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UNLV has chance for library grant to document Latino history

Officials say the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has a chance to get a $100,000 library grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to document Latino contributions to southern Nevada.

University special collections and archives chief Michelle Light says the goal is to trace Hispanic history in the region since Raphael Rivera found Las Vegas' original springs in 1829.

The Humanities Access Grant requires the UNLV libraries to raise a matching $100,000 in external funding.

It's one of 253 NEH grants awarded across the nation.

UNLV Oral History Research Center director Claytee White says students would collect oral histories about Hispanic immigration and settlement, discrimination and activism, aspirations, challenges, family life, politics, employment and community events.

The libraries program has conducted similar projects documenting local African-American and Jewish histories... Read More

UNLV questions NLVPD's actions during recent visit to campus

An alleged training session involving North Las Vegas Police officers was questioned Wednesday. UNLV sent out a community alert about an incident in which North Las Vegas Police officers entered the campus for training without notifying campus police or university leadership.

The letter said in part:

"Last night, after the conclusion of the "I Imagine" poetry event outside the Student Union, sponsored by the UNLV Center for Social Justice, Black Lives Matter UNLV, and Students Organizing Diversity Activities, seven police officers from North Las Vegas entered the UNLV campus on motorcycles and drove around the pedestrian-only area.

The officers entered campus without notifying campus police or university leadership. Understandably, this activity caused concern among students, faculty, and staff."

The Black Lives Matter group at UNLV posted video of the incident on its Facebook page... Read More

Air traffic controller attending Route 91 takes action to ground flights during shooting

During the deadly mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, the quick action to clear the airspace and runways at the airport during the mass shooting was that of an air traffic controller who was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

McCarran International Airport is located near the concert grounds and Mandalay Bay, so air traffic controller, Christina Stewart took action.

"People were running; people were carrying people out," Stewart said.

Stewart said she and her fiance first dropped to the ground before running for their lives in between volleys. She said when they finally made it closer to their car on the east-side of the concert grounds she took cover behind a concrete wall and got on her phone, but it was all while the mass killer was still shooting.

"I'm trying to dial the phone. "It's just, I can't, so I had to go to my contacts," Stewart said. "You need to stop the helicopters. Keep them away from the Strip."... Read More

Creating a more secure campus: UNLV installs new phone system

Since 2015, UNLV has been working to upgrade the campus' emergency phone systems.

So far, ten emergency phone systems have been installed on the campus, and campus police say they plan to install eight more.

"The new phone's are much taller, which is important to us. So, students can see them," said Ryan Doyle. "They're about 14 feet tall."

Doyle is an information technology manager specialist at UNLV Police Services.

The phones can broadcast emergency announcements and will soon live stream video to Police Services.

"We'll be able to see exactly what's taking place when that phone is activated," said Doyle.

The Terry brothers say they've seen the old emergency phones around UNLV before. They say a tech upgrade was needed.

"I feel like there should still be a little more on-campus security just to make sure the students and staff are safe," said Malik Terry, a Junior at UNLV... Read More

Metro releases photo of suspect in homicide near Maryland Parkway and Twain

Metro Police released Wednesday the identity of the man who may have been involved in a homicide near Maryland Parkway and E. Twain Avenue.

Police are searching for 25-year-old Zachary Drey. Metro's preliminary investigation revealed Drey lived at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of South Maryland Parkway, which is where the homicide occurred.

Around 2:45 a.m. officers were called to the area to investigate a suspicious situation after a woman called 9-1-1 saying a family member had injured his roommate.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a partially opened door. Officers announced who they were, but no one answered, so police went inside to check things out.

Once inside the home, officers found a man dead inside the apartment. Metro said he had several stab wounds.

Drey was nowhere in sight. Drey is described as a white man who stands approximately 6-feet tall and weighs between 150-160 pounds. He has red hair and green eyes... Read More

Metro investigates shooting at Swenson and Twain

Metro Police investigated a shooting Thursday near Swenson Street and E. Twain Avenue.

Metro said officers responded to reports of 10 shots that were fired in the area around 12:01 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital, but there's no word on his injuries.

Metro also hasn't released any information about the suspect or suspects.

This is a developing story... Read More

Infant transported to hospital after being shot

Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating the shooting of a 4-month-old infant shortly after 11 a.m.

The infant was shot in the hand and transported to Sunrise Hospital.

The shooting was reported in the 370 block of E. Harmon Avenue near Paradise Road. Police are investigating where the gunshot originated. It may have been from a neighboring apartment.

This is a developing story... Read More