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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.

Hammargren Home Open for Nevada Day

Former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Dr. Lonnie Hammargren is again opening his home to visitors Sunday for Nevada Day celebrations.

The home, 4318 Ridgecrest Drive, is loaded with memorabilia. Everything from pieces of long-gone casinos to objects from the space race is on display. The newest items include the sign from the House of Lords Steak House and the entire entrance from the Casbar Lounge, both from the now closed Sahara Hotel and Casino. 

Live entertainment featuring impersonators and tribute artists will be from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Personalities from three shows featuring Las Vegas will be at the home. Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars", Rick Dale from "American Restorations" and the crew from the new Animal Planet show "Tanked" are expected.

The organizers of the event are asking visitors to park with courtesy to the rest of the neighbors. There will be shuttles to run people from parking lots at Flamingo and Sandhill Roads to the house on Ridgecrest.

Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect After Brief Pursuit

LAS VEGAS -- A suspected car thief led police officers on a brief pursuit Thursday morning which ended in a crash in an East Las Vegas neighborhood.

Metro Police say the incident started around 7 a.m. near Russell Rd. and Stephanie St. when the suspect stole a truck after stabbing the truck's owner.

Police say the suspect dropped his identification at the stabbing scene which allowed police to locate his home address. Police called off their pursuit and sent up their helicopter to look for the suspect. A Metro helicopter pilot located the suspect near his home at Harmon Ave. and Mountain Vista St. where he had crashed into another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle is expected to be okay.

The stabbing victim and suspect were both transported to Sunrise Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.