting President

Board of Regents meeting regarding acting president.

LAS VEGAS -- The Board of Regents approved former president of Boyd Gaming Corp., Don Snyder, as the acting president of UNLV.

The board made the decision Friday with all but two board members voting yes. Those two members abstained from the vote.

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich recommended Snyder. An acting president is not eligible to apply for a permanent position.

In a letter to the board, Klaich said of Snyder, "His close ties to the business community and the philanthropic community will send a message to those groups how important they are to UNLV's success. Mr. Snyder brings a lifetime of credibility, integrity and success with both. Importantly, he will be able to give the new president an immediate entree to these critical stakeholders who will so influence our future and our success."

UNLV President Neal Smatresk is the new president at the University of North Texas.

 

Neighbors Describe Chaotic Scene at Deadly House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A memorial has started to form in front of the home where a 4-year-old boy was killed in a fire. It is the first deadly fire death this year.

Witnesses describe a chaotic scene Tuesday at the house, which is near Warm Springs Road and the 215 beltway.

A group of people were trying to get inside to rescue the little boy, identified as Maximiliano Ibarra-Martinez. However, the smoke and heat were too much. Once firefighters found him, it was too late.

Four-Year-Old Autistic Child Dies in House Fire

Omar Navichoque noticed smoke when he was driving by the neighborhood.

Driving You Crazy: Traffic Light at Flamingo and Howard Hughes

LAS VEGAS - A valley driver says the left turn light from eastbound Flamingo Road to northbound Howard Hughes Parkway is not engaging, causing long back-ups.

The driver says the light stops working between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. She says she has waited so long, she has resorted to turning on the red turn arrow once no oncoming traffic is near. That can be dangerous if vehicles appear.

Traffic8 reached out to RTC FAST. Technicians spoke with the driver and tested the light. They discovered a timing issue affecting this light.

Crews adjusted the timing and fixed the problem.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.

Four-Year-Old Autistic Child Dies in House Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A 4-year-old autistic boy has died after being injured in a two-alarm house fire at 7921 Wichita Court, which is near Warm Springs Road and the 215 beltway.

The Clark County Fire Department has identified the young boy as Maximiliano Rene Ibarra-Martinez. The boy's mother and sister were home at the time and were able to get out of the house safely. 

Metro Police tell 8 News NOW that the child died from cardiac failure while being treated at University Medical Center. 

According to the fire department, the fire was first reported at around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames could be seen from the northwest side of the house.

Neighbors were the first to answer the calls for help, when the house went up in flames.

Homeowner David Bennett lives behind the home that caught on fire, and he was one of the first to help. 

Driving You Crazy: Long Light at Tropicana and Eastern

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says she routinely sits through four cycles of traffic lights when attempting to turn from southbound Eastern Avenue to eastbound Tropicana Boulevard.

She says this happens daily between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Regional Transportation Commission FAST tested the signal coordination during a two-day period. Technicians noticed a few cars making u-turns that slowed traffic at the intersection, but did not observe vehicles waiting through four traffic cycles before getting the left turn green light.

Traffic8 timed the light and found it took 14 seconds for the light to change. That is a short amount of time to get a lot of vehicles through the intersection. Traffic8 sent that evidence to the RTC.

RTC officials agreed to monitor the intersection for one more week to see if technicians missed any problems.

New Price Board Designed to Stop Las Vegas Taxi Long-Hauling

LAS VEGAS -- Long-hauling, the problem of cab drivers taking passengers the long way for more money has plagued Las Vegas for years, but now there is a new tool to help prevent getting taken for a ride.

The I-Team has done dozens of stories investigating this problem. About 10 percent of the 3,000 violations, the Taxicab Authority wrote up last year, were for long-hauling. An I-Team investigation showed about half of the cabs leaving McCarran International Airport took their passengers on a longer ride than necessary. Those are some significant numbers because McCarran is one of the busiest airports in the world.

The Taxicab Authority unveiled its new information board Friday at McCarran that is designed to put an end to long-hauling. The board shows the prices it should cost a cab rider to travel to various destinations. The board lists prices to nearly two dozen hotels on and off the Las Vegas Strip.