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Pedestrian Struck Near Boulder Highway and Russell Road

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash along Boulder Highway and Russell Road.

The crash happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Police say a pedestrian was standing on the center median on Russell Road. When a BMW approached, the pedestrian stepped off the median and into the street. The pedestrian did not have a green light to cross the street.

The vehicle struck the person, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the BMW did not suffer any injuries.

Metro: Man Shot by Officers Threatened to Go on Killing Spree

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police now say the man officers shot and killed Saturday was threatening to go on a killing spree and wanted to die.

Police released new details about the case Thursday. Clark County Undersheriff Jim Dixon says Patrick Heki was ready to end his life by shooting others and threatened officers with a gun.

However, Heki's parents say that is far from what happened.

Dan and Julie Unger say their son was never diagnosed with depression but was upset, especially Saturday night.

They tell us Heki was disgusted with his appearance after a gunshot wound disfigured his face two years ago. The Ungers say the accidental shooting changed their son from a boy to a broken man.

"'People are making fun of me. People are thinking I'm a freak.' he goes, 'I can't take it anymore.'" Dan Unger remembers his son telling him.

Smatresk Named UNT's President Effective Feb. 3

LAS VEGAS -- The University of North Texas made it official Thursday and named Neal Smatresk the new president of UNT.

UNT's Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve Smatresk's hire. He was named as the sole finalist last month, but there was a 21-day waiting period before regents could vote to appoint him.

"It is an incredible privilege to be selected as the next president of the University of North Texas. My wife Debbie and I are excited about returning to Texas and becoming members of the UNT community," Smatresk said.

Smatresk was appointed as president of UNLV in 2009.

Police Looking for Victims in Child Porn Case

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is under arrest on charges of child pornography, and Metro Police detectives are looking for any additional victims in the case.

Police arrested 32-year-old Henry Genaro Macias on charges of child pornography and three counts of lewdness with a minor under 14.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted Macias on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography and advertising child pornography.

According to police, Macias has lived in Las Vegas for the past five years, primarily in the area of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road. He has been known to work for furniture stores.

Detectives want anyone who has concerns that their child may have been a victim to call Metro's Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

Six-Hour Standoff Ends in Fugitive's Arrest

William Gardner

LAS VEGAS -- A fugitive from California is in custody following a standoff in Las Vegas that lasted more than six hours.

Metro Police say murder suspect William Gardner barricaded himself at the 4800 block of East Tropicana Avenue at the Camden Point Apartments.

Investigators said the incident started at around 4:40 p.m. Monday after investigators tracked Gardner to the apartments, and he refused to leave. 

SWAT and the Crisis Negotiator Team responded to the scene and started talking with Gardner. During the conversation, they found out another man, a woman and her child were inside the apartment.

Gardner and the woman refused to leave, but the second man in the apartment did agree to surrender to officers.

Driving You Crazy: Turn Light at Frank Sinatra and Russell

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says the turn light at Frank Sinatra Drive and Russell Road changes sporadically. Drivers often sit through five lights, waiting for it to change.

Many drivers use Frank Sinatra Drive to avoid construction work along the resort corridor and get to Strip properties. This enables them to avoid I-15 and Las Vegas Boulevard.

This light appears to be counteracting the shortcut. Regional Transportation Commission FAST officials placed a work ticket with Clark County Traffic for this intersection.

Crews found a timing issue with this light. County workers made timing adjustments December 6, and continue to monitor the intersection for detection issues. Hopefully, drivers will see an improvement.

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

Las Vegas Man Dies After Officer-Involved Shooting

Dan and Patrick Unger

LAS VEGAS -- The father of a man shot and killed by Metro Police early Saturday morning says he will seek legal action against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  

Police responded to a call around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road after receiving a call from parents who said their son was suicidal.

When officers arrived, the suspect was armed with several weapons and began firing at officers, police said. Officers returned gunfire hitting the man who was taken to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead.