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Siegfried & Roy break ground on new park

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County and McCarran Airport marked the start of construction on the Siegfried and Roy Park Thursday afternoon. The parks two namesakes, legendary famed illusionists, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn were on hand for the ground breaking ceremony.

Representatives for the Clark County Commission and McCarran International Airport, were also on hand for the big dig because the $11.5 million project is being developed by the Clark County Department of Aviation.

It's a part of the final project in the Terminal 3 airport expansion; $4.5 million will be utilized in capital parks grants from Clark County. Once the park is finished next summer it will be located along the north side of Russell Road between Maryland Parkway and Paradise Road.

Fungus blamed for latest delay in new McCarran tower

LAS VEGAS -- Construction on the new tower at McCarran International Airport began in 2011.

It was supposed to give air traffic controllers better airfield views and handle McCarran's ever-growing air traffic demands.

The nation's eighth-busiest airport will have to wait as much as two years while problems with the tower are resolved.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others welcomed the new tower project in 2011. Safety and modernizing the airport were the headlines.

The old tower, which was built in the early 80s, was outdated and built before McCarran's air traffic increased dramatically.

Construction began and soon the tower was a very visible presence. Construction was supposed to end in 2013.

After all the electronics, air traffic control computers, heating and air conditioning systems were to be installed, it would be up running in early 2015. Now, that date is pushed back to 2017.

Bicyclist hit by car at Tropicana and Andover Dr.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash involving a car and a bicycle.

According to police, the crash happened at around 4:30 p.m. Friday on eastbound Tropicana Avenue at Andover Drive, which is just west of Boulder Highway.

Both eastbound and westbound Tropicana Avenue is closed for the investigation.

The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition.

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2 Ex-UNLV employees plead guilty in theft

LAS VEGAS -- Two former employees at UNLV pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing thousands of dollars from the university, according to the Nevada Attorney General's Office.

According to the AG, Lina Khachekian, 35 of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft and Marissa Neuhaus, 23 of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one felony count of fraudulent appropriation.

Both women worked at UNLV's Office of Information Technology.

Khachekian and Neuhaus used the UNLV purchase accounts to buy electronics that they either used themselves or sold through a third party. The two women used an elaborate scheme of false documents to keep the purchases secret.

In all, they misappropriated at least $292,000.

DA rules officer-involved shooting legally justified

Patrick Heki (right) and his father Dan Unger (left)

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County District Attorney says the actions of police in the death of man last December were reasonable and legally justified.

The DA made the decision in the shooting death of Patrick Heki on Dec. 7, 2013. According to the report, Metro Police officers were called to an apartment near Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway on a report of a suicidal man.

When police arrived, they found Heki armed with a handgun and two rifles. Police say they told Heki to drop the weapons, but he refused. Instead, they say he pointed a handgun at one of the officers. The officers shot and killed Heki.

According to Heki's family, he had tried to commit suicide two years before the deadly confrontation and suffered from depression since then.

3 arrested in connection with man found dead a Lake Mohave

LAS VEGAS -- Three people are under arrest in connection with a man found dead at Lake Mohave on Oct. 1.

According to Metro Police, 20-year-old Joselin Martinez-Aguilar, 18-year-old Bryan Melendez-Varela and 18-year-old Esdras Lanza-Martinez were arrested for the murder of 27-year-old Domingo Alva-Gonzalez.

Alva-Gonzalez's body was found floating in Cottonwood Cove on the morning of Oct. 1. The Clark County Coroner's Office found that Alva-Gonzalez had a large cut on the back of his head. The coroner also stated the body had probably been in the water for 24 hours.

Weekend quake reveals new southern Nevada fault line

LAS VEGAS -- Sunday's minor earthquake may have revealed a brand new fault line never before recognized in Nevada.

The 3.6-magnitude quake hit southern Nevada just after 3 a.m. Sunday. The quake's epicenter was about 22 miles south of downtown Las Vegas, just outside Sloan.

Many people have no idea there are fault lines all over the Las Vegas valley. There are seven major fault lines running throughout the valley, but this latest quake surprised area scientists.

They didn't know there could be a fault in that area and teams could soon be sent out to study its impact on the valley.