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Metro Names Most Dangerous Intersections

LAS VEGAS -- The recent rash of pedestrian deaths has led many to question the safety of crosswalks and intersections.

Metro Police reports the five most dangerous intersections combined account for 67 injury accidents in the past six months. Since the end of April, 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, making it the most dangerous according to Metro's Traffic Bureau.

With only three of the four streets at that intersection with painted crosswalks, pedestrians say they have had close calls.

"A month ago, a lady was on her cell phone texting and she almost hit me," pedestrian Eric Handy said.

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

Rebels Avoid Exhibition Upset Bid

The Runnin’ Rebels escaped their first exhibition game with a 58-50 win Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center after getting a scare from Washburn.

The Runnin’ Rebels remained perfect against the Ichabods in the all-time series, improving their record to 6-0. 

The Ichabods, who shot just shy of 37 percent (21-of-57) on the night, couldn’t find the basket in the waning minutes of the game, connecting on only two field goals in the final five minutes. 

Anthony Marshall led the Rebels with 14 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which came on the defensive end. Moser chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Carlos Lopez finished with 11 points in only 15 minutes of action. 

Justin Bieber Will Donate $100,000 to Las Vegas School

LAS VEGAS -- Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is pledging to donate $100,000 to an east Las Vegas elementary school that's gained publicity for services it provides for low-income families.

The 17-year-old singer announced the gift for Whitney Elementary School on Monday during a taping of "The Ellen Degeneres Show." The episode is set to air Tuesday afternoon.

Bieber also said he would perform for the students in December.

Whitney Elementary was featured on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" in September. The episode highlighted how the school provides a food pantry, clothes closet, free haircuts and literacy training for students' families.

Bieber's gift matches a $100,000 donation from Target that was announced in September.

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Grant Money to Help Homeless Youth

A new grant from a banking giant is being used to expand services at a homeless youth center.

Bank of America awarded the Partnership for Homeless Youth its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative grant. The $200,000 grant will be used at the group’s center at Tropicana Boulevard and Maryland Parkway. The money will be used to increase the size of the center and expand the types of services offered.

“Families have been forced to make very difficult decisions and had to double up, go live with other families, which in turn exacerbates the homelessness phenomenon,” Director Arash Ghafoori said.

One of the kids the center is helping is 19-year-old Aaron Kik. He would spend three or four days of the week staying at friends’ houses because his mother was not around.

Paradise Toward Airport to Close Overnight

Paradise Toward Airport to Close Overnight

 

Overnight closures to complete signage work are planned Tuesday and Wednesday on Paradise Road heading into McCarran Airport and the connector tunnel.

This installation and detour are scheduled to run from midnight through 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2. This work was scheduled for overnight hours to minimize its impact on traffic flow.

The Terminal 3 directional sign project under way near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road is nearly complete. The job is nearly done, but two overnight road closures will affect all lanes of southbound Paradise immediately south of Tropicana. 

Man Found Dead in Mushroom Grow House

LAS VEGAS -- An early morning 911 call led Las Vegas police to a dead body in an apartment, but during the investigation they made another disturbing discovery inside -- a mushroom growing operation.

Police say they responded to 840 King Richard Avenue in the southeast valley around 1 a.m. after they received a call from the dead man's roommate. Police seized 15 large plants and two ounces of the drug ready to sell. The approximate street value of the drugs was around $400.

Neighbors say they had no clue what was happening close by them. They have kids and they are concerned of what other dangers maybe living next door.

Police believe the 45-year-old victim died of natural causes.

"I've got to find me somewhere to live. I can't live here. I mean, what's next? These kids walk out here see some drugs, they pick it up and what's going to happen?" said neighbor Gloria Wallace.

Police Search for Drunk Drivers During Halloween Weekend

Police Search for Drunk Drivers During Halloween Weekend

Police agencies from around southern Nevada will be out in force this weekend looking for impaired drivers.

Metro Police will be setting up a Sobriety Checkpoint near Valley View Boulevard and Desert Inn Road. The checkpoint will be from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by a Joining Forces Grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. The grant will pay for the DUI van to be at the checkpoint. The van allows officers to speed up the processing of DUI cases.

Metro Police will also be conducting a saturation patrol in the area of Desert Inn Road and Paradise Road starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday. There will not be a checkpoint but more officers will be in the area looking for impaired drivers. Metro says from April through September of this year there have been 61 calls for service related to drunk drivers in that area.